(Partially) Swearing Off DVD

At some point during this week (not sure when, the days and mornings are sort of starting to blend together), I ended up on Amazon browsing at CDs and DVDs.  With so many of my friends and fam now making the jump to BluRay, I realized– maybe I ought to quit buying DVDs (for now) altogether.

Jen agreed that for those films where outstanding picture clarity and sound truly add to the experience, that’s a good idea (your special effects extraveganzas, etc.), but for certain other movies or TV (like The Mosquito Coast, for example, which I’ve got coming next week), it’s probably not vital.  I decided I won’t be collecting any more seasons of Heroes until I’m rockin the BluRay, and ditto for BSG.  There’s just not much point when you know that you’re not getting the best that the current tech has to offer, right?

One point I will not waver on, though, is this: I absolutely refuse to put one more goddamned dime in George frakkin Lucas’s oversized pockets.  I’ve bought your son-of-a-bitchin trilogy 6 times now, Georgey-boy, and that will be quite enough.  I don’t care if the BluRay edition comes with a coupon for a free, lifesize X-Wing fighter replica ((I DO care about that, and if that was the actual offer, I would be at the front of the line.)), I am done.

Meanwhile, speaking of DVDs, I really need to find a reasonably priced storage medium for discs.  Don’t like the clunky (and expensive) cases, so I’d like to get a book.  But what sort of storage capacity do I really need?  That’s the question.

Hey, since YOU went BluRay, which are your favorite movies so far?  Have you caught yourself licking the screen at any point?  That’s kinda gross, dude, but I understand.

8 thoughts on “(Partially) Swearing Off DVD”

  1. I’ve discovered that I’ve become more shrewd and frugal as I’ve gotten older. I’m also a fix before replace kind of guy (hence upgrading my PC instead of forking out the cash for a new one). It seems to me that it’s never wrong to roll with what you have. Of course, if you have a Blu-ray player already, then by all means rock on with this project.

    In all honesty we’d like to save some money for when we set up camp in Europe. We’ll need to convert 99.9% of all our home electronics…actually all of our things that plug into the wall. That’s whay we spend what little disposable income we have on upgrading things like furniture. Even that, though, is a long drawn out process.

    My advice would be to consider any delay in obtaining new Blu-ray stuff you want. Is it more important to get the top of the line format, or do you really just want to watch whatever it is you want to watch?

  2. As the proud owner of an HD-DVD player, I second the “Shmoo-ray” argument.

    That aside, the next big format isn’t Blu-Ray, it’s no physical format. The technological barriers for inter-connectivity will continue to erode, making digital content delivery the most cost-effective means of purchasing music and HD video (be it movies or episodic content).

  3. As the proud owner of a PS3, I can honestly say that blu-ray does look pretty damn amazing, and definitely better than an up-converted DVD. I do find that newer movies do look better, as expected, so probably the most amazing one I’ve seen is Dark Knight. When I saw it I can’t say that I licked the TV, but I definitely peed a little.. It helps to have an HDTV though. I haven’t hooked my PS3 to my SD-TV, but I can do that and report back.

    However with the price of Blu-rays, I’m finding that I really only buy movies that I really really need to have. A deal for bluray shoppers is when the DVD comes below 20$, which isnt all that often. It’s going to be a long time before you see the $5 blu-ray rack.

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