Breaking News in the HD Format War: Paramount/Dreamworks Sides with HD DVD!

DreamworksThings have just gotten a little more interesting in the ongoing HD format wars. Paramount Pictures/Dreamworks have just announced a surprising decision to side exclusively with….HD DVD!! (This includes releases from DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films) This has come to a shock to many people who’ve been closely following this battle, especially after the recent release of Blu Ray’s 2 to 1 sales numbers. This is obviously a massive gain for the HD DVD camp but in reality, i’m not sure if this holds that much significance. HD is still in it’s infancy, and it’s been much tougher convincing casual movie fans to make the jump. However there’s no denying the fact that HD DVD is now holding an ace up their sleeves that could find a shit load of fanboys passing on Blu Ray; The Transformers. Now HD DVD holds exclusive rights to such upcoming high profile releases as Shrek the 3rd and everybody’s favourite ‘giant fucking robots’ film of the year. But more importantly, they will now exclusively own the Star Trek franchise!!! I’m not going to bother asking what everyone thinks, because I already know. ‘I don’t want to have to re-buy my entire dvd collection! There isn’t much of a difference! Downloading is where it’s at!’ BLAH BLAH BLAH. I have three words for you: HI DEF KHAN.

  • According to Gamespot there’s an interesting stipulation to the deal: films directed by Steven Spielberg won’t be exclusive to either platform. However, Transformers will indeed be an HD-DVD-only release.

  • The man

    Wow great news for HD-DVD and me because I own the 360 addon. Now if only people would start buying either format we may actually get some were. Transformers will be huge! I don’t think Blu-ray has a release that big exclusive to it. No wait Star wars is a fox thing that would be bigger.

    But then again I think the lord of the rings is HD-DVD only. I believe New line is a HD-DVD only company. Seeing how the Matrix only came out on HD and not Blu-ray. That would be almost has big.

    And I agree with Jay, HD has more good flix. But Blu-ray’s gots some good ones two like Momento and Unsual Supsects.

  • I just want this to be over already so I can make a decision. I’m leaning to HD because we also have an Xbox and it would so much cheaper to simply buy the add-on but I don’t want to drop the $200 bucks only to find out down the road that HD is done and we have to switch to blu-ray.

    And not that this will matter much here but Michael Bay has basically said that if “Transformers” only gets an HD release, he’s not back for number 2. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

    Here’s the story:

  • Nemesis

    This is good news but also makes the format war a bit more confusing, either stick with HD-DVD or go dual format?

    It’s great that more support is heading to HD-DVD as many were already writing it off prematurely. Plus the fact some good stuff finally coming out, i.e the Kubrick Collection & Blade Runner.

    The recent 360 HD-DVD add-on price drop & the cheaper HD-DVD Players make it much more affordable which maybe a big factor in the long-term. This xmas should be intresting in the format war.

  • I was one of the ‘I don’t wanna rebuy my whole collection’ etc. etc. but that was BEFORE, I knew that the players are backwards compatable and play regular DVDs as well. Then it doesn’t matter at all.

    That being said, I saw HD-DVD for the first time last weekend, and I definitely was not impressed. It was one a huge fucking TV, through the 360 addon, and I watched 30 minutes of Hulk, where he’s fighting the military. It was a bit of a letdown for me, I couldn’t tell the difference at all. And I wasn’t being cynical about it, I came around on this issue when I heard that the players play regular DVDs as well.

    Maybe it requires side-by-side comparison, but anybody who does that needs a new hobby.