I consider myself a big movie buff. Like everyone else, each title peaks my interest differently. Having had owned a Laserdisc collection and a DVD collection and seeing their values plummet to pennies on the dollar, I am much more careful of what I buy. I guess I could categorize my levels of interest as follows.
(Most interested at the top and least at the bottom.)
- See it at the theater and buy it.(Rare)
- See it at the theater and rent it. (Very rare)
- Buy it new.
- Buy it used.
- Rent it (Most common)
- Skip it.
Outside of watching the value of my previous movie collections rapidly decline, I also noticed another unfortunate trend. I do like to watch a lot of movies more than once, but often several years or even over a decade will pass before I do. The problem is that my media has become dated when I revisit some movies. This leaves me outdated copies that I bought and only watched once.
As far as rental BD not containing HD audio, what bothers me the most is the transparency. I never saw a disclaimer at Redbox or Blockbuster informing me that the rental BD is inferior to retail. I rented Cabin in the Woods from both BB and RB and they both said DTS-MA on the DISC but both did not actually have an HD track.
Being a D-Box system owner, I feel even more sensitive to this as the MFX codes won’t work in these inferior copies.
I have, however, recently found a solution that works for me. Ultimately, I go to the Movie Trading Co to rent movies that have inferior rental copies. It cost more ($5) per rental, but I am able to get my hands on a full retail copy. Unfortunately, this requires me to do my homework. I know now that Lion’s Gate will not have a rental with HD audio so that studio’s releases are easy to track. Other studios require more work to identify.