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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

DVD or Blu-Ray?



Discuss.. DVD or Blu-Ray?
Person A
I'm trying to collect favorite movies from my favorite actress. I see plenty of options on some titles in DVD, but on Blu-Ray it's not as plentiful, more expensive and coming from another country. I really like Blu-Ray, but should I just get the DVD and be done with it?

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Person B
It depends what type of film it is realy.. if it's an older film, or a low-budget one or a drama or comedy type film, Blu Ray isn't really going to make a huge difference. Where it does make a difference is higher budget films with a lot of visual effects, or music-based films due to the increase in audio clarity. Also if your TV is smaller than 40" the difference in quality won't be as obvious.

In the end it's entirely up to how much you want to spend. Personally I don't buy DVDs any more, even for low budget films, since I notice the difference too much. But i'm a bit OCD like that...

Person C
It depends what type of film it is realy.. if it's an older film, or a low-budget one or a drama or comedy type film, Blu Ray isn't really going to make a huge difference. Where it does make a difference is higher budget films with a lot of visual effects

I beg to differ, Ermagurd. Blu-ray makes a difference on ANYTHING shot on 35mm film or finer than blu-ray resolution digital formats like 4K. I've seen films from the '70s and earlier that really pop on blu-ray in a way they didn't on DVD. I will agree that, in a comedy, while blu-ray does still show more resolution than DVD even in a comedy, seeing every pore in an actor's complexion isn't necessary to laugh.

Person A:
If the films you want are really obscure and are only available on DVD, they should be dirt-cheap on DVD, so go ahead and buy them on DVD, especially if you can buy them locally and thus not have to pay for shipping and handling. Then you won't have gotten screwed too badly financially on the DVDs if and when the films finally arrive on blu-ray later. Meanwhile, you'll still enjoy some of the finer nuances in your favorite actress's performances on DVD.

Person B
I beg to differ, Ermagurd. Blu-ray makes a difference on ANYTHING shot on 35mm film or finer than blu-ray resolution digital formats like 4K. I've seen films from the '70s and earlier that really pop on blu-ray in a way they didn't on DVD. I will agree that, in a comedy, while blu-ray does still show more resolution than DVD even in a comedy, seeing every pore in an actor's complexion isn't necessary to laugh.

The second part of your post was actually exactly what I meant. Of course even a comedy will look much better (and as I said, I don't even buy DVDs anyway, but I haven't bothered to upgrade most of my comedy DVDs to BD) but it's only necessary if the visual content of the film is a major factor. For films where the dialogue is the central aspect of focus, the experience only really improves on Blu Ray because the lossless audio makes it easier to understand what the actors are saying. So, something like Clerks is hardly going to become a noticably more enjoyable experience on Blu Ray than on DVD, but a film like The Other Guys where action and visual effects are mixed in with the laughs, it does make a difference.

Person D
So, something like Clerks is hardly going to become a noticably more enjoyable experience on Blu Ray than on DVD,

Heh, Clerks looks worse on Blu Ray than DVD ;-) Was probably best on Laserdisc.

Person E
It's shot on 16mm and Smith apparently disliked that it was transferred to HD.

Person B
Yeah, something that rough just doesn't work in HD. It's even worse with 28 Days Later, the BD looks identical to the DVD because it was shot in SD PAL format.

Person E
http://www.hifi-writer.com/he/bdreviews/drno.htm

As you can see, Blu-Ray makes a difference. Even on old movies.

Person F
The quality of a Blu-ray is better than a dvd , but it also really depends on the screen and blu-ray deck you're using . Recent Blu-ray players will play dvd's and also upscale them (improve their quality) . Many blu-rays will generally display in letter-box mode (cut-off black strip at top and bottom of screen) , so you really need a home-theatre screen to show detail (over 50" diagonal screen size). Many of my favorite movies are only available in dvd , so a recent good quality blu-ray player will definitely make the difference !

Person G
If its elder films, then i suggest reading the reviews done
They have trashed several elder films on Blu-ray, even big budget ones, because the image looks like crap on these HD releases.


Person B
Excessive DNR is usually the main culprit in making old films look like rubbish. Predator is obviously the most glaring example, it literally looks like everyone in the film is a wax dummy that's been rubbed down with ba

Person F
Yes I agree , not all transfers to Blu-ray mean an improvement in quality . Some of the American comedies from the 80-90's that I have got on blu-ray have been fantastic , and a few are worse than their dvd's . There are a few threads in this forum talking about bad transfers.

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