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Old 12-12-2007   #1
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Default Blu-ray titles win big at First Ever High-Def Disc Awards

The Blu-ray Disc version of Warner Home Video's hit film 300 won the High-Def Title of the Year last week.

Blu-ray titles captured seven of the 11 categories, picked by a panel of critics and bloggers. All high-def discs released since the inception of Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD were eligible.

The first-ever High-Def Disc Awards were presented at High-Def 2.0, a one-day conference presented by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and the Entertainment Merchants Association.

"We’re delighted," said Dan Silverberg, vice president of High-Definition Media for Warner Bros. "300 was a huge success at the box office. It's been a huge success since being released on disc, and it's gratifying to see it singled out for recognition by the critics and bloggers who selected the winners for these awards."

Full list of winning Blu-ray titles:

• High Def Title of the Year: 300, Warner Home Video. Blu-ray.

• Best Live-Action Blu-ray: Casino Royale, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Blu-ray.

• Best Animated: Ratatouille, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Blu-ray.

• Best Picture Quality: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Blu-ray.

• Best Long-Form Music Video: Dave Mathews & Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City Music Hall, Sony BMG. Blu-ray.

• Best Catalog: Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Blu-ray.

• Best Collection/Multidisc Set: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Blu-ray.
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Default Re: Blu-ray titles win big at First Ever High-Def Disc Awards

oKAY. wHAT FOUR areas did HD DVD win?
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oKAY. wHAT FOUR areas did HD DVD win?
Best Audio quality - Transformers HD-DVD

Best Live Action HD-DVD - Hot Fuzz (they gave an award for each format in this one so it shouldn't count)

Best Bonus Feature - 300 HD-DVD

Most inovative use of Technology - HD DVD U-Shop feature (Internet purchase ability), Universal Studios Home Entertainment

These's awards are kind of suspicious to me because of the purpose of the group - which is as follows "Home Media Magazine delivers news, analysis, market research, product reviews and marketing updates to give studio executives, retailers, distributors, technology providers, marketers and suppliers of ancillary products and services a one-stop resource to help grow their businesses and increase profits" This is about money and the ability of studios (in which Blu-ray has the most) to make money and increase profits. I would like to put the acadamy award winning Happy Feet (best animation - yes better than Rat) Blu-ray against HD-DVD, or better yet the top 7 dual format dvd's against one another.

This is all spin. I enjoyed watching Meet the Robinsons in 480p - because it played! I enjoyed it in blu-ray until it stopped working! My wife said the SD version is better because it works (and I can upscale it to 720p via my PC no problem). They all look lovely, but who's the real winner - DVD - it's killing both formats right now.
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