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The 10 Most Wished For Throwback Blu-rays this Holiday Season

Here are the 10 most wished for throwback Blu-rays this holiday season that belong in any good movie library, according to Amazon.

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Here are the 10 most wished for throwback Blu-rays this holiday season that belong in any good movie library, according to Amazon.

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I wish The studio's would release Jurassic Park / Alien/Aliens/Predator in Ultra 4K Blu-ray with HDR & Atmos .
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I wish The studio's would release Jurassic Park / Alien/Aliens/Predator in Ultra 4K Blu-ray with HDR & Atmos .
While we're at it, let's get some more on that list:

Abyss
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(C'mon, Cameron!)
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I like the list, but the prices are still too high for blu-ray, that's old tech. :P

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nice list...I would add the Alien Anthology Blu-ray box-set to it...
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Already have those minus Seinfeld, no I would like to see really well done 4k versions of those movies with ATMOS/DTSX tracks

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I would have thought most people would have upgraded to the Blu-ray versions of those movies on that list by now. I mean, we are what, 10 years into Blu-ray's already?

I have a few of the one's on that list already on Blu-ray: JP & IJs (just the first one's of those trilogy's - thank you - and BttF - all three. But are you kidding me with the SW prequels? I went to the mid-night showing of the first SW prequel and remember looking at my watch no less than three times wondering if this disaster-of-a-movie was ever going to end! And I'm being polite with the words I just used to describe it. Needless to say I feel the same about all three prequels.

That said, the first three SW movies that were made are legendary. IMO.
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Already have those minus Seinfeld, no I would like to see really well done 4k versions of those movies with ATMOS/DTSX tracks

Are you aware that the highest resolution of CG in most movies, up until *only* a couple of years ago was done at a maximum resolution rendering of only 2k?

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Are you aware that the highest resolution of CG in most movies, up until *only* a couple of years ago was done at a maximum resolution rendering of only 2k?
Yup but most of these companies wont offer or remix sound tracks into ATMOS or DTSX unless its for a UHD bluray release and many film stocks can be rescanned at 4k as well and remastered so yeah but Im more desiring the better audio and better color and any enhancements to the dynamic range, resolution is the least of my concern to be honest.

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The Alien Anthology set (Six Disc) should always be listed for the fantastic documentaries. Absolutely phenomenal.

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My bad, I thought this was about throwback UHD Blu-ray discs... 1080p? Pffft! More like throwaway.
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I like the list, but the prices are still too high for blu-ray, that's old tech. :P
Although I tend to agree with you about price, prices on HD BD are going down and I picked up some titles I was waiting to come out on UHD on HD because the price was so low. I like the price watch tool at Blu-ray.com for those titles I'll only buy on HD at a bargain hunter price.

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Just watched a really clean HD copy of the Movie from when it was on one of the INHD channels. That movie would be great in UHD.

The Abyss is the number one movie on my list though. That movie has never been produced properly in any HD format. I will pay whatever it costs to get a UHD HDR copy of that movie next year.

I wouldn't mind seeing some old school movies like the Conan series, Krull, Last Star Fighter, Original Tron, Leviathan, Saving Private Ryan, or the Lawnmower man in UHD HDR though.
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I still cannot believe I still have not see Jurassic Park yet! I also missed the last three Harry Potter films. I guess the first film with the guy with no face turned me off when he was in the others.

While people were making BD requests - I am STILL waiting on the Shaft sequels!!!! I want Shaft's: Big Score and Shaft In Africa (mainly Big Score) and Superfly with a re-masted soundtrack worthy of the classic soundtrack in the film! Why release the first Shaft film and not come out with the others?
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This so called article is just an advertisement. The titles selected were probably picked either randomly or what amazon thought would sell fastest.

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Although I tend to agree with you about price, prices on HD BD are going down and I picked up some titles I was waiting to come out on UHD on HD because the price was so low.
Not any different price drops in Canada, just the usual overstock price dropping that has been going on since the first new flick titles appeared on the BD format.

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Thanks, Scott! I'm amazed that A) someone's recommending older films, and B) they're recommending them on Blu-ray rather than U-ray. Anyway, here are my thoughts on some of the suggested titles...

1. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection - I know these are popular movies, but I haven't seen most of them, and don't really care.

2. Beauty & the Beast - Not my favorite animated Disney feature. But it is a very popular one. Haven't seen the BD. My favs are Hercules, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, and 101 Dalmations. I think all of these transfers were stripped of their original film grain though. Herc, and Beauty both look pretty good, in spite of being cleaned up. The image on Jungle Book is a bit soft. And unlike the DVD edition, it is cropped down to its original theatrical ratio. But it's still a fun watch. 101 Dalmations has EE, and the audio quality is pretty poor, so you might want to pass on this one.

