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The thing is, instead of saying you don't seem to see much improvement with Blu-Ray in your system, you started a thread boldy declaring:
"wow in general, but this movie is a clear example of why BluRay is such a gigantic rip-off !"
....I have no doubts that the vast majoirity of blu ray movies out there are just not in any significant way better than their SD versions. And I am talking both audio AND video"
Which is pretty silly, the equivalent here of putting yourself on the dunking seat and handing everyone else balls to throw at the target. And continuing with "ok ok .. you are all a bunch of dreamers, but that's ok. Unless everytime you watch a movie you guys do an in depth analysis of the image , with sophisticated lens and seating 2 inches from the screen .....
If you are seating at a NORMAL distance, watching an average movie, the difference between SD and BR in my case is most often irrelevant"
...paints you as someone who is merely here to say ridiculous, ignorant things about Blu-Ray.
Many people here use front projection and "normal" viewing distances (e.g. those within THX or SMPTE recommendations) are well established as being sufficient to distinguish between SD and 1080p resolution.
Have you never even seen the MANY direct DVD vs Blu-Ray screen captures on this and other sites? You can mouse-over the image and watch the DVD movie image change to Blu-Ray (for many titles) and once you've looked at the Blu-Ray, the DVD looks like you need glasses, it's so ill-defined in comparison.
That is exactly what a great many of us experience. Once I've been watching Blu-Rays on my 1080p projector (JVC), putting up DVD is a shock.
It's like my glasses have fallen off and I'm trying to focus on the image. That's why so many people here, now that they are used to the clarity and detail of Blu-Ray, say they can't bother buying SD DVDs anymore - it's THAT big a difference.
It's just bizarre to read viewpoints like yours on Blu-Ray. For me and so many others Blu-Ray has been among the most significant movements forward in consumer home cinema we can remember. Even after all this time when I'm watching a stunning, huge but crystal-clear image in my home of my favorite movies, I feel like pinching myself...it's a dream come true.
I can only be thankful that viewpoints such as yours on Blu-Ray aren't prevalent enough to have stopped the format from making the inroads it has.