Well, Santa Claus was good to us and the surprising arrival of a Playstation 3 meant the additional bonus of a blu-ray dvd player. This meant the addition of yet another remote to our collection of devices necessary to watch tv, but I digress...
While my children did backflips over the 'amazing' gaming and graphics and RPG potential, I was more enamored with our first official blu-ray experience: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
This is a great chance to send kudos to the author, J. K. Rowling, as well as the director David Yates. The movies can't possibly be as rich and multi-layered as the books, but I feel they've done a great job with the adaptations in this mammoth series. It was a wonderful reminder of the best and worst edges of the teen experience (with an end-of-the-world complication, of course). The highs of falling in love and the lows of being pursued by a terrible evil. The performances in this film are excellent, as nearly more is said by what isn't spoken. The expressive actors make their point clear with merely a motion, scowl or smile.
The blu-ray experience may be a lower priority for my kids, but the crisp, clear picture was fabulous. I appreciate the technology that keeps us moving forward in home entertainment. Besides, the popcorn is more affordable at home. ;)