People are landing Sony and Pansonic bluray players for $200-250 just this week, with or without free BD promotions.
Bluray is a little over 2 years old right now. About 2.3-2.4 y.o.?
With the above in mind, bluray is cheaper than DVD at the same respective age.
Transformers has the same MSRP b/w the two.
So do all Criterion titles.
As for real world prices, they are a lot more similar than you think. I just watched episode 3 of Band of Brothers last night. People are getting the box set on BD for $45-55. The DVD set is $45. The difference in PQ is night and day. Also greater and more refined color palette, plus DTS Master Audio to boot. And the funny thing is that BoB is not nearly a perfect transfer, with video inconsistency.... but the difference is still profound. The DVD has a poor enough transfer, that if they actually released a VHS version, that would be closer to DVD, than DVD to BD.
Godfather collection $60, if not less. Yep, the Coppola restoration.
Bluray players can already upconvert to 1080p just fine. So, would you rather buy a decent upconerting player for $200, or a decent upconverting player that also plays Bluray for $200?
DVD at the same respective age did not have catalogue titles at $14.95 at the time.
DVD is natively recorded in 480i. Bluray is natively recorded in 1080p. You also get to enjoy 24 fps if your display can handle it. Guess what, current display are making this commonplace. Heck, even with LCD displays, ever wonder why they chose 120hz? common denominator of 60 and 24.
The ONLY stumbling block that I can see for BD is DRM. However, I believe that even this issue is overblown, and this would be the case for any new format that comes about. This includes digital downloads as well, and to be sure, people anticipate DRM issues of a much more sinister nature once that ever becomes commonplace.
I say overblown, because every BD works great for me. I've updated FW only twice. The first time had NOTHING to do with DRM issues, but simply to fix an LFE cut. The last update was only for the hell of it. I updated at versions 1.6 and 2.5. I did not update for 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.8, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5. I never need to.
To say that the increase in picture quality is minimal cannot be farther from the truth. Its not even close. In the slightest. Differences are utterly profound.
Of course, that's easy for me to say with a 159" display in light controlled dedicated home theater, coupled with quality projector.
Anyways, I have maintained for over a year that any purchase of a DVD that is also released on BD is an utter waste of money.
Here are some comparative screen caps from one very trusted source. An AVS poster nmed Xylon. His caps are definitely the most trusted as far as online forums, because his methods are of a purely controlled nature, with the aid of his computer. A few recent threads:
***I have also listed Amazon prices, for comparison. I could shop *as best I could* but I think Amazon is a good indicator of typical price difference******
Baraka. Scroll to post 3 to see DVD vs BD. $17 vs $21.
Doomsday. $14/$27 vs $27
How the West Was Won (improvements are insane). $16/$42 vs $24.
Iron Man. $23 vs $26
From Bluray Stats, presently:
979 titles available
56.91 % are used on a 50 gigabyte disc (and ALWAYS rising)
72.27% come with lossless audio
*The overwhelming majority are selling brand new at less than $20.
1. Not too expensive.
2. Not even close. Attribute that to ignorance. (some people think using an HDMI cable automatically means "Full HD"! lol
3. uhhhh, no comment....
4. Read #2. Remember DVD is natively 480, and Bluray is natively 1080.
Bluray is only two years old?!?!?!?!
How many of us had DVD players at just two years old?????
***The percentage increase of vertical lines of resolution of BD over DVD is greater than DVD over VHS!!!!
***VHS did not die until 8 years after the release of DVD. So just because DVD is still around does not mean its the better purchase. I would rather buy DVD than VHS if given a choice.
Any thoughts or disagreements on this?