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List of Blu-rays that come with HD digital copies


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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2013 15:40:27 BDT
D. Pugh says:
Excellent! May more come our way like this :)

Posted on 2 Sep 2013 14:50:00 BDT
Truman says:
I thought every studio had now stopped doing iTunes digital copies in favour of UltraViolet, but Star Trek Into Darkness downloads through iTunes in HD:)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2013 22:43:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jul 2013 22:45:01 BDT
MadusMaximus says:
They're 1080p. Be sure you have it set to download 1080 in the preferences or it defaults to 720. You can re-download them in 1080 if you want too.

The option is under the "Store" tab in the preferences.

The "lower bit rate" falls into the "you don't say?" camp too. Of course they're lower bit rate, the files are a lot smaller. You'd be complaining that they're 30GB rather than lower bit rate if they were the same as the Blu-ray file. The quality isn't actually all that bad either at 1080p, it's the audio that suffers more than the picture to be honest, as you get a 5.1 DD track rather than 7.1 DTS-MA.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2013 13:41:12 BDT
The Rylander says:
I'd just like to say that i have HD copies in iTunes for Bourne Legacy, TED and Prometheus (i know it's crap).

Firstly they are 720p only and a lower bit rate so its nothing to write home about, it would look better on an iPad than an SD copy but worse on a TV than the blu ray.
Secondly the majority of times you get a SD copy, having just purchased a blu ray, which is somewhat insulting

For this reason when purchasing a blu ray I specifically look for non-3D blu rays with no dvd, no digital copy and no UV copy. I only purchase the combo pack if its cheaper, the same price, or the only version available.

Which I think was not rally what they were going for with this.

P.S. 3D is s**t, long live 2D 35mm film with 1080p digital home releases

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2013 17:23:52 BDT
D. Pugh says:
There doesn't seem to be anything being released by anyone at the moment with a decent (aka iTunes) digital copy now.

I tried to use a UV one when going away. Silly me. As I didn't have an internet connection abroad it wouldn't play. I'd downloaded it in England so it was on my iPad, but no, it needed a connection when I wanted to play it, so I couldn't watch it. I so hate UV. Bandwidth hogging, non-device-transferable, that can't be viewed on a TV.

Before anyone reminds me that I have the Blu-Ray, it isn't always feasible to watch it.

Triple Play box sets were ACE! Same price as just the Blu-Ray, and so many more options to view.

Posted on 15 Jun 2013 16:28:14 BDT
Truman says:
Anyone else notice that Universal appear to have stopped including iTunes digital copies with DVDs

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2013 19:46:49 BDT
Truman says:
Thought I'd try it for myself and you're right. I should know not to trust random people on internet forums... present company excepted, of course:)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2013 11:33:30 BDT
Django does only come with a UV copy no iTunes code. Although the UV copy does redeem in HD on the Sony Pictures UV website which is nice.

Posted on 28 May 2013 13:20:11 BDT
Truman says:
Anyone know if there are any digital copies that are advertised as Ultraviolet only but also actually download in iTunes? (I'm not including Universal, who provide both UV and iTunes).

Only reason I ask is that I've seen a mention on a forum that Django Unchained (which is stated to come with just a UV digital copy) actually also comes with an iTunes code. Maybe that person is wrong, but it just got me wondering...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2013 02:41:02 BDT
MadusMaximus says:
Universal again lol. Notice a trend here? I got it for my mother and sister (no interest in it myself), always nice to have the iTunes version for the Apple TV so I can avoid the whole rip and encode process lol. I have the disc as a backup too if something should happen to the digital copy for whatever reason (highly unlikely, but you never know).

Posted on 16 May 2013 20:00:15 BDT
Truman says:
Les Miserables also downloads in HD:)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 23:53:13 BDT
MadusMaximus says:
Indeed, just got this myself. Again, another Universal release. They're the only ones who seem to understand this whole "oh, you bought an HD copy of this movie, we'll give you an HD download of it too" concept lol.

Posted on 17 Apr 2013 22:21:07 BDT
T Wong says:
HD copy download with Schindler's List

Posted on 17 Apr 2013 21:18:29 BDT
D. Pugh says:
Pitch Perfect has HD digital copy download from iTunes. Way to go! (I haven't seen the film yet - so no comments about it please!)

Posted on 17 Apr 2013 15:41:21 BDT
Argo downloads in SD too even with Blu Ray.

Posted on 30 Mar 2013 13:13:01 GMT
Truman says:
This one surprised me, because it's a Dreamworks release... Rise of the Guardians downloads in HD.

Fingers crossed all studios are now moving towards HD digital copies!

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 21:38:00 GMT
Truman says:
Another one to add to the list... Savages 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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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.
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