Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Double Dipping

I've been thinking a lot about buying a new TV. My current television is still functional, and I don't really have the money right now, but I'm looking ahead. And while looking ahead, I might as well think extravigantly. So, while I'm buying my fancy widescreen HD TV, I might as well pick up a blu-ray player. Blu-ray players will play all my current DVDs, so I don't technically need to replace my collection, but it's an interesting thought: Which movies do I love enough to buy again (or will benefit most from improved picture/sound)? From a quick scan of my shelf, here's my list:

1- Almost Famous. It's my favorite movie, so it automatically makes the list. This is technically a triple-dip, because I owned the one-disc version of the DVD before upgrading to the two-disc director's cut. A quick search of Amazon and Ebay shows that apparently it's not available in the US, but it doesn't look like it will be hard to get in a US compatible format.

2- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Another of my personal favorites.

3- The Godfather Collection. There's a new remastered DVD collection out, and I think it's also available on blu-ray. The original DVD collection (the one I own) isn't a very good digital transfer; the picture quality isn't as good as it could be.

4- The Matrix. I've never seen any of the sequels, but the original is just so cool. I think it'll definitely benefit from improved picture and sound.

5- Moulin Rouge! Once I'm living on my own, I won't be able to steal my sister's copy. I guess this isn't technically double-dipping, since I don't own it myself, but I just think it'll look fantastic in high def, so I included it on the list anyway.

6- Serenity. Another triple-dip. If I decide to double-dip on TV series I already own, Firefly would be on the top of the list.

7- The original Star Wars trilogy. This might not count as a double-dip, because I only own it on VHS. 

8- V for Vendetta. Of my Natalie Portman movies, this is the one I think will benefit most from blu-ray.

So, Abby, which of your DVDs would you replace with blu-ray?


Abby-Wan Kenobi said...

O...M...G!!!!! I totally got called out on, like, my FAVORITE blog!!

Ahem. I'm glad you asked.

1. Almost Famous, ditto.

2. Caddy Shack, for similar reasons to The Godfather.

3. The entire Baz Luhrmann Red Curtain Collection (including Moulin Rouge!). The style is so visually stimulating that I feel like I need a new HD TV just to get the full effect.

4. The Matrix, ditto (and not the sequels) triple dip since I bought the original and later purchased the box set.

5. V for Vendetta. The version I have is actually an illegal burned version purchased in China. It barely plays, but has great sentimental value.

6. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? My copy is lost/broken/loaned out and never returned. I miss it. A lot.

7. Fight Club. Triple Dip- I originally got it out of a $5 bin at WalMart and later upgraded to the collector's edition.

8. The Bourne trilogy, for obvious reasons.

Those are the main ones that come to mind. On the extended list might be the X-Men trilogy, my Audrey Hepburn collection that has so-so picture quality and no special features, the newest Batman movies and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.

miranda. said...

Oooo, Bourne Trilogy. Good call.

Someone stole my Fight Club (I think someone borrowed it from me and never returned it, perhaps when I was living in the dorms), so I'll have to replace that as well.

Unfortunately, according to Amazon, it doesn't look like any of the Red Curtain collection are available on blu-ray. But hopefully by the time I actually start switching over they'll be out.