The reviews are coming in for the first wave of HD-DVD players and discs. And the reviews are, well, "meh" in quality. Not bad, just more along the lines of, "Yes, it looks better than DVD, but not that much better." Also meeting with disapproval are appallingly long load times in the one-minute range, though to be fair, this will likely be one of the first things fixed in second generation hardware.
Most amusing is this account on The Digital Bits of an exchange between the webmaster and his wife.
I was watching The Last Samurai on Tuesday night, when my wife Sarah came home from work.... Anyway, she walked into the home theater and sat down to soak in the picture and sound for a bit. Then, after a few minutes of watching, she turned to me and said, "So this is HD-DVD?"
"It looks good and all, but I don't know... I guess I don't see what the big deal is."
"Well... it looks more like film. More like it should."
"Yeah, but doesn't regular DVD look like film too?"
"Sure, but not as much as this does."
"Well... I don't know. I guess I just don't see what the big deal is. I could live without it."
We'll see what fate has in store...