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6y, 5m agoFound 6 years, 5 months ago
Just came across this.

I know it's a dead format etc. but thought it was still a great price for a brilliant film (IMO).

Hope it's of use to someone.

The life of Ray Charles (played by Jamie Foxx) shows the personal struggles that he encountered growing up in the South as a young blind child (Ray went blind at age 7), and then as a famous singer. The story of his rise to fame and his relationship with his mother and younger brother, his wife, and other women are all part of his celebrated life. Ray's mother told him never to become a cripple, and Ray didn't. Ray was a musical genius who took control of his life and his music, although he did have some setbacks. The movie doesn't sugar coat any of Ray's life. It shows the devastating impact that heroin addiction had on him, and the will power he had to kick the habit.
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#2
Good price - and do you think Blu-Ray will really take off and replace normal or HD DVD's? Not so convinced!!
1 Like #3
richardcotton
Good price - and do you think Blu-Ray will really take off and replace normal or HD DVD's? Not so convinced!!


Judging by your avi it appears you have a sense of humour but not sure if its a joke post or not.

Blu ray has already replace DVD for real movie lovers. The slower people will catch up eventually but its only a matter of time.
#4
trolls in 3...2...1...
#5
Have they got it on Betamax?
#6
cant see it on the website... suppose that makes 2 of us
1 Like #7
Pay £1.79 for this movie on a dead format - not on your Nellie !!

I'm off to my DVD rental store to rent it on standard def - only £2.99 there (& get to keep it for 2 whole days) ;-)
#8
Is that reply for real?
#9
great film, good deal but i was lucky enough to get it for 48p at the gamestation clearance
#10
great price and film
#11
What is this HD-DVD format, is it like Betamax ?
1 Like #12
Hey..does Ray sing the Blues? If so, does this make this the first blue-Ray HD formatted disc?
#13
581d
What is this HD-DVD format, is it like Betamax ?


no, it was pioneered by Toshiba, not Sony.
1 Like #14
mr.potato_head
richardcotton
Good price - and do you think Blu-Ray will really take off and replace normal or HD DVD's? Not so convinced!!
Judging by your avi it appears you have a sense of humour but not sure if its a joke post or not.Blu ray has already replace DVD for real movie lovers. The slower people will catch up eventually but its only a matter of time.

You're kidding right? For 95% of films Blu Ray is fairly pointless. Do you really need to see Jessica Alba's acne underneath her make up?

Movies like the Dark Knight were amazing on Blu Ray, but I honestly can't see the "slower people" ever really thinking it's worth the jump in price.

I like it, but it won't replace DVD.
#15
hotyoda
Hey..does Ray sing the Blues? If so, does this make this the first blue-Ray HD formatted disc?

Well played Sir, well played.
#16
Of course Blu Ray will replace DVD. It's natural progression.

More and more Blu Rays will be released as combi packs, with both DVD and Blu Ray included. And the price is already dropping significantly - in fact, Edge of Darkness (Mel Gibson) was available on the day of release CHEAPER than the DVD equivalent at £11.83 or something. These low release-day prices will become common place.

Blu Ray can't be allowed to fail - too much has been invested, and the studios are in too deep with it now.
1 Like #17
It's not a natural progression though, as DVD for most is just fine.It's not just the price of Blu Rays, but also the players. A lot of people simply won't want to (or see a need to) upgrade.
#18
homerj1977
mr.potato_head
richardcotton
Good price - and do you think Blu-Ray will really take off and replace normal or HD DVD's? Not so convinced!!
Judging by your avi it appears you have a sense of humour but not sure if its a joke post or not.Blu ray has already replace DVD for real movie lovers. The slower people will catch up eventually but its only a matter of time.



You're kidding right? For 95% of films Blu Ray is fairly pointless. Do you really need to see Jessica Alba's acne underneath her make up?

Movies like the Dark Knight were amazing on Blu Ray, but I honestly can't see the "slower people" ever really thinking it's worth the jump in price.

I like it, but it won't replace DVD.


Yeah I suppose you are right. These HD TVs are pointless., they will never replace CRT.

