Tech Specs and Features Revealed For First HD-DVD Movie Releases

Posted Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 07:27 AM PST
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High-def enthusiasts can stop holding their breath. Confirmed technical and supplemental details for the first round of upcoming next-gen high-def DVD disc releases have surfaced online, via back-of-the-box cover art for Warner's initial three HD-DVD titles due April 18 -- and it looks like fans will be happy with what they're gonna get.

With so little information released by the studios thus far, there has been much speculation among high-def enthusiasts over the past few months over just what the new discs would deliver. But Warner appears to be pulling no punches with their initial three offerings -- 'Million Dollar Baby,' 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Last Samurai' -- each delivering full 1080p resolution (the maximum high-def can offer) as well as all of the supplemental features found on each title's standard DVD cousin, including every last featurette, commentary and deleted scene.

Of course, there is one caveat (isn't there always?). The Digital Bits discovered this little disclaimer on the back of the Warner grids, too: "Levels of video resolution and audio standards stated require audio-visual equipment capability and appropriate digital connections." Meaning that the discs may employ the much-controversial AACS copy protection scheme that degrades image quality on HDTV sets without the proper digital connections.

Complete (front and back) box art scans can be found by following these links to the "Man Room" web site: Million Dollar Baby

The Phantom of the Opera
The Last Samurai

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