Blu-ray pricing-survey-Just for fun

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Found 29th Jan 2009
I've been a thinking. What do you think would be a reasonal price for blu-rays? That is to say....What price will make you go out and replace a film you already have on DVD or buy into a new blockbuster. Here's a quick survey...if I get enough responses I'll tally up and give some results. I recon they fall into two main categories and lord of the rings!

1. Old/less popular films which you already have on DVD e.g. the old Batmans, T2, Rambo. Lets assume it's a 2 disc special edition. £?

2. The new blockbusters we all want to show off our blu-ray kit e.g. New Batmans, Hellboy2. Again 2 disc special editions. £?

3. And finally...What about a 4 disc Fellowship of the Ring?. £?

For what it's worth mine are:

1. £5-6
2. £10-13
3. £40

Though it might be interesting.....

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I find the current blu ray prices and releases a complete confidence trick tbh-the whole point remember was the higher res and the huge storage capacity so why are there so many "2 disc special editions?" they dont need 2 discs-all the content could fit on one with plenty to spare so its just another rip off as far as I can see.

In a few years we will all be told that blu ray is dead and the next great format will be marketed to get us all to replace our collections again and the production companies will expect us all to head lemming like to the stores and fall for their marketing garbage again.

Im happy with my dvds-my ps3 can play blu ray but I have absolutely no interest in falling for another hollywood "fleece the public" scheme-we sell blu rays at work and the dealer markup is truly obscene-asda make 46.6 percent on every one they sell-granted they buy so many they are getting huge bulk deals but that is truly obscene imho.

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barky;4224642

I find the current blu ray prices and releases a complete confidence … I find the current blu ray prices and releases a complete confidence trick tbh-the whole point remember was the higher res and the huge storage capacity so why are there so many "2 disc special editions?" they dont need 2 discs-all the content could fit on one with plenty to spare so its just another rip off as far as I can see.In a few years we will all be told that blu ray is dead and the next great format will be marketed to get us all to replace our collections again and the production companies will expect us all to head lemming like to the stores and fall for their marketing garbage again.Im happy with my dvds-my ps3 can play blu ray but I have absolutely no interest in falling for another hollywood "fleece the public" scheme-we sell blu rays at work and the dealer markup is truly obscene-asda make 46.6 percent on every one they sell-granted they buy so many they are getting huge bulk deals but that is truly obscene imho.



I'll put you down as £0 for all 3 then:thumbsup:

Actually I agree a lot. I think that you can see that my numbers suggest I could be tempted though. I do like blu-ray there is a difference but not enough for me to pay £10-15 to replace a DVD. If new blu-rays were priced at near to DVD prices (maybe £2 more) I'd pay for the blu-ray. I would't pay £15 for the blu-ray when the DVD was £10 though...I'd rather wait!

This forum is for feedback about HDUK - this should be in Misc.

I'll ask a mod to move it :thumbsup:

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gari189;4224902

This forum is for feedback about HDUK - this should be in Misc. I'll ask … This forum is for feedback about HDUK - this should be in Misc. I'll ask a mod to move it :thumbsup:



Cheers. Wasn't sure where to put it! Don't forget to answer the questions!

This is a really good question. My reply is that I want new Blu-ray films to be £9.99. I don't want to break the £10 barrier just because it's a new format. As for boxsets, I won't pay more than £20. I got Matrix boxset for £14.99 and Spiderman boxset for £19.99. I remember spending thousands on dvd. I won't make that mistake again. Let's not forget that the leap from VHS to DVD was soooo great. But that the leap from dvd to blu-ray is not as great.

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Some interesting comments about the quality of Blu-Ray.

What I have discovered is that if you have the right equipment then Blu-Ray is awesome! I originally used the PS3 like lots of folk on here I guess. That was running to a 720 HD projector and it was good. So I upgraded the projector to a 1080P, bought a new AV Amp and Blu-Ray player. The difference is chalk and cheese!

I have been into high quality music and films for many years, being one of the first people to buy surround sound. The gains in Blu-Ray are really huge over analogue DVD but as stated you really must use good equipment.

When the HD plasma TV's came out I spent a long time choosing what TV to buy. In the end I could see little difference in HD and a normal TV so bought the normal. Now TV's are completely different.

So as to the question. Well I have been chaging and adding to my collection of DVD's by moving over to purchases of Blu-Ray only. I buy from other members on AV Forums and since the start of the New Year I have added 53 movies and on average I have probably paid £9 per movie.

I guess about £10 - £11 would be acceptable.

If anyone is interested I use software to keep track of my now very large collection of DVD's:

invelos.com/

And discs are then put into my storage system:

digitalpromo.co.uk/adv…P11

I currently have 10 of these and the price you see on the above web site is considerably cheaper than I originally used to pay. When they first started coming into the UK these boxes, with a folder, cost £100!

This allows a simple method of selecting a movie by any criteria and then locating it. What's more, by not having the DVD boxes I don't need the huge amount of storage room.

I also have a 1 TB NAS drive which is connected to my PS3 on the network. The intention was to put all my movies on that which allows selection easily from the armchair. However, it has not gone as smoothly as I wished but this may be down to putting the movies onto the NAS drive via my iMac. Will have to try from the Windows machine at some time. Would only use this for the older movies, not for Blu-Ray.

Best regards

Chris

I would only replace The Lord of the Rings Trilogy with Blu Ray, and poss Band of Brothers but wouldn't pay more than £30 for either set

Individual Blu-Rays I'd pay £7-£8 if I really wanted it tho I'm pretty patient and happy to wait for prices to come down

I see very little point in buying all my dvds again on blu ray. I will only buy my absolutely essential blu rays again eg LOTR, Star Wars, etc. For films that I like a lot but not love, I will stick to the dvds that I already own. Don't misunderstand me, I love blu ray and the quality leap is impressive. But didn't some corporate executive say recently that blu ray only has a 5 year life span before it will be replaced by the next format? Let's face it that we are moving towards a digital streaming era rather than an own it on disk era. It may take 10 years to achieve but that's the way it's going. I think blu ray has been launched at an unfortunate time with the global economic downturn. It can't be as massive an income generator as dvd was. And I certainly won't be spending £2000+ on upgrading my dvd collection collection to blu ray.
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