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Jul 30, 2008
As Bob Dylan would say, "Times, they are a changin." It was hard to imagine that home movie viewing could get any better once the DVD replaced VHS tapes, but now Sony's Blu Ray disc player has revolutionized how we experience audio, visual and interactive features encoded onto our new DVD movies. With the Blu Ray disc technology, you can finally enjoy all the benefits of the movie theater at home, provided that you have an HD-TV, Dolby Digital Surround Sound and a comfy seat. The picture is clearer, the sound comes in 7.0, as opposed the regular 5.0, and there are more interactive features, than with a HD-DVD.

If you're looking to start your Blu Ray disc collection, then you may want to consider some of the latest Blu Ray titles to come out in this new format. The added features are expected to improve as time goes on and filmmakers create BD DVDs with the interactivity in mind, but there are a few titles that promise to impress new buyers. For instance, the Men In Black Blu Ray release has an interactive trivia game and Disney/Pixar's Cars Bluray DVD includes a "count-the-cars" game. Alien vs. Predator puts your photo into the game, allowing you to choose your character from marines, aliens or predators and play against friends.

The new DVD for Saw 4 in Blu Ray comes with a "Molog" feature, which is short for "Movie-Log" and allows viewers to write and share their comments in a blog. Upcoming BD-J features include: an "Alien Scavenger Hunt" game with Independence Day, a "Global Warming Trivia" quiz with The Day After Tomorrow, and a historical geographical map tracking the characters' voyage with Master & Commander.

The future holds some exciting possibilities for the Blu Ray disc, analysts speculate. The storage space will enable users to bookmark internet pages, unlock bonus content on the publisher's website, look up movie theater times, contribute to interactive movie blogs, and download audio or video extras.

New play modes are likely to be facilitated, such as: animated subtitles that fade in and out, or can be scrolled, trick play modes, angle alternates and video-in-video mode, like browsing cable TV menus. Browse buttons and graphics are said to be advanced and functionality more similar to a computer or DISH Network menu than a traditional DVD menu.

Is this the death throe for the age of the stand-alone movie player? Some speculate that laptops or USB devices and downloading will be the way of the future. The Kanguru Flash Drive Max has created a toothbrush-sized USB device that holds 64 GB of storage, so perhaps further advances will allow a plug-and-play format and faster, more legit software, that can take you from your laptop to your television set in mere minutes.

Who knew that all the major players would side with Blu Ray so early on in the high-definition format bidding war? In March, Best Buy announced that it would mail a $50 gift card to any customers who purchased an HD DVD machine before February 23rd. Following suit, Circuit City offered to accept returns of the discontinued Toshiba HD DVD player, in exchange for a store credit toward the Blu Ray disc gear or whatever else the customer would like to choose from the store.
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