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Blu-ray yet to fully exploit 50GB disc format

October 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

Hollywood studios have rejected claims that they are failing to deliver on the potential of high capacity 50GB discs. Sven Davison, Fox’s VP of DVD production says it’s early days: “right now we’re just finding an audience. We have a huge palate to play with, but we are just getting on the playground.”
Typically the extra disc space is just going to accommodate larger release, such as the three half hour re-cut of Kingdom of heaven, or provide the same extras as the corresponding DVD release, either in in standard definition or HD (Click and Talladega nights).
BD Java, the system’s interactive platform, has been used with caution, for example to create simple video games which have been included on the 25GB BD releases of Speed and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Those wanting to see BD’s signature picture-in-picture feature will have to wait until the December 26 release of The Descent (on 50GB).
It’s thought that its only when BD moves across to the more economic H.264 or VC-1 encoding process will sufficient space become available for studios to really experiment with.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Home cinema · Trade

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