I cannot understand the reasoning behind bringing out these Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs. I think it would be a great idea to get people who only have standard DVD players to buy these, so that when they do make "the jump" to HD, that they will choose HD DVD as their preferred format. Unfortunately, the studios apparently decided to ruin this idea by charging more than the normal cost of HD DVDs. This means that standard DVD consumers are paying a lot more than the cost of the DVD version, just in case they buy a HD DVD player (and a HD TV if they don't already have one). Worst of all, the HD DVD consumers are punished, since they have no need for the standard DVD format, and they end up having to pay more as well. I feel like this move could kill HD DVD in the format war against Blu-Ray. I own an HD DVD player, but I will not pay the extra money for these Combo Discs. Unfortunately, many of the movies that are being brought out on HD DVD that I would buy are being brought out as Combo Discs. I think they need to make a change or HD DVD will lose the format war.
Here is a quick list of movies that have been brought out on the Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs. (This list is not just made up of movies I would consider buying) -16 Blocks -The Departed -ATL -Firewall -The Fountain -Good Night and Good Luck -Happy Feet -Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang -Lady in the Water -Lake House -Letters from Iwo Jima -Music and Lyrics -Rumor Has It -Superman Returns -Alpha Dog -Hitcher -Smokin' Aces -The Break-Up -Children of Men -The Good Shepherd -Hollywoodland -Fearless -Miami Vice -Slither -Waste Deep -You, Me and Dupree -American Werewolf in London -The Breakfast Club -Brokeback Mountain -How the Grinch Stole Christmas -Half Baked -Land of the Dead -National Lampoon's Animal House -The Scorpion King -Unleashed -Army of Darkness -Dazed and Confused -Fast Times at Ridgemont High -Accepted ...and more
I agree, the combo idea is a terrible one. HD-DVD player owners absolutely do not want to pay extra for the DVD side that we will never use. I also highly doubt that many people who don't own an HD-DVD player want to spend twice as much for a combo disc instead of the regular DVD. They really need to wake up to this fact.