questionsis blu-ray worth it to you?

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Good question. I'm willing to pay the few dollars difference for newer movies that can fully make me appreciate the superior resolution of Bluray, e.g., movies with a lot of CGI.

However, as tempting as it might be to get a Bluray version of dramas, retro 80's movies, or other non-action flicks, I just don't see the benefit.

It's not like I buy that many movies to begin with, but I'd say I probably buy as many DVDs and as I do Blurays.

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Generally, yes, especially with anything new/ visually pleasing/ that was actually recorded in HD.

As for older movies, if I already have it on DVD, I'll only upgrade if it's a serious favorite or if the blu ray has something to offer that the DVD doesn't.

I typically get suckered into it anyway, even though I know there's no substantial benefit in buying a movie from 1994 in blu ray. But then again, those kinds of movies I'd only pick up if it's a good deal. Like say I find an older movie I don't already own on Blu ray for 5 to 10 bucks, sure why not. It's something I want to own anyway

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If you have a home theater setup, my answer would be yes. The DTS-HD Master Audio used to record Blu-rays makes a difference.

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last time i used my blue ray player was when i got avatar like 3 years ago. it just collects dust. my roku box and my desktop i have hooked up to my 55 inch is all i use.... Ah and my DISH DVR for sports!
HD NHL is where its at... GO CAPS!!

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Hmmm honestly no, not yet -- but then again, to be fair I'm not much of a movie person.

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If you're watching your HD channels on cable or satellite, then they're highly compressed. This means that although they are technically in an HD resolution, they're nowhere near as sharp as Blu-Ray. I watch/record all of the broadcast networks over-the-air (via a roof-mounted antenna) and they are amazingly sharp in comparison.

It also makes a difference what the native resolution of your television is, and how big it is. The larger the set, the more noticeable Blu-Ray's increased resolution will be. And if your television is only 1280x720p native (they're usually actually 1366x768p), that isn't nearly as big of a jump from standard definition signals as a full 1920x1080p display.

By the way, some cable boxes & satellite receivers will only output at 720p, not 1080i/p. That makes the higher resolution seem not very impressive if you have a 1080p television. Also, sometimes the box/receiver is not set to the proper output resolution for your television. Just some things to consider.

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I'm probably in the minority, but I DON'T think they are worth it. But then you are talking about someone who just finally broke down & bought my first HDTV a couple of months ago.

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Yes, but usually for the sound moreso than the picture.

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Generally, yes, I do find they're worth it. Even if the older movies weren't transferred all that well they almost always look better than an upscaled DVD... At least played through the PS3 on my 50" plasma. Since the prices for older movies and shows are very close to the DVD prices, it's a no-brainer. To me, DVDs are all but dead.

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I go by price difference. At the moment I do not have a really nice bluray setup so it is not worth much cost wise to buy bluray. I can see the difference when watching but I am not bothered by regular dvd quality.

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@ganzhimself:

Buying new DVDs is dead to me. I still have a large collection of DVDs that I'm not getting rid of or replacing, but everything new I'm getting on Bluray.

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If you're asking about buying a blu ray player and watching, most definitely.

If you're asking about buying discs, I think buying very many of any format is silly with rental programs like Netflix and Redbox and Amazon and Blockbuster.

I have owned a Blu ray player for over a year now, recently bought a second. In that time I have bought about 10-15 movies, none of which I have watched twice and about 8 I have never even opened.

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@qporscheq: Same here. Most of the movies I own on DVD aren't going to get upgraded, unless I come across them and they are $10 or less, or in a fancy boxed set.

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Depends on the movie. New movies, yes. They are shot in HD now so why not buy them in HD?
Older films are a big maybe with me. I do research before buying transfers. Some are just copy and paste jobs while others have been gone through and cleaned up and remastered.
The 1982 version of "The Thing" is one of the best looking Blu Rays I own. "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is also a great transfer.
I bought my step dad "Jurassic Park", horrible transfer in most parts. Get really grainy and hazy.

I go here and read reviews before buying most of the time. They break down each category of a disk. http://www.highdefdigest.com/

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I think Blu-ray is only essential for romantic comedies.

