Just over a year ago Blu-Ray disc won the format war against HD-DVD and ever since movie studios and the entertainment industry have been ploughing full steam ahead with the new format. As expected studios have re-released a large amount of their films in Blu-Ray with everything from the recent Spider-Man
and X-Men trilogies to 1984’s Ghostbusters getting the blue seal. According to some reports Blu-Ray sales are expected to double in 2009 compared to last year, and the Blu-ray format is currently on pace to sell 100 million units this year worldwide.
A few months ago I decided it was time to buy a new laptop and I made the decision that I wanted it to have a Blu-Ray player built in so that I could watch Blu-Ray films on my laptop instead of buying a standalone Blu-Ray player and then a HD TV for it to play on. As of today I do not own a Blu-Ray movie, however I did rent all the Harry Potter films on Blu-Ray and I am pleased to announce that Iron Man was my ‘first’ Blu-Ray experience. That night was so special…
It is looking like Blu-Ray is ‘the future’ but it will be a while before it overtakes the DVD as the dominant format. It took around a decade for the DVD to eradicate the VHS, so we could be seeing a similar time scale with this transition.
But where do you stand? There is a poll below (and in the sidebar) for you to cast your opinion, and if you have anything else you’d like to add feel free to use the comments section below!