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Buzz on Blu Releases

15 May, 2008 By: Billy Gil

To Blu or not to Blu? That is the question for many early adopters who are considering whether or not to buy more expensive Blu-ray Discs of new and catalog releases, or stick with cheaper standard-definition DVDs.

Forum posters on TheDigitalBits.com have been discussing which releases are worth double-dipping. Poster BJWanlund says every “James Bond” movie, “Star Wars” film, “Star Trek” movie, Disney and Pixar film, and TV show is worth rebuying on Blu-ray.

“As far as stuff I'll only purchase on Blu-ray, I'd probably only purchase some of the newer films, such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (when that comes), Meet the Robinsons, the upcoming Sleeping Beauty: Platinum Edition (first on Blu-ray), etc. I'm not gonna go overboard here,” BJWalund wrote.

On the same site, Obiwan176 wrote: “Blade Runner on BD is absolutely stunning and utterly amazing. The DVD, any version, is complete sh*t compared to what they did for it on the BD release.”

Obiwan176 also added the “Lord of the Rings” films and those written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan to the mix of Blu-rays worth picking up. Meanwhile, poster AKmaro1 adds the “Matrix” trilogy and Apocalypse Now.

Internet forum users seem to agree that it's worth shelling out the extra cash to get old and modern classics on Blu-ray Disc — when they're available. On DVDTalk.com, user Skiblet wrote: “Where are all the good movies? The Aliens, the Star Wars, the LOTRs, the Saving Private Ryans, etc. The BIG ones, you know what I mean. (Jaws, The Thing, Braveheart, Goonies, Ferris Bueller, etc.).

“What's taking so long? How long do we have to wait for these? Years? One year? Two years? What is the specific reason for why things are released when they are onto Blu-ray?”

In response, user Grubert wrote that in DVD's infancy, films such as The Goonies, Braveheart, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jaws and Saving Private Ryan took years to release.Forum users also seem to agree that not all Blu-ray Discs are equal. DVDTalk's Mr. Cinema lauded of Disney's No Country for Old Men, recently released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

No Country for Old Men may now be the best transfer I've seen so far,” Mr. Cinema wrote. “It is flawless.”

Poster applesandrice was down on Fox's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, citing a review of a poor transfer.

On the other hand, Mr. Cinema pointed to a recent spate of strong Blu-ray releases from Fox: “I popped in The Day After Tomorrow last night, and it's another fantastic transfer by Fox. The opening shot is simply gorgeous. I was pissed at them as much as anyone for not releasing anything since April, but they are certainly making up for it with some very high quality titles.”

On HomeTheaterForum.com, users are buzzing about recently announced Blu-ray titles such as Warner's Justice League: Season One, as well as Warner titles How the West Was Won and Risky Business; Fox's Independence Day; and Sony Pictures' Persepolis.

“I'm looking forward to seeing [How the West Was Won] without those distracting join lines (guess that makes me a non-purist),” wrote user Jim_K, of Warner's efforts to remove the join lines left over from the three-screen Cinerama process originally used for the film.

Whether or not these titles will measure up in the minds of Blu-ray buyers remains to be seen.

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