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DVD defeats Blu-Ray(Basic and Ultra combined) by 16% during the last quarter of 2019 among top selling movies.

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DVDs have racks on the checkout line. Blu-rays barely do. Change this one thing and the scales will tip.

Hell, a lot of times the DVD by itself costs exactly the same as a BD/DVD/Digital combo pack, and people still just choose the DVD. Between this and knowing the majority of people around me who actually pay premium for music streaming services NEVER switch on the high quality setting, people generally don't give a singular fuck about visual / audio quality.
 
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I actually prefer older movies on bluray more than modern movies. I just bought I Come In Peace on bluray, but will probably rent the Joker on dvd.
 

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DVDs have racks on the checkout line. Blu-rays barely do. Change this one thing and the scales will tip.

Hell, a lot of times the DVD by itself costs exactly the same as a BD/DVD/Digital combo pack, and people still just choose the DVD. Between this and knowing the majority of people around me who actually pay premium for music streaming services NEVER switch on the high quality setting, people generally don't give a singular fuck about visual / audio quality.
I very rarely, if ever, see DVDs cost the same as Blu-ray let alone combo packs. DVDs are dirt cheap now. You can find many newer movies in bins for 5 bucks.
 
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Generally speaking, the only difference I notice between DVD and blu-ray is the blu-ray usually has a giant pile of extra crap on it besides the movie. This can be good or bad, depending on what I'm playing.
 

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Aren’t blue rays easier to mess up than dvd’s as well? Higher compression across the disk would lose more data from scratches. I’d go dvd if I had kids. For those of you talking about streaming services, those still aren’t perfect, so I’d rather have physical or downloaded if it’s something I like. Having a movie buffer at a good part is annoying
 
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Aren’t blue rays easier to mess up than dvd’s as well? Higher compression across the disk would lose more data from scratches. I’d go dvd if I had kids. For those of you talking about streaming services, those still aren’t perfect, so I’d rather have physical or downloaded if it’s something I like. Having a movie buffer at a good part is annoying
My understanding is It's the opposite. BR have a special scratch resistant coat and are harder to damage that way than DVDs.
 

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Of course there are... especially since every BD player is also a DVD player.
Yep - and also there are a lot of people on a budget or are not fussed over the quality jump from DVD to BluRay - even though at times that is a few dollers more.
 

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I collect VHS it just looks better on crt tv's.

I tried laserdisc a while ago too digital for me.
 

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It's the same story on DVD as it is on blu-ray, DVD is much cheaper and does not come with this absurd copy protection bollocks. Also I can watch the DVD also on my Xbox 360 on my SDTV, so I am more flexible with the DVD. I prefer DVD.
 
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It's not hard to understand. Older people are still using DVD and don't care about any differences and probably don't see a different in a disc.
Dvds are much cheaper and as far as I know blurays where I am are way too overpriced. It's like they wanted to fail.
 

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People are stupid and DVD is usually less that half the price of Blu Ray. No surprise really
 

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I think this is easily explained for a number of reasons. DVDs are extrmely cheap now, they practically give away DVDs these days, a lot of people don't even buy physical media anymore and those who do are going to be thrifty sorts who would rather buy cheap DVDs and dont care about the quality so much.
 
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This reminds me of some customers when I worked in an electronics store.

"Yeah we'll take this $2500 OLED TV with this $500 sound system........................ and some DVD's!!!!"
 
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I watch movies and TV, almost exclusively while playing games, on a 24" computer monitor that sits to the side of my 60" gaming TV.

Blu rays and DVDs basically look the same to me at the distance and size Im viewing them at. I don't really care about the quality at all, so if the DVD is substantially cheaper, I'm buying it to pad the collection out.

I just bought Dragnet/Money Pit/Burbs combo pack for 4.99, suck it video snobs.
 

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Crazy that some people still think it's "good enough". I haven't touched a DVD since 2000s. I was on a fence about 4K, but Joker convinced me it's the future (that movie is sharp af). DVDs look atrocious, but I know some older people who still watch them. My guess is Blu-ray lost some sales to streaming, 4K streaming looks almost as good as Blu-ray in some cases.
 

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LOL, this only applies to the top 50 best selling new movies released in 2019, it doesn't include older movies, rereleases and combos. All you did was post a picture of a chart without context.

Sorry, Bluray defeats DVD in Mortal Kombat once again!
 

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Of course DVD beats it. I'd be surprised if it didn't.

DVD is the most common format at every Walmart. That there tells a lot. But DVDs are in gas stations, target, cracker barrels, dollar stores, big lots, etc. Basically wherever you find low end middle class people or poor people you'll find DVDs and they are the largest part of our society.

DVD is cheaper.

A lot stuff is on DVD only because it's cheaper to manufacture and like compilation stuff, old TV shows, public domain stuff and so on that wont really sell much in general needs to be as cheap as possible.

Hell you even have people who don't know anything else. Like my dad calls everything a DVD, he doesn't know what a blu ray is or uhd. So a lot of people will buy a dvd because to them it's all the same thing.
 

