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Old August 17 2013, 03:14 AM   #1
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What's the deal wit the release??

Hi!

I heard that Star Trek Into the Darkness will come out this month digitally or something, weeks ahead of a DVD Blue Ray release. How does that work? Don't most Blue Rays come with both Digital and Ultraviolet copies, included? why would I guy this twice? If I but the digital copy in August, did I already prepay for the physical copy?
What is the reasoning behind this?
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Old August 17 2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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Re: What's the deal wit the release??

I think it just depends on how anxious you are to see the movie again. I bought the digital download AND the DVD, and I will buy the 2 disc set when it comes out, because I'm a long-time Trek fan and I don't want to wait for the DVD to arrive at my house. I'm willing to watch it on my Kindle just to get my fix!
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Old August 19 2013, 04:32 AM   #3
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Because some will pay the extra $ just to watch it "before" everyone else. PT Barnum was on to something.
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Old August 19 2013, 07:57 AM   #4
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Because if you have an xbox360 and or PS3 you would be downloading the actual high def film on your device hard drive to watch on your HD tv
Those including myself going with this option are in effect getting the blu-ray a month before it hits stores
I actually prefer this option nowadays as I am tired of stacks of disks on my shelf. Gave away about a 100 DVDs and some blus I never watch to Goodwill today

It's a blu-ray or DVD without the disk and its the future of home movie watching
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Old August 19 2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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Re: What's the deal wit the release??

Lord Garth, FOI wrote: View Post
Because if you have an xbox360 and or PS3 you would be downloading the actual high def film on your device hard drive to watch on your HD tv
Those including myself going with this option are in effect getting the blu-ray a month before it hits stores
I actually prefer this option nowadays as I am tired of stacks of disks on my shelf. Gave away about a 100 DVDs and some blus I never watch to Goodwill today

It's a blu-ray or DVD without the disk and its the future of home movie watching
I don't really get this approach when it comes to movies. A digital download is like watching youtube. The quality of a digital download movie is so inferior to what a physical Blu-Ray disc offers. Your mileage may vary, but I can tell the difference between a Blu-Ray and say an iTunes, Ultraviolet or HD Netflix movie almost instantly. If it's a movie I want to own, I want to own it in the best possible quality available. In this day and age, and at a reasonable price point, that means Blu-Ray.

If there is a movie that I am interested in and didn't watch it in the theater, I may rent it off of iTunes or VOD it from my cable provider. Otherwise I am quite content to wait until it appears on Netflix, or just shows up on TV. If it is a great movie and I want to own it, I buy the Blu-Ray so I can enjoy it again in the best quality available.

Ironically I am the exact opposite with music. I never buy CD's. In fact I'm amazed that CD's are still around. The tech is only 6 or so years younger than VHS tech, and with the loudness wars the quality today is arguably worse than it was 30 years ago. The last CD I bought was the 2 disc limited edition deluxe soundtrack for Star Trek (2009). Before that I think it was something from the mid 2000's. Other than that one CD I am digital only. I ripped all my CD's and sent them to iTunes match. That Star Trek CD is currently the only CD that I still have. The rest were like you, given to goodwill.

Ok tangent over, back to movies...


If the Blu-Ray movie I'm buying has a digital copy, I use the code to give a friend the movie. I rip the disc so I can watch it on my portable devices. I'm not going to pay money for a digital copy of a movie whose DRM can be revoked at any time. At least iTunes lets me download DRM free copies of my music that I store as backup in the cloud. (in higher quality that I originally ripped it at. 128kb mp3....that was so stupid of me.)

So far no download service can do that for movies. I can rip a higher quality version of a move then they currently provide as a download or stream. Why would I pay for only the inferior DRM'd product, when I can have better quality with 2 minutes of physical work?
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Old August 19 2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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Re: What's the deal wit the release??

No actually the quality of an HD digital download on Xbox or ps3 is exactly the Same 1080p
If you stream only the movie may be prone to whatever quality of Internet connection you have
And no ridiculous stacks of DVDs to trip over and use as coasters
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Old August 20 2013, 12:10 AM   #7
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Re: What's the deal wit the release??

Not quite. The bit rate on digital downloads is not necessarily as high as Blu-ray.
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Old August 20 2013, 02:24 AM   #8
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It depends on the source but close enough on the current crop of hdtvs thru a quality download like Xbox or ps marketplace
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Old August 20 2013, 02:41 PM   #9
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Re: What's the deal wit the release??

does the digit download version released today have any bonus footage or is it movie only?
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Old August 20 2013, 05:40 PM   #10
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Has anyone gotten the digital version yet? Doesn't seem to be available in the UK iTunes store yet.
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Old August 20 2013, 06:30 PM   #11
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I did at the Xbox live marketplace in 1080p
Looks beautiful on my 72" Mitsubishi

There is bonus content as well but you have to download a free new Xbox app mirror view or something like that
Then you an access bonus features during the film just like a blu-ray
Haven't gotten around to that just yet watched 20 min of the film last night as the download wasn't available on the west coast until 11
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Old August 20 2013, 07:42 PM   #12
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Hmm, guess we're not getting it in the UK today then. Oh well.
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Old August 20 2013, 07:44 PM   #13
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I got my digital version off Amazon late last night. I stayed up 'till 4am to watch it.

It was awesome.
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Old August 20 2013, 07:46 PM   #14
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Really torn about whether to wait for the BR/DVD combo... Does anyone already have the iTunes copy and wouldn't mind listing all the special features/extras included?

[Best I've been able to tell, looks like the digital download includes The Red Planet, Enemy of My Enemy, and Brawl by the Bay, but no mention of the other featurettes that are listed for the BR/DVD disc set. That said, the iTunes description also lists a 2h42 "exclusive, enhanced commentary" track w/ JJ Abrams and crew (but not cast), which doesn't seem will be included on the BR/DVD versions..]
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Old August 20 2013, 07:50 PM   #15
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Re: What's the deal wit the release??

"September 2nd" for the UK iTunes release.
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