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What are your opinions on upgrading old DVD movies to Blue-Ray? Some of my old movies are in 4:3 aspect ratio, but they have since been re-released on Blue-Ray and theyre also enhanced in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen. that means i dont have to use the zoom function, and watch a distorted movie any more.


Also for me, I dont own a huge DVD collectin anyways, so I might just start collecting them in Blue-Ray from this point on, what do u think?


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Do you want to spring for a Blu-Ray player? They're pretty cheap nowadays. It's really your call, but most report Blu-Ray is better than upscaled DVD.
 

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What are your opinions on upgrading old DVD movies to Blue-Ray? Some of my old movies are in 4:3 aspect ratio, but they have since been re-released on Blue-Ray and theyre also enhanced in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen. that means i dont have to use the zoom function, and watch a distorted movie any more.


Also for me, I dont own a huge DVD collectin anyways, so I might just start collecting them in Blue-Ray from this point on, what do u think?


-Wireless Mechanic.

BD's do not have enhanced/anamorphic transfers. That is not part of the BD specs.


Only widescreen DVDs have anamorphic transfers.
 

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Depends on how important the individual movies are to you. I had a ton of regular dvds when i went to bluray, and i try to only buy new ones in bluray, but i upgraded only a very few to bluray, the movies that i considered to be most important. Its definetely an improvement, but its a lot of money, I had over 400 movies on dvd, only upgraded less than 10.
 

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well i already own the blue ray player, most of my movies i owned were on, yup you guessed it... video cassette. so it is worth the upgrade to blue ray for me. i only own like a hand full of dvds perhaps 20 or so.. and i already own like 10 blue rays, so since imcatching up, why not EH?
 

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Yeah, I guess it depends on which movies it is and which you want to improve the picture on enough to actually buy it.


I only have DVDs right now and upscaled look great, but there are a few Blu-Rays I would like. They don't yet make a Blu-Ray player that I truly like. I don't want a cheapo one, but the expensive ones don't QUITE appeal to me.
 

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Before you do anything: if you have cable, tune in A&E Monday night 10PM EST for Hoarders. If you see yourself in any manner, shape or form in this show so far as collecting mania is concerned, beware. Blu-ray discs are early in their roll-out, and greedy suits are under the impression that people really respond to a list price of $34.99. It's a money sink.


Do you rewatch? It's a lot of money for blind buys. It's easy to convince yourself you'll rewatch, or want to have it around to show to friends. Consider whether you really do this. If you are young, you may well have lots of years ahead to spend doing this.


Alotting 8 hours out of 24 for work, an hour for transit and decompression, 8 for sleep, leaves 7 for food, family and other stuff. Is there really enough time to rewatch a large collection? A two hour chunk becomes harder and harder to schedule. This is why I find myself drawn to TV shows.


Some of the best of the film experience now happens on network and cable TV. Even less time to devote to a video collection.


Some discs I have bought that were favorites I found I had already watched sufficiently. YMMV


The main plan for the future is video on demand. Bandwidth is limited for the immediate future, though. Got to assure enough width for all of that spam.


Lots of Blu-rays get botched transfers. There is a school of thought that films should be encoded to look like high definition TV shows, so lots of stuff you might want (early releases particularly) doesn't really look like film. This tends to enrage the serious collectors and the owners of projectors, who notice the problems more.


Still...

Blu-ray usually looks best, trumps most DVD and all videotape excepting the problem-ridden high def videotape.


Netflix Blu-rays seem to have a problem getting cracked by the post office, probably more so than DVDs. Apparently you get dinged $2.


Rental places have fewer Blu-rays, at least as far as I can see, and much fewer of the older titles you may really want to rent


It's yours to choose.
 

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Alotting 8 hours out of 24 for work, an hour for transit and decompression, 8 for sleep, leaves 7 for food, family and other stuff. Is there really enough time to rewatch a large collection? A two hour chunk becomes harder and harder to schedule. This is why I find myself drawn to TV shows.


