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  • Bought my first Blueray today, the film Avatar

    Got a great price too. Nice that it comes with a dvd disc as well.
    Life is change. Built models for decades.
    Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
    I didn't for a long time either.

  • #2
    Originally posted by les Brains View Post
    Got a great price too. Nice that it comes with a dvd disc as well.
    So what is Blueray compared to the usual stuff?

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    • #3
      Visually hard to say.

      If you don't have a 40" or larger TV, blueray offers nothing. If the TV is not HD 1080P chances are you get nothing.

      DVD likely is plenty, but blueray does offer something if it has something decent to play on.

      I think blueray is lost on anything not originally visually stunning. So this movie yes, any ole schlock film, likely not worth the effort.

      I'm currently planning to get xvids of most of my DVD stash, dump it all on a 1.5 terrabyte drive and stick the DVD stash in a closet. Because for most mundane films, a 'spectacular' picture is a waste of effort.

      Hoping to get Lord of the Rings on Blueray, as well as Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia and similar epics. Not planning to buy blueray of just any ole film Hollywood releases (whether Hollywood likes it or not).

      Most films are not worth better than a downloaded xvid file and a defacto finger in the face of Hollywood.
      Life is change. Built models for decades.
      Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
      I didn't for a long time either.

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      • #4
        So getting a BluRay is not really worth it if you don't have this super awesome TV to go with it?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kittikhun View Post
          So getting a BluRay is not really worth it if you don't have this super awesome TV to go with it?
          You have to have a high definition TV to get the full effect.
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          • #6
            One nice thing is the PS3 (not sure if other blueray players do it as well) will actually automatically enhance the visual value of a DVD it is playing.

            Which is nice.

            But all this High Def TV programming and blue ray movies stuff is lost if your viewing option is unable to display it.
            This more or less is the same with the games that use blueray.

            Granted, in the last year, the price of HD TVs has totally plunged. You can't even buy much in the way of a TV that is smaller than 40" without a dedicated search.

            40" HD has essentially become the norm that 27" CRT TVs once were.
            Life is change. Built models for decades.
            Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
            I didn't for a long time either.

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            • #7
              As far as im concerned-they can stuff bluray up their wazoos. Im not going to buy 600 DvDs all over again.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by c.evans View Post
                As far as im concerned-they can stuff bluray up their wazoos. Im not going to buy 600 DvDs all over again.
                Nor I

                And I didn't buy several hundred VHS all over again when I went to DVD.

                I just wish I could have seen the full benefit of digital storage sooner.
                Between 2002 and 2005 I was able to largely ditch vhs for dvd format, but now with a decent computer and a PS3, I can settle for a few terrabytes and xvid files or just straight images of the dvds.

                But I don't mind a few blueray copies for the truly worthy options.
                Lord of the Rings is worth it, but just any ole film most assuredly not.
                I might like a blueray set of Stargate SG1, but until it's a decent price I can manage with my dvds.
                Life is change. Built models for decades.
                Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
                I didn't for a long time either.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by les Brains View Post
                  Visually hard to say.

                  If you don't have a 40" or larger TV, blueray offers nothing. If the TV is not HD 1080P chances are you get nothing.

                  DVD likely is plenty, but blueray does offer something if it has something decent to play on.

                  I think blueray is lost on anything not originally visually stunning. So this movie yes, any ole schlock film, likely not worth the effort.

                  I'm currently planning to get xvids of most of my DVD stash, dump it all on a 1.5 terrabyte drive and stick the DVD stash in a closet. Because for most mundane films, a 'spectacular' picture is a waste of effort.

                  Hoping to get Lord of the Rings on Blueray, as well as Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia and similar epics. Not planning to buy blueray of just any ole film Hollywood releases (whether Hollywood likes it or not).

                  Most films are not worth better than a downloaded xvid file and a defacto finger in the face of Hollywood.
                  BluRay is crazy. With the proper TV, as said, it is visibly noticeable. However, the extreme "clean" view basically strips away the production gloss that we all have come to know. Even some newer films suffer from the clarity, but as an example, Gone with the Wind was so sterile that it put me off.

