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« on: June 03, 2005, 04:52:56 PM »

I ask this cause I work on the weekends and while its considered work it is very, very BORING.  I am considering picking up one or two UMD movies to help pass the time. Whne I brought my PSP I didn't get the free Spiderman 2 UMD since I waited til the initial mad rush was over, but I did see how clear and good th movie looked.  

So my question is any other person out there like the UMD movies and think its worth the 20 buck investment?
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2005, 04:58:28 PM »

If you have a PC with a DVD-ROM on it and you want to watch a lot of movies, it would be cheaper in the long run to just buy a high capacity memory stick and rip DVDs to that.  I've done some experimenting with watching videos off the mem stick and the quality is generally pretty good.

For myself, I couldn't justify paying more than $10 for a UMD.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2005, 05:05:07 PM »

I had the House of Flying Daggers UMD movie and it looked pretty spectacular.  It's a bit more spendy than other UMD movies, but if you can find it cheap (i.e. Ebay most likely) it's well worth it.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2005, 06:05:32 PM »

I'm with Andrew, I don't see the point in playing $20+ for a UMD when I could pay less for a DVD I can put on my memory card and also play on a regular DVD player.  Of course, if you don't find it worthwhile to buy a big memory stick, I guess I can see UMDs being an option.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2005, 06:06:29 PM »

The picture quality is awesome, but most of the UMD movies so far have had almost no extra features or anything else to justify paying $10-15 more than its DVD equivalent (outside of being able to watch it in handheld form).

Honestly?  I prefer to buy the DVD, rip the video, and put it on a memory card if I want to see it on the PSP.  The quality only seems to be slightly worse, and it beats paying $30 for a movie you'll only watch once or twice.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2005, 07:13:17 PM »

Yeah, I don't see UMD movies being popular in the long run.  I suspect they'll stop putting out movies in a year or so.  That is, unless they come out with some other uses for the UMD that turns it into a more general disc format.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2005, 07:22:00 PM »

It wholesales clubs all UMDs are $12.99 or lss. I've picked up a bunch at that price vut probably wouldn't for anything a $1 more than that..
I love the PSP as a movie player.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2005, 04:41:20 PM »

My only gripe about the UMD movies is that they are too quiet. I have to travel a lot for work, and in the car with headphones on, the volume cranked all the way up and even the +2 in the menu for umd movies on I cannot hear lots of the parts of the movies. Just way too quiet, and then insanley loud in action parts. For a handheld sony should even out the sound a bit more, even if it is different from the real version. Im telling you, if there is any outside noise at all you wont be able to hear a large amount of the dialouge even with eveerything maxed out.
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2005, 07:30:20 PM »

Quote from: "Turtle"
Yeah, I don't see UMD movies being popular in the long run.  I suspect they'll stop putting out movies in a year or so.  That is, unless they come out with some other uses for the UMD that turns it into a more general disc format.


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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2005, 07:32:38 PM »

What a GREAT question....we'll be reviewing UMDs on CG soon. slywink  Yaaay
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