questionsis it really worth buying / rebuying every movie…

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No. I see a lot of people that do this though, and it is very strange to me.. I will ONLY buy action movies with great visual and audio effects.. Or animation, which usually looks amazing on blu-ray. I think it is just an obsession with some people to have the latest and greatest. I mean who wants those clunky old DVD cases next to their shiny blue blu-ray boxes? The corporate clowns have many in their grasp with this.

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@spicyflavor: i'm with you. there are a few movies i would re-buy (i think we've bought 3) but only if they get a serious boost from being in HD. not only does it depend on the effects or animation of the movie, but it also has to be researched whether it's a good transfer or not - many are low-to-terrible quality, giving you nothing in return for the cost of buying the blu-ray.

for example, i think the currently popular deal for Shawshank Redemption on blu-ray is a bit silly - while i've not seen it in HD, i can't imagine the boost is worth the extra money when I already have my Walmart $5 bin dvd copy.

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If I am going to purchase a movie, I buy it on Blu-Ray. I don't buy DVDs anymore--I rent them from Netflix or Redbox.

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When I add to my movie collection I now buy the Blu-Ray version. I have no plans at this time to upgrade copies I already own on DVD to Blu-Ray unless there are bonus materials I feel I need to have and the price is low enough to justify it in my mind

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I guess soon enough DVD's will go the way of the dinosaur and it will be Blu-ray as the standard. Until the next better technology trumps it...

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Some Blu-rays are made from of a low-quality master, which only makes the grain/artifacts/etc. show up more clearly (meaning that there's no reason to upgrade from DVD).

If you want to know if a certain BR is a high-quality transfer or a hack job, try this site:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=187

or this one:
http://www.highdefdiscnews.com/?page_id=38212

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~if you're buying something you don't already own on dvd, go for the bluray.
~if it's one of your favorite movies ever, upgrade to bluray if you already own the dvd, but wait for a good deal
~if you're a "bonus features" junkie, the bluray almost always has a lot more to offer. Basically, you don't really need to replace your entire collection, just realize that your dvd collection is currently in the same boat as VHS was in around 1999. (meaning it's sinking slowly, and in 4-6 years all that will remain is a light oilslick on the surface of the water).

A good upconverting dvd player with hdmi output will suffice for the average movie, even on a big screen... the difference between bluray & dvd on that "average" movie won't be all that noticable or important. Most of the time.

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If I want a Pixar movie, I get it on Blu-Ray.
But most of my DVDs are of movies from the 70s and earlier, and don't see any need to replace them. They look just fine when I pop them into my PS3 and watch on my 42" LG.

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@thefenst: You recommended this once upon a time. I, personally, have yet to try it but seems like a good way to go. http://www.dvd2blu(dot)com/

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@loosecannon67: Yeah, that was the first thing that popped into my mind too - I've seen it on Deals a couple times...

If you're determined to convert your library, that's definitely a good start.

I haven't personally tried it either - for some reason I got it in my head that they'd give me $4.95 in CREDIT for every movie I sent in lol, so naturally I went out and bought some $1 dollar box sets of crappy movies.. Not sure why I thought that, but I'm pretty sure I found the deal after a long night..

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I agree with those who said not to replace older movies with one exception I have found so far. The 70th anniversary edition Wizard of Oz on Blu-Ray is crazy-beautiful. Get it.

Other than that and movies that are dramatically remastered, I don't buy it on blu-ray if it was made before blu-ray.

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Newer movies: definitely worth buying in blu-ray. If you don't already have the movie and it's fairly recent and at a good price, might as well get it in blu-ray.
As for rebuying, I would only rebuy movies that are particularly visual. Otherwise, with a blu-ray player's upconvert, a standard DVD will still come out pretty nicely. Only other reason I could think of to get a blu-ray of something you have a DVD of is if the BD has special features that you would be interested in.

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Also, now that I read the "I'm specifically talking about..." part, I'll go ahead and generally say no. I admit I've got kind of suckered into it though. After buying the blu-rays I have bought, I'm hesitant to buy DVDs. It's the sucker/ tech nerd in me.

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No i quit buying dvd's about a year ago unless it was a new favorite the last i bought was The Dark Knight and i bought it on a big sale around christmas.

I think the internet will render dvds obsolete much the same way it did CD sales. as memory storage continue to advance it will be more and more convient to store several movies on one tiny disc as opposed to ugly room consuming entertainment centers. Also Netfilx instant view and other sites like it will only continue to grow. Netflix and Redbox are also making it silly to spend $15 on a movie you might watch once every 2 years or so.

