Angels of Walsall
I visited a shop called Angels of Walsall requesting High Definition (HD) videos only. I was told most DVD'S are HD. The fella in there pointed to whole racks of them and said they are all HD DVD's. Of course they weren't....
There was in fact one rack with some HD videos priced at £ 30 each, £ 70 for 3. Quite ridiculous when you consider what the private shops charge. So for me, Angels of Walsall was
deceptive about the nature of their products and overcharge by a mile and a half.
Private Shop: West Bromwich
On the other hand I also visited a Private shop in West Bromwich and received accurate information and good deals.
I took one disc back because the content was poor and even though I had time to have watched it, they took it back and I was allowed to swap it for another with no trade in charge made.
On another occasion I tuned down one of their free magazines while buying 3 videos for £ 50 and was told I could choose another HD DVD at no extra charge.....(4 for £ 50 that day).
Excellent service. I highly recommend the West Bromwich store.
I have also been offered, when they have them, Blu-ray's for the same price as 3 for £ 50 normal HD videos.
Private Shop: Hockley Hill, Birmingham
Strangely another Private shop at Hockley Hill, Birmingham refused to give any discount at all on three Blu-ray's, had I wanted to purchase them, (Of course I did not). The manager at West Bromwich (Who apparently manages all three shops in the
Birmingham area told me that was incorrect and that I could purchase 3 Blu-ray discs for the same price as HD DVD discs......
To sum up I was disappointed with the Angels of Walsall, but thus far been satisfied with the local Private shops.
Adult shops behind the curve on HD
I have recently been let down by some 'Shot in HD' videos being less than expected, quality wise. I returned one Blu-ray video called Party Girls, it was terrible beyond words.
Since then, I have had a DVD 'Shot in HD' labelled on both case and disc, but none of the scenes were in HD at all. It was even bad DVD quality both image and content. I Took it back but had to lose money this time on an exchange.
I am finding so called HD DVD is nothing near the HD one can now expect to see on a regular basis on TV. I pointed this out at a Private Shop and was told that Blu-ray has not taken off because it is too costly.
That may have been true a couple of years ago, but I now believe the adult shops are well behind the curve and need to up their game sooner rather than later.
I also recently acquired some 3D soft porn Blu-rays from a HMV store. very soft no crudity just simple strip type nudity. The 3D reality and quality was just fantastic to see. Even though it was only soft, it was beautifully filmed. Another area in which
adult shops are well and truly behind the times. Believe me I would rather buy one good HC 3D movie instead of say 10 HD DVD movies. The realty is brilliant. Yes and no headache from the wearing of glasses either.
As a footnote I woul like to point out I am viewing HD material on a 47" screen so pic quality needs to be good as flaws are easily spotted.
Thus far I have found films titles by Bluebird are indeed very good quality HD nearly as good as one should expect from bluray HD. Freeze the frame and you get a perfect clear picture and rightly so. Bluebird films even quote the HD bit rate.
However films titles from Harmony Film s are unpredictable. Some scenes appear to be HD until you freeze a frame and then you are likely to see the digital jaggies on outlines. Sometimes you get some scenes that look good pic wise and other scenes
are bog standard DVD. That's not what one should get from genuine HD. Also no HD bit rate published from Harmony titles that I have found.
So buyers converting to HD beware all may not be what it seems on the label regardless of what video store you may shop at.......