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Eagle Rock Entertainment to Kick Off SD Blu-ray Series

Posted July 18, 2013 05:00 PM by Webmaster

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThis summer, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release four programs as Standard Definition Blu-rays: Bee Gees: One Night Only, Scorpions: Moment of Glory, The Rolling Stones: Stones in Exile, and Pink Floyd: Classic Albums - The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon. Originally released on standard definition DVDs, these films are upscaled versions of the original material, with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound.

The first two releases, Bee Gees One Night Only and Scorpions Moment Of Glory, will be released July 30. One Night Only features the Bee Gees performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in November 1997. One of the few Bee Gees performances ever filmed, this Blu-ray, completed with bonus tracks from "An Audience with the Bee Gees," and a band interview, has been fully restored with remastered sound.

Moment of Glory, originally released in 2001, captures the Scorpions backed by the world famous Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra. The Blu-ray includes not only this 2000 concert, which was part of Berlin's millennium celebrations, but bonus band interviews and director's cuts of "Hurricane 2000," "Moment Of Glory," and "Here In My Heart."

The second two releases, from the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, will be released August 27. Stones In Exile, originally released in 2010, chronicles the incredible story behind the Stones' monumental Exile On Main Street album. Recounted in the band's own words, this film explores the spring of 1971, when the Stones fled the UK as tax exiles, settled into Keith Richards' French villa Nellcôte in Villefranche-sur-Mer, and proceeded to create this double-album masterpiece. The Blu-ray includes extensive bonus footage, interviews with all band members (as well as some well-known Exile fans) and a featurette of Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts visiting Olympic Studio and Jagger's Stargroves country house, where most of the early work on the album was done.

Classic Albums – The Making Of Dark Side Of The Moon was originally released in 2003, and traces the creation of Pink Floyd's iconic 1973 album. Interviews with band members (Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason), engineer Alan Parsons, the late designer Storm Thorgerson, and others involved unveil the creative process behind this magnum opus which, 40 years after its release, is still one of the best selling albums in history. Bonus features include 40 minutes of additional footage not seen in the original 50-minute television version.

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  Jul 18, 2013
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Upconverted SD... It even says "SD Blu-ray' on the cover, what a contradiction.

  Jul 18, 2013
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must be an announcement for the Bee Gees BD I ordered back on June 6th

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  Jul 18, 2013
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@THS: It is not a contradiction at all - the ORIGINAL material was shot in SD, hence it is upconverted/optimized now. You can't have HD content for material that was shot in SD.

Furthermore, SD content on DVD and SD content on Blu-ray does not look identical. This should be well known by now. Compression can be and will be improved. Additionally, now you get lossless audio.

I am unsure why people forget, but we cherish Blu-ray because it allows for substantial improvements in quality in the video AND audio departments.


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  Jul 18, 2013
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It's merely a sign that Blu-ray is becoming the new industry standard. Besides, plenty of people will want these upscaled SD titles simply because BDs have more space and can hold more information plus it will look good next to other BDs on a shelf. Upscaled SD on BD still looks a little better (albeit not much better) than a DVD.

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  Jul 18, 2013
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I was stating that it was contradictory to put "SD Blu-ray" on the cover, not that the content was a contradiction.

In my opinion, to avoid confusing the general consumer, I might've labled it as "Upconverted Blu-ray" or something more creative and along those general lines. Labling something as "Standard Definition - High Definition" seems strange to me.

  Jul 18, 2013
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Other than audio, is there really a point in these being released on Blu-Ray? The PQ is going to look like crap.

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  Jul 18, 2013
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I wonder if we'll see Alice Cooper Trashes The World on SD Blu-ray now..

  Jul 18, 2013
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@THS - it's not a contradiction. Blu-ray is merely a disc-based storage format. I don't see any reason why they can't put out standard def on the format if it's going to be an improvement in visual and audio quality. They're being upfront about it, and not trying to deceive anyone.

Again, blu-ray discs are just storage devices, they're not solely defined as *high-definition* storage devices.

