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Old 07-22-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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Default How did you discover Blu-ray?

Hello all. I thought i would start a thread for every one to discuss how they discovered Blu-ray and why they started collecting them. Did you adopt the format early or are you a more recent collector? Did you see a demo in a shop or at a friends house that made you start to collect? Maybe you just like buying a new format, whatever it is?

Personally I was given a Blu-ray by accident as a Christmas gift in 2008. Upon playing it and being so impressed with the the PQ and AQ, i was transformed into a collector!

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Old 07-22-2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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Read about it in 2007...but waited before jumping on it because of the format war. Once I saw in early 2008 that Blu-ray was the winner, I bought my first HDTV and Blu-ray player
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:48 AM   #3
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I bought a PS3. About a year later, I thought maybe I should actually use the BD player inside it for BDs instead of just upscaling. The rest is history.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:12 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by wickerjay View Post
I bought a PS3. About a year later, I thought maybe I should actually use the BD player inside it for BDs instead of just upscaling. The rest is history.
Pretty much that. I was resistant at first to switching formats, mostly because I knew that once I switched, I could never go back, which of course ended up being true.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:14 AM   #5
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Commercials of TDK on BD. I didn't buy DVD movies, but TDK was a worthy purchase as my first BD so I went to WM and bought it.

At that time, my PS3 was new and I got hooked after watching TDK on BD.

Then I searched more about blu-ray, and I stumbled on this site and I've been on here everyday since March 2009.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:22 AM   #6
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i adopted blu-ray in 2007 when i got my ps3 on the first day! i knew blu ray was going to win! i was Blu ray all the way!
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:38 AM   #7
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I first got to hear about Blu-ray at the eve of the Blu-ray vs HD DVD War. I'm almost ashamed to admit but at first I was kinda hoping HD DVD would become the standard format as it wasn't region locked (at that time, I didn't even have an idea of the different disc sizes, etc).

Kept buying DVD's at that time.

Then got my launch PS3 and that was my first real introduction to Blu-ray (except for demos in stores of a beautifully looking Ice Age Blu-ray disc). This might make me sound like a gamer who accidentally stumbled upon Blu-ray but actually I'm a film-fan first and foremost and a gamer second. My PS3 came with Spider-Man 3. After being blown away by that quality, I purchased the Spider-Man Trilogy Blu-ray set and ever since I've been collecting Blu-rays.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:51 AM   #8
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One of my co-workers was talking about blu-ray and how a player would cost1,000. Thus, he was getting a PS3 on the initial release. I did a search on Google and found this site .
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:54 AM   #9
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I walked into a store one day and saw all these movies I knew, but in weird blue and red cases, competing for which would be more popular.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:56 AM   #10
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I ran into AVSforum searching for speakers cuz I was building my Home theater in the end of 2006 and saw a Hi-def section of the forum talking about blu-ray and HD DVD. I absorbed all the info I could and bought an HD DVD player in 2007, a few months later I bought a Samsung BDP-1000 off a forum member and was dual format.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:56 AM   #11
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i wanted a ps3 when they came out but couldn't afford the price for one.

after i knew blu-ray was gonna win the format war, i talked my wife into a blu-ray player and an hdtv for fathers day!!
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:07 PM   #12
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I never was really looking to get into blu-ray. Last year I was looking for a computer and after a week or so stumbled across a computer that was ideal which also happened to have a blu-ray player. I wasn't actually looking for one with it but this computer was the best deal I had found even if it only would have come witha dvd drive. The blu-ray was just a bonus. However since it was coming with a blu-ray player, instead of getting a 16:10 22" panoramic monitor, I opted instead for a 22" 1080p monitor for around the same price to watch my movies in proper 16X9 format.