                  But the clarity on Full Metal Jacket was awesome. It depends more on the film (and the film stock) than anything else, in my opinion. Some profit and some suffer.

                  Also, some TVs have a function for increased digital clarity, which makes the film look like BBC clean, or like a high-grade porno film. So clear it's like you're right there. It gave me a headache and ruined a few movies, so I was glad when I figured out how to turn it off.

                  It does fantastic things for the video games I play (also on BluRay), but with movies it's 50-50...

                  Buying a film shot on HD stock is the best to appreciate it, seconded by a classic in black and white...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by les Brains View Post
                    Got a great price too. Nice that it comes with a dvd disc as well.
                    Congrats!

                    BBC's click has a good article on BluRay in the age of digital streaming:

                    Disc or download? You decide

                    Sony's Blu-ray came out victorious but enthusiasm for the discs and players remained lukewarm, and sales only started picking up when manufacturers slashed prices in 2009.

                    "Today we're seeing players drop below the $100 (£68) price point on some special sales and so that's opening up more sales to the consumers for players," said James De Puydt from removable data firm Imation.

                    As an extra incentive, manufacturers of Blu-ray players have built-in services including the ability to stream movies from sites such as Netflix and Amazon.

                    ...

                    Evolving blu-ray

                    Makers of Blu-ray burning software said its recordable format is a small market compared to DVD Recordable.

                    In addition, Blu-ray manufacturers are still updating their software and hardware for new features such as the BD-Live player and higher capacity discs.

                    Now Blu-ray is also expanding into the 3D market.

                    "The Blu-ray Disc Association have been working on a new standard called Blu-ray 3D," said Andrew Fear from Nvidia.

                    "To create the ability to take all those movies in theatres like Avatar, Toy Story, Ice Age and making a format that is 3D compatible for the home".

                    But some people may not feel ready to embrace a technology perceived as still evolving and which could require costly upgrades.
                    Right now, I'm contented with DVD, but I am sure at some point I will make the switch to BluRay. Probably when BluRay gaming becomes all the rage.
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                    • #11
                      I mostly got a blueray player by getting a PS3 which I mainly got so I could send any form of cooky format of file from my computer to my TV by way of my networked PS3.

                      Essentially, the blue ray function of my PS3 is just an add on just like it's ability to play games

                      Eventually blueray burner drives will be affordable, and I likely will get one so I might store a bit more data on a bit better medium.

                      But I just dropped 100 bucks to get an external terrabyte drive so that I can basically store sheetloads of xvids, or dvds or whatever and be able to play it in my laptop, or my PC or the PS3 and into the TV.

                      Blueray discs to me, are really just an option for a movie worth a little more oompha. But as most are saying, in most cases a DVD is still fine.

                      Besides, have you ever heard Jimi Hendrix on a cd? He sounds 'awesome' but then he also sounds 'awful' in equal measures Making it digital didn't clean him up any hehe.
                      I experience the same with old moldy documentaries series. If it looked lousy on dvd, it won't look much different on blueray. Digital grainy always looks the same hehe.
                      Life is change. Built models for decades.
                      Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
                      I didn't for a long time either.

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                      • #12
                        I went to Best Buy today looking for a DVD player. There is no such thing there anymore! All they have are Blue Ray players which all start at over 200 dollars. I ended having to buy and external DVD drive.
                        Flag: USA / Location: West Coast

                        Prayers.

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                        • #13
                          Just watch Avatar for the fist time ever,my conclusion is that I actually loved the film but one question:
                          Why did it have so much Titanic related things?

                          example:

                          The tree falling,it looks identical to the 1997 Titanic stern falling.

                          Mid through the movie the theme song sounded like the theme song mid though the Titanic movie

                          Two charters like "Jack and Rose" were the main charters of a love film just like Titanic had.

                          The camera bio (which the main male member cast had to do) was identical to the 1997 Titanic movie.

                          James Cameron must love Titanic!,lol
                          Last edited by Heidi; 22 May 10, 22:05.

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