Synopses & Reviews
Finally . . . a DVD book for everyone! Here's your personal handbook to DVD . . . the ultimate guide to enjoying every last bit of fun this exciting format has to offer
Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan have been reporting on DVD at The Digital Bits website since the format first appeared in 1997. And over the years, they've noticed that there are few places viewers can go to have the various aspects of DVD and home theatre explained, in simple language -- plain talk anyone can understand. So they've written The Digital Bits' Insider's Guide to DVD to fill this void. In it they:
* Take a comprehensive look at over 100 of the top DVDs of all time
* Explain DVD and all its features -- what it is and how it works
* Offer expert advice on how to put together a great home theatre at an affordable cost
* Explain the latest technology, such as DVD recorders and the new SACD and DVD-Audio high-resolution music formats
* Provide an eye-opening glimpse of the future of DVD -- which promises your favorite films in high-definition video
NOT FOR NEWBIES ONLY!
There's plenty here for long-time, experienced Bits readers too! Bill and Todd have included a comprehensive review of over 100 discs, in a whole variety of genres, that everyone should have in their private movie collection -- they even tell you what makes each one so great. You'll also get a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at one of the biggest releases of 2003: Twentieth Century Fox's nine-disc Alien Quadrilogy! The authors provide a revealing insider’s view of the making of this elaborate, special-edition box set.
The inside scoop on DVDs -- for less than the cost of a single disc!
The editors of stalwart R1 site thedigitalbits.com use old media to share their wisdom...[on] the best ways to to create your home cinema experience and a hundred-odd...reviews. Hunt and Doogan's scoop is an excellent report on the making of Alien Quadrilogy, which makes it worth buying...an accessible one-stop summary by fans of the format.
...What if someone took all the essential information that every person should know about DVD and Home Theater and put it into book form? Well, this is exactly what Bill Hunt and Todd Dooganhave accomplished with their newly authored book,The Digital Bits: Insider's Guide To DVD. ...
Insider's Guide To DVD
I first became aware of this book that Bill Huntand Todd Doogan were writing over a year ago. Whilespending some time out in Los Angeles, Bill talkedabout his efforts to put together an essential guidefor DVD newbies and established enthusiasts. Both Bill and Todd have been feverishly working on this book over the past two years while at thesame time maintaining The Digital Bits website.Nobody ever said writing a book would be easy!
Their efforts seems to have paid off. Just startingto arrive on bookstore shelves, The Digital Bits:Insider's Guide To DVD is the very first publication of its kind to explore the DVD formatfrom history to future. You'll not only learn howDVD discs are manufactured and compressed, but learnabout the authoring process in creating someof the great menu designs we have come to appreciateover the years.
One of the greatest benefits of this book for DVD "newbies" is the fact that it clearly explainsaspect ratios. Through the use of many comparisonfilm stills, a reader can not only see how a1.85:1 ratio compares to 2.35:1, but how Full Framegreatly compromises the widescreen scale. If there is one thing I hope this book accomplishes is to educate people as to why widescreen is so important in preserving the filmmaker's intended vision.
For anyone just getting into Home Theater, this book provides valuable information on how best to begin building a theater based on a particular budget.The authors are very careful in making certain that readers wisely spend their budget, finding the rightcompromise between features and price. Those of youon a limited budget can actually do better than buyinga "home theater in a box," and you'll find someinvaluable advice on how you can better spend your money.
The book manages to answer just about every question I have ever seen posted on HOME THEATER FORUM, including...
* What does anamorphic mean?
* What is the difference between Dolby Digital and DTS?
* What is THX?
This book contains comprehensive reviews of theTop 100 DVDs of all time. I particularly find these reviews to be valuable as there are so many great films crossing all genres that I have yet to become aware of. The book examines the very BEST of both Film and TV on DVD, with reviewsthat contain background history on its subject matter as well as giving us detailed information on its transfer and included supplements.
With all this book has to offer, I saved the bestfor last....
