Casualties of the Format War

Posted: December 5, 2007 in General, Movies/TV/Music

Now that I have a HD-DVD player I’ve made this sort-of commitment to not buy movies in standard def anymore. To be honest, it’s not because I don’t think DVDs are viable, I find them perfectly acceptable to watch. I’ve always felt that if I’m going to buy something, it’s worth spending a little bit more to get something of better quality. That’s the situation here. For an extra $5-10 I can buy a better product.

The problem is that there are plenty of movies that I would purchase that are only available as BluRay. So the entertainment industry has created this hole for me (and I’m sure I’m not the only one), where I would buy the movie, but it’s not available in my preferred format. At the same time I’m not going to buy the DVD version either. So I haven’t bought titles like “Live Free or Die Hard”,”Ratatouille”,”Oceans 13″,”Pirates of the Caribbean”, or “Casino Royale”.

That’s not to say that I’m not spending $$ on DVDs (or HD-DVDs). I recently bought season 6 of Scrubs, and season 3 of Lost, as well as the first four seasons of the A-Team on DVD. I also broke down and bought “Hot Fuzz” on DVD. Of course I’ve bought several HD-DVDs too (like “Top Gun”, “The Last Starfighter”, “300”, and “Transformers”).

I read yesterday that DVD sales are tapering off, or even falling off. That 2006 will have probably been a bigger year than 2007. I wonder if the high-def format war is part of the cause for this.


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