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Why I Wish HD DVD Had Won: The Format That Loved Me

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Before winning the majority of Hollywood studio support, those partial to the Blu-ray format have primarily relied on a few points to make their case: more storage and rocketing sales at the ratio of 2:1 to HD DVD. Those are bullshit arguments. As consumers, we should have only been looking at what each format delivered and in that case, HD DVD was a more stable platform with more features on almost every disc that was offered in both. It's a moot point now, because the platform with more content deserves to win, but here's why I wish HD DVD wasn't on its knees:

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When Wilson compared the same discs in each format, Harry Potter and 300, HD DVD had many, many more features. Proof is in the pudding:

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The difference is still less subtle when comparing the two editions of 300:

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Blu-ray could technically support a lot of that functionality, according to the spec, but the trick here is that most of the spec is not and still isn't mandatory. And even when all the Blu-ray players on the market are up to the final spec, whenever that may be, the majority of the original players will still not support extras, so why would anyone develop those extras? They won't. A stair-stepped rollout of what each player must have to be spec compliant has severely limited the Blu format, despite all that great storage capacity. And this might take a very long time to fix, if it ever does.

HD DVD, you were the people's format: R.I.P.

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Who gives a flying frack about special features? I mean, yeah they are cool and all, but it'll be a cold day in hell before I waste five minutes to look at Blu-Ray web content or watch a movie with commentary in PiP. I think most people feel the same way. So why is everyone making SUCH a big deal about it?

If I want to watch deleted scenes, I can do so on a Blu-Ray 1.0 player. Beyond that I really don't care. I just want 1080p movies, that's all. It's about the movies!

To put my comment in perspective, I chose HD-DVD first (Xbox 360 add-on). But Blu won, so now I own a PS3 also. I do think HD-DVD deserved a fighting chance, but the war is over and the last thing I'm gonna do is whine about special features when they hardly matter in the grand scheme of things.