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Should you buy Blu-ray?

Baltimore Sun: "Remember the first time you watched a movie on DVD? You were probably instantly blown away by how much better it was than VHS. The quality of the video and audio was superior, it came in a smaller package, and you could quickly move from the beginning to the end of a movie without having to fast forward through everything in between.

The difference between DVD and Blu-ray is nowhere near as striking, despite what the consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers might have told you this holiday season. Sure, Blu-ray vs. DVD is equivalent to standard-definition vs. high-definition programming on your TV, but it's not so good that you should go out and buy a Blu-ray player and replace your DVDs."

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rucky3490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

Again another article forcing digital download's the future. Wake me up when it's 2020 when the internet is at 1gbps (Here in the US not in Japan)

mohib-uddin79865323490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

These Americans are trying to force their opinion .

Maybe its a needless expense to them becuase they only have enough to survive

mohib-uddin79865323490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

i just wanna say my above comments are not hating on America .

i like some americans. mike tyson is greatest american that ever lived to me

OuterHaven3490d ago

This article is needless. nuff said.

Genesis53490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

It only seems to be the people that can't afford it that whine about it. All the people I know that use BR have no complaints and prefer it to regular DVD.

ThanatosDMC3490d ago

Mike Tyson!? Are you serious? That guy bit off that other boxer's ear!

baum3490d ago

I guess we can take seriously the opinion of America from some fanatic muslim that might just be a bordeline terrorist, especially after he regards Mike Tyson, a criminal and a dishonorable attempt of a boxer "one of the finest american".

This has nothing to do with being american, it's just dumb people stating dumb opinions. If you can't attack the argument and you just seem forced to attack the person, then go back to your cave.

DragonWarrior465343490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

I cant imagine a world without a retail disk for high definition media. Renting movies online is great, but how bout when I want to keep a movie and add it to my 20 year old collection of movies? Making everything digital is like erasing humanity. F*ck that.

badz1493490d ago

since you can play PS2 on bigger tv? these articles are getting dumber by the day. I wish I was on the internet during DVD vs VHS era just to see how people bashed DVD!

BSigel813490d ago

I am from America, but I bet that dude has a Blu-ray player or either he can't afford one yet; he just ranting. This is just to get hits on Kotaku's site

INehalemEXI3490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

Sure I don't need it but I do want it , have it and enjoy it....In other news the sky is blue... I don't need a blue sky but I sure as hell enjoy coming out of my dungeon and seeing a blue sky from time to time.

zuesholmes3490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

ppl who think digital is the future this gen are retarded. i wonder if these ppl know anything about video and audio. digital is so compressed its rediculouse. thats one of the reasons hd dvd was at a disadvantage because they couldn't fit uncompressed audio on it. i can't imagine downloading 50GB and storing it, even a 1TB drive would get ate up in no time. these ppl need to learn how to adjust there tv's and home theaters in comparison because anyone that has a good upscaler and a BD player knows theres a HUGE difference but not all BD are equal some are bad transfers and some are unbelievable. the 1st time I seen The Rock on BD I was like WOW what an improvement then when you watch stuff like Wall E, Dark Knight, Hulk, and Iron Man and not notice a difference need to readjust, crank up that sharpness on BD rookies cause you cant do that on dvd cause it gets jaggies but when you do it on BD it really makes that sharp detail stand out.

znu3490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

i have one of the worst internet connections ever
256kbs shared network, 3 people in the house using it
and on top of that my router is messed up

to 20 mb it takes me 25 or so minutes

to download a game demo i have to leave on for 2 days or play alot during the next 2 weeks

in other words, until fast internet connection is mainstream (in UAE theres like one isp with outrageous prices and slow speeds)
NOOOO Digital Downloads!!!!!!!!

vangl763489d ago

Also the fact that some ISP's want to start enforcing download limits as well.

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Marceles3490d ago

"The blacks were superb, the colors clear and precise, the striations of the canyon walls in the desert locations of Apes were brilliant," Roger Moore said. "But the ugly truth of the matter is that once you've got the 1080 HDTV, once you've bought a DVD player with HDMI cable connections, Blu-ray is superfluous. The features are fancier, but the picture? No improvement. Investing in a player (unless you already have a Blu-ray-ready PlayStation) is a needless expense. Downloads are the future, not discs in a cute blue box."

Digital distribution supporter/and maybe former HD DVD owner, enough said.

