Hi Definition DVDs: Watching the wars from afar…

I’ve been watching with great amusement the wars going on at these sites.  They really are interesting.

BluRay vs HD-DVD
http://www.thedvdwars.com/index.cfm
http://www.betanews.com/article//1165432567#c514148
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061207-8378.html

Why HD-DVD?  It’s more than just the "picture quality":
Despite the babbling idiocy of your average BestBuy or Circuit City employee, HD-DVD is beating BluRay in picture quality hands down and the critics are confirming this.  All you have to do is search for reviews comparing the two, and you’ll find this to be a truth:

But did you know that HD-DVDs have FARRRRRRRRR more "DVD extras" than any BluRay title?  I’m really surprised that no one has ever brought this up.  One of the little known facts in this space is that HD DVD uses HDi™ to build some amazingly cool additional content & interfaces around the DVD extras that people oh-so-covet. 

For example, you get Picture in Picture (impossible on Blu Ray) in HD-DVD movies.  This is useful for things like Director’s commentary head shots, showing GPS mapping for the cars in Fast & the Furious Tokyo Drift, Selectable actor biographies during the movie, Design-your-own-car and see it in the movie in Tokyo Drift, Chocolate Vision (suitably bizarre Tim Burtonesque pop ups) in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, the "DaisyOmeter" in Dukes of Hazzard.

Check out the amazing HD-DVD extras in Fast and the Furious – Tokyo Drift, King Kong, Miami Vice, Batman Begins, Constantine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dukes of Hazzard, etc.

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