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PostSubject: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:12 am

So while I was at work today, I had this question pop into my head: "is Blu Ray worth it?" (I work in retail, thinking up random shit is what I do to keep me sane).

So I thought I'd ask the lovely forum your feelings on Blu Ray.

I, personally don't see the point and plan to wait until they no longer sell regular DVD's. What can I say, I'm an old fogie. I still have records and cassette tapes so I don't upgrade unless I need to.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:17 am

as a PS3 owner, am heavily spoiled by blu-ray.

when i play a Standard def DVD it's too muddy and pixelated to me.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:34 am

I'm something of a completist, so for me the main draw is that many of the new special editions that are released are exclusively to Blu-Ray. So, if that's your bag, then it's worth it.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:46 pm

The Dude wrote:
I'm something of a completist, so for me the main draw is that many of the new special editions that are released are exclusively to Blu-Ray. So, if that's your bag, then it's worth it.

sorta like how a nice rug ties the room together?
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:55 pm

I'm a PS3 owner and I like to watch everything in the highest possible quality so to me Blu-Ray is toets magoats worth it.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:49 pm

I'm waiting until DVDs are gone as well. Blu-Rays play the regular DVDs, so anything I get between now and then won't be worthless. Besides, I think there's one TV in the house that would actually show the higher definition from a blue ray, and it's the tiny one in the den.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:29 am

Thecigarsnob wrote:
The Dude wrote:
I'm something of a completist, so for me the main draw is that many of the new special editions that are released are exclusively to Blu-Ray. So, if that's your bag, then it's worth it.

sorta like how a nice rug ties the room together?
Exactly. For example: The Evil Dead is a great movie, but commentaries, documentaries, trailers, and what have you are what bring a good release together for me.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:50 am

I have mostly DVDs, but I also like to put Blu-Ray in the mix. Depending on the price, the high quality A/V, and jam packed with special features.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:54 am

I still don't see the point in Blu-Rays, so I'm also gonna wait until DVDs are completely obsolete. I do own a PS3 though, so I'm not worried.

By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:05 am

I have over 300 blu-rays so yeah I'd say it's worth it Razz
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:07 am

Relauby wrote:
I still don't see the point in Blu-Rays, so I'm also gonna wait until DVDs are completely obsolete. I do own a PS3 though, so I'm not worried.

By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?

I remember this being mentioned by Chris Gore as a good thing and I still can't figure out why either.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:43 am

Relauby wrote:
By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?
Don't worry, I don't get it either, so you're not alone.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:30 am

My only issue is that why do we need higher definition? I mean honestly, does Fifth Element look better on Blu-ray? Not really, about the same. Sharper image doesn't make the better movie, just like effects don't so its really pointless to me.

Sorry, had to interrupt and blurt that from nowhere.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:35 pm

Relauby wrote:
By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?

It's so that the companies can make a bigger profit. Manufacturing a DVD is really cheap if you don't need extra packaging or shipping costs, so the companies can sell the packs for ten more bucks when they actually cost maybe 1 or 2 more bucks than a blu-ray by itself.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:25 am

Tommy Wiseau wrote:
Relauby wrote:
By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?

It's so that the companies can make a bigger profit. Manufacturing a DVD is really cheap if you don't need extra packaging or shipping costs, so the companies can sell the packs for ten more bucks when they actually cost maybe 1 or 2 more bucks than a blu-ray by itself.
And what's this "digital copy" bullshit I've heard about?
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:56 am

The Dude wrote:
Tommy Wiseau wrote:
Relauby wrote:
By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?

It's so that the companies can make a bigger profit. Manufacturing a DVD is really cheap if you don't need extra packaging or shipping costs, so the companies can sell the packs for ten more bucks when they actually cost maybe 1 or 2 more bucks than a blu-ray by itself.
And what's this "digital copy" bullshit I've heard about?

It's pretty much the same thing, but different encoding.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:39 am

Tommy Wiseau wrote:
The Dude wrote:
Tommy Wiseau wrote:
Relauby wrote:
By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?

