Originally Posted by Kain
I mean if you bought hundreds of DVDs, they are all now outdated due to the Blu-ray. The cycle will continue once the next big thing after Blu-ray is out. Aren't you "trapping" yourself by buying a lot of movies for home use? I understand the convenience aspect of it, but still.
I bought plenty of DVDs and never felt "trapped." I watched them all and enjoyed them. Now Blu-Ray is here. It's called "progress" and I'm thrilled to have the choice of watching movies in amazing high-definition.
For the first time I truly feel like I'm seeing the full potential of a film at home. Hence I buy lots of movies I enjoy on Blu-Ray.
It's a hobby. A love. I love movies and often watch movies more than once. In fact I often even just dip into favorite scenes of movies I love when I want to relax. I love having a movie I want to watch now at hand,
rather than having to go to a store to rent, or waiting for it in the mail, or streaming (I like to watch a movie in the highest quality I can get).
Also, I like owning movies, just like I like owning certain books rather than having them fleetingly and returning them to a library. Recently I rented the Kurosawa movie High And Low to watch with a friend at my place. We loved it.
Recently I've thought I'd love to re-visit portions of that movie, if not watch it all again. But to do so I'll have to drive across the city again to the only place that would rent that Blu-Ray, which is a bummer. Much nicer to simply own it and
have it on hand whenever the urge strikes.
Of course this is all based on personal criteria and personal characteristics. Not everyone wants to own movies (just like I have zero interest in making my own beer or wine ike some of my friends). If you are not as interested in seeing movies in the highest quality (rather than streaming), or don't like to watch movies more than once or re-visit scenes, or you have no problem going to the trouble of renting movies multiple times and waiting etc...then buying movies isn't for you.