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Unread 03-18-2008, 02:11 PM   #1
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Weekly DVD releases...

Thinking about buying "I AM LEGEND", but not sure if I should buy the regular DVD or Blu-Ray. I haven't seen the movie. Any suggestions?

Just wanting to know what DVDs you own, and which movies are Blu-Ray/HD worthy of the extra cost. What do you guys have?

My 'must have on Blu-Ray' are:
Blade Runner
Fifth Element
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Aeon Flux

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Unread 03-18-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
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I don't have Blu-Ray, but I'm gonna get I Am Legend as the HD-DVD/DVD combo disc. It's $18 at Amazon. But I notice that my HD-DVD player up-converts most movies to a near-HD quality, so it's a moot point in most cases anyway.

BTW, you should read the short story "I Am Legend." Different than the movie and with a different ending. Good stuff.
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Unread 03-18-2008, 02:31 PM   #3
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An upconverted 480i disc isn't even close to a 1080i/p movie, seriously, the audio is second rate (this is one of the biggest things that hits you about the HD discs) and on a big screen you can REALLY notice the difference.

480i has about 1/10th the total number of pixels as 1080i, that's 1/10th the total information, so upscaling dvd players are just guessing at those pixels, upscaling really doesn't do the picture justice.

I have "I am Legend" showing up tomorrow on Blu Ray, Blade Runner I have on HD DVD and it looks incredible (BRD is going to be the same), Fifth Element on BRD looks awesome as well, make sure you get the remaster, the original BRD version sucked ***. "I, Robot" looks really nice even if it's a pretty mediocre story. Total Recall is a pretty mediocre transfer, it's so grainy that you probably WOULDN'T notice the difference between this and an upscaled DVD (same goes for the Big Lebowski on HD DVD).

Crouching Tiger I'll buy when it comes out, but I don't know if there's a release date for it yet, Aeon Flux I'm not sure I will bother with since I was none too impressed with the actual movie.

Transformers is coming to Blu Ray, that's well worth buying and Predator is out next month
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Unread 03-18-2008, 02:33 PM   #4
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Well, my surround sound system is cheap, so if it has Dolby DTS or Dolby 5.1 I don't notice much of a difference at all over Dolby TruSurround. As far as the picture quality, I've got a 55" screen, and some of the up-converts can be pretty damn good. The only time I notice when they're really lacking over the HD-DVD sources are on distant shots - they're blurry where a BRD or HD-DVD would be much sharper.
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The "upconverting" that a DVD player does is actually only a conversion to progressive scan. You can't get more resolution than you start with. The output will say 1080i but the actual video content will be whatever was there for 480i.
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Well, my surround sound system is cheap, so if it has Dolby DTS or Dolby 5.1 I don't notice much of a difference at all over Dolby TruSurround. As far as the picture quality, I've got a 55" screen, and some of the up-converts can be pretty damn good.
Well I can't say I've been too enthused by the quality of the upconverted DVDs I've seen, but it really does depend on the movie, some are such poor transfers that the only difference you get is that the film grain (noise) is higher quality.

If you have a high quality transfer like the new Blade Runner or Fifth Element, just showing the regular DVD on a 55" screen seems almost criminal
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i havent seen the movie and im not sure if will ever pay to see it. to much CGI for me ( i think i used the term CGI correctly)

as for which ones i own it would take me forever to type it all out. im not going to bother with HD or Blue Ray till one is way beyond the other
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^ Toshiba stopped making HD DVD players and all studios are eventually going to Blu Ray (only Paramount and Universal were left anyway), so Blu Ray has officially won the format war.
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Well I can't say I've been too enthused by the quality of the upconverted DVDs I've seen, but it really does depend on the movie, some are such poor transfers that the only difference you get is that the film grain (noise) is higher quality.

If you have a high quality transfer like the new Blade Runner or Fifth Element, just showing the regular DVD on a 55" screen seems almost criminal
Yeah...eventually I'll get around to getting a PS3 and start accumulating Blu Ray discs.
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i havent seen the movie and im not sure if will ever pay to see it. to much CGI for me ( i think i used the term CGI correctly)
You did, but you used "to" incorrectly
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im not going to bother with HD or Blue Ray till one is way beyond the other
News flash, the format war's over, Toshiba/HD DVD threw in the towel.
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i havent seen the movie and im not sure if will ever pay to see it. to much CGI for me ( i think i used the term CGI correctly)
agreed. i think you lose a lot of 'freight factor' having all of the creatures done up in CGI.

Now American Gangster in HD is awesome
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Freight?

CGI is overused a lot these days because it's cheaper than doing the effect in rubber, however, well done CGI is infinitely better than most rubber effects and allows you to do stuff that simply wouldn't work if it was done as a practical effect.

Gollum and Davy Jones are probably the two best digital characters ever done, at least in terms of complexity and execution, I'm having a hard time thinking how either of them would have worked better as practical effects.
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whoops yeah fright, got me there.

agreed, some things are good when done in CG, other things like a room full of 'vampires' who are supposed to be breathing down the neck of Neville just isn't convincing to me.
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Crouching Tiger I'll buy when it comes out, but I don't know if there's a release date for it yet, ...
It's been released. In fact Best Buy had it as one of the 'specials' - buy two selected Blu-Rays and get a $20 gift card instantly. Crouching Tiger was one of the ones I picked-up.

Okay, so back to the original topic. Whatelse falls into the Blu-Ray/HD category for you peeps?

Anybody seen Harry Potter in HiDef, and if so, how does it compare to the regular DVD (if you've seen both)?
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I actually have the Order of the Phoenix in combo disc. It's great in high def.
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sorry for the to

i like CGI if it is done right. for some reason in the previews i have seen for that movie its just "fake" looking. i dont know just how i see it. thanks for the BR update. my brother just got an HD DVD player
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