Evolution is a scary thing, I know, but its going to happen so just go with the flow. It will make you a better person.
#19
mr.potato_head
homerj1977
mr.potato_head
richardcotton
Good price - and do you think Blu-Ray will really take off and replace normal or HD DVD's? Not so convinced!!
Judging by your avi it appears you have a sense of humour but not sure if its a joke post or not.Blu ray has already replace DVD for real movie lovers. The slower people will catch up eventually but its only a matter of time.
You're kidding right? For 95% of films Blu Ray is fairly pointless. Do you really need to see Jessica Alba's acne underneath her make up?Movies like the Dark Knight were amazing on Blu Ray, but I honestly can't see the "slower people" ever really thinking it's worth the jump in price. I like it, but it won't replace DVD.
Yeah I suppose you are right. These HD TVs are pointless., they will never replace CRT.Evolution is a scary thing, I know, but its going to happen so just go with the flow. It will make you a better person.

Wow, way to be patronising. I own a HD TV, a Blu Ray player, etc etc. As I've already said, I like it. BUT I can't see it overtaking DVD ever, the jump just isn't that big. Video to DVD, CRT to HD TV were huge jumps. DVD to Blu Ray simply isn't for what the majority of people will ever want imo.

What are the sales figures now for DVD vs Bluray? Hugely in DVD's favour I'd guess, after what 4 years of BluRay?
#20
picked this up for 48p at gamestation when they were getting rid if the hd films....
#21
homerj1977
mr.potato_head
homerj1977
mr.potato_head
richardcotton
Good price - and do you think Blu-Ray will really take off and replace normal or HD DVD's? Not so convinced!!
Judging by your avi it appears you have a sense of humour but not sure if its a joke post or not.Blu ray has already replace DVD for real movie lovers. The slower people will catch up eventually but its only a matter of time.
You're kidding right? For 95% of films Blu Ray is fairly pointless. Do you really need to see Jessica Alba's acne underneath her make up?Movies like the Dark Knight were amazing on Blu Ray, but I honestly can't see the "slower people" ever really thinking it's worth the jump in price. I like it, but it won't replace DVD.
Yeah I suppose you are right. These HD TVs are pointless., they will never replace CRT.Evolution is a scary thing, I know, but its going to happen so just go with the flow. It will make you a better person.


Wow, way to be patronising. I own a HD TV, a Blu Ray player, etc etc. As I've already said, I like it. BUT I can't see it overtaking DVD ever, the jump just isn't that big. Video to DVD, CRT to HD TV were huge jumps. DVD to Blu Ray simply isn't for what the majority of people will ever want imo.

What are the sales figures now for DVD vs Bluray? Hugely in DVD's favour I'd guess, after what 4 years of BluRay?


As I said these things take time, there is a reason I called them slow people.

DVD wasn't an instant hit, people took a while to start using that but eventually they did.

There is obviously already a huge market for blu ray other wise they wouldnt still be producing them and would of died out when HD DVD did. Blu ray is a massive improvement over DVD, anyone who says it isn't needs Stevie Wonder to guide them in the right direction.
#22
Is this available on Blu ray yet ?
#23
Hmmm, still cant see Blu ray catching on for the mass audience - cost a lot more and for what, better picture when DVD piucture quality is fine for the masses

Remember laser discs...
#24
springbrucesteen
Is this available on Blu ray yet ?


No, Ray is not available on Blu Ray.

I am well aware that rhymed by the way.
#25
Well, heres the thing. I remember paying £24.99 for a copy of Deep Blue Sea on DVD when it was available for £9.99 on VHS. And at the time, I paid £249 for a DVD player.

So what I mean by "natural progression" is that as more blu ray players are sold, the price comes down. As the price comes down, more people buy. You can now buy a blu ray player for £50. Give it 12 months, and they will be available for £20. That's when you will see mass take up.

And once we get mass penetration - it is estimated that 33% of the market will be Blu Ray by this time next year - then prices of blu ray disks will plummet. And then we will see a gradual shift from DVD to BLU RAY, exactly as we saw with VHS to DVD.
#26
The main point to remember about Blu-ray is that it is an ever evolving format.

