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Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Aside from Twitter virtually taking over any spare free time I have, I’ve also been buying a few toys. The most recent is a Blu-Ray player to replace my old HD-DVD player. The ‘Panny’ BD35 as it is known has received rave reviews online for it’s superb picture processing abilities and such a machine at a shade under £200 was too hard to ignore. You can find my review in the erm, reviews section!

Heroes on HD DVD

"It is not the sword. It is the man"

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, myself and Deena did just one thing. No, not that you dirty minded readers! We spent three days watching the entire Season 1 boxset of Heroes on HD DVD. I was initially unimpressed when it first aired in America. I saw the first six episodes and gave up. What started out as such a promising show felt just too slow and dull. As the show progressed it gathered fans at an incredible rate. I’ve not seen this much talk about a US Series since LOST came out, and after a single season, that turned out to be dull tripe.

So we have just watched the finale, and yet there is a ton of content still left to be watched, including the 72minute unaired pilot episode. Universal fully utilised the HD DVD format to the max and it shows with their U-Control feature. Picture in Picture extras, Character Connections, Artwork Presentations and Helix Reveals are all selectable whilst you watch an episode. At key moments the U-Control logo pops up enabling you to access the additional information.
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A look at the Toshiba HD-E1 HD DVD Player

Red ring ‘o’ death…as if Xbox 360’s weren’t bad enough

It’s no secret that I truly love the startling detail and features that the next generation optical formats give us. It’s also no secret that I have opted for the HD-DVD format rather then Sony’s Blu-Ray. I have done this mainly because all the classics that I truly love are all on HD-DVD, whilst the action popcorn flicks tend to be on Blu-Ray. I also like the fact that the standalone HD-DVD players are coming down price wise at a startling rate, whilst Blu-Ray players remain at a slightly more expensive price.

Given that I already own the Xbox 360’s HD-DVD player, I always wanted a standalone player the moment prices became affordable. Lately the price of the second generation Toshiba HD-E1 player has crashed, most probably due to Toshiba’s recent announcement that their third generation players are on the way. This morning I took delivery of the player, and will detail my experiences with it for the next two days. You can check out my review here.

My new HDTV arrives

It’s a bit large…

Yesterday I took delivery of my new 32" Samsung LE32R87BDX (big mouthful thar) HDTV. I have been agonising over purchasing a HD screen for ages now but finally jumped on board after the recent purchase of my Xbox 360’s HD-DVD player. While I was day-dreaming away in my office at work, the delivery man phones up saying that he’s just delivered it at my home. I almost got knocked out by an Australian backpacker as I jumped onto the bus and dashed home…to find the biggest box I’ve seen in ages. Took me a solid 10 minutes just to drag the box up to my room!

Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive in Windows Vista

A cheap HD solution for the masses

Woo, been a while since I wrote any solid content for the blog. To be honest I’ve been incredibly busy with settling into my new position at work amonst other things. Spoilt by some of the HD quality film trailers/game trailers on the Xbox Marketplace, DVD’s have started to look poor by comparison. I just cannot watch a DVD anymore without spotting how bad its video quality is in comparison. I have been holding off purchasing the Xbox 360 HD-DVD player for quite some time now but have finally purchased the thing.

Not a lot of people know that it can be easily used in Windows, so I decided to write up a quick article on how it could be done. PR has recently reviewed his HD-DVD drive on his blog and likes it too!