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cindymancini
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This is something I'm struggling with...

I've been slowly upgrading my collection...impossible to do it all but here & there I'm picking up movies when I see a good deal like Gremlins or Risky Business for ten bucks...but it pains me...do any of you feel this way?

I didn't feel it as much with VHS to DVD cause my collection was rather small at that point but over the years my dvd collection is an entity in and of itself.

My other fear/frustration is A.) What if blu-ray doesn't catch on...will I have totally screwed myself?? and Secondly) Have any of you noticed that sometimes the blu-ray discs don't quite respond to your action with the remote. I'll be pressing buttons to get to the menu or advance & it gets kinda stuck or hung up?

Ugh...really want to feel good about this technology but not 100% sold...someone encourage me please. Tell me blu-ray is the way of the future!! [Roll Eyes]

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Devolution here,

Oh Cindy, it's blu-ray all day. While my wife had set the rule of no buying anything that we have that isn't awesome, for instance we didn't have Army Of Darkness on DVD so that got bought, but their is no need to spend money on Beverly Hills Cop.

The sound is awesome. The remasters are great but unless it has all the bells and whistles, don't bother.

We are DEVO

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See my previous post. Blu-Ray, or any disk-based medium, is, in my humble opinion, not the way of the future. All you have to do is observe the transformation of music from vinyl to cassettes to CDs to digital MP3 files. How many folks are buying CDs these days? Fewer every year. Digital is where it is. Studios are going to a made-on-demand model for the smaller releases and back catalog titles. Why? DVDs of any variety are on their way out--it will all be cloud-based digital downloads someday, like NetFlix, Amazon, Blockbuster, VUDU, etc. Heck, other than cheapness, I'm surprised that Red Box and Blockbuster vending machines are still around. Video stores are already dead. And just walk into a Best Buy and see how small their DVD selection is these days compared to past years. (A friend of mine who is a techno-savvy futurist says that Blu-Ray will all but be gone in less than 10 years.)

Oh, and that slowness of response and grinding of disks as they boot up are endemic of Blu-Rays The bugs aren't even worked out of the format yet, and, Cindy, as you've said, a company like Samsung doesn't even care that their firmware won't play the newest disks. Q.E.D.: Blu-Ray is a dead-end format, despite the superior quality and features. DVDs will be around for awhile because folks burn discs to backup data. I don't know anyone using a Blu-Ray burner.

Just my contrarian thoughts...

[ 14. November 2011, 20:22: Message edited by: Crash ]

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No, can't be bothered. Just sticking with my dvds.
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A little over a year before he died, Steve Jobs said Blu-Ray was a dead format. I rest my case. [Wink]

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I personally love Blu-Ray and will continue to purchase discs as long as they are available as I like hard copies as opposed to digital content. Similar to Devo, I am on a "not if we already have it on DVD" restriction from Mrs Noms, however there are exceptions that she will allow (big summer blockbusters that really shine in the format).

As I own over 2000 DVD's there is no way I'd upgrade all to Blu, nor would I want to spend the time ripping them all to digital format.

Just my opinion...

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TNwnn, don't get me wrong, I love the way Blu-Ray looks and sounds, which is sensational, but it just seems like one of those high-end audio standards that never took off, like DAT (Digital Audio Tape) or MiniDisc. I would add that U.S. consumers don't always favor the superior formats anyway, witness the marketplace demise of laser discs and Beta. Again, my verdict--DVD: ubiquitous format that, like the audio CD, will be around for a while longer. Blu-Ray: specialized, high-end technoglogy for purists, not long for this world. If you have a big collection, (I have a good laser disc collection so I can relate), make sure that when the day comes that there are no more Blu-Ray discs being pressed, you have a back-up player. A friend of mine actually had a video collection of RCA CED discs (anybody remember those?)--and then his player broke. Good luck with that, dude. [Smile]
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I give Blu-Rays another 5 years tops. I just don't see it catching on if it hasn't by now. Especially in the crisis of today's economy.

I personally have NOT converted to Blu-Rays, and don't foresee I ever will. There is such thing as "too much" of a good thing, and I think that's precisely what Blu-Rays are. I've only seen a small handful of Blu-Ray films, (at friend's houses and whatnot), and I personally was not that blown away by them. Not enough to make me want to begin upgrading my DVD collection anyway. I guess if I'm wrong, and DVD's do end up getting phased out for Blu-Rays to take over...then that's the day I stop buying movies altogether.

[ 15. November 2011, 16:03: Message edited by: Pyro ]

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I buy Blu-ray only if it's something I really, really like, like The Monster Squad. I'll also buy Blu-ray if I can find them on sale.
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I'm a lost case...I currently only buy DVDs from the 80's, horror flicks (but only in the month or two leading up to Halloween), and a few exceptions....rarely buy anything recent on DVD. I've spent a lot of time and money on my 80's DVD collection (over 400 now) and I cringe to think I need to replace them all. I really like keeping things in the same format, so originally resisted buying Blu-ray, but eventually gave in. But like others, only if they are my 80's favorites and are dirt cheap.

I have about 27 Blu-rays right now, and shamefully, as I scan my collection, I've only opened a few of them...the rest remain untouched, unwatched still in the cello wrappers. It's kinda like I don't want to buy them, but the collector in me is being unreasonable and grabbing some off the shelves....kinda like I hope they go away, but buy some in case they don't.

Two more small points before I stop babbling: 1. Can't help but agree with Crash re everything going digital...it's almost inevitable. I'll resist this to the end, as I too love having the hard copy, picture sleeves and all.

