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March 04 2008

Serenity HD-DVD $11.95 on Amazon.com. I'm buying it and I don't even own a HD-DVD player:)

In case you don't know HD-DVD lost the format war and they will not be making new players or releasing new movies in this format anymore. Still a good price if you have a HD-DVD player or plan on picking up one on sale.

One good thing about HD-DVD losing to Blu-Ray is that presumably at some point Universal will release Serenity on Blu-Ray. In which case they will likely release the Collectors edition rather than the standard edition. And that means we might get to see the 'commentary in a box' thing that was mentioned would show up on any HD release of the collectors edition.
Universal are denying that the HD DVD cover art will be updated with the slogan "may have been the losing format side, still not convinced it was the wrong one".
Bless you, Simon.
Bwaha... I, however, am convinced ;)
Wait till next week and it'll probably be half price, a few more weeks and they'll be giving them away. I am almost sure of this because i saw it in my future telling crystal ball.
"may have been the losing format side, still not convinced it was the wrong one" - what you mean you have to turn the disc over? :-)

I hope they release both Firefly & Serenity on Blu-ray now - that would make an excellent double pack - buy Firefly get Serenity included.
Zol, Serenity and Firefly are from two different studios. You won't see them packaged together.
True, but it could still be bundled together in stores as a store promotion
You'll regret it, Markyhi; eth3er's right, why do you think it's so cheap?

Personally, I'm holding off on ANY hi-def purchases until blu-ray becomes the format standard over regular DVD. By then, prices will be somewhat affordable (on the movies and the players), and they'll have worked out all the kinks of hi-definition (which there are kinks).
I have to have it for my collection:) Also if I can pick up a $99 HD-DVD player it will still play regular DVDs and upscale them. Not ready to spend $300 - $400 for a Bluray player or a Playstation 3. Besides Serenity in HD...
SD is just fine for me until the prices become reasonable.
Well, regardless, HD-DVD will no longer be supported so the wise choice may be to wait. Just my opinion.
Almost bought my first HD-DVD with the Planet Earth documentary TV series last year. Glad I didn't now (though I still really want that BBC show in some sort of high definition format eventually).

I really am surprised that it turned out this way. Not based on the last few/several months of news/evidence--I mean it became pretty clear pretty quickly that Blu-Ray would be the winner all of a sudden. HD-DVD was the first one of the gate, it had more name recognition for the average joes who were paying loose attention to whatever was going to come after regular DVDs, and initially it had more support. I felt sure a few years ago, and even last year when PS3 sales were slow to start out and the Wii was kicking its' ass to an extreme degree, that HD would come out on top.

Yeah, still taking a wait-and-see attitude. Let richer and/or less cautious people be the guinea pigs in this consumer experiment/experiment on consumers.
Glad I didn't now (though I still really want that BBC show in some sort of high definition format eventually)... Yeah, still taking a wait-and-see attitude. Let richer and/or less cautious people be the guinea pigs in this consumer experiment/experiment on consumers.


I own that on Blu and its spectacular. The Wii was kicking everyone's arse to an extreme degree (PS3 beat out 360 in sales for January though, so the momentum it has been building since launch continues. On that note the PS2 continues to outsell a lot of things (including the 360). The HDDVD/Blu war is over, so there's nothing left to wait out for now. In some places outside the US downloads for HD may be workable, but our infrastructure isn't up to that yet, so for High Def, Blu is the only game in town at the moment. Interesting note that in spite of perceived name recognition lead, consumers bought more Blu (at a higher cost) than HDDVD by 2 or 3 to 1 overall. now that Toshiba has thrown in the towel (they wanted to 6 months back, but MS convinced them to stick at it for a bit), the only thing to wait out is prices, which are still like $349 for a standalone on the Blu side. Prices will come down, though, rumors to the contrary being incredibly silly.
I held off on purchasing SerenityHD because I had nothing to play it on. Though, I'd love to see Firefly in BluRay, like it appears on Universal HD channel. The detail in HD shows things I've never been able to see on my Firefly DVD set.

Tried purchasing a HD player for my husband's 360 for Christmas, but he returned it. He knew back then that BluRay would dominate.
By the by, FOX has dropped the SRP of a significant chunk of their Blu Ray catalog by $10.

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