It's so that the companies can make a bigger profit. Manufacturing a DVD is really cheap if you don't need extra packaging or shipping costs, so the companies can sell the packs for ten more bucks when they actually cost maybe 1 or 2 more bucks than a blu-ray by itself.
And what's this "digital copy" bullshit I've heard about?

It's pretty much the same thing, but different encoding.
So, does it actually benefit the consumer in any way?
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:51 am

The Dude wrote:
Tommy Wiseau wrote:
The Dude wrote:
Tommy Wiseau wrote:
Relauby wrote:
By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?

It's so that the companies can make a bigger profit. Manufacturing a DVD is really cheap if you don't need extra packaging or shipping costs, so the companies can sell the packs for ten more bucks when they actually cost maybe 1 or 2 more bucks than a blu-ray by itself.
And what's this "digital copy" bullshit I've heard about?

It's pretty much the same thing, but different encoding.
So, does it actually benefit the consumer in any way?

Theoretically, if the consumer doesn't know how to rip DVDs, digital copies are mildly beneficial. That's only if they actually want a copy on their computer, which most people wouldn't.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:31 am

Tommy Wiseau wrote:
The Dude wrote:
Tommy Wiseau wrote:
The Dude wrote:
Tommy Wiseau wrote:
Relauby wrote:
By the way, am I the only one who doesn't understand those DVD + Blu-Ray packs? Why would you need both?

It's so that the companies can make a bigger profit. Manufacturing a DVD is really cheap if you don't need extra packaging or shipping costs, so the companies can sell the packs for ten more bucks when they actually cost maybe 1 or 2 more bucks than a blu-ray by itself.
And what's this "digital copy" bullshit I've heard about?

It's pretty much the same thing, but different encoding.
So, does it actually benefit the consumer in any way?

Theoretically, if the consumer doesn't know how to rip DVDs, digital copies are mildly beneficial. That's only if they actually want a copy on their computer, which most people wouldn't.
And I'm pretty sure those who do already have the software to rip DVD's.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:13 am

Digital Copy only helps me when the Blu-ray releases do not have a DVD packaged with it. My laptop doesn't have the capabilities to read a Blu-ray disc. I have a small collection. Right now I am at 85 releases and I have Star Wars: The Complete Saga pre-ordered.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:18 pm

The combo packs, I think, were meant for people who hadn't upgraded to blu-ray yet. The idea is you buy it and watch the DVD, and when you finally upgrade to blu-ray you already have the movie. It has other uses, too. Like if you go over to a friend's house that doesn't have Blu-ray and all that. I also think the extra disc for a digital copy is pretty wasteful as well. If you redeem the code but forget the put the disc in, iTunes will download the move anyway so it's really just for saving bandwidth I guess.

I'm in no hurry to upgrade to Blu-ray or HD, personally. I have very crappy eyesight and the difference between SD and HD really isn't noticeable to me unless I'm point blank to the TV. Older movies don't fair as well when transferred to HD anyway, since studios seem to love over-filtering the picture to get rid of every hint of grain (and in doing so, all the fine details).

I'm more interested in the larger capacities of the discs, though. I'll totally get a BD-ROM drive when the writable discs become cheaper. For movies, this means they can include a TON more extras if they're in SD.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:24 am

As an indie filmmaker, I find Blu-ray to be a great format. I want the best.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:12 am

OrlandoEastwood wrote:
As an indie filmmaker, I find Blu-ray to be a great format. I want the best.
As a nerd, I find that all the best special editions are released on Blu-Ray. I want the most complete.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:52 am

The Dude wrote:
OrlandoEastwood wrote:
As an indie filmmaker, I find Blu-ray to be a great format. I want the best.
As a nerd, I find that all the best special editions are released on Blu-Ray. I want the most complete.
As a snob, I find that the next best thing will always be the best. I want the best.
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PostSubject: Re: To Blu-Ray, or Not to Blu Ray   Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:42 am

Pulp Fiction is getting a U.S. Blu-ray release via Lionsgate.
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