I think it's a great idea. Take for example my recent experience: I just bought Wall-E on BR, but we can only watch it on our main TV that has the BR player. My 5-year-old son cannot watch this movie on his portable DVD player nor can he watch it in the built-in DVD player in the car. It would be very nice to be able to use the one disc for BR and DVD rather than purchase a DVD copy of the same movie for watching movies on the go.
How is gluing a standard DVD to the back of an HDDVD actually a "solution" to the problem. I think saying that HDDVD had dual-format support is bogus, and why praise a dead format? You probably still pine for Betamax.
As for the Bluray dual-format, wouldn't it be cheaper to just include the regular DVD format disc with the Bluray disk? How does a dual-format player decide between Bluray and DVD (they have two lasers, right)? I can understand that movie studios don't want to give out two copies, but at 52% markup, they aren't really giving the consumer a very good deal.
And as for watching Animated movies on BR, is it really worth it? I watched Nemo on a relatives up-converting DVD player on a 61-inch widescreen, and it still looked pretty darn good.
Well think about it this is the blu-rays camps way of getting rid of normal DVD disks so people will buy this new hybrid disk now for their DVD players then at some point the DVD portion of the hybrid disk will disappear all together & people will be used to buying blu-ray disks by habit so its a win win for the blu-ray camp.
I'm cynical, so I see the hybrid design as a way to migrate people from buying 4-10 USD DVDs into the 20-30 USD BDs. Why continue to sell a low cost product when you can sell a premium one that is "making up R&D costs" (plus a bit more for ailing shareholders).
However, I will agree, having DVD-BD hybrids does have use. However, it may be to little too late with the new "digital copy included" trend on BD releases.
[citation][nom]vaskodogama[/nom]oh, and about this HYBRID BD, 25 GB is not enough for full HD version of any movie! so, it's a dead end! Poof![/citation]That's not correct; most Blu-ray movies are only single layer discs anyways, so this should not really cause a limitation.