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Our New Home Theatre: Our Love Affair With Blu-ray Movies
Blu-ray Movies Require An HDTV and Blu-ray Player...and Sometimes A New Home Theatre
This picture is of me, Brenda, a blu-ray movies convert. Not a fantastic picture but it is me, nevertheless. With me is my blu-ray player and my high definition television (HDTV.)
Well, maybe not MY blu-ray player and not MY HD television. Perhaps I should say this is my family's home theatre or maybe I should really say that it is my husband's entertainment set up because it was HIS dream...and our blu-ray adventure started because of his dream.
I write about blu-ray movies on Squidoo and on a blog and I have been asked on more than one occasion how I came to be writing about blu-ray technology. This page will tell you about my journey into the world of blu-ray and, of course, you will also learn a bit about my family as you go along. I hope you enjoy our story.
Who is Treasures By Brenda?
Who are the other characters in the cast of this story?
For those of you who don't know me, let me introduce myself. I am an eBay power seller and a Squidoo writer and blogger as well as a Wife and a Mom of two great teenage boys. (Not in that order!) My husband, Chris, is and has always been a big fan of technology and my sons Douglas and Ian are, quite naturally for teenage boys, great movie fans.
I am known on Squidoo by my eBay store name Treasures By Brenda and, let me say up front as I always do, that I am NOT an expert on blu-ray technology. I have, however, learned a lot about blu-ray in the last couple of years and I have shared some of this information on the pages of my Squidoo blu-ray pages. If you are just learning about blu-ray, hopefully my pages will prove helpful. However, this page is not about those pages. It is not meant to be about blu-ray movies or about blu-ray players. It is the story of HOW BLU-RAY CAME TO MY HOUSE.
First, A Movie Magazine Article About Blu-ray Movies
In the summer of 2008.
In the fall of 2008, I wrote my first blu-ray page. It was about Sound & Vision Magazine's summer 2008 best blu-ray movies list. I thought it was an excellent list and a great guide for someone trying to figure out what blu-ray movies to bring home with their new blu-ray player. (You'll find the page about those blu-ray movies right here, the best blu-ray movies of 2008 here and the best blu-ray movies of 2009 here.) The first page was well received and led (obviously) to a lot of research and many more blu-ray themed pages.
Next, My Blu-ray 'Expertise'
My family was awestruck when I started talking about blu-ray technology using some of the actual technical jargon! (Previously, I had just glazed over when THEY talked about it.)
My husband had always wanted a high definition television and, more recently, a blu-ray player. When he heard me talking 'blu-ray' I think he made a giant leap that because I was TALKING ABOUT blu-ray, I had given my silent GO AHEAD to the purchase of a new television and blu-ray player.
Leads to a home theatre.
Unfortunately or fortunately, depending upon how you look at it, this meant that at least half of our unfinished basement needed to be finished. Chris knew that if he was going to convince ME to watch movies in the basement (also previously know as the dungeon or the cave) it was going to have to be warm and cozy and this is where our real, work-filled adventure began.
Don't undertake a new, big screen television casually...it can result in a massive and unexpected home renovation project!
So What's The Big Deal About Finishing Your Basement, Brenda?
Well, finishing a basement (for those who do not know) can be a huge task. It requires an electrician (one plug every so many feet), insulation and vapour barrier, drywall, drywall putty, sanding, painting, lighting, flooring, ceiling...and so on and so on. Some people even require new furniture. (So far we are keeping our current mismatched sofas although Chris would love to have a burgundy red sectional to go with our amazing chamois yellow walls.)
More importantly for an eBay seller like myself, a new basement requires moving everything in one-half of your basement and maybe doing so more than once...
It has been quite an adventure, not quite every moment I would call Brenda's Most Excellent Blu-ray Adventure...
And, as the pictures show, our adventure is not over yet. For the time being, we are not putting in new flooring although we do have a subfloor and we are not installing a 'ceiling.'
Our adventure may not be over but our home theatre is open for business!
Chris did almost all of the work by himself. He had help from Douglas and Ian and a bit from me.
In the midst of it all, I asked him if he regretted undertaking this massive project and he responded,
That's not bad, considering.
Do I Have Blu-ray All Figured Out? - I look like I have it all figured out...How many remote controls do you think it takes to operate a home theatre set up? An
Are you wondering what movie we watched first?
My First Blu-ray Movie was Tinker Bell
Bet you wouldn't have guessed, in a house with three 'boys', that it would be a movie about a bunch of fairies!
Yes, this is the first movie I ever watched on blu-ray! My sons were out and I think my husband picked it because HE picked blu-ray. Tinker Bell was pretty and I can see why little girls would ooh and aah over it but there is NO WAY that I would ask a teenage boy to watch it! (No, I have not written my Tinker Bell blu-ray review yet, but there is quite a bit of information and reviews from other experts and parents on my page Disney's Blu-ray Movies.)
Ian Can Really Make It All Work ~~ Just Show Him The Remotes And Show Him The Movies
With Tinker Bell our first-ever blu-ray movie, I bet you're scared about what my favorite blu-ray movie might just be...
Somehow embarassing but true...
we were 'given' two blu-ray players!
My Husband, The Savvy Shopper ~~ Was Given A Blu-ray Player For Free When He Purchased The T.V.
My husband shopped for years for his high definition television. He wanted one when they were $12,000 but was willing to concede that that was a bit much for a television so he waited and waited and waited some more.
Finally, the prices came down to a point at which he was comfortable. He shopped the after-Christmas sales and put a deposit on a high definition television which was BUNDLED with a free blu-ray player. It wasn't perhaps the best blu-ray player, but it was one that he considered to be quite all right. (Which means it was a pretty good one.)
The deposit guaranteed the sale price on our television. The store was happy, of course, to take our money well in advance of delivering the set. (Chris knew the basement was a BIG project and that the new television would be safer if it was not in the house while the work was being done.)
Not only did it turn out to be a great idea to take delivery of the television AFTER the renovations were mostly done, it had an interesting and unexpected bonus. In order to fulfill their promise of the free blu-ray player, the store had to upgrade the player -- twice -- by the time we were ready to take delivery of the television! So you can see that we were 'given' two blu-ray players!
Blu-ray Movie Lists
If you love blu-ray, you will love the features recommended on this list of the best of 2011.
If you love documentary films, you will love the features recommended on this list from 2010.
The best blu-ray movies by Disney for young children.
The best blu-ray movies from 2009.
The best Imax nature films on blu-ray in 2009.
Five of the best blu-ray Disney movies for young children from 2009.
A resource page designed to help you find some great blu-ray movies.
Information about Movie Treasures By Brenda, the blog.
More Movie lists and resources for movie fans.
My favorite movie picks.
A selection of boxed sets available on blu-ray.
The best early blu-ray discs.