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Warner Brothers To Buy Back DVDs For Blu-ray Discs

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After Hollywood super-studio, Warner Brothers, ended the HD disc format war on
"Blu-Friday" at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show they offered a trade-in program where end users could swap out their HD DVD titles for Blu-ray. Now the studio is offering the same program for DVD-Video discs.

The way the program works is that you select the Warner Blu-ray titles that you want for your collection at DVD2blu.com. There is a comprehensive list of discs that you can choose from ranging from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Blazing Saddles to Dumb and Dumber to The Shining to The Wedding Singer as well as dozens of others. The price to upgrade ranges from $7.95 to $9.95, depending on the title (plus $4.95 shipping and tax). You then return your DVD copy of the movie.

Detractors point to the fact that DVD-Video discs with a little work and software can be ripped to computers much more easily than Blu-ray discs which is a fact that I am sure wasn't missed by the studio execs who hate people copying files almost as much as they love people spending on the same movies over and over.

While there are some classic titles in the initial 55 disc offering - not all are worth the effort - although if you have a DVD copy and live in the world of Blu-ray,why not make the move for a few dollars? The difference in picture and sound is exponentially better and unless you only want to see the movie once more (think Netflix) you might want to consider upgrading your home video collection with this special offer.

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