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toddly6666 03-25-10 03:42 PM

Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits changed?
 
Since buying Blu-ray, I like my spending habits more:

I don't do any DVD blind buys anymore. The only DVDs that I mainly buy are import DVDs. The video/audio quality of Blu-rays have made me more selective. In the past, I would have normally bought the DVD of UP IN THE AIR because I just liked it, not loved it. But now since I only want a Blu-ray version, I just tell myself "Why would I want a movie like UP IN THE AIR on Blu-ray? It's not a spectacular visual film and it's a just good once kind of film". So in turn, I don't buy it on Blu-ray nor on DVD. And so far, the majority of the 13 Blu-rays that I currently own are replacements for my favorite movies that I had on DVD. The only Blu-ray that I never had on DVD is the Godfather Trilogy Blu-ray boxset (which I found used for 32 bucks).

I don't have the urge to spend 2-5 dollars on used DVDs as well when I know that I can use that money instead for purchasing a good Blu-ray. In turn, I've been enjoying the hunt for used Blu-ray upgrades of my favorite films online and used dvd/blu-ray stores which range in price from 5 to 15 bucks.

Basically before making an obsessive-compulsive purchase of a dvd or blu-ray, it's good to ask oneself "would I really want that on Blu-ray?" If no, then it's easy to put it back on the shelf.

As I look at the upcoming DVD/BLU-RAY release calendar until October 2010, I also don't see too many new movies that I would want to own now (besides the Armegeddon, Walkabout, Taxi Driver, and Dune Blu-ray upgrades, the only other new movie release on Blu-ray that I want is Avatar and The Book of Eli.)


How have your buying habits changed?

Doctorossi 03-25-10 03:51 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 

Originally Posted by toddly6666 (Post 10071060)
How have your buying habits changed?

I don't buy DVDs anymore.

Arthur Dent 03-25-10 03:58 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 

Originally Posted by Doctorossi (Post 10071090)
I don't buy DVDs anymore.

This.

Michael Corvin 03-25-10 04:32 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I used to really enjoy blind buys on DVD, but don't do that at all on BD. I also buy fewer movies overall, realizing that I don't watch the DVDs I do have.

One thing I haven't slowed down on are TV on DVD/Blu. The value there is immense.

Sweet Baby James 03-25-10 04:35 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 

Originally Posted by Michael Corvin (Post 10071192)

One thing I haven't slowed down on are TV on DVD/Blu. The value there is immense.

Amen to that. All that I've been watching the last couple of months are Perry Mason, Hawaii Five-O and Rockford Files.

islandclaws 03-25-10 04:47 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I buy none of the former and plenty of the latter, aside from a scant few necessary exceptions.

doctorthodt 03-25-10 05:04 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Haven't bought a single DVD since I purchased my first Blu-Ray (almost at 700 BD's now).

Actually, that's not true. I bought Big Love season 3 on DVD.

Solid Snake 03-25-10 05:25 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I haven't bought a DVD in a while. Not against buying it but if it's a recent film or a film I may believe will get a release on Blu...that's where I'll go to Blu.

Ex. I'm debating atm to buy Spaced (you know....the Wright/Frost/Pegg geekathon that made them famous)....I really want it but....I dunno if it'll get on Blu anytime soon.

MisterHowie 03-25-10 05:30 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Will rarely buy a DVD unless it's a movie I don't think is going to be out on Blu-Ray, such as a concert or a Classic movie. I've also sold off (and am selling off) just about every DVD I plan to replace with Blu-Ray and then I've listed all of those Blu-Rays on my wishlist for future holidays.

BuckNaked2k 03-25-10 05:31 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I have become very frugal in my buying habits.

I used to grab an armload of DVDs and head for the checkout. Now, I am a bargain-hunter extraordinaire, rarely paying over $10 per title. It really chaps me that I am buying the same movies on Blu-ray that I previously bought on DVD, and in some cases, HD DVD. Plus, there is very little value in the used DVD market any more.

A recent exception was a blind buy of Where the Wild Things Are on Blu-ray. -ohbfrank- I should have stuck with my policy.

RichC2 03-25-10 05:34 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Extremely frugal now.

Don't buy DVDs unless they're rare or DVD only and I'm extremely selective over what Blu-rays I buy. I bought Inglourious Basterds and Hangover using the $5 off Target coupons ($15 a piece after) back in December and nothing since.

