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Old 11-24-2007, 01:10 PM   #1
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Blu Ray players are so expensive. HD DVD players are reasonably priced. Disney appeals to familys. Why would they put their movies on the least family friendly format? Could you imagine how many Disney HD DVDs would sell? I would by all the Pixar films + Pirates.
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Someone at Disney saw something that they liked. I'm sure if they could go back in time and see how things would be today, they may have made a different choice.

They still could very well change their mind when they see what all the great deals on HD DVD do to sales.
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I think Disney thought (like many other studios/CE companies) that BD would overwhelm the market with the PS3 AND Disney also thought that the PS3 market would be THE demographics that matched their movie library.

The problem with that are:

1. PS3 did not overwhelm like ANYONE thought.

2. Many PS3 fans are too old for many of the Disney titles and would rather game with shoot em' up game titles, than watch Snow White.

3. Disney thought profile 2.0 BD players would be out by now and misjudged how popular HD DVD (and the mass market prices) would be.

I think they will be re-evaluating these issues by next summer myself, but we shall see.
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Will the chance come up for Disney to switch or provide movies on both formats? My wife is a Disney buff and if I have to I will buy a Blue-Ray Player once I see a nice price drop.
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Will the chance come up for Disney to switch or provide movies on both formats? My wife is a Disney buff and if I have to I will buy a Blue-Ray Player once I see a nice price drop.
The strange thing is, for all disneys vocal support. Theres not a lot in the way of genuine Disney content on the format at the moment.

The Jungle Book has just been redone on SD DVD, no Blu-ray release to be found, in fact. The only "classic" due out anytime soon is Sleeping Beauty in the middle of 2008.

The only thing HD DVD is really missing from Disney right now imo, is Pixar and the Pirates Trilogy.
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The only thing HD DVD is really missing from Disney right now imo, is Pixar and the Pirates Trilogy.
Thats not true at all. Disney has released many very good titles on Blu-Ray.

Bridge to Teribethia
Apocalypto
The Prestige
Reign of Fire

All are very good movies with very good Blu-Ray treatment avalible only on Blu-Ray only
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Well that answers it, my only choice at this point is to save some money and get a Blu-Ray player to appeal to my wife.
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Thats not true at all. Disney has released many very good titles on Blu-Ray.

Bridge to Teribethia
Apocalypto
The Prestige
Reign of Fire

All are very good movies with very good Blu-Ray treatment avalible only on Blu-Ray only
You can get all of them on HD DVD

I didn't say the only great films Blu-ray had though (I own the Prestige - its a warner title here in the UK and Bridge to Terabithia on HD DVD), The Pirates films and Ratatouille are just the only films that would decide which format people chose that Disney have put out so far.
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Thats not true at all. Disney has released many very good titles on Blu-Ray.

Bridge to Teribethia
Apocalypto
The Prestige
Reign of Fire

All are very good movies with very good Blu-Ray treatment avalible only on Blu-Ray only
. . . "here in the USA."

The last two are available on HD DVD via Xpolited. The first I believe is available via Germany.
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. . . "here in the USA."

The last two are available on HD DVD via Xpolited. The first I believe is available via Germany.
First of all most people do not import their movies. If its not out in America its not out at all for 99% of the public. Even so the foreign versions of both of those movies have dolby plus soundtracks while the American Blu-Ray versions have 24 bit PCM tracks which are far superior. If most won't import the movie period even fewer would import to get an inferior version. Its not something I would ever do. I have never imported a title. I only would if the foreign Blu-Ray version was superior to the American HD-DVD version. Importing an inferior version is in my opinion maddness
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As PFC5 said, I think Disney went with Blu-ray because of the promise of the PS3 effect. Also, Lee showed that maybe a suitcase (or two) changed hands. Disney was talking early last year (right before HD DVD launch) about maybe replicating on HD DVD too, but since then they've been pretty Blu in their talk.
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First of all most people do not import their movies. If its not out in America its not out at all for 99% of the public. Even so the foreign versions of both of those movies have dolby plus soundtracks while the American Blu-Ray versions have 24 bit PCM tracks which are far superior. If most won't import the movie period even fewer would import to get an inferior version. Its not something I would ever do. I have never imported a title. I only would if the foreign Blu-Ray version was superior to the American HD-DVD version. Importing an inferior version is in my opinion maddness
again with the PCM obsession. "Far superior"? Hardly if 99% of the population are listening through the 10watt stereo speakers on their TV.

The importing side is becoming more and more prominant. But at the end of the day, they aren't titles that people will buy a player for. They'll buy them once they own the player, but they won't specifically spend $399 just to play those titles. The people you are referring to not bothering to import, are the people who will just buy either format, then settle for what is already availible and wait for what isn't. And those same people will buy a sub $200 player, when they won't buy a $400 player.
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First of all most people do not import their movies. If its not out in America its not out at all for 99% of the public. Even so the foreign versions of both of those movies have dolby plus soundtracks while the American Blu-Ray versions have 24 bit PCM tracks which are far superior. If most won't import the movie period even fewer would import to get an inferior version. Its not something I would ever do. I have never imported a title. I only would if the foreign Blu-Ray version was superior to the American HD-DVD version. Importing an inferior version is in my opinion maddness
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