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Buena Vista Home Entertainment said it would release five movies this spring: "National Treasure," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Reign of Fire," "Kill Bill Vol. 1" and "Hero." More titles will be announced during the year, it said.

 

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=569&ncid=738&e=2&u=/nm/20050316/tc_nm/media_disney_umd_dc

 

This is quite surprising. Lion's Gate also recently announced their support. There may be more life in the PSPs movie playback than people expected, though it's one thing for studios to support it, it's another for the consumers to justify buying the discs. Either way, with this and Blu ray Disney is certainly getting rather friendly with Sony these days.

 

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Interesting. I guess the titles listed aren't too surprising, but it would be another victory for Sony if real Disney movies (I'm thinking of animated features and titles targeted at a younger audience) come out on UMD. I think it would make the PSP cross age lines just a little bit more. Right now PSP has a more mature feel to it, but Disney titles could provide competition for things like the GBA video series and maybe make the system a little more appealing to parents looking to keep their kids occupied.

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I just don't 'get' the whole mobile movie movement (unintended alliteration). Mobile music, sure but I can't jog while watching a movie -unless it's some form of danger jogging where I find out what sort of random objects I can smack into -and can run into me. The only time I could justify such a device would be when traveling -and then I would only want to rent the movies for a single view.

 

Am I alone here? When, in your daily routine, would a mobile movie player work?

 

I just wish there were writable UMD's. If users could fill a UMD with music/videos the PSP would be a much more formidable opponent to the iPod.

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Am I alone here? When, in your daily routine, would a mobile movie player work?

 

While sitting at work in an office position? I know there were times when I was at work hammering away on the computer that I would have loved to have a portable DVD player sitting next to me for movie watching purposes (if your place of business allows that sort of thing).

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Am I alone here? When, in your daily routine, would a mobile movie player work?

 

I'm with you Camp. I don't understand the portable media center devices, nor the PSP-as-movie-player either. Then again, I'm not one who ever watches part of a movie in a sitting. To me that ruins the experience and has no appeal.

 

I did buy a big SD card for my Palm to put movies on, but they are clips, novelties that I might like to show to friends (like my time-lapse movies). But a feature-length film? On a tiny screen? Not my thing.

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Movies on the go, and if I am quite perfectly honest, gaming on the go, is something I personally can't justify for anything other than long haul travel. It's the big reason I've no intention of rushing out to own a DS or PSP anytime soon, both of which I?ll admit are particularly swish toys (the latter especially) with a number of games I?d like to play.

 

The appeal to some of portable gaming I of course understand more than I do portable movies, but generally these things are beyond where I place my interests in gaming and portable devices in general. From my point of view, movies are for the biggest display you can view them on without pushing the limits of quality?. Distributor interest in scaling motion pictures down into the palm of one?s hand is a mentality I have never quite understood, let alone any consumer?s potential desire to watch something of such miniscule proportions. I dislike the idea of people watching films in a way that's potentially even more distracting than it can be watching them at home. All purpose of a good movie is lost once your attention goes too.

 

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Its good if you travel on a bus to and from work/school, between class's at school if you have a long break, big lunch breaks, travel and so forth. I once had a 5 hour break between class's and wish i had portable dvd/media players like this back then.

 

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kids+long road trips= target market

 

hence disneys leep into the market?

 

If you mean the kids will be watching the videos on the PSP -I don't think that's Disney's target audience here. Look at the titles...they are aiming right at the 18-35 audience.

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I am an IT consultant....I love portable everything...Planes, airports, hotel rooms...I can not wait for this product. I have been less than impressed with my DS. I hope the PSP is better for me.

 

Although Since I got World of Warcraft, my hotel evenings have been great?Still need something for the airports, and maybe the plane. Sometimes pulling out the laptop to watch a Movie on the plane is a pain

 

- Scott

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How does this sit with the news that the Weinsteins are taking the Kill Bill rights with them when they split with Disney?

 

This is all a muddled state of affairs. The New Co. (as I believe it will be called) certainly have rights to the single film ? with scored intermission ? edit of Kill Bill that made its debut at Cannes last May, but that standard domestic versions may actually stay with Miramax. It?s all very confusing. I?ve heard that Tarantino himself owns all rights to the ?Whole bloody Affair? edition thus he can take it where he pleases and given his allegiance to the Weinsteins it?s inevitably going to come via them in some form.

 

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I'm joining your club, Camp and Ed. I don't like watching TV or movies in pieces and I definitely don't like to watch TV or movies when I can't give it my full attention. I'm sure there are people who will use the feature, but I'm not one of them.

 

Same here. I want to see movies as they were meant to be seen - on a big-ass screen, in stereo or 5.1, no distractions.

 

Games are a different story. I can be immersed with Bejewed on a cell phone. Music? All I listen to is an iPod. But movies? Portable? No thanks.

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In reading some of the reviews for Spiderman 2 on UMD it seems as though the movie has been cropped and scanned to fit the PSP's screen. The original film was of course 2.35:1 but the UMD disc has been changed to fit the 1.78:1 ratio of the screen. That is disappointing to hear to say the least. I don't think the UMD format will really take off personally but if this kind of cropping becomes the norm.... :barf

 

Even less incentive for me to bother buying any films on the format.

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Anchor Bay has announced support for the UMD format as well. Thier first six films include some horror heavy hitters as both Halloween and Evil Dead will make it to the format on August 23rd.

 

Anime fans also have reason to rejoice as they will release Ninja Scroll, the first Ghost in the Shell, and Blood The Last Vampire!

 

You can read the full report here:

 

http://www.gamespot.com/news/2005/06/20/news_6127841.html

 

Though I've noted in the past how I had little interest in UMD, my wife bought me some films recently and I've been taking them to work and using my PSP as a movie viewer to pass the time. It's become a routine really and I'm starting to appreciate how fast it makes work go by for me. I can usually find these films at Walmart for 13/14 bucks so I don't mind grabbing some favories now and again if they catch my eye (I'll never get into actually collecting films on the format as I have with DVD.)

 

I hope that Anchor Bay releases these films in OAR and with some type of scene selection. I would happily pick up Halloween, Blood, and Ghost in the Shell.

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Some more news..

 

New Line jumps onboard the UMD train

 

The first batch of New Line UMD will be released on October 4--but will not include any of the Lord of the Rings films. It will feature the Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf, the 2003 remake of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Ashton Kutcher thriller The Butterfly Effect. Rounding out the first wave are the horror-legend showdown Freddy vs. Jason, the vampire-action classic Blade, and, curiously, the coming-of-age dramedy Secondhand Lions. All titles will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98 and many will have special features.

 

Lost will also be appearing on UMD.

 

Buena Vista also has thier next batch of titles coming (along with Lost):

 

Buena Vista Home Video, which announced its support for UMD earlier this year, has also announced it will release UMD editions of several films alongside Lost, including Toy Story on Sept. 6, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Pulp Fiction on Sept. 13.

 

Hopefully Lord of the Rings will be on the format soon as well. :tu

 

 

..and can you believe that He-man is coming to UMD.

 

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.asp?userid=99364268649733&item_id=692320

 

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.asp?userid=99364268649733&item_id=692321

 

 

...and THUMB WARS!

 

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.asp?userid=99364268649733&item_id=688285

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