Here’s a fun fact: The first Blu-ray titles were released on June 20, 2006. They included the romantic comedy, 50 First Dates, the sci-fi cult classic, The Fifth Element, The Terminator and Twister. Since that time, Blu-ray has become the gold standard for watching movies at home.
You don’t have to be a film buff to appreciate the benefits of watching a movie on high-definition Blu-ray, but once you experience the ultimate home entertainment experience, you might become one!
- Better Picture: Blu-ray discs have more storage capacity than DVDs. This does wonder for picture quality. The higher the image resolution, the clearer and crisper the picture. DVDs have a standard definition resolution of 480, a world of improvement over VHS. Blu-ray has an image resolution of 1080. Colors pop and the finest details come vividly into focus.
- Better Audio: Turn those home speakers up to “11.” With increased disc capacity, Blu-ray is the next best thing for the replication of theater quality sound. In addition to the formats supported on DVD (including Dolby Digital Plus, DTS Digital Surround), Blu-ray also supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD.
- More durable: In the dawn of home video, VHS cassettes were at the mercy of VCRs that might malfunction, chew them up and spit them out. DVDs are more durable, but may still be prone to scratches that impact play. Blu-ray discs have a protective coating to best withstand scratches and fingerprint smudges.
- Easier navigation: Menu navigation is easier with Blu-ray and allows for seamless interaction with the disc’s features and special attractions.
- More disc space means more extras: Blu-ray discs can be a film school for fans who want to immerse themselves in the making of favorite movies. More storage space on the disc means the potential for a wealth of value-added extras. Both the DVD and Blu-ray of Alien: Covenant contain audio commentary by director Ridley Scott. The Blu-ray also contains a “Master Class” with the director along with exclusive featurettes that further explore the Alien: Covenant
A Bonus Benefit: Blu-ray players will play your DVDs!
By: Redbox Writer, Donald Liebenson