My Co.' recently picked up a high-end laptop that handles HD footage with relative ease both with playback and the viewing itself. It has a Blu-Ray player and to test it out I picked up some Blu-Ray movies. Two things really 'torqued me' about what I've seen so far. The so-called 'higher resolution' on these touted discs aren't any better than what I've seen on remastered 'uprezzed' DVD's. Especially for the money. On top of that, what happened to putting 'Special Features' on Discs? Used to be you couldn't get a DVD without them. Blu-Ray was supposed to have so much more informational space available, that the special features would go beyond anything you saw on DVD. Have you seen the SF's on the LOTR basic discs let alone the 'Director's Cuts'? What about the Director's cut for "Kingdom of Heaven" (2 whole DVD's packed with more info than you would have ever asked for!) What special feature's came with James Cameron's "AVATAR"? Zip. Not even on the Blu-Ray disc did you get so much as a 'Director's Commentary'.
Now in fairness, I paid $20 bucks for the "Master and Commander"/"Castaway" pack and barely got two trailers between them (okay on MC there were some minor SF's but I could have seen that on DVD. Still didn't get any featurettes.) So despite having all of the new 'whiz bang' tech Blu-Ray is supposed to have, it only looks marginally better on a HD capable screen, no real special features to speak of and it costs more than traditional DVD's? Oh, if you actually want to see the 'real power' of Blu-Ray Discs that's gonna' cost $40 bucks or more for a disc. Why didn't you say so?