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Old 11-24-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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I've been looking to make the transfer to blu ray format. I've looked at some new titles: Thor, Avengers, Captain America and Iron Man 1.

Do all blu ray DVDs include the standard DVD? It appears that Iron Man 1 is available only in a single blu ray disc or standard disc. The rest of the above titles indicate blu ray + standard.

It would be nice to have both formats together, since I've been told a standard disc can be played on a blu ray player but a blu ray disc can NOT be played on a standard player.

I've played some standard DVDs on my new HD 1080 TV and the image is remarkable. I was told the TV is upconverting the standard disc. Not sure if its upconverted to 720 or 1080. Why would I want to view a blu ray image when a standard image also looks better on my HD TV?
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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Yes most DVD and Blu-ray players now "upconvert" the image. I believe the picture is upconverted to 720p or 1080i(not 1080p).

Yes Blu-ray cannot be played in standard DVD players. The opposite can be done though.

Not all Blu-ray movies come with the standard DVD copy. Some do and some don't. Sometimes some movies will come in both and one will be cheaper than the other. I believe 'Brave' currently comes like this. Some come with Blu-ray, DVD and Digital copies.
I've found that it's usually the kid's type movies that come with both or all three.

I don't exclusively buy Blu-ray. If I really like the movie and it's something I could easily watch again, I 'll but it. Otherwise I stick to DVD if it's just something i'd like to have around. Unless the Blu-ray version is the same or within a few dollars of the DVD version. The anime stuff like Madagascar, Cars and Ice Age etc. i always get on Blu-ray.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:32 AM
 
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I've played some standard DVDs on my new HD 1080 TV and the image is remarkable. I was told the TV is upconverting the standard disc. Not sure if its upconverted to 720 or 1080.
The TV upconverts inputs to its native resolution if they are not already at the native resolution. If it is a 1080p TV, it upconverts to 1080p.

If you have a DVD player set to upconvert its output to 720, the TV will upconvert the 720 to 1080.

I have a front projector with a 9 foot screen and a Blu-ray image is far superior to an upconverted DVD image. It isn't even close. This might not be as obvious on a small direct view TV.

If you have a decent sound system you will notice that the Blu-ray sound is better.

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:36 AM
 
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I do not have a sound system. I played a standard dvd on my Sony travel player thur my new 50" 1080 LED TV. I normaly play the DVD on my Panasonic, standard, home player thru my old 32" CRT TV. That's what impressed me. I will probably just keep buying standard DVDs unless the blu rays are on sale. I do plan on purchasing a blu ray player. Its my guess, a standard DVD will look the same off a blu ray as it does off my travel player?
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:59 AM
 
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When I look at Blu ray packaging, some display Blu-Ray + Standard DVD or Blu-Ray + DVD or Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital DVD
Would all three of these packages contain the standard disc to be played on any player? Little confused when one is DVD and the other is Standard DVD?
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:22 AM
 
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DVD Video (the DVD's you buy in a store with a video on it) is a very narrowly defined standard with a specific file structure and formats, to display the DVD logo it has to meet these standards. When they list something like "DVD digital" what they would be referring too is the ability to read discs outside of that standard. For example when you burn a data disc it does not have the correct DVD file structure or formats, the ability of the player to read and display image files or different video formats outside of this standard varies widely. Those are extra abilities added by the manufacturer.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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The TV upconverts inputs to its native resolution if they are not already at the native resolution. If it is a 1080p TV, it upconverts to 1080p.

If you have a DVD player set to upconvert its output to 720, the TV will upconvert the 720 to 1080.

I have a front projector with a 9 foot screen and a Blu-ray image is far superior to an upconverted DVD image. It isn't even close. This might not be as obvious on a small direct view TV.

If you have a decent sound system you will notice that the Blu-ray sound is better.
It's more specific than "decent" Yes, Bluray can provide better audio overall, but if the sound system supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio or Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD (High Resolution), that's where the real audio improvement is. Of course the system must be set up correctly and not be a $299 Target plastic home theater in a box.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:57 PM
 
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The TV upconverts inputs to its native resolution if they are not already at the native resolution. If it is a 1080p TV, it upconverts to 1080p.

If you have a DVD player set to upconvert its output to 720, the TV will upconvert the 720 to 1080.
Wrong. 720p or 1080i is the highest upconverted image for DVD. NOT 1080p.
Only Blu-ray can do 1080p.

1080p is higher than 1080i.
1080i is about the same as 720p.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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When I look at Blu ray packaging, some display Blu-Ray + Standard DVD or Blu-Ray + DVD or Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital DVD
Would all three of these packages contain the standard disc to be played on any player? Little confused when one is DVD and the other is Standard DVD?
Its Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

Blu-ray = Blu-ray
DVD + Standard DVD = same thing(DVD).
Digital DVD/Digital copy = It can be copied to a computer or media server harddrive or PS3/Xbox and also placed onto phones/tablets for viewing.

Hope that helps.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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Wrong. 720p or 1080i is the highest upconverted image for DVD. NOT 1080p.
Only Blu-ray can do 1080p.

1080p is higher than 1080i.
1080i is about the same as 720p.
Additionally, the HD channels offered by your cable/satellite provider, is 720p. Not 1080p.
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