The Real Difference Between Blu-Ray and DVD

XboxMySocks

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Let me start this off by saying I am in no way a Sony advocate. I'd actually like nothing more than their awful company to be in shambles due to ****** products, ******** people and overall ****** performance, as you might tell I'm not very satisfied with them. However, occasionally even Sony can pull themselves out of the sh*tter and provide a good product. Below is a comparison of Sony's Blu-Ray (and who knows, maybe HD-DBDVDVDBVDVD would have been better, but porn went with Blu-Ray...) and the difference is actually quite staggering. I have both DVD and Blu-Ray copies (yes, absolutely obsessed) of Saw 6 and I recently ripped them and honestly, the difference is horrifically obvious.

Here's Saw 6 on it's Blu-Ray counterpart:


And here it is on DVD:
 

XboxMySocks

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Is it just me or is the background in the second picture much better, aswell as the colour?
Erm no, that's just a biproduct of me choosing a ****ing different scene that looks almost identical >.<
Also, do you tend to pay more attention to the backrounds of movies instead of the main character? That's where the difference is ;)

EDIT: Disregard the 'different scene' thing, I fixed it.
Also, the differences in colour and saturation is because the DVD and Blu-Ray were different region releases at different times.
 

pilotrtc

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Please excuse my ignorance, but which do you (the OP) think is best? I am not familiar with the movie and, if I was, I'm not sure if I would know the look that was intended by the movie makers.
 

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Please excuse my ignorance, but which do you (the OP) think is best? I am not familiar with the movie and, if I was, I'm not sure if I would know the look that was intended by the movie makers.
I honestly think the Blu-Ray in this case is incredibly better. That being said, if you don't feel like spending $99 on a Blu-Ray player then the difference is honestly negligible. But the difference is still there, and very nice to have if you can. I still wouldn't buy a Blu-Ray player if you don't already own one, the difference is nice to have but tbh not worth buying another standalone unit to clog up your entertainment centres. If you have one, obviously Blu-Ray is a nicer choice, however.
 

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I don't know if it has to do with Blu-Ray but HD movie in general will look better than SD (DVD quality) movies.

I do think Blu-Ray is great but it's like "I have to buy all my movies over to again on Blu-Ray to get the highest quality" mentality. I mean, from VHS to DVD, you really got a huge different; the video quality was twice as sharp, audio was a huge improvement and interactive menus/deleted scenes/bloopers/commentaries.

Now, from DVD to Blu-Ray its picture quality, and better menus. It's why SACD and DVD-Audio never took off, a little bit too late.

I personally I prefer physical media to downloads but I'm fine with DVD quality at the moment - plus HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, TBS, USA offer movies in HD.

But yeah, I do like the OPs screenshots - you can really see a huge difference in quality (I didn't notice it that dramatically before).
 

XboxMySocks

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I don't know if it has to do with Blu-Ray but HD movie in general will look better than SD (DVD quality) movies.
This is fairly obvious ;)

I do think Blu-Ray is great but it's like "I have to buy all my movies over to again on Blu-Ray to get the highest quality" mentality. I mean, from VHS to DVD, you really got a huge different; the video quality was twice as sharp, audio was a huge improvement and interactive menus/deleted scenes/bloopers/commentaries.
I agree. This is stupid. I would not go back and re-buy anything. However, with recent releases like Saw 6, I most certainly would buy Blu-Ray over SD-DVD now.

But yeah, I do like the OPs screenshots - you can really see a huge difference in quality (I didn't notice it that dramatically before).
I honestly didn't think there was much of a difference either. But when I decided to do a comparison I realised there actually really was.
 

