Question: What MOVIE would push you (not force you, not hijack you, not torture you, PUSH you) to buy a BD player?
Answer: [pick one]
very simple, when you break it down. Now, yeah, Prestige is out on HD-DVD in the UK, yet the answer to the question is what film pushed me to BD... I, for one, found it far easier to just get the dual format thing over and done with rather than invest in importing titles from Europe for films I'd like.
I made it clear in other, more verbose threads that I spent most of the early part of this year bemoaning the fact that even if I -wanted- to go BD, there wasn't a hell of a draw for me. Take it as a nice bit of irony that the one film that finally made me say "k, I'm going to want both" is one that I could have perhaps waited to get via import. However, Prestige was the first among many, including such exclusives as Casino Royale, the forthcoming (PLEASE HURRY UP!) release of Lawrence, etc. I've also explained ad naseum that a big push for me to get the BD10 over an upgrade of my (flaky but lovable) A1 to an XA2 was the realization that a) playing my first disc on a G2 unit resulted in a fatal Hex error, and b) why the hell wouldn't I take that money and spend it on a player that would serve as a DVD/BD/DVD-A player.
Is BD more expensive? Sure. Are some things annoying about the way the format has been dealt with? You betcha. But this pathetic dreamland that things somehow there are "sides" to be drawn here, teams to join, is just really, really childish in my opinion. Yeah, there are real differences to be drawn, but that doesn't mean you somehow define yourself BASED ON YOUR PURCHASES. That's even more arbitrary than supporting a home team because you grew up in city X.
I just really, really think that with threads like this it exposes that many of you simply aren't in this for the movies, but are in this for, I dunno, bragging rights? Tech fetishisation? I don't mean to be harsh and castigate some with clearly well thought out positions, but I bet you even if you ask Amir and Kevin for a list of favourite films of all time they might mention a few that happen, for reasons we're all aware of, to be releases currently in the BD camp. Would that -make- someone buy a player? Who the hell is being made to do ANYTHING with this hobby? It might, however, -push- one to grab a player for those titles that mean something to them.
We've had "buy HD-DVD" days and "buy BD" days to try and drum up interest, we've had tier threads about what to show to wow your friends and neighbors, we've had threads like this one that takes a fairly neutral slant only to emit ridiculous fanboyisms after a short time... What have we not had?
WATCH A DAMN MOVIE DAY.
Somebody should create a thread - something along the lines of international watch something in your collection day. Watch a new flick, a movie you've already seen, whatever. Take a break for a couple hours from AVS, and ENJOY your hometheatre. Don't look for black crush, or banding, or whatever. Don't whip out your SPL or RTA, don't worry about lack of DTS MA, just sit back, and watch. BD, HD, who cares, just sit back, enjoy, and remember for a moment why the hell you are obsessing about having quality at home in the first place, so that -quality- films can be seen in their best light. Watch the film all the way through, hell, even sit through the credits for fun. Don't obsess over particular "awesome" scenes, don't FF to the part you want to test, watch and enjoy at least one movie today, in either format.
After you have hopefully enoyed this film, imagine a magical world where we all have enough money to buy whatever the hell we want, to own whatever format we desire, and, knowing the list of thusfar exlusive studios on the BD side, think of ONE film that you'd like to have that same experience with. If you're a BD guy/gal that doesn't have one of those "other" players, you can play along as well.
Simply put, for me it was as insane to envision a world where I didn't have access to Dark Side of the Moon or Blonde on Blonde or Pet Sounds or the Beatles' LOVE in 5.1 Hi Rez because I was trying to remain faithful to an arbitrary format division brought about by companies that couldn't get together to create a unified format.
Until I can snap my fingers and bring multinational, multi-billion dollar companies to their feet and unify formats that are inevitably only going to last for a very short period of time, I'm going to want films from both "sides" in my collection. Why?
BECAUSE I LOVE MOVIES. Not the tools, not the ridiculous trinkets we buy to make the things play, not the hours we spend setting black levels, tweaking convergence, programming remotes, haggling over cable selection, these are all entertaining distractions from the main feature. To paraphrase from James Carville of all people, "It's the movie, stupid!"
So, back to the topic, think of one of the tens of thousands of films released by the studios since the dawn of the twentieth century that might make you desire to own a title that's likely to be released in a format you don't already have? Go on, give it a try...
If you don't have the imagination for this exercise, maybe you should spend a bit more time with escapist fare that can transport you for 90 minutes or more at a time into another place, time, setting, etc. You know, A MOVIE.