You may have heard about the new DVD formats that are coming your way. Whether it's blu-ray or HD DVD, they are capable of storing much larger amounts of information on a disc tha the current DVDs. Because of their large storage capacity you can use them to store HD content. Not many movies have been released on this format, and not a single one of them was of European origin. Until now, that is. Michael Becker from Skywalk Mastering GmbH / Imagion AG has produced an "Elephants Dream" HD DVD.
I am very happy to let you know that we worked very hard over the last weeks to produce an "Elephants Dream" HD DVD. This is the first(!) ever European HD DVD title and it will introduce the start of the next generation format in Europe. As the whole European PC and movie magazines are waiting for a first HD DVD title in Europe this will be a hugh success for your movie and I am sure this will go through the press worldwide.
Today there are worldwide (USA / Japan) only approx. 40 titles available. The HD DVD format was released in April this year in Japan and might be the new HD disc Format for the future. A European start of the format is planned for approx. October 2006. The process to programm and author an HD DVD is very complex this is why no title has been produced in Europe so far (tools are not ready right now).
Not only that Elephants Dream is the first European HD DVD release it is also (as far as I know) the most complex HD DVD title ever release worldwide and the picture quality is really great. The disc includes most of the new HD DVD functionalities such as "on the fly menus", Picture in Picture features and some HD / SD comparison functions. We expect that the disc will have cult status very soon and promote the Elephants Dream movie.
The discs will be sold for € 14,90 which covers for the production costs. You can find more information on http://www.imagion.de/elephantsdream. Now you'll just need to get yourself a HD DVD player ;-)
Regardless of how useful this disc is to you NOW, it will be providing Elephants Dream and Blender with a new wave of publicity. Imagion's website is already mentioned on two large German websites (Heise.de and Mediabiz.de) which crashed their server earlier. They now have a new one in place so I say bring on the BlenderNation, Slashdot and Digg visitors! ;-)
Oh, and before you ask: yes, this is allowed under the Creative Commons license which covers Elephants Dream and yes, I think that people like Michael should be applauded for that they do!