Wednesday, January 04, 2006

First batch of Blu-ray and HD-DVD titles announced

Here they are, from all of the various studios that have climbed on board. Some crap throwaway Hollywood choices, a smattering of unusual classics. (Interesting to see Leone's For a Few Dollars More announced — a title that MGM infamously screwed up on its initial DVD release, and which has not since been corrected domestically, though an SE exists in region 2 — without similar announcements for A Fistful of Dollars or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.) All in all, not enough yet to make you ditch your DVDs, and DVDs will of course remain viable for the long haul, I think, just as CDs have. But it will be worth seeing which way the early adopters swing, and following the progress of the format war thereafter. I plan on waiting till Christmas at the earliest to make my choice, and perhaps even early 2007. Don't wanna back the wrong horse, you know.

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