HD DVD is flopping about in the last of its death throes — player and disc prices are down across the board as anything HD DVD is headed for massive 30%-50% sales and bargain bins. For most consumers, however, the format war wasn't about which disc was technically better, instead it was about what titles were offered. If your favorite movie of all time was on Blu-Ray, but you liked the HD DVD selection more overall, which way would you lean? Thankfully, the HD format war is over, so you can start picking out your Blu-Ray player (or auctioning your HD DVD one).
Click Continue to see a list of science fiction classics, superhero staples, cult favorites and big time blockbusters that are HD DVD-only, but not for much longer.1. The Hulk
Hulk smash! Maybe the brute is really the one behind the failure of HD DVD, what with his random inclinations to start breaking stuff. The moody superhero has been a lot of colors in the comics — green, red and gray, for instance — and it looks like Blu is up next.
2. V For Vendetta
The desire to see V's iconic mask in HD glory probably sold hundreds of HD DVD players alone. But the rebel couldn't be held down by the oppressive HD DVD regime, and should be throwing knives across Blu-Ray theater setups in no time.
3. Apollo 13
Houston, do we ever have a whopper of a problem! Our intrepid astronauts left the protective bounds of our planet only to watch helplessly from space as the format they're on crumbles. Get this DVD repressed, boys! I want crews ready and waiting by the time the lander drops back into the Blu.
4. Batman Begins
It was no doubt one of Gotham's many nefarious villains who trapped Batman on the HD DVD side of the fence. With as confusing as a single-format release for such a high-grossing movie is, I'm going to point my finger at the Riddler. Regardless, HD DVD has been foiled, and it's only a matter of time before the caped crusader manages to find his way out of the snag.
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
For some, it was the prospect of not being able to watch classic favorites like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that made picking between HD DVD and Blu-Ray incredibly hard. Based on Hunter S. Thompson's incredible story of the same name, the crystal clear insanity acted out by Johnny Depp shouldn't be confined to one format or another.
Who doesn't love big 'bots? Love it or hate it, Transformers brought back our beloved alien-yet-protective Autobots back to the big screen with plenty of explosions and roboty goodness. Though you'll still have to swear allegiance to either the Autobots or Decepticons, you won't have to worry about format loyalty.
The Sleeper has finally awakened at last! Toss some spice on your popcorn, check the straw on your stillsuit and set some thumpers in your neighbor's yard so you can sit down to this classic sci-fi flick undisturbed. HD DVD may have lorded over the House Atreides encampment for a while, but Paul Atreides is ready to lead his Blu-eyed Fremen back to a format-free path.
You may've felt as helpless as the Operative in the face of the Reaver fleet when you learned the theatrical Firefly spin-off, Serenity, was going to be HD DVD-only. The series the show is based off of, after all, was released cross-format. It's only a matter of time before Malcolm Reynolds and his crew of misfits find themselves on the prevailing Blu-Ray.
9. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Yep, the Great Format War's casualties extended all the way back to the '80s, claiming even the irreverent classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Don't blame Spicoli, though — he was just going where the party took him, and luckily there's only one party being thrown now when it comes to HD formats.
10. Army of Darkness
Hail to the king, baby! Toshiba may have officially killed the HD DVD, but in our minds a win isn't a win until Ash and his boomstick are back blasting through the undead hordes on the victorious format. Think Ash would be sad about changing sides? Nah. In his own words, he'd tell HD DVDs: "Honey, you got reeeal ugly!"
So there you have it — 10 of our picks out of an avalanche of titles yet to cross the aisle. Any flicks you're eagerly awaiting? Chime in below.