...January 19th, 2007...War
: I've been away for awhile, and it seems not much has changed. People still have their strong allegiances to their favorite format, strongly entrenched in battle. Unfortunately, I don't see this format war coming to a end any time soon. After all the news coming out of CES in Vegas and with the studios seemingly ramp up title releases, I fear I'm faced with a decision. Which format to pick? Does picking a format help to conclude this war? I feel the consumer can and will decide the winner. Right now I'm a fence sitter, supporting for both sides.Love
: I'm not sure if it's love or an addiction, but if it's HD, I want it. I've just counted how many HD discs I have; 137 total. 86 HD DVDs and 51 Blu-rays. I own the Toshiba HD-XA1, Samsung BD-P1000, Xbox360 HD DVD add-on, and a PS3. I have no regrets buying all this hardware and software. I simply love this stuff. My first impressions when I watched Serenity on HD DVD was amazement and HD DVD was the King of HD. (Granted this was before Blu-ray had been released) A few mouths had passed and I was able to score the Samsung Blu-ray player for $800 (at launch) and also grabbed a few movies. The first movies I watched where the infamous Fifth Element and Punisher. To be honest I felt these two and others movie a purchase shortly after were inferior to what I saw from HD DVD. I was disappointed with Blu-ray at the beginning, but as more titles became available, the quality steadily improved. My opinion now is that HD DVD and Blu-ray have equal picture and sound quality given the same video and audio codec is used. So now I feel an important question is looming.A Crossroad
: Up until now I've been purchasing all Warner, Paramount, and Weinstein HD discs as HD DVDs, mainly because I started buying them from the beginning. For one reason, as of now, Warner, Paramount, and Weinstein have a larger selection on HD DVD and Warner has also been including a Dolby TrueHD track on some discs but not with its Blu-ray counterpart. I'm not sure what the future holds, however I think I can help shape it. I guess I'm wondering if I should throw my weight towards Blu-ray by means of buying all Warner, Paramount, and in the near future, Weinstein only in Blu-ray. Don't get me wrong, I will not stop buying Universal movies. I will not deny myself movies I love based on format. Although, IMO only one format can be successful; where as two formats can only survive. To those duel format lovers, how are you dealing with this?
Thanks for reading, I feel much better now.
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