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Which DVDs are worth the double-dip to BluRay?

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by Mark Holtz, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    OK, folks, now that BluRay is finally gaining some traction, the question now is...

    Which titles in your collection are worth the repurchase again to BluRay?

    Now, mind you, I have QUITE a collection of DVDs. There was a marked improvement in picture quality combined with features and space savings in having a title on DVD over VHS. (And, if you were an anime fan... both subs and dubs).

    Now, we have BluRay, and I am starting to question.... which titles are worth a rebuy? My picks include:
    • Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    • The original Star Wars trilogy
    • Lord of the Rings - Both Versions
    • Terminator 2
    • The Fifth Element
    • The Matrix
    • Toy Story (both)
    • The Incredibles
    • Studio Ghibli
    • Men In Black
    • Akira
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Lets take a look at that list again. The earliest film on that list was released in 1977. Practically all have plenty of action and/or lots of effects.

    Now, if a new film is released in BluRay which I don't have in my collection, I'll get the BluRay version. I added Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Mirrormask, Kung Fu Hustle, and Wall-E this way. (I don't even own a BluRay player yet). The newly discovered footage of Metropolis merits a re-purchase, as it will be significantly different from the current release. The Negotiator, The Bucket List, Twelve Angry Men, Inherit the Wind, or U-571 repurchase? Don't think so...

    And, no, I'm not that excited about the re-release of the Star Trek films in BluRay.
  2. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    I'm with you for the most part: repurchases are really only worth it for movies with a big visual impact. Action blockbusters, special effects movies, and "big panorama" movies (Dances With Wolves, Laurence Of Arabia, etc.). And perhaps a few of my absolute favorites, such as Heat.

    But comedies and character dramas won't gain enough to justify the extra expense if I already own them on DVD. Austin Powers isn't going to be funnier in Blu-Ray.

    Going forward, I'll only buy on Blu-Ray unless something very unique and special, or dirt cheap, is available on DVD but not likely to come to Blu-Ray for years.
  3. braven

    braven Hall Of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    The HBO's mini series "Band of Brothers" is definitely worth a double dip. IMHO.
  4. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I don't think I'd ever double dip on BOB. It's just too long to watch enough times to reap the benefit. I watched it when it premiered on HBO, then bought the DVD set when it first came out and only watched about 3/4's of it. There's just too much other stuff to watch for me to spend that much time watching BOB again.

    I'll agree with Mark that the vast majority of my double dips are/will be action type movies. I've already double dipped on the Spiderman movies, I Robot, 300, Matrix, Batman Begins, Black Hawk Down, Die Hard Collection, Fifth Element, Gattaca, Hellboy, I am Legend, Kill Bill's, Kingdom of Heaven, Master and Commander, Mission Impossible Collection, MIB, Mummy Collection, Oceans Collection, Patriot, Pirates of the Caribbean Collection, Transformers, Troy, Casino Royale, Casino, King Kong, Underworld Collection as well as some that aren't really action, but are either eye candy or movies I really like:Cars, Ratatouille, Shawshank, The Mist.

    Others I'm waiting to double dip on: Alien Collection, Bourne Collection, Braveheart, Forrest Gump, Titanic, Tombstone, Jurassic Park Collection, Se7en, Sin City, Star Wars Movies, Terminator Movies, Walk the Line, X-Men Movies, LOTR, all Pixar, most Dreamworks.
  5. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Let me tell you - The Police's BluRay concert film is out of this world. If you want a demo disk (like the Eagles Hell Freezes Over did for normal DVD), this is it.

    It's GREAT!
  6. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Elton John: Elton 60 - Live At Madison Square Garden isn't too shabby either.
  7. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    If I felt the movies were worth keeping in the first place, Blu Ray versions only add to their value...so over time...

    I will eventually replace most of my DVDs with Blu Ray versions, plus add in newer titles that I feel I will watch more than once.

    In many cases...watching a Blu Ray version of a movie is like watching it all over again for the first time, as the video/audio experience is so superior.
  8. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    My answer, is, anything you can get for under $20. My own personal experience, my DVD collection has lost a lot of its worth. I am distracted by the lack of quality in DVD compared to Blu-Ray... Blu-Ray has become the default for me now.