However even with all that, I had no great desire for blu-rays. I boght W. and Bloody Valentine 3D and that's it for the first year while I bought other stuff on dvd still. Getting Star Trek on blu-ray was an exception to that rule since being a huge trek fan Star Trek had to be purchased on blu-ray. I then had a long stretch of no blu-ray playback since I upgraded to Windows 7 and had to wait from october to march for updated blu-ray player software since the vista copy was denied because it was trying to authenticate and found a retail 7 license instead of the oem vista license.

After picking up a bunch more blu-rays and having player software again, I've mostly changed my attitude to always picking something up a film on blu-ray unless the price gap is significantly higher or of course is dvd only. However, I won't do dvd to blu-ray upgrades.
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:12 PM   #13
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wen i bought my 1st hdtv and ps3, i got it strictly for gaming, i heard of blu ray movies, but didnt really know anything about it
my ps3 was acting up so i returned it before the month was done, my new copy was a the bundle with spiderman 3 blu ray
i popped it in acouple nites later, and was blown away! it converted me rite away(and i only had a 720p set back then)
i saved up some money, sold my tv, and about a month later got my 1080p set
and now here i am with over 200 blu rays and loving it
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:19 PM   #14
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Although I didn't start collecting until last November, I have been following the format since it's inception. However, I wasn't touching it until the format war was over, and of course when I upgraded to HDTV.

The format war was my biggest deterent from HD in general. I didn't want to bother upgrading until I could get real HD content on disc. Personally I was rooting for HDDVD for a myriad of reasons, but I knew enough not to pick my sides until one died on the sword.
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:25 PM   #15
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I heard of HD DVD and BD in 2006 or so, and then waited for the prices to fall down to a reasonable level. In late 2007 it looked like the war would not end any time soon. I picked BD because of the higher disc capacity and studio support.... and it happened to have Casino Royale as well

Thankfully I picked the winning format, and I've never looked back since. I've watched a few movies that don't have BD or HD DVD releases and they look a bit flat and lifeless now.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:31 PM   #16
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I get up really early for work (3:00 am) and on the morning of December 4th, 2007 I awoke to find a PS3 and Blu-ray copies of the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies sitting on our coffee table with a note....

"Here is an early xmas gift....go buy yourself 'At World's End' on Blu-ray today. Love, April xoxo"

I Love My Wife....

At the time I had the HD-DVD add-on for my Xbox with maybe 10 HD-DVDs but I had been secretly wanting to switch to Blu.

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Old 07-22-2010, 01:37 PM   #17
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I was reading about it in 2006. By the end of 2007, I was looking to upgrade to the next generation of hom media, but I was torn between the two formats. I felt that blu-ray would be the eventual successor, but most of the movies I wanted were coming out on the HD-DVD format. The day after Christmas, 2007, I had some gift cards and I decided to take the plunge and bought my PS3. It was very shortly afterwards that HD-DVD died off and all of the movies I wanted that had been on that format began to be released on blu-ray. The rest is history.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:44 PM   #18
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I was anti-blu for a long time because I was happy with DVD. I only bought blu-ray because:

1. One of my favorite Indian movies, Jodhaa Akbaar, got royally screwed on DVD so the only watchable version was the blu-ray.
2. Quality multi-region blu-ray players got cheap (I got my Sherwood for $150).

And my biggest fear about switching to blu was that once I started to watch blu, I would then see my DVDs as inferior video quality and then I would end up upgrading most of my films to blu. In November 2009, my fear came true. I switched to blu, and I only planned to upgrade my all-time favorites, but I have been upgrading more than that.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:12 PM   #19
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During the war format I found out about bluray and HDDVD. However I did not jump on any of them since I value my money more and wanted to see who wins.

Once bluray was the victor, I bought Batman Begins even before I owned a bluray player.
I then bought a PS3 a few months later and then an HDTV and started buying blurays.

I always bought movies so I stopped buying DVDs and moved on to bluray.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:19 PM   #20
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I've usually jumped on every format that came around but this time I waited till the format war was over. I haven't looked back since. I had promised myself I wouldn't upgrade any of my dvd's to bluray but slowly I've been going through my collection and doing just that.
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