Do you still watch movies on DVD / VCD ?

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#1 Edited by indzman (17324 posts) -

Sometimes i've to watch some shows or movies on DVD as blu ray version is not out yet ( Batman Animated series for example ), but i prefer watching movies on blu ray mostly nowadays for quality.

Do you still watch movies on DVD / VCD or prefer direct stream / blu ray OT ? :)

#2 Posted by GazaAli (22550 posts) -

Not really considering I pretty much download everything I watch from the Internet. I usually watch BR rips but I've made the stupid decision a couple of months ago and changed ISPs to a one that caps my downloading speed and quota whenever I "abuse" my connection. As a result I've been mostly watching DVD rips these days and I have to say they suck in comparison to the quality of BRs.

#3 Posted by jasean79 (2364 posts) -

I own mostly DVD. I rarely buy blu-ray, unless it's close to the same price as the DVD or cheaper than usual.

I've found that DVD is still a great buy, especially since they're dirt cheap now that blu-ray is more commonplace. With upscaling of DVD on most blu-ray players, you get decent quality movies. BUT, that's when I buy them. Majority of the time I'm just watching on demand.

#4 Posted by JohnF111 (14067 posts) -

I ripped most of mine so technically yes I do still dvds.

#5 Posted by airshocker (29132 posts) -

What the heck is a VCD?

#6 Posted by indzman (17324 posts) -

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

#7 Posted by airshocker (29132 posts) -

@indzman said:

@airshocker said:

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

I've never even seen a VCD. Unless that's a different term for a VHS tape.

#8 Edited by jasean79 (2364 posts) -

@airshocker:

VCD stands for 'Video Compact Disc' and basically it is a CD that contains moving pictures and sound. If you're familiar with regular audio/music CDs, then you will know what a VCD looks like. A VCD has the capacity to hold up to 74/80 minutes on 650MB/700MB CDs respectively of full-motion video along with quality stereo sound. VCDs use a compression standard called MPEG to store the video and audio. A VCD can be played on almost all standalone DVD Players and of course on all computers with a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive with the help of a software based decoder / player. It is also possible to use menus and chapters, similiar to DVDs, on a VCD and also simple photo album/slide shows with background audio. The quality of a very good VCD is about the same as a VHS tape based movie but VCD is usually a bit more blurry. If you want better quality checkout SVCD,CVD or DVD.

#9 Posted by Master_Live (14245 posts) -

I procure must of my stuff. Mostly BR quality but some movies/tv shows are only available on DVD quality, so that will do.

#10 Posted by Dogswithguns (10708 posts) -

Mostly DVDs..

#11 Edited by indzman (17324 posts) -

@indzman said:

@airshocker said:

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

I've never even seen a VCD. Unless that's a different term for a VHS tape.

Oh, before DVD came VCD was used , its still used as any DVD player can read VCD's also. It came after VHS / VCR ( late 90's - early 2000's)

#12 Posted by thegerg (14915 posts) -

@indzman said:

@airshocker said:

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

I've never even seen a VCD. Unless that's a different term for a VHS tape.

You are/were military, right? If you spent any time in the mid east I'd bet that you have seen VCD in the form of Haji movies. It's just an older disc format, similar to DVD, that gained popularity in parts of Asia while DVD was taking off in the rest of the world.

#13 Edited by jasean79 (2364 posts) -

Does anyone remember these bad boys? I used to have one as a kid. I always remember you had to push the plastic album-sized disc into the player for the first hour of the movie, then it would prompt you to flip over the disc, by re-inserting the plastic cover, turning it over and re-inserting again. This was prime-time before the VHS came out:

#14 Posted by Boddicker (2586 posts) -

I own only a 4 blu-rays and 400+ DVD's.

Mostly it's the cost thing. I can get 2 or 3 DVD's for the cost of most blu-rays.

I really don't mind the lower resolution. I don't need to count every pore on a man's face to be able to enjoy a movie.

#15 Posted by ferrari2001 (16833 posts) -

I have quite a few dvds that I still watch although anymore I usually only buy Blu-ray copies of movies. But anymore those also come with a dvd copy as well.

#16 Posted by harry_james_pot (10657 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

Not really considering I pretty much download everything I watch from the Internet. I usually watch BR rips but I've made the stupid decision a couple of months ago and changed ISPs to a one that caps my downloading speed and quota whenever I "abuse" my connection. As a result I've been mostly watching DVD rips these days and I have to say they suck in comparison to the quality of BRs.

What do they consider abuse? My current ISP does that if you go over 350GB.

