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Posted on 19 Apr 2012 22:28:55 BDT
fruitloops says:
DVD is acceptible, blu-ray is better. Sometimes the difference is pretty marginal, but sometimes it's quite a big difference. Plus theres the often neglected bonus that they don't get scratched. I have so many dvd's that won't play properly cos of a tiny scratch, mostly due to horrible packaging like one disc on top of the other. so far i haven't even had a single scratch on any blu-ray i own, never mind a blu-ray that skips or won't play. The only time i buy dvd's ahead of blu-ray (if there IS a blu-ray) is when theres really good extras on the dvd, like a 60 minute documentary, that for some bizarre reason they haven't put on the blu-ray. I then grudgingly go for the dvd.

Posted on 19 Apr 2012 23:20:58 BDT
DeeJay says:
It depends on your standards, because in the majority of cases even a poor bluray is better than its DVD counterpart, but it depends on what your criteria is. As for the extras, I can't remember the last time I saw a DVD that had more extras than the Bluray version. Even then, i'd hardly make do with an inferior version of a movie that I will watch multiple times, for the sake of a 'making of' that I will watch once.

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 01:12:43 BDT
fruitloops says:
Independence day springs to mind, the dvd has 8 extra minutes added to the movie plus about 90 minutes of extras. Going on reviews, the blu-ray doesn't have the extra 8 minutes and has virtually zero extras. So, not having already owned the dvd, i went for the dvd version. My reasoning being, if i want the blu-ray i can buy it later on when the inevitable special edition comes out. It's not one of my favourite movies, so i won't watch it very often anyway. I hadn't seen it in years and I just fancied watching it, and watching the extras. If it was a movie i watch every few months or so i may have got the blu-ray anyway.

Posted on 21 Apr 2012 02:56:23 BDT
C. Gould says:
The problem with that is that you're assuming that the 8 minutes add something to the story, which in this case they really don't. I wouldn't hold my breath for an SE of ID4 either.

If you can' see the difference on this page, go for the DVD, but if you can there's no contest (and the BD audio is also great).

http://www.caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/comparison.php?cap1=4932&cap2=4947&art=full&image=7&cID=737&action=1&lossless=#vergleich

Posted on 21 Apr 2012 10:46:53 BDT
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RocketF1 says:
I agree with many here.

I have been collecting dvds since 1994. now i only buy bluray discs.

why?? the real reason is quality.

the facts are : If you watch a quality dvd on a regular CRT tv through a full RGB connection. that in itself its the same visual standard as HDTV

HDTV (e.g bluray) only exists because watching a normal dvd on a larger flatscreen tv is rubbish due to the general pixel problems associated with lcd/plasma. so when watching a bluray on an hdtv flatscreen you can effectively get the same picture quality as with a normal dvd through a a rgb connected CRT tv.
but the BIG bonus is you now have a BIGGER screen with the quality to watch it on.

so bluray is only the way to go if you want quality on a bigger screen. otherwise stick with dvd if you only want to keep your crt tv as i would stay with that if that is what i wanted.

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Posted on 21 Apr 2012 11:26:23 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 11:41:27 BDT
completely agree H Thomas, independence day is yet another in a long line of films thrown onto bluray , which is inferior to the dvd.

The American pie films are the latest stripped down blu ray new releases. the extras on them compared to the loaded dvds released 12 years ago are a prime example of where the bluray format is failing . I havent bought them but as they were cheap , I checked out of curiosity to see if they had the same , because they were cheap.

anyway lo and behold, as Ive noticed a lot with back catalogue films , most extras were missing probably to release at the low price point of
15 for the 1st 3 ilms. and ironically, the 1st is shown on ITV this friday night in HD. so you may as well just record off the tv as the bluray offers little more over a hd version of the film. and its the same with a lot of back catalogue releases.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 13:20:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Apr 2012 13:23:33 BDT
Cerberus says:
Hmmm RocketF1

"I have been collecting dvds since 1994. now i only buy bluray discs."

I was an early adopter of region 1 DVD round late 97 early 98, region 2 wasn't out at the time so it was all import stuff from the USA now I don't think the format was out in 94 ?

"the facts are : If you watch a quality dvd on a regular CRT tv through a full RGB connection. that in itself its the same visual standard as HDTV"

Sorry dude but nope will have to disagree there lol

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 14:07:22 BDT
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RocketF1 says:
It may have been early '95. (i was in usa at that time )
I will agree it really did not take off over here till 97 when goldeneye, das boot and jewel cases were used lol.

I too was an early buyer of R1 dvds (back then they were far superior). in addition to that I was one of the persons, probably like yourself! that has made Play.com what it is today. back then the business was being run from a small warehouse/large garage, now its a real company with many subsidaries. All thanks to to the Jersey Isls Tax Rules.

Any dvd today played on a 32'' crt tv with a full 21pin rgb cable vs the same dvd played through the same cable to a 32'' flatscreen. The CRT WILL always win, without question in respect to clarity sharpness and colour. this is what i am referring to. Its fact to the technology currently available. And why Bluray was created, in order to gain the same quality through a liquid screen rather than an electrical one. and now there is LED which tries to combine both.
Any Physics teacher would agree. But I do welcome your opinion :)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 15:40:37 BDT
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Cerberus says:
DVD in the USA was released in march 97 it was released late 96 in japan...

