The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to Blu-ray Movies

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Blu-ray has emerged as the leader in next-generation high-definition home video technology. Offering ultra-sharp 1080p screen resolution, compatibility with next-generation Dolby TrueHD surround sound, and Ethernet connectivity for firmware updates and interactive media over the Internet, Blu-ray disc players go hand-in-hand with today’s 1080p high-definition television sets (HDTVs).

But once you purchase your spiffy new Blu-ray disc player, where do you find movies to play in it? In this article, we’ll look at online and retail establishments that carry Blu-ray movies.

1) What Movies Are Available on Blu-ray Discs? Though the technology is new, an astounding array of movies old and new are available on Blu-ray. See newer releases such as Wall-E, Narnia: Prince Caspian, Get Smart, and The Dark Night; or see classics such as Casablanca, Blazing Saddles, or The Dirty Dozen.

2) Where To Find Blu-ray Movies: The Internet . The web is a great place to begin your search for Blu-ray movies. Point your web browser to www.amazon.com. On the left-hand side of your screen under Music, Movies & Games, click Blu-ray to go to the Blu-ray Movies & TV page. eBay.com has a wide variety of Blu-ray movies to choose from with some sellers offering Blu-ray movie collections. Buy.com offers great deals on Blu-ray movies. Also direct your web browser to the online brick-and-mortar stores such as target.com, walmart.com, circuitcity.com, and bestbuy.com.

3) Where To Find Blu-ray Movies: Retail Stores. Wal-Mart now carries a wide range of Blu-ray movies, as does Sam’s Club and Costco. Wal-Mart’s competitor, Target, likewise sells Blu-ray movies. Find Blu-ray movies at electronics stores including Fry’s, Best Buy and Circuit City. Bookstores such as Borders and Barnes and Noble carry Blu-ray movies as well.

4) Blu-ray Movie Pricing. Blu-ray movies cost anywhere from $17 to $25 depending on whether they feature BD-Live and/or special features. However, multiple Blu-ray disc sets such as a series or limited edition may cost anywhere from $45 to $70.

Helpful Tips:

  • Remember that Blu-ray disc players are backward-compatible with DVDs; thus you can still play your old DVDs in your new Blu-ray disc player.
  • Blu-ray disc players also upscale your 480p DVDs to the full 1080p resolution for optimum viewing on today’s 1080p HDTVs. However if you have an older analog television or an older 720p HDTV, you won’t be watching your Blu-ray movies in full 1080p resolution until you get a 1080p HDTV.
  • BD-Live is a new Blu-ray feature that allows you to connect your compatible Blu-ray player to the Internet via an Ethernet port for firmware updates and interactive features such as movie trailers, deleted scenes, and even online communities.
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