Warner’s 300 Shines At High-Def 2.0′s High-Def Disc Awards

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on December 5, 2007 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Studios

300.jpgVoted on by a panel of critics/bloggers, the “High-Def Disc Awards” featured winners in 11 categories. The top dog of the event was hands down the epic ’300′ from Warner Home Video, which won for HD Title of the Year and Best Bonus Feature.

Here is the full list of winners:

High Def Title of the Year: 300 (Blu-ray), Warner Home Video

Best Live-Action Blu-ray: Casino Royale, Sony Pictures

Best Live-Action HD DVD: Hot Fuzz, Universal Studios

Best Picture Quality: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Manís Chest (Blu-ray),

Best Audio Quality: Transformers (HD DVD), Paramount

Best Bonus Feature: 300 (HD DVD), Bluescreen PiP, Warner Home Video

Most Innovative Use of New Technology: HD DVD U-Shop feature

Best Long-Form Music Video: Dave Mathews: Live at Radio (Blu-ray), Sony BMG

Best Catalog: Kingdom of Heaven: Directorís Cut, 20th Century Fox

Best Collection/Multidisc Set: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Sony Pictures

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6 Responses to “Warner’s 300 Shines At High-Def 2.0′s High-Def Disc Awards”

  1. Chris A on December 5th, 2007 6:41 am

    um, how did Transformers win for best audio quality without having hi-def audio?

  2. Theo T on December 5th, 2007 8:04 am

    unless u’re a dog, u couldnt tell the difference between the lossless and the compressed audio on a standard 7.1 system, even with a $7000 sound system, it’s still hard to tell, the audio is truly amazing but bluray fans just want to find something to bash hd dvd with, that’s why it was such a big deal, imo i think they are hurting themselves and being stupid, if  u can afford a bluray player, u most definitely can afford a $200 hd dvd player which comes with free movies, just get that for the exclusives, sony may have more companies backing them but hd dvd still has some great exclusive titles especially the classic old movies like Blade Runner, this is the very reason why bluray is still outselling hd dvd 2:1, because the bluray demographic has more purchasing power due to price range whiles with $98 hd dvd players flying around, the average joe cant afford the $25 hd dvd disc so he sticks with dvds

  3. Ryan on December 5th, 2007 9:28 am

    Transformers, an HD-DVD exclusive, is required to have DDPlus, which is a HD format. All HD-DVDs have HD audio, it’s mandated. Plus it won because specs are not true to form – sound is.

  4. Chris A on December 5th, 2007 10:18 am

    Ryan, you’re correct — it does have DD+ at 1.5mbps, so it does qualify as hi def audio –  but DD+ is a compressed audio format and surely there were dozens of films with uncompressed lossless audio (TrueHD, DTS-HDMA or PCM) that should have won out on "audio quality" (and we’re not talking sound design, but quality).A small aside — DD+ by definition is just Dolby Digital PLUS and though many implementations may be at the full 1.5mbps ("HD Audio") many other films with DD+ are just the a standard def DD track at 640kbps, so no, the HD-DVD mandatory inclusion of DD+ does not mean mandatory HD audio.

  5. Dave Cowl on December 5th, 2007 7:47 pm

    Roger D at Dolby has often stated that DD+ at 1.5 is not much of an improvement over 640kbps, which is apparently the ‘sweet spot’ for that codec. While the audio on Transformers is nice, I don’t doubt that it would be noticeably better in TrueHD. Personally I have not gone ‘all out’ by any means with my audio equipment … yet! – none the less I think that high profile titles for next generation formats should have nothing but the best available codecs used – sadly for whatever reason DreamWorks does not agree it would seem. We should never see ‘second best’ – that should not be what these formats are about. 

  6. Andy Butterfield on December 6th, 2007 11:01 am

    Come on, what credibility does this pay-for-votes award ($150 per title) have when it chose the Blu-ray version of 300 with few extras over the HD DVD version with all the enhanced extras … either pick them both or pick HD DVD.
    I’m sure Blu-ray will use this as yet more "proof" of BD superiority … unfortunately the dirty linen is showing

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