Originally Posted by WebEffect
Hasn't Bluray been around for 5 years? Why is this being released now? What exactly were they doing with it during those 5 years?
The latest Hollywood blockbuster sells like gangbusters on Blu-ray. Catalog releases on Blu-ray sell like crap. I'm an enthusiast, have over 300 Blu-rays and watch them on a 110" projection screen in 1080p. But I won't be buying Airplane - I watched my DVD last weekend as all the talk of the BD release brought back fond memories. It looks just fine upconverted and lossless audio won't do anything for it. Now Ben Hur, I have that already pre-ordered.
We're not even talking about obscure movies here. The likes of Jurassic Park, E.T., and Titanic still haven't been released, the latter two not even been announced, as an example just off the top of my head. When will we be able to walk into a movie store and buy really popular films, let alone ANY films, in the current already-aging format? There's already talk of 4K resolutions, for Christ's sake. When are people going to stand up and say enough is enough?
James Cameron had a brainstorm - folks rushed to the theaters to spend gobs of money to watch Avatar in 3D, so maybe if he converted Titanic to 3D folks would rush to the theaters to spend gobs of money to watch it again. So we'll get a blu-ray to coincide with all the publicity and cash grab. Catalog BD sell so poorly studios feel they need a tie-in to make it worthwhile for most catalog releases - if their hadn't been a re-make of Conan the Barbarian to you think we would have seen the Blu-ray release of the original?
And to any industry insiders reading this, for the record, I will NOT purchase the above mentioned films on Bluray. It's so late that I will simply wait until the next format. I would have gladly bought many films on the next format AND on Bluray, giving you twice my money. But since they will be released so late, it makes no sense for me to do that.
The "next format" is already here - it's called streaming, VOD, & digital copies. The crowd that thinks watching a movie on their smartphone is way cool think streaming is "good enough". I highly doubt there will be a "next format" that you can buy a movie in any physical form that you can hold in your hands.