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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. bdowell

    bdowell Icon

    Mar 4, 2003
    I actually got that one during the last sale at DeepDiscount.com (where they take an additional 25% off their already discounted prices). It brought the price down to where I figured I'd be looked at as stupid for not buying what the reviewers were raving was the ultimate transfer of a classic set of films. A friend loves the trilogy a lot more than I do, and I know he bought a copy locally (Best Buy I believe) for a little more than I paid for the set I got. I had given him the DVD set a long time ago, which I got lucky and found in a going out of business sale at a K-Mart back during their bankruptcy period.

    Unless the reviews completely trashed the Blu-ray version (which didn't happen), I figured there was no way he wouldn't make the jump.

    That's one I'm impatiently waiting for myself. I also wanted Animal House, but snagged it on HD DVD before that format died, so again I'm not rushed to replace it.

    Blues Brothers is a big-time favorite of mine though, and I really, really, really want to see the Penguin smacking around Jake and Elwood in HD.

    Commented on that one in the thread about the Trek movies coming to Blu-ray. I may jump on the 'Genesis' trilogy set and get it that way. I'm more interested in Star Trek IV though (The Voyage Home).
  2. Getteau

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    Once it releases at the end of March, I'll pick up the Matrix on BR. I didn't like the 2nd or 3rd enough to spend $100 on the set so I could get the first on BR.
  3. bdowell

    bdowell Icon

    Mar 4, 2003
    { continuing the thread detour for just a few more words here... }

    I /salute you for taking the high road. A friend of mine was splitting from his wife of many, many years (I couldn't believe they were splitting up, they'd be married for over 25 years, neither seemed to be cheating on the other, and though they both 'teased' each other in cruel ways, they seemed to care for each other.... also had children, though the kids were pretty much grown and no longer dependent upon the parents....) and my friend just couldn't, and wouldn't get over it.

    I think what broke them up is that my friend had a nasty health scare where it looked like he'd had a heart attack. It scared both, but her more than him it seemed, and after he got out of the hospital he wasn't changing his life style or listening to the doctors about his diet or anything else. She seemed to grow incredibly frustrated with him, and she wound up demanding a divorce since it seemed he was destined to ruin his life and be out of hers soon anyway.

    From the point that she asked for the split he just couldn't get over his hurt and anger and kept trying to find ways to inflict emotional and financial pain upon her. I kept trying to calm him down and tell him to just let it go and move on, and he just couldn't do it. He became so negative that I wound up falling out of touch with him as he kept looking for me and other friends of his to help him find ways to defraud her of any of his retirement money.

    What happened with him reminds me of a saying a former boss (that I worked for later) that had been divorced a few times had:

    Why are divorces so expensive?

    -- because they are worth it.

    He also used to crack jokes about walking into a bar, finding a woman there, walking up to her and handing her the keys to your house and car, along with all of your cash and telling her thanks for having been your wife.

    { end side track... }
  4. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    The Godfather Trilogy is out in a Blu-Ray set. All three movies have been remastered in BD with many new things added for the viewer.
  5. bdowell

    bdowell Icon

    Mar 4, 2003
    That forced bundling would have kept me from getting the Matrix up 'til now myself, but I got lucky and got that one on HD DVD during a pricing error that Circuit City made when it was being released in that format. Thanks to that error I got all three movies in the set for $29, so I figure that I got the second and third films for free.

    The first film is a classic for me, the second and third not so much. They were ok, but just not the ground breaking classic that the first one in the series was. Especially (going by memory) the second flick which just sort of left me going 'huh?!'
  6. bdowell

    bdowell Icon

    Mar 4, 2003
    I'm guessing that machavez00 is saying he wants only the first flick, and doesn't want to have to buy the trilogy. I know from discussions elsewhere that plenty of people consider that set just as I consider the Matrix set... the first flick was awesome, the others not so much.

    I'm not sure when The Godfather will be available individually, but I'm sure sooner or later it'll be available.
  7. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I picked up the Matrix set at Fry's for $35 in December. Also got The Godfather set for $35, but not sure if I'll keep it or not.
  8. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    Except that in the Godfather Trilogy, only the last movie was poor. Both the first two were outstanding movies, considered two of the greatest movies ever made.
  9. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    I was at BB the morning The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration went on sale.($69.99) My wife bought the DVD box set for Christmas when it came out, and was I disappointed. What a difference the restored versions are. Right off the bat I noticed a difference. On the DVD version, the "Godfather" logo in the opening scene shakes noticeably, on the BRD version, it's rock solid. The Audio on the DVD set sounds like it was recorded in an echo chamber.

    On GF III. I went to see it in the theater when it came out. No one left, but there was silence at the end, and a few claps when Mary (Sophia Coppola) was killed. No one can say if Winona Ryder would have done any better in the roll. I must admit, over the years GF III has grown on me.
    On a side note, I missed out on a price match by one day, Fry's was selling it for $49.99
  10. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    "Band of Brothers". Great call..

    "When we left earth" rocks too.

    I've yet to see a shuttle launch. The one time I flew to Florida for a launch, it was scrubbed due to hail damage, in May 1999. :(

    IMAX "The dream is alive" (Blu-ray) has one of the best shuttle launches I've ever seen (on TV). Picture crystal clear, sound quality is phenomenal.
  11. NeonJediKnight

    NeonJediKnight Mentor

    Feb 26, 2009
    I haven't got a Blu-ray player, but I definitely would buy one just for the sake of Star Wars. I wish they would have the whole lot of all six movies released as a sextology. But if they did I wish they would clean up Revenge of The Sith. I have ROTS on SD-DVD and never liked the purplish pink overtone like in the scene where Anakin talks with Palpatine with the ballet going on. But just the Original Trilogy would work for me. But the Original Trilogy not the Special Edition versions. I know that all of the loyal fans were irked by the pink blade of Vader's lightsaber in those, due to bad color timing. And with Blu-ray they change the aspect ratio in them and not have them in letterbox like the SD Widescreen versions.

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