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HD Movie Releases This Week

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We have 4 new HD DVD releases this week, and nothing from the Blu Ray BD camp.

The HD media war is really heating up, both sides need new and better content.

All from Universal, we have:

Billy Madison
Dante’s Peak
The War
The Wedding Date

These are all older, previously released movies and they aren’t that spectacular. The War looks worth checking out, especially if you’re a Costner fan.

Netflix to Offer HD DVD Rentals

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Netflix announced today that it will support HD DVD when the format launches in late March.

“With Toshiba’s new high-def DVD player now available to be ordered for March delivery at several leading online and big-box retailers, a number of Hollywood studios have announced plans to launch both new and catalog titles on HD DVD beginning late that month. Warner Home Video said at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that it will introduce 24 titles in HD DVD on March 28. Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment and The Weinstein Company made similar announcements. ”

Good deal! Netflix is jumping on the next-gen bandwagon, as it sounds like they are open to supporting BD (Blu-Ray Discs) when that format launches as well. Hmm, I might need to up my subscription soon…

Press Release

HD DVD Titles Announced

hd dvd titles available Audioholics came up with an abbreviated list of HD-DVD titles due for release.

Expect most or all of these to be available when you can purchase your shiny, new HD-DVD player:


  • Van Helsing
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Apollo 13
  • U-571
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Dune
  • The Thing
  • End of Days
  • Backdraft
  • Waterworld
  • The Bone Collector
  • Spy Game
  • Pitch Black
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Dantes Peak

Warner Brothers

  • Batman Begins
  • Constantine
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • The Polar Express
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Matrix (Trilogy)
  • Harry Potter series


  • Braveheart
  • Forest Gump
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Elizabethtown
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Italian Job
  • School of Rock
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Ghost
  • Grease


Serenity DVD Released This Week

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Awright! I’ve been waiting on Serenity to make it to DVD! A quick hop from the theater made it an easy wait.

Sci-Fi is one of my fav genres and I’m looking forward to this tale:

“Captain Malcom Reynolds finds himself running from a skilled Alliance operative who wants River Tam, and who will stop at nothing to get her; meanwhile, River’s capabilities become more clear to the crew of Serenity.”

Rated 8.1 out of 10

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The Great Raid – DVD Released This Week

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An awesome DVD released this week is The Great Raid. This is a very compelling story and, from what I understand, very authentic and accurate.

The story goes like this: “Taking place during World War II, 500 POW’s have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.”

Rating 7.1 out of 10 at the imdb.

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Star Wars Episode III – Must Have DVD

Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith DVDFor a technical look at the latest Star Wars release, we get the thumbs up from HomeTheaterMag:

Video: 5
Audio: 4
Extras: 4

The film presentation itself, created directly from the original digital source material, is stunning in its richness of colors and amazing details. Everything you saw theatrically, from helmet glare to the subtle reflection of animated characters, is present and visible on the home screen. There is simply no flaw in the 2.35:1 anamorphic picture, ranking this as one of the best DVD presentations you’ll see.

This DVD is a “must have” for any home theater enthusiast. Unless, of course, you hate Star Wars. (What is wrong with you?)

This could also be a good reference DVD choice for calibration or HDTV shopping.
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Star Wars Episode III

Cinderella Man DVD Released Today

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Cinderella Man comes out on DVD today. A great flick with Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger.

This film earns an 8 out of 10 stars by picky viewers like you and me at the

Plot Outline: The story of Depression-era fighter and folk hero Jim Braddock, who defeated heavyweight champ Max Baer in a 15-round slugfest in 1935.

Rated PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language.

Runtime: 144 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS

Highly recommended.

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Best DVDs of 2005

I came across a decent roundup of the best DVDs for this year, so far. It’s probably not exactly the list I would pick (maybe I’ll take the time later), but a good selection still.

These were not necessarily chosen as best flicks for their content, but for an excellent home theater experience. (Excellent sound, good digital transfer, crisp and immersive video, etc.)

Batman Begins

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


The Incredibles


Sin City Recut & Extended Edition

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


Titanic Special Collector’s Edition

War of the Worlds

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Best DVDs of 2005

DVDs Released This Week

Popular new releases on DVD this week:
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War of the Worlds directed by Steven Spielberg is a sure hit.

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

the polar express DVD The Polar Express is another great flick for the family, and should get us on the roll for that holiday spirit.

On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home.

Rent either or both at NetFlix – free 2 week trial. (DVDs sent to your mailbox with a free return mailer.)

Studios Asked for Smoking Warnings on DVDs

No, not for when your DVD catches fire, but for all those young and impressionable minds that are watching DVDs full of cancer-stick puffers and draggers.

I’m sure some will hate the notion, and I’m not so sure how effective it may be, but I think the intentions are at least good.

With a new study showing that exposure to on-screen smoking prompts many American adolescents to light up, attorneys general from 32 states want Hollywood to slap anti-smoking admonitions on all new DVDs.

They signed a letter sent this week to 10 movie studios asking executives to add anti-smoking public service announcements to all home-viewing releases that depict smoking.

Interesting factoid – Out of 6,522 adolescents asked, 38 of every 100 who tried smoking did so because of their exposure to smoking in movies. Wow.

News Article – USAToday