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Blu-Ray/HD-DVD combi players and high definition video discs go under the J. Takiff microscope in this babble-on.
Duo-Player Universe Expands: Consultant Vito Mandato, an advisor to Paramount, recently suggested that the Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD war could be over within three to four months , that Blu-Ray “could win it all” with its higher powered array of exclusive titles.
Our high def focus this time zooms in on Panasonic panels, lower priced disc players and DirecTV’s growing programming array.
Panny’s New Plasmas: I’m a big fan of plasma screens – for their faster switching pixels, great color, blacker blacks and better defined grey scalings. So I’m pleased with the news out of the Panasonic camp regarding the brand’s next flat screens. While fielding new LCD-based panels in 26-32 inch screen sizes, Panasonic ‘s mission (and factories) will be pushing only plasma , as the better solution, in everything 42 -inches and above. More importantly, they’ll bring out several new and less expensive models that can do the full HD dance – displaying a resolution of 1080p (that’s 1080 lines counted vertically by 1920 pixels lined up horizontally on each line, with each set of lines progressively scanned 60 times a second.)
First, a major correction: Last week’s blog stated that a certain series of Blu-ray releases were slated for last week, March 6th. Apparently, my spell checker doesn’t check for stupidity, so that got sent out and published, and of course, the date should have been March 13th. I also forgot to add ” The Holiday” to that week’s release schedule (well, I argue, it’s a forgettable film). Please ignore the idiot behind the curtain… he means well, and is housebroken, but apparently his editor doesn’t parse his material, so there.
This week’s Hi Def movie releases this week include:
Bullitt – Blu-ray | HD DVDThe Getaway (1972) Blu-ray | HD DVDNine Inch Nails Live: Beside You in Time Blu-ray | HD DVDand Stranger Than Fiction Blu-ray
Bullitt [Blu-ray](Warner) Featuring: …
“I can’t tell the difference between DVD and HD,” sez a typical flat-panel shopper, staring at a “huge” 42-inch screen.
No, he’s not an idiot. He’s not undiscerning. In many cases, he’s right. Because 42″ is a dang small screen.