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Thread: Is Blu-Ray the worst thing that has happened to cinema recently?

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    Is Blu-Ray the worst thing that has happened to cinema recently?

    Today I found out Arrow is releasing a 13 disc Battles Without Honour and Humanity box set. Am I excited? Not really. Why? Because I've seen those films a dozen times and I own them already (on DVD).

    A good quality HK BD for the 36th Chamber of Shaolin came out a while ago. Did I buy it? No, not yet. Why? Because I've seen that film a dozen times and I own it already (on DVD).

    And what about Synapse's upcoming Suspiria BD? Nice, but you know, I've seen that film a dozen times and I own it already (on DVD).

    Of course it's nice to have good films available in HD, but it seems all we're getting these days is re-releases of the same bloody films we've seen and bough a trillion time already. At the same time people are forgetting there are countless fantastic films that never came out on DVD and most of us probably never saw. I mean, many of Sonny Chiba's best action films have never been released on DVD or Video. And it doesn't seem like BD is going to change that. Rather, it seems like people who want to purchase their 17th edition of Terminator 2 are in for a treat.

    So sad, so boring.

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    I myself was kinda hoping that the Blu Rays would drastically knock down the cost of dvds so that some obscure and previously unreleased gems could make their way to be distributed cheaply on dvd through specialist dvd specialist labels...while the big studios focused on Blu Ray for their superhero movies, blockbusters and reboots!!

    Pinky Violence in Blu Ray HD is not something I really care about...just give me my movies on dvd..save Blu Ray for the big movies....

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    after they've sold us the blu rays, they must already be preparing to sell us the same thing all over again on 4k discs

    though not sure if 4k would ever be as popular as Blu ray. I for one would not look to replace my entire library. im already picky with the Blu rays I pick up.

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    I still don't see much of a difference between 720P and 1080P. So, Blu doesn't have much allure for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogart View Post
    after they've sold us the blu rays, they must already be preparing to sell us the same thing all over again on 4k discs
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    That is pretty much the sad truth....why spend money liscensing a new title that might / might not make a profit when you can just shove out the same titles in different quality and charge more for it.....especially for more obscure stuff.....

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    Nah. I quite like Blu, but I am perfectly fine with my old DVDs. I still buy about 50/50 between the formats, as DVDs are still cheaper and I really dont need for example the latest Seagal DTV actioner on Blu.

    As for 4k discs, I doubt that will ever catch on. The average person does not even buy physical media anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Silly Swede View Post
    As for 4k discs, I doubt that will ever catch on. The average person does not even buy physical media anymore.
    I think 4k will definitely have a following, but it will be operating in an even tighter market than Blu Ray. Only films with a large established following would get a look in. And previously unreleased films.

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    Ive cut wayyyy back on buying movies for this very reason. Either seen everything i like a billion times, or i own it on DVD.

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    I too have become weary of the way that certain films get released over and over and over...(seems to be particularly frequent with eurocult titles). It's frustrating because there are literally hundreds of gialli and spaghetti westerns that have yet to have any sort of a home video release while the same handful of titles get half a dozen formats. Yes, we get a bone thrown our way now and again but it's a drop in the ocean. I'll still double dip on a blu-ray for a favorite film but it's becoming less and less frequent.

    The one good thing is, if you're a fan of older stuff like film noir and westerns, labels like Kino Lorber are releasing films that never had any sort of home video release.
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    Don't shoot the data carrier

    Don't blame the lack of your favorite obscurities on BD on the format.



    Labels release what they think will sell, this is largely based on what sold well previously,
    combined with shoving new awful titles down our throats before people know how truly bad they are.

    If there was never a DVD revolution and everyone still watched VHS,
    today in 2015 likely every film left on the planet would have been transferred to tape and marketed.

    So if anything DVD killed the emptying of everyone's vault holdings.
    ( along with a common sense business model attitude, companies want to make $$$, not release as many obscurities as they can license.)
    The lack of content made available for 4K is going to be even more limited, mainstream and repetitive.

    I think BD is the best thing to ever happen to home video and watching movies at home. A good source, with a solid 1080p transfer & encode on a decent system is a viable alternative to going to a cinema ( which has become an ever increasing mix of expensive & annoying ). And it's not even projected on film anymore.

    4K is a marketing gimmick and will never amount to anything positive except raising the resolution bar for streaming content.
    Sure they can double the resolution of BD, but the new discs ( 66GB or 100 GB ) the format will arrive on can't hold that amount of data without a new form of compression ( already developed ).

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