    DVDs can be donated to charity or local libraries for a tax deduction, and also take a look because there are quite a few catalog titles that will give you a $10 rebate for previous DVD owners.
  9. cmtar

    cmtar Icon

    Nov 16, 2005
    I want to see Pirates of Silicon Valley on Blu-Ray
  10. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I believe that was produced for television and may not have been edited on film, so the final version of it might be SD-only.
  11. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    I will buy some Blu-Rays but I'm actually thinking about reducing my DVD collection. I have DVD's I purchased several years ago that are still shrink wrapped.

    I'm finding now that I'm watching more online and satellite HD content (Netflix box, Apple TV, PS3, DirecTV). It's getting almost stupid to store DVD's when I might watch them once every 5 years and most of the time the movies appear on one of the movie channels in HD.

    I will continue to build my Blu-Ray collection but with only certain movies as mentioned above.

    I do agree with hdtvfan that watching a movie on Blu-Ray (or in HD for that matter) is like watching it for the first time.
  12. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

    Oct 20, 2006
    I don't buy movies any more. I got my DVD collection up to about 350 and stopped buying them when I started using Netflix almost 5 years ago now. I have not bought a movie since.
  13. elaclair

    elaclair Rescued Racers Live Here

    Jun 18, 2004
    Del Mar, CA
    I'll be re-buying the Bond movies in Blu-Ray, but I'm not sure how much of my overall collection I'll re-purchase. I went through this with Laser, and I STILL have some titles on Laser that I haven't replaced. At this point, if the price is right, and I get a hankering to watch the movie again, I'll probably re-purchase it.
  14. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    The only problem with that is that Laser players aren't made anymore, while we are somewhat assured of backwards compatibility with DVD on BluRay players.
  15. xIsamuTM

    xIsamuTM Icon

    Jul 8, 2008
    Star Wars
    and Studio Ghibli FTW!!!
    isn't Ghost in the Shell on BD as well?
  16. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    I won't be replacing the 30 or so movies I bought on HD DVD. :D I already have the Bourne and Matrix collections in that format, along with Twister, The Italian Job, The Sting, Planet Earth, V for Vendetta, Casablanca and several others. I'll still add to my HD DVD collection if I find worthy candidates. I'll probably replace the Pirates of the Carribean, Oceans, LOTR and Harry Potter collections. I'd also consider upgrading several Disney/Pixar movies as well. There are a number of movies I have on regular DVD that I'll probably rent in Blu=ray on Netflix to see if they're worth buying.
    In all probability, most, if not all, of my future purchases will be Blu-ray.
  17. koji68

    koji68 Icon

    Jun 21, 2004
    I'm a renter. I have never purchased a DVD other than children movies that they watch over and over again.

    But The Matrix would be a good choice.
  18. bdowell

    bdowell Icon

    Mar 4, 2003
    This pretty much summarizes my take on the question. If I value the movie (or TV series/event), I'll get it on Blu-ray, regardless of whether or not I had it on DVD already.

    I've already double dipped on Austin Powers films, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Office Space, Band of Brothers, Serenity and Firefly the complete series and a few other things as well, and I'd certainly do it again for From the Earth to the Moon and perhaps a few other things as well.

    It depends on how expensive the Blu-ray is (like mentioned above, if the prices are at a reasonable level, I'm more inclined to double-dip), and how much I expect to rewatch whatever it is that I'm getting.

    For me, much of what I rewatch is comedies, so stuff like Major League, Happy Gilmore, Animal House, Blues Brothers and such is more likely to get me to buy. I'm also a sap for baseball films, so Field of Dreams, The Natural and other similar films are likely to get a purchase (I already had double dipped on Disney's The Rookie, excellent film BTW). I'll also snag Disney's Miracle (about the 80's U.S. Hockey team) as soon as I see it available and already have it on DVD.

    I'll probably pass the DVDs along to family members so they can enjoy them with their families as I'm guessing that finances will constrain them from making the leap to Blu-ray anytime soon.
  19. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
    Same here Cholly, I won't be double dipping my HD DVDs either. As far as Mark's question, the only DVD so far that I have double dipped with a BR upgrade was In Bruges. Very funny movie, albeit for now only available as an import option though.
  20. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    I did this with Transformers, which I bought for $20-ish, so that made it $10-ish. Before I donate all my DVDs, I need a Blu Ray portable. The I can relinquish my grip on them.

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