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I would say yes, at least for any movie you like and watch regularly. One of the best looking blu-rays in my collection is CASABLANCA for crying out loud. The thing to remember is that film has more resolution than even blu-ray can provide. However, DO check reviews on a blu-ray before getting it, because a bad transfer blu-ray isn't worth getting (See Patton, Predator Ultimate Hunter Edition).

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Depends on your existing collection! I only bought my favorite big-budget EyeCandy movies on DVD, and many of those had the source material quality and popularity to justify top-flight new transfers and amazing restorations. A lot of the reason to re-buy on Blu-Ray is not the format itself, but the astounding results being gained by some classic films getting high-resolution new masters, sometimes from the original camera footage. Whether it's worth upgrading also depends on how you view your film. On a 32in screen and listening via the TV speakers a VHS copy can look good. On a 100"+ 1080P projection screen with 7.1 audio, Blu-Ray is incomparable. At that size upscaling pales and the with good speakers clarity and separation of audio is worlds apart. Not all movies ported to Blu-Ray got remastered, and some have LESS extras than a previous DVD version, but I check reviews like Blu-Ray.com and ONLY buy Blus that add a level of wonder to the experience. Yeah, I'm replacing everything.

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oh, I forgot to add... unless you're a masochist, stay away from bluray porn.
there can be too much quality in some cases....

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@kamikazeken: not a fan of the ingrown hairs and residual toilet paper huh?

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Yes and no. Depends on the movie and how well the transfer is.

As stated, the Pixar and Disney movies are a must on BR. They look so amazing. Even the old Disney movies, Pinocchio, Beauty & the Beast, look so good. The colors are so vibrant. You can see the layering of the cells and lines, from when they actually drew cartoons.

I have a good BR selection, new and old. Some old movies look amazing transferred over, while others looks worse than their DVD counterpart.

My best advice is to read reviews and buy what you want to see in HD. Here is a great place on BR ratings. They break down each category. Visual, sound, extras, and the movie itself.
http://www.highdefdigest.com/

A few must own transfers, IMO are: Heat, The Matrix Trilogy, Saving Private Ryan. There are more, but these are great.

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I buy everything on Blu-ray, but I don't upgrade the movies I already own on DVD... with the exception of Star Wars, or if I'm buying a package (like The Mel Brooks Collection) that contains a movie I already have on DVD.

I will be upgrading the mvoies I own on VHS to Blu-ray, since I have no way of playing them anymore.

DVD/Blu-ray will continue for quite a while. I have no issue streaming HD content, but for a majority of the people in this country, ignoring the rest of the world, it would take hours just for the movie to start. If bandwidth caps are going to start appearing, discs will last much longer.

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The only Blurays I have "re-bought" are Gladiator, LOTR (Special Extended Edition) and Star Wars, the rest of my collection is good enough on DVD.

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Why buy blu-ray when you can download them for free on PirateBay?

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I can understand the ease of netflix, and other movie providers, but once I own the movie (regular or blu ray) I can watch it whenever I want for nothing. Maybe it is just me, but I tend to only buy movies that I would watch numerous times exp LOTR, Matrix, Apocalypse Now, full metal jacket, shrek. I really like it when I get the blu ray and the digital all in one case.

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I'll rebuy on BluRay if extra content is included, or it's a must have to own title. Otherwise, no, not worth it.

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I didn't see a need to re-buy all my movies on Blu-Ray. Titles with good visual effects such as Star Wars, etc, sure. I wasn't unhappy with regular DVD quality. The first blu-ray movie I bought was "The Dark Night." What a difference! But I don't need to replace plain old dramas with higher res copies.

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If you actually keep up with technology, ALL DVD's including Blu-Ray will be the same as VHS and VCR's in just 5 years or less. Everything will be going to mass-storage media players. I already have. I have a $50 WD 1080p Media player with a $50 1tb hard drive and all my movies on it. Beter media players will launch in the coming years so good luck selling your Blu-Rays when nobody wants them. How much do you think you get for a VHS movie these days???

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I learned the hard way about these older movies in blu-ray w poor transfer (i. e, Robin Hood: Prince of theives) so i generally buy more recent titles and animation...also, most of mine have been purchased after referencing my android app "amazon under $10"...it stays current, and categorizes by blu ray, Wii, Ds, Dsi, PSP UMD, 360, PS3, and PSP...generally spend $7 or less unless it's a good deal like the $9.99 harry potters right now which are tempting me.

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The only reason I'd pay $20 more (than the $5 DVD) for a blu-ray is for the extra stuff that comes with it. ex. : ditital copy for my ipod touch, Blu-ray disc, Blu-Ray 3D, and DVD. now that's a pretty good deal if you don't already have the movie on DVD

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@kamikazeken: Now i'm going to have to see the difference for myself.

