Back in victorian times we all watched VHS tapes and we thought how cool it was to watch movies at home when you felt like it but I also recall thinking - this looks and sounds crap - and it did unless you had s vhs originals and player.
Then the men in white cotas and some others in nice suits gave us Digital Versatile Discs and we all celebrated and lusted and purchased. I can recall seeing my fisrt DVD player - it was £1000 and I wanted it.
No bleeding reds or flicky pics, no winding, you can eat jam off them. They looked superb. It was better by a parsec. We didnt mind ( much ) buying all our fav films again.
Now we have blu ray, and aint that the shizzle. Once you have paid up to £20 or more for a film you already have, and purchased another DVD player and added your old to the pile in Bangladesh, and thrown your old telly into a back alley and purhahased a lovely new £700 ' HD ' ready flatty you are ready to go.
Blu ray really is superb and I sorely want a blu ray player as my projector has the pixels but I aint a rich guy.
My recent film purchases...
The Lives of others - DVD £4.99, Blu ray - not avaialbe
Man bites dog -------DVD £7.00 Blu ray - not available.
Donnie Brasco -------DVD £4.99 Blu ray - £13.99
Gaydiator ( yeah and ? ) - DVD £3.99 Blu ray - not avialable.
Training day---------- DVD £4.99 Blu ray £17.58
The whole blu ray HD thing is going to appeal hugely to film fans like me, but I am poor so blu ray isnt an option. Now lets assume I win the lottery, blu ray here I come. Now I can enjoy batman 7 and the lion king in HD - lucky me !
Blu ray is going to flop.
It's like the few better audio formats that have come and gone over the years - quadraphonic, SACD, DVDA - most people dont see the point and those that do want brown rice medieval chants and mozart. They flopped in the mass market sense but some audio formats have found a niche with the cable sniffers and that is where blu ray may end up.
But only if they give us more than than Batman seven. The lion king isnt even on Blu ray - sob sob - lols.
Oh and a global recession just started....
( sites checked - tesco, amazon and hmv )