When high definition technology was introduced to home entertainment, I was a bit skeptical (remember BetaMax anyone?). It always seems that the one who is early in the lead is the one that ends up losing the war. Therefore, it was with the great HD (HD-DVD)/BD (Blu-Ray Disk) wars.
Let me also state that I am definitely not a not what one would call as a technophobe. If you were to look at the Diffusion of Innovation model, I would classify myself as lying between an early adopter and part of the early majority (see graphic). What prevents me from being a full on early adopter is cost and that is one of the factors I weighed when deciding to invest a new product/innovation. In other words, while my intellectually I may be an early adopter costs considerations make me part of that early majority.
For me, part of this early adoption process meant that I did extensive reading/research about the options I had available.
As of last year, one problem solved was solved for me in that BD prevailed.
On to the next conundrum … what do I do with the hundreds of DVDs I have collected over the years? Do I slowly replace all of my DVDs to the new format? I quickly realized to replicate my collection was impractical if not impossible on many levels, especially when one considers the fact that when compared to standard DVDs, a fraction of those titles are available on BD.
This was another easy decision. I am evaluating my replacing based on the following criteria:
- Age of the film: the older the film the less likely the print will have a clean high-definition transfer to Blu-Ray. How much can the quality of A Room with a View improve anyway?
- High-def concerts are awesome: While I am primarily concerned with movies on this board, I must mention the high quality of music performances captured in high definition. Although the selection on Palladia is somewhat limited, when you watch concerts in Hi-Def, it reminds you why you upgraded to the platform in the first place.
- Special Effects-laden film definitely benefit from the HD treatment: before I made my BD decision, I purchased the standard DVD version of Iron Man a purchase I quasi-regret at this point. But the past is the past, which leads to my third rule:
- Why waste the money? (AKA, you can only look forward): The purchase has already been made. The DVD quality on a high-definition screen is still good and I do not see any reason to back catalog at least for now (and you can always up-convert the signal). All future purchases will take the above-mentioned “rules” into consideration.
In the end, determining what technological innovation you want to go with is always a personal decision. I hope that this article highlighted a point that you, the reader, may have overlooked or not even considered.
Here is the official Blu-Ray site: http://us.blu-raydisc.com/
Yes ladies and gents, it is that time of year again. A time when movie studios unload their crowd pleasing big-budgeted movies. I really look forward to this time of year, especially when there are more than three (3) films I am willing to pay for. Last year was pretty good and this year looks like it will be the same.
While this is a time for the larger movies to see the light of there are also those smaller films (“counter-programming”) which I must remember not to overlook.
I already have my Wolverine (May 1) ticket purchased and at the ready. The moment Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 15) tickets go on sale, I am there, in spite of the nearly nine months I endured after Warner Brothers held off the initial release date. It is almost unforgivable.
So, after doing some additional research on IMDB’s Summer 2009 Movie Guide, here is my personal list of other must see films:
8th: Star Trek – I am not a Trekkie but I am really forward to this re-imagining. They had me at the teaser.
8th: Rudo y Cursi – I am going to try to catch this at the Tribeca Film Festival. Could be a riot.
22nd: Terminator Salvation – Bale tirade aside I almost forgot that this movie was coming out. The trailer looks very good.
So far, there is nothing premiering in June that captured my interest; does not matter anyway – I am seeing Eric Clapton in concert. That should get me through. BUT If I do get the urge to enter the cinema, I will likely catch up on Whatever Works and Easy Virtue.
1st: Public Enemies – given my love of crime dramas from eras long gone their handling of similar subjects and characters, I am looking forward to seeing how the story is brought forward into the 21st century.
That is it folks! It looks like it will be the Summer of Bale, if both his movies are big. Granted my must see list is not an end all be all for summer movie going experience. I am sure over the course of the summer I will dragged invited to go to the movies with friends and family. At the end of the day, going to the movies really is a social enterprise; well that and a great way to save on home energy costs (free AC)!