When I last left you, I recounted how we finally upgraded our old tube television for a sleek Panasonic plasma. We still canâ€™t get over the size and the picture quality, especially watching our pre-season Chiefs football games. Just to remind ourselves how good weâ€™ve got it, weâ€™ll click over to the non-HD channels and then pick our jaws up off the floor. We know now what weâ€™ve been missing out on all these years.
Now weâ€™re almost ready to jump aboard the Blu-ray shipâ€”almost literally. When we purchased our flatscreen, we still werenâ€™t sold on Blu-ray (we already had a lot of money invested in DVDs), but a trip to our neighborhood Target changed all that. We often peruse the DVDs for good deals, but that day, we looked at prices on flatscreens there to see if we could have found a better deal. (We didnâ€™t.) I was already walking away when my husband called me back over to one particular flatscreen. Reading the specs (I canâ€™t recall now if it was an LED or LCD), I couldnâ€™t understand why he was glued to the TV.
â€œLook at whatâ€™s playing,â€? he said.
It took me a minute to figure out it was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl because the footage looked like something you would see on an History Channel reenactment. (It was the scene where dear old dad Governor Weatherby Swann has just shoved the undead hand into the drawer and itâ€™s wrestling to get out.) It didnâ€™t look like a movie with special effects. It looked like I was watching live action. It was a profound â€œAh, ha!â€? moment for both of us.
Watching a movie this way is a departure from how Iâ€™m used to seeing them, and I think itâ€™ll take some adjusting to get to used to watching Blu-rays now that weâ€™ve decided to make the upgrade. The crisp look was so vastly different that the viewing experience is changed.
Iâ€™m not sure we can fully commit to buying and watching everything in Blu-ray just yet (having an SD viewing experience might be a welcome thing from time to time). Instead, weâ€™re heeding Jason Bovbergâ€™s advice and having a mix of DVDs and Blu-rays, picking and choosing what we should buy in Blu-ray and buying a when itâ€™s a good deal.
Weâ€™re on the hunt for a Blu-ray player, but unfortunately after my husband saw a preview of the Mafia II videogame, Iâ€™m certain weâ€™ll end up with a PlayStation 3.