By Gary Eng Walk
Updated June 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Back in March, when Disney and ABC announced that they were finally releasing the first two seasons of Lost on Blu-ray (both are on sale today), I was both elated and frustrated. On the one hand, I was imagining how neat these two box sets would look stacked up alongside my Lost season 3 and 4 Blu-rays. On the other hand, I wasn’t looking forward to a dilemma that all Blu-ray addicts like me go through regularly: the double-dip decision. I already own Lost season 1 and 2 on DVD — how much do I really want them on Blu-ray, too?

My brain goes through a series of intricate, sometimes irrational, calculations to determine if it’s worth investing in Blu-ray versions of standard definition DVDs I already own. In cases like these Lost Blu-rays, which have the same bonus features as their lower-def DVD counter-parts, double-dipping is even more painful. But Lost is my favorite show on TV by a country mile and Disney has done an exceptional job with the other Lost Blu-rays (the image quality is even better than that of the high-def broadcasts), so ultimately, I went for the upgrade. With other video releases — I’m looking at you 12 Monkeys Blu-ray coming out next month — the answer isn’t as easy.

What about you PopWatchers? What criteria do you use when you decide to double-dip with a Blu-ray purchase?

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