The World of DVD's - where do you fit in?

@coffeebreak (17815)
United States
January 7, 2008 12:10pm CST
Okay, what do we do now? We know how to buy DVD's of our favorite movies and shows, but what now....Do we buy full screen, wide screen, BluRay or HD-DVD dvd's? I dont know the difference between HD and Bluray, and dont' like wide screen, but what's the deal? Can you still watch the full screen, which are the oldest version, on new tv's? Will the old tv's play the new blu ray DVD's? Sure is taking out the fun of having my own "movie theather" at home! What do you buy and why? (And I can't afford a new tv so don't tell me that!)
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6 responses
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
OH my, all that reminds me of is that we're making it so complicated to do something very simple : watch a movie LOL I am not sure if blue ray will be one of those things that will stay or will be forgotten in a few years. It all depends, but to be honest I really don't care, what I want is to sit down, press a button and watch my movie:) All these things about better image , better quality and this and that.. in the end we're watching tv, there's only that much that we can actually notice. I remember sometimes at the store my husband pointing out " can't you see the image ? How different it looks? " Well, in some I see no difference whatsoever, in other I can see a small difference but nothing that would justify all the confusion LOL
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I know what you mean! They are making fun entertainment such a struggle and complicated. Can't we just sit and watch a show!!
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
Exactly. And even if the picture is not super sonic hyper better than anything else, at least we have a chance to enjoy the movie :)
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• United States
10 Jan 08
On your DVD player, check and see if there is a way for you to program it to view All your DVDs in a full screen mode. My DVD player is set to view everything in widescreen mode so I assume you can program yours for full screen.Good Luck. Unlike you, I love wide screen. But I don't have a HD t.v so I will just get the regular DVD.I still have my VHS and I still have a vcr so I am not going out and switching everything to DVD.
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• United States
9 Apr 08
Thank you for the best response.
@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Blu-ray and HD DVD players upconvert and play normal DVDs. In general, HD DVD players are the better upconverters. The problem for you - picking the winner. Because it's too costly to bring out movies in both formats, a few studios have been forced to choose sides. That means some films you might want to rent will be available only in one format but they won't play on the other's machines. But don't be fooled. The discs are expensive to make and rent, and ulitmately only one is expected to remain.Remeber the Vhs/Beta debate? There was only one winner there. It may just be too early in the format game to tell. Give it time there will be a winner.
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@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
I don't buy movie DVD's because really how many times can you watch the same movie. I just rent them for 7 for $7.00 for 7 days. They are not the new releases but they are still good movies that I haven't seen before. I do buy music CD's because I do listen to them over and over again, so it is different than movies. We especially listen to them in the car when we go on a trip because lots of times we can't get good reception to radio stations. So then we at least have something to listen to.
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@fairyanny (363)
• China
10 Jan 08
But someone told me that wide screen does good to watch the film,which gives us a nice view.Now I usually watch films on the internet.Just have fun and be happy.
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@shizuoka (352)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Hi coffeebreak, I have heard that Sony has decided to bow out and discontinue the HD-DVD, so Blueray will be the disk of the future. I, myself, am just sticking to regular DVDs for the time being. They're still plentiful and I have the player :)
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Yeah, I heard that and I also just bought a new player. My VHS is starting to act funny, so I thought I'd better get one of those as I still use VHS often so I got a combo - DVD/VHS player so I'd have the DVD back up too! I wait till the ones I want are $5!