To buy or not to buy DVD movies

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    James Photojournalist VIP Member

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    Some of you may know that I enjoy purchasing movies on DVD, but latley I have been holding off on new releases of movies becuase I'm trying to decide if I should wait for them to be released on HD-DVD / BlueRay. I'm waiting to see what happens with the two- I'm hoping HD-DVD wins out.

    Is anyone else in this position?
     
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    wifiknight I read your email

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    I honestly just do the netflix thing now. For me, owning movies isn't really worth it because they just sit there forever.
     
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    I don't rent movies, I like to have a copy. If I want to watch a movie at 2 in the morning, I go to my shelf and it's there. Same thing with the hardcopy-less trend that some companies are looking into.
     
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    wifiknight I read your email

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    I dunno, I have over 100 of them and I think i'm just going to sell them off.

    I've watched maybe 5 out of the 100 in the past year.
     
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    I don't bother buying movies. They seem like a useless investment, seeing how I only watch a movie once and rarely twice. But on the side of the DVD battle I am hoping Blu-ray comes out on top.
     
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    I don't really have any problem buying DVD's because when I am at college I won't have a HDTV to watch high definition DVD's on anyway. Plus, both BlueRay and HD-DVD are way to expensive for me right now. Maybe in a few years.
     
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    I personally don't care who wins. I'm just waiting for one to come out on top so I know which ones to buy. If blu-ray wins I'll be happier because I'll have a Movie Player/Game Console/Old DVD Player/CD,MP3 Player/Media Center in the PS3 I want to buy. And the only equivilant (XBox 360) cost the same price if you add the HD-DVD player. So regardless, I'll be paying ~$500 or so :( .

    I have seen a list of companys that are backing which and it looks like blu-ray has more backing.

    On a side note, the first HD porn was released recently called "Pirates" (Note: HD-DVD Format). The reason why I bring this up is I found out about it because Blockbuster (a company who is against porn) made a big deal about getting it because it was their first HD format movie... And then I looked it up online. The blockbuster version is rated R so I'm assuming it's about 30 min long.
     
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    Depends, I really enjoy watching movies and watch them over and over. Especially when I have company over. I'm the movie-guy.

    It doesn't really matter to me which format wins, but I'd prefer HD-DVD over BluRay due to the fact of initial and future pricings, backwards compatibility, etc. I'm fairly confident that HD-DVD will win out, even if Sony has more backings. We will see though.

    There's a bunch of movies I want to buy, but not sure if I should hold off... I could always re-purchash the ones I really want in HD I suppose.
     
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    I know we try to keep this board as family friendly as possible, but on this subject, in the end whichever format gets backed by the porn industry is going to be which format wins out. There are more of "that kind" of movies that get sold each year than any other type (which is probably why Crimson brought up what format the 1st HD porn was).
     
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    I'm hoping that if HD take off, it will push down the price tag on DVDs. I'd buy more movies than I do atm if they weren't so expensive. On one hand, a lot of movies have really nice covers and special features, which justify a price, but on the other hand I don't really care if the film comes in a paper slip or in full colour covers.

    I don't care at all about High Definition itself. I see all I need to see just fine on my regular ol' 28 inch TV right now. What matters to me in the end is what matters, I believe, to most consumers: the price.

    When I really think about it, it works kind of like this: If a movie costs 20 dollars, I buy one maybe every few months. If it cost 5 bucks, I'd probably buy 50 bucks worth per month. Which way does the industry win, assuming their expenses are covered with the price tag?
     
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    (Devil's Advocate) To note:

    Before I start I would like to point out some facts:

    HD-DVD and Blue-Ray Players can use all previous formats (CD, DVD, MP3, Etc).

    HD-DVD Player will cost ~$500
    XBox360 with HD-DVD Player* $500 or $600

    Blu-Ray Player will cost ~$1000
    PS3 with Blu-Ray Player $500 or $600

    The HD-DVD Players are definately within people's price ranges right now, but remember PS3 is a Blu-Ray Player... so the one grand tag will have to drop before the November PS3 release to stay competitive.

    I am not discounting HD-DVD though as their format is easier to convert DVD production to HD making the cost effectiveness of the individual movies higher and the price lower. Blu-Ray is better on paper (http://www.engadget.com/2005/09/19/blu-ray-vs-hd-dvd-state-of-the-s-union-s-division/), but it still has to bow to the almighty dollar.

    My analysis is that consumers will have to choose the better (Blu-Ray/BetaMax) product or the cheaper (HD-DVD/VHS) product.

    * - I expect the question "Why is the price you put for the Xbox so high?". Remember the drive used internal is a DVD-9 player you have to invest $200 to get the HD-DVD external player when it comes out in November. Also it will connect via USB 2.0. I'm sure that will be an issue with movies and trying to do HD-DVD games.
     
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    I have an Xbox 360 and will probably not buy the add-on HD-DVD due to the fact that most of those lower end players do not have good video output quality. MS also stated that not games will play on their HD-DVD player.

    I've compared an HD-DVD movie and BluRay movie on the same TV and personally I think HD-DVD looked much better. :|

    People won't pay more money for the bluray when HD-DVD costs less and looks better (IMO).

    Core, if you purchase the movie within the first release week you'll pay $5-10 less than full price, atleast here in Maine we do.
     
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    Did the players you saw use the same input? HDMI is crisper than Analog Component.
     
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    Yes, both used HDMI and were displayed on a very nice Samsung DLP TV.
     
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    I didn't know there was a difference! I'd like to do the test too just to see how much of a difference there is. Learn something new every day.
     
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    Sometimes Circuit City will do live demos using the method I stated, of course not with the same movies.
     
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    Eventually they should be able to use the same movies. There's a few studios that plan on releasing HD-DVD and Blu-Ray copies of their movies.
     
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    The only way to get a true test would be with the same movie side-by-side.
     
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    I am very happy with my Toshiba HD-DVD player.... Batman Begins on my Sammy 51" DLP is soooo nice. :D
     
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    Stop teasing me... ;) Your post and my trip to Best Buy tonight really makes me want to buy a HD-DVD player now.
     
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