Originally Posted by mws192
I would also agree, but mention that the DVD didn't also compete against the HD-DVR at inception. If people can save an un-cut, commerical free, OAR HD version of a film as part of a tv package that they're already spending a small fortune on, they may
be less-inclined to purchase it on BD.
That's what I do. Even though TCM is not yet HD, the 480i quality of their prints is excellent. Films are first stored on my HD-DVR and for 25 cents two movies (three if they are very short) are then dubbed onto a DVD-R with excellent results.
I'd be broke if I tried to amass the collection I already have by purchasing individual DVDs.
Of course, dubbing is fine even for color films like "Bandwagon", "Bells Are Ringing", "Bundle of Joy", etc. but for epics like "Ben Hur", "Dr. Zhivago", "Lawrence of Arabia" or remastered versions of "The Searchers", "Forbidden Planet" etc. DVD is of course the best way to go.
Regarding bluray, older films are still only upconverted to 1080i and not truly HD. With that in mind, opt for the DVD version or do what I do and dub onto DVD-R.