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Old 03 Aug 2008, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do the DVD upscaling capabilities compare to that of a stand-alone Blu-Ray player?

If you can't compare with a stand-alone, how does a DVD upscaled compare to a Blu-ray disc? Obviously I know an upscaled DVD won't look as good as a Blu-Ray disc, but how far off is it?
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It depends entirely on the size of your screen. Anything below 42" and there is very little difference. If you have a 1080p screen that's a substantial size, Blu-ray is the best way to get the most out of it.

That being said, a good upscaler never looks really awful, and buying older films on Blu-Ray is a waste. Dirty Harry, for example, will not look any better on Blu than it does on DVD because of the source material. So consider all of that.
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All the newer movies look great on it. Aside from the fact that my 32" is slightly smaller than the IMAX screen I originally saw it on, 300 looked almost exactly as it was presented in that format.

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Aside from the fact that my 32" is slightly smaller than the IMAX screen I originally saw it on...
I lol'd irl.

I imagine the upconverting looks about the same as if they play an older movie on an HD satellite channel. I'm pretty sure it's not available on Blu-Ray but Shawshank is on an HD channel right now and it looks almost as good as a true HD movie, but you can tell it's upconverted.

But I don't own a Blu-Ray player or a PS3 so don't take what I say as real experience or anything..
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It depends entirely on the size of your screen. Anything below 42" and there is very little difference. If you have a 1080p screen that's a substantial size, Blu-ray is the best way to get the most out of it.

That being said, a good upscaler never looks really awful, and buying older films on Blu-Ray is a waste. Dirty Harry, for example, will not look any better on Blu than it does on DVD because of the source material. So consider all of that.
I'm on 61"

Oh and I wasn't planning on buying older movies, I was just wondering for my current DVD collection and what the best route would be to get the most out of them, whether it was Blu-Ray stand-alone or PS3.


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I'm on 61"

Oh and I wasn't planning on buying older movies, I was just wondering for my current DVD collection and what the best route would be to get the most out of them, whether it was Blu-Ray stand-alone or PS3.


Thanks for the info guys
The Blu-Ray stand-alones suck. Buy a PS3.

Being able to update the firmware easily is worth any extra cost, and it's usually not more expensive than a stand alone anyway.
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The Blu-Ray stand-alones suck. Buy a PS3.

Being able to update the firmware easily is worth any extra cost, and it's usually not more expensive than a stand alone anyway.
That's the way I was leaning. It's almost a definite I'm getting a PS3

I'm pretty sure the PS3 is the cheapest Blu-Ray player on the market, and if not then it definitely is the most bang for my buck. I'm hoping there will be a price drop around Christmas. $399 I think is the cheapest SKU for the PS3, so I'm hoping for around $299 to $349. That'd be awesome
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That's the way I was leaning. It's almost a definite I'm getting a PS3

I'm pretty sure the PS3 is the cheapest Blu-Ray player on the market, and if not then it definitely is the most bang for my buck. I'm hoping there will be a price drop around Christmas. $399 I think is the cheapest SKU for the PS3, so I'm hoping for around $299 to $349. That'd be awesome
From what I hear (a friend works at Best Buy) there is no price drop, only bigger hard drives coming.
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From what I hear (a friend works at Best Buy) there is no price drop, only bigger hard drives coming.
This is my understanding, as well.

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I lol'd irl.

I imagine the upconverting looks about the same as if they play an older movie on an HD satellite channel. I'm pretty sure it's not available on Blu-Ray but Shawshank is on an HD channel right now and it looks almost as good as a true HD movie, but you can tell it's upconverted.

But I don't own a Blu-Ray player or a PS3 so don't take what I say as real experience or anything..
My eyes are not as discriminating, maybe??

All I know is that if in a wide angle battle shot, I am able to see the pores on a man's cheek, then it's pretty high def. High enough for me, anyways.

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