I love the DVD format as it was such a massive leap over VHS. Now we have a format war on our hands though for the next generation format to replace/succeed DVD. The HD DVD camp should be feeling very happy with themselves lately after numerous positive reports stating the format for video quality etc is actually better than Bluray currently.
High-Def Digest have written three reviews comparing different films on either format:
Whatever its merits as a film, ‘Training Day’ has made history by becoming one of the first titles to be released on both the Blu-ray and HD DVD formats. In our first head-to-head comparison, we found the HD DVD to be superior. The unfortunate cropping of the Blu-ray image, coupled with more noticeable compression artifacts and an overall darker cast, can’t compete with the more consistently pleasing presentation of the HD DVD. Also a strike against the Blu-ray version is that both the Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital-Plus soundtracks have been dropped in favor of plain old Dolby Digital, and even the disc’s menu navigation is more clunky and with less interactive functionality. Certainly, this Blu-ray release delivers fine video quality in its own right, but the format’s backers will need to step it up if they are going to win the hearts and minds of early adopters over HD DVD.
A really insightful review that boosts my moral with HD DVD yet again. I will hopefully be getting the HD DVD drive for my Xbox 360, so it would be nice to see the HD DVD format do well. Last thing I want is to get the HD DVD drive add-on and then the format disappears!