Upcoming HD-DVD releases

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How cool is this cover? The artwork for the January 8th 2008 US HD-DVD has finally released and it is certainly unique. The cover takes the form of an envelope actually written by the Zodiac. It is quite interesting how there is a change in sensibilities, imagine telling someone in the mid-1970s in the US that an envelope from a serial killer would be on the cover of a video release. It will feature an extended director’s cut of the film as well as numerous extra features.

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Now here is an exciting and unexpected announcement. On Decemeber 5th, Sergio Leone’s For a Few Dollars More (196)5 will be released in Italy on HD-DVD. Italian online vendors suggest that it will only have an Italian audio track and no English options which is very disappointing but this could possibly change. I find it hard to believe that this release will not have an English audio track.

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Out in Holland next week is Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. I have not heard anything about the quality of the transfer but the special features look very appealing. I am eager to find out how this release compares to the US Blu-Ray release that surfaced earlier in the year. You can order it from Tony at Xpolited Cinema for around ??16 delivered. I doubt that you will find this any cheaper online.

Expect to see 1408 (2007) on HD-DVD in Germany, February 25th 2008 and the first Saw (2004) on February 8th. The latter being another title that was released on Blu-Ray in the US using the out-dated MPEG-2 video codec. Expect this one to be an improvement.

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