A few months ago I had no respect for what $15 actually was, once I saw a bill that added up to $350 in $15 - $20 charges, I decided to quit out right.

Cardiac161 03-25-10 05:41 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
The only dvds I buy are some selective R2 Japanese titles. The rest are all blu-rays.

I've also been very picky about the Blu-rays I buy since I can't forget the realization that I bought so much dvds before and only had more than a handful of repeated viewings.

The only Bluray blind buy I did was Mad Men Season 1 and was incredibly pleased with it.

Adboy151 03-25-10 05:57 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Currently it's 98% v. 2% BD to DVD.

Save for this last week, this year has been slow for BDs I've truly been interested in. March and May have been "packed" with only four or five must-get-on-release-date titles each.

Of the 15 or so pre-orders I currently have only two are DVDs -- No Time for Sergeants and Three Stooges, Volume 8. There's likely less than 10 DVDs still on my radar for the year and those are largely TV series (It's Always Sunny..., 30 Rock, Larry Sanders, Max Headroom) or Criterion titles without a BD counterpart (Night Train to Munich, The Fugitive Kind).

TomOpus 03-25-10 06:01 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Pretty much what other have mentioned.... more frugal... will buy a few DVDs vs more Blu... yadda yadda yadda.

LosingMyMind 03-25-10 06:06 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
85% of my purchases are still DVD's. I have pretty much all of the Blu-Rays that I want and there's not much coming out on BD that really interests me. I only upgrade DVD's to BD if there are new special features.

Artman 03-25-10 06:13 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 

Originally Posted by toddly6666 (Post 10071060)
Basically before making an obsessive-compulsive purchase of a dvd or blu-ray, it's good to ask oneself "would I really want that on Blu-ray?" If no, then it's easy to put it back on the shelf.

I don't really see Blu-Ray as some separate type of purchase. Doesn't matter if it's a visual effects movie or a small drama, its all blu for me. That said, I always try and be selective. I've currently got about 350 movies (275 blu), so I'm trying to keep the collection within reason. When my DVD's started approaching 500 yrs ago I really had to rethink it. No sagging bookshelves crammed with collectors sets for me.

asianxcore 03-25-10 06:36 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Probably buy 60% vs. 40% BD to DVD.

Mostly because much of what I like (Exploitation/Horror) is mostly available on DVD but not as much on BD.

PopcornTreeCt 03-25-10 06:37 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I'm pretty frugal now too. I used to purchase movies every week almost. Now it's only the ones I really want (Vivra Sa Vie) or ones I find ridiculously cheap (Vicky Christina Barcelona). The only DVDs I purchase are Criterions and even then Criterion has been awesome with their Blu-ray output.

I used to be like the OP and only purchase movies on Blu-ray that were "visually stunning" but then I went to HTF where they all worshipped Crank and I decided that was not for me.

Travis McClain 03-25-10 06:49 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
It's a lot easier to pass up the $5 DVD selections, for one. Instead of cheap blind buys, we're actually using our Netflix account. Just since adding Blu-ray service to our Netflix account in February, we've rented five Blu-rays. We've also rented five DVDs in the same time, but those are titles that aren't on Blu-ray; we very likely would have taken much longer to get around to watching them. Prior to going Blu, our Netflix account was that "giant sucking sound" Ross Perot warned about in '92.

One more thing is, we've done a much better job watching what we buy. I don't just mean that we've been more selective; I mean we're actually watching the Blu-rays. Of the 35 in our library, we've watched all but six so far. One of those remaining six is Eyes Wide Shut, a favorite of mine but not one I'm likely to re-watch often anyway. (I just couldn't help picking it up for $12 last December when it was on sale!)

The only negative trend is that I've really slacked off on watching bonus features. In the last year or so, I'd gotten into the habit of watching the movie on the widescreen TV in the living room and watching the bonus features on the old 4:3 TV in the bedroom at night while my wife fell asleep. It gave me something to do between running to the bathroom and not falling asleep, and she liked that I was there with her in bed instead of out in the living room at night.

