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bluray and dvd release comparisons

Is there a website which compares both the bluray (and dvd) releases of films. I am a collector of both and would like to identify which release provides the best quality of video mastering and also audio. For example, I am running a 2 channel audio system and prefer mono of 2 channel mixes of audio, most of which are available on older DVD releases (and some newer blu-rays) I believe IMDB once provided some of this information but I no longer see it on the site. thank you.
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Is there a website which compares both the bluray (and dvd) releases of films. I am a collector of both and would like to identify which release provides the best quality of video mastering and also audio. For example, I am running a 2 channel audio system and prefer mono of 2 channel mixes of audio, most of which are available on older DVD releases (and some newer blu-rays) I believe IMDB once provided some of this information but I no longer see it on the site. thank you.
Try blu-ray.com
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thank you - is there a similar site for dvd comparisons?
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http://www.caps-a-holic.com/ - every comparison you could dream of
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http://www.dvdcompare.net
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Dvdbeaver.com, caps-a-holic.com is the best but is missing a lot of titles and does not cover supplements.

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Try blu-ray.com
That site lists dvd releases but does not compare them.

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thank you all - DVD beaver wins. the problem I have is I'm using an HTPC to play blu-rays and dvds and the volume level of blu rays is about half that of dvds - I posted this elsewhere and for the life of me I can't figure out why this is so. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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From what I understand the volume difference can be primarily ascribed to the lossless formats found on BDs. They have a potentially wider dynamic range than Dolby Digital or DTS on DVDs. The overall volume is set lower on BDs to accommodate this and to prevent the default volume from possibly damaging equipment or your ears if it was too high and your equipment or you weren't ready for the volume peaks possible.

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From what I understand the volume difference can be primarily ascribed to the lossless formats found on BDs. They have a potentially wider dynamic range than Dolby Digital or DTS on DVDs. The overall volume is set lower on BDs to accommodate this and to prevent the default volume from possibly damaging equipment or your ears if it was too high and your equipment or you weren't ready for the volume peaks possible.
thanks is there any way to compensate for this without adding more amplification? would the dolby digital plus and dts core lossy tracks provide greater volume? thanks
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thanks is there any way to compensate for this without adding more amplification? would the dolby digital plus and dts core lossy tracks provide greater volume? thanks
Maybe. You never know with encoding. Your software player may have a setting within it to set dynamic compression which should reduce the overall loudness range of the material and thus you might be able to increase the average loudness and get the result you want. Obviously you lose the dynamics so there is an affect on the sound you may or may not like. It is also possible that other settings adjustments available within your player software may give you a different (and maybe more satisfactory) result. You may even want to try different playback software. The results may be different. You will have to experiment a bit, I would think. I would ask in the HTPC forum for suggestions about what things you may be able to do. I don't really have any experience with HTPCs.


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thanks is there any way to compensate for this without adding more amplification? would the dolby digital plus and dts core lossy tracks provide greater volume? thanks
Are you using a AV receiver? Those usually have low audio lifting features not that I use that.
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Are you using a AV receiver? Those usually have low audio lifting features not that I use that.
no av receiver - using my 2 channel audiophile system.
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no av receiver - using my 2 channel audiophile system.
I assume that is something like a AV Receiver?
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I assume that is something like a AV Receiver?
If it's just a 2 channel system he's probably using separates consisting of a stereo preamp paired with external amplification.

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If it's just a 2 channel system he's probably using separates consisting of a stereo preamp paired with external amplification.
Sounds like analog...
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Sounds like analog...
I'm running a desktop computer direct to monoblock tube amps - no preamp - the computer serves as my preamp - I use the volume control of my software - sounds amazing but bluray volume is less than 1/2 of the dvd volume on all software. thanks.
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I'm running a desktop computer direct to monoblock tube amps - no preamp - the computer serves as my preamp - I use the volume control of my software - sounds amazing but bluray volume is less than 1/2 of the dvd volume on all software. thanks.
I am starting to see why you are having audio problems...
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Just found this. Seems to limited to new movies but might be useful to some.

http://dvdblurayfeatures.com/tag/mov...cial-features/
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