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sith_killer_99
08-03-2008, 08:51 PM
Well, now that I am finally back from deployment and finally moved into a house, I have been doing some shopping.

First on the list was a new couch and love seat. Next was the 42 inch HDTV along with stand, surround sound, and blu-ray player.

So anyway, these have been out for a while now and it is clear that Blu-Ray has won the war. I called that one years ago (before they even hit the market).

So, I am curious, now that Blu-Ray has won...who here has one? What movies do you own on Blu-Ray? Will you scrap (trade up) those older DVD's in favor of the new format?

For the most part I do not plan of trading up. My Blu-Ray player does a great job of upscaling. Though perhaps one day, if and when prices come down, I may upgrade a few of my movies.

A quick list of movies I have on Blu-Ray:

Saw
Saw II
Saw III
Saw IV
Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End
Fantastic 4
Fantastic 4 Rise of the Silver Surfer
Resident Evil
Resident Evil Apocalypse
Resident Evil Extinction
Ghost Rider
Hellboy
Dogma
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Ultimate Avengers Collection
Terminator 2
21
X-Men III The Last Stand
Aeon Flux
Ultraviolet
Batman Begins
Blade Runner: Ultimate Collector's Edition (Box set)
The Fifth Element (Remastered)
Full Metal Jacket
Harry Potter (Years 1-5 box set)
King Arthur
Underworld
Underworld: Evolutions
Wild Things
Return to House on Haunted Hill

Okay, a few of these are upgrades, but fewer than you might think.

Anyway, I have found some great deals on Amazon and at the local Pawn Shops. Most of these were had for around $15.00 and many of them are used. Amazon has run a lot of 50% off and buy one get one free deals.

I was actually very surprised at the transfer of some of the older films like T2.

I am also looking forward to some of the upcoming offerings like:

Dark City
Starship Troopers (1-3 box set)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Heroes (Season 1-2)
Iron Man

Anyway, who else has jumped on the Blu-Ray train? Has anyone found great deals on discs?

El Chuxter
08-03-2008, 08:55 PM
I was considering upgrading for Speed Racer, but I read the BluRay isn't true high-def, so I'll wait a bit longer.

Regardless of quality, the only DVD I'd consider upgrading would be the old Batman: The Movie, as the BluRay has a carpload of extras.

bigbarada
08-03-2008, 09:13 PM
Do they have Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions on Blu-Ray yet? I'll consider switching over when those come out.

I guess the easiest method would be to just buy a PS3. The stand alone Blu-Ray players don't seem to be that much cheaper considering you get a high-end game system included with the PS3.

Beast
08-03-2008, 09:27 PM
I was considering upgrading for Speed Racer, but I read the BluRay isn't true high-def, so I'll wait a bit longer.

Regardless of quality, the only DVD I'd consider upgrading would be the old Batman: The Movie, as the BluRay has a carpload of extras.
The video is Hi-Def, but they didn't do lossless sound for it.

Can't really blame them given how badly it bombed. But sucks for it's fans.

As for the OP's question... yep, and I'm quite happy with the upgrade. I picked up a PS3, since it the was the only future proof Blu-Ray player on the market. Also when you consider your getting a Blu-Ray player and a game system for basically the price of one... yeah, best investment anyone could make.

As for my collection of discs so far...

AVP: Requim
Batman Begins
Batman: Gotham Knight
Batman: The Movie - (Looks amazing. And well worth it for the new rxtras.)
Blade Runner: 5 Disc Complete Collector's Edition
Enchanted
The Eye
The Golden Compass
I Am Legend
Jumper
Justice League: New Frontier
National Treasure
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
One Missed Call
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Ratatouille
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

sith_killer_99
08-03-2008, 09:32 PM
Do they have Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions on Blu-Ray yet? I'll consider switching over when those come out.

No plans for LOTR yet, but New Line Cinema has the hook up with Blu-Ray, so it will probably be released in the near future.

Fox, which distributes Star Wars also has the direct line with Blu-Ray, but we all know GL has final say.

Maybe he will be inspired to redo the OT and fix a few things for the Blu-Ray release.:D

LOL

I would like to see a Blu-Ray Star Wars mega box set with original theatrical release versions.

Beast
08-03-2008, 09:32 PM
Do they have Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions on Blu-Ray yet? I'll consider switching over when those come out.
Not yet. It's assumedly being held back until The Hobbit comes out.

I'm really excited by the upcoming Planet of the Apes boxset.