Blu-ray early adopters were incensed when they found out that their new and expensive Blu-ray players only matched the Profile 1.0 specification and, as such, would not support the new feature being touted by the BDA; Bonus View (Picture-in-Picture). They were advised that in order to avail of this new feature, they would need to upgrade to one of the new Profile 1.1 Blu-ray players.

Owners of Blu-ray Profile 1.1 players were then annoyed when, sometime later, the BDA were again touting another new feature, BD-Live, but this feature would require a Blu-ray player to be able to connect to the Internet so an upgrade to a new Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player would be required.

The consumers who had Blu-ray Profile 2.0 players were then to find out that in order to watch 3D movies on Blu-ray, they would need to not only upgrade their TV to a 3D LCD or Plasma TV, but also upgrade their Blu-ray player to a 3D ready Blu-ray player.

Now it turns out that those consumers who own 3D ready Blu-ray players will need to make yet another upgrade in order to support the new BDXL format which allows for Blu-ray discs up to 128 GB in size.

I don’t know about you, but all this upgrading is certainly leaving a sour taste in my mouth when I think of what a rip-off this format has been. It reminds me of how Apple have drip-fed features into their iPhones year in, year out, ensuring loyal customers upgrade again and again and again. If a consumer happened to have bought a PS3, then they have at least been able to avoid paying through the nose since they were able to upgrade their PS3 for free enabling it to go from Profile 1.0 all the way to 3D ready.

Going on the above, the Blu-ray format is evolving too fast for consumers to enjoy their existing purchases. As a result, you end up paying more in the long-term just so you can enjoy the latest and greatest feature(s). A bit of foresight from the BDA would have been nice, so that situations, such as those mentioned, didn’t occur in the first place. It makes you wonder just why things have happened they way they have and whether money and greed was the resulting factor in all of this.

In addition, at least it can be said that Toshiba had the foresight to include the necessary hardware in their players so that they were able to make use of all the features Blu-ray owners had to wait several years for.
#27
Would also point out that on-demand, or at least lack of physical media is also catching on. See Netflix in America and the success of Steam pretty much anywhere.

Even my 360 can stream HD movies within seconds.

I honestly don't think the future of Blu Ray is as easily predicted as some on here think. DVD and VHS never had the internet to compete with.
#28
One day blu ray will outsell DVDs, but thats quite a few years away when legal downloadable movies is an equal mainstream source of films. Because the likes of HMV and Tesco continue to want to make a vast profit at selling new blu ray movies for £20, the format won't catch on as quick as it should.

And anyone stating that a proper HD picture on ANY movie 'isn't worth it' is talking nonsense.
#29
The only people that will buy HD DVDs are the jammy gets that managed to get the extremely cheap xbox 360 hddvd player drive when everywhere was chucking them out for pennies. I reckon blu ray will be the last physical format,everything will be online in afew years, or maybe people will have uber easy to use memory devices that you can plug into data points in tescos, asda, hmv etc and select what film you want as the elderly and non tech masses will still need an easy option instead of downloading it themselves at home. Even gaming looks to be turned on its head as soon there will be game streaming services so the only hardware you need is an internet capable device, all the video rendering, processes, audio etc will be done on some powerfull network of PCs and servers somewhere and you pay for using it. Not sure I like this complete reliance on the internet though. Hopefully home consoles and PC hardware manufacturers will fight this move as long as they can.
#30
thabiz
The only people that will buy HD DVDs are the jammy gets that managed to get the extremely cheap xbox 360 hddvd player drive when everywhere was chucking them out for pennies


Or those of us who bought Toshiba's flagship HD DVD player, the HD-XE1, when HD DVD was still going strong. ;)
#31
Or those of us who bought the LG Blu-Ray and HD-DVD combo drive for our PC.

Buy film for few quid, rip to HDD, enjoy.
#32
Rsaeire
thabiz
The only people that will buy HD DVDs are the jammy gets that managed to get the extremely cheap xbox 360 hddvd player drive when everywhere was chucking them out for pennies


Or those of us who bought Toshiba's flagship HD DVD player, the HD-XE1, when HD DVD was still going strong. ;)


your not wrong there
fantastic player and back-lit remote
#33
springbrucesteen

your not wrong there
fantastic player and back-lit remote


I agree. While I use a Harmony One, so I have no need for individual remotes, the XE1's remote is by far my favourite remote out of all my devices.
#34
thabiz
I reckon blu ray will be the last physical format


No, I don't agree. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I prefer to have a physical disk and case in my hand - when I pay £10+ for a movie, I don't want it to be just a file sitting on my PC or media player - I want it to be something tangible.