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All day long Blu Ray is worth it...

Usually a new DVD comes out at about 20$ and a Blu Ray is 23-25$ NORMALLY... not all the time, but a lot of times. And usually the Blu Ray is the dvd / blu ray combo pack. We have over 1,500 Dvds/Blu Rays in our house. Friends like to borrow them and bring them back when they are done... well if we have the Blu Ray / DVD combo, we can lend the DVD and still have the Blu Ray to watch for ourselves... I think it is DEFINATELY worth it...

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It depends on the movie. If a movie has a lot of amazing visuals or good cg and is one of your favorite films, definitely get it on blu-ray. It also depends on the size and quality of your tv. A (profanity) tv won't really benefit from it

Also the transfer is really important. A (profanity) blu ray transfer is worthless.

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No. since I never buy DVD movies (occasionally rent), its not worth the upgrade. I play standard DVDs in my kid's xBOX 360 and the picture is just fine on my 37" 720p HDTV.

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For sure worth it. Plus I'm pretty sure only the Blu-Ray's will have the 3D version. I could be wrong.

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Definitely worth it - the quality is light-year's better.

And thanks to this site, I get my Blu-Rays for about the same price as the equivalent DVD.

Also, remember that Blu-Ray quality is better than broadcast HD. Blu-ray is 1080p, whereas broadcast is either 720p or 1080i depending on the channel.

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Blu-ray is absolutely worth it. I'm a self-admitted quality snob with a good home theater setup which really shows the differences in the format. DVDs are garbage compared to Blu-ray.

There is a common misconception that old movies will not look better on Blu-ray. This is untrue. The 35mm film that movies were captured with has a higher resolution than even Blu-ray can handle. It's quite easy to make old movies look fantastic on the newer format. Sure, occasionally a studio will phone it in and not do the proper conversion, but when they actually put in the effort (which occurs most of the time now) the Blu-ray versions look far and away better than the DVD release. Blade Runner and The Wizard of Oz are excellent examples of this, as is the "remastered" release of The Fifth Element (Jul 17, 2007).

Couple the picture improvements with Blu-ray's perfect audio reproduction through the Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio formats and you get an experience that blows DVDs out of the water.

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Depends on how you're watching them. If you have a nice new flat screen (larger the better), and an extremely high quality sound system, then definitely. I agree with the other posts that newer films that have the quality of blu-ray in mind while filming, are definitely better than older conversions.

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Of course it's worth it. The quality of video is significantly better than DVD quality when viewed on a good size 1080p screen (say 42-46" on up) and hooked up correctly. The difference is really striking when compared to regular DVD's back to back and I say that having a BluRay player with a far better than average upconverter. That plus the improvements to audio make it worth the relatively small difference in price. I've never been one to purchase a ton of movies anyway (why would you with Netflix) but when I do I can't think of any reason I would purposely BUY an inferior quality version if the difference in cost was as slight as it is. I'd much rather "rent" it on Blu Ray from netflix than own a version on DVD any day of the week.

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@proxgotsthafia: Lawrence of Arabia.

Can not wait for that to come out.

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Not worth upgrading the DVDs I have, but if I want to buy a new one I'll generally check if it's available on Blu-Ray first.

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With new movies, it depends on if HD actually makes a difference. Big booms and stunning color grab me.

With older movies it depends on the quality of the transfer. Some movies are done horribly and don't add anything that using the built in upscaling on the blu-ray player doesn't already do. Some movies, usually the big ones (like Godfather, Casablanca, 2001 and such), will go back to the original negatives to create a version for Blu-ray that looks crystal clear. I'll read reviews on older movies before I take the plunge to buy them.

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My TV isn't terribly large, so Blu-Ray, while certainly better than DVD, isn't a jaw-dropping spectacle.

I sincerely fear for when I get my next TV, because I am positive that I will then become obsessed with upgrading my entire collection to look better on a 50" screen.

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I have a crt tv that works fine and 57 year old eyes. Meh. I'll wait for the Next Big Thing that obsoletes blue ray, then upgrade when that gets obsoleted too. What, 6 years from now?