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Initial post: 3 Jan 2013 10:23:36 GMT
Truman says:
Hi all. I was really surprised to find that the iTunes digital copy code that came with my Ted Blu-ray downloaded in HD rather than SD. This is the first Blu-ray I've bought where is this is the case - all the other digital copies I have were in standard definition - and it's great news. Are there are other Blu-rays that come with HD digital copies? Thanks.

Posted on 3 Jan 2013 11:19:02 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
My Ted code downloaded in SD unfortunately but The Bourne Legacy itunes code was in HD.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2013 12:26:03 GMT
Truman says:
Thanks. I wonder why yours downloaded in SD but mine was HD? Strange.

Posted on 3 Jan 2013 13:26:17 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
I watched it three nights ago and it was definitely in SD. I double checked and its definitely in SD. Wish it was HD.

Posted on 3 Jan 2013 14:21:54 GMT
Truman says:
I've today received Jaws and E.T on Blu-ray. The Jaws digital copy is downloading in SD, but E.T is HD. Both are Universal releases - some consistency would be nice!

Posted on 4 Jan 2013 20:37:20 GMT
MadusMaximus says:
I've seen others mention that E.T. gives you an HD version. I've also read that Jaws does too, but the copy I got just gave me the SD version when I redeemed it.

Maybe it's a different batch of codes or something?

It'd be nice if the packaging mentioned which version you'd get on redemption, even if it's in the small print and not overly obvious in the main body copy.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2013 21:08:45 GMT
Truman says:
Apparently the US Jaws Blu-ray comes with an HD digital copy but in the UK we get SD. Annoying!

Posted on 5 Jan 2013 04:35:03 GMT
C. Gould says:
Yep, I have the UK releases of both and the UV copy is SD.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 04:36:14 GMT
MadusMaximus says:
Ah! That explains the mixed information then. Bugger! Got to love how we get screwed in the UK on these kind of things lol.

Posted on 6 Jan 2013 21:43:49 GMT
MadusMaximus says:
I just got E.T. and the redemption code for the digital copy on iTunes is indeed an HD copy. One thing that appears to be missing though are the subtitles (a family member is deaf, so they're pretty much a must have for anything they wish to watch) which is a little bit of a frustration. It's simple enough to find them, but it should come with it. The page for it also says it has them included so maybe it's because it was a redeemed copy rather than an actual purchase? Though I'm not sure how there'd be any distinction or why they'd remove them from it. Seems rather odd. I wish Apple would get on top of suppliers giving them subtitles for things, it seems rather hit and miss with a lot of stuff although it has been better as of late with newer releases.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2013 22:47:04 GMT
Truman says:
I completely agree with you. My wife is Polish and while she's completely fluent sometimes accents get the better of her and we have to put subtitles on. The Jaws digital copy has subtitles - yet another odd inconsistency!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2013 17:33:37 GMT
D. Pugh says:
I *think* you can arrange sub-titling in your iTunes settings. Somehow I managed to turn mine on for most films.

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 17:37:06 GMT
D. Pugh says:
Prometheus came with HD, as did Source Code.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2013 00:14:19 GMT
MadusMaximus says:
You can, but not all files actually come with them because the distributer didn't include them in the file they sent Apple. It's really stupid. It's less of an issue on newer releases, in-fact I can't recall a newer release that doesn't have them (some TV shows are hit and miss), but there's still a large number of older ones that don't (and by older I mean stuff put on the service before 2011, which is pretty pathetic this day and age. Some of it has them, and they've added it retroactively too on some at the same time they added iTunes Extra content too like they did for WALL-E for example).

