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pfslai 12-11-2007 11:54 AM

HD or Blu-ray Harry Potter
I just bought a Toshiba A35 on top of my PS3. My dilemma now is when a disc is available on both HD and Blu-ray then which version should I get????

tigeraudio2007 12-11-2007 05:57 PM

Re: HD or Blu-ray Harry Potter
I would recommend the HD DVD version of Harry Potter 5. Here is a brief comparison:

The video is the same on both discs: 1080p/VC-1

The HD DVD has a Dolby TrueHD track while the Blu-ray has PCM 5.1 (The Blu-ray also has a half dozen other language tracks - I guess that's great if you need a Flemmish audio track)

The main difference lies in the special features. The HD DVD and Blu-ray have the same extra features for the most part. However, the Blu-ray presents the extra features in HD. Both the standard DVD and Blu-ray have 44 minute TV feature not included on the HD DVD. While the special features on the HD DVD are in standard definition for the most part, they have a really nice feature. Both formats have 63-minutes worth of Focus Points. However, the HD DVD has the "In-Movie Experience" which allows you to watch the movie with the Focus Points popping up in a PiP format at the correct moments. The Blu-ray disc lacks this format.

In the end though, if you are not a special features person, the HD DVD and Blu-ray have the same audio/video presentations. If you have an HD-A35 and a PS3, you will definitely get better image and sound quality from the A35. I would get HD DVDs if you have the choice with the 2 components you have.

NoSpinZone 12-23-2007 04:36 PM

Re: HD or Blu-ray Harry Potter
HD DVD is the way to go. If you ever scratch an HD DVD disc you can get it fixed very easily with any CD or DVD repair kit. If you scratch the Blu-ray you're outta luck. Blu-ray discs cannot be repaired, and yes they still scratch despite the required scratch resistant layer.

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