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you cant be serious.

those images are compressed and undersized! how could you possibly compare them? the differences are outrageously obvious - i just thought id catch you on your errors ;)
 

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you cant be serious.

those images are compressed and undersized! how could you possibly compare them? the differences are outrageously obvious - i just thought id catch you on your errors ;)
I suppose I could fetch you an unfettered screenshot from DVD, but ATM, I'd have no way of getting a 'pure' Blu-Ray shot — Mac's don't support BR atm.
 

neonkru

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just compare an original dvd movie against a 8gb blu ray rip movie. bluray wins. however with the lower prices of dvds right now i still buy some dvd movies. they're so cheap that you feel you are paying almost nothing for it. however in bluray i haven't purchased a single one and won't for a long time.
 

DoFoT9

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I suppose I could fetch you an unfettered screenshot from DVD, but ATM, I'd have no way of getting a 'pure' Blu-Ray shot — Mac's don't support BR atm.
BR drive + makemkv. play with VLC, screen capture.

:rolleyes:

neonkru havent u heard of a video store + makemkv ;)
 

DoFoT9

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... I do. For Windows. I'm not going to buy another one to work **** on my MacBook.
but before you said you dont give a ****, which you clearly do because you have already put in the time/effort to go any buy one. :D :confused:

im still wondering why your pictures look so terrible. even your DVD image looks bad. hardly a comparison at all.
 

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Sarcasmville.
My first 'my god Blu-ray is beautiful' moment is when I watched Casino Royale and the first shot of the Aston Martin DB9 comes in.

So beautiful.
 

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Is it just me or is the background in the second picture much better, aswell as the colour?
I cannot agree more. The second image (supposedly from the DVD) has better contrast and color than the first (supposedly from the Blu-ray).

This has to be one of the dumbest threads that I have seen in a while. Blu-ray records and plays content in 1080p. It pushes the limits of the HDTV standard. DVD records and displays content in 480p. It was designed to get the most out of CRT-based standard-definition TV sets. The notion Blu-ray displays a better image than DVD is shocking! Dare I say "heresy"? What next? Next, I suppose that the OP will try to convince us that genuine champagne tastes better than Diet Sprite. And he will do it be showing us pictures of glasses filled with each beverage taken in a dark room.
 

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This has to be one of the dumbest threads that I have seen in a while. Blu-ray records and plays content in 1080p. It pushes the limits of the HDTV standard. DVD records and displays content in 480p. It was designed to get the most out of CRT-based standard-definition TV sets. The notion Blu-ray displays a better image than DVD is shocking! Dare I say "heresy"? What next? Next, I suppose that the OP will try to convince us that genuine champagne tastes better than Diet Sprite. And he will do it be showing us pictures of glasses filled with each beverage taken in a dark room.
Wheeee, l2troll
 

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OP I was one of those guys who was very late to the game even going from VHS to DVD (I'm talking 2003!)and I was blown away at the difference.....imagine that! Anyway, I appreciate the pics,and I do find BR is better looking when I played a movie in it that came with the PS3.The only "problem" I have is I have my surround sound hooked up to my DVD player,so when I play a movie on the PS3 I can hardly hear it.I think I'm going to get a stand alone BR player and go ahead and make the switch.Has the price of BR movies come down any?
 

DoFoT9

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OP I was one of those guys who was very late to the game even going from VHS to DVD (I'm talking 2003!)and I was blown away at the difference.....imagine that! Anyway, I appreciate the pics,
Do you not find those pics completely fake? They hardly look like the real deal at all.

and I do find BR is better looking when I played a movie in it that came with the PS3.The only "problem" I have is I have my surround sound hooked up to my DVD player,so when I play a movie on the PS3 I can hardly hear it.I think I'm going to get a stand alone BR player and go ahead and make the switch.
can you not use your ps3 as a dvd player as well and hook the surround sound directly into that?

Has the price of BR movies come down any?
they have come down quite considerably. over here in australia (where everything is immensely expensive), BR new releases are identical to dvd new releases! Its amasing. You can find older movies for $19aus each, and newer ones go for around $30. They used to be $50 not 6 months ago!
 

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Do you not find those pics completely fake? They hardly look like the real deal at all.
yes because I routinely upload fake pics about comparisons of bluray to dvd to websites even though the process would be ****ing pointless but hey im just a mindless troll what else do i have better to do