This really has nothing to do with the genre, I just love HD content; specifically HD DVD (eat it, Blu Ray!) and like to spread the word when I can. If you haven’t taken sides in the format war yet, now is one more reason to jump on the HD bandwagon.
Toshiba, the top manufacturer of HD DVD players, is offering a $100 instant rebate (in stores only, I assume) on its 3 models. On top of that, from now until the end of July, Toshiba will give you 5 free HD DVDs (from a bland selection of 15 titles, however).
This means that you can grab a brand new player and 5 free discs for an unprecedented $299. If you have the money and an HD capable television, its a pretty damned good deal. Keep in mind, though, that the base $299 model (the A2) will do all the regular DVD upconversion its brothers will, but regardless of the source, it outputs at either 720p or 1080i. If you’re either an anal videophile or have a mammoth screen, 1080p is going to be your bag, so go with the next model up.
But I digress. Point is, Blu Ray blows; buy HD DVD. Shaun of the Dead will be out on HD DVD soon and you know you need to be in its possession. Prepare now and you can save a pretty good chunk of change in the process.
And since I love to scam Best Buy whenever possible, you can probably order the A20 online for $499, choose your 4 free titles from their selection, get it in the mail, take it into a Best Buy store and price match it for the $100 off – then send in the UPC to Toshiba for a further free 5 discs. $399 for an HD DVD player that supports 1080p and HDMI 1.3 plus a total of 9 free HD DVDs (a value of at least $160) is fucking sexy. Hell, even $499 for the player plus 9 free movies is a deal and you don’t even need to scam Best Buy to get it, but where would the fun in that be?