Since a lot of people seem to know nothing about this shit, here's a thread.
What the fuck is a Blu-ray?
Some kind of blue coloured laser or something?
A Blu-ray is a newer form of digital media disc that allows for a much higher storage size, hence better quality video in films. The Blu-ray standard is 1080p video, or "HD".
You cannot play a Blu-ray movie in a regular DVD Player, and will need a Blu-ray capable player.
Does it really look that good?
As previously mentioned, Blu-rays come in 'High Definition', that is to say 1080p. 1080 comes from the resolution, which is 1920x1080, the resolution of your standard HDTV. The P stands for Progressive. 1080i, broadcast on HDTV, stands for interlaced. Look them shits up if you want to know the difference because I can't be bothered explaining that shit.
You may be thinking 'But what does all this mean? Is it actually any better than a DVD'? Yes faggot, it is!
A DVD is 720x480. As you can already tell, 1920x1080 is a huge improvement over this. The 50gb (or sometimes 25gb) allows for a much higher bitrate. I'm trying to keep this as informative to people uneducated in this kind of area, so the bottom line is it's a fucktonne better. It's the best consumer available presentation of a film, and looks absolutely fantastic on a high def TV.
To give you a good idea about just how much better it is over a DVD, here's a diagram frok Wikipedia I edited to make more obvious.
For those wondering about video codecs, common codecs include VC1, h.264, aaand I forget what else.
With the extra space also comes a boost in the audio. Blu-ray supports up to 7.1 surround, although very few actually boast this. Almost all Blu-ray films however have 5.1 tracks. Common codecs include AC3, LPCM, TRUE-HD, HD DTS and some others.
While DVD supports this to some extent, the size limitations still decreased the capability. On a Blu-ray you will often get uncompressed sound.
In other words, the sound is phenominal, especially if you have the right hardware and speaker setup to play it. Personally I have a 5.1 setup and it's fantastic. I've watched The Hills Have Eyes on Blu-ray and there is one scene where a character is whispering to another from an undisclosed location and it made me fucking jump because it legitimately sounded like it was coming from behind me.
How do I play this shit?
There are a few alternatives when it comes to operating Blu-ray discs.
A Playstation 3
A dedicated Blu-ray Player
A Blu-ray Disc Drive (for a PC)
(All Blu-ray players can also play DVD)
My personal recommendation is a Blu-ray Drive, as this allows you to rip blu-ray movies unrecompressed to your hard drive. And it's also the cheapest option (unless you get a dodgy cheap dedicated player which will more than likely give you problems when it comes to updating firmware for newer discs and just being kind of shit in general).
However, apart from that you're better off getting a PS3 since you get a machine capabile of doing a lot more than just play Blu-rays.
What's that shit look like?
You've probably seen them before in a store, but for those of you unawares, this is what your average Blu-ray looks like.
Better than a DVD case if you ask me.
Shit is more expensive?
No not really. Most of them are about the same as a brand new DVD.
Is it worth getting if I already own it on DVD?
Well this depends. In most cases yes. But occasionally you will get a badly done transfer, in that it won't look much better than the DVD, or in very rare cases, worse.
To avoid getting a disc and discovering it looks terrible, check out some screenshots on www.blu-ray.com and maybe even read a review of the quality.
But apart from that, if you love a movie, it's almost always worth 'double dipping' as they say. The viewing experience is just that much better.
As for me, I have about ~100 Blu-rays, but most of them are digital since I have a home theatre PC that houses them all.
See my blu-ray.com collection for what I have:
www.blu-ray.com - Really useful site that has a fuckload of Blu-ray listings, reviews, community discussion and more.
For those of you with Blu-ray drives, here's a guide, in case you didn't know how to do it, or weren't doing it properly:
Guide to ripping Blu-ray movies to your hard drive
[list][*]First of all, you'll need need AnyDVD HD installed before you can start anything. You'll also need a program called TSMuxer.
Once it is, chuck the Blu-ray disc into the drive, and let AnyDVD decrypt it.
_______________[*]Once it has, go into My Computer, and explore the Blu-ray disc.
_______________[*]Go to BDMV\STREAM, here it will list all the movie streams. Normally the main movie stream will be contained within one large M2TS file. You'll know if the biggest is between 15 to 45gb, depending on the film, and most other files are under 1 or 2gb, if not smaller.
_______________[*]However, sometimes the movie is split between two, or many M2TS files. If this is the case (it should be obvious if it is or isn't), continue reading this paragraph. If not, skip over it.
You'll need to go back one folder, and head into the PLAYLIST folder instead. This folder as the name would suggest contains playlists. TSMuxer can also read these files. These files will keep a kind of index of the main film, keeping track of which files are the main film and the order they are played. Search through them for the correct file by importing them into TSMuxer. Most of them are usually 1kb, so look for one slightly larger than this, as it probably contains the multiple movie streams. Once you find the right one (you'll know because in TSMuxer it will list the main run time, and if it's the same run time as the film then it's safe to bet you have the right one) you can move onto the next step.
_______________[*]Once you've imported the file into TSMuxer, you will probably want to remove all unnecesarry streams (in my experience, graphic streams can prevent the film from playing at all once ripped). All you want to keep is a main video, and a main audio steam.
_______________[*]There may be multiple audio streams. You'll want to keep the best one. For example, if there is an HD-DTS or a TRUE-HD stream, as well as some lower bitrate AAC or AC3 streams, get rid of the smaller ones and keep the main/biggest one. For TRUE-HD, you may need to highlight it, and select the Downmux to whatever option, as I've had problems playing TRUE-HD as it is. Not that will, but if you do, then that is likely what you need to do. Make sure the main stream is also 5.1/6 channel. No point in keeping a stereo steam.
_______________[*]Also remove all other streams like I said and just keep two (video and audio).
_______________[*]Now you are ready to save. Select M2TS Muxing under Output (still on the first (Input) tab). Browse to where you want to save it, make sure you have enough HDD space, name it, and start muxing.
_______________[*]You're done. I recommend playing the final m2ts file with Media Player Classic (included in CCCP which I also recommend using (Combined Community Codec Pack)).[/list]
Subtitles: If your movie requires subtitles, you can rip them from one of the streams (one of the graphic or pgs streams or whatever, but it's a HUGE pain in the ass, you might want to google that shit, something like 'extract blu-ray subtitles'.) Alternatively I recommend just downloading some converted subs.
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Thread written entirely by me. Have a nice day.