....yep, that's the latest excuse I was told by a Best Buy employee as to why the Blu Ray demo doesn't look so hot.
Yesterday I was in Best Buy, stopped in front of the Blu Ray demo (hooked up to the Samsung LCD). Chicken Little really did look quite impressive. But the rest of the stuff was just crap. Whoever authorized that stuff as the first BD salvo - on a demo disc no less! - should be thrown out of his office window.
Anyway...I asked a Best Buy guy what the consensus was among the BB employees as to Blu Ray vs HD-DVD quality. He answered that he couldn't really say for sure at this point, as they haven't had any real Blu Ray content to view. I asked, what about the Blu Ray demo disc, now playing in the store on the Samsung plasma?
He responded that it wasn't, in fact, a real HD Transfer. It was just a bunch of regular SD movie trailers put on a disc. I asked if the disc was labelled a Blu Ray disc.
He said yes, but it's still not HD, just a bunch of SD trailers. I pointed out that made little sense.
He replied "Well, that's what the Samsung rep told us. He said they'd just transferred regular DVD content of movie trailers to a Blu Ray disc for now, just to get something to show on the screen. But "real" Blu Ray transfers will be coming."
Now, this guy appeared totally sincere to me. However it was obvious he was wrong - the scenes on the Samsung were clearly the exact same Blu-Ray demo disc played in all the other Blu-Ray demos. So it was obviously Blu-Ray. Which makes me curious about his claim concerning the Samsung Rep. He was insistent that's what the Samsung rep told him. I wondered if he was simply mistaken and misunderstood what the rep had said, or if it was even possible a Samsung rep would...knowing the Blu-Ray demos weren't up to snuff....actually make that kind of excuse. It's hard to imagine the Samsung guy actually misrepresenting the facts.
I said "That makes no sense. Why would you believe they'd do that?"
Then the classic: He points at the Blu Ray demo screen and says: "Well, I believe him because when I look at this it just looks pretty much like a regular DVD. Not Hi-Def.
I did a bit of AVS-geek explaining of the situation to him, but he's probably still confused...
(A nice, sincere fellow though...btw...he was sure Blu Ray was going to win the war, because he said once all those people have the playstations it'll be easy to sell them on the Blu Ray discs: "Do you have a Sony PS3 with Blu Ray? Good, then here are the Blu Ray movies you can watch on it....
" From a sales perspective, he said that's the way things go, it's not really based on quality but on the ease and intelligibility of the sales pitch...because "most people are dumb about this stuff