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I agree with most of you. I have (or had, before downsizing my collection) close to two-thousand DVDs. That's just too many to upgrade all of them. So... anything new I buy on Blu-ray. I have re-purchased some films that I had on DVD, but mostly they were either my favorites or Disney/Pixar films. To help offset the cost, I sell any DVD that I upgrade to Blu-ray. I think there was only ONE DVD that I kept once I upgraded to Blu-ray... Twilight. When it was first released, it was only available on DVD. The Blu-ray was released several months later. However, there was a Special Edition package which included a cute collector's box, the soundtrack and a bunch of other goodies. Speaking of the Twilight soundtrack, I bought the CD, then got another CD that came with the Blu-ray set, then bought it again on iTunes because it included an extra song that I wanted. So, YES, I will re-purchase... IF there is a good reason!

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Surely you jest.

And don't call me Shirley!

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I've got a fairly decent DVD collection, and I would only honestly replace a small number of them with Blu-Rays, though some on the not-to-upgrade list would maybe be upgraded as well if it was through one of those trade-in programs some studios run for small fees.

Other than that, I would only buy Blu-Rays if they are movies I feel would benefit, or if the cost hike is small in comparison to the DVD. Like if I saw a DVD for like $5-7 but the Blu-Ray is on sale for $10.

So far I've really only bought three Blu-Rays: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Tron: Legacy, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

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With the advances in technology recently, why limit yourself to blu-ray? Why not go with a netflix or other movie subscription service? It's more portable and can go wherever you are. As long as you have the bandwidth for it, I would get the subscription. If you re-purchase all the movies you have on blu-ray, you'll just be doing it all over again when the next thing comes out. I know netflix doesn't have every movie yet but it does have a lot. I'll even throw in the "it's more green" clause because manufacturer's don't have to make it and you don't have to drive to the store and select it.

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I did upgrade my collection when I went from VHS to DVD, but I don't plan to upgrade my collection to Blu-Ray from DVD. It was a quality issue for me. VHS movies downgrade the longer you own them. Ever try watching a VHS movie that's over 10-15 years old. They are so bad, grainy and bitty, and dark, it's not worth watching. But the quality of DVDs is excellent, I mean they don't degrade at all. From the first day you watch them to the last. And with my up-convert DVD player, sometimes it's really hard to tell the difference (and I've never been much for special features, so they don't make any difference to me at all). I still buy both DVDs (for my kids room) and Blurays (for my collection) or the occasional combo pack (DVD-Bluray, like Tron Legacy).
Short answer, unless your made of money, there's no reason to upgrade your DVD collection...

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@inshadows: That's great if you can find what you want on Instant Streaming. If you want to watch a lot of C-list crap no one has ever heard of (and likely for good reason), then Netflix is great.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Netflix subscription, but when it comes to actually finding big name movies on streaming, more often than not it's been quite a disappointment. Hell, even the TV show selection is often disappointing as well and often for no clear reason. So many shows I've tried to watch there have either only given the first few seasons out of many more, or give only a few seasons but like out of the middle of the show's entire run. It's annoying to find a show on there for streaming that's been on for 10 seasons, but find that they only stream seasons 2 and 3.

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Stuff also disappears from Netflix (Instant Streaming).

Back in February I read that Star Trek (the original series) was coming in April, so I planned on starting the series and then the movies that followed. I've never watched any Star Trek, so it's all new to me. I searched for it, and it showed only a handful of movies.

Months later, checking to see if the series is there, the only thing that comes up is the new movie. None of the old ones.

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The quick answer to the original question is, if you have to ask, then, no, it is probably not worth it TO YOU to replace DVD movies with Blu-ray versions. To others (like me), even a moderate improvement in picture quality (and EVERY Blu-ray disc I have seen is at least moderately better; some are a giant leap up) is worth a one-time additional cost of $10 or so (when movies are on sale). I doubt that we will ever get another format better than Blu-ray for current and older movies, so I do not expect to through another "upgrade cycle" in ten years, either.

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I started out saying that I was only going to buy blu-rays of special movies that I really love and will watch a LOT, or movies that look/sound spectacular in high definition. But since then, I've pretty much transitioned to the thinking that if I'm going to buy it, I might as well get it on blu-ray. If I don't want to own it, I'll just either rent it from Redbox on DVD, get it from Netflix on DVD or watch it on Instant Streaming on Netflix.

The thing I worry about is that I'll end up buying all these movies on blu-ray & then the format will die, as we transition to purely digital media. I don't think we're there yet though. Too many people still prefer to have hard copies of their movies.

