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Initial post: 9 Jul 2014 08:47:11 BDT
I have just bought the Star Wars Saga on Blu ray andtwo things dawned on me.

1. This the 4th time I have bought Star Wars, VHS,VHS Special edition, DVD and now Blu Ray.

2. This will probably be the last time I will ever buy it on a physical format.

I am kind of bitter sweet about this last fact, its nice to know I now have the final copy I will ever have to buy. BUT the fact Blu Ray will probably be the last physical format also makes me sad too.

I really hate the thought of fully digital distribution whether it be film or games, I am a collector I love to have a visual collection of my films and games and such. I always have been.

What do you think ?

Should we treasure our Blu Ray collection as it may be our last actual films that we can hold in our hand? as opposed to file on your tablet or a percentage on Sky Player ... or even worse a stream ?

Posted on 9 Jul 2014 12:15:51 BDT
I think we should mate, because look at vinyl these days, if no one had kept/preserved them, would we be seeing them in specialist record shops today.

I've still got my vhs tapes in a cupboard for prosperity, for future generations who may be interested in them and may start producing them again.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2014 12:52:29 BDT
Doesn't VHS Tape actually break up after something like 10 years or something tho bud?

At least DVD & Blu ray should last, well as long as we have the DVD/Blu ray players I guess. I mean how much is a record player/ turn table these days ?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2014 12:57:09 BDT
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I've got quite a few vhs tapes that are 10 years and a bit older but wether they will last another 10 years is debatable :)

You can surely get a decent enough turn table/record player from E bay for a good price but i'm not a music collecter, so don't take my word for it :)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2014 00:58:43 BDT
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I can remember in the 70's discussion on juke boxes and wouldn't it be great if you could get virtually any song you fancied to choose from.Back then they were limited to storing a fistful of 45's and a few weeks listening to the same records over and over soon became disenchanting.I don't think anyone back then could have visualized the evolution of technology that we have available today with regards to entertainment either film or music and their various formats.Books as well with the advent of Kindle,etc but like Bauer I would miss the tactile holding and handling of physical contact that makes them seem more real and tangible.I and Tetro had a similar debate sometime back,Tetro definitely on the downloading,Netflix or similar virtual side of things,no need for space consuming storage and stockpiling shelf upon shelf of evergrowing collections that rarely see the light of day,everything at the touch of a button.The drawback being as I pointed out you have to browse through a zillion choices trying to find something to watch,90% of which you wouldn't touch with a bargepole anyway,where as a well ordered collection of your personal favourites soon rewards you with something worth watching even if you don't have anything particular in mind.I still have some VHS tapes but no current working machine to play them on but they are tucked away(much to Mrs. O's annoyance,women just don't seem to understand,but mention her Beanie Baby collection and- well just don't).There always seems to be a thriving retro collectables market for most things but a lot of mine also have an intrinsic personal factor attached to them which is also part of the allure so I will probably keep hoarding till I die or end up on Discovery Channel or somewhere,a grizzled,wizened old man peeping out from brown stained net curtains at an unfriendly new age world with fear and distrust.
But as for what lays beyond the horizon,brain implants that relay our pleasures with a mere thought from some some giant cyberspace warehouse directly into our consciousness like some Dystopian Matrix nightmare while the UberOrwellian future swallows us up and spits us out? We shall just have to wait and see,and on that cheery note,goodnight one and all and pleasant dreams.What about a machine that could turn your dreams and thoughts into a virtual reality that you could enter at will and experience first hand?

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 01:04:41 BDT
PS.Our reality is only limited by our imagination,so be careful what you wish for!! :-)

