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Reel to Real: New technology, high-def hotties

30 September 2012 By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer No Comments
Blu-ray, new movie platform, makes for better viewing


I went to go pick up my copy of “The Avengers” last week and while browsing the movie section at Target I realized that I have once again fallen behind the times.

Apparently I’m not up on the whole Blu-ray thing, which doesn’t surprise me since I always manage to be the last person to upgrade.

My family didn’t switch from dial-up internet until 2008. And it’s getting harder and harder to find the movies I want to buy on DVD, but easier and easier to get them on a Blu-ray.

But I couldn’t figure out what the deal was with Blu-ray.

I understand the advantage of DVD over VHS.

A DVD is a disc and you can play it in your computer or in a DVD player and it’s smaller and can hold lots of extra features and Easter eggs.

A VHS basically just plays the movie straight through.

So what made Blu-ray so special?

Isn’t it just a disc the way a DVD is?

Being completely ignorant in the area of technology, I decided to put my investigative journalism skills to work (by which I mean that I Googled it, but hey, sometimes that’s all it takes).

For one thing, the quality is noticeable.

Things just look prettier on Blu-ray, and if you want to see every hair follicle on Chris Hemsworth’s face as you watch “The Avengers,” it makes a difference.

Is it imperative?

Of course not.

I’ve been watching stuff on DVD for years, and while it might skip or freeze if the disc gets scratched, the quality of the movie doesn’t go down as your copy gets old.

But if you have the money and interest to look at something in super-high quality, why not get more from your viewing experience?

They’re apparently great with high-def TVs.

Mine is a 20-inch little thing that I just use to watch The Daily Show, but if you have a high-definition TV, Blu-ray makes the movie even more crystal-clear, shiny and beautiful.

And according to Home Media Magazine, anywhere from one third to one half of American households own a high-def TV.

I don’t think I’m going to go burn my DVD collection just yet, since Blu-rays seem to be focused more on improving the appearance of the movie and including more special features than revolutionizing the things you can do with a film, the way DVD did to VHS. But I’m really intrigued.

So tell me, Towson readers—should I put a Blu-ray player on my Christmas list?

Is it the next step in watching movies, or just a way to spend more money?

What recommendations do you have for poor, technologically-impaired Eva?

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