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Happier Days on Wall Street (And How to Celebrate April 15th)

I've gotten too many emails in the last 72 hours from friends saying that the markets have caused havoc their New York / Chicago lives... Then Amazon sent me a merchandising email that reminded me that "Greed is Good" and that Wall Street is available on Blu-Ray. One of my favorite films. Another one of my favorite movies comes out April 15th and I will certainly be 'celebrating' tax day with Arnold Scwharzenegger and Carl Weathers on Blu-Ray (Rumors also suggest that Conan comes out on the 15th as well).

Ironic Twist(er) in HD-DVD's Death?

While I hinted at it before, HD-DVD officially died this week.

The most interesting, ironic and overlooked aspect of HD's collapse had less to do with the format and more to do with the final published title:

Twister hit theaters in 1996 and was the first movie ever released on DVD. It also is currently slated to be the final title released on HD DVD (May 3rd)... a sure-to-be Trivial Pursuit question.

Also ironic: Twister will be released on both HD-DVD and Blu Ray!

Netflix Chooses Blu-Ray... Exclusively. Yet Another Indication that HD-DVD is Dead

I've written about Blu-Ray's domination over HD-DVD and this latest development is even more telling. When I purchased my Sony PS3 for Blu-Ray movies, I immediately signed up with Netflix as I didn't own a single title. At the time, Netflix offered Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies - but today, Netflix is announcing that they will only carry Blu-Ray movies going forward.

Stunning move. For a company with such rich user data and popular trends, Netflix must realize that HD-DVD is simply dying (or dead):

With the industry now having picked a winner in the face-off between the two competing high- definition DVD formats, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, today said that it will move toward stocking high-def DVDs exclusively in the Blu-ray format.

Citing the decision by four of the six major movie studios to publish high-def DVD titles only in the Sony-developed Blu-ray format, Netflix said that as of now it will purchase only Blu-ray discs and will phase out by roughly year's end the alternative high-def format, HD DVD, developed by Toshiba.

Since the first high-definition DVDs came on the market in early 2006, Netflix has stocked both formats. But the company said that in recent months the industry has stated its clear preference for Blu-ray and that it now makes sense for the company to initiate the transition to a single format.

"The prolonged period of competition between two formats has prevented clear communication to the consumer regarding the richness of the high-def experience versus standard definition," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. "We're now at the point where the industry can pursue the migration to a single format, bring clarity to the consumer and accelerate the adoption of high-def. Going forward, we expect that all of the studios will publish in the Blu-ray format and that the price points of high-def DVD players will come down significantly. These factors could well lead to another decade of disc-based movie watching as the consumer's preferred means."

More also at Silicon Alley Insider and Engadget

More Proof That Blu Ray Destroyed HD DVD

Need yet another reason to buy a PS3 and convert to Blu Ray? Here is more proof that Blu Ray has won the HD format and that HD DVD is just about dead. Here is the latest list of recently-released-movies from High Def Digest, a terrific site that reviews both formats of high def movies as they release. Here are the last 20 releases. Only four titles arrived on HD DVD and only three of those were unique to that format. One of those includes the Method Man concert... so really, it's only two titles.

High-Def Disc Reviews - High-Def Digest Blu-ray Review: Me, Myself & Irene Blu-ray Review: Celine Dion: A New Day... Live in Las Vegas Blu-ray Review: Damages: The Complete First Season HD DVD Review: Elizabeth: The Golden Age Blu-ray Review: The Brave One. Blu-ray Review: Underdog (2007) Blu-ray Review: Suburban Girl HD DVD Review: King of California Blu-ray Review: King of California HD DVD Review: Method Man: Live from the Sunset Strip Blu-ray Review: The Invasion Blu-ray Review: Wall Street Blu-ray Review: 30 Days of Night Blu-ray Review: Resident Evil - The High Definition Trilogy HD DVD Review: Freedom: 3 Blu-ray Review: Monty Python's Life of Brian Blu-ray Review: Across the Universe Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Z - Broly Double Feature Blu-ray Review: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines