Why Blu-ray?

Every now and then we like to revisit the topic of what makes Blu-ray so good and why you should choose it as your storage format of choice, this will help those that are less familiar and may provide a bit of a refresh for those ahead of the game.

Let’s start with the obvious…




Picture Quality

Blu-ray boasts a significant improvement in picture quality over previously popular formats such as DVD.  The Blu-ray Disc format allows high-definition video to be stored with up to 1920×1080 pixel resolution at up to 60 frames per second. This is most noticeable when you watch a film that you’re already familiar with; the first time you watch it on Blu-ray (and on a high-definition screen) you’ll see detail that you did not pick up on previously.

Sound Quality

One of the most important aspects of any feature film is the accompanying audio. So much so that incongruous music can have a negative effect of your perception of a performance while a well composed, well scored piece of music can greatly enhance the atmosphere of a scene and leave you with a palpable memory which remains for years.

The Blu-ray Disc format requires that there is support for Dolby Digital (AC-3), DTS, and linear PCM. Additionally, Blu-ray players may also support Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio as well as lossless formats Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Combined with quality speakers, the hours spent ensuring that the soundtrack is seamless synced with the on screen action will not have been in vain for the sound technician.

Backwards Compatibility

For many that have a large collection of films that are not on Blu-ray there is a concern that their library will need to be replaced. This is not necessarily the case as many Blu-ray players are backwards compatible, allowing DVDs or CDs to be played as well. This feature also has the added bonus for many players of upscaling the picture quality of the DVD.

So there you have it, three key reasons why Blu-ray is a great choice for you and if you haven’t seen the benefit already then there’s no time like the present to give it a try.

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