A few days ago I went down to my local video store (which may be one of the last remaining in the world) and asked if they had a copy of Boogie Nights. They only had a regular copy, and I decided to opt out and buy a Blu-Ray copy online.
This brings me to my discussion for today’s post: blu-rays. When I got a Blu-Ray player, I’ve only bought Blu-Ray copies, except when there isn’t one available. Recently I’ve been updating my collection to Blu-Rays, which some people, including plenty of close friends, call “a waste of money.”
Part of my instinct on Blu-Rays is the picture quality, which greatly improves over regular DVDs. While some studios tend to update their films to HD rather lazily (the transfer of 2010: The Year We Make Contact is rather poor), when they’re done well, they make an enormous difference. The Criterion Collection, in particular, does a great job of restoring films. Their transfers make it worth it to own a Blu-Ray player by itself. The Blu-Ray set of Apocalypse Now is also very well restored, supervised by director Francis Ford Coppola. The colors and scenery are vibrant in the film and the sound quality is top-notch.
Blu-Ray copies for me are very rewarding. Maybe they cost a little bit more but in my opinion they are worth the price.