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Old 01-05-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Who's down with the Blu-ray?

Anyone picked up a Blu-ray player? I just got one over Xmas, and, man, is the picture quality insane! I have a 47" 1080p Vizio, and it's pretty amazing the upgrade from DVD (I did an A-B comparison over different inputs). I don't think I'll build up a collection of discs, but I'll re-buy a few of the classics. I've "upgraded" my Netflix account to Blu-ray.
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

I'm thinking of taking that plunge really soon.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:22 PM   #3
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

It's called a PS3. I have one and have not used it as one yet. How much better could it possibly be...honestly?
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

Depends on the size of the TV. On mine, the picture is distinctly sharper and clearer. You can make out detail that is just blurry on DVD. Of course, some people don't care about the difference. The only way to tell if it matters to you is to rent the Blu-ray version of a movie that you have on DVD and do an A-B comparison. I just paused both discs at the same point in the movie and flipped back and forth.
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

I have a PS3 and I love that it's also a Blu Ray player (that was a big reason I wanted it). I have about 160 regular DVDs so since I've spent way too much on movies in the past I really try to limit my purchases now but for some movies (like Iron Man and The Dark Knight) I feel like I have to get them in Blu Ray.

I got season 4 of Lost on Blu ray for Christmas and the picture is freaking amazing! There is also a cool feature for watching the entire season where any of the 4 discs can tell you exactly where you left off even you take out the discs to play something else, which is nice if you take long breaks in between episodes.

Not only is there a noticable difference between Blu Rays and regular DVDs, but it also looks better than the HD I get from crappy old Comcast. I probably won't pay the extra money for Blu Ray for just any movie, but I think it's worth it for certain types of movies.
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

PS3 is the way to go considering how expensive players still are. I just watched the Dark Knight on BD...the visuals are pretty bad ass though I'm re-thinking the quality of the Dark Knight storyline, kinda mediocre actually. I'm building a nice collection of Blu-Ray movies and I'm pissed I can't get Gladiator or the Star Wars trilogy on BD yet. Here's what I have so far...recommendations are welcomed:

Dark Knight
Iron Man
Transformers
Golden Compass
Big Fish
Pan's Labyrinth
House of Flying Daggers (I got robbed, not true HD).
3:10 to Yuma
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V for Vendetta
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:36 PM   #7
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I have a PS3 and I love that it's also a Blu Ray player (that was a big reason I wanted it). I have about 160 regular DVDs so since I've spent way too much on movies in the past I really try to limit my purchases now but for some movies (like Iron Man and The Dark Knight) I feel like I have to get them in Blu Ray.

I got season 4 of Lost on Blu ray for Christmas and the picture is freaking amazing! There is also a cool feature for watching the entire season where any of the 4 discs can tell you exactly where you left off even you take out the discs to play something else, which is nice if you take long breaks in between episodes.

Not only is there a noticable difference between Blu Rays and regular DVDs, but it also looks better than the HD I get from crappy old Comcast. I probably won't pay the extra money for Blu Ray for just any movie, but I think it's worth it for certain types of movies.
Do you have the "new" Comcast Motorola HD box? It's bug free and very responsive compared to the older model and if you connect it to your TV via HDMI you can't really tell the difference between 1080i (resolution of HD content on Comcast) and 1080p (resolution of most BD content).
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

i got a ps3 and love the blu ray. i just wish my local red box had more of them. i don't have a 1080p tv, but it looks good in either 1080i or 720p. I also have been impressed with the HD streaming movies on the ps3 and xbox 360. the download times are excessive, but with a little planning ahead it can be worked around.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:08 PM   #9
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

I've got a Sony Blu-Ray player not named PS3. I didn't want another game console.

I have a 46" Panasonic 1080p plasma and the picture is excellent.

One thing that really stood out to me with the BR disc, as opposed to a regular DVD, was the difference in sound quality. It is awesome. I don't have great speakers, either. So I would imagine it would sound amazing on a good setup.

I signed up for a BR Netflix account today. I had held off, but the acquisition of this player suddenly made it worthwhile.
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

If you have a PS3 and want to use a universal remote, check this out:
Amazon.com: PlayStation 3 Blu Wave Remote: Video Games

The Sony remote uses Bluetooth, not the regular infrared that most remotes use (including universals), so you supposedly can't program a universal remote to control the BR player on the PS3. This thing gets around that by adding an infrared receiver to the PS3.
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I've got a Sony Blu-Ray player not named PS3. I didn't want another game console.

I have a 46" Panasonic 1080p plasma and the picture is excellent.

One thing that really stood out to me with the BR disc, as opposed to a regular DVD, was the difference in sound quality. It is awesome. I don't have great speakers, either. So I would imagine it would sound amazing on a good setup.

I signed up for a BR Netflix account today. I had held off, but the acquisition of this player suddenly made it worthwhile.
I'm looking to buy a new plasma here pretty soon and had my eye on the 46" Panasonic. I can't decide between the 42" and the 46" though. I just don't want it to be too big for the room. Decisions, decisions.
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Re: Who's down with the Blu-ray?

i got the 42 and wish i had a bigger one. i was worried about space, as I mounted it above the fireplace in a room with 8' ceilings. it fits nicely, but I would rather not have the space in exchange for the larger screen.
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i got the 42 and wish i had a bigger one. i was worried about space, as I mounted it above the fireplace in a room with 8' ceilings. it fits nicely, but I would rather not have the space in exchange for the larger screen.

You have a 42 inch mounted above the fire place? How far are you sitting? If you're sitting too close that's not good for your neck and posture and if you're sitting too far you're not maximizing your viewing pleasure.
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i got the 42 and wish i had a bigger one. i was worried about space, as I mounted it above the fireplace in a room with 8' ceilings. it fits nicely, but I would rather not have the space in exchange for the larger screen.
I did the same thing when I bought a 37" Panasonic for my living room a few years ago. To this day I wish I would have went with a 42".
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You have a 42 inch mounted above the fire place? How far are you sitting? If you're sitting too close that's not good for your neck and posture and if you're sitting too far you're not maximizing your viewing pleasure.

im about 13 feet away usually. That's why i want a bigger screen. the nice thing is that the kids and wife can go about their business witout walking in front of my movies or games. mostly the kids. when they're playing together they can really mess up my gaming.
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