We already have a similar thread debating the whole DVD v HD-DVD/Blu-Ray, but I can't believe that on a forum where people are so uptight about aspect ratio, quality of transfers (and begging gary for dvdbeaver comparisons), whether or not releases are anamorphic, etc, that people would seem to be so dismissive about the format upgrade. To me the response here
sums it up...
Yes, I not only watched my least favorite Kubrick film on HDNet, I put my Barry Lyndon DVD in the DVD player and timed it to the broadcast so I could do an A/B test for comparative image quality. The difference to me appeared as great or greater than VHS to DVD, IE huge. This was shocking to me, as I had deluded myself into believing the results would not be great on my 36 inch television. I had assumed a projector would illustrate the benefit, but not a smaller screen. Since a high definition DVD could have better resolution better than the 1080i of broadcast, I am now reconsidering my DVD buying habits.
Is the gripe based solely on the consumer screw job of the format war? That is comparable to SACD and DVDA, but I have to imagine visual improvements will be vastly more recognizable than audio, esp to the layman. And really, audiophiles aren't exactly breeding up a storm (go to a record show if you don't believe me). Sure, not everyone will care, but it's not like that many people really care about all DVD has to offer, and plenty are happy to watch the full screen variations, but they still have DVD players because it's a keep up with the Joneses society. Plus, widescreen HD TV's are only going to get more affordable and commonplace.
Of course the initial pricing of the machines, and maybe the discs (although i somewhat doubt the latter will be much higher than DVDs) will be silly, the format war (based solely on both sides wanting to get paid for their concept, but from what this simpleton has read/understands, Blu-Ray appears to be the better of the two, although WB creates substantially better DVDs) is bad for everyone and things will take awhile to settle down, but how are folks here going to rationalize purchasing a lesser quality release?