DVD vs Blu Ray

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  1. Rodimus Primal

    Rodimus Primal Well-Known Member

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    By no means am I saying that Blu Ray is not superior in video and audio. I have recently been purchasing Blu Rays now that I have an HDTV with a PS3 hooked up via HDMI. But here's the real question. Is it worth replacing my DVD collection with Blu Rays or should I only do so with SOME movies? Also what movies are not worth getting on Blu Ray if the DVD looks fine?
     
  2. Paladin

    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    Pretty much sums up my thoughts on the subject.
     
  3. Red Alert

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    not for me.


    I have my HDTV and PS3 with HDMI but i prefer DVD 90% of the time because i have over 1000 and unless i really like the movie it doesn't warrant 30 bucks for Blu Ray.

    That said there are some movies that are clearly better on Blu Ray (like porn):p 
     
  4. RabidYak

    RabidYak Go Ninja Go Ninja Go

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    Decide what films you like enougth to buy again, read disc reviews on the interwebs to see if the transfers are good and keep an eye on retailers for deals. If your paying anywhere near RRP for BDs, you fail at shopping.
     
  5. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    This sums up my purchasing habits pefrectly. You can't go wrong if you follow this strategy.
     
  6. Witwicky Camaro

    Witwicky Camaro Sabbatical Is Required

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    What Paladin said.
     
  7. Rodimus Primal

    Rodimus Primal Well-Known Member

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    It is nice that Blu Ray players are backwards compatable. I've been watching movies on it and they look great upscaled but there are of course, some movies that might be worth it.
     
  8. Cory Bauer

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    If you love film and cinematography, then ANY movie is worth getting on Blu-Ray instead of DVD. That said, you're not going to be blown away by the quality of older movies (because they're old) unless the studio drops some serious cash on a remaster (like what Warner Bros. did with Blade Runner). I check the reviews of every movie on sites like bluray.com, highdefdigest, or HDDVD.org before purchasing, as they not only rate the film but the video and audio as well.

    I have repurchased some of my favorites on Blu-Ray, while others I just add to my Netflix queue when I want to watch them again. I find Netflix to be the best way to enjoy Blu-Ray actually, considering how many films you can watch for less than what it would cost to buy one movie. With a film like Transformers, I wouldn't even hesitate to repurchase it on Blu-Ray, which is on sale for twenty bucks all over the place right now.
     
  9. Erector

    Erector I ruined the Hall of Fame

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    Some purchases are pointless on Blu Ray. For a lot of them you may as well stick to the DVD and enjoy the upscaling...
     
  10. Dream

    Dream SEND THE BOOKS!

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    Just buy whatever you really really like on Blu Ray and stuff you just want on DVD.
    I will say this, I had TF on dvd when it came out and still couldn't make out all the crap that went on in the city at the end. I got the Blu Ray, and I can make everything out perfectly.
    If you have a newer tv (mines two years old), the blu rays look almost 3D on them.
     
  11. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    untili purchase a HD-TV i won't even consider a blu-ray player
     
  12. Cheetatron

    Cheetatron Eh

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    My thinking is this any movie I have on VHS is fair game for Blu-Ray once I see Gladiator and Lion King have gotten HD Remasters they will be mine. Nothing I have on DVD will be re-bought. TV Shows shot in HD and HD Mastered Suspense/Action movies are the only things I will buy in Blu-Ray other than that DVD will be just fine
     
  13. Cory Bauer

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    While repurchasing doesn't make sense for a lot of films, it's NEVER pointless to watch the Blu-Ray version instead of the DVD; Blu-Ray is always going to give you the best possible version of a film available to date. It's just that for a lot of catalogue titles, even "best possible" isn't exactly incredible. For example, Predator 2 (1990) came out on Blu-Ray this week. Since I had already purchased the DVD, and then the Special edition DVD, I rented the Blu-Ray on Netflix instead. Does it look amazing? No. Is it the best it's ever looked and sounded? Yep.
     
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    im not replacing my dvds for blu; Im just getting the high special effects movies on Blu. Dont need to see something like Knocked up or Gran Torino on Blu
     
  15. Rodimus Primal

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    QFT. Comedies do not need to be released on Blu Ray. Most of my movie collection is action movies though so seeing them in a higher quality is what I'm wondering is worth it for many.
     
  16. Gigatron_2005

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    I dont understand this whole idea that you have to replace all the movies that you have already bought on DVD. I just re-buy movies that I already own on DVD when I either really really loved the movie/TV show (Serenity, Firefly, etc...) or I see the bluray for really cheap and I liked the movie in the first place (Casino Royale).
     
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    I was looking at Predator and Robocop at Bestbuy yesterday. I noticed they are mpeg 2. Same as DVD. So they are just up converted DVD's with better sound.
     
  18. Cory Bauer

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    ...No. That's not how it works. While MPEG 2 is the same codec used on DVD and is rarely used on Blu-Ray because there are fetter better options, the film is still scanned at 1920x1080 and encoded at a bitrate several times higher than DVD. But yes, both Robocop and Predator are fine examples of Blu-Ray at it's lowest potential. Both films need to be remastered.
     
  19. Belgrath

    Belgrath Boom! Nutshot!

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    This sums it all up. :lolol 
     
  20. Scantron

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    For me, this is the most important point. This isn't like VHS to DVD, where the first medium became obsolete and unplayable on any new system. I don't have to re-buy any of my DVDs because they all still work just fine and look great with upconverting (I don't even have an HDTV yet and the upconverting still looks good on my standard TV).

    That said, there are a small number of movies I intend to rebuy on Blu-Ray, once I have a player and an HDTV. Transformers 2007, the Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition), The Incredibles and maybe a couple of others, but definitely less than 10 titles. Basically, I'd probably only buy/re-buy Blu-Ray if the movie was action, had a lot of interesting special effects or beautiful scenery. I can't see the point in paying extra for the Blu-Ray of "Generic Romantic Comedy #8576384658".
     

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