From The Digital Bits:

There's big Blu-ray news today, folks: 20th Century Fox has just announced the Planet of the Apes: 40 Year Evolution Blu-ray Collection for release on 11/4 in the U.S. (as well as "throughout the Fall" internationally), and it looks like really a beautiful box set. The U.S. SRP will be $159.98. For that, you'll get a 5-disc set that includes all five vintage Apes films (Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes) in full 1080p resolution with audio in English 5.1 DTS MA (as well as English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital mono, and English and Spanish subtitles). For the first time in the U.S., Conquest of the Planet of the Apes will be presented in its unrated version, with 8 minutes of additional footage.

New Blu-ray extras will include a BonusView Science of the Apes viewing option, the Beyond the Forbidden Zone adventure game and 8 HD featurettes (A Public Service Announcement from ANSA, Evolution of the Apes, Impact of the Apes, From Alpha to Omega: Building a Sequel, The Secret Behind Escape, Riots and Revolutions: Confronting the Times and End of an Epic: The Final Battle). Each sequel film will include an isolated score track in 5.1 DTS MA. You'll also get an extensive, 200-page coffee table book with artwork and liner notes.

On top of that, you'll get all of the previously released DVD extras too, including commentary by composer Jerry Goldsmith, commentary by actors Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim Hunter and makeup artist John Chambers, text commentary by Eric Greene (author of Planet of the Apes as American Myth), the Behind the Planet of the Apes documentary (with all new interactivity and a timeline), many additional SD featurettes and clips (including a Behind the Planet of the Apes promo (1988), Planet of the Apes makeup test with Edward G. Robinson (1966), Roddy McDowall on-set footage, Planet of the Apes dailies and outtakes (No Audio), the Planet of the Apes NATO presentation (1967), a Planet of the Apes vintage featurette (1968), A Look Behind the Planet of the Apes (1972), Don Taylor Directs Escape from the Planet of the Apes and J. Lee Thompson Directs Conquest of the Planet of the Apes), original theatrical trailers, original sketches by costume designer Morton Haack, a photo gallery, a Planet of the Apes timeline, interactive pressbooks, vintage Apes newspaper galleries, advertising and lobby card galleries, and behind-the-scenes galleries.

To sum up, this set looks AWESOME if you're a true Apes fan. Here's a look at the packaging for the set...

UKWildcat
08-03-2008, 11:48 PM
I have quite a few Blu-ray discs, but no method (PS3) of playing them yet. :nerv:

My collection thus far:

Lost Season 3
Masters of Horror Season I Volume I
Masters of Horror Season I Volume II
Masters of Horror Season I Volume III
Masters of Horror Season I Volume IV
Harry Potter Limited Edition Giftset - Will probably sell this one.
Oceans Trilogy (11,12,13)
28 Days Later
28 Weeks later
Beerfest
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard with a Vengeance
Dawn of the Dead (Romero)
Day of the Dead (Romero)
Edward Scissorhands
Full Metal Jacket
Mr. Brooks
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
No Country for Old Men
The Phantom of the Opera
The Prestige
Run Lola Run
Superbad
The Wild Bunch

El Chuxter
08-04-2008, 08:00 AM
Actually, thedigitalbits.com has been reporting there's conflicting info on the video on Speed from Warner Bros, and the final word is that it's standard definition (I guess the "True High Def" logo was used in some advance promo material in error). Regardless of box office, what's the point in releasing anything to BluRay that's no better than a standard DVD? :confused:

Beast
08-04-2008, 09:00 AM
Actually, thedigitalbits.com has been reporting there's conflicting info on the video on Speed from Warner Bros, and the final word is that it's standard definition (I guess the "True High Def" logo was used in some advance promo material in error). Regardless of box office, what's the point in releasing anything to BluRay that's no better than a standard DVD? :confused:
The video is encoded in 1080p. It's the sound they cheaped on. No Uncompressed Audio.

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa158.html

JON9000
08-04-2008, 04:05 PM
I'll get a PS3 if they come out with a slimline version. Until then, I don't feel like upgrading. Ever since I got Netflix, I don't really watch the 100 or so DVDs I own, and my queue is 400 strong.

It looks pretty sharp in the store, though. Hopefully in a few years the back catalogue will include some more inspiring titles. I also have a sneaking suspicion that blu-ray titles will manage to look even better in a couple of years. My pre-2000 dvd releases look like crap, and it would be cool to upgrade those to blu-ray instead of a nicer DVD version (although the newest version of "Goldfinger" looks freaking amazing, and I don't know if I would want it in higher resolution, as you can already now see the makeup used to cover Connery's acne).

sith_killer_99
08-04-2008, 07:06 PM
what's the point in releasing anything to BluRay that's no better than a standard DVD?

