50 GB Blu-ray Discs Today

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that the company is releasing three new Blu-ray discs today: Click, Black Hawk Down, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The significance of the announcement is that the discs can hold up to 50GB, which is enough capacity to hold all the “bonus” material that is often found on standard DVD movie discs. For example, the Click disc includes audio commentary by the people who made the film, four deleted scenes, and seven “featurettes.”

Hooray. Tell me honestly, how much of the “bonus” material do you really watch? I almost never watch a movie twice, and I’ve never watched one again with the director or someone else talking over it the whole way through, explaining what I’m watching. I rarely watch the deleted scenes; if the director didn’t think the scene should be in the movie, then why show it? I do have some sort of morbid curiosity about why some scenes ended on the cutting room floor, but I can’t say that seeing the cast-offs particulary enhances my viewing experience of the movie. I do like to watch the blooper reels (well, except when they are totally self-conscious like the ones in Ocean’s Twelve), but that’s about it. If I was a film student I might feel differently, but I suspect that the majority of viewers never watch the stuff.

Do you think that the presence or absence of hours of “bonus” material will affect your choice of Blu-ray versus HD DVD? Drop me a message at alfred@hdtvprofessor.com and let me know.