July 29, 2012

Is Blu Ray a Step Back?

First of all, let me say that I love the picture and sound quality of (most) Blu Rays. But that’s about it; here are a number of things I hope the studios take note of and correct in the future.

With DVD’s, when you turn the player off, it remembered where you were so the next time you start the machine it resumes from where you left it. Do Blu Rays? Nope!

I have a Sony player and it NEVER remembers where you were, so every time you turn the machine off then you have to go through the overlong process of it loading up, giving you the pointless Copyright messages which everyone ignores and playing a load of shitty trailers which you CAN’T SKIP.  I hate how you can’t just press MENU and then skip the trailers, it’s always “This function is not available”. Oh really? Why the hell not? Do you think by forcing me to watch trailers every time I want to watch the movie that I’m going to want to see these movies? No!

This is supposed to be more advanced than DVDs and apart from the (slightly) improved picture and sound, I have yet to be convinced that it’s worth the money. That’s another thing, the price of Blu Rays. Studios are wondering why sales aren’t as high as downloads/DVDs? Probably because you charge WAY too much for a Blu Ray.

I usually buy them from Amazon as they’re cheaper than stores (as long as you actually get them when you’re meant to), but even then, you rarely get them for less than 20 bucks. The DVD has pretty much all of the same special features anyway and is usually half the price, I just don’t see the point.

The packaging for a lot of Blu Rays is also very flimsy and when you try to remove the disc from the packaging then it gets smeared and damaged.

My biggest gripe is with Sony Blu Rays; after all, YOU guys invented the technology, why should I have to pay extra money for more memory so I can watch the Starship Troopers Blu Ray? For the record, the Troopers Blu Ray has issues and doesn’t work on MANY Blu Ray players, so if you have the DVD, stick with that. Come on Sony, get this fixed!

So Studios, if you want Blu Ray to last longer than a mere fad then get your act together and make them more user friendly. Have them bookmark where you left off like DVD’s, lower the prices, give better packaging and let us skip the godforsaken trailers and tedious copyright ads. Then people will not download as much and may embrace this new-ish technology.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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