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How would you rate: DVDs/HD DVDs/Blue Rays

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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
As an synical old fogie with a bog standard DVD player, I would like to know what all the fuss is about.

I am perfectly happy with the picture/sound quality of DVDs and don't see the point in spending 3 or 4 times as much to get the same movie on another format.

So I just wondered how those of you who have experienced all three would rate them compared to each other (out of 10).

EXAMPLE:
Blue 9
HD 8
DVD 7
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
I Think Your about spot on with your example scores (Except the HDDVD score)

Blu-ray 9/10
DVD 7/10
HDDVD (No point scoring them as they are obsolete now)
#2
Blu Ray - 10 (simply becuase its the mosts advanced format currently, nothing looks better.

HD-DVD - 1 (a defunct format)

DVD - 6 (still watchable, and can be picked up at decent prices)

Football on ITV - -10 (minus) after becomming a HD snob and watching football via Sky Sports HD you'll go back to watching it on ITV and realise its like watching the Juniour Senior - Move Your Feet video.
[mod]#3
Betamax FTW!
#4
MinstrelMan
Blu Ray - 10 (simply becuase its the mosts advanced format currently, nothing looks better.

HD-DVD - 1 (a defunct format)

DVD - 6 (still watchable, and can be picked up at decent prices)

Football on ITV - -10 (minus) after becomming a HD snob and watching football via Sky Sports HD you'll go back to watching it on ITV and realise its like watching the Juniour Senior - Move Your Feet video.


for home cinema, yes, but you'll find the raw uncompressed footage is better still (even though you're unlikely to find a screen capable of playing it on the open market)

Video quality is subjective, varies between players/screens and personal taste, so ratings out of 10 are a little pointless IMO. Suffice to say, 720p HD content is much better than DVD, 1080p HD content will make you involuntarily wee yourself the first time you see it.
#5
chrishill
for home cinema, yes, but you'll find the raw uncompressed footage is better still (even though you're unlikely to find a screen capable of playing it on the open market)


Fair point, well made. :thumbsup:
#6
TrickyJabs
I am perfectly happy with the picture/sound quality of DVDs and don't see the point in spending 3 or 4 times as much to get the same movie on another format.

So I just wondered how those of you who have experienced all three would rate them compared to each other


I didn't notice a massive difference between DVD's on a CRT and HD content on a 720p TV when I first watched one, but there is a difference which its worth upgrading for (IMO).

for example, in an episode of 24 in HD, when they do their trademark split-screen thing where they have 3 or 4 little videos playing all at once with the clock in the middle, there is NO degradation of the quality of the little video, peoples faces are still pin sharp. The same applies to things in the background of scenes, on a CRT a person standing in the background of the shot would lose detail simply because there are less 'dot' to make up an image of them - not so with HD.

To be honest if you want to convince yourself its worth upgrading, watch Wall-E in HD.
banned#7
bluray will soon be as useless as hddvd
bluray only has a shelf life of 4-5 years

digital downloads is the future
#8
chrishill

To be honest if you want to convince yourself its worth upgrading, watch Wall-E in HD.


+1

or Cars, i find the mental ray reflections from the car bodywork drool-worthy
#9
MinstrelMan
+1

or Cars, i find the mental ray reflections from the car bodywork drool-worthy


+1

The picture quality of cars is awesome.

Watched Iron man last night, quite good, picture quality amazing.
#10
DVD - 4
HD DVD - 8
BluRay - 8

HD DVD & BluRay use the same codecs etc and films that were released on both formats used the same encodes 99% of the time.
#11
crispwarez
bluray will soon be as useless as hddvd
bluray only has a shelf life of 4-5 years

digital downloads is the future


or at least that is what Andy Griffiths, director of consumer electronics at Samsung UK has said.

of course he didn't qualify or produce any evidence to support this other than that he claims OLED would replace LCD (which lets face it would have no impact whatsoever on Blu-Ray) and that would lead to what he refers to as "A true HD world".


Anyway:

Blu Ray: 9 (at 1080p)
HD-DVD: 9 (at 1080p)
DVD: 5
Toshiba XD500: 7 (depending on the quality of the original DVD)
SKY HD / VIRGIN HD: 8
banned#12
Stick with the DVD for now till prices come down.

