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    Friday, February 29, 2008

    Paramount Finished With HD-DVD On March 4

    Videobusiness reported yesterday that Paramount is done with HD-DVD as of next week. Good, 'cause last month I never picked up the HD-DVD special edition of David Fincher's excellent Zodiac (shot natively in HD), and I'm looking forward to that - as well as the recently canceled HD-DVD of P.T. Anderson's phenomenal There Will Be Blood - on Blu-ray soon.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2008

    Live Free Or Die Hard - For Real?

    Talk about synchronicity...

    On the same day my Blu-ray copy of Live Free Die Hard shows up in my mail, South Florida experiences a strange blackout.

    Is this someone or some group testing our infrastructure...? Is this a test run for a "fire sale?"


    As for LFDH, it's an an imperfect but very worthy and entertaining entry in the Die Hard franchise. Some action sequences (i.e. the tunnel) are indeed jaw-dropping. The bullshit factor gets high, but it's well done and entertaining. The Blu-ray disc is reference quality, with an incredibly sharp and stylized look. Audio in the form of a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround mix (48kHz/24-bit) really puts you in the middle of the action, with bombast and aggressive directionality of sound effects. It's a ride - check it out!

    Sunday, February 24, 2008

    Hi-Res Surround Music, I Miss Ya!

    With all the hoopla surrounding the death of HD-DVD and lessons learned from this most recent format war, it seems that hi-res surround music - all but dead (on life support, in a coma) - has completely fallen off the map. Too bad. IMHO, 'twas the best thing to happen to music since, well, the iPod. Tucked into the "get 'em while you can" file are my cherry picks of titles still available.

    Here's A-D:

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