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Old 02-04-2009, 06:12 AM   #1
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I've had my blu ray for about 3 months now. I own 3 Blu Ray movies - Wanted, TDK, and The 300. I rented 'Tropic Thunder' on blu ray. It was good - there were some action scenes - BUT, it was a comedy. I felt that it was pointless. Unless it is a high-octane action flick, why not just get it on DVD? Any comments?

Also, I'd love some comments on recent Blu Ray's - Step Brothers, Tropic Thunder, Pinapple Express, etc. and comments on their quality compared to the DVD. Is it that big of a PQ/AQ step up that's worth the extra $$? I just don't see it.

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Old 02-04-2009, 06:16 AM   #2
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All films should be in high def. As far as i'm concerned, that means they all should be on Blu-ray. Imo the PQ improves just as much for drama/comedies etc. as it does for action flicks. Obviously if the film is dialoge driven, the better AQ won't play a major factor.
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Hello all -

I've had my blu ray for about 3 months now. I own 3 Blu Ray movies - Wanted, TDK, and The 300. I rented 'Tropic Thunder' on blu ray. It was good - there were some action scenes - BUT, it was a comedy. I felt that it was pointless. Unless it is a high-octane action flick, why not just get it on DVD? Any comments?

Also, I'd love some comments on recent Blu Ray's - Step Brothers, Tropic Thunder, Pinapple Express, etc. and comments on their quality compared to the DVD. Is it that big of a PQ/AQ step up that's worth the extra $$? I just don't see it.

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The object of Hi-Def is, the highest quality pictures and the maximum audio reproduction available as it was intended by the directors of these films and not the film content, the choice of viewing material is up to you. I have my system for the sole purpose of watching all my material in it's highest quality. Am I to understand by your post the funny material doesn't have to have high quality reproduction?? No one is twisting your arm to buy Blu media materials, if the P/Q & A/Q quality of whatever your watching is not of importance to you then simply buy SD DVD's, and save money. And, that being the case you probably wouldn't have needed to buy an HD-TV or a sound-surround system to watch your movies. This is not a sarcastic reply, only a reply trying to understand the reasoning behind your post?
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:17 AM   #4
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My reasoning is for the $$. In the perfect world, I would be able to afford to upgrade every movie I like, but for 30 bucks per pop - I can't afford to do that. Hence, my post topic - What's the point of upgrading something like 'Borat' or 'Austin Powers' or similar movies (Which I love). It seems, from what I've seen so far, that movies with high action and special effects are well worth the upgrade, but movies which don't focus on this are not as worth it.

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Old 02-04-2009, 08:36 AM   #5
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Hmmm, i have all the Austin Powers movies on DVD (PAL) and recently bought the Austin BD Box set. The upgrade in PQ is incredibly huge, except for Goldmember that has been slightly DNR'ed and therefore is just a huge, but not incredibly huge , upgrade. Also the AP movies have a lot of music, so the lossless tracks are worth their money.

I think you are more concerned about having to do double dipping for titles you already own on DVD, than you are about the sense of releasing non-action movies on BD (that was how i understood your op). And i agree, double dipping sucks. Especially if it's for recent day&date movies, where the BD release came at a later point.
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My reasoning is for the $$. In the perfect world, I would be able to afford to upgrade every movie I like, but for 30 bucks per pop - I can't afford to do that. Hence, my post topic - What's the point of upgrading something like 'Borat' or 'Austin Powers' or similar movies (Which I love). It seems, from what I've seen so far, that movies with high action and special effects are well worth the upgrade, but movies which don't focus on this are not as worth it.

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I agree with you for the most part. I too don't like paying so much for a DVD, even if it IS in HD. Personally, I do not watch most of the DVD's (BR or SD) that we buy more than one or two times. I mean, I enjoy them when I watch them, and I am happy to have them in my collection, but really, even when the movie is good, how often are any of us going to sit down & re-watch them??