They aren't labeling it "Standard Definition - High Definition," as you've asserted; they're essentially saying "SD content on this disc." The disc just happens to be a blu-ray disc and not a smaller-capacity DVD disc.
  Jul 18, 2013
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starman15317 yes, it should at least have better compression. So if you want to own this, it will still be better than having it on dvd. Also, considering most people would be getting these particular titles primarily for audio, lossless audio is a no brainer advantage.

  Jul 18, 2013
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Pre-ordered Bee Gees: One Night Only, like their music!

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  Jul 18, 2013
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I don't see why we are actually bothered by "SD Blu-ray" being on the cover. Has nobody else felt angered by the fact that "the ultimate in high definition!" Gets slapped on so many blu-rays, many of which look awful, due to being shot in SD? Take it's always sunny in Philadelphia season 5 and the Christmas special for example. I for one am proud that this studio is making it blatantly obvious it's just an upscale and not trying to mislead anyone to believe they'll be getting the most crisp, crystal clear experience of their lives, then delivering 28 days later. Just be grateful for some upfront honesty about the short-comings.

  Jul 18, 2013
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Oh, I'm not complaining, I just don't see these as selling that well because they're SD.

Btw, Eagle Rock is also releasing the Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert on SD BD, so that makes 5 SD BD's.

  Jul 19, 2013
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Good news is that this SD version is a little cheaper than regular HD Blu-ray (sounds funny but...) i.e. $17.99 vs. $19.99 MSRP.
I think this is a clever move and want other studios to follow to make it a new trend. Warner could release Fleetwood Mac's "Dance" in SD BD, for example. There are so many gems in SD with poor/okay sound.
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  Jul 19, 2013
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I get what THS is saying, because there is no SD content on the Blu-ray, there's only HD content. The content may be upconverted and not natively HD, but in the end, the Blu-ray only features HD content.

As a matter of fact, when I first saw 'SD Blu-ray', I thought it was going to be actual SD content on a Blu-ray, like for the purpose of storing a lot of SD content on a single Blu-ray, vs. being on multiple DVDs.
  Jul 19, 2013
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BD is a disc format. It's promoted as and logically expected to be HD, in fact it could reasonably be argued that BD is synonymous with HD, but that technically isn't the case. I do agree that presenting the main feature in SD may confuse those who know little about the tech and may have consequences, giving people more excuses to save their money and stick with dvd. But BD is probably well enough established by now that a few older concerts, that likely won't even be available in most stores, will have little to no impact on overall perception of BD quality.

SD content is still very common for extras, but there's nothing in BD spec restricting the format to HD material only. In addition to a disc capacity that can handle the high demands of HD video and audio, we still enjoy the benefits of greater disc durability and content interactivity. I would jump on any of these, assuming they were only recorded in SD in the first place, as has been indicated by other posters. If, it were to turn out that they were actually shot on film and it was a case of the studio being too cheap to do a new HD transfer, that'd be different. But if the source is limited to SD, optimal upconversion is the best we can hope for. It's good to see more catalog concerts coming to the format.

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  Jul 19, 2013
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Exactly. From the packaging, it reads as if it's standard definition content stored on a Blu-ray Disc (In my opinion). Which sounds misleading in general.

Everyone can stop trying to school eachother about what the disc actually contains and does for the content. I have simply been stating that the labling on the disc sounds misleading. Geez, Have an opinion on the internet and everyone acts like they're the smartest person in the world when they comment on it.

The Fallen Deity
  Jul 20, 2013
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These discs are only worth getting for the lossless audio which probably sound awesome.

  Jul 20, 2013
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  Jul 20, 2013
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Stones in Exile was only made a few years ago and broadcast on NBC in HD (during Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). I find it hard to believe it was made in SD. Why can't this be in full HD? Regardless, I think my DVD will be sufficient for me as I have only watched it once. There are a zillion other things I could get instead of buying that a second time.

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  Jul 22, 2013
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Appreciate the upgrade in audio quality, while the video should look better due to less compression and artifacting, the audio upgrade is the real reason to buy these in my opinion.
  Jul 24, 2013
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I'm wondering if any other companies will follow this trend of the SD Blu Ray format?I kind of had an idea that some company would do this.I think the sound would be way more important than the picture.Maybe more SD titles in the future if it does great?

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