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First HD DVD vs Blu-ray title bout - "Training Day"

Matt Burns
08.01.06
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Here it is. The first title bout between HD DVD and Blu-ray brought to you by Warner Home Video. In one corner with have the HD DVD flavor of Training Day that maybe encoded in 1080p but sufferers from a player that doesn't output the higher resolution. This title was deemed a long time ago, a great HD DVD film transfer and has been waiting for it's Blu-ray counterpart to show up so he can show 'em who is the boss.

Then in the other corner we have the rookie Blu-ray version of Training Day and even though he was just released, he is 1080p through and through, from movie to player to HDTV. His corner has been plagued with problematic noise-reduction issues and while some of his other Blu-ray brethren may have had issue in the past, this version of Training Day is ready to stand up against the HD DVD monster. We don't know who is going to come out on top of this one folks as it is going to be one mighty battle.

Blow for blow after the jump

The first round went to HD DVD thanks Blu-ray's funny cropping issue. Blu-ray just wasn't all the way there on the sides even though both titles were technically 2.40:1.

The second round went to HD DVD as well when the Blu-ray title displayed more polarization. HD DVD was more focused and had an easier time staying on target then Blu-ray.

The third round was an easy one for HD DVD 'cause for some reason Blu-ray couldn't make out HD DVD. 'Ol Blu's picture was just too dark compaired to the natural look of HD-DVD

They went onto a fourth round and HD DVD almost knocked out Blu-ray with his TrueHD surround track but, alas, there isn't any TrueHD compatible devices yet so it turned out to be a draw.

These two formats could go blow for blow, but in the end, the HD DVD title bested the Blu-ray version thanks to it's more consistent picture. It is simply more accurate and stable. All this from an "old-school" 1080i player too. Congrats goes out to the whole HD DVD camp and until next time, have fun and play safe, but do it in high-def!

HighDefDigest has the blow for blow details over at their site.

[Thanks, WiFiSpy]


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