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More studios offering Blu-ray-DVD combos

According to a report by Video Business, more movie studios are offering Blu-ray movies with DVDs included to help the high-definition format catch on.

The Marley & Me Bad Boy Edition includes a Blu-ray Disc and a DVD, but we hope the final packaging will make that more obvious.
The "Marley & Me Bad Boy Edition" includes both a Blu-ray and DVD, but we hope the final packaging will make that more obvious. Amazon

More movie studios will begin offering Blu-ray Disc movies with an included DVD, according to a recent report by Video Business.

The article mentions that "Marley & Me," "The Princess Bride," and "T2 Complete Collector's Set" will be getting this treatment, and that Disney is planning on releasing seven Blu-ray-DVD packages this year. While several Blu-ray movies include a Digital Copy that allows you to copy the movie to a computer, a standard DVD is compatible in more locations.

This is a smart move by the studios, as one of the biggest drawbacks to buying Blu-ray movies now is their lack of portability. Since a Blu-ray Disc will play only where you have a Blu-ray player, many people often can't watch their new movie in the bedroom or car, on a plane, or in any other place where they only have a DVD player.

The packaged combos may also make the relatively high cost of Blu-ray movies easier to swallow, if consumers feel like they're getting more for their money, with both discs included.

Will an included standard DVD make you more likely to buy Blu-ray movies? Is Blu-ray still just too expensive, even with the extras? Or are you waiting for portable Blu-ray players, like the Panasonic DMP-B15? Let us know in the comments.

(Sources: Video Business via Engadget HD)