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Old 05-30-2010, 11:12 PM
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HD DVD LIVES! New title, "Smokers" Available for Pre-Order

This is not a "deal" per say but to those who have an HD-DVD player and are looking to add to that collection, here is your chance!

MCB Entertainment is releasing one of their upcoming features, Smokers, on the HD-DVD format.

Price is $30 shipped, but hey it's a new HD-DVD. The first 100 pre-orders also get a special thanks credit as well as a free mp3 from the director's band.

mcbtv.net/Hddvd

More info on Smokers, direct from the director;

I am the director of Smokers. A friend of mine this discussion to my attention so I thought I would clear a few things up:
- Our site is under construction, but we had to make parts of it accessible despite being unfinished because an article about the HD-DVD release with a link was being printed. A link to an under construction message with a pay pal button would have been allot more "shady". You can stop back later in the week when we are more presentable, or go to IMDB for more details about our films.

- The price is directly related to the cost of making fully packaged, professionally manufactured HD-DVD's. As a couple people mentioned another indie film Deadlands 2 was recently released on the format. Those were burned discs with computer printed labels and covers that had a higher price tag than Smokers does. I know this because I bought a copy. I am not knocking their movie in any way, I just want to clarify the difference between the releases.

- This is a very limited set that comes with alot of exclusive stuff some of which isn't even listed yet on the site. It is intended for fans of the HD-DVD format and collectors. For everyone else there will be a standard DVD you will be able to pick up at most stores.
Thank you guys for taking the time to read this.

- These are not HD-DVD R's but professionally replicated discs. It is being manufactured in the US. I can't speak for the makers of Deadlands 2 or explain their situation. In my own experience it was difficult to find a plant, but we did. It is also expensive to go this route, but I want to deliver the best product possible. Again I can't answer for another filmmaker or company.

- Manufacturing and shipping begins as soon as the 100th order is received. The first 100 people receive a "Special Thanks" credit in the film so it couldn't have already been manufactured.

- Those trailers are old promo trailers that were put together as a demo for investors. They are NOT official trailers.

- Also the "Family Friendly" version is NOT the TiVo version of the film. It is a special feature that is exclusive to the HD-DVD release. Smokers has allot of nudity, but is not pornographic. The TiVo version edits the nudity for a TV-14 rating. Think the VH1 cut of Showgirls. That was made specifically for TiVo and I have no intention of releasing anywhere else at this point. With two versions of the film the unedited is the "Director's Cut".
Thanks again!

- Also Smokers is not just a collection of random clips. That said don't expect hard hitting reporting either. This is a comedic documentary meant to entertain that is assembled like a drive-in or grindhouse presentation complete with cartoons at the beginning and an intermission. It is hosted by Debbie D of JT Petty's S&Man.

- These are fully packaged, professionally manufactured HD-DVD's with the appropriate cases and inserts.

- The first 100 pre-orders will receive a "Special Thanks" credit, so the disc will be pressed and shipped as soon as the first 100 orders are processed.

- I did not make Deadlands 2. I don't know why it took them so long, or why they were made with HD-DVD R's. I bought a copy as soon as the they began taking orders, so I am in the same boat as everyone else there.

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As the post was made late Sunday night, I initially locked the thread until I could obtain additional information from the OP to ensure this was legit. He has provided me with a link to the movie at imdb.com:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1547663/

Considering all the problems our members encountered with Anthem Pictures' HD DVD release of Deadlands 2, I asked him how he was going to be able to produce HD DVDs and he replied:

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I am aware of all of the problems that occurred with Deadlands 2, and we should have no problem avoiding these issues. We are actually going through an old distributor that only sold HD-DVD and DVD products and is sitting on loads of HD-DVD's. We are going to be producing our flicks on HD-DVD as long as there is continued interest, there are probably enough where we can do 4 movies with 500 limited of each at this point. We though are not guaranteeing doing more than just this one at this point. This is also why we have the first 100 incentive with a thanks credit listed.
So, I am re-opening the thread and re-posting the link to their site. HighdefDigest of course in no way endorses this product and encourages members to investigate carefully, fully & thoroughly and ask any you questions you may have in this thread. So, ask & post away....

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Since it is not locked now, is this kosher?
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Since it is not locked now, is this kosher?
You beat me to it. See my edited post.
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This is not a "deal" per say but to those who have an HD-DVD player and are looking to add to that collection, here is your chance!

MCB Entertainment is releasing one of their upcoming features, Smokers, on the HD-DVD format.

Price is $30 shipped, but hey it's a new HD-DVD. The first 100 pre-orders also get a special thanks credit as well as a free mp3 from the director's band.

http://www.mcbtv.net/hddvd.html
So if we buy one now, how long will it take to ship? Because I am pretty sure no one here wants their money taken, then have to wait 6 months for a product.

I checked out the link and didn't see preorder anywhere (could have just missed it), so are these made and ready to ship?

Does it come in a real red HD DVD case?

Pressed or burned?
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I bit. Hopefully it arrives before 2013.
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Tempted but need more info befire I bite. Sucks Deadlands 2 wasn't the last one and makes me now wonder how many of thies "last HD-DVD ever made" we are going to have. However this one isn't really being called the last HD-DVD ever made.
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Hey guys the OP has been updated with some new info directly from the director of the flick.
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I'm the director of Smokers and I'm trying to clear up a few things about this release.
- These are fully packaged, professionally manufactured HD-DVD's with the appropriate cases and inserts.
- The first 100 pre-orders will receive a "Special Thanks" credit, so the disc will be pressed and shipped as soon as the first 100 orders are processed.
- I did not make Deadlands 2. I don't know why it took them so long, or why they were made with HD-DVD R's. I bought a copy as soon as the they began taking orders, so I am in the same boat as everyone else there.
If you have any questions about the release feel free to ask me directly. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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Tempted but need more info befire I bite. Sucks Deadlands 2 wasn't the last one and makes me now wonder how many of thies "last HD-DVD ever made" we are going to have. However this one isn't really being called the last HD-DVD ever made.
From my point of view, I consider the German Steelbook of DEATH PROOF the very last "REAL" HD DVD ever released.

And why? the answer is simple....

- It was a studio release that was promoted just like any other authentic HD DVD release when the format war was still going on.
- It has real 1080p video and HD Audio tracks.
- It was made available on Amazon and other commercial retail sites.
- Oh and its a Steelbook...I think its also kind of fitting that the "LAST" real HD DVD was given a premium packaging treatment.

Add in the fact that was actually pressed, but then left to languish in a warehouse while the distributor pondered what to do with it, and then released almost as a nice surprise more than a year after HD DVD's official demise gives it that extra cool factor.

And finally, to give credit to HiDefDigest, it was reviewed here just like any other official Bluray or HD DVD release for all you to see. And its the VERY LAST LISTING on the HD DVD reviews here.

I believe thats the way it should stay! If Josh or whoever, want to put up reviews of Deadlands, or this title or any other "HD" titles that pop out of nowhere, there should be an asterisk next to them with some disclaimer.
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