I'll admit to being in the annoying posistion of being a geek on a tight budget. Much of the best and coolest tech in entertainment, flat screen TV's, 3D, hi-def, smart-phones, have been passed on by me due to the fact that I simply can't afford them, and to be perfectly honest there is a practical side to my brain that has an issue with throwing out a TV even if it is standard def and old.
So knowing this, it will come to no surprise to you that I have not previously jumped on the BluRay bandwagon. Standard definition TV and DVD player I love has kept me firmly in the 20th century. My thoughts were that in the end I would skip the latest disc format and jump all in to a hi-def all digital streaming "something" on my wall.
Problem is, the movie industry has apparently made a decision as to where that want their content. I've noticed that the special features and bonus content have been quickly moving from the DVD option to the BluRay. Just recently I had a movie to review and it was the big combo pack. The DVD had the movie, two short featurettes and a commentary. While this isn't a bad selection for a DVD, it is short of being filled to capacity. The BluRay however had all that plus even more featurettes plus a cool set up that would allow you to sync up your PC or mobile device with a website that would pop up details and behind the scene notes as you watch the movie. Sort of a remote "pop-up video". How cool is that?! (Sorry,.. you can keep the out-takes and deleted scenes, but I'm a sucker for the nuts and bolts of what goes into a movie)
So, in the end, content has made me order a BluRay player. I will still not benefit on any quality front as I will still be jamming the signal down A/V cables to a big tube, but at least I will get all the bells and whistles that I have been quietly lamenting over like a kid outside a 5¢ candy store with only 4 pennies in his palm.
(But I'm still not paying what they want a month to own a damned smart-phone!)
"Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars"