Buena Vista Quietly Goes VC-1 With 'Flightplan' Blu-ray

Due in stores today, Disney's latest wave of Blu-ray titles features the studio's first VC-1-encoded title, the Jodie Foster thriller 'Flightplan.'

As first announced last month, Buena Vista has three new Blu-ray titles arriving in stores today: 'Flightplan,' 'Pearl Harbor' and 'Invincible.' But while all of the studio's previous Blu-ray titles have utilized the MPEG-2 and AVC MPEG-4 codecs exclusively, they've snuck 'Flightplan' in under the radar with a 1080p/VC-1 transfer (the studio's press release for the title incorrectly stated that the disc would be released with MPEG-2) .

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Maddens Raiders5259d ago

I didn't know that MS invented the compression technology for VC-1 encoding on BDdiscs. I sense a bit of irony here, but it's still early.

shotty5259d ago

Its software, nomatter who wins microsoft still eventually gets on top.

BIadestarX5259d ago (Edited 5259d ago )

Yep! What's ironic is that Sony fanboys were critisizing VC-1 as not worth it (Since it was from microsoft) now blu-ray movies are starting to use it. This shows that microsoft is not married only to hd-dvd and that they leaned towards hd-dvd because they thought it benefit the users. If they were another company, they would license VC-1 only to HD-DVD and not blu-ray.

BIadestarX5259d ago

Sorry I had to:

40.1 - If MPEG-2 is so bad
DJ - 18 Dec 2006 19:50 | Let him/her speak
then why are ALL digital masters of films stored in MPEG-2 instead of VC-1? The answer's quite simple, and it's that MPEG-2 is uncompressed data. That allows studios to do anything they want from HD resolution, uncompressed video. VC-1, however, utilizes some pretty heavy duty compression, and since HD-DVD has significantly less storage capacity it makes sense to use it for its movies.

Microsoft, who is on the board of directors for the HD-DVD association, not only makes a profit off the format's royalties, but also forced their compression tech onto the respective studios.

Maddens Raiders5259d ago

I believe that MS has always been a forward looking company otherwise they wouldn't be where they are industry-wise. I just found it interesting from the article that MS actually pioneered the VC-1 encoding tech. Now what's even more interesting is that I read at sound and vision that more blu-ray backing studios are going to be going VC-1 (they're still only using the MPEG-2 format because the codec is so much easier to program for) which will open up more storage space and allow for quicker introduction of the BDLive features that Blu-ray discs possess. The driver for the PS3 Livecontent would be downloaded since it would take less than a Gig of local storage. THis is just another added feature of Blu-ray and I beleive this is why most (if not all) of the electronics giants and nearly all of the major movie production studios are backing the format so vehemently. Sharp just recently jumped onto the Blu-ray bandwagon, and despite all of the early negativity (most people hate change) will help to further reduce blu-ray disc costs as a side effect. Ironically, if Blu-ray takes off and blows the hell up in full bloom - it will be thanks in large part to the additional space provided by the engineering of VC-1 codecs -- we must tip our hats to MS if that's true.

DJ5259d ago

Guess I spoke prematurely. Microsoft technology helping a rival format succeed would be pretty ironic. Either way, they do get something out of it.

andy capps5259d ago

Good, glad to see VC-1 is finally being adopted by a good bit of the Blu-ray backing studios. MPEG-2 may be better as it is uncompressed, but the problem is just that it leaves so little room for special features that have been included for several years in DVD's. I do plan on buying Blu-ray discs in the future now that I have a PS3, but I will not buy anything that doesn't have special features. That is the same way I have been with DVD's though. Hence the reason I have all of the boxed sets of LOTR which has around 18 hours of special features all told, I believe. But anyway, glad to see they're using VC-1 so they can be able to include the extra features that all movie releases should have.

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