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Just to be 100% sure, but the DVDs that come bundled with lots of Blu-ray products aren't being counted as +1s for DVD, are they?
 

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Just to be 100% sure, but the DVDs that come bundled with lots of Blu-ray products aren't being counted as +1s for DVD, are they?
This is a good point and I know Sky TV in UK sends a DVD copy of any movie you buy to download on their satalitte TV platform so I wonder if things like that count too.
 

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General public just doesn´t share the same enthusiasm for technology as people in forums, and blu-ray is more of the same as far as convenience goes, so they see no reason to move to a more expensive format. It is the same brick wall VR is facing.
 
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Another cool thing about DVDs.

You can use VUDU to scan one in your drive and upgrade it to an HD digital version for just a couple bucks as long as it's available on VUDU.
 
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The chart clearly lists them as Combo packs for Blu-Ray so no.
The link in the OP? I'm not seeing that mention...

The word "combo" appears only in this note: "Excluding BD/UHD combos as the only BD release"
 
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DVD's continued prevalence is very strange to me. I can't figure out why it's happening. My best guess is that it's probably a lot of parents buying heavily discounted animated movies and kids tv shows to throw on in the car.

DVD isn't much cheaper than blu ray nowadays, even for new releases when the price difference is at its highest. And I have to imagine people who are still buying physical home video releases on release day are enthusiast types who wouldn't go for DVD. Older releases on blu ray can be had for $5 or $6 brand new. New blu ray players can be had for well under $100, and a lot of families ended up with a PS3, Xbox One, or PS4 over the years which would double as a player anyway.
 

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I saw that video. So many retarded reasons and the same problems that DVD had. James is a low iq individual.
I love James but yeah there's a lot cherry picking and misinformation here.

Personally I like Blu-rays.

But man I used to have this Nightmare on Elm Street boxed set and was GOAT. They had a disc where you played this kind of game where you explore Freddy's house trying to avoid him or some shit and it would unlock photos, etc.

Man I want that DVD set again but I wonder if they have that on Blu-ray because I dug that stupid DVD game.

Damn I just found you can still get the DVD game for cheap. I need that lol. Fuck I hate being dirt poor.
 
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The thing is, blu ray set is usually just $5 more than the dvd set and it coem with blu ray, dvd and a HD digital copy for new release. dvd is 20, blu ray is 25 and 4k is 30. Even if all you want is dvd, u get so much mroe value if you buy the blu ray set and then sell of the hd digital copy and blu ray itself. To any 4k doubter, check out Gemini Man 4k 60 fps, it is a real threat
 

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I buy both but prefer blu-ray, there are still a ton of movies that never got a blu-ray release so I buy DVDs regularly. My biggest problem, however, with blu-rays is that their sound mix is, generally speaking, beyond atrocious. Special effects are boosted beyond reason and speech is diminished to barely audible levels in some movies. The worst example is Inception where it physically hurt me to watch it on bluray. Speech was whisper quiet and any other sound was brutally loud. Sometimes it can be fixed by setting my speakers to stereo but that defeats the whole purpose of having a 5.1 in the first place. And this isn't only my opinion on the matter, my brother is an audiophile, musician and a sound engineer and he practically gave up on blu-rays for this reason. Whenever he goes to get a new movie he makes sure the mix is good otherwise he goes for the DVD which, for some reason, never have this problem.
 
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I buy both but prefer blu-ray, there are still a ton of movies that never got a blu-ray release so I buy DVDs regularly. My biggest problem, however, with blu-rays is that their sound mix is, generally speaking, beyond atrocious. Special effects are boosted beyond reason and speech is diminished to barely audible levels in some movies. The worst example is Inception where it physically hurt me to watch it on bluray. Speech was whisper quiet and any other sound was brutally loud. Sometimes it can be fixed by setting my speakers to stereo but that defeats the whole purpose of having a 5.1 in the first place. And this isn't only my opinion on the matter, my brother is an audiophile, musician and a sound engineer and he practically gave up on blu-rays for this reason. Whenever he goes to get a new movie he makes sure the mix is good otherwise he goes for the DVD which, for some reason, never have this problem.
Huh, I would be interested to hear more. That suggest the DVD has narrower dynamic range. Awful sound mixing is to be expected in Nolans films, but the difference between DVD and BD is surprising.
 

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Huh, I would be interested to hear more. That suggest the DVD has narrower dynamic range. Awful sound mixing is to be expected in Nolans films, but the difference between DVD and BD is surprising.
You would have to ask my bro, he is a professional sound engineer, I am just the end user, but I do have the same issue. It has gotten much better lately but the first 5 or so years were tough. Some of them do have amazing sound, for example Bravehearth in UHD is just glorious.
 
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Just cause it doesn't have most of the market share doesn't mean it's a failure lmao
 

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I am the opposite.
Barely purchased DVDs, got into Blu-rays, sold most of my Blu-rays, skipping 4K Blu-rays, waiting for 8K Blu-rays (please come out :messenger_grinning_sweat: ).