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Old 04-30-2008, 05:55 AM   #1  
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Paramount Pictures, which last year cast its lot exclusively with the ill-fated HD DVD home video format, is getting ready to re-enter the Blu-ray business.

Three catalog titles -- "Face/Off," "Next" and "Bee Movie" -- will roll out May 20 on the victorious high-definition format. "Bee Movie" was initially supposed to be released in March on HD DVD, the same day as the standard DVD. But when Toshiba threw in the towel on HD DVD in February, those plans were scrapped and "Bee Movie" came out only on DVD.
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this is front page news on any other forum,why doesn't this thread show up on the the home page,here!
this is great news.except i wonder how they will price there bd's.
i hope they will price older titles in the 19.00 range,newer titles maybe 24-29.00 range. paramount needs to make things right with early adoptors,but somthing tells me they won't.
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Initial offerings suck. If this is the best Paramount can do, they may as well stick with HD DVD exclusively. One would think after their myopic decision to go with HD DVD only, they would come out strong on Blu-ray with some of the stellar titles.
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Initial offerings suck. If this is the best Paramount can do, they may as well stick with HD DVD exclusively. One would think after their myopic decision to go with HD DVD only, they would come out strong on Blu-ray with some of the stellar titles.
Why would/should they?
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Partly because they need to woo HD DVD player owners into purchasing Blu-ray. I don't know if you have been following this story, but a lot of HD DVD owners are really pissed at this situation. It would seem economic sense for both the Blu-ray hardware and software manufacturers to appeal to this fairly sizeable group. I would have thought this to be obvious.
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Partly because they need to woo HD DVD player owners into purchasing Blu-ray. I don't know if you have been following this story, but a lot of HD DVD owners are really pissed at this situation. It would seem economic sense for both the Blu-ray hardware and software manufacturers to appeal to this fairly sizeable group. I would have thought this to be obvious.
i think in the real world they don't have to own up to anybody.
early adoptors think paramount owes them something.
the masses don't even know all this went on,the war etc.
were the ones who bought the players during the war,and took the risk,with all that went on.this has been stated many times on this forum.blu-ray has a very small slice of the pie right now.as far as hd dvd owners being pissed off[i was one]tough isn't it.if you think paramount or any of the studio's really care.....your gonna have a bad day.were still in the early stages of this whole thing,hdm isn't as big as you think right now.next time your at bestbuy or c city or where ever watch how many people check out the bd movie area...you might find your the only one most of the time.then do the same with the dvd area.my point chill out we have a long way to go.
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i think in the real world they don't have to own up to anybody.
early adoptors think paramount owes them something.
the masses don't even know all this went on,the war etc.
were the ones who bought the players during the war,and took the risk,with all that went on.this has been stated many times on this forum.blu-ray has a very small slice of the pie right now.as far as hd dvd owners being pissed off[i was one]tough isn't it.if you think paramount or any of the studio's really care.....your gonna have a bad day.were still in the early stages of this whole thing,hdm isn't as big as you think right now.next time your at bestbuy or c city or where ever watch how many people check out the bd movie area...you might find your the only one most of the time.then do the same with the dvd area.my point chill out we have a long way to go.
Good point. Although I think the "masses" know just a little bit more about this than you give them credit. But your observation about the HD bin seems spot on. I suppose it is possible that by the time the masses catch on, Paramount will have released some of its more stellar productions. We'll see.
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I wonder what the mind set is at the studios regarding high def movies? Initially I think they saw HDM as way to get people to double dip and as the financial savior in a market where SD-DVDs are no longer the golden goose. The reason for SD-DVD sales declines are probably a combination of Joe Public having bought all the older movies he wanted and the poor quality of new movies on the market.

Now I wonder if they sometimes do not wish that HDM had never made an appearance. I certainly do not see any studio really helping out in the acceptance of HDM. Didn't for HD-DVDs, don't seem to be doing much for BD.

I am a little concerned that one day one of the studios will announce they are no longer going to produce anything but SD-DVDs, and that there will be a stampede of studios following their lead.

With my luck, it will probably happen right after I buy a BD player.
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