Originally Posted by musicalfox
Since upgrading from a 61" plasma to an Epson 6010 with 2.35:1 screen, my life has changed and I definitely go to the theater less now. You really do need a big screen to appreciate the detail in Blu-ray and I think the experience is very nearly as good as a theatrical presentation. In fact, I think it's truly amazing what we can achieve in the home now (for comparatively little financial outlay).
Yes, I didnt mention earlier but my Samsung UN60es8000 easily produces a better picture than any movie theater I have been in; colors, blacks, detail depth AND bright detailed 3D.... Only size is an advantage at the theater from the technical aspect...
Originally Posted by Derek Dean
Wow, I expected a fair number of "I don't go as often as I used to", but I honestly didn't expect the overwhelming number of folks who virtually "hate" theaters.
I remember as a kid waiting all week to go to the Saturday matinee, and it often had live entertainment before the show. Yes, the floors were sticky, the kids were noisy and out of control, and often we had to yell in unison "focus, focus, focus", but those were some of the best times of my life.
Don't get me wrong, for the prices we pay these days for theater tickets, popcorn, etc...... it's understandable that folks expect a premium experience........ but for me, it's worth overlooking some of the little annoyances for that feeling I still get when I purchase my ticket and walk into that amazing building where dreams come true.
Yes, there is merit to your thoughts. I remember going to Jaws in the theater on a date with my high school sweetheart, Star Wars (stoned) with my parents although they were not. The Shining, The Exorcist... but unfortunately things and society have changed somewhat. I absolutely think people are ruder and more insensitive to other and that has diminished the experience...
Originally Posted by BNestico
I'm only 25, which put's me squarely in the demographic that most of you guys are complaining about when talking about out of hand movie goers that tend to ruin your experience. I found that with every new component I bought for my home theater my trips to the movie deminish. It really hit home when me and my fiancée (who bemoanes every dime I spend on HT) went to see the latest Batman installment a few months after I got my SVS pc12 and during the stadium explosion she leans over and asks "where's the bass?". The real nail in the coffin was when I bought my 60" panny plazz. Now the fact that bee drimk a beer and put my feet up wins every time.
Top Gun on VHS, on my 32" Sony Trinitron booming in stereo back in 89 was what I consider my first home theater rig. While having a 35" Sony xbr already and a Panny pro-logic system, seeing "Saving Private Ryan" was a landmark moment that told me to be an early adopter of dvd. Now as I stated above, unless wife and I really need a huge screen or a Disney Pixar release with the kids...we love it at home.
My first movie was when my parents took me as a baby (and my older siblings) the "Fantasia" in 1960. I clearly remember being dragged to all the James Bond movies, and I thank them for that because I do love Bond period. The drive-in...ah, i do miss those where did took me to see "Where Eagles Dare" and "Kelly's Heroes". Now, as a teen and early to mid twenties, the drive-in became a..shall we say an inter-active experience...3d at times (thank you Rosie, Melissa, Debbie, Deborah and Leslie...my drive-in all star lineup, and I married Melissa)
Media, as someone stated above, my fear is as well that we will lose physical media, bluray specifically. The BLu is the absolute best period. Dont even talk to me about 4k . Hit me back in 4 years on that topic regarding screens, pricing and true availability of titles as well as IF there is truly an advantage at 60" and up because right now...I want for nothing else but more time to watch my gear now as it is.