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@pohatu771: if you mean Star Trek coming to Netflix instant streaming, then yes, it is supposed to be coming in the the next couple months. I've heard it'll be everything except for I think maybe Voyager?

BTW, speaking of Star Trek, the Original Series looks & sounds amazing on Blu-ray. Highly recommended. :)

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of course not. Just buy your favorite movies and/or the one's that will really benefit from it the most, i.e., the one's with lots of special fx and visuals or the ones that have been restored really well.

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most people are commenting that its based on the picture quality, however i love blu-rays because of the uncompressed sound. i love my surround sound and love to take advantage of it in every way

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I just bought a blu ray of a movie I already own. But the copy I had was VHS, and the blu ray was only 8 bucks.

Honestly, I'm not interested in most movies enough to shell out the cash for a blu, and cheap-o dvds provide plenty of entertainment per pixel for me.
I have the tendency to either do netflix or digital copy (acquired through a variety of ways) for movies these days, only really buying hard copy for either my must-have favorites, or for bargain bin discs that so cheap it's easier just to buy them while checking out than spend time/effort downloading them.
And for the favorites, I'll probably keep buying a hard copy of those in every new media until death. But there's just something satisfying about having your favorite album, even though you already had the mp3 form of it 2 weeks before it was released.

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There are some great technical reasons to make the switch. Bluray supports progressive output which produces a superior image to interlaced output when viewed on an LCD or plasma TV.

The MPEG2 codec used on DVDs can have significant blocky artifacts, especially in dark scenes (or scenes with a lot of blue, like skies, I've noticed).

DVDs use non-square pixels, which means that your images are stretched or squashed to fit the screen.

Blurays can support up to 60fps, double that of DVDs. Blurays also come in 3D, if that's important to you.

The switch from 480i->1080p is not an 1080/480=2.25 times improvement in resolution. That is only the improvement in the vertical direction. In the horizontal, its a 2.67 times improvement and because of interlacing, there is another factor of 2. So, even not considering the much better codecs that Bluray supports, you're already getting a 12-fold improvement in picture information.

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As others have mentioned, probably the most important thing is the quality of the transfer. Just like when DVDs first came out, some of the early discs were nothing more than the VHS version of the film copied over to DVD, a few Blurays also have particularly bad transfers. Most are great though and the ones that are bad will usually have a ton of negative reviews on Amazon.

I re-bought the Back to the Future series on Bluray and let me say that for a movie that is 25 years old, the Bluray is definitely better. There are a lot of details that just weren't visible on the DVDs. It's not going to compare to the Bluray of a newer movie (say 2009's Star Trek), but it certainly does breathe new life into older films.

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I began with the idea of changing over all my 200 or so DVD titles but then I figured out a more practical and money-saving system. If the DVD transfer is terrible, then yes I'll buy the blu-ray. But if the DVD looks good I don't bother anymore with blu-ray. This takes a lot of discipline in light of the blu-ray deals available nowadays.

But why buy a $10 blu-ray of a movie you already own and don't exactly watch that much anyway? Collecting is another thing. But some DVD's look very good. I have no intention of buying Star Wars on blu-ray because the DVD looks excellent. But I ended up buying the Ten Commandments and Goodfellas on blu-ray because the DVD's of those movies I own look atrocious.

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For me, it's totally the price point. Now that I have a decent selection of Blu-ray, I find it almost unbearable to watch DVDs. They look like complete crap. Favorite movies, I replace without hesitation, don't even think about price. The others, I'm pretty much willing to buy at $10 or less. Yeah, there are a lot of bad BD transfers using a poor source. But even those offer a huge jump over DVD. If you aren't noticing the difference between DVD and BD, your equipment might not be up to par, or poorly tuned. Like I said, watching DVDs now is like fingernails on a chalk board.

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I agree that most are not worth re-buying. I do however plan on buying STAR WARS - BLU-RAY when it comes out in the next month or 2

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I used to go see the movies in the theater, then I bought the VHS tape, then I bought the Laser Disc, then the DVD, but they've lost me with the Bluray. The main reason is that new ones are ridiculously overpriced. If a DVD is $20 for a new release, then a Bluray is worth $35, right? Wrong!

I used to have hundreds of DVD's - many of them I bought at full price as a new release and never even got around to watching more than once. But even though I was an early adopter of Bluray, I just couldn't stomach being gouged for the higher prices and it broke me of my buying habits. And having an unlimited supply of movies on Netflix (now in streaming, too) I don't really need to line my bookshelves with bulky cases any more.