DIRECTV to Offer Bonus Footage of The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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DIRECTV to Offer Bonus Footage of The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Not Available on Cable

DIRECTV's Midnight Premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' on March 20, Includes Behind-the-Scenes Footage of the Film and an Inside Look at Director Chris Weitz

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Mar 09, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- "Twi-hards" who have DIRECTV won't even have to leave the comfort of their own living rooms to be one of the first to see last fall's box office phenomenon, The Twilight Saga: New Moon. In conjunction with the highly anticipated DVD release of the movie by Summit Entertainment, DIRECTV will offer a midnight premiere of the movie on Saturday, March 20 on DIRECTV Cinema. In addition, customers who purchase the Pay Per View movie will also receive behind-the-scenes bonus features about the film - not available on cable.

In addition to being able to see teen heartthrobs Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) and Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) in crystal-clear 1080p HD, DIRECTV customers will also have access to the bonus featurette The Subtle Details, which offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at New Moon's production design, costuming and more. DIRECTV customers will also receive Chris Weitz Takes the Helm, a feature that documents the transition from Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight, to New Moon director Chris Weitz, and his vision of the future of the series.

"DIRECTV Cinema's goal is to provide customers with the ultimate in-home movie experience they can't find anywhere else," said Sarah Lyons, vice president, Upgrade Marketing, DIRECTV. "We are thrilled to not only offer The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 1080p HD but to also give our customers a deeper look at what went into making the film."

Twilight Saga: New Moon will premiere on DIRECTV Cinema and DIRECTV on Demand at midnight, Saturday, March 20. The movie will be available in 1080p HD (same as Blu-ray) for $5.99 or standard-definition (SD) for $4.99. In addition, Summit Entertainment's Twilight In Forks, which is a documentary that explores the Pacific Northwest town that inspired the Twilight phenomenon, will also be available in 1080p HD for $5.99 or for $4.99 (SD). For more information on the movies available on DIRECTV Cinema please visit directv.com/cinema.
 
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Is as much interest to me as if they were offering extended footage of a Nets - Knicks game.

When they say that a movie is available in "1080P HD (same as Blu-ray)" are they saying that the overall image quality is similar to Blu-Ray, or simply that it is 1080P like Blu-Ray? I know they offer a lot of HD channels in 1080i but the PQ is not close to the original 1080i source (unless it is a poor quality source).

If I were to watch this movie, I would want to be paid for it.
 
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Blu-Ray is 1080p, 1080p programs on DIRECTV are 1080p.

I don't think there's such a thing as similar to Blu-Ray.
 
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Its not so cut and dry. The D* versions are compressed more than the optical version. While they look good, they do not make BR quality, and then there is the fact the audio stinks.
 
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We get back to bandwidth again. D* may offer 1080P, just like Blu-Ray offers 1080P, but the bandwidth could vary a lot.

In fact the bandwidth and true resolution on Blu-Ray can vary a lot from disc to disc.

If D* was really going to make a statement, they could open the bandwidth pipes on their 1080P HD PPV channel and get very close to full Blu-Ray quality. But I don't know if they ever do this.
 
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Still the audio. Until a video provider can meet dobly truehd or masterhd, I want discs.
 
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Anyone that tries to compare Vudu 1080 HDX or Directv 1080p to Blu-ray, needs their eyes examined. It's good, but it aint THAT good.
 
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