So I've been watching a few old favorites on my new BD player and have been, for the most part, pleasantly suprised and impressed. I pooh-poohed the BluRay concept at first, but I must say that it really is an improvement over standard DVD's. So I watched the director's cut of Bladerunner from the library the other night and all I can say is wow... much higher quality than I remember in the theater even.
More significantly though, was the way the movie has held up for being 25+ years old. Most futuristic sci-fi movies tend to look dated after a few years, either in the "vision" or in the special effects. Not so with this puppy. It looked like it could have been made just a year or two ago.
I will have to admit though that Edward James Olmos as an Asian cop is a little more than cheesey.
Sean Young at her hottest and before she started eating the Cocoa Puffs!
Is BluRay really that much better? Is it worth the investment? Maybe I am just blind but I purchased and HDTV, 48", a few months ago and then added the HD crap to my cable bill and when I go to the HD stations, I really do not notice that much of a difference, if any. So, I have always questioned if BluRay was really any better....
I see a real difference in the BD stuff. Even regular DVD's look better if it's the kind of player that upconverts them.
You're asking the wrong person here, GoldDust, I never even saw THAT huge an improvement in the picture between DVDs and the old VHS tapes (sound, of course, there's no comparison)LOL! And I can't see that much quality improvement in the HD myself.
Maybe I am just blind but I purchased and HDTV, 48", a few months ago and then added the HD crap to my cable bill and when I go to the HD stations, I really do not notice that much of a difference, if any.
Heck, on my 32" tv I can tell the difference between regular channels and the few HD local channels that I get.
Ok, so I am blind... Damn!!!!
Don't feel bad lol. I couldn't tell the difference until I was flipping back and forth between a Ohio State game on channel 13 HD and another program on a regular channel. That is when I really noticed the difference. Channel 13 was brighter and have more definition than the other channel.
lfrost brings up a great point if you want to "see the difference".
I noticed a difference but not that big of a difference for most things I watched till Super Bowl time.
Switched between regular 13 and HD 13 and I couldn't believe the difference.
Little easier when you can compare apples to apples.
As for BluRay it's good stuff. Just wish the players would come down more. Still waiting for a $100 name brand player. Should have grabbed one on Black Friday last year, several places had that price mark.
prairieson: I can't wait till Apocalypse Now comes out on BR.
That ought to be awesome!
I've got Clockwork Orange waiting for movie time tonight.
I will try the side-by-side comparison, maybe Talledega race this weekend! If that does not work, I guess I need new glasses! LOL
Don’t feel bad GDW. My sister and bro-in-law got HD a while back and just LOVED the better picture. Then they realized that they didn’t have the service, lmao! Once they got that fixed they were like “Whatev”. And I don’t know if it my imagination or not, but PBS seems to have the best picture of any station I have seen.
Clockwork Orange, eh? I was kind of hoping for Marley & Me ;-)
You bring it home and we'll watch it. Good luck with those DVD snipers at the library, heh.
Helps to make sure your HDTV is calibrated properly too. Factory settings are junk, they're designed to make the TV stand out on the WorstBuy display floor.