You love to watch movies and TV series on Blu-ray disc and DVD. However, the number of titles out on Blu-ray disc is limited. Also, in order to see the difference between Blu-ray and DVD, you must have a Blu-ray player that can play the discs along with an HDTV that has a large enough screen size and resolution. Be advised that not all Blu-ray players will play all Blu-ray discs. So make sure your Blu-ray player has the necessary firmware updates, or you'll risk experiencing playback problems.
Keep in Mind Your Taste and SensibilityTry to remember which movies and TV series you have talked about with enthusiasm. Do you enjoy a particular movie or TV genre? What are some of your favorites of that genre. A way to clarify your thoughts is by brainstorming some possibilities on a piece of paper or on your computer.
Even if you disagree with a critic, there's still something to be learned by reading reviews. It's not a matter of whether critics can predict if someone will like a film. They would have to be clairvoyant to do that! Reading reviews can deepen your appreciation of a movie or TV show.
Are the Special Features Special Enough?
Special features can be a decision breaker, and you can find out more about them by reading reviews that not only evaluate the movie or TV series itself, but also what bonus materials are offered.
Check to See What Is Available or Coming Soon to DVD and Blu-ray Disc
Check features about new, current and upcoming DVDs and Blu-ray discs to see what's available. Below you'll find some starting points for exploring in-depth coverage of new, current and upcoming releases.
Look Over Lists of Top Picks
Also good for brainstorming ideas for Blu-ray discs you would like to buy are lists of Top Picks. You can try brainstorming lists of your own on a piece of paper or your computer's keyboard. But here are some that might help you get started.
Sometimes Renting Is Still the Best Way to GoSome particularly expensive Blu-ray discs may make you hesitate before buying. Or sometimes there's a movie that you really only want to watch once. The flexibility and affordability of renting is often the way to go.
What If You Already Have the Title on DVD?Many movies and TV series are on DVD but have not been released on Blu-ray yet, and it is possible that some titles on DVD may never make it to Blu-ray. Fear not—you'll still be able to enjoy your standard DVDs. Your Blu-ray player can upscale your DVDs to near hi-def quality. What is the best course of action if you already own the title on DVD? This is a judgment call, and nobody can decide for you. But with some movies and TV series, the difference in quality might not be enough to justify the extra expense of purchasing it again on Blu-ray disc.