I haven't been very active lately on here recently, so I'm sorry that I chime in with my first thread in a while on something negative.
This post is nothing to do with any past issues, or format war feelings, but a very real threat to the format as it exists in the market today.
SO... what is WITH the studios and their Bluray releases lately?
I used to follow the weekly release schedules avidly, waiting for the next big picture to drop to disk, so I could load it up and fire away at home.
But nowadays, it just seems a total waste of time.
The release schedules are FILLED with back-catalog releases flooding to Bluray, but the real hot releases seem to take LONGER AND LONGER to make it onto disk!!!
Nowadays, if I want to check out a REASONABLY RECENT film, I'm better off checking into my local Hilton Garden Suites or other cheap hotel so that I can see the movies... on a crappy 27 inch TV with tinny speakers.
It's pretty obvious that the studios have widened the release windows lately, to accomodate showing them in hotels and pay-per-view a FULL TWO MONTHS before they are released to Bluray or DVD
I think it is JUST FABULOUS that the studios are getting $20 a pop for these viewings in hotels, but FRANKLY it JUST SUCKS!
There is now NO POINT in having my Bluray player at all - YES, it's nicer to see these movies in their full glory, at Bluray bit-rates, but they are just too freaking old by the time they make it out to Bluray, and its a total waste of time for me to wait that long.
So the studios have chosen on-demand and PPV as their primary outlets, despite the lower quality, and DVD and Bluray are the bucket dump formats, destined for those who are determined to fill their homes with catalog releases.
Welcome to the death of Bluray....
Yes, I know that some of you will react very badly to an assertion like that, but its pretty obvious that that is what it is coming to.
It is now taking 4 to 7 months for a hot release to make it out onto Bluray fromt the theatrical release date.
So why should I buy the Bluray (or DVD, for that matter) version of a movie that is already 6 months old??? I can watch it on Apple TV or one of the other on demand services - and in fact it will be available before the DVD/Bluray release
It USED TO BE that you'd grab the DVD version, because it was the first chance you got to see the movie, then it would show up on cable, or television later.
YOu didn't MIND getting stuck with the disc as a souvenir, in return for seeing the movie sooner.
BUt that has ALL CHanged...
THe SECOND that a decent quality delivery format is available, that releases before bluray, I'm on it...
YEs, I will keep my Bluray library and player, just like I've kept my HDDVD library and player
But the format is Dead Man Walking right now
And that is something I am very VERY upset and annoyed about....
WHY THE HELL should I be able to stay in a cheap motel and see a NEW RELEASE 2 to 3 months before I can buy the disc???
And how long do you think it will take for the ON-Demand release date to be matched by an at home on demand service - BECAUSE IT REALLY SHOULD BE, and I assure you, it will be
OK, try to turn the flamethrowers to LOW while discussing this....
Over to you all..