I could only see it if you were attempting to consolidate something like a television show...more episodes per disc kinda thing.


I also have a sneaking suspicion that blu-ray titles will manage to look even better in a couple of years. My pre-2000 dvd releases look like crap

That's because most DVD's released before 2000 were running on single layer (4.7GB) discs, as opposed to most modern DVD's that run on dual layer (8.5GB) discs.

Blu-Ray has similar issues, there are 25GB single layer discs and 50GB dual layer discs. The difference is that most Blu-Ray movies are produced on the 50GB discs. It's easy enough to tell, some movies tell you on the packaging, or you can visit http://www.blu-ray.com/ to review the movies. Each review contains the disc type (25GB or 50GB) for that movie.

scruffziller
08-06-2008, 12:27 PM
I just purchased a Panasonic 42" plasma and a media center PC which is my new HD-DVR and Netflix "Watch it Now" Machine. I purchased a Blu-Ray Drive for the PC since it was a much cheaper purchase. I have 300, Casino Royale, and the Simpsons movie on the way in the mail for Blu-Ray. I really love that Netflix has Blu-Ray available. Still got to get the surround sound system though.:sad:

Jargo
08-07-2008, 07:30 AM
I'm not bothering with blu-ray. sometimes a little fuzz is good for the soul.

JediTricks
08-10-2008, 07:47 PM
Apparently, I'm getting blu-ray for my birthday this month in the form of a PS3.

Beast
08-10-2008, 08:21 PM
Apparently, I'm getting blu-ray for my birthday this month in the form of a PS3.
Woo Hoo!! Congrats JT!

sith_killer_99
08-10-2008, 11:04 PM
Apparently, I'm getting blu-ray for my birthday this month in the form of a PS3.

Sweet as sweet!

JediTricks
08-10-2008, 11:18 PM
I don't have an HD tv so it's not like I'll bother using the blu-ray player.

Beast
08-10-2008, 11:31 PM
I don't have an HD tv so it's not like I'll bother using the blu-ray player.
It's still going to look better, even if you don't have a HDTV.

JediTricks
08-10-2008, 11:42 PM
$10 better? :p

jjreason
08-11-2008, 02:11 PM
Mmmm... not sure if I'd agree with Beast's comment. The difference between an upconverted DVD and a BluRay disc on a standard tv might not be noticeable at all - in fact I have trouble from a regular distance on my 46" Sony which puts out a full 1080p.

If the DVD was encoded recently enough (like the SW ones, Pirates of the Caribbean and many others) it will look AWESOME upconverted through the PS3.

I have a very limited selection of BR discs right now: Spider-Man 3 (which came with the player), Chicago (my wife's - honest!) and Pirates of the Caribbean. I'm not planning on upgrading anything unless I can get a good deal on "Heat" - I hate my DVD copy.

Because of the price difference I'm still buying DVDs, though I'll get Speed Racer on BluRay and likely Batman Begins as I never got that DVD.

scruffziller
08-11-2008, 04:32 PM
$10 better? :p

Not off of ebay or Amazon.

JediTricks
08-12-2008, 11:00 PM
Mmmm... not sure if I'd agree with Beast's comment. The difference between an upconverted DVD and a BluRay disc on a standard tv might not be noticeable at all - in fact I have trouble from a regular distance on my 46" Sony which puts out a full 1080p.

If the DVD was encoded recently enough (like the SW ones, Pirates of the Caribbean and many others) it will look AWESOME upconverted through the PS3.

I have a very limited selection of BR discs right now: Spider-Man 3 (which came with the player), Chicago (my wife's - honest!) and Pirates of the Caribbean. I'm not planning on upgrading anything unless I can get a good deal on "Heat" - I hate my DVD copy.

Because of the price difference I'm still buying DVDs, though I'll get Speed Racer on BluRay and likely Batman Begins as I never got that DVD.
Interesting, thanks for the info. Stupid TVs are holding me back, but no way I'm buying an HDTV this year.

You should see the transfer on "1941", I just rewatched it the other day (it was Saturday and I was under bed-rest), it looks like they restored it off a VHS - that's the problem with those cheapo $5 discs, less data, cheaper transfers.

RUSHBOY
08-12-2008, 11:13 PM
I have a PS3 and a sony TV, but it's not an HDTV !
I really need to upgrade but I spend all my money on action figures !!
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