By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
The combo formats, as what comes with The Fountain HD DVD, are clutch. Not only do they give you something to compare the high-def version against, but the DVD side also serves us a backup just in case your firmware isn't upgraded enough on your HD player to watch the HD DVD format.
Yes, I encountered this problem. I put the DVD into my HD DVD attachment for my Xbox 360 and got a "Can't Read" error. I had assumed that I must have put the DVD side down, so I flipped it. The film began and I assumed we were watching the film in 1080i HD. After a minute or two I was upset, as the film looked only slightly better than my older DVD player at 480p. What gives?
I connected to Xbox Live, got the firmware update (immediately), flipped the HD DVD again and, BAM, back to glorious 1080i. Thank God too, as The Fountain looks absolutely stunning in the format.
DVD Review: The Fountain on HD DVD
Judging by the film's box office receipts, I can assume that not many of you have seen The Fountain. The film has been a hit or miss with critics and audiences alike, with just about half loving the film and half hating it. Fortunately for me, I love films that deliver a visual feast, as The Fountain does. Films that make you think, play on you visually, and even require you to come to some of your own conclusions. 'Dazzling' is right!
If you appreciate a movie to the likes of Donnie Darko, you will love The Fountain.
Besides the visuals, I have got to hand it to Clint Mansell for creating yet another memorable score. After blowing away audiences with his score for Requiem for a Dream -- tracks which have been recycled on many other films -- Mansell impresses again with The Fountain. After viewing the film I immediately purchased the score online and have listened through it at least a few times.
Since The Fountain comes as a combo DVD one would assume that the extras would be limited. Fortunately, there are enough there to add value to the DVD set. Six featurettes, video interviews, storyboards and a deeper look at the macro photography used to create some of the amazing visuals is always nice.
The Fountain makes a great addition to any hi-def collection.