Forum Topic: UHD Blu-ray Discs – worth the premium?

The price of early adoption is making Ray Blu

by hodg100 Jun 25, 2017 at 11:48 AM

  • We’ve paraphrased the title of Ray P’s AVForums thread, which was originally titled ‘£6, £12 or £50 - what premium is acceptable?’
    Those prices quoted in Ray’s thread were for Despicable Me & Despicable Me 2 on Amazon UK. The first two prices are for the bundled DVD and Blu-Ray discs, respectively. The £50 price was in reference to the total for the two separate Ultra HD Blu-rays.

    In Ray’s words Despicable Me 1 and 2 are from content ‘upscaled artificially from 2K to 4K’ although Ray does concede that they also include HDR and Dolby Vision playback.

    Now, Ray does appreciate that there is always a premium attached to new technology but is in no way prepared to pay a 415% premium given the ‘lack of effort by the studio to tempt us into this medium’. The films are no funnier or entertaining in 4K than Blu-ray, says Ray, and given the excellent upscaling of both his TV (Loewe Bild 7.55 OLED) and Oppo 203 Blu-ray player he doubts the difference will be ‘night and day’.

    Ray said he would be prepared to pay £30-35 for both or maybe £40 as absolute maximum but feels that is more than enough.
    Do you feel the same given in a few months time the 4K price will invariably drop? And are you fed up with the lack of true 4K films? The majority, in Ray’s estimation, appear to be 2K upscales but with no reduction over a true 4K one.

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