Boba Fett 03-25-10 06:58 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I buy visually impressive movies, the major classics, and my favorite movies on Blu-Ray, and when I find the same titles cheap used I get them on DVD. Everything else is still DVD. Even having said that, if I can get a good DVD deal, I'll still grab it. Snagged Speed Racer for $3 the other day on DVD, despite the Blu-Ray being out of this world.

visitor Q 03-25-10 07:57 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Netflix has cut my blind buys down to zero, so I can't attribute this to BD.

On the DVD front - I'm a sucker for certain deals like the recent Miami Vice complete collection on Woot for $40 and certain releases likely to ever see the BD day like the Japanese Rica trilogy. But for everything else my eyes are firmly planted on an eventual BD release if required.

On the BD front - I've upgraded a select few DVDs but limiting to just that unless I can whittle a deal like the recent Toy Box releases for $8/pc. Pixar films, some anime, sci-fi and favorites are all I'm picking up on BD for new releases.

What I usually do when deciding to upgrade is watch the DVD release on my set up and if the results are satisfactory I'll pass on the BD releases. For instance, the upcoming Yojimbo and Sanjuro releases. I'd love to pick them up indiscriminately but instead I weigh out the cost benefits. If it's a type of film that I believe only has the potential for being viewed two or three times for the rest of my life I'm not going to upgrade it.

After 11 years of collecting a blu-ray player (received this past Xmas) has really opened up my collection (for upscaled DVD and BD) but I'm much more conservative with my spending and have adjusted my collecting habits accordingly.

manicsounds 03-25-10 08:08 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Yet another Toddly question thread....

I guess it's better than my threads, which nobody ever answers.....

For me, it just depends on the price and quantity. "Moon" I got on DVD because the BD/DVD extras were the same, and the price was much lower. "UP" had a huge quantity of extras not on the DVD and it was just as cheap, or possibly cheaper than the DVD.

I still have only 40 BDs as opposed to 2000 DVDs, and the BDs are not re-buys.

MarineCorps 03-25-10 08:16 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I buy mostly dvd still. But if there is a bluray or a bluray coming then I will get the bluray. Otherwise it's dvd

JimRochester 03-25-10 08:31 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I used to buy everything. Now I rent everything on Blu-ray and if I think it's a keeper I'll pick it up at some point. I haven't purchased a regular DVD in a couple years.

Hammer99 03-25-10 08:52 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
Very rarely buy DVDs, it's almost all Blu. And being an early adopter, I certainly don't wait for a sale if I really want something, I buy it on release date, that hasn't changed. The product > The bargain. :cool:

RocShemp 03-25-10 09:16 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I was a bargain hunter with DVD and I am so with BD. I only buy on release date if it's as close to $20 as possible. Though there are some rare exceptions.

jarofclay73 03-25-10 09:20 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I stopped buying DVDs. Period.

biglou114 03-25-10 09:30 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I have no rules about buying because I know that soon after I create them I make an exception.

Darryl 03-25-10 09:43 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I buy a lot of films. If a title is available in both Blu-ray and DVD, I'll buy the Blu-ray 100% of the time. But some new releases are DVD only (such as the Mystery Science Theater 3000 sets or The T.A.M.I. Show). I do spend more time researching before I drop money on a domestic DVD. Titles like Martyrs, Sin Nombre, The Story of Anvil . . . can be found as imports on Blu (region B locked). Even though I prefer Blu, I will buy a regular DVD if it is ONLY available on that format.

Travis McClain 03-25-10 09:51 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 

Originally Posted by Hammer99 (Post 10071695)
The product > The bargain.

Having Crohn's and the money problems that go with it have entirely changed my once-frivolous ways. There was a time, I didn't hesitate to buy whatever even remotely interested me and I wasn't about to put in the effort to research things like promo codes and coupons. These days, even though I can be impetuous and impatient, it's not often anything comes out that I feel I must have it upon release. The few times I've been there to buy something day of release recently, it's because I wanted to get in on a good deal (like this week's release of the Toy Story movies).

I can guarantee you, though, that Lawrence of Arabia will be a day one purchase for me, even if I have to pay list price.

Ghostbuster 03-25-10 11:58 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
For each DVD that I purchase, I probably buy 15 BDs. If I think a film will be released on BD at some point, I wait (i.e. Last of the Mohicans and Pulp Fiction). In other words, I only purchase a film on DVD if I think it will never be released on BD.

I have also double-dipped more than I expected to (Matrix, Bourne, Hellboy, Casino Royale, Batman Begins, etc.). Lord of the Rings will probably be next. I almost purchased Blade Runner again the other day, but I resisted the temptation.