As many of you are aware, Fox Home Video is about to release The Alien Quadrilogy toDVD. The Digital Bits had the opportunityto go behind-the-scenes in the production of this amazing 9-disc DVD that contains never-before-seen versions of these films as well as all-newsupplemental materials.
The book introduces you to Charles de Lauzirika,one of the hottest working DVD producers. His creditsinclude Hannibal, Legend, Gladiator and a slew of Fox DVD releases. Members of HOME THEATER FORUM should already be familiar with Charlie -- he is an active member of this forum, often graciously takingpersonal time to reply to numerous posts.
The Digital Bits sits down with Charliein an extensive interview that takes us through the entire creation process of the Alien Quadrilogy, a project that had not quite-too-seriously been tossed around by Fox over the past few years. ...
Through interviews and photos, you'll be taken to the film archives at Fox Studios where Charliesearches through boxes of film reels and originalproduction artwork. You'll be carefully takenthrough the day when Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright and Tom Skerritt met at P.O.P. Sound in Santa Monica to recordthe DVD commentary. From the moment these actorswalked into the building till they all bid theirfinal goodbye, I felt as if I had just been placed in the middle of the action bearing witnessto every intricate detail of what happened duringthe commentary sessions. This is a rare opportunityfor most everyone that has never witnessed how one of these commentary sessions come together. ...
I found the entire Alien Quadrilogy piece to be a fascinating read. It gave me the opportunityto appreciate the work that goes into these massiveDVD projects, and understand the reason why we can't always have everything we want included inthese Special Editions.
At just over 400 pages, The Digital Bits: Insider's Guide To DVD is a very easy read.You can pretty much flip through the pages and find something that will catch your eye. Newbiesto the DVD/Home Theater experience will spend more time scouring through the first 84 pages of the book. These pages provide a thorough look at everything anyone needs to know about DVD andbuilding a Home Theater. Established enthusiastswill fully enjoy the in-depth look at the creationof this year's anticipated release of TwentiethCentury Fox's nine-disc Alien Quadrilogy.
The fact that this book contains comprehensivereviews of the Top 100 DVDs of all timeis reason enough to keep a copy next to your favorite sitting chair. It certainly takes theguesswork out of "What are we watching tonight?!"
The book lists at $17.95, about the cost of asingle DVD...
This book not only makes a GREAT Christmas stockingstuffer for any DVD enthusiast, but more importantly,your purchase helps support the survival of The Digital Bits website. Many of you should alreadybe aware that websites like ours cost more to run than the advertising revenue we take in. Purchasing this book makes a "win win" situation for both you and The Bits.
This review isn't just support for a great bunch of guys that we have gotten to know over the years --but support for a book that is well worth its purchase price.
This title builds the perfect DVD collection with the help of the industry's coolest website: The Digital Bits. The making of a classic DVD: go behind the scenes with Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet for the making of the new Alien Quadrilogy DVD box set. It is a top quality home theater made easy, and includes Digital Bits. "Top 100 DVD" list is organized by genre: Action, Classics, Chick Flicks, Music and more! It features the latest and coolest DVD technology: D-VHS, HD-DVD, and more.
This guide aims to provide everything a DVD enthusiast needs to build a perfect disc collection. It shows how to get a top quality DVD home theatre, in-depth profiles of the best DVDs ever made, and The Bit's "Top 100 DVDs".
About the Author
of Irvine, CA, is Editor of The Digital Bits and a Contributing Editor to Widescreen Review magazine.
Todd Doogan, of Atlanta, GA, is Review Editor of The Digital Bits. He writes regularly for Video Store, Computer Power User, and is also a film archivist for the Turner Broadcasting System.
The Digital Bits (www.thedigitalbits.com) is regarded by industry professionals as the leading source of reliable DVD information. The site is widely read within the major Hollywood studios and equipment manufacturers, and its readership includes hundreds of thousands of DVD consumers from around the world.
Table of Contents
Part I: Understanding DVD
Part II: Building a Home Theater Made Simple
Part III: Inside the Alien Quadrilogy
Part IV: The Best of DVD (Great Discs Reviewed Here!)
Part V: The Future of DVD