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Anyone collecting differently for HD Collection compared to Standard DVD's?

Old 11-26-07, 07:18 AM
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Anyone collecting differently for HD Collection compared to Standard DVD's?

I will be making that leap in the near future into the HD-DVD/BluRay market, and I am trying to figure out which Standard DVD titles I will eventually upgrade through the next few years. I will definitely be more stringent, as I just bought anything when I got my DVD player back in 1998.

So where is your cut off point to warrant a purchase? Of course there are the movies I love that are no-brainers: Star Wars Trilogy, Rocky, Back to the Future, The Godfather, as we all have our favorites.

Then there what I call A- titles that I consider great classic movies, but really don't know if I will watch them many times, let alone once or twice. Movies like Titanic, ET, Apollo 13, Schindlers List. These will be more impulsive buys that will be great to see in 1080 for the first time, but will lose its effect after time.

Should I upgrade for those A- titles that I may only watch once or twice, or just be strict and buy the movies I truly love and will watch over and over again.

I am open to all opinions, so please let me know what you guys are doing with your future collections. Thanks.
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Old 11-26-07, 07:52 AM
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I only buy movies that I like enough that I know I'll revisit them (eventually, if not immediately). That's how I was with DVD and how I'll stay with HD DVD.

That said, if you just want the "wow" effect of 1080p then any reference transfer is free game, regardless of what you think of the actual feature. I know plenty of people that purchase that way. Personally, I feel a crappy movie isn't worth my money even if it has a "so real it's almost 3D" transfer.
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Old 11-26-07, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by RocShemp
I only buy movies that I like enough that I know I'll revisit them (eventually, if not immediately). That's how I was with DVD and how I'll stay with HD DVD.

That said, if you just want the "wow" effect of 1080p then any reference transfer is free game, regardless of what you think of the actual feature. I know plenty of people that purchase that way. Personally, I feel a crappy movie isn't worth my money even if it has a "so real it's almost 3D" transfer.
Upgrade them all eventually. You'll reach a point where you won't want to watch SD DVDs. I'm already nearing that point, but theres just too much that isn't available in HD that I'm forced to stick around a bit.
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Old 11-26-07, 09:15 AM
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I think renting is the way to go, esecially with this format war. I don't really want a big collection split between 2 formats. Look at prices now for sd-dvds. Before I want to watch a title a second time, it's going to be more than $5 cheaper.

Right now my price point for outstanding catalog titles (that I don't own on sd-dvd) is $10-15 (and I have most everything I want on sd-dvd anyways). If a film isn't an Oscar contender nor a visually stunning blockbuster, I'll consider buying on DVD if the price is the same as a rental ($5). For movies like Transformers, Bourne Ultimatum, Casino Royale, etc - I might buy for near $20, especially if the DVD is still more than $10.

I picked up a few right now that were a little more these guidelines, mainly to test out my new players. If I'm really impressed, then I might buy a little more. I'm probably going to wait a couple months and then focus on 1 format. If Warner chooses a side, I'll probably go with them. Otherwise I'm leaning Blu, even though I'm much less convinced now that the war will be over soon (if at all). Whatever happens, my ps3 will be in use for several years. It's really only an issue for Warner discs anyways.

Collecting DVDs was worth it, but it's a shame to look at current prices and realize how much some DVDs cost me (some that haven't been opened yet, most all having only been watched once). I'm going to try hard to resist the same mistake again.
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Old 11-26-07, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by pricdews
I think renting is the way to go, esecially with this format war. I don't really want a big collection split between 2 formats. Look at prices now for sd-dvds. Before I want to watch a title a second time, it's going to be more than $5 cheaper.

Right now my price point for outstanding catalog titles (that I don't own on sd-dvd) is $10-15 (and I have most everything I want on sd-dvd anyways). If a film isn't an Oscar contender nor a visually stunning blockbuster, I'll consider buying on DVD if the price is the same as a rental ($5). For movies like Transformers, Bourne Ultimatum, Casino Royale, etc - I might buy for near $20, especially if the DVD is still more than $10.

