First, some background.
I showed David Bullock, a buddy of mine from work, a blog post I did about HD-DVD vs. DVD and how the difference for a typical TV size and viewing distance is not as obvious as you would think.
We got in several “discussions” about the topic. DavidB thought it would be easy to tell the difference between Blu-ray and DVD. I claimed it would be difficult.
Who would be right?
Arguing got us no where. We decided to settle this like they did in the Pepsi Challenge: a “Blu-Ray/DVD Taste Test.”
The loser of the test has to take the winner out for dinner at a restaurant of their choosing.
The taste test had the following rules:
- 10 popular movies of David Lenihan’s choosing
- Play a scene of David Lenihan’s choosing
- May be all DVD, all Blu-ray, or a mix
- Played in random order
- No replaying
- No pausing
- Played on a PlayStation 3 connected to a Sony XBR3 46” LCD via HDMI
- TV/PS3 running at 1080p
- Tuned with Blu-ray Digital Video Essentials
- 1:1 Pixel Mapping for Blu-ray content
- Test subjects cannot watch video setup or when video stops
- Viewing distance of 6ft or more
- Scoring is as follows:
- 1 point for each movie identified correctly as Blu-ray or DVD
- -1 point for each movie incorrectly identified
- 0 points for blank answer
I invited people from work to join in the fun.
From left to right: CharlieK, Ed, DavidB, Shelly, Greg, An, and Ted.
Here are the movies I showed:
- Death Proof - DVD
- Matrix – DVD
- Dark City – DVD
- Pixar’s Lifted – Blu-Ray
- Reservoir Dogs – Blu-Ray
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Blu-Ray
- Sleeping Beauty – Blu-Ray
- Terminator 2 – Blu-Ray
- Blade Runner – DVD
- Sin City – DVD
I had everybody predict what their score would be on the scorecard.
Here are the results (click on the names to see the actual scorecard)…
|Place||Name||Predicted Score||Actual Score|
|2. (tie)||An||(left blank)||0|
Some interesting results:
- Everyone picked Lifted as Blu-ray, and it was
- Everyone picked Sin City as Blu-ray, but it was DVD
- A score of zero is what you would expect if someone guessed on every movie. Only Greg beat the guessing score.
- Ted did 9 points worse than he predicted, the biggest disparity
- Greg was the only person that did better than they predicted, by 1 point
- The average score was –0.14, which is worse than the guessing average
So where should I have David take me to dinner? Post your suggestions in the comments.
This was a lot of fun…thanks to my buds from work for coming out and being great sports!