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captainwesker
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Personally I don't think it's a waste of money if you are an avid film collector, or a supporter of the person that directed the movie. But with the internet now, majority of people that I know and are movie lovers, just pirate the movie. :/

At one point, DVDs will be obsolete with Netflix and Online streaming of films we have now.

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^ Not for a long time. Streaming, here anyway on our rental sites, is below par quality.

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I think it is going to be a long time before we have the connection speeds needed to stream blu ray quality movies in the UK.

Even streaming programs on things like the BBC's iplayer is ridiculously frustrating.


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with data caps at 150 and 250 gb per month... and movies ranging from 700 mb to 9 gb... if you were wanting to watch seasons of a tv show or movie online while streaming.. your internet provide could end up preventing that idea...
But anyways.. i think if you got the money for it blu ray is the way to go. 720p on a 42 inch... but if you got it 1080p on anything higher. drool... i own a 46 but my friend has a 65! and you can so tell the difference between dvd and bluray...

also when you own your own disc.. assuming you down scratch it... you don't worry about buffering issues... just scratches... it makes for an enjoyable sit down and watch feeling.


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Re: Are dvd's a wast of money?

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Are dvds a wast of money ?? Yes they are cheap but 99% off the time they are on the book shelf.


Well, not really. It's quite enjoyable to watch new DVDs every now and then to relax a bit.
Besides, if you are a collector, nothing is a waste of money.


It's alot a waste of money if you buy pirated DVDs.

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Not always. I got the pirate one of "Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows part one" and it was perfect nothing wrong with it at all. I also got it free from a good friend of mine.


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DVD sales might pick up since most video stores are closing down. Netflix is neat...but owning a favorite movie is better....at least for me.


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also when you own your own disc.. assuming you down scratch it... you don't worry about buffering issues... just scratches... it makes for an enjoyable sit down and watch feeling.

With slow Internet connections, buffering is a pain. I don't dare try sites like Hulu. It takes me an hour to watch a 22-minute episode (might be exaggerating but you get my point.

It's just as well because I like owning a movie on a disc. I take my favorite movies off the shelf, put them in the player, and watch with ease.

Also, if a site goes down, a company goes under, etc., my disc still works with my player. The only thing I have to rely on is the power company to keep pumping the electricity.

I used to work at a video store and I have to say that I can't picture that the majority of people give a damn about the backs of discs. Brand new movies would get rented and returned a week later with scratches all over them. I hope they take care of their own discs better than they do rentals, but I'm not so sure. For those people, streaming is probably the better way to go since the concept of not scratching a disc is foreign to them.


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Of course they are VHS tapes are so much cheaper.


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Its not illegal yet, torrenting that is, but there's a big court case that will put a firewall on the whole of the internet if the corps win it. There will be black list sites, that offer any kind of download or free viewing and stuff of that nature...and there will be a white list of sites, like MSN, Yahoo, crap like that.

But by no means is it illegal to torrent or download movies, if it was you wouldn't be able to find the site on any search engine, especially Google.


Um unless you work for the company, own the rights to the movie etc. Duplicating a movie in whole or in part is illegal. You know copyright laws and all that jazz. Just read the FBI warning.


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I don't think that DVD's are a waste of money. They are great for decoration, and good conversation pieces, also if you have company over, and have a certain movie that they may have never saw, or loved a particular movie that you have you can indulge them.


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Listen you bloody fools, you've got to be a moron to stream a whole movie and wait on the buffer time.Torrent's are the way of the future, I don't care what anyone says it is incredibly easy, all over the internet a child could do it.

But to answer you're question OP, no dvd's are not a waste of money, blank dvd's that is.


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I buy DVDs for both reasons. Only once, maybe twice have I bought something then regretted it.
People need to remember what it was like to be a serious movie fan in the late 1980's to mid-90's. My big demand was trying to see movies letter-boxed, once I realized how pan-and-scan VHS was butchering the picture. The only other alternative was Laserdiscs, which were letter-boxed and had stunning picture quality compared to VHS; I managed to get a player at low cost. But they were so expensive I never owned more than a dozen of them. $40 Canadian was a good deal; $70-90 dollars was the norm. And, you had to get up and turn the side over because they could only get 60 minutes maximum a side. So to get a format that was smaller & more compact, had the picture quality of Laserdiscs with VHS prices, it was a godsend.
Right now, it's Blu-ray that is functioning as the specialty format that Laserdiscs once were. but that for picture quality just A LITTLE BIT BETTER? In these tighter financial times, that's still what it is. DVD, computers and video game systems have the perfect convergence with the disc format.


