Wednesday, April 26, 2006

As you read this,

The "future of DVD" will have arrived with the release of HD-DVD, and coming out very soon is Blu-Ray DVD. These 2 competing formats will be in a huge battle for your money, and the winner will become the dominate format for years to come.

Right now, the appeal is for the "early adopters".. people that like to buy any new technology as soon as it comes out, and proudly display it for others to envy. I used to be one of those people. I was the first kid on my block with a LaserDisc player, and a DVD player. Heck, for a while I sold LaserDiscs and DVDs online to other early adopters. This time round though, I will pass.

For those early adopters that ARE embracing HD-DVD and Blu-Ray DVD, I salute you. I think it's great that you have $600 (Canadian) to go out and purchase an HD-DVD player, then spend the $30 on one of the 4 movies available in the format to show your friends. Then when Blu-Ray comes out in a couple of months, you will have the $1,000 to buy that player and spend money of movies as well.

It is you, the early adopters that will help decide which format wins the the war, and will allow us people that waited the 12 to 24 months for the dust to clear, and purchase the next generation player that will be considerably LESS than what you paid, and will be able to select from a much wider range of movies than you had originally, and probably at a much lower price point than you had.

I applaud you early adopters for blazing this trail for the rest of us. I AM quite jealous that you will be able to purchase the HD version of RUMOR HAS IT for $40us to help advance the cause. I, however don't think I could run into my nearest Best Buy and hold my head high and say "I want that"

I have seen the picture on HD-DVD, and although it looked good, it didn't make we want to yank my Credit Card out of my wallet and wander home with one.

If any of you ARE early adopters, I'd love to know what made you decide to jump in with this technology.

I have been eerily quiet

this past while, because of 2 reasons:

1) I haven't been able to get around all that well, since I have been having foot problems.

2) There hasn't been anything worth going out of my way to see lately.

No, wait.. I lie. I did go see THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN starring Anthony Hopkins, and quite enjoyed it. Yes, it was a little cornball, but Anthony Hopkins performance made it watchable. The rest of the time I just stare at the movie listings, and think "What would I want to spend my hard earned money on?" The answer is nothing.

There was a point where I would go see anything, and not cared. I would just head to a theatre, find the movie that started closest to the time I went, and sit and turn off my brain for the running time of the film. These days, I haven't found anything worth doing that with.

This has bothered me. I'm worried that I have started to lose my love for cinema and film. This is something that I don't want to lose. What do you do when you get this way? How do you rekindle your love for films? I would like to know.