Although this holiday season will probably be a big one for Blu-ray players, studios are still struggling to boost sales of their Blu-ray discs. Universal is hoping that they will be able to make high-definition purchases more attractive to consumers next year when they start introducing Blu-ray/DVD “flipper” discs for many of their major releases. These discs will have two versions of the movie on opposite sides, one that plays in any standard DVD player, and one that is a high-definition format for Blu-ray players only. Their first dual-sided release will be The Bourne Trilogy, hitting stores on January 19th.
This is obviously quite similar to the HD-DVD Combo discs that Universal was pushing a couple of years ago, and could be a good move, although I worry that it will also have the same problem as the HD-DVD Combo discs: the price tag. The last thing consumers want to see right now is higher prices on Blu-rays. Some people also don’t like the idea of dual-sided discs as they can lead to more scratches and general wear and tear. What do you think, does a dual-format disc make the transition to Blu-ray easier? Are you more likely to buy these new flipper discs, or would you rather just stick to one format or the other?