Let me start by saying I've been using Digital Video Essentials since the days of LaserDisc. I've always found them informative and helpful when calibrating television audio components to their highest standards. Well, the HD DVD version is simply awful. I don't know who authored this, but navigation is nearly impossible. See, normally these discs begin with simple explanations (of, say, what chroma and luminance is; how it "should" look), then it starts with the test patterns to help you...well, this HD DVD is set up using menus and titles. The menus are fine, but if you want to get to "presentation and help" you must use the "Titles." I have a Toshiba HA3 (no, not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed but I'm not sinking any more than $130 in a player while the HD DVD / BluRay war is still raging). My player does not have a "Title" button. I cannot get to certain menus...what?...what's that, you say? There's other ways to get to the titles? No, there isn't. Get this: in the manual for this disc it states, "If there is no 'Title' key on your remote, the Program Menu can be reached from the lower menu system by highlighting the 'Program Menu' option. This is illustrated in Title 3." Other words: use Title 3 to see the Program Menu if you haven't a Title button. WHAT??? I don't have a Title button, so how can I see Title 3? Catch 22 anyone? And I've updated my players firmware (whoever thought that was going to be something you'd have to do with a player?) and I've emailed them...without reply (that was about a month ago). AND (insult to injury) if I pop in this hybrid disc into my standard def DVD player it starts right in with the aforementioned explanations and test signals. Frustration and disgust doesn't begin to cover my feelings. I know a thing or two about authoring DVDs (even HD DVDs) and there are simply better ways to do it that using Titles. It's a shame, really. I bought this, sat down, ready for a couple of hours of geeking out and calibrating my home theatre. Instead I ended up downloading firmware, gnashing my teeth, pulling my hair out, and finally emailing Joe Kane only to be ignored. It's simply terrible. I know there are other discs on the market like this and after nearly two decades of using Joe Kane's version (since he is the guru) I have to recommend you look to the other solutions. This one is just awful.
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