Sam Raimi Loves Working Blu

Posted by Dave Cowl on November 16, 2007 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War

spidey.jpgSound and Vision Magazine have published an interview with Sam Raimi where he discusses the Spider-Man movies and the Blu-ray Disc versions of those movies.

It seems we have another director who loves movies in High Definition! Check it out here.

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7 Responses to “Sam Raimi Loves Working Blu”

  1. Kris on November 16th, 2007 2:06 pm

    Then just imagine how much he’d love HD DVD if he were to give it a try, so many more options, Picture in Picture, web enabled features, better interactability, etc.  He’s probably one of those ignorant directors on the formats just like Michael Bay was and then once he was shown 300 on HD DVD, he announced to the world that hit rocks. Hate how stories like this get twisted so easily.

  2. James Segars on November 16th, 2007 2:33 pm

    Yeah, I think what Sam Raimi means to say is that he loves having his movies presented in High Definition, and really what director wouldn’t?  Since his movie is a Sony production, it’s not like he had any choice in bringing the film to either HD DVD or Blu-ray.  I think the title could just as easily be "Sam Raimi Loves High Def." :)  

  3. Dave Cowl on November 16th, 2007 6:08 pm

    He might also like lossless audio and high bitrate video. The kinds of features that Transformers might have had if they had released in on Blu-ray – as well of course as 3 times the sales that it had with just HD DVD alone. I don\’t think it is fair to call these directors ignorant. After all, they are directing movies while we are not… they must have something going for them. While internet and PiP might seem essential to some, the presentation of the actual movie is more important to others. Of course, while these interesting extra features will or have already come to Blu-ray, it seems that HD DVD will never have the bitrate to compete on an equal footing.

  4. Tyler Pruitt on November 16th, 2007 6:56 pm

    Unless they do a 1.5x spin rate…. 

  5. Dave Cowl on November 16th, 2007 7:41 pm

    Would that be compatible with current players?

  6. The_Omega_Man on November 19th, 2007 8:49 pm

    Geez! How many time must this be explained to naive blu-ray fans! If you are not using MPEG-2 as your Video compression Codec the chances are slim to very slim, that you would ever need the extra head room in the Blu-Ray spec.
     This Video MaxBitrate specification is a Maximum specification only! If you encode with MPEG-4 AVC or VC-1 (which this movie is BTW!) you get NO perceptible benefits from that extra spec. bandwidth. Please tell all of your Blu-Buddies to stop waving this around like is some sort of prize fight title belt! Those that do, only make themselves look ignorant of actual digital video facts!
     While Blu-Ray NOW has some Interactivity specified in it’s base specification, this title released too early to really take advantage of those capabilities. IMO.  Had it released on HD DVD it WOULD have the HDi interactive features and possibly would have some WEB interactivity features to boot! The film would have looked exactly the same and with a Dolby TrueHD sound track, it would have sound the same as the Blu-Ray uncompressed audio track.
    I agree with the Kris on his assessment of the Hi-Def Ignorance of the director to make such comments.  Of course most of the questions were leading as well.
    I’m sure that Sony could have really used the extra revenue that an HD DVD version would have brought to the table.  Oh well, their loss!  Because it will eventually be distributed by another distributor in the U.K. or Europe on HD DVD.  Hopefully on the Combo or TWIN format!  And that is when I’ll buy it! 

  7. Dave Cowl on November 20th, 2007 1:51 pm

    Show me again all of the HD DVD titles that have LPCM 5.1 and 24 bit True HD on the same disc, as well as high bitrate video and your argument may just begin to hold water. Show me the lossless audio on Shrek. It is VC-1. Show me the lossless audio on Transformers. It is AVC. Tell me again that HD DVD has enough bandwidth to have all these features. The REALITY of the HD DVD releases shows that it DOES NOT. 

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