You watching your Blu-rays?

I’m ashamed to say it but with the convenience of Netflix, iTunes and Amazon On Demand the Blu-rays are just sitting there collecting dust. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen Batman Begins twice in the theater and a couple times on HD DVD but I have no motivation to open the Blu-ray. The Patriot is sitting there as well in the stack and I know it’s gonna look great but damn I know that story almost by heart after seeing it over a dozen times on TV.

No word of a lie, my buddy Mike has about 500 Blu-rays and literally only about 5 have been opened. “When are you gonna watch these?” I asked him. “I don’t know if I ever will,” he said. “But they’re cool to have.” So what good does having a stack of Blu-ray Discs do if they are never watched?

Call us Blu-ray hoarders or Hi-Def pack rats waiting for that one day when our TV service is down and all that is left is to play the Black-Ops campaign one more time or pop in that “Battle of the Bulge” BD that we got as a trade-in from Warner Bros.’ DVD2BLU website.

It’s not that I don’t want them. I really do. I can’t imagine throwing them on eBay. It must be a lack of time or a possibly diminishing interest in the 5-year old disc format that had jaws dropping and eyes popping when it first hit stores. Or maybe it’s the availability of other formats such as digital downloads and streaming that is, for some reason, more interesting even with compression flaws.

The Blu-ray stack will grow, and continue to grow because they are cool to have. And, there are those titles you can’t deface by streaming only 480 lines of junked up video to a $2k Plasma that was built specifically for theater-quality output. Maybe someday when I can transfer my entire collection of BDs all to a giant hard drive will I consider getting rid of them. For now, like a good book, they will remain in their plastic wrap until a rainy day.

How about you? Do you have a stack of unopened Blu-ray Discs? Why haven’t you watched them?

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Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot writes about technology, broadcasting, and digital entertainment. You can also find him on Gameverse, Gadget Review, and Google+.

3 Replies to “You watching your Blu-rays?”

  1. BIG DAN says:

    I have about 100 that i never even looked at. but those were just impulse buys or $10 walmart BDs that i figured i would never watch anyway like Dumb and Dumber. Funny movie but do i really need to sse it in 1080p?

  2. Mike says:

    I’ve opened more than 5 of them, huh! ;)
    I got a cheap blu-ray drive a couple of months ago and am in the long tedious process of ripping & tagging my entire collection to a 2TB hard drive. Then I stream them to the new AppleTV and watch on my 58″ Samsung LED. The video quality is great and it’s a lot easier to browse through them all, rather than hunt for the discs! I will prob keep the original blu-ray discs for “backup”, but put them away in storage.

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