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  • Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

    Gizmodo just posted an interesting article about a program where you can send in DVDs you own and for about $5 WarnerBros. will send you the BluRay version:

    Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

    I'm kind of on the fence here about this. At first I thought "they just want even more money for something I paid for", but then I started thinking about the fact I want to buy a HDTV soon, and I really would like to watch my movies in as high a quality as possible. And $5 isn't that bad really, compared to buying it for $20 or so at bestbuy or amazon.

    But then I scrolled through the list and saw that they don't offer it on any movies I own. I have about 50 or so DVD movies (I used to buy 2-3 a month since they were only about $10), but turns out that since I started Netflix I haven't bought a single disk. :row__688:

    Hopefully the other studios will start doing this as well.
    I really would pay $5 to upgrade my
    Fight Club
    Snatch
    UnderWorld
    Heat
    PitchBlack
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (mostly for the high def bamboo scenes :icon_razz)
    Ronin
    among others

    So what about you guys? Anybody else think this might be a good idea and would be in for a few upgrades? Or would you rather just pay the few extra bucks a month and upgrade your netflix to receive the bluray versions?

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    Re: Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

    Helluva deal! Going to be upgrading quite a few!
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      Between me and the girlfriend, we've got 6 movies on there that I'd upgrade to Blu-Ray. I'll have to research to see if it's more cost effective to do the upgrade, or purchase new discs. I just wish there were more titles.

      I don't have Netflix so that's not an option for me.


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        This is what I don't understand about buying blu-ray's of old movies -- they weren't filmed with high definition cameras. What are you really gaining by getting the movie in a high def format? The picture can't change that much, can it?

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          It depends on how old the movie is. 1080p digital cameras were around as far back as 1998.
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            I notice it more on some things than others. The best quality Blu-Ray I've seen to date was Generation Kill.


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            • #7
              Re: Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

              Originally posted by Spyder View Post
              It depends on how old the movie is. 1080p digital cameras were around as far back as 1998.
              How prevalent was that though? My assumption (based on no fact) was that most movies were filmed in standard definition, or at least when they were converted from film they used standard definition. Is the blu-ray conversion taking the original film copy and making a high-def version, or using the digitized standard def version and up-converting it (duplication of pixels, etc)

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              • #8
                Re: Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

                If they are doing a film transfer, there is a very big, noticeable difference. In some cases, you can even pick out film grain in the resulting video. Also, with BD, you are very often getting uncompressed audio as well, so sound quality is excellent if you are into that.
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                • #9
                  Re: Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

                  Originally posted by tuoply View Post
                  This is what I don't understand about buying blu-ray's of old movies -- they weren't filmed with high definition cameras. What are you really gaining by getting the movie in a high def format? The picture can't change that much, can it?
                  Film has higher definition than 1080p digital camcorders so if it was shot on film it can benefit greatly from Bluray unless they really screw up the transfer.

                  Check out how some of these older films look for example:

                  Battleship Potemkin(1925) : http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCom...ttleship-p.htm
                  The General (1927) : http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCom...thegeneral.htm
                  City Girl (1930) : http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...rl_blu-ray.htm
                  The African Queen (1951) : http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare/african.htm
                  North by Northwest (1959) : http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCom...ynorthwest.htm
                  The Leopard (1963) : http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare5/leopard.htm
                  Doctor Zhivago (1965) : http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-r...go_blu-ray.htm
                  Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) : http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...nd_blu-ray.htm
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                    Thanks for the links FBmantis! I'm impressed with the difference

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                      Re: Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

                      Very interesting. I might have to send in a few and get the new Blu Ray copies. For those that want it, here is the link to the site:
                      http://www.dvd2blu.com/products.html

                      Limit: You may only order, collectively, up to a total of twenty-five (25) Participating Titles combined per household.
                      That kind of stinks though

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                        Re: Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

                        Originally posted by Dredge View Post
                        Very interesting. I might have to send in a few and get the new Blu Ray copies. For those that want it, here is the link to the site:
                        http://www.dvd2blu.com/products.html



                        That kind of stinks though
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                          I wouldn't pay the $5 unless the movie I'm getting back is indeed HD quality, not some SD picture upconverted (stretched, scaled, and cropped) to "Full HD".
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                          • #14
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                            just head over to the local pawn shop with a list in one hand and 10 bucks in the other.... then send in those 10 movies for the BR, and you have a 10 movie kick-off to your collection for 60 bucks total - the cost of 2 new Blu-Rays.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Would You Pay $5 To Upgrade an Old DVD to Blu-ray?

                              Looks like they have added some more to the list:
                              DVD2Blu trade-up scheme lets you swap any old DVD (plus $4.95) for a Blu-ray

                              When you go to the sales page, you have to click the show all tab to view all the options.
                              I can't believe with all the shelves of DVDs I have have, I don't have any of the ones available.

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