Elephants Dreams has become the first European HD DVD to go on sale in Europe. The CGI animation has been created to showcase the potential of the new high-def format by German DVD authoring house Imagion AG.
The computer-generated short film, which was primarily created with free, open source software, features a surreal trip into a weird machine world and is presented in both 1080p VC-1 and MPEG-2 versions, allowing viewers to compare the quality of the two encoding techniques.
It also comes with a variety of bonus content, including several audio commentaries and a script-to-scene feature. A making-of Making of documentary can be viewed simultaneously in a PIP window.
“With our early-on production of this HD DVD, we have definitely taken a considerable risk, since we wanted to utilize many of the new functions,” explains Michael Becker, the project initiator. “However, thanks to the optimal interplay between our creative heads in Project Management, Graphics and, most prominently, Technical Implementation, Programming and Encoding/Authoring, we succeeded in developing an HD DVD for the European market . We are very enthusiastic about the interactive potential of advanced content HD DVDs (iHD) and the capabilities of the available Toshiba HD DVD players.”
More information about the HD DVD release can be found at www.imagion.de. The HD DVD can also be ordered directly online at the website. As soon as the first European HD DVD players hit the stores in autumn 2006, Imagion AG says the disc will also be available in retail outlets.
The studio is currently working on a Blu-ray edition. More news as we get it.