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What is DVD?

DVD (also known as "Digital Versatile Disc" or "Digital Video Disc") is a popular optical disc storage media format. Its main uses are video and data storage. Most DVDs are of the same dimensions as compact discs (CDs) but store more than six times as much data.

Variations of the term DVD often describe the way data is stored on the discs: DVD-ROM has data that can only be read and not written, DVD-R and DVD+R can record data only once and then function as a DVD-ROM. DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM can both record and erase data multiple times. The wavelength used by standard DVD lasers is 650 nm, and thus the light has a red color.

DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs respectively refer to properly formatted and structured video and audio content. Other types of DVDs, including those with video content, may be referred to as DVD-Data discs. As next generation high-definition optical formats also use a disc identical in some aspects yet more advanced than a DVD, such as Blu-ray Disc, the original DVD is occasionally given the retronym SD DVD (for standard definition).

What is DVD Forum?

The DVD Forum was created to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas about the DVD format, and to enable it to grow through technical improvement and innovation. The organization hopes to promote worldwide acceptance of DVD for entertainment, consumer electronics and information technology applications. Membership in the DVD Forum is open to any company or organization involved in DVD research, development, or manufacturing; software firms and other DVD users interested in developing the format are also encouraged to join. Forum members can support other formats in addition to DVD.

The DVD Forum is responsible for the official DVD format specification. The group handles licensing of the DVD format and logo through the DVD Format and Logo Licensing Corporation (DVD FLLC), which also publishes the official specifications in book form. Reference materials and newsletters are published for DVD Forum members.

The DVD Forum is governed by an elected Steering Committee. It has a Chair Company, and three Vice-Chair Companies: one from each of the consumer electronics, information technology, and content industries. The Chair and Vice-Chair Companies are elected for two-year terms.

In addition to the Steering Committee, the DVD Forum has the following committees:
Technical Coordination Group - to coordinate activities of the Working Groups and submit technical proposals to the Steering Committee
a number of Working Groups - to work on various aspects of the DVD format
Promotion & Communication Committee - to promote the exchange of information among participants
Verification Policy Committee - to maintain compliance of DVD products with the DVD Formats adopted by the DVD Forum
Format/Logo Advisory Group - to advise the Steering Committee on matters relating to names and logos and the licensing of DVD Formats and DVD logos

Top released DVD Movies in 2008 by DVD Talk

Looking back on it 2008 was a pretty good year for movies, both theatrically and on home video. From big budget Hollywood superhero flicks to foreign films and classic movies the past year saw some great releases. The DVD Talk review panel got together to pick the best of the best of 2008, and after two rounds of voting and much gnashing of teeth, here's what we came up with. There are some surprising choices, and some truly great releases didn't quite make it, but that's what happens when you get a group of film geeks together. In any case, all of the entries are top-notch movies and TV shows that deserve a little extra time in the spotlight.

15. (tie) Mad Men: Season 1    15. (tie) Persepolis    14. Forgetting Sarah Marshall    13. LA Confidential: Two-Disc Special Edition

12. (tie) Forbidden Hollywood Collection (Volume 2)    12. (tie) Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters - Criterion Collection   12. (tie) Mist   

11. (tie) King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters    11. (tie) Sleeping Beauty   10. Dr. No / From Russia with Love    9. Touch Of Evil

8. Baraka   7. The Sopranos: The Complete Series  6. (tie) Dark Knight  6. (tie) Tropic Thunder   5. Bonnie & Clyde

4. Wire: Complete Series  3. Iron Man  2. Wall-E  1. Godfather - Coppola Restorations

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