Sunday, 1 May 2011

Blu-ray vs DVD

As I have been doing some replacement buying for the collection, I have noticed that some classics like 'Out of Africa' are being reissued in a DVD/Blu-ray combo disk.  Right now, my library is not purchasing Blu-ray movies, but this begs the question for libraries, especially small libraries, should we have both formats?  How can we afford both formats?

Perhaps the movie selector should look at the type of movie and the best format for it.  Perhaps a visually spectacular movie like BBC's Planet Earth can be purchased only in the one format.  Comedies could be only purchased in DVDs since DVDs can be played on a Blu-ray player.  Many patrons have upgraded to Blu-ray players, so this could be the way to go.

In the meantime, let's hope that vendors will continue the combo releases so that we will not have to choose!

What is the DVD vs Blu-ray breakdown for your library?

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