So "No" to Blu-Ray

Understandably, the introduction of the HD technology might drive some to the stores to cash in on the newest digital trend, Blu-Ray. If for whatever reason, you can't, don't feel bad, because it isn't that big of a deal.

Any overrated ad in your neighborhood Target or Wall-Mart will tell you how amazing Blu-Ray players are. How much they enhance the quality of your movie experience. How distinct an improvement they are from those outdated regular DVDs scattered all over your house. How much you can do with all of the new features.

But all it amounts to is expensive features and upgrades that you don't really need to buy into unless they refuse to make regular DVDs anymore. Seeing as that is not in the near future, it would be advantageous to wait for prices to come down before “upgrading”.

If you are still unsure of whether or not to get the entire HD system, consider the following:

Wall-E in HD is not going to be much different from Wall-E in standard definition. Neither is the Simpsons. Why? Because they are cartoons and regardless of what the ads may suggest, a cartoon is a cartoon is a cartoon, HD or not. If you watch mostly little kids movies, HD doesn't really matter.

Yes, the sound quality is indeed superior in HD, but then again, does it really matter if you can hear someone breathing in between their lines? Not really. As if most people aren't already in danger of hearing loss from noise pollution, let's add more.

The special features offered by Blu-Ray are ridiculous. For Wall-E they allow you to record your own comments over the movie so if your family members watch it without you, they can hear what you thought about it. Some DVDs even allow you to play games while watching the movie. Whatever happened to just sitting down and enjoying a movie without feeling as if you should be doing something else at the same time?

Lastly, the system is so thorough in its picture quality improvements that you can actually pick out the CGI in each scene. Guess now there is no need to waste an hour watching the documentaries on how and where they put the special effects when you can see it for yourself. Somehow it does take the magic out of watching Batman or Harry Potter when you can see the separation of the actors and the enhanced background. 

Please, if you enjoy more than the natural movie experience, do not let this deter you from investing in Blu-Ray. After all, there are many who cannot stand sitting through a two hour movie without being entertained by extra features. I mean, who can actually remember when people just bought a movie to for the movie and not everything else?

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 3:57 PM, 01.25.2009