It's like any "collector". If you collect stamps, you buy the physical item - you don't just buy a picture of it. If you collect antiques, you display them in your home. And likewise, if you are a movie collector, you want to have something that can be on display in your dvd cabinet.

Maybe streaming and downloading WILL take a strong hold. But physical disks will ALWAYS be around.
#35
I really don't know why flash media/memory cards haven't been used as the next evolution in providing entertainment, such as movies, TV shows, concerts etc, on physical media. I for one love the idea of simply collecting my new movie collection on, for instance, a multitude of SD cards. They're small enough to be easily stored, while big enough to not be easily lost. Not only this, but the size of the required media player would be so small that it could probably be a fanless device, since there's no need for an optical drive or a sophisticated power supply.

I certainly hope the entertainment industry think long and hard about how they intend to distribute movies in 4K, or whatever resolution they decide to release that supersedes Blu-ray, as I'm not interested in yet another, prone to scratch, optical media. Although, since the Blu-ray format is in constant flux, the BDA might simply to decide to update the specification of the Blu-ray format to include 4K, so we could be stuck with Blu-ray indefinitely.
#36
Rsaeire
I really don't know why flash media/memory cards haven't been used as the next evolution in providing entertainment, such as movies, TV shows, concerts etc, on physical media.


Simples. Cost.

A Blu Ray disc costs the studios about 10p each, as does a DVD disc. Put the same movie (20GB+ of blu ray content) on a flash card or similar, you are looking at a HUGE cost.
#37
dvdbargainhunter


Simples. Cost.

A Blu Ray disc costs the studios about 10p each, as does a DVD disc. Put the same movie (20GB+ of blu ray content) on a flash card or similar, you are looking at a HUGE cost.


You have to remember that the fastest NAND memory would not be required for use in a movie media format, so size is the first priority, with rated speed second. As Blu-ray disc's maximum data transfer rate is 54 Mbit/s (6.75 MB/s), this speed is certainly obtainable by flash memory chips currently available. Since such memory would be less costly, and manufacturing in such large quantities could be outsourced to existing flash manufacturing plants, reducing costs substantially, it is certainly a very viable option. In addition, with manufacturing of sub 20 nm flash memory currently in process, the price will go down even further. As a result, the next home video format could easily be a memory card format.
#38
A 4gb SD card is like £5-£10 or so now and could be done for even less. I think they would want to use a fairly reasonable physical size for movies, standard size SD card should be about as small as practical for a movie format otherwise everyone would lose all these tiny ones you see now. The downsides to using flash cards are:

1. Wouldnt allot of people think why cant I just have an Sd card and use booths or my pc where I can put new films on and use the flash card for other things etc.
2. It would make piracy even easier as all would be needed is a reader of some sort and crack the DRM software instead of actually having to have an expensive blu ray drive, a decent PC that can rip a blu ray well, the blu ray itself.
3.Devices/blank flash cards and readers/writers for PC would make it very easy and mainstream for people to play a movie on their TV. Most people still dont know how and where to obtain films, how they could view it on tv, streaming to games consoles, plugging the PC into their TV, how to burn, codecs etc. Most of them still just want to get a dvd from some guy in the pub and put it in the dvd player and press play.
4.And am I right in my belief that flash memory cannot last forever? I know it is ok for most practical purposes but isnt there a limit to how many times a flash device can be used? It may be millions but still not a valuable feature for a movie format.
5. Companies have to much money in fancy "blu ray" players, burners, discs that so many people think are some sort of special state of the art kit. If flash based media players were the next mainstream thing then pretty much any factory in China capable of making a card reader would be able to sell these new flash card players from day one at tiny prices.

It will happen in some way, optical media's days are numbered for sure. Im interested to see what the Nintendo 3DS will use for its movie playing capability. Hopefully it will not be a proprietary format, but it probably will be if I know Nintendo.

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