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HD DVD vs Blu-Ray, a Brief History

Blu-ray and HD DVD began their campaigns in the year 2006. Movie studios and electronics manufacturers were looking for a new video format, one that would suit their ever more visually impressive movies. In the midst of this consumers began rushing out to replace their hardware to experience the new formats.

But it was a war between the two, HD vs Blu-ray, only one could win and consumers were left on the sidelines trying to figure the whole thing out. Meanwhile, DVD players had become commodity items with little or no profit margin, and the bargain bin at local stores offered discs for under £7.

Fast forward 10 years and you will find quite literally dozens of Blu-ray Disc players on offer, starting well under £50. Ranging in all different shapes and sizes.

But now theres 4K, which is expected to be the new Blu-ray; well almost. While it is a new video format, it doesn’t quite carry the physical clout that the new disc formats held.



How to Find Old Classic DVD Films From Many Years Ago

With the technological get through of DVD, old movies called classics can at the present be viewed and owned by the Classic DVD films antenna. A lot of these films have been reinstated to their unique and in a lot of cases improved condition. What improved way to sight these resources than in Classic DVD. Unlike the old VHS tapes there are no skips or loafers in the films. The prints are immaculate and colors (if the film was originally in color) bright and the sound is better than the originals. Black and white films offer the same clearness and what improved way to sight a film noir than in black and white setting the dark atmosphere of the story line and act. The records of Classic DVD films grows better each week and the genre’s obtainable cover the whole spectrum of films from: action, romance, adventure, science fiction, horror, drama, film noir, comedy, silent’s, and thrillers.

Classic DVD Films

The reinstatement of Classic DVD movies is a thoroughly slow process taking many hours and going border by frame to correct blemishes, breaks and get better sound (Dolby Digital) in the films. The end consequence is healthy value the time, patience and sweat. Classic DVD’s allow old and new spectators to sight and own these films and give those lucky sufficient to keep in mind the original releases a bit of nostalgia while new spectators an chance to see and hear (unless the film is from the silent era) the best of cinema- John Wayne, Orson Welles, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Maureen O’Hara, Errol Flynn, Boris Karloff, Katherine Hepburn, and Cary Grant live again in these wonderful performances and there are many more too numerous to mention. Some of the magnificent resources that carry on to live on gratitude to Classic DVD from Hollywood’s Champagne days are: Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane, On the Waterfront, Anatomy of a Murder, Casablanca, The Quiet Man, Captain Blood, The Philadelphia Story, Frankenstein and many thousands more.

With no doubt, the most excellent fraction of owning Classic DVD films is that they will by no means grow old and will keep their splendor everlastingly and for the antenna and movie lover that makes them timeless. The total most excellent places to construct a compilation of rare films are not in the sell stores but quite online.

A Budget Home Theatre

Now I don’t expect many of you can afford a set-up anywhere near what’s depicted in the picture, but an inexpensive home theatre set up will make a world of difference to your viewing experience. Whether that’s playing video games or watching the latest films, you can get a complete living room overhaul for less than £500, if you really want to.

Being immersed in your favourite shows or movies is an experience everyone can enjoy, from the elderly to the youngest of children. When you’ve come in from a hard week at work and you want nothing more than to sit back and enjoy a good film. There are thousands of DVD’s on offer to suit everyone, from horror to comedy and documentaries to music, but you just don’t get the full benefit of what they have to offer without a home theatre set up.

As I said earlier there are various options for those on a budget. A simple surround sound system can cost as little as £50 giving you that immersive feeling that you get at the cinema in your own home. Something like this costs less than £40 (1/9/11) and will give you quite a lot of bang for your buck.

So the sound is sorted, now for the visual. HDTV is the current technology that’s within most peoples budget. Amazon again come in with a respectable HDTV (1/9/2011) for less than £275. Some things to look out for when looking at HDTV’s most people go by screen size and nothing else, which is a pretty terrible way to decide on a TV that will more than likely be the centrepiece of their living room for years to come. Make sure that you take into account the contrast ratio, this is the difference between the whitest white and the blackest black that the screen can show. The higher the number the better. Also don’t forget that with technology progressing HDMI ports are becoming more and more common on devices, so make sure that your new TV has at the very least 2 ports. Sky and Virgin Media both have HD boxes that require HDMI ports as well as modern games consoles such as the xBox or PS3.

I personally dont think that a home cinema is complete without a PS3, it is one of the cheapest blu-ray players on the market allowing for a full HD experience without breaking the bank. The Playstation 3 is able to play the latest blu-ray’s with its ability to be updated to the latest blu-ray profiles, which are like updates for your computer, you can still use it but it won’t have all the new functionality of the newer blu-ray discs. If you do decide to choose a stand-alone player, then you will have to make sure that the profile is updatable otherwise the longevity of your player will be short lived as 12 months down the line you may be unable to take advantage of the new features available on blu-ray discs. The other added bonus of the Playstation’s media abilities is its DVD up-scaling function that will improve the video quality of your DVD’s to near HD standards so not only will your blu-ray’s play in fantastic HD quality, your old DVD’s will look a lot better too. Obviously it is first and foremost a games console that kids will love, especially with the new Playstation move that is available, meaning you can actually get physically involved in the game that you are playing, along with the HD graphics and the surround sound system, the experience is almost unparalleled. Sony have recently reduced the price of the PS3 to <£200, so, this means that you will still be just within your budget and now own a fantastic home theater system without breaking the bank.