So what you're saying is a dvd image on a 32inc crt will have the same picture quality as a Blu-ray player hooked up to say a 46inc screen today going by..

"the facts are : If you watch a quality dvd on a regular CRT tv through a full RGB connection. that in itself its the same visual standard as HDTV"

yeah ?

ps it would have been playusa.com for me =O

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2012 00:02:44 BDT
C. Gould says:
"the facts are : If you watch a quality dvd on a regular CRT tv through a full RGB connection. that in itself its the same visual standard as HDTV"

If by 'fact' you mean totally erroneous and misleading statement, then sure...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2012 00:03:23 BDT
Bourne1886 says:
Check out Sainsburys or Asda for new Blu Ray releases quite a few are 14.99. Play.com are selling Blu Ray steelbook pre orders for as little as 9.99. So all this talk about Blu-Ray being expensive is just wrong. DVD will never be better quality than Blu Ray. Upscaling can't upscale detail that isn't there on a DVD. For example the kids were watching the Karate Kid on DVD the other day. Straight away I could see the picture was softer, fuzzier and lacked the sharpness and detail the Blu Ray version has. The wife put on the DVD by mistake and it was obviously lacking in the PQ and AQ department. Shop around people and you will find Blu Ray isn't as expensive as some doom mongers on here will try and make you believe!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2012 15:58:48 BDT
hammerkop says:
Blu-ray expensive? Sorry to sound like your dad (!) but I rarely pay more than a tenner for one and used to have to pay 13 pounds for a BLANK E180 cassette in the early 80s.

Posted on 22 Apr 2012 18:06:34 BDT
The fact is high definition should be standard by now. Most people have HD ready sets. The games consoles have been HD for over 6 years. However HD TV channels and Blu-ray have been around as long but they're still treated as premium products. You have to pay for the top packages from Virgin and Sky to get more than a couple of HD channels and Blu-rays generally cost 2 - 3 times what a DVD does. It's time to end this policy and let HD become the norm, as it should.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2012 20:33:38 BDT
Uncle DJ says:
Become the norm? Like when VHS died and DVD became the only way to buy new releases? Hey, if all Blu-Rays were 10 brand new I wouldn't complain lol. I do have some amazing patience for price drops though. For example, I love Bayformers. I know people love them or hate them, but you can't deny they are some of the best no-brainer, mental CGI action flicks in recent years. Perfect for the format. I got into BR June 2010. Didn't buy Transformers 1 or 2 until they dropped to 10 each. The third came out December 2011 I believe and I've only just ordered it as found for 11 instead of most places 15-17.

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 23:59:19 BDT
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Bourne1886 says:
Blu-Rays are getting cheaper! There are some great deals to be had out there.Just look! And another thing DVD PQ is not, I repeat is not better quality than Blu-Ray.

"the facts are : If you watch a quality dvd on a regular CRT tv through a full RGB connection. that in itself its the same visual standard as HDTV"

Absolute rubbish! I think youre just a wind up merchant and posting absolute nonsense on here.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 01:37:20 BDT
RocketF1 says:
Do not condosend me or other posters that have an opinion. im not asking you agree with me as i respect other peoples opinions. i have given detailed reasons and technical info explaining why. if you don't agree then that's ok as it all depends on equipment too. but don't tell me im talking rubbish. i like blu ray as well as dvd. you just don't get a good picture if you don't use hdmi on a big tv.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 01:42:01 BDT
RocketF1 says:
Do not condosend me or other posters that have an opinion. im not asking you agree with me as i respect other peoples opinions. i have given detailed reasons and technical info explaining why. if you don't agree then that's ok as it all depends on equipment too. but don't tell me im talking rubbish. i like blu ray as well as dvd. you just don't get a good picture if you don't use hdmi on a big tv.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 13:25:58 BDT
Bourne1886 says:
Look, if you think that, then that's fine. But I am not being condescending. How can a CRT tv dvd and a scart lead be better quality than a HD tv, Blu-Ray and HDMI lead? This is the latest AV equipment with the latest tech. I do respect your opinion but it doesn't mean it's right and I have every right to disagree. Blu Rays are far superior and offer better value for money, IMHO.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 13:36:06 BDT
Cerberus says:
"you just don't get a good picture if you don't use hdmi on a big tv."

Like you won't get a good image if you connect a dvd player up to a crt via composite.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 20:26:01 BDT
Bourne1886 says:
I have just bought a 2nd hand copy of the original Pressing of Predator and I didn't think it was that bad. Considering it is mpeg-2 it's alright. I didn't think it was that grainy. What was all the fuss about? Far better than the DVD. There was a bit of print damage at the beginning but it was gone before I knew it. 3 out of 5 stars for PQ. The DTS track was very loud.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 21:32:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2012 21:34:28 BDT
C. Gould says:
"Do not condosend me or other posters that have an opinion."

Nothing wrong with having an opinion, but opinions are not facts and when you are wrong you have to expect people to call you on it. You haven't provided a shred of evidence to support your claims.

BTW, you misspelled condescend. Now *that* was condescending ;)
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