Been waiting for prices to drop before going Blu? Judging from today's Black Friday Blu-ray sales, now's the time.
First up: Blu-ray decks for less than $200, including the BD-Live-capable Sony BDP-S350 (which I've tried myself; thumbs up) and Samsung's BD-P1500, both selling for $199 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart (or go to Dell.com, where you'll find the S350 for $179). If you don't mind missing out on BD-Live features (don't worry, you're not missing much), you can go even cheaper with Insignia's Blu-ray player ($149 at Best Buy) or this $128 Blu-ray deck from Magnavox (at Wal-Mart). Looking for the best rather than the cheapest? I'm still recommending Sony's PlayStation 3, an excellent value at $399 (for the 80GB version).
Of course, you'll need some Blu-ray movies to go with the new player. Amazon's doing its part with an impressive Black Friday Blu-ray sale, with many new releases going for 60 percent off. Among the top picks: The entire "Band of Brothers" mini-series for $49 (down from $99), the new Indiana Jones epic for $14.99 (from $39.99), Disney's (recently restored) classic "Sleeping Beauty" for $19, and 1987's "The Untouchables" ("What are you prepared to do?") for $8.99. Get 'em while they're hot.