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smileyFrank

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I just received an email offer from Amazon for the Love&Mercy DVD. They offer both DVD and Blu-Ray at discounted prices (I think $9.96 DVD, and $12.96 for the Blu-Ray). Question--can I play a Blu-Ray on a regular DVD player (I don't own a Blu-Ray), is a Blu-Ray significantly better (I guess in clarity,sound) than a DVD, if I can play a Blu-Ray on a DVD player, will it "play" better than the DVD? I also ask, because assuming I get a Blu-Ray at some point in the future, it may be worth getting the film in that format now, assuming I can play it on my current non-Blu-Ray DVD player, at least for the present time. Thanks for any help!
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hereyugo

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No, you cannot play a blu ray disc on a DVD player. However, you can play a DVD on a Blu ray player.

The blu ray does, however, come with a Digital HD version of the film. 

This will allow you to use a voucher code online to redeem the movie to stream or download. 
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JCM

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Previous poster is right on in all regards. The inclusion of a download certificate, redeemable online (iTunes, for example) is another cool thing. You have a physical copy and a copy in the cloud that can be downloaded to your device. Of course, with a Blu-ray purchase/certificate that download is HD. With a DVD purchase/certificate, the download is SD.

I would just add this..not knowing you living situation, the following devices will play Blu-rays and you may have one already, or know someone that does:

Xbox One
Playstation 3
Playstation 4

Also, Blu-ray players are very affordable now. Some can be found for as little as $50 USD, depending on where you shop. The benefit in sound and probably most important picture quality is the best argument I can make for getting the Blu-ray over the DVD. Especially given that in this case it's only $3 more.

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Sue Schlichter

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We just got a surround sound bar, about as wide as the TV, two little speakers, and one floor speaker. Being new to this, it is cool, but if you don't have the right balance of TV and sound, the bass can drown out the dialogue.

It's nice to get the HD instant video in advance of the DVD/BluRay hard copy. Only drawback, it sometimes pauses for loading, depending on your internet speeds / whatever people are doing upstairs with the WiFi. Our internet connection is poor, so Netflix and Amazon instant video times out, whereas a BluRay will never do that, right at the most inopportune time. I have read that cell phones can interfere with Netflix etc., but the debate rages on in this household.

Also, to watch instant HD video, you will need either a "Smart TV" (gets WiFi), or a DVD & BluRay player that gets WiFi. My player didn't say WiFi per se, but it had logos for Netflix etc., so you know it can stream video from the internet.

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Rob J

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I posted this elsewhere, but for anyone who is impatient to wait for September 15, L&M will also be available on Video On Demand starting August 25... so you get a 3-week headstart over the traditional formats....  I assume that VOD means iTunes Store, and stuff like that.

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JCM

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It does. Amazon, Google Play, iTunes all have the pre-order listed. I've posted here (or maybe Smiley Smile board) that the iTunes Extras are the same as the Blu-ray/DVD. But are available only with the HD purchase.

Gotta be honest.. I'm just not patient enough to wait. I already pre-ordered the Blu-ray but I also pre-ordered the iTunes HD. I want a physical copy too, for a myriad of reasons. Namely higher bit-rate than the download.

I'm thinking I'll give my download certificate to our 12-year old son. I hate to waste a freebie like that. He accompanied me 2 of the times I saw L&M in the theater and seemed to love it. He seems genuinely interested BW/BB music although that likely is because of his dad. [smile]

On iTunes, the 'Extras' section is under construction but I noted that one of the two featurettes is 25 minutes in length. Sounds pretty substantial. The other is a little over 10 minutes I believe. The list of deleted scenes is not yet available but there will be some, which makes me ecstatic!! Also, can't forget the audio commentary by the director and the screenwriter.

Really can't wait to immerse myself into all of this in 2 weeks.

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