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
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
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.
- 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!