This.

While it's true that tons of movies can be accessed by the internet, I find there are plenty of times I don't have internet access, or don't want to watch a movie on the computer screen.

Blue Rays... Honestly I don't get it. I don't. Other than having some cool and interactive capabilities and generally getting the better end of the deal with extras anymore I don't see the point of blue ray really.... I mean honestly how good can picture quality actually BE? And.... at the end of the day do I really care? Better quality than a used vhs with flags running up and down the screen is one thing. Better quality than a dvd transfer? At some point I don't even really notice unless I'm LOOKING FOR IT, and if I'm so intent on the quality of the picture TO THAT DEGREE, I'm guessing it probably isn't the most engaging movie in the first place.

DVDs are as much a waste of money as any collection. It just comes down to how worthwhile your collecting is and what it means to you. Hell there are still plenty of VHS collectors out there. I wouldn't call that a waste unless they were actually looking for the best quality copy of those movies.

If we're talking about the most effecient least expensive way to watch movies, then it just comes down to whether or not you have internet access.

For me at least, DVDs are the cheapest way to get a great quality movie that I can have on hand anytime I chose to watch it. I like watching movies so it isn't a waste for me personally and I don't like the time it takes to search for/stream/download movies (or the risk for that matter, if you're not dodging the govt then you're dodging viruses etc etc) and a good percentage of the time movies on the internet are of poor quality anyway. DVDs are just super convenient in too many ways for a movie watcher with not-so-deep-pockets to ignore.


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I don't think that DVD's are a waste of money. They are great for decoration, and good conversation pieces, also if you have company over, and have a certain movie that they may have never saw, or loved a particular movie that you have you can indulge them.

The only way to figure if dvds are a waste of money is by outweighing the costs and return in investments. I own dvds and for me its hard keeping them in top conditions:
1.they scratch easily(i hate wasting money on plastic coverings)
2. even when stored i notice they get scratches or develop some white flimy mold like substance on them.( due to condensation maybe?
3. how long can dvds last anyways?
4.dvd players last up to 20 yrs tops...even if your dvds are great will they still make dvd players after dvds die out?
5. dvds I heard quickly succumb to oxidation especially around the inner circle.

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I personally don't buy a lot of movies these days, whether it's on dvd or a blu-ray format. I only own a handful of personal favourites that are sentimental to me.

If I'm in the mood for a particular film, I'll go & rent it. Whereas if I did own that movie, I find myself never in the mood to watch it.

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I'll purchase the Blu-Rays to films if they deserve my money so I can support the industry.


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Re: Are dvd's a wast of money?

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Are dvds a wast of money ?? Yes they are cheap but 99% off the time they are on the book shelf.

I'd argue: Yes.

You can easily purchase a terabyte external hard drive for under a hundred bucks and fit hundreds of HD quality movies on there. Movies that you can watch at any time, download for free, and that doesn't take any space on your shelf.

Piracy is the reverse of playing the lottery for a billion dollars.


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I'd argue: Yes.

You can easily purchase a terabyte external hard drive for under a hundred bucks and fit hundreds of HD quality movies on there. Movies that you can watch at any time, download for free, and that doesn't take any space on your shelf.



The thing is, it really depends on what country you're from & the availability of the internet, much less broadband speed....

I mean I've been downloading the entire 2nd season of "Games Of Thrones" for free but it's so far costing me about $60 of internet time.

If I waited another month or two, I could've bought the entire season cheaper than that.

The other factor too is that I personally like all the behind-the-scenes bonus features & that's something you don't get with downloads.

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The thing is, it really depends on what country you're from & the availability of the internet, much less broadband speed....

I mean I've been downloading the entire 2nd season of "Games Of Thrones" for free but it's so far costing me about $60 of internet time.

If I waited another month or two, I could've bought the entire season cheaper than that.

The other factor too is that I personally like all the behind-the-scenes bonus features & that's something you don't get with downloads.

There's a second season of Game of thrones? Well to be fair they didn't conclude the first novel so I suppose that makes sense. Anyway, when I downloaded the first season of Game of thrones I downloaded it on an episode to episode basis since they were released weekly, and it took me around 20 minutes to download an episode, and I pay monthly for my connection. So I usually jumped in the shower while I torrented the episodes. So there wasn't really any loss to speak of.

But I suppose you're right. If you pay for each downloaded gigabyte it might end up costing you more than the box set itself.


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