Commercial Bluray Movies Single or Dual Layer?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by khongaeng, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. khongaeng macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    USA or ประเทศ&
    I haven't taken the plunge to upgrade all of my components of my home theater system to bluray and as of now I still do not own a bluray movie, but I am hoping that someone who has examined multiple bluray discs would be able to tell me if most of their discs are dual layer bluray discs (50GB) or single layer bluray discs (25GB).

    I noticed that in the early days of DVDs, most commercial DVDs were only single layer. I am curious to find out if Blurays are following the same trend.

    This matters because I plan on making backups of any bluray movies I buy (to protect them from my children) and single layer discs are significantly cheaper than dual layer discs. When I make the plunge to bluray, should I buy more single or dual layer discs.

    Thanks for the help in advance.
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Nearly all of the Blu-ray discs I have are well over 25 gb in total content.
  3. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Why are you making Blu-ray backups? At about $5/disc (for single layer), you're banking on your kids killing about 1 out of ever 5 movies. If you're THAT worried about it, I would give 'em VHS movies until they learn how to treat expensive toys right.

    To actually answer the question, I think most everything is now dual layer, be it DVD or BD. The cheap shovelware BDs (the $10 movies you've never heard of) are probably single layer, but most of your big movies with a bunch of extra features are dual.
  4. khongaeng thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    USA or ประเทศ&
    Thanks for the replies, I appreciate the info. Looks like I will have to wait a little longer until dual layer bluray media drops in price before I start planning on backing up every bluray movie I buy.

    My kids aren't too bad with DVDs, I am just ultra-paranoid, and when blurays are $20-30 a pop, I get even more paranoid. It will certainly be nice four years from now when bluray movies are on the $5 shelf at Walmart (if Bluray follows the same product cycle as DVDs.)

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