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Why Blu-rays are Better than DVDs |

I just saw this rather frustrating article at IGN which talks about why DVDs are better than Blu-rays.

Here’s what they have to say:

It’s Cheaper Than Blu-ray

Maybe if you buy movies, but I rent. So for me, the cost is the same. But the cost of buying is coming down, it won’t always be like this.

Mo’ Technology, Mo’ Problems

I haven’t had any problems. Actually, I have fewer problems with rented Blu-rays, because they’re harder to scratch. So while many a DVD will give me problems, I don’t have any problems with Blu-rays.

You Already Own A Ton of DVDs

I don’t know why they make an issue of this. They say that you have to buy a new version of the disc again on Blu-ray. Says who? Buy whatever version you like. Or maybe only buy new content on Blu-ray, and keep your old content on DVD. Or maybe, get this, you could rent!

Up-Conversation Really Works

What do they mean by “works”? Here’s what they mean: “That said, most people […] have already invested a lot of money in a respectable DVD library and dread the idea of forking over the cash to re-up their collection as they once might have done in the latter days of VHS.” Isn’t that just a rehash of the previous point? How can they make two points out of one?

And if you’re really going to talk about up-conversion, then do so! An upconverted DVD does not look as good as a Blu-ray. No way, no how. So I’m gonna stick with the Blu-ray.

You Can’t Get That on Blu-ray

Ah, finally a point that makes sense. Sure enough, there are some movies that you want that aren’t available on Blu-ray yet. But they will be…

Blu-ray is A Stop-Gap

IGN says that downloadable movies will eventually replace physical media. Maybe, maybe not. I’d be willing to rent over the wire. But to own a movie, I’d still like the hardcopy in my hands.

My Conclusion

I think that maybe these guys have an axe to grind. They’re making up stuff to make Blu-ray look bad. I like Blu-ray. I watch movies on Blu-ray all the time. And I love it.

  • Damn such hate against Bluray it’s sad.

    The argument of “You Already Own A Ton of DVDs” is just plain silly. My dad has tons of VHS tapes well before DVD has arrived but that didn’t stopped him from start collecting DVD. They sound like some old folks who’s bitter cause the good ol days are gone.

    Me and the wife love watching blu ray movies on our ps3(Netflix owns) I just wish you can access netflix HD movies/series via PSN just like xboxlive.

  • Riggins44

    The reality is that there are only a few movies in my DVD collection that I will upgrade. It is a short list. Upconverted does look fine, but when you watch that back to back with a BR, there is no comparison. The audio piece is what hooked me. The higher quality codecs are night and day compared to even standard DTS.

  • It will be many, many years before downloads replace physical media, whatever that media may be.

    The internet is not ready for everyone to start downloading movies. It doesn’t have the capacity, and most ISPs still impose limits that would soon be reached by downloading a movie or two in anything like decent quality, let alone hi-def.

    And that of course doesn’t even begin to address the simple mechanical problems of failed HDD units costing you your entire collection.

    I can’t help but wonder if we’d even be discussing such articles if HD-DVD had won the format war…

  • Oh, and you don’t need to re-buy your collection. Yes, upscaling DVDs works just fine… that’s why Blu-ray players play DVDs and do just that. So with Blu-ray players and discs getting cheaper all the time, if your DVD player should pack up, there’s really no reason NOT to buy Blu-ray.

    As for the disc prices… only idiots like those at IGN would pay shop prices… sensible people buy online, where prices aren’t much more than DVD.

  • Nash

    Yeah, Blu Rays are more expensive because they’re new. Wasn’t this same argument made about DVD’s when they arrived? And on my HD tv, even the best upscaled DVD’s still look visibly low in quality compared to Blu Ray. Yeah, if you a 27″ SD CRT, maybe Blu Ray is overkill, but unless you never plan on getting a new tv it only makes sense to at least buy new movies on Blu Ray instead of DVD.

    I’m not replacing my DVD collection aside from the movies that I love or truly benefit from HD (because I barely watch anything I’ve purchased anyway). But anything I buy new, it’s on Blu Ray. And my most expensive Blu Ray is still cheaper than my most expensive DVD…I paid $30 for Hard Boiled Criterion back in the day, haven’t paid that for a Blu Ray yet.

  • JimmyMagnum

    Not sure if anyone stated anything about this or not, but the downloading of movies and whatnot, here’s why I hope it won’t be the case:

    Downloads take up hard drive space. What if you downloaded, say, 20 HD movies onto a hard drive, and one day, that hard drive dies. You just lost 20 movies. Now you have to buy a new hard drive and then spend all that time re-downloading said movies. With how long it takes to download one HD movie, you’ll be spending lots of time getting those said movies back, possibly having to pay for them again as well (assuming you do it legally). I’d much, much rather have physical media to use instead of a download because, at least then, I know the condition of the disc.

