Re: The Unofficial High-Def Movie Thread
The pendulum has swung toward Blu-Ray in the HD "war" after Warner's announcement. Because of that, and because of Toshiba's push prior to that, a good number of HD DVD offerings have great price points right now.
So let's talk about "Heroes: Season 1". Originally priced at $99.99 at Best Buy, the HD DVD contingent started offering this set for free with the purchase of the X-Box 360 add-on player. The resulting market flood, when combined with low consumer confidence, has created an environment where I was able to sell my used SD DVD set for $30.00 and then purchase a brand new HD DVD set for exactly that price. Score.
While I don't consider the HD DVD "Heroes" box set to be a 5 of 5 in picture quality (it's 4/5 most of the time and has a lot of scenes that are soft), it's much MUCH better than the SD DVD set and quite a few scenes are reference-level to near reference-level. It's cerainly better PQ than "Smallville: Season 6" on Blu Ray (and it's not even close). In short, it's the best Heroes has ever looked and if any local HD DVD owners can find the boxed set for under $35.00, I'd suggest that it's a must-buy.
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