I was able to get the BD-UP5000 as soon as it was available paid a premium for it but I really like the unit and the way it looks.
the difference between the HD-DVD & Blu-Ray is minimal at best some blues are a little better but most of my HD-DVD are better in the picture quality the Blues have the capability to be netter but so far the studios are not using all the bandwidth available like they promised which was why the blu-ray succeeded on a promise of a superior picture P.Q. over HD-DVD plus HD-DVD is easier to navigate but its dead shame really with the competition each had to put their best efforts into the transfer take that away and they don't have to really try as hard IMO.
Yeah if you can find Transformers on HD-DVD get it put that player to good use.
My player Samsung BD-UP5000 is the dual format which plays both HD-DVD & Blu-Ray, actually prefer the HD-DVD format and have Transformers on HD-DVD it rocks, I never get tired of watching it.
I had a 60 KDS-60A3000 Sony Rear Projection HDTV
Plus I have the 7.1 surround.
But yeah sadly HD-DVD is a dead format bought the duo player back during the format wars so I can play either.