My big upgrade decision

Discussion in 'High Definition' started by Nemesis, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. Nemesis

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    ok, so i bought a 46" samsung 1080P tv a few months back.. and have been holding off on purchasing either a blu-ray or hd-dvd player because.. well.. it looks to me like blu-ray is the way to go BUT it isn't region free! :'( and that basically rules out any format in my eyes because well over half my dvds are R1 (as opposed to my r4 locally purchased dvds).. and i refuse to buy hd-dvd if it is an inferior format.. time may fix the region free issue with blu-ray, but all the time in the world will not give hd-dvd the capacity that hd-dvd has

    so what i've decided to do is buy a blu-ray rom for my pc (while i wait for a stand alone region free blu-ray player) and output that to my tv... so given that i have almost completely avoided every blu-ray/hd-dvd thread on this and every other forum, the question i put to you all is... what are the top 10 MUST BUY releases on blu-ray? (and if you reallllly reallllly think that hd-dvd is superior, what are the top 10 must buy releases on that format?

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated :)
     
  2. dickieduvet

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    Go HD-DVD, you will never look back, :)
     
  3. Nemesis

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    why's that though? better movie selection? better quality?
     
  4. Grim

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    With HD-DVD, you're going to get a lot of genre classics like The Thing and American Werewolf in London. Yet with Blu-ray, you'll have Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead 2, etc. I couldn't decide so I went with both!
     
  5. Nemesis

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    yeah, i figure that in the long run it won't matter.. but back to the question, what are the 10 essential movies to buy on either format? :)
     
  6. dwatts

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    There is no quality difference between blu-Ray and HD-DVD. Only a capacity difference, region coding, and the fact that Blu-Ray's specs aren't yet fully in place. If it's quality you want, with less nonsense, then the only choice is HD-DVD.

    The capacity difference is a red herring.
     
  7. Nemesis

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    ok, but again, format differences aside, what are the must have titles at the moment! ;)
     
  8. othervoice1

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    I personally prefer HD-DVD- but either way you go might want to just rent movies over buying them for now to be on the safe side-
     
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    HD DVD is overall cheaper, better interactive menus, region free so you can get some blu-ray USA exclusive movies like Underworld imported to the States but you cant vice versa for blu-ray- the movies are pretty much split- I like some stuff blu ray has exclusive and some stuff hd-dvd has exclusive- once dreamworks and paramount went exclusive like universal did with hd-dvd it has become pretty split on movies - also blu ray can no longer try to say they hold 50 gig compared to hd-dvds 35 gig (or whatever it is) so in the long run are better blah blah- hd-dvd has okayed a 51 gig disc now but probably wont use it in regular production until it is really warranted - this is naming a few of the reasons i personally like hd-dvd better- that and I got an hd dvd add on for my xbox 360 for around 170.00 bucks with free movies
     
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    http://www.highdefdigest.com/
    This is your must go to site for all info on blu ray and hd dvd and reviews of movies released on both- blu ray right now has more movies released while not neccessarily better movies- but HD-DVD as stated has paramount/dreamworks who will no longer make blu ray (which is a really recent development) and you can import stuff for hd dvd so that is evening out now on exclusives- also for hd dvd imports this is a must have site too http://forums.highdefdigest.com/showthread.php?t=3010
     
  11. dickieduvet

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    The deciding factor that swayed me over to Hd-Dvd was the lack of region coding as I am in the UK. I don't want to wait months for a UK release.Same principal I have been using for almost 10 years with a region free Dvd player :)
     
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    Region Coding isn't really being utilized by Blu-ray right now, and companies like Warner Brothers say they never will be. New Line, Disney and Fox are the only three I believe are using it. It'll be circumvented just like it is on SD-DVD, I wouldn't hold back because of it. Infact people have been ordering the Spider-man Blu-ray boxset from Australia because Sony doesn't even use region coding. It's a non-issue.

    Here are some choice Blu-ray picks:

    300
    Casino Royale
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
    Halloween
    Dawn of the Dead
    Day of the Dead
    Evil Dead 2
    Devil's Rejects
    House of 1000 Corpses
    The Descent

    The Anchor Bay titles are catching some flack because of nit picks, but I think overall are worth buying. They're more right than wrong.

    And just to bust a few other myths, Blu-ray has very interactive menus and features. It also has a higher video bit rate for video so no the formats don't look identical. Blu-ray gives HD the breathing room it needs. It's the best choice.
     
  13. othervoice1

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    Make sure to check that site out and check the video rating for any movies you do like- there are plenty of movies I like on both formats that are not worth buying - some movies are almost no different then their standard dvd counterparts- so whether you decide blu ray or hd dvd i would always decide to check the review of the disc before making a purchase decision- some are great and some suck in video upgrade
     
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    Indeed...I was watching The Lookout on Blu-Ray the other day (my first Blu-Ray, as I picked up a PS3...seen a few HD-DVD's before), and it looked and sounded incredible, better than the couple HD-DVD's I've seen. Seeing the average bitrate was 32MB/sec on the film was pretty awesome as well. I have The Fountain waiting on my shelf, and that should be an incredible experience in 1080p :)
     
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    I'm not expert on this subject, but isn't Blu-Ray beating the snot out of HD-DVD in sales due to the PS3? I wouldn't want to be on the side of a losing format, even if it is "better".
     
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    Blu-Ray software generally outsells HD-DVD by 2:1.

    Which sounds good on paper, but HD-DVD owners actually appear to buy more software. Factoring in the PS3, there are considerably more BR-capable players out there than HD-DVD players.

    Sony also runs the risk of tying the Blu-Ray format to the PS3. It runs the risk of being a fad like UMD.
     
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    in hardware sales of standalone players hd-dvd is winning- in movie sales for this year blu ray was winning due to more studio support and the ps3 (even though the ps3 sales are hurting) paramount/dreamworks just decided to leaev blu ray and go hd-dvd exclusive and hd dvd players are expected to be under 200 for christmas - sales of either format are very very small so neither side can beat the 'snot' out of each other at this point- after the ps3 release sony made statements trying to say it was over which has since proven to be quite untrue- dont believe the hype<: anyone for hd dvd or blu ray can go round and round and round- several experts even believe for the first time a format will co-exist- anyways at this point it is very much up in the air- and if you look at amazon movie sales and netflix rentals hd-dvd seems be even or even have a slight edge http://amazon.highdefdigest.com/- and for the record anyone who has an hd player check out 'Casino' - I recently got this and it looks great in hd
     
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  18. indiephantom

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    How is DVD holding up in sales? I just can't afford to make any changes for awhile. I might buy a new laptop next year, and will maybe get one that plays HD or blu-ray. But the prices need to come down some.
     
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    blu ray and hd dvd sales are very very very small in comparison to standard dvds- which is why any edge either hd dvd or blu ray tries to say it has over the other doesnt mean much right now- will probably be a couple years before a winner (if any) is decided
     
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