Early days yet, but so far I've been mightily impressed with the Blu-ray player my wife won a couple of weeks ago. While we don't really have the cash to splash out on a bunch of new discs, my monthly subscription to Lovefilm rentals has enabled me to check out a few titles, and a couple of Xmas presents have started what looks like being a s-l-o-w-l-y growing collection. No problems with that whatsoever. We count ourselves extremely fortunate to have won a Blu-ray. It's a Bush, loads films far quicker than I thought would be the case and delivers stunning picture quality. Yes, it's an entry-level player and won't be as good as the Panasonic's or Sony's of this world, but it'll do just fine for us. I have 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and ZODIAC director's cut waiting until I get a dozen or so spare hours, and I've rented THE DARK KNIGHT, MAMMA MIA and INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE . Nolan's film in particular looks simply wonderful, and I wasn't in the least surprised to read it had shipped over 100,000 copies in the UK on the day of release. A word of praise, too, for MAMMA MIA. I'd seen the stage show in London the year it was released, and went away with mixed feelings but greatly enjoyed the film. Sure, you can pick any number of holes in this production but it made us smile and that's a valuable commodity in the current climate.
Of course, Blu-ray won't shift the number of units it was originally hoped for in 2009 as the current recession will continue to bite for some time to come. However, this format has shipped in impressive numbers, with many mouth-watering titles to come. The likes of the ALIEN movies, LORD OF THE RINGS, STAR WARS and other blockbusters will be mega sellers, and tempt many folks to take the plunge. The cost of players has already come down and will doubtless continue to do so, while the deals on software will get better and better. While it may be some time before we get the likes of Bava, prime time Argento and Hammer product on Blu-ray, the format will get there, I'm sure. Plenty to look forward to!