I own 300 DVD's and about 20 and blu so far. Obviously I love to collect movies and obviously I like every movie I've purchased, but I can't justify re-buying most of them in HD them with my limited income... So the question is (for you average income, non trust-fund babies out there) what are the movies you already own on DVD that you're going to replace with Blu? Also HD doesn't benefit some movies as much as others...
Movies I will definitely re-buy: L.O.T.R. (for the third time lol) Pixar flicks: monsters, Toy Story 1 & 2, etc.. Star Wars The Island The Thing
On the fence movies: Matrix Godfather
That's my list so far.... how about you?
Other movies I'm fine with the DVD quality because it just doesn't matter enough to justify re-buying...
The Matrix is one of those on the fence.. It was good, not great, the
This post is for the average joe... People who aren't trust fund babies, or make bucket loads of money)
Well, I just started my Blu-Ray collection, and I ran into a bit of a sale at a Virgin Mega store last week. I bought 5 titles I already owned and 3 new ones. The only one out of the 8 I actually really wanted was The Fifth Element. The rest will just jump start my "blu" library. Ok, to actually answer your question, I am waiting (fingers crossed) for Fight Club, Vanilla Sky, and Snatch to come out on Blu-Ray. Ive never bought any Star Wars flicks, but will probably buy once released on BR. Iwont bother with nay of my cherished 80's slasher flicks bc I dont see how BR could really be a big improvement over the grainy originals. Donnie Darko, Scarface, maybe the Godfathers, Transformers, and a few others will be considered. I am like you, I have 230 regular DVD's and don't have a ton of $$ to go buy whatever new BR releases come out each week.
I am so glad someone has asked this question. I, too, am in the same boat as you.
Here's how I've been seeing it: current movies being released on Blu-Ray have a better chance of really showing off their splendidness in 1080p with an awesome sound system. If you don't have an HDTV or sound system capable of 5.1 or 7.1, it is not worth the investment.
However, if you do, I would buy the movies that will take advantage of the sound system and HDTV. In particular, films shot on site and not in a studio will look better in 1080p than a movie shot entirely on sets (i.e., most of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies.)
If you're not thinking The Matrix was a great movie and the sequels didn't excite you much, you might want to steer clear of the Blu-Ray release. Keep in mind, though, The Matrix Trilogy would probably be a good transfer. I bought the Ultimate Matrix Trilogy on DVD a few years ago that came with 10 discs; it basically renewed my interest in the movie, especially after watching the Animatrix. The sound and visuals alone would be pretty awesome to view. I'm excited for it, but at $90, I might wait.
I would only buy movies that will take advantage of the Blu-Ray's abilities. Action films would be good, but consider the source. Terminator 2 would be nice, but it was shot in Super 35 and probably would not look good transfered over (too many imperfections in the film).
Do your homework. DVDtalk.com has some excellent reviews for movies re-released in the Blu-Ray format. It is worth checking out.
If you have 27 Dresses on DVD, that would not be worthy enough to purchase on Blu-Ray. It just doesn't have the same appeal visually as say 300 or any of the Pixar films. It would be pointless. However, if it is an all-time favorite, definitely do the upgrade if it is a solid purchase.
I own somewhere between 200 to 300 DVD's... most of which will not get re-purchased on blu-ray.
Solid Rebuys: Lord of the Rings (only rebuy if it's the extended versions), Kill Bill (only rebuy if it's the Whole Bloody Affair), Bourne Trilogy, Matrix Trilogy, Indiana Jones Trilogy (as long as it excludes the God-awful Indy 4 - I refuse to own that pile of dung.) Original Star Wars Trilogy (only rebuy if buttface Lucas comes to his senses and releases the original theatrical versions remastered in HD... I highly doubt this will happen.)
Hey, I'll probably wanna replace it with Blu-Ray too...
Others I wanna do: -"Matrix" series, obviously... -All "Star Wars" movies -All "LOTR" movies (maybe I'll buy it with "The Hobbit" when it comes out too) -All "Indiana Jones" movies (including #4; I liked it) -"Akira" -All "X-Men" movies -Maybe all 10 "Star Trek" movies (maybe with #11 when it comes out) -All "Evil Dead" movies -"Minority Report" -"300" (special edition coming out next year) -"Transformers" movie (maybe I'll get it for Christmas...) -"Metropolis" 1927 (hopefully coming out next year with newly-discovered footage) -"Braveheart" (coming out next January I believe) -"Children of Men" -"Daylight" (because my DVD copy is 13 years old and I think I got my money's use out of it) -"They Live" (also an old copy) -"The Third Man" -"The Seven Samurai" -"Hero" -Maybe "House of Flying Daggers" -"Silence of the Lambs" (or maybe I'll just buy the whole Hannibal Lecter series) -Still thinking about the 20+ James Bond movies... -Probably a bunch of others...
Ones I already did: -Both "Kill Bill" movies (last I heard, the "Whole Bloody Affair" edition won't come out for a long darn time) -All "Terminator" movies (granted though that "T2" really wasn't a good transfer and has no special features) -"Total Recall" (but once again, not a good edition) -"Blade Runner" -"I Am Legend" -"Spiderman" trilogy -"Starship Troopers" -"I, Robot" -"A Clockwork Orange" -"The Shining" -"Kingdom of Heaven" -"Momento" -"Shinobi"
I own about 160 DVD titles and now 8 Blurays as well. The only replacement so far is Batman Begins. Of the other DVD titles I have I would like to replace:
LOTR trilogy The Matrix (only the first one. I must admit I think the other two are pretty bad) The Thing V for Vendetta The Mist X2 Transformers Sunshine Blade Runner Final Cut (although the DVD transfer is great and looks fantastic upconverted) The Chronicles of Riddick Pitch Black Serenity Saving Private Ryan Children of Men Alien Aliens Deja Vu Fight Club The Prestige Atonement Training Day Seven The Godfather trilogy Mulholland Drive - and most importantly: Battlestar Galactica, the new series and Razor. Everything I can get.
