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Old 03-30-2007, 05:20 PM
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Default Elephant Dreams - Great HD DVD Demo Disc

A friend in Germany just sent me "Elephant Dreams" on HD-DVD from Amazon.de as a gift and it's a great showcase for the format.

The main feature is an eleven minute CGI 'toon. Beautifully done and presented, but it's the extra's that are the most fun. For geeks there's a 'HD-DVD Making of' which covers everything from the software used ("Eclipse" and "Subversion" were used for the menuing) to how everything was put together. The main feature is presented in three different encoding formats. There's a 30 minute making of, four commentaries and a bunch of other bits and pieces, including an HD-DVD vs SD comparison which can be adjusted to show the two together horizontally or vertically or separately full-screen. I thought this was a bit hokey to be honest (the SD looks more like a VHS transfer than a good quality SD) but since the disk is put out by Imagion and Toshiba I guess they're using it to try and sell HD-DVD players!

It's a bit pricey I guess, but if you want something to show off your HD-DVD player it's well worth ordering a copy. Toshiba should have bundled it with every player they sold.
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Old 03-30-2007, 05:22 PM
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Yeah, I have this too and it is pretty cool. If anyone is making an order from Germany (for example for "The Perfume", "Prestige", or "Running Scared"), then you can also throw this in for fairly cheap and save on shipping.
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