2. The picture and sound quality is undoubtedly better on Blu-ray, but you kinda have to be set up right to benefit...a crazy cool TV and a mega cool sound system....which I have neither....likely why I'm not rushing to watch my Blu-rays. I have a great 50" TV that does the trick, but nothing spectacular.

* Recently seen Goonies and Footloose at the mall on Blu-ray, and almost bought them....I need an intervention! And I continue to hold out for Flashdance!!

* Hmmmmmm.....who's going the "full meal deal" and buying the 3D stuff!!!

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It's not blu-ray all the way for me. I buy them if they are well priced, and usually if it's a movie I really love, then sure.. otherwise, it's regular dvd for me.

As for sound and picture quality, there are only a few I own, where I can really tell the difference in my old versions, versus the blu-ray copy.

I honestly don't think blu-ray will reign but I do agree that dvds will slow down as well, due to everything becoming more digital. But I still love my dvd collection!

For those that are way into the latest and the greatest, top notch sound and picture quality, then blu-ray is the way to go. But I still watch vhs tapes and while they aren't there as far as picture and sound, it's nostalgic for me.

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I'm with you, Ronnie. There's something about very old VHS tapes that are nostalgic, like they dropped down from another planet, with their tracking issues, video snow, hissy sound, station IDs, bumpers, and those great commercials of the era--all time capsule pieces. As I've said before, I always worry when I get a DVD and throw out the VHS copy that I'd taped whether I am destroying history, the last known copy of a "CBS Late Movie" bumper from 1978 or a Ronco Pocket Fisherman commercial. Liking this stuff, whether it's on VHS, DVD, or Blu-Ray, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, washes away the dust of everyday life. It's just so much fun!

So, the vote's about evenly split on Blu-Ray around here. No clear winning format, just winners for those of us who collect in any format... [Smile]

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I slowly started but here they were really expensive in the early stages. Buying more and more now that the prices have dropped significantly. Commando on Blu Ray was $30 here when it first came out. No way.
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My brother collects Blu Rays so i don´t need to [Smile]

Blu Rays are on sale here all the time.
Average price is 7-15 euros but you can also buy two for 10 euros. That´s the lowest price i´ve seen.

I still buy and collect VHS tapes and dvd´s. Mostly 80s stuff but also 70s and early 90s flicks.
Some occasional 00s films if i find interesting stuff dirt cheap [Cool] Bro also gives dvds to me if he´s updated a certain dvd to Blu Ray.

I own two VHS machines and two dvd players (regular R2 and region free)

Mostly i love to watch the VHS flicks.
All the Station IDs, company logos and movie trailers set the perfect mood.
Some snacks and soda (maybe even a beer if i think the movie needs it) and there you go [Smile]

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I actually still love VHS as well, however, simply ran out of room so I got rid of them all. I do still have a top loading VHS player stored away...and my visions of someday having an 80's room are still there....then I will re-collect my treasured VHS tapes....maybe someday....maybe.....
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After reading all these posts and really taking a good hard look at the quality of some of my dvd's in my blu-ray player, I don't think I'm going to go wild & snatch em up unless the dvd I currently have looks crappy (i.e. Bachelor Party) and it gets a nice blu-ray upgrade, or if it's one of my favorites at a good price. Other than that, I'm chillin'.

Still can't watch Halloween II on my Samsung & they just did another software update this week!! What the french?!?..

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Cindy.. what the fudge?! That sucks about Halloween II... that is definitely one the blu-rays where you can totally notice the differences in both sound and picture! I'd "keep dialing" if I were you... [Frown]
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quote:
Originally posted by Ronnie:
I'd "keep dialing" if I were you... [Frown]

HAHAHA!! Thanks Margo, errr, Ronnie [Wink] !
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quote:
Originally posted by kevdugp73:

* Hmmmmmm.....who's going the "full meal deal" and buying the 3D stuff!!!

ME!!!!!

After I saw Avatar at the cinema I was blown away with how good 3D could look and I wanted that at home. I have a 3D tv and home cinema set up and I am pleased to say that the movies I own in 3D never fail to impress. I wont just buy any old tatty 3d (Clash of the Titans anyone?) but will look for ones that I have already seen and enjoyed at the cinema.

I know for most people 3d is a gimmick that they hope will go away but when its done properly it can really add to the experience. Example - watch Sanctum in 3D, the try again in 2D, the difference is astonishing.

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Example - watch Sanctum in 3D, the try again in 2D, the difference is astonishing.
Anything that would help you ignore the plot / story would make the film seem better!

Wake me when they make 3-D interactive porn...

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quote:
Originally posted by cindymancini:
quote:
Originally posted by Ronnie:
I'd "keep dialing" if I were you... [Frown]

HAHAHA!! Thanks Margo, errr, Ronnie [Wink] !
^--- [Big Grin]

I agree with Ronnie.. "Halloween II" on blu-ray is fantastic.

Cindy .. sorry you are having so much trouble with your Samsung blu-ray player. Maybe the only way to get results is to eventually have the dude at Samsung customer service asking you... "Are you sure it was only 10 points?" [Wink]

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I was thinking about Blu-Ray too and I was wondering which film's from the 80's could actually benefit from it? Does it actually make a difference or is it like polishing some old silver to make it look good but not actually adding anything to it.

Would people give some examples they have found where it really does make a difference, especially in the visual's please?

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quote:
Originally posted by cindymancini:

My other fear/frustration is A.) What if blu-ray doesn't catch on...will I have totally screwed myself??

Blu-Ray has caught on.

When you see the capabilities of a BR, it's hard not to justify the purchase. Any one who has watched the Back To The Future trilogy (just one example) on this format knows what I mean.

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