When looking at Blu-Ray or HD-DVD disc reviews, most customers know whether or not we like the film or program before we purchase it. What we really want to know is whether or not it is worth spending that extra money purchasing the more expensive High Definition version.
The large majority of Blu-Ray and HD-DVD consumers are not interested in a personal review of a program if the reviewer has seen it previously in another format such as the theatrical release, standard DVD version, or original television airing.
When looking at the Blu-Ray or HD-DVD release page for a product, consumers want to know whether or not the quality of the video/audio transfers and the extra features are worth making the purchase.
For example, if you have a review of a movie in reference to the theatrical release (for example AVP: Requiem), please post it on the proper page, such as:
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem [Theatrical Release]
Many people can and do appreciate your reviews of the content, myself included, but not here on the Blu-Ray or HD-DVD release (or pre-release) pages. Those are not the right places to post them if you have not actually experienced the Blu-Ray or HD-DVD version of the program.
An easy way to find the correct page for your review is to use a search engine like Google. Do an advanced search, using, for example the terms "Theatrical Release AVP Requiem" while limiting your search results to the domain of "amazon.com" only. There you can easily find the correct place for writing up a smashing review of the film you saw, whether it's a bomb or a gem.
By making this extra effort, you allow for Blu-Ray or HD-DVD consumers to review the qualities of the HD disc's audio and video transfers (such as the TrueHD versions of the soundtracks that are unique to HD products), as well as the bonus features included only in the these particular versions of the films and shows.
It's a win-win for everyone. People can write up their excellent reviews in the proper forums depending on which version they have viewed.
Unfortunately right now, people looking to buy Blu-Ray or HD-DVD discs have no choice but to sift through sometimes a hundred or more reviews to actually get to High Definition specific reviews in order to find out if it's worth spending the extra money on buying the more expensive release. Not only that, but far too often people write up reviews for High Definition discs before they are even released, which only serves to further this problem.
I hope that people are open-minded about this and that they take the effort to make their reviews as good as possible. As Amazon reviewers and consumers, we all respect each other's opinions. At the same time, to be respectful to your fellow reviewers, take the simple extra step to post your reviews in the appropriate forums.
If other reviewers have further suggestions on how to streamline this process, please post them. I know that I am not the only one to experience some minor frustrations concerning this issue, so please let your voices be heard here.
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