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Our New Home Theatre: Our Love Affair With Blu-ray Movies

Updated on July 15, 2014

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.

Brenda's

Most Excellent

Blu-ray Adventure

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.

A Renovation

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,

"Once."

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?

Tinker Bell Blu-ray Movie
Tinker Bell Blu-ray Movie

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.)

Click here to buy Tinker Bell from Amazon

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

The Top 10 Best Blu-ray Movies Ever

If you love blu-ray, you will love the features recommended on this list of the best of 2011.

The 10 Best Nature & Adventure Imax Blu-ray Movie Documentary Films 2010

If you love documentary films, you will love the features recommended on this list from 2010.

Five Best Blu-ray Disney Movies For Young Children 2010

The best blu-ray movies by Disney for young children.

Top 10 Best Blu-ray Movies 2009 For Sound and Picture Quality

The best blu-ray movies from 2009.

New Nature & Adventure Imax Blu-ray Documentary Movie Releases in 2009

The best Imax nature films on blu-ray in 2009.

Five Best Blu-ray Disney Movies For Young Children 2009

Five of the best blu-ray Disney movies for young children from 2009.

The Best Blu-ray Movies Ever

A resource page designed to help you find some great blu-ray movies.

Blu-ray Movie Treasures By Brenda, The Best Movie Blog

Information about Movie Treasures By Brenda, the blog.

Movie Lists and Resources For Movie Lovers

More Movie lists and resources for movie fans.

Top-Rated Movie Recommendations

My favorite movie picks.

Build Your Blu-ray Collection Quickly With A Blu-ray Movie Box Sets

A selection of boxed sets available on blu-ray.

Top 10 Best Blu-ray Movies For Sound and Picture Quality Before Summer 2008

The best early blu-ray discs.

Movies on Facebook
Movies on Facebook

What did you think of our blu-ray adventure? - Are you undertaking a similar odyssey?

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      A bit different than when you could only get CBC and CTV... and if you had a good antenna a few US channels (with static)

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful Story about Your Adventures with Blu-ray! The picture is a lot clearer. My hubby would love to have Blu-ray machine. Thanks for adding your lens to: A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Day Feast :)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 8 years ago from Templeton, CA

      At least your adventure turned out happily. Hopefully the playing musical chairs with your inventory is over. I'm beginning to wonder if the moving my inventory around will ever be over in the "termite room." I think the termites are confined to the bookcase at the moment, and I've removed the books. We're waiting for a dry day to get the bookcase out on the balcony to try and treat it and really remove the termites. At the end of the renovation you at least got to watch a movie, LOL. And you've transformed a "cave" into a cozy place.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Well, we have not made the conversion yet to Blu-Ray! Although the want is there, the need has not risen up yet.

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      markjcarter 8 years ago

      Blu ray is amazing, I couldnt believe the difference from DVD... nice lens... great infomjFree Annual Credit Report

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      Mary 9 years ago from Chicago area

      Well, our basement could definitely use renovating, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. Can't show the kids this lens, or they'll be too jealous of your family ;) 5*****

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Your adventure sounds wonderful, quite the family project. Hooray! We are so in the dark ages, with a several-year-old TV and over-the-air reception, quite challenging with the new digital signals taking over and our living on the back side of a hill. I suppose I could write a lens about all that, but maybe some other time. Meanwhile, I'll just continue to live blu-ray vicariously through your great lenses!

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      annetteghallowe1 9 years ago

      Since my husband takes to electronics VERY slowly, it will be awhile before we have to learn the Blu-ray ropes!

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      Heather Burns 9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love it! I can totally relate to boys being surprised when us girls know some tech stuff. I have 2 boys and a husband too. Plus one great girl...

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My husband and son came home one day with a delivery truck following them. It was the biggest TV I had ever seen and was silver in color. Our den is mostly antiques and here they come in with this huge monstrosity. When they got it set up, it looked like the TV had swallowed our den whole. It has taken me a some time to get used to it but I have to admit that it is fun to watch. I enjoyed your lens and it sounds like you are enjoying your big screen and Blu-ray movies.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Our tube tv is on its last legs - I think that will be our next electronic investment! Now that you are accomplished basement finishers, maybe you could stop by my place sometime.....

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      Holley Web 9 years ago

      Very informative. I like the fact that you got 2 upgrades for the same price. I'm emailing this lens to my parents BEFORE they make the leap. Their huge tv just went out for last time.

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      Carol Goss 9 years ago

      Of course brenda it is very nice. I like it. thanks for sharing ;)

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Excellent lens Brenda!

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      EpicFarms 9 years ago

      Nope no blu-ray or big screen here, although I can relate totally to the idea of "project snowball" (we DO have those :o) Nice lens!Http://www.squidoo.com/ConnieCrankpot

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      It's funny how an idea snowballs into a such big project! We still don't have a Blu-ray player, but it was a blast reading about yours. :)

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      tandemonimom lm 9 years ago

      Brenda, I'm LOL at the "massive unexpected basement renovation" caused by your purchase of a big screen tv! Too funny! We recently got our first big screen, but still no Blu-Ray. Don't know when that will happen!

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