#17 Posted by Darkman2007 (17929 posts) -

heh , I think Ive last seen a VCD sometime in 2002, pretty useless format even when it was contemporary (I certainly didn't see any improvement over VHS, although playing it on a PC was quite interesting at a time most PCs didn't come with a DVD drive.)

I have watched 2 movies on Bluray this year, Blade Runner and Dr. No .

#18 Edited by Glitter (353 posts) -

I watch stuff on DVD for now, but only occasionally. But when I get a PS4 I will use Blu-ray primarily and only DVD for stuff that will most likely never be on Blu-ray.

#19 Posted by Smokescreened84 (2484 posts) -

I can't afford a blu ray player and have little interest in it, content with DVDs.

#20 Posted by Serraph105 (27840 posts) -

I still rent DVDS now and again, buy my Bluray player allows me to plug in my external hard drive and watch videos directly from it so that's nice.

#21 Posted by TruthTellers (3397 posts) -

This seems to me to be a "do you still watch stuff in non HD" question and the answer is no, not really. Watching anything not in 720p, and even that sometimes >_<, on a 1080p television looks bad and I just don't watch it. The motion blur, the flickering of the pixels not in use, and the black bars is more distracting than anything else and keeps me from getting into whatever I'm watching.

#22 Posted by elkoldo (1012 posts) -

I got a whole damn stockpile of old movies on VCD and DVD.I'd be lying if I said I watch them often but they definitely ain't dead for me.

#23 Posted by thegerg (14915 posts) -

Yes

#24 Posted by mattykovax (22693 posts) -

No, I stream. will get a disc if I have too but hate spending the money. as for definition fuck that. I like HD but anything past real life sucks ass, I am not looking for flaws, blindness is what binds us.

#25 Posted by The-Apostle (12176 posts) -

I still watch DVDs via Netflix but for the most part I stream via Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, and rarely YouTube.

#26 Posted by Netret0120 (2047 posts) -

Download everything nowadays. Can't remember the last time i bought a dvd/BR

#27 Edited by EPICCOMMANDER (442 posts) -

I, like air shocker, have literally never heard of a VCD until this thread.

Anyway, I really don't care about the qualities of movies but I usually just stick to netflix, especially since my laptop no longer has a disc drive.

#28 Edited by MclarenMaster18 (51 posts) -

Well I still watch DVD because I don't have a 1080p TV or bluray player besides my PS4 console.

#29 Posted by Celldrax (14567 posts) -

I don't have the internet for streaming/downloading movies. So yes, I do prefer DVD (and some Blu-ray).

I don't think I've ever seen a VCD though. We always just had a VHS all throughout the 90's until we eventually started moving onto DVD players.

#30 Posted by lamprey263 (23300 posts) -

Do legitimate films actually exist on VCD? I thought they were all pirates.

#31 Posted by airshocker (29132 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

@airshocker:

VCD stands for 'Video Compact Disc' and basically it is a CD that contains moving pictures and sound. If you're familiar with regular audio/music CDs, then you will know what a VCD looks like. A VCD has the capacity to hold up to 74/80 minutes on 650MB/700MB CDs respectively of full-motion video along with quality stereo sound. VCDs use a compression standard called MPEG to store the video and audio. A VCD can be played on almost all standalone DVD Players and of course on all computers with a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive with the help of a software based decoder / player. It is also possible to use menus and chapters, similiar to DVDs, on a VCD and also simple photo album/slide shows with background audio. The quality of a very good VCD is about the same as a VHS tape based movie but VCD is usually a bit more blurry. If you want better quality checkout SVCD,CVD or DVD.

Still doesn't do anything for me. I've never heard of them.

#32 Posted by airshocker (29132 posts) -
@thegerg said:

@airshocker said:

@indzman said:

@airshocker said:

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

I've never even seen a VCD. Unless that's a different term for a VHS tape.

You are/were military, right? If you spent any time in the mid east I'd bet that you have seen VCD in the form of Haji movies. It's just an older disc format, similar to DVD, that gained popularity in parts of Asia while DVD was taking off in the rest of the world.

I was always under the assumption I was buying bootleg DVDs. -Shrug-

#33 Posted by sukraj (22308 posts) -

I still buy the odd dvd but most of the time I stick to blurays

#34 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15941 posts) -

@indzman said:

@airshocker said:

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

I've never even seen a VCD. Unless that's a different term for a VHS tape.

VCD used lower-res mpeg1 while the newer DVD used mpeg2. VCD and SVCD were popular during the 90's in line with the CD disc format.