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 14:48:42 GMT
Truman says:
The Paranorman iTunes digital copy also downloads in HD, so it looks as though Universal will be offering HD digital copies as standard with their newly released Blu rays from now on:)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 14:49:26 GMT
Bourne

My Ted was downloaded in HD and mine was a blu ray code too.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 20:02:51 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
Damn!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 20:11:30 GMT
Truman says:
Do you have your iTunes set up to automatically download in HD? I was just thinking that using a code isn't like buying a film, where you specifically choose SD or HD, so if you're not set up to automatically get HD it might only give you SD. Also, maybe if you go into the Purchased section of your iTunes account it will be possible to download the HD version.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 00:00:35 GMT
MadusMaximus says:
Mine still downloads in SD even when it's set to download to HD (1080p to be specific) on codes that just give you an SD copy. I just think it's a case of most distributors being cheap and giving you an SD copy because they'll reuse the same codes for the DVD version too that also has a digital copy code. Looking at some of the newer Universal releases (as others have mentioned) they have a different code if you buy a Blu-ray edition.

Universal have become my favourite distributer so far as Blu-rays are concerned with the way they handle their digital copies. They also seem to put a good amount of effort into the transfer quality on their catalogue titles too, at least ones from the last few years once Blu-ray was the undisputed champion of the current HD optical-media format lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 01:04:19 GMT
Bourne1886 says:
I've definately got the account set up right, plus I just checked my purchased section and its def in SD. Cheers though.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 10:21:09 GMT
C. Gould says:
"Universal have become my favourite distributer so far as Blu-rays are concerned with the way they handle their digital copies. They also seem to put a good amount of effort into the transfer quality on their catalogue titles too, at least ones from the last few years once Blu-ray was the undisputed champion of the current HD optical-media format lol."

Universal are pretty much one of the worst distributors when it comes to catalogue releases. Granted a disproportionate number of their recent catalogue titles have been good (E.T., Jaws, Monsters collection and a bunch of others), but that's because they were '100th Anniversary' titles and as such received proper treatment (new scans, no digital tampering). However, a significant proportion of their catalogue releases use either dated masters, edge enhancement, or noise reduction. Sometimes they use all three. Both the Jurassic Park and Back to the Future trilogies don't look as good as they could/should. The Big Lebowski isn't great. Scarface has issues. The Thing looks worse than the HD DVD (as do a bunch of other HD DVD to BD ports). There are numerous others. Their new titles, such as Hellboy II, Scott Pilgrim, Kick-Ass, Despicable Me, Battleship etc. do look great though - it's just catalogue where they are hit and miss.

The best example of is probably the horrible Gladiator Blu-ray. Honestly, the original release was terrible. When they were made to go back and do it properly the results were amazing.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 18:39:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2013 18:41:29 GMT
MadusMaximus says:
This is why I said after Blu-ray had won the format war. Most of the catalogue stuff you mentioned there that sucked was from the time that HD-DVD still existed or was just about dead. Most older releases around this time from most studios sucked, the HD-DVD version was almost always the better transfer because they thought that format would win (Sony obviously didn't invest in it and put all their effort into Blu-ray from day one. Can't think why? And yes that's sarcasm for those who can't detect it! lol).

And aye, the re-release of Gladiator looks outstanding! It shows you what they can do.

Still like I said, their newer stuff is good after a certain point.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013 09:54:07 GMT
C. Gould says:
Forgive me, but I've just read your previous post again and used my browser's search function and the only mention of BD winning the format war I can find on the page is in the post I'm now replying to. All of the catalogue titles I mentioned were released long after BD emerged victorious from the format war. Some of them were based on masters created for HD DVD, but the issue isn't the masters, it's the way in which Universal ruins those masters with digital 'enhancements'. The Big Lebowski was only released on BD in 2011 and all Universal did was take the already dated master and filter the grain. The Deer Hunter was released about ten months ago and had most of the grain scrubbed away, and that was one of their 100th Anniversary releases! That's why they have such a bad reputation with videophiles.

The problem with BD back then (mainly Fox to be honest) was that the format wasn't standardised, production yields on BD50s were low and MPEG-2 was still in use. Because of this some of the earliest BDs looked horrible. Thankfully I avoided most of those. I'd still buy a decent version of RoboCop for a dollar though.

Posted on 9 Feb 2013 10:50:22 GMT
Truman says:
Anna Karenina (another Universal disc) downloads in HD:)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2013 10:59:23 GMT
"once Blu-ray was the undisputed champion of the current HD optical-media format lol" is what he meant by BD winning the format war, and was in his original post.
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