(a couple of exceptions would be cartoons & concerts, like WallE & Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds Live @ RCMH, at least for me... )

I also think that everyone has their favorites, and I'm sure that any of us who really loved a movie we saw @ the theatre would want the BR copy for home, but as the OP stated, with a movie like TT (which I thought was funny as hell BTW), I don't feel like I am missing much by not having the BR copy...
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I think you are more concerned about having to do double dipping for titles you already own on DVD, than you are about the sense of releasing non-action movies on BD (that was how i understood your op). And i agree, double dipping sucks. Especially if it's for recent day&date movies, where the BD release came at a later point.
I think the OP is concerned about paying $20 for a dvd or $30 for BD
because they were asking about newer release titles and almost all new release titles are on dvd and BD.
Is it worth an extra $10 or so for movies that don't have great visual and audio effects?


I would like to see all movies on blu-ray but I want to pay dvd prices
Even at my video rental store it is more for a BD rental than a dvd rental. If I want to rent something with little special effects I usually watch it on dvd for $1 less.

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I do not think the extra money is worth the extra quality if all I want is a good laugh.
If I want to be dazzled by explosions and visual effects than it is worth the extra $$
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I have just bought Tropic Thunder and i thought it benefitted greatly from being in HD. It all depends what you want, i find that no whatter what the genre of film, i enjoy it more in HD. If you are happy with dvd PQ then you buy that, its your choice.
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I like any comedy in HD if for the audio enhancement if nothing else.

Dialog is what sounds the most compressed to me when I go back and listen to lossy audio tracks. Not to mention that great comedy's almost always have great music.
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My reasoning is for the $$. In the perfect world, I would be able to afford to upgrade every movie I like, but for 30 bucks per pop...
Shop around more, I buy a lot of movies, but I almost always wait for sales. It's not as bad when you end up paying ~$15 per movie. I usually wait for sales at Amazon, B1G1 sales at Columbia House, or even buy from the Warner Home Video store with their monthly discount code.

And, as always, it's good to rent before buying to see if the PQ and AQ is worth it to you.
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Hi all,

I took a glance at the thread - Must have movies, in this category. Aside from a few Pixar movies (Cars, Kung Fu Panda, etc.), every movie I saw was an action flick. Examples: The Matrix, Hulk, TDK, I-Robot (Actually never seen that movie, but assuming , Wanted, Blade Runner, Band of Brothers, Platoon, etc. I guess that proves the point I was trying to make - it's more worth it to get the action flicks (Although I agree it would be nice to have everything high def).

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Just ... don't buy it,
if you don't think a comedy BR movie worths your money.

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Try renting the BD of a good comedy and see if it is worth it then.
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Hi all,

I took a glance at the thread - Must have movies, in this category. Aside from a few Pixar movies (Cars, Kung Fu Panda, etc.), every movie I saw was an action flick. Examples: The Matrix, Hulk, TDK, I-Robot (Actually never seen that movie, but assuming , Wanted, Blade Runner, Band of Brothers, Platoon, etc. I guess that proves the point I was trying to make - it's more worth it to get the action flicks (Although I agree it would be nice to have everything high def).

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This just means, that these are popular movies for the current crop of BD adopters. Which tend to be male and rather young, typical action movie demographics. If you prefer action movies, of course the HD upgrade will be "worth it". However this is all just a matter of personal taste. If one's individual taste differs from that, you might find other movies are "worth it" for you just the same.

E.g. i rented Sex and the City. The pq is brilliant and totally "worth it" and gorgeous and has a lot of 3D pop and great colors, but i couldn't sit through the movie due to its most annoying content, even back in the days i watched parts of season one with my gf and actually liked that show.

So all this is really just a matter of personal opinion. Saying that action flicks are "worth it" and other genres might be "less worth it" will not hold up in any kind of empirical evaluation. All that will be revealed is, that 'fans of action movies' like 'action movies in HD'

I would also strongly suggest to rent movies which you hesitate buying....
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Shop around more, I buy a lot of movies, but I almost always wait for sales. It's not as bad when you end up paying ~$15 per movie. I usually wait for sales at Amazon, B1G1 sales at Columbia House, or even buy from the Warner Home Video store with their monthly discount code.

And, as always, it's good to rent before buying to see if the PQ and AQ is worth it to you.
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...So all this is really just a matter of personal opinion. Saying that action flicks are "worth it" and other genres might be "less worth it" will not hold up in any kind of empirical evaluation. All that will be revealed is, that 'fans of action movies' like 'action movies in HD'

I would also strongly suggest to rent movies which you hesitate buying....
I agree completely~ Renting 1st & also buying on sale~
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