3. Jurassic Park Collection - Jurassic Park III is the best looking on Blu-ray. The other transfers are so-so to poor, unless you get the 3D version of the first film. Buy III, don't waste your good money on the others until Universal does a better release.

4. Star Wars: The Complete Saga - IV thru VI are really all you need. If you have a hard-core SW fan, try to find them the original theatrical versions.

5. Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures - Raiders was good, but the BD transfer has elevated blacks (which are easily corrected with a Brightness adjustment). I'd skip the others.

6. The Lion King - Great movie. Haven't seen the BD. But I imagine it's also been stripped of grain.

7. Back To the Future Trilogy - The first film looks ok. (Just ok, not great). The others look horrible, and are a waste of good money and time imo.

8. Aladdin - Not my favorite, but probably worth checking out.

9. Seinfield: The Complete Series - Been there, done that. One viewing of this series was (more than) enough for me.

10. Lord of the Rings Extended Trilogy - I have a hard time gettin through the theatrical versions. But yes, I own the non-extended trilogy on BD, and paid a mere $6 for it on Black Friday at Walmart. The Extended set will run you about 10x that, if you can find it on sale. Otherwise it will run you a C-note.

I'll post my 10 (or so) "must have throwbacks" another day. Happy Holidays, Blu-rayers!

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I would have thought most people would have upgraded to the Blu-ray versions of those movies on that list by now. I mean, we are what, 10 years into Blu-ray's already?

I have a few of the one's on that list already on Blu-ray: JP & IJs (just the first one's of those trilogy's - thank you - and BttF - all three. But are you kidding me with the SW prequels? I went to the mid-night showing of the first SW prequel and remember looking at my watch no less than three times wondering if this disaster-of-a-movie was ever going to end! And I'm being polite with the words I just used to describe it. Needless to say I feel the same about all three prequels.

That said, the first three SW movies that were made are legendary. IMO.
I'm in agreement with you on much of the above, nx211, except BttF and the first JP. I recommend giving JP3 a try on BD sometime. Think you'll enjoy it.




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The Alien Anthology set (Six Disc) should always be listed for the fantastic documentaries. Absolutely phenomenal.
Haven't seen the docs, so can't comment on those. But I highly recommend the original Alien on BD, esp. if you have a display with decent contrast and blacks. Some of the others aren't quite as good.






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Also recommend this, if you can find it for a decent price: The Planet of the Apes Legacy Collection. I think these are the same transfers as in the original boxset. The aren't all totally 100% perfect. And I hate the cheesy CG intros. But most are pretty good.





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If you have a fan of old-school Hammer horror that can deal with some slightly grating monophonic soundtracks, I also recommend this: Warner's Hammer Horror Classics: Volume One.



This is a rather pricey set. And the transfers aren't all perfect (Dracula Has Risen from the Grave needed a little more work imo). Most of these look pretty damn good though, considering their age.

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Haven't seen this yet, but it is definitely on my throwback wishlist: The 2015 50th Anniversary Remastered Edition of My Fair Lady.


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Another one on my wishlist: The 2015 Restored Edition of Spartacus.




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Another one for fans of old-school horror: the 2016 Restored Edition of An American Werewolf in London.



Blacks are a bit elevated in some of the darker scenes, but this is a fairly substantial upgrade in terms of detail (for the most part) from the original BD release. Jenny Agutter's closeups are fantastic!

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Creature from the Black Lagoon also looks very good on BD, whether you watch in 2D or 3D. Very nice detail and grain for the most part.




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Already mentioned this, but it's worth repeating, because Disney's Hercules is pretty stunning on BD. The transfer is a little dark though, so it'll look best on displays with good contrast and blacks.






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The original 1963 Nutty Professor is another great catalog title on BD. Grain is fairly prominent on this. But the color, contrast and detail make this title pop off the screen (no 3D, HDR, or wide gamut needed). And it includes 5.1 sound.

I thought I noticed some occasional flash frames when watching this at 24 fps on my Sony player. But didn't notice any when watching about 30 minutes of the film last night in standard 60 Hz mode.




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Wow. An American animated TV series that actually has an intricate plot, morally complex characters, nice animation and voicework, and even a little "sizzle" to it. Imagine that!

Well you don't have to, because here it is: Wolverine and the X-men! And it looks and sounds great in HD.








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There are a couple other versions of The James Bond Collection out now btw. Not sure what all the differences are. I think the black "Ultimate" box includes digital copies though, while the others may not. Don't quote me on that though.


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If you want a little hobbity, orcy, elfy, wizardy, gollumy Blu-ray action, but are on a very tight budget, this is not such a bad deal if you can find it for less than $10 (which shouldn't be too difficult): The Lord of the Rings Theatrical Versions 3-Film Collection. And the first film doesn't have the funny green tint like the Extended version. All of these films have some EE.


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