I'll only be replacing: A) those that should benefit a lot - e.g. Independence Day, Starship Troopers, etc. (I started off with Starship Troopers on VHS). B) my favourites - e.g. I'll be getting Criterion's Blu-Ray Third Man at some point. Casablanca. Etc.
LOTR and Star Wars fulfill both A and B so I'll definitely be getting those!
I too have been waiting for Kill Bill the Whole Bloody Affair.
Im either giving mine away as a replacement to friends and family when i replace them with blu ray. So ill probably be replacing all of them. That is, if a select few does not come out on blu. so ill just up up convert and hang on to them.
I've replaced a bunch already. The only ones I re-buy are large action-type films that will benefit from being in HD. Comedies, romances, most dramas etc I am fine with the DVD. I don't need to see every pore in Morgan Freeman's face in The Shawshank Redemption for instance, so the DVD will suffice.
My husband has 1206 movies in his collection, I made him a deal that he can buy any new movie he wants on blu ray. The movies he already has if it is something he has watched a lot we will consider buying on blu ray.
I already have 1500 dvds and 800 bluray in my collection. And i live in Argentine where is not possible to buy a bluray for less that usd 70. Thats why i buy at least 100 every time i travel to the states.
Our collection is in the thousands over a span of about 10 years. But there is only a small percentage that I want in a better quality format: Lord of the Rings Extended series Star Wars series James Bond series (maybe according to price) Matrix series (not a fan of the sequels, but want the whole set in BR) 300 Dawn of Dead 2004 Golden Compass
I own close to 900 DVDs, so the odds of me replacing even half of them with Blu seems unlikely, if not financially irresponsible. I have upgraded Blade Runner, ID4, Kill Bill, Godfather Trilogy, Matrix Trilogy, Bourne Trilogy, Batman Begins, Dark Knight, Firefly, and maybe a couple more. But there aren't many other films that I'm dying to upgrade to Blu, other than Spielberg's stuff.
When they do come out on Blu, definitely upgrades include:
The Long Kiss Goodnight True Lies Alien Collection Back To The Future LOTR(extended) The Abyss The Crow Cowboy Bebop and most importantly...
So far, I started trying out Blu-Rays Christmas yesterday with the Ultimate Matrix Collection, the Back to the Future Trilogy 25th Anniversary Collection, Batman (1989), and Toy Story 3 to get started. When we were at Best Buy today, I bought Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Batman Returns, Superman 2: The Richard Donner Cut, and Bad Boys. Those of Back to the Future and Terminator 2 I initially had on DVD, but decided to upgrade. All the Blu-Rays I own are great, much better than DVD.
"The Matrix is one of those on the fence.. It was good, not great, the"-you sir, are insane! lol, jk. The matrix is my fav movie of all time. I have the blu-ray ultamate edition, but unless you love the movies, its not worth buying on blu. It's not as big a difference as other movies. So far I have replaced: The matix, Constantine, and terminator 2. My DVD collection consists of about 110 movies (which I think is pretty impressive for a college student whose never had a job), and Im not entirely sure what I will replace. I do know that after seeing T2 on blu, I won't buy any 880's movies that I love like lost boys, the goonies, gremlins, ect. w/ out seeing them on blu fist. Don't get me wrong, t2 looked AMAZING, but it lacked that sort of grany dated look and I love seeing that in certain older movies. W/ out it, they loose some of that older charm that I love about them.
I also forgot to mention that I also went to Slackers and bought Inception and Speed. I also bought the Dark Knight and the complete Avatar: The Last Airbender series at Walmart as well as the Predator 2-pack for my friend.
I'm not generally a re-buyer when it comes to movies. I learned that lesson long ago with CDs: why buy something that you're already not listening to just because the format is better?
As such, the only ones that are getting replaced are things that I watch over and over, anyway, and then only when the price is spectacular.
So far, the only double-dips (and I've been Blu since 2007) are Firefly, Sin City (extended, re-cut, etc.) and The Ultimate Matrix Collection (which I just got today). I did overlap for the Die Hard trilogy by buying the four-film collection when it came down to about $40...and at some point, I bought the Blu Spider-Man trilogy, but I think I only had the first Spidey on DVD...
I have the DVD and BluRay sets of all 4 Alien movies I have the Man With No Name trilogy on DVD and Blu Apocalypse Now 2001 A Space Odyssey The Matrix Collection Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 version)
I'll probably get LOTR again on Blu ray, and Star Wars too.
I've got lots of movies on DVD, and I don't think I'll replace many of them. I have already replaced a few movies/sets for blu-ray: Batman Begins The Dark Knight Star Wars Trilogy Back to the Future Matrix Alien Lord of the Rings I bought the Spiderman Trilogy ($30, couldn't pass up), Firefly and Serenity on blu-ray to start, plus the new Sherlock BBC series, and a handful of other movies (Inception was our first blu-ray, Sherlock Holmes, Magnolia - which looks gorgeous).
The only movies in the future I'd love to replace with blu-ray are Jurassic Park set Indiana Jones set