Are Blu Ray movies worth it?
As for live-action films without a lot of CGI... well, it doesn't make as huge a difference in the viewing experience, but it is very, very close to the picture quality of seeing it just released in the theater (digital projection or a brand-new, unscratched roll of film).
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Do you have the equipment to see the difference and are you sitting close enough to notice? While you may want to google around a bit for yourself, I find charts like the following from Engadget helpful: hd.engadget.com/2006/12/09/1080p-charted-viewing-d...
Just because a movie is released on Blu-ray does not guarantee that it was produced to take advantage of the medium. Check home theater magazines as well as enthusiast sites for reviews so you know you are getting something that meets your standards.
My personal favorite Blu-ray is Saving Private Ryan; awesome audio and picture quality. Totally worth it over DVD. My opinion, of course. YMMV.
When I first started watching movies on Blu-Ray I was surprised to find that it's with older films that you will see the most improvement. Bullitt and 2001: A Space Odyssey have been given a complete new lease of life by Blu-Ray.
Yes, there are plenty of online services offering HD films these days, but the compression on them outweighs their convenience for me.
Today, you can pick up movies for ~$12, at least on Amazon. If you like building up a collection of movies/tv, I'd say it's worth it. For me, I hate having extra "stuff" taking up space, so I've sworn off physical media. Even though the video looks amazing and it's now more affordable, I don't think it's worth it, especially with streaming services that have HD quality video that is good enough.