Want to know why Blu-ray discs are so expensive? There are lots of steps involved in their manufacture, and as far as I can tell, the people involved are not letting the technology get made in mainland China.
Incidentally, though I have a blu-ray drive in my computer, I don’t use it to watch any movies because of all the DRM hassles. Perhaps if I had the time to watch, and there weren’t such annoying hindrances to it, I might just do so. Until that time, I think many people will just download copies they can choose to do what they want with.