Warner, Why No HD DVD/DVD Combos in Japan?

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on August 13, 2007 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, HD DVD, Studios

We have a question for Warner Home Video. Why are you forcing us in North America to buy expensive HD DVD/DVD combo discs on your new releases? This situation is much different in Japan, as WHV Japan has both the Blu-ray and HD DVD priced the same as they are not using the Combo disc on any releases. We wonder how much of a difference this would make on the U.S. sales figures for titles like “300” and “The Departed“.

WHV Japan

Japanese Coverart:




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3 Responses to “Warner, Why No HD DVD/DVD Combos in Japan?”

  1. Ryan on August 13th, 2007 4:53 pm

    I must be the only one who likes the combo disc – although it would be kinda nice to not have t pay extra for it. I can understand DVD/HDDVD authoring and making the movie, paying the talent etc … – but just pressing it costs like nothing, so they shouldn’t charge consumers extra to get two formats …

  2. Lars on August 13th, 2007 11:58 pm

    combos just suck. i hate the extra cost that comes with them and I NEVER use the dvd side. why should I???

  3. Segarsj on August 14th, 2007 7:19 am

    Personally I don’t mind paying the extra cash, I just don’t like the combo discs because they lack disc cover art. Also, if you store the disc in a binder you are forced to sacrifice one side of the disc to scratches and scuffing, and naturally that would be the DVD side. At this time I’m keeping all of my HD DVD’s in their original casing anyway (mainly for show because the red cases are so damn sexy sitting above the TV) but eventually I’ll need to keep them in their own binder once I expand my collection fully.

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