"Especially if you own an "upconverting" DVD player, which enhances the quality of DVDs so drastically, it's hard to tell it's not Blu-ray."

Noooo it doesn't...it doesn't enhance the quality that much since DVD's resolutions are SD to begin with. There could also be some scaling artifacts from stretching the image. They're making it seem like Blu-ray is basically a DVD with a true higher resolution but still plain DVD quality, and it's not just that.

rsebes3490d ago

Kotaku: FAKE! KOTAKU CAUGHT! HAHAHA: They left out the next section on purpose:

The Orlando Sentinel took at look at the now years-old tech of Blu-ray players, trying to determine whether it's worth investing in a new player. Their conclusion: Yes and no.

The articles author seems to think that the Blu-ray could eventually come into its own if you are able to use it for more than just playing Blu-ray movies. That means added functions, or a Playstation 3.

The movie critic for the paper is not as optimistic when he compared a Blu-ray player to his DVD player:

"The blacks were superb, the colors clear and precise, the striations of the canyon walls in the desert locations of Apes were brilliant," Roger Moore said. "But the ugly truth of the matter is that once you've got the 1080 HDTV, once you've bought a DVD player with HDMI cable connections, Blu-ray is superfluous. The features are fancier, but the picture? No improvement. Investing in a player (unless you already have a Blu-ray-ready PlayStation) is a needless expense. Downloads are the future, not discs in a cute blue box."

Is Blu-ray a tech destined to be out maneuvered by digital movies and downloadable content or are we just witnesses the bitterness of former HD-DVD supporters? Only time will tell.

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....One thing I didn't like is that all of the Blu-ray movies I watched were widescreen, so there were black bars above and below the picture on my HDTV until I stretched it or zoomed in.

For another perspective on Blu-ray, I lent the Sony player to Roger Moore, the Sentinel's movie critic. He watched the Blu-ray version of the first Planet of the Apes movie on a 42-inch 1080p TV and compared the experience with his usual disc player, a $40 model from RCA with HDMI connection.

"The blacks were superb, the colors clear and precise, the striations of the canyon walls in the desert locations of Apes were brilliant," Moore said. "But the ugly truth of the matter is that once you've got the 1080 HDTV, once you've bought a DVD player with HDMI cable connections, Blu-ray is superfluous. The features are fancier, but the picture? No improvement. Investing in a player (unless you already have a Blu-ray-ready PlayStation) is a needless expense. Downloads are the future, not discs in a cute blue box."

I agree that movie downloads are the future, but buying a Blu-ray player is not a needless expense if you are able to use it for more than just playing Blu-ray movies, such as playing DVDs, watching Netflix movies instantly, viewing photos and accessing Internet content.

If you are planning on buying a Blu-ray player, try to get one with BD-Live, which is sometimes referred to as Blu-ray 2.0. A BD-Live-capable player can connect to the Internet for software updates and to unlock special features available on many Blu-ray movies. The BD-Live-enabled features that come on some Blu-ray movies are disappointing and mostly limited to interactive games. But there are companies working on products that will use the BD-Live connection to pull in movies and services from the Internet, potentially expanding the benefits of owning a Blu-ray player.

KOTAKU = Microsoft fanboy

p.s. Here is some thing i found interesting about the whole article.

he said "One thing I didn't like is that all of the Blu-ray movies I watched were widescreen, so there were black bars above and below the picture on my HDTV until I STRETCHED IT OR ZOOMED IN."

He watched it Stretched and/or zoomed in. ENOUGH SAID.

Ju3490d ago

Roger Moore ? The "Roger Moore" ? The actor. Geeze that guy must be a hundred by now. Yeah, couldn't see a different between DVD and BD. Planet of the apes ? Is that even an HD mastered media ? Likes his movies, but, well, ...

Raoh3490d ago

do these idiots realize that the original plan was to deliver hd dvd? meaning the end of dvd anyway.

didnt matter who brought it, the death of dvd was already decided.

deal with it you broke hateful bastards

solidjun53490d ago

You know I used to be really annoyed with all these anti-blu ray (pro DD) articles (actually I'm still a bit annoyed), but now I just laughed it off. I particularly find it amusing that Kotaku is on it in this round (not surprising though). We get it, you guys are butthurt over HD-DVD and want DD so the world can be right in your eyes because in your eyes HD-DVD should've won. Get over it.

You know for every one of these articles that pop up, I just eat a popcorn; and boy let me tell you something, I am one stuffed mo-fo.

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