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I've never been one to purchase movies, but with the recent purchase of my PS3 I'm ready to jump in,... slowly & judiciously.

 

The Blu-rays I'll be acquiring will need to meet one or more of the the following personal criteria,...

 

- Quality story, subject and characters ( obviously ;))

- Replay value. (I'm not very good at watching any show or movie repeatedly, so I'll be very judicious in selecting titles that will meet this criteria.)

- Quality of video and audio (Com'on it's HD, anything less than great is unacceptable! Well, until my 10 month old daughter grows up a absolutely positively NEEDS some sort Hanna Montana like Blu-ray. :o )

- Cost. Must be a deal a good deal! (This criteria is challenging given the preceding criteria, but I'm determined to get the best purchase price to ensure the value. Or I guess I could say I'm cheap. :D )

 

Here is my Blu-ray collection,...

 

Live Free or Die Hard

Flags of Our Fathers

Casino Royale

Letters from Iwo Jima

Nine Inch Nails Live - Beside You in Time

Corpse Bride

Pan's Labyrinth

Ratatouille

Lost - The Complete Third Season

Big Fish

Unforgiven

Cars

Enchanted

Blade Runner (Complete Collector's Ed.)

I, Robot

 

 

Released titles I'll likely purchase,...

Hairspray (Can't forget the wife. :))

The Departed

Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series

Chicago

The Orphanage

 

 

Interesting titles (rent / maybe purchase)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

The Host

Identity

Crimson Tide

Paprika

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City

Dog Day Afternoon

The Prestige

Across the Universe

Gattaca

Bridge to Terabithia

3:10 to Yuma

Gone Baby Gone

Meet the Robinsons

No Country for Old Men

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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A good number of your "determining factors" are so very subjective Joel. Quality story, characters and subject? Quality of audio/video? Again, very very subjective. Some would call the HD release of Dracula an utter failure in bringing the HD "3D" gloss that new transfers have, yet it's the best the film has ever looked to my eyes. At the same time there are STUNNING transfers out there that do not represent the actual look of the film due to DNR. Pan's Labyrinth is a recent one you list as owning. Mind you that may be something that doesn't bother you one bit but I figured it's worth mentioning (especially since Hairspray is another culprit in so far as DNR is concerned and you have that on your list of movies to buy).

 

I suppose my point in all of this is that once you start digging into buying these discs and get hit with the BOGO's and 50% off deals, a good deal of that criteria will fall by the wayside in favor of taking advantage of the many deals out there.;) :tu

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,...there are STUNNING transfers out there that do not represent the actual look of the film due to DNR. Pan's Labyrinth is a recent one you list as owning.

 

Romier, I know exactly what you are talking about, as I find every piece of info available before making purchase decisions. I ponder every piece of info as much as possible,... to a fault. ;)

 

Ultimately it does come down to making personal choices, and often calculated sacrifices. As you mentioned, it's all subjective anyway. At that points it boils down to your other point,...

 

I suppose my point in all of this is that once you start digging into buying these discs and get hit with the BOGO's and 50% off deals, a good deal of that criteria will fall by the wayside in favor of taking advantage of the many deals out there.

 

I got Lost Season 3 for $42 (new) from an 98% rated amazon dealer, aside from that the rest ranged from $13 - $23 (new). And tax & no shipping cost of course. :tu

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Here's mine, mostly HDDVD for now as I just got a PS3 and haven't picked up any BR yet...

 

300

Aeon Flux

Band of Brothers (Discs 1-5 - Import)

Batman Begins

Blade Runner (Briefcase Ver.)

Bourne Identity

Bourne Supremacy

Bourne Ultimatum

Children of Men

Chronicles of Riddick

Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black

The Departed

Dragonheart

The Fountain

Grand Prix

Harry Potter (1-4)

The Host

King Kong

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

The Ultimate Matrix Collection

Planet Earth

Pride & Prejudice

Serenity

Shrek the Third

Superman II

Superman Returns

Transformers

Troy

Unforgiven

V for Vendetta

We Were Soldiers

Zodiac

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Ah, to be on a new technology high again. Where you buy a bunch of crap that years later you laugh at yourself for doing so. I am guilty of this many times over.

 

But seriously Joel, Lost Season 3? I am pretty confident that you don't really like that show and stopped watching it a little while ago. And now you're the proud owner of the latest season? Ernest Goes to Camp is coming out in full 7.1 surround sound next month in case you have some money burning a hole in your pocket.

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Haha, you are funny Keith. I stopped watching Lost after season 2 because I could not stand the fucked up scheduling the series had. On 4 weeks, off 2 weeks, on 1 week, off 3. :bh Loved the show, hated the fucked up scheduling.

 

That said, of the Blu-ray I own, that is the one that I could see parting with after finishing it. I seriously can't see watching it again when I'm done, but I think I'll get my full value out of it anyway. And it should bring something back in the ways of a resell or trade back, ya know.

 

Otherwise, the rest of the collection is chosen with long term ownership in mind. I learned a lot about wasteful hobby spending by looking at your current DVD collection Keith. Seriously, when the majority of your collection is populated by Don Johnson action and Michelle Pfeiffer chick flicks, you aren't qualified to nip at anyone else's purchases.