#35 Posted by LJS9502_basic (150475 posts) -

Mostly DVD though I am starting to acquire Blu-ray.

#36 Edited by hippiesanta (9817 posts) -

@indzman said:

@airshocker said:

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

VCD in an asian only CD movie popular in the 90's and early 2000

.... usually 2 Compact disc for a movie and availiable around asian market at those days.

Quality similar to VHS. ...

I dont see any VCD sold in Europe and America but you can make it your own VCD movie.... by using certain software like nero .... using a blank CDR or CDRW...

BTW I still have my old Lazer Disc collection..... eat your heart out

>>>>>>>>>

about watch movies on home media ....either I go to the local cinema .... or.....

I rip it... for the reason...... In me country... HBO was censored ... I rip game of thrones too although it was played on HBO ..... you wont see any nude or swearing scenes....... and as for the cinema ....... only excessive sex scenes was cut out .... by hollywood .... before they send it to me cuntry ... but not the eff word.

some other movies was banned.

but Imported DVD and BluRay availiable and uncensored ..... including R rated non-porn movies

#37 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2462 posts) -

i can't watch anything less than a full bluray rip

#38 Edited by always_explicit (2743 posts) -

I dont need Bluray quality to enjoy a movie, some of the greatest movies iv ever seen where VHS and the quality wasnt fantastic. Even watching those same movies in DVD quality makes very little difference to me in terms of enjoyment. Obviously its "nicer" for something to be more attractive visually but I certainly wouldn't refuse to watch a movie unless it was bluray quality. That seems like a sad way to interact with entertainment and the world in general.

#39 Posted by Senor_Kami (8344 posts) -

That seems like a sad way to interact with entertainment and the world in general.

Others would argue that watching audio-visual mediums and opting for poor quality audio and poor quality video is a sad way to interact with entertainment.

#40 Edited by elkoldo (1012 posts) -
@elkoldo said:

I got a whole damn stockpile of old movies on VCD and DVD.I'd be lying if I said I watch them often but they definitely ain't dead for me.

lol I happened to find Leaving Las Vegas on DVD in that stockpile of mine.I just watched it.

This girl Sera in the movie is just my fantasy girl.I always wanted to marry a girl like her.

#41 Posted by bforrester420 (1378 posts) -

I used to watch a lot of television programs on DVD, mostly because I watch the comedies that warrant multiple viewings (30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Arrested Development, etc). Most of the programs I watch regularly are available on streaming services, so the DVDs don't get as much use anymore.

#42 Posted by daviddiorio (31 posts) -

No I don't remember the last time I watched a VCR and I haven't watched a DVD in over a year. Netflix and Bluray rips for me :)

#43 Edited by TAMKFan (32732 posts) -

I still buy DVDs sometimes. However, I watch TV shows on DVD more often than I do with movies.

#44 Posted by Mercuria1_King (276 posts) -

Blurays for the most part, I still use dvds from time to time.

#45 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15941 posts) -

Newer movies (within the last five years) I buy Blu Ray. Older movies are in DVD. I just buy the DVD/Blu Ray pack. The DVDs are fine for long trips. Our minivan has a DVD player/LCD screen.

#46 Posted by sukraj (22308 posts) -

No I don't remember the last time I watched a VCR and I haven't watched a DVD in over a year. Netflix and Bluray rips for me :)

I haven't watch anything on VHS in a long time.

#47 Posted by PSP107 (11880 posts) -

@indzman said:

@airshocker said:

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

I've never even seen a VCD. Unless that's a different term for a VHS tape.

I was lost too. VCD?

#48 Posted by elkoldo (1012 posts) -
@PSP107 said:

@airshocker said:

@indzman said:

@airshocker said:

What the heck is a VCD?

Hmmm ? Not sure if you are serious =P

I've never even seen a VCD. Unless that's a different term for a VHS tape.

I was lost too. VCD?

Jesus Christ ! Why so many people find VCD so supernatural ? it's Video Compact Disc , you know what CDs were ,right ? Now imagine that there's some video stored on those CDs ,that's a VCD.

It used to be popular in developing countries ,back in the old days when DVDs and DVD players were too expensive and therefore a luxury.

You guys have been either rich enough ,or living in a well-developed country to have never crossed paths with VCDs.

#49 Posted by PSP107 (11880 posts) -

@elkoldo:

Its safe to say nobody in my hood had a VCD in the 90's. VHS ruled the 80's/90's.

#50 Posted by roulettethedog (10963 posts) -

I still watch my VHS tapes and a few DVD's. Anything that is newer it is On Demand or Redbox.