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 09:47:57 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
Going by the number of people I know who still don't own a Bluray player (includes PS3 and PS4) I'm going to say that the last physical format, meaning the last format you can buy new content for, is actually more likely to be DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2014 10:46:37 BDT
With you there Ken,you have to wonder if this state of the art technology is all flim flam to lure the unwary into constantly upgrading just to separate them from their hard earned income.I've never even watched a Blu-Ray film so can't really say that it is any better but if it's anything like HD in which I couldn't decipher any appreciable difference or improvement in sound or picture quality from normal digital,I doubt wether I shall bother,added to which the cost and bother in replacing my DVD collection seems rather superfluous.And as for so called 3D,laughable IMO.
As with soap powders,razor blades,coffee etc,we are constantly bombarded with the latest improved or innovative product complete with pseudo scientific jargon and fanfares of unjustifiable hype ad nauseam.We live in the age of what can I fxxx about with now to justify my job,change for changes sake,what ever happened to the if it ain't broke leave it alone philosophy we used to go by,where common sense and practicality were our guide and experience our mentor instead of idiotic health and safety bureaucracy ruling our every move.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2014 11:04:20 BDT
I picked Blu Ray as it was the latest format that came to mind.

I love Blu Rays and I am amazed that anyone can not tell the difference between DVD and Blu Ray? granted its not as large as VHS to DVD, but to say you cant tell a difference is very surprising.

I haven't and wouldn't replace all my DVD's, but my fav's like Star Wars I do want the best version available and I would say BR is much better than DVD in terms of TV and sound. Then again it depends what you are watching them on I guess.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2014 15:58:56 BDT
Fair comment Bauer,as Isaac Hayes said,Do Your Thang!My main gripe with modern technology is the short life span on most equipment that seems to last about as long as a box of cornflakes,granted replacing DVD players is quite cheap but my last purchase was a combined DVD recorder/player,VHS and hard drive recorder,model was a respected make and about £500 which is about three years old so the guarantee has run out.Out of the three functions only the hard drive still works,the DVD recorder was never satisfactory,recorded discs often refused to play back and now won't even play pre-recorded discs.The VHS has also packed up but would often chew up tapes during play.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2014 09:56:05 BDT
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The difference in quality will depend on the TV. After buying an HD TV a few years ago I won't watch a movie in anything less, although since our local Blockbuster closed down (very sadly missed, especially the nerdy staff) I've had to watch current movies via iTunes / Apple TV. I have a few Blu Ray discs of classic movies (Bullitt, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and things like Frozen Planet and Firefly - it's quite good for box sets - but I'm never going to collect a lot of them.

I do wonder what this means for the home cinema equipment manufacturers. Is it worth Yamaha etc continuing to bring out £700 gadgets for us to play stuff off Netflix?

Posted on 12 Jul 2014 14:49:45 BDT
Doonni says:
No, Holographic Versatile Disc will be the last disc format.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 09:37:18 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
That's probably true, *if* you have a large HDTV and then your viewing distance is such that you can resolve individual pixels at standard res. Personally, with a mere 32" set and a 9' viewing distance I can't normally see rasterisation artifacts ("jaggies" on diagonals and curves) even on Anime splash screens.

Posted on 14 Jul 2014 11:14:38 BDT
"My main gripe with modern technology is the short life span on most equipment that seems to last about as long as a box of cornflakes"

Oh yeah I have to agree, actually since posting this thread I have been reading about 4K Red Ray discs ! FFS .. im not doing it !

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2014 18:34:15 BDT
Trinity-303 says:
There might be a new video format: 4k blu ray?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2014 12:56:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2014 13:02:37 BDT
I've opened and played sealed/new 10-12 year old videos (3000 Miles to Graceland) and noticed deterioration. Then again I've got 35 year old ex rental tapes that aren't much worse. I'm figuring on a 50+ year life span before video tape becomes unwatchable. As in everything storage plays a part and I have a sneaking suspicion that some 80s rental tapes benefit from superior tape/duplication quality than 90s onwards sell through product.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2014 14:38:36 BDT
I thought Video table had shelf life of less than that even Andrew, I remember hearing 15 years.

Posted on 7 Aug 2014 14:45:13 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
Video had a shelf life measured in hours if your machine was as ____ as mine. Used to put a crease on the tape of every film I owned!

Posted on 8 Aug 2014 09:43:10 BDT
Clagg says:
The time for physical copies being a thing of the past is still, I beleive, far into the future.

People want something for their cash and whilst downloads are making up a larger and larger chunk of sales we still want a backup either for the extra content or for a safety net in case we lost the HDD or went somewhere where internet access was sketchy.
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