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That's my point. You see, "Lost Season 3" is YOUR Don Johnson action flick purchase. Only Don was $5.99 at Walmart for me. And I've sworn Don purchases off forever. Lost was $45 and you just bought it.

 

Just trying to keep you from making the mistakes that many of us already made in the significantly cheaper DVD generation. You've already spent more than I spent on almost my entire DVD collection with that one Lost purchase.

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Not really a good deal, but if you're going to pick up Casino Royale the uncut version from Australia

 

That uncut sounds cool, but unfortunately the price difference is too steep.

 

I haven't looked into imports at all, what other significant items have you guys seen regarding Blu-ray? Are there HD-DVD exclusives in America that are available as Blu-ray imports? (Yes, I am going to google this right now. :))

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You've already spent more than I spent on almost my entire DVD collection with that one Lost purchase.

 

Pfft, yeah right! Your wife's porn collection alone cost you more than Lost!

 

BTW, today we have alternatives for getting for value for items such as Lost. Which, as I already mentioned, I fully intend to do.

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I haven't looked into imports at all, what other significant items have you guys seen regarding Blu-ray? Are there HD-DVD exclusives in America that are available as Blu-ray imports? (Yes, I am going to google this right now. :))

 

I only look into imports (either format) that isn't available in any HD format here in the US of America. Like my HD DVD of John Carpenter's The Fog.

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I haven't looked into imports at all, what other significant items have you guys seen regarding Blu-ray? Are there HD-DVD exclusives in America that are available as Blu-ray imports? (Yes, I am going to google this right now. :))

 

This should be of some help. It lists Blu-ray releases in Europe and notes which are region free. You'll find a good number available that would otherwise be HD DVDs in the US:

 

http://bluray.liesinc.net/index.php?region=b

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My Blu-Ray Collection -

 

30 Days of Night

300

Across the Universe

Blade Runner

Blood Diamond

The Fifth Element (remastered)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Hellboy

Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible 2 - Ultimate Missions Collection

Mission Impossible 3

Phantom of the Opera

Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End

Resident Evil

Resident Evil Apocalypse

Resident Evil Extinction

The Rock

Superman Returns

Troy

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Ah, to be on a new technology high again. Where you buy a bunch of crap that years later you laugh at yourself for doing so. I am guilty of this many times over.

 

I learned from my mistake with DVD. With several thousand dollars wasted to support my American need to collect crap I have moved on. Sure, I'll buy a couple Blu-rays here and there but I'm done with showing off things I purchased.

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I learned from my mistake with DVD. With several thousand dollars wasted to support my American need to collect crap I have moved on.

I would not automatically equate such habits to be an American only trait. It's more really a consumerist flaw. I know I've all but stopped with a very large majority of blind buys I used to do when I first got into DVD. The days of buying everything as soon as it hit store shelves lasted for some time and then I finally got bored of it and bored of owning films I really had no intention of watching again. That's not to say there isn't a collector left inside of me. There are some "safe" blind buys that I'm really glad I purchased (3:10 to Yuma, Sunshine etc.) while a few others didn't pan out so well and I've promptly sold them off for a good price that usually works out to being the cost of a rental anyway (The Simpsons Movie, Live Free or Die Hard).

 

The one major area that I've all but curbed is double/triple dipping new releases on a given format. I can't even remember the last DVD re-release I bought (it's been years). I'm even more selective with what titles I deem worthy of buying on HD. Though BOGO sales make it easy to cave in that regard;). I honestly don't care what amount of special features are added to release though, it's not enough to make me rebuy a disc. A substantially improved transfer or an HD release with the addition of lossless audio may get me to bite the bullet but very little else.

 

More to the point I still consider myself a collector and I gladly buy titles that I genuinely want to add to my library of films. I could care less who's viewing the discs on my walls and I certainly don't do it to show off to anyone. My friends really couldn't give a shit either way (since most of thier eyes glaze over when I start talking HD anyway;) ).

 

Looking over my DVD collection it's interesting that the best money I spent was on the large catalog of television content on the format. My TV library gets more play than most of the movie viewing I do.

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That's really a chicken or the egg argument...but fodder for another thread.

Well I can see how it could viewed in such a fashion since we Americans are the very definition of "consumer". It's bred into out very core. So in that context I'd definitely agree with you Camp. I'm just noting the "collector" mentality does transcend American society. It can be argued that it's certainly not as pervasive but as noted, that's a discussion for another thread entirely...

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I'm even more selective with what titles I deem worthy of buying on HD. Though BOGO sales make it easy to cave in that regard;)....

 

More to the point I still consider myself a collector and I gladly buy titles that I genuinely want to add to my library of films. I could care less who's viewing the discs on my walls and I certainly don't do it to show off to anyone. My friends really couldn't give a shit either way (since most of thier eyes glaze over when I start talking HD anyway;) ).

 

 

:tu I couldn't say it any better. I only buy titles now I genuinely want to add to my library as well.

 

What I've been having trouble with is super-cheap DVDs. There's still some titles I'll briefly consider for under $5...but then I think I'd rather have the HD version...but then again I wouldn't pay >$5 for them...so I get caught in a trap which generally ends in me just not buying either. Which saves me money :tu

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