DVD 7
HD DVD 9 (obsolete but good back catalogue)
Bluray 9
[mod]#13
Blu Ray - Quality 9 / Average Price 5 = 14
DVD - Quality 7 / Average Price 8 = 15
HDVD's Quality 8 / Average Price 9 = 17

But as already said.........

HDDVD obsolete

So I'll stick with DVD's till I can buy a BluRay Player for under £40 and average disc prices are under £5
#14
One of the best descriptions I've seen of HD media is that it's like a layer of grime has been wiped off the front of the TV screen which I find is very true. Much of it depends on what you're watching, if I've been watching a few DVD's then the quality isn't too bad but if I've been watching HD media then go back to DVD everything seems very soft and lacking in detail. HD media in comparison is very sharp particularly in areas where you have a constant, random pattern of very similar colours such as clouds, sky, shadows etc. When this is upscaled from DVD it can't really guess the right colours which gives a very fuzzy look.

Ultimately it's up to your preferences, personally I don't buy that many films so I'm happy to spend a bit more and get a version of the film I know I'll enjoy more as even simple aspects like the increased detail you can see in the skin just makes it that bit more real for me.

John
[Moderator]#15
I play regular DVD's through an upscaling 1080i DVD player... the picture quality is fantastic.
Noticably better than a standard DVD picture, plus i can play all my old DVD's without having to replace them with Blueray discs....the upscaled picture is so good, blueray just isnt worth it atm.
banned#16
dcx_badass
On a standard CRT TV that we still have at home DVD quality is fine and looks good anyways, on a HDTV, I guess they don't look as good but I can't comment on that. I have a hd dvd drive for my PC and on that (@ 1280*1024) HD DVDs look at lot better than DVDs. I rate HD DVD higher than blu ray, as hd dvd has a much better menu system and better features (from what I've seen), it might be a discontinued format but 1080P is 1080P, and the disks don't self destruct either.


Thats one to cross off the list then! :w00t:
#17
bigflump;4518365
I play regular DVD's through an upscaling 1080i DVD player... the picture quality is fantastic.
Noticably better than a standard DVD picture, plus i can play all my old DVD's without having to replace them with Blueray discs....the upscaled picture is so good, blueray just isnt worth it atm.

I'm sorry but that's nonsense - there is some variety in how well different upscalers work but they fundamentally all they are doing is guessing what colour of pixels to fill the gaps in with. At best an upscaled DVD can match a high definition disc only if it's a very simple picture such as a cartoon with large areas the identical colour as upscaling is very easy. However for any video with variation in its textures (most films) then upscaling offers nothing like the quality of blu-ray or HD DVD - whereas an upscaler has to try and guess which colour the extra pixels are (which it simply can't do very well), on native 720p/1080p media the video stream has enough data for all the pixels with no guesswork.

In practice a decent upscaler will normally outperform a TV's builtin upscaler (which are often very poor) but they're not adding much to the quality of the DVD as the amount of data they have to work with is too limited to do so.

John
[Moderator]#18
John, im not denying that blueray is better...of course it is.
the op's question was is blueray worth paying 3 or 4 times more for?
IMO the upscaled image i get from a toshiba XDE500 on a panasonic LCD is much better than a standard DVD player, and to me, does not justify paying 3 or 4 times more for a blueray disc.
http://www.homecinemachoice.com/node/10346
#19
Perhaps if you're running a standard DVD player over an SD interface or through a TV with a poor upscaler it's 'much better' but even the best upscalers still cannot add detail and leave a 'noise' effect across any portions of the picture with constant variance in colour. I've tried both high quality hardware and software upscalers and at best they're slightly better than standard DVD when compared to the TV's own upscaler but the lack of detail and clarity is still very obvious - there's no comparison to HD media at all.

John
[Moderator]#20
But is it worth paying 3 or more times for? guess it depends on the buyer.
i got it for free so im more than happy with the improvement, cheaper than replacing all my old dvd anyway.
1 Like #21
Simple answer - If you don't see what the fuss is about, and are happy then don't waste your money.

I'm in that boat :)
[Moderator]#22
DragonChris
Simple answer - If you don't see what the fuss is about, and are happy then don't waste your money.

I'm in that boat :)

Totally agree :thumbsup:
#23
HiDef all the way!

Not all Blu-ray movies are created equally though, some can be pretty poor w/r/t quality.
#24
I watched my first blu ray a while back and i hae to say its good. Not a massive leap from dvd but still a decent improvement.

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