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Oct 31, 2008, 03:04 AM
 
What are your must have, showcase Blu-Ray discs? Did you upgrade a flick from DVD for any reasons besides video resolution? Any movies whose HD visuals have any "wow" factor for you?

I'm just trying to get a feel for what would make a worthwhile purchase (or re-purchase) beyond HD. Though I seem to understand that some films have been given special care in their transfer and may look better than others. Or that may have been fandom talking.

Wall-e may be the first BR disc we get, but I also really want to get a live action movie that's done well to see if it's worth it for more than my favorite movies.
     
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Oct 31, 2008, 10:01 AM
 
Batman Begins
Edward Scissorhands
Superman Returns
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Transformers
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Oct 31, 2008, 10:57 AM
 
IronMan on Blu-Ray looks really nice.
Cars and Ratatouille are two other animations which look amazing. I will be buying Wall-E when it comes out.
     
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Oct 31, 2008, 01:03 PM
 
deffo Batman Begins
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Oct 31, 2008, 08:53 PM
 
casino royale was pretty good
     
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Oct 31, 2008, 09:23 PM
 
Haven't got it yer, but I figured I'd pick up teh Blade Runner at some point.
     
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Nov 1, 2008, 01:50 AM
 
I have only watched this series on DVD, but if and when i do get a BluRay player, my first purchase will probably be the Planet Earth series (if its available).
     
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Nov 1, 2008, 10:32 AM
 
Wow. After that Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD epic I thought lots of people would have opinions. I guess not. So thank you for your suggestions.


I've seen Batman Begins on a couple other best Blu-ray lists. Kinda wish I liked it. I do like Superman Returns, though. Edward Scissorhands sounds like a great choice given the season. Especially since I don't think we have it already.

I love Blade Runner, but I never watch it or have a desire to. Watching that film's an emotional investment I'm just not willing to make.

The Planet Earth series is on Blu-ray. Saw it for $66.00 at Sam's Club the other day.
     
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Planet Earth is awesome. I'm there on vacation from time to time.
     
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Nov 1, 2008, 08:02 PM
 
Any of the Pixar movies should look amazing. Being as they are most likely digital to digital representations.

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Nov 1, 2008, 09:49 PM
 
I second Planet Earth. Incredible.
     
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Nov 1, 2008, 09:58 PM
 
If you are looking for movies to show off the video quality of Blu-ray, any of the below would be great:

Ratatuoille
Iron Man
Casino Royale
I, Robot
Crank
Corpse Bride
Bee Movie
Beowulf
All the Pirates movies

If you are looking to show off audio quality in a 5.1 or 7.1 system:

Blackhawk Down
Cloverfield
Master & Commander
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Transformers
U-571
Any Matrix movie
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Nov 2, 2008, 02:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by zro View Post
What are your must have, showcase Blu-Ray discs? Did you upgrade a flick from DVD for any reasons besides video resolution? Any movies whose HD visuals have any "wow" factor for you?

I'm just trying to get a feel for what would make a worthwhile purchase (or re-purchase) beyond HD. Though I seem to understand that some films have been given special care in their transfer and may look better than others. Or that may have been fandom talking.

Wall-e may be the first BR disc we get, but I also really want to get a live action movie that's done well to see if it's worth it for more than my favorite movies.
No must-have disc.

Only a must-not have disc.

If I'd own "Talladega Nights", I'd be embarrassed for the rest of my life.
     
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Nov 3, 2008, 06:53 AM
 
Black Hawk Down is amazing on Blu Ray...
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Nov 4, 2008, 05:25 AM
 
I heard porn actors complained because Blu Ray shows all their disgusting little body flaws...
     
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Nov 4, 2008, 10:27 AM
 
Originally Posted by alligator View Post
I second Planet Earth. Incredible.
Absolutely! My father asks if we can watch one of the Blu-ray version's episodes on my HDTV every time he visits me.
     
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Firefly & Serenity
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Nov 5, 2008, 01:24 AM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
Firefly & Serenity
I can tell by your sig that this is not meant to be taken seriously.


So, we picked up a few;

Edward Scissorhands
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Polar Express (sosumi)

We're waiting 'til closer to Christmas to watch Polar Express, but did watch Edward Scissorhands. With nothing to compare it to, it looked great. I thought I'd be blow away, but "looked great" is all I can muster at this point. Mostly because of the amount of bright colors in the movie. Upscaled DVDs tend to look washed out with low contrast, but on Blu-ray this movie... looked great.

Dracula on the other hand is a different story. We do have the Superbit DVD of it and when we decided to get a dedicated player (after our Mac mini's drive started to crap out (which also isn't booting right now and won't accept the system disc... ****!)) the first flick that popped into the little woman's head was this one. It was also on a "best Blu-ray" list somewhere so we went for it. We do a quick compare and I gotta say I'm not at all impressed. Any gains made in sharpness and saturation are completely lost to too much contrast (serious black poolage) and over-saturation. Plus it looks like a lot of anti-aliasing went on in the transfer. Definitely not a showcase title.

So a mixed bag so far, but I must say I am really looking forward to a full rez transfer of WALL-E. Maybe we'll rent Cars in the meantime...

Thanks again for the opinions.
     
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Nov 5, 2008, 01:31 AM
 
Originally Posted by zro View Post
I can tell by your sig that this is not meant to be taken seriously.
No, I'm very serious. Best damn TV show ever and a great movie to boot.
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