Sondheim 03-26-10 12:24 AM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I don't have any set rules - but a vast majority of the time, if a Blu-ray is available, that's the version I will get. And I'll hold off if it seems like a likely candidate for a Blu-ray release in the near future. It still annoys me that new releases from Sony like "Happy-Go-Lucky" and "Bright Star" and "Lorna's Silence" haven't been released on Blu-ray (and even though all three are among my favorite movies of recent years I still haven't bought them in hopes of an eventual Blu-ray release.)

I do still buy plenty of DVDs though - especially some of the cheap stuff from Big Lots and Walmart and some more obscure stuff that most likely won't see a Blu-ray release for quite some time (a lot of Kino's releases like the Amos Gitai boxset and Criterion releases like "Night Train to Munich" fall into this category.)

Doctorossi 03-26-10 07:33 AM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 

Originally Posted by Ghostbuster (Post 10072074)
I almost purchased Blade Runner again the other day, but I resisted the temptation.

Do not resist! Do not resist!

Brian Shannon 03-26-10 07:48 AM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 

how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits changed?
They haven't.

I only buy that which I like to watch repeatedly. This has been my buying habit since vinyl 33 1/3 albums and every format since then.

riotinmyskull 03-26-10 08:25 AM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
i still spend around the same amount of money a month on dvds/blu-rays but since i'm mainly buying blu-rays, i'm picking up less titles.

if a title is on blu-ray and dvd that i want, i buy the blu-ray

if a title is only available on dvd and it's a recent release, i normally hold off on the purchase.

if it's a catalog release that i can get cheap on dvd and will most likely not make it to blu anytime soon, i'll pick it up.

E Unit 03-26-10 08:25 AM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I'm about 99% Blu Ray, 1% DVD. The 1% being old or used DVD's I had always wanted of forgot about that I'm fairly certain won't make it to BD (like old 70's stuff) or DVD TV box set stuff that won't ever benefit from a BD transfer like Dungeons and Dragons or Miami Vice. I'm more finicky when it comes to finding good deals, but those are fairly easy these days with the coupons and whatnot.

Trevor 03-26-10 02:14 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
80% of the good stuff isn't even on blu-ray, with no release dates in sight, so I'll never go all blu.

With modern fluff, I'm about 50/50 now. If I can find the blu for under $10 I'll generally get it over DVD.

lizard 03-26-10 02:50 PM

I never collected as many DVDs as some here, I have a few hundred titles (lots of them TV box sets, however). Nevertheless, I find myself cutting back on purchases now that I have shifted to Blu-ray Discs. I figure that I will upgrade anything in my collection to HD if I can get the BD for $10 or less. But, in considering some upgrades I find that I haven't watched the DVDs in years. That has made me even more selective about what BDs I buy, versus when building my DVD collection over the last decade.

I also used to do a lot of "watch and sells", usually blind buys. But with the crash in used DVD prices and not very good BD resale prices to begin with, it is a lot easier—and often cheaper—to just Netflix discs that I don't think I would want to keep.

So, the switch to BD has caused me to rethink the whole business of disc collecting and to be more selective about purchases. But, for those I do buy, I am still the same penny-pinching bargain hunter I always was: The average net cost of my collection is -5˘ per title, meaning that I've made more selling BD/DVDs than I have spent in buying the ones I keep.

So far as BD versus DVD is concerned, in the last year I've purchased 28 BD titles and just 2 DVD titles, both part of a TV series not out on BD. About half of the BDs were upgrades to DVDs I already had and several of the others are up for sale. I see no point in buying DVDs anymore: most catalog titles I wanted I already have and new releases are almost always in high def nowadays.

aintnosin 03-26-10 03:23 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 
I have almost completely given up buying DVDs (unless it's an old TV series that I figure will never see daylight on Blu) and buy movies on Blu much more selectively.

gimmepilotwings 03-26-10 03:53 PM

Re: Now that you own a Blu-ray player, how have your DVD/Blu-ray buying habits change
 

Originally Posted by aintnosin (Post 10073045)
I have almost completely given up buying DVDs (unless it's an old TV series that I figure will never see daylight on Blu) and buy movies on Blu much more selectively.

This.

Space, declining value, lack of time to watch them are all factors.


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