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  • ARCHIVED DVD NEWS For : 13th November 1999

    FOR THE LATEST NEWS : CLICK HERE

    Saving Private Ryan storms the DVD Top sales lists ...

    Within one week of it's release, Saving Private Ryan (DOLBY and DTS version) sales have risen to the top of the charts. Currently at Amazon.com, Saving Private Ryan Dolby version sits at the number 2 spot, while the DTS version isn't far behind at number 5. While non-internet sales figures for this Oscar nominated movie was also positive, easily taking the number one spot over Big Daddy.

    Many have hyped SPR to be one of the most high-profile DVD releases of this year, along with the likes of Titanic. It looks like film studios have finally realised that DVD isn't just a format for HI-FI enthusiasts (like LaserDisc was), but a format for the common consumer - a replacement for the playback features of VHS. Unfortunately, there still isn't any word from George Lucas about either the Indiana Jones pack or the Star Wars movies coming to DVD - wake up George, Steven's already taken the first step!!

    On a related note, it seems that at least at Amazon.com, the DTS version of SPR is actually cheaper than the Dolby Digital version (although the Dolby version has an extra documentary feature), at $20.99, compared to the Dolby's $24.99. Considering DTS is Spielberg's baby, this price difference is expected and is even more incentive to get DTS ...

    Related articles :

    Read DVDFile's article on sales stats.
    What makes Saving Private Ryan so good - technology and visual wise
    Opinions :

    News Forum - post your opinions here



    More closures of DVD Ripping and conversion sites ... public anger grows

    US law firms have again taken advantage of the recent developments and have issued several warnings against DVD Ripping sites to either "cease and desist" or face prosecution. While there isn't a specific law preventing DVD Ripping software to be distributed by these sites or even a law against such software, many webmasters have closed shop due to fears of legal action, a fear that is fully understandable.

    At the center of this debate is the DeCSS software (read "related articles" below for more information), which breaks the copy protection code in DVD movie discs that prevented movies to be digitally copied. DVD Ripping and conversion sites usually gives detailed instructions on how to use DeCSS and other software to make backups on your hard-drive or convert them to a lesser format like VCD to store on CD-R. While the law suggests that making backups of your DVD disc (and any other personal belongings) is your right and perfectly legal, the DVD industry and law firms representing them does not seem to think so. Their claim is that such software can be used for illegal purposes to make pirate copies of their copyrighted DVD products. This is why they are now fighting hard to prevent such "ripping" and "conversion" software to be distributed. While this is understandable, any person who have done some research on this issue will know that currently there isn't a way to make a bootlegged version without it costing more than the original, and it doesn't look like it will be a way to do so any time soon.

    Those who know a little more about this issue than the media and industry are angry at the response from US law firms, the MPAA and major studios. This is because they have always hated CSS encryption, Macrovision and region control. Many express the view that, "DeCSS simply destroys an encryption algorithm that was weak, useless, and unwanted". Just by going through the messages in my forum (Digital Digest Forum), you can see this message over and over again. Once again, the DVD industry and associations have chosen to ignore public opinion over profit margins.

    And besides, they've got to know why people like DVD as a format. For me it is DVD's "collectable" quality, I'll be getting movies that I would like to keep for a long time, of excellent quality, and would keep it as a "collector's" item (perhaps this is why most DVD releases are "Collector's" or "Limited" or "Special" editions) - a bootlegged copy will just not do, no matter how close it is to the original, it just won't do!

    Related articles :

    MPAA starts closing down "DVD Ripping" site. Illegal bullying tactics used ...
    DVD Piracy - WHY it will never take off
    DeCSS making DVD piracy easier? Official statement from DVD DIGEST regarding this issue...
    Opinions :

    News Forum - post your opinions here


    FOR THE LATEST NEWS : CLICK HERE

    News Archive
    JANUARY 28th, 2000
    DeCSS in court - Part III


    JANUARY 18th, 2000
    DeCSS in court - Part II


    JANUARY 12th, 2000
    DeCSS in court - Part I


    NOVEMBER 30th, 1999
    CNET vs MPAA - clash of the titans
    Anamorphic DVDs - do we need them ?
    DVD Pricing - too high ?


    NOVEMBER 19th, 1999
    Buying DVDs @ Amazon.com ...
    Special Editions - What's so special about them ...


    NOVEMBER 13th, 1999
    Saving Private Ryan storms the DVD Top sales lists ...
    More closures of DVD Ripping and conversion sites ...


    NOVEMBER 4th, 1999
    MPAA starts closing down "DVD Ripping" site. Illegal bullying tactics used ...
    RPC-2 Hacked? Make your Pioneer 114 drive region free at last .... but there are a few catches!!
    DVD Piracy - WHY it will never take off
    What makes Saving Private Ryan so good - technology and visual wise


    NOVEMBER 3rd, 1999
    DeCSS making DVD piracy easier? Official statement from DVD DIGEST regarding this issue...


    NOVEMBER 2nd, 1999
    The Matrix makes makes way for Blair Witch...
    New Nvidia Drivers makes DVD playing even better ...
    Hollywood+ v1.8 Drivers - many fixes and improvements...
    Read about DTS Music CDs ...
    Saving Private Ryan Limited DTS version DELAYED ?!? ...
    30-50% off DVDs - they don't last forever ...




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