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Back from visiting the folks. Appreciated the long-weekend, really needed to unwind.

Waiting for me in my mail was Casino Royale on Blu-Ray from Netflix, which I ordered just so I could compare with the DVD I actually own and see whether there was really a major difference between an upscaled DVD and a Blu-Ray movie beyond what only a true videophile would notice.

I've operated, from previous experience in stores and other sources, on the assumption that while there was some very mild difference a true techie (or someone with a 50+ inch screen) could appreciate, overall, there was no real tangible improvement, but I decided to use my netflix account to see what could be seen on a setup I have full control over, against the same source material on DVD, upscaled to 1080i.

Well, long story short, my assumption was wrong. Like, completely.

I don't know whether it's specific to the movie and how it got encoded, or whatever, but the difference is immediately noticeable. It's not quite VHS-to-DVD level of "holy shit!", but it's definitely an "oh my...".

That said, there's no way I'm replacing my DVD collection *any* time soon, but for new releases with big awesome visuals that I really want (like say a BD-version of LOTR or Serenity), I could see myself going Blu-Ray.

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