I picked up a few right now that were a little more these guidelines, mainly to test out my new players. If I'm really impressed, then I might buy a little more. I'm probably going to wait a couple months and then focus on 1 format. If Warner chooses a side, I'll probably go with them. Otherwise I'm leaning Blu, even though I'm much less convinced now that the war will be over soon (if at all). Whatever happens, my ps3 will be in use for several years. It's really only an issue for Warner discs anyways.

Collecting DVDs was worth it, but it's a shame to look at current prices and realize how much some DVDs cost me (some that haven't been opened yet, most all having only been watched once). I'm going to try hard to resist the same mistake again.
I know the feeling. I used to snatch up DVDs when they were a "deal" but realized that there are many I have not even watched.

With HD-DVD it will have to be a movie I want, not something that is a perceived bargain. I am not upgrading any SD at this time, but there will be a few favorites I will do so in the future.

I am hoping that this time next year I will have a lot more free time and be able to get Netflix and watch a bunch more movies.
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Old 11-26-07, 10:27 AM
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Unfortunately, most of the HD DVDs I've bought are replacements for my SD DVDs simply because of the selection available now. The only new ones so far are Shrek 3 and the Ocean's Trilogy. But I'm also buying fewer DVDs of any kind because: 1) most HD DVDs have a steep price; 2) I don't have an interest in also owning a Bluray player; 3) I have waning interest in SD DVDs.
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Old 11-26-07, 10:42 AM
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My buying hasn't much changed. In recent years I've stopped myself from purchasing anything that looked interesting. That goes for HD-DVD/Blu-ray as well. The prices aren't too bad at all if you can find discs on sale.
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Old 11-26-07, 11:23 AM
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I'm trying to keep my purchase price average for HDM to around $12 each or lower, and that's for titles I really really want (or are cheap - $10 - Fry's deals every now and then).
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Old 11-26-07, 03:33 PM
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The movies I love I want to upgrade however I'm finding that in many cases I have a great SE with an extended or unrated edition ie. Pearl Harbor, Die Hard 4. So now I'm reconsidering which movies I'll be upgrading.
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Old 11-26-07, 06:30 PM
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I have been upgrading, kaze0. What I meant with my previous post is that am not buying movies simply because they have great A/V quality. That is indeed important but I wont buy a movie simply as a demo if I never liked the movie to begin with. For example, King Kong is a gorgeous HD DVD but I didn't care for the movie so I didn't purchase the disc.
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Old 11-26-07, 07:13 PM
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I'll buy any BD/HD-DVD under $15 (I got a bunch for $10) because that's about what a movie ticket/popcorn/soda will cost, and with a 46" TV I'm getting more of the theater experience. I never go to the movies.

I don't buy SD DVDs.

Right now I have 51 BD/HD-DVD at an average of $19 a movie, but that includes The Ultimate Matrix, Heroes, Planet Earth, and the absorbed cost of 4 HD-DVD players (the Best Buy $200 one, the Walmart $100 one, and 2 X XBOX 360 $180 HD-DVD Add-ons).

I'm going to end up selling one of the 360 ones and will probably give one each of the HD-DVD players to each of my sisters for 08 birthdays

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Old 11-26-07, 07:30 PM
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Not really any different... I changed my dvd habits awhile ago and I'll just stick with those for HD (being more selective, less concerned with the limited, collector's versions, etc)
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Old 11-26-07, 07:39 PM
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My main difference . . .

I have bought more mainstream blockbuster type films on HD than I have in a long while. I have concentrated my collecting mainly on classics and foreign films and TV since 2001/2002 just because I was waiting for HD media. I remember not buying POTC Curse Of The Black Pearl in 2003 because although I enjoyed it in the theater, I felt like it would be throwing $15 away and I could easily wait a few years for HD. LOTR however . . . I had to own it immediately!
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Old 11-26-07, 11:25 PM
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I have been less discriminating in purchasing HD titles on account of the dearth of available titles.

After I bought my player I was impressed by the improved PQ and AQ, and was hungry for titles to throw at it. There were a few BOGO sales early on, so I grabbed more than I normally would have....oh well, we'll see what gets released in '08.
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