Some of the best of the film experience now happens on network and cable TV. Even less time to devote to a video collection.

I agree with that. TV is where the best stuff is nowadays: LOST, Damages, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, Big Love, HBO's releasing the long-awaited sequel to BoB, 'The Pacific' in a couple of weeks, etc., etc.


Who has time for movies anymore? My wife and I keep saying we're going to watch one or two of our growing backlog of HD movies we've captured from HBO and Showtime, but we always look at our archived TV shows and end up watching them instead. Not much higher entertainment value than an hour of LOST, I'm tellin' you. We feel kind of like we're "staying ahead" of the game that way, but we can never catch up because there's so much high-quality stuff on. Every week. And we don't even bother with run of the mill procedurals or reality shows.


And the future really is in on-demand downloads, not hard media. I thought I'd be buying a ton of blu-rays once the dust settled in Great Format War II. But I realized that if the rewatchability factor isn't extraordinarily high, it simply wasn't worth it. Someday I'll be able to get whatever I want via download anyway.
 

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If your movies are on DVD and had been remastered for DVD(16:9 if applicable) I'd probably stick with the DVD unless you just have to have the newest format. Now if they were VHS or a early DVD which many times looked like VHS but on DVD, they'd be the ones I go for updating. Although they may be a fraction of the cost on DVD, so you'd have to weigh the cost.

I have one of my favorite movies on a good quality remastered DVD, Blazing Saddles, I saw it today on BR(at WM) for $10, I was tempted but wasn't sure if the BR version was remastered for BR or simply a similar version than what made the DVD, like the early DVDs which were basically VHS quality. The BR didn't say, so I passed, my DVD has about as good quality as SD DVDs produce.

Just putting something on BR doesn't automatically make it look better, it's all about the source.
 

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True, you got a point... My copy of GoodFellas though, was pillarboxed on my TV. and when i zoomed it to fit the 16x9 frame, i had to zoom it in 9 times and it distorted. it was also double sided so i have to flip it half way which is annoying. I prefer the more recent dvd, or blue ray, but the blur ray is only 5 bucks more than the newer dvd, so what the heck no loss.
 

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Lots of Blu-rays get botched transfers.

I'd replace "lots" with "some," myself. I'm replacing all of my DVD's with Blu-Ray as they become available. I never had a massive DVD collection- maybe 250 total; but standard def has become almost unwatchable to me.
 

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One of my fave 80's movies was Kathyrn Bigelow's Near Dark. Had it on VHS & at one point a decent DVD. Was in a local WalMart Saturday & saw the BD for it selling for a whopping $8.


Mark that as one DVD retired for it's Blu counterpart.


I did find WB's Red2Blu swap worked in my favor - was able to get a nice discount on several BDs of which I owned the HD DVD edition. Ultimate Matrix set me back $20 - and I got to keep the 3 disc HD DVD Triloogy set (not the Ultimate set) tha qualified as a "trade in". Oceans 11/12/13 set on BD cost me $10, just for having owned the HD DVD edition (and sending in the outer set packaging - not the discs).


If a movie really needed a facelift from it's DVD edition or is something I would have bought AGAIN anyway - then yes, worth it to me to upgrade to Blu.
 

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I have developed a policy for replacing dvds. First I check for blu ray reviews and look for a consensus on PQ. I only buy a replacement if it receives really good PQ reviews. Even if it does I will only spend up to $15 for movies I like but don't love and no more than $20 for my preferred movies. So I am willing to wait for prices on new releases to go down because I have a big stack of movies I haven't had the time to view and some good quality HDTV continues to appear.
 

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I am not aware of any consumer delivery format that competes favorably with BD in terms of delivering an accurate and high-quality image for content that has been handled well.


The difference between BD and previous formats or other HD distribution sources like broadcast or cable/sat streaming etc is significant.


How much you care depends on your system, and your pickiness.


I am extremely picky, and viewing in a fairly reference front-projection system. Others may value excellent PQ less than I do.
 
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