Why I Buy Blu Ray

The biggest non-political debate online at the moment is Blu Ray vs. DVD. There are some adamantly defending DVD which I think is fine, provided they don’t stress that it is better than the alternative. It isn’t. You can prefer it, or it can be “good enough for you,” but it isn’t better.

I held off Blu Ray as long as I could. Like most people, I thought it was just another file format to gouge me out of my money. In a way it is, but in a way… it isn’t. Even on my smaller flatscreen, I noticed a difference. That wasn’t blatantly apparent, though, until I got a bigger flatscreen in 1080p format and suddenly DVD’s looked like crap on it.

I could blather on about how Blu Ray image sources are roughly 11 times larger than DVD, so they blow up way bigger a lot nicer, and how the format itself is different so there’s almost no compression (sort of like saving something as a JPG with pixilation or a BMP with no pixilation).

But… a picture says a thousand words. Here is why Blu Ray is better:

Above: The BBC’s Pride & Prejudice, DVD format (original, the 2010 release apparently has a better image).

Above: The BBC’s standard remastered Blu Ray format.

Notice the details? You can see everyone’s face and it’s not that nasty yellow color, although for the most part the DVD usually slants green when compressed. See below:

Ooh, Colin Firth actually has a nice skin tone that isn’t yellow!

… who knew Lizzie’s room wasn’t green?

I think this one speaks for itself.

And that, my friends, is why I’ll never buy another DVD.

(Not sold yet? Click here to see what The Lord of the Rings looks like in DVD vs. Blu Ray.)

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  1. I haven’t bought one yet because I’m worried about the electronics industry changing the format yet again. I really want to buy a Blu Ray player this holiday season. But the electronic industry is pushing 3D movies and formats on viewers and I don’t care for that. I just don’t want to upgrade to Blu Ray if that’s what’s going to happen.

    I’m hoping that the industry will keep Blu Ray as 3D gets popular.

    1. Well, they can’t force people to buy 3D. A lot of people hate it. I find it irritating, and it makes my eyes hurt — so I won’t ever move to 3D TV/Blu Ray. Probably the next format leap will be all digital; you store your files on a Cloud and acess them anywhere. But… yeah, in one Delete, you could lose your entire movie collection.

  2. Girl, you have made me realize how terrible my DVD copy of this Pride and Prejudice is!!! And I was willing to look past its failings…..

    I guess now I am adding it to my wishlist to BluRay thanks to you 😉

    1. There are two versions of the DVD — mine is the one pictured above and the quality really does suck. If you bought your copy after 2010, the quality is a lot better. I debate on whether or not to upgrade most of my favorite things but in this case — yeah, MUST HAPPEN.

  3. Are your DVD screencaps from the new restored edition, which was released in 2010? I have the new DVD and when I watch it, it looks like your Blu Ray screencaps. I know the Blu Ray has to be even better, but the DVD I have doesn’t look like the DVD screencaps in your post.

    1. The quality of my DVD copy is just as bad as the quality on these caps. Maybe they released it on Blu Ray and a “later” version of the DVD at the same time, which is why your copy looks so much better than mine. (Lucky you! I can’t even watch mine anymore, it doesn’t even look good on a small television!)

      1. Yes, the one I have was released at the same time as the Blu Ray. It’s a hundred times better than the old DVD, although I don’t like how much the picture is cropped. I actually have the Region 2 DVD because I couldn’t wait for the American one to come out!

          1. They have the same aspect ratio, but the old DVD and new DVD/Blu-Ray are cropped differently. In at least some scenes, all four sides of the picture are more cropped in the new release. It’s especially noticeable in close-ups because the tops of heads are more cropped off.

  4. I remember the change from VHS to DVD. They talked about such a great change in visuals and I never saw it. The only thing that changed were the extras to the movie/series. I was about to write the BluRay off on the same grounds. Then I saw a few pieces of movies. Now I have been waiting for two years for the prices to go lower! Definetly, there is a real difference between the two formats these days.

    1. I didn’t notice a huge difference in picture quality from VHS to DVD — but the DVD was in widescreen, which was much nicer. But yeah, Blu Ray kind of blows DVD away. There are some great deals if you know where to look — I had to replace my machine last month, and the inexpensive Toshiba I got at Best Buy only cost me about $70. Not bad at all, and it does everything I want. Blu-ray.com is great if you want to collect the format — you can set a price limit and it’ll e-mail notify you whenever the Blu Ray you want hits that price range.

  5. I may not have a huge screen but it is just big enough for me to tell the difference. Inkheart was stunning and I already know how gorgeous Water for Elephants is on blu-ray. I doubt my folks will ever make the switch which is fine but all the movies I buy now are definitely blu-ray. The difference is amazing.

    1. Your television is new enough that it probably came in 1080p or 1080i, which means your Blu Ray player is putting out as many pixels as the television is capable of handling, so no matter the size, the image is incredible. My dad loves Blu Ray. I think he’s just letting me collect (and pay for) them all, so he can borrow them from me. 😉

      1. I believe it is a 1080p. Pretty sure at least. I still haven’t had a chance to watch my Lord of the Rings blu-ray. I must do that before The Hobbit comes out! *rubs hands together gleefully*

  6. Yep, pretty amazing. And I’m sure one day we’ll go to Blu Ray. It’ll be like the difference between video tapes and DVDs. I’m sure that when we do go to Blu Ray, though, they’ll have something even better out. :Þ

    1. Back when I started buying DVD’s, there weren’t any HD televisions so there wasn’t a huge jump in picture definition for me — just in being able to have “widescreen”! But now the distinctions are remarkably evident. It’s kind of neat that I grew up in an era in which such massive technological leaps were made in such a short amount of time (20 years).

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