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Anyone know a good source for Blue Ray DVD's? I'd like to buy an entire library if one is available and don't mind used if in great shape. Just completing my Home Theater now and don't have any Blue Ray DVD's to start so I'm looking.

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Robb - I answered in the other post.

High Def Digest's disc market (from forum members) may be worth checking out. Lots of titles available from people.
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There is not a thing wrong with buying used dvds of any format including B.Ray and they can be found in good shape in lots of venues.

Amazon.com is a trustworthy site to find sellers. We live just outside a town with a major State university and the students buy and sell a lot of discs of all types. There are stores that specialize in buying and selling used dvds including B.Ray.

I suspect many of the techno-savy students buy standard dvds, copy them and then sell the originals. B.Ray gadgets that will support making movie copies are approaching a price point where that model will be cost effective for those discs in the near future. PC B.Ray burner/drive prices are falling as are the prices for blank media (discs)and the copy utilities have been on the web for some time so you could look into that option if you care to become a digital "outlaw".

We decided to hold off buying into B.Ray proprietary technology. Everyone has different thresholds of acceptable image quality but once we discovered Up Conversion capable dvd players we learned that our large collection of dvd movies looks very much near HD to us even when stretched across our 10 foot HT screen.

I believe that Up Conversion and Image Processor technology will soon advance to where most any quality of video file can be trancoded/Up Converted to 1080p visual quality negating the need to buy into B.Ray or any other expensive proprietary technology format/scheme.

Assume you have tried Up Conversion but if not and if you already have a large dvd movie collection then try Up Conversion image quality on your HT screen before you declare that investment obsolete and switch to the much more expensive B.Ray HiDef format - to us, B.Ray just isn't worth the marginal image improvement.
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imjay, I'm not sure where you get this idea that it is a marginal improvement.

I'm a huge fan of DVD, always have been, but the difference between Blu-ray and DVD, especially on a well calibrated, capable, projection system is extremely noticable.

The upconversion process, while it can be solid, simply has no true ability to create the small details that simply don't exist on DVD. This is something which magazines cover over and over and over again... and they get to test upconverting products that blow anything I own away.

While I do say "To each their own." - I certainly wouldn't agree that a 'marginal' improvement is what you get with BD, or any HD source compared to DVD. You simply get more detail, especially with high quality home theater projection, then you ever have from DVD.

At some point I will show the difference between upconversion and native Blu-ray with some photos, but there's never a question to me. When I put in a DVD, I notice right away how incredibly soft it is compared to Blu-ray. I do agree that upconversion is a great way to get the most out of what you already may own, but I don't recommend that anyone buying or renting movies continue to do so on DVD. Especially not for movies they love or a setup they spent a lot of money on.
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EDITED TO POST APOLOGY FOR THE POST ABOVE and delete what I had typed below. You asked where to buy a B.Ray Library of discs and I started all this nonsense about formats and stuff - sorry!!
[Edited by imjay on Nov 20, 2008 at 2:07 PM]
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