  • One of the main reasons my wife and I like Blu-ray is because they are very hard to scratch. I rent movies off and on, I always try to see if it is on Blu-ray first, since there is always a chance of a scratched DVD which is very annoying. At least the PS3 is great at playing scratched DVD’s, not sure how many know about that “feature” lol.

    I even had a very scratched music cd that even the pc wouldn’t play right. But I popped it into the PS3 and it handled it flawlessly! I ripped the CD on the PS3 to make a back up of it.

    Back on topic. If I am in market for a new movie I can find a Blu-ray version for about the same price, just need to look around. The picture and audio quality trumps DVD any day.

  • earl

    I agree with these good points made so far:

    1. Storage is not permanent, we’ve all had hard drives fail, as far as I know most companies won’t let you re-download a purchase because of hard drive failure.

    2. I’ve tried various downloading movies, (streaming) and they’ve all had little glitches. Mostly minor, but some where it seemed I just wasn’t meant to watch the movie that night. Having the disc in hand is the best way to have a flawless experience.

    3. Blu-Ray quality absolutely rocks. One thing that surprised me is how much better they sound. Everyone talks about the picture, which is insanely good, but you will also notice the sound right away too, if you have a system that is.

    4. If you like gaming, you’re buying a playstation 3 that is using the massive storage of blu-ray out of necessity. The fact this technology is also used for movies is a bonus. Free Blu-Ray player for gamers. Why hate free? (xbox fanboys?)

  • As for the upscaling, FEW upscaling DVD players can touch the upscaling of PS3. I know the subject isn’t directly PS3, but you can’t spell Bluray without spelling PS3. I’ve seen panasonic and sony mid-level home theatre systems with upscaling capability, neither could touch the quality of PS3 upscaling. When you buy a PS3, voila, you also get bluray.

    Unfortunately, in my country, renting is NOT an option. I cannot rent games, I cannot rent movies. Everything, I have to own. It’ll take time before Bluray movies begin to look affordable. However, I believe the future is Bluray, not downloadable movies. I hope I don’t laugh at my own comments 10 years later 🙂

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  • Trev

    tosh: “the PS3 is great at playing scratched DVD’s, not sure how many know about that “feature” lol.”
    – i found out about this feature through renting dvds. if i’ve ever been stuck one quick rub on my shirt and its all fixed.

    the upscaling on the ps3 is great, truley great. my only gripe is that you can’t stretch the image if you have a dvd outputting in 4:3 which is letterbox. results in a very wide squashed image as my tv doesn’t allow me to change aspect ratio on hdmi sources.

  • Eupham

    I have to agree with Riggins44 and Earl on the sound of Blu-Ray. I spent about $900 on a receiver and speakers before the economy took a dive and I’m glad I did. Thanks to that combined with my ps3 I can have a movie experience that sounds just as good as the theater and looks better.

    As far as cost goes, I saw some good titles at Wal-Mart the other day for $10. Most notable being Reservoir Dogs. That is a great movie and when you compare it to the $6-$10 DVD there is no competition. Blu-Ray Wins.


    eh. I just pirate.

  • sandyph

    actually, you just need to see the ‘upconverter’ that the IGN guy was using as the base of ‘upconvert is good enough’ argument

    its XDE500, which is only tout as a good upconverter by Toshiba and it’s fanboys :p

    he might have a point if he use oppo 983 which I must admit give a pretty damn good VISUAL upgrade for the DVD, but then it cost $399, the same as PS3 and it doesn’t play games or any blu-ray so it will make his ‘cheaper’ argument look pretty foolish

  • I think the fact that Bluray is tied to Sony and the PS3 ( Microsoft’s and it’s loyalist arch enemy) means everyone must find a reason to hate it no matter what.

  • Smegmazor

    Sounds like a dumb article by IGN. That’s like going back in time 20 years and some idiot trying to brainwash me into thinking that cassettes are better than CDs.

    Sounds like they do have an ax to grind. That’s gotta be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

  • Greg


    I dont know what basis you do your judgement. CDs have improved over the years and evolved, but so do cassettes. Dolby S came after Dolby B. There are great improvements in tape as well. At the end of the day, if you maintain the tape properly, they would play even after 100 years. Of course the life of a tape head is 3-4 years. But CD player lens in not immortal. CDs still have a weak area – the metal surface which is EXPOSED. They play as long there is no scratches – but that is impracticality. A few drops – you get scratches on the shiny area.

    When the roads are nice, CDs are nice, but when the roads are bad, the CD player skips. Skip-free players are an improvement but have other problems too.

    Maintence and servicibility of CD player have not yet matched the cost of tape players – very true especially in developing countries.

    Tapes are going to come back just for reason – PIRACY. A few countries have ‘experienced’ CDs and after their wonder experience are going back to tape. At the end of the day, it is profitability for the musicians that matter.

    Yeah, cassettes can be dubbed, but would they beat Torrent files and other free downloads.
    The biggest trump card for cassettes – ANALOG, analog is natural – with the inclusion of Dolby B/S.

    Tapes were and are still and will be the best Music Medium of the century and will not die.