My Blu-ray Collection – Family Films

I’ve decided to split out my family films from my blu-ray collection listing, both to shorten the posts up and to reflect the division I’ve made in the organization of the actual discs themselves. As the father of a little boy, this is easily the fastest growing segment of my blu-ray collection, because sometimes, you just want the little buggers to sit still for an hour or so (don’t worry, I also read to him and stuff).

Fidelity-wise, these are among the best blu-rays in my collection. Disney, who produced the majority of the films I own, are either the best blu-ray distribution house out there, or they’re a close second to Criterion. Of course, the Pixar transfers are amazing, with the full digital process used to make them. But equally impressive are the remastered versions of 60 year old classics, which are completely revitalized by the format. Films that had previously degraded to dull and murky on previous formats really pop on blu-ray. If you’re looking for reference material for you system, or a great argument for the format in general, look no further than the titles on this page (except for The Fox and the Hound, which is an insult to the format).

As an added bonus, most of these collections are BRD/DVD combo packs, which is excellent if you want to also keep your kid quiet in a room with a TV without blu-ray capabilities (I take him out to play all the time, I swear!).
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My Blu-ray Collection

As I did with my record collection, I’m posting my blu-ray collection for your perusal. My reasons for doing this are the same: to have a digital record of what I have, to show off my stuff, to give you the opportunity to judge me from the comfort of your own home, etc. So if you ever want to have a look at what I have (like if you were thinking of getting me a gift, perchance), look for the link on the sidebar (next to my record collection and Amazon wishlist).

Now when we talk about blu-ray, the big question people have is whether or not it’s worth it. And my answer is: that depends. If you have a big enough TV, capable of receiving high definition signals, and care about visual quality, then ABSOLUTELY blu-ray is worth it. I’m in love with it; finding even crappy movies to be watchable simply to look at the improved visual clarity (I’m sure that will wear off after a bit though as the experience becomes more normative, as it did with the jump from standard definition television to high def). But, when I first got my blu-ray player, it was hooked up to a 36-inch, CRT TV capable of a maximum of 1080i. It still looked good, but didn’t blow me away like it did when we got our 46-inch, LCD, 1080p TV.

Now, when I say “care about visual quality”, I don’t necessarily mean “only enjoy flashy movies”. Even quieter, less visually-oriented films look better on BRD, with richer colours, deeper blacks, and greater clarity. But, if you’re the sort of person who is just as happy to watch a movie on your laptop as on the big screen, the improvement might not mean anything to you (or I suppose you have really bad vision).

With my collection, I’m trying not to re-buy my entire DVD collection, in part because not every BRD was digitally remastered very well and in part because I’ve discovered that I own plenty of movies that I don’t rewatch very often (if at all). That was fine when I had more disposable income and received discounts on movies, but not a practice I want to replicate with this new format, especially since it’s a lot more expensive, and probably will remain so for awhile.

Anyway, on to the collection (note that in cases where multiple versions of the title have been released, the version pictured is the version I have)…

Click here to view my Family Films on Blu-ray Collection
Click here to view my TV on Blu-ray Collection
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