Children of Men,
one of last year’s best films and one of this year’s most anticipated HD DVD
exclusives has hit a snag when played on various HD DVD players, perhaps most
notably on the Xbox 360 add-on. According to High-Def
Digest, some Xbox 360 HD DVD owners are experiencing issues where Children of Men refuses to play, even
after trying multiple, retail exchanged copies of the movie.
The Digest conducted a test of their own, and found the same
results that users reported – the disc did not work after attempts on two
different consoles. Curiously, some users on the Web site’s forums area report
no such issues with Children of Men
on their Xbox 360 HD DVD players, while others report playback problems with
Toshiba’s XA2, A2 and A1 standalone players.
“I think this is the most worrying thing about HD-DVD - the
inconsistencies and differences that people supposedly with the same hardware
and firmware get. The technology just doesn't seem ready for prime time yet,”
said Ian Smith, HD DVD blogger and High-Def
Digest forum participant. “It seems like we are guinea pigs and the
hardware/software manufacturers don't know what Quality Assurance is. It's not
as if there are many players out there that need to be tested!”
For some users, Children
of Men will play, but will either eventually freeze or encounter playback
issues, such as the inability to fast forward. Those who were unable to finish
the movie in high definition were forced to flip the combo disc over to
continue the film on the standard definition DVD side.
Neither Microsoft nor Universal was available for comment at
time of publication.
quote: huh? I never heard of anyone having trouble playing any dvd, including the matrix. What players had trouble with it and why?
quote: Children of Men, one of last year’s best films and one of this year’s most anticipated HD DVD exclusives
quote: Why did you guys go with Blu-Ray instead of HD-DVD?DF: We still do have intentions of coming out with HD-DVD. There are just challenges in terms of the hardware that is out there right now, in terms of compatibility. Similar issues to the BD-J issues, but a little bit more severe. So we're sort of waiting that one out until there is a little bit more maturity. There's a couple of movies out there that aren't running particularly well on HD-DVD. Children of Men is one. The issues are the firmware implementations and the other is the development and technology. I think honestly on the HD side there's a lot more openness and availability of development documentation. I think it falls down a little bit on the firmware implementation. I think all of this would get addressed in the short term. We just have to wait it out a little bit. We don't want to be making the same headlines that Children of Men has. The HD DVD version of Dragon's Lair is about of 99% done.