Burn, Baby, Burn

Burn, Baby, Burn

Aug 28, 2009

You’ve probably read more than one article by some misguided reporter that shouts, “Discs are dead!” These people mistakenly equate the movie industry with the music industry where downloading individual songs has certainly taken the place of physical media. Blu-ray Bob would still point out to these town criers that the CD is still around despite download enthusiasts picking through artists work like they would an M&M bowl, so the odds of Blu-rays (each of which can store up to 50 GB of data) going the way of VHS anytime soon are pretty low. However, what if you could download and burn movies to DVDs or Blu-rays? A few studios—Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony and Lionsgate—are gambling that you might. Starting this week Film Fresh is starting to offer download-to-own options like Iron Man, My Bloody Valentine and The Lives of Others with more titles on the way. It seems that studios were skittish about offering downloads that can be burned to discs due to—what else?—copyright issues, but they apparently worked out the kinks. Right now only standard-def files are available, but maybe soon one could download and burn something that approaches Blu-ray quality. The masses might not have the capability or desire to burn their own movie discs, but since new movies at Film Fresh are priced at $10 to $13 instead of $20 to $30 for a new DVD or Blu-ray in a store, some might be tempted. Who has extra money to burn?

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The Burning Question

Which one of these people is in the movie Think Like a Man Too?

  • Bill Paxton
  • Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Peter Mullan
  • Jerry Ferrara
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