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Old 03-17-2008, 06:50 PM - Thread Starter
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Now that they are being cleared out and may not be available much longer, that are the movies that I might have overlooked?

For example, Stardust is a real gem that belongs in every collection. What else?
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:59 PM
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The Untouchables
Reference quality transfer.
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Silent Hill import.

Blu-ray = 775
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I think one that is really overlooked is the Hulk. The transfer is really good

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

HD DVD 354ish
Blu Ray 375ish
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I got "No Reservations" for cheap at a hollywood video sale. I was suprised at how good the video quality was, probably a 4/5.
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I watched Trading Places last night. Sharp, with excellent black level.
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i havent seen the hd dvd yet but 'forbidden planet' is a great looking hd dvd and from what i read a while ago, it didnt sell very well.
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What about Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? I hear that movie is one you can watch multiple times.
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There is a rather large thread about Stardust. Would never have tried it if not for opinions here.

There is no accounting for one's taste. Hard to recommend things as one may like it but it is considered bad by others standards. Children of Men and The Host come to mind.
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There is a rather large thread about Stardust. Would never have tried it if not for opinions here.

There is no accounting for one's taste. Hard to recommend things as one may like it but it is considered bad by others standards. Children of Men and The Host come to mind.

Agreed on Stardust. A jewel that I would've never even thought of had I not been out of HD DVD's and wanted something new
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Stardust (agree with everyone, overlooked modern day classic);
Cat People (looks extremely sharp for an early 80's studio horror flick, and a constantly-naked Nastassja Kinski doesn't hurt either ... also John Carpeneter's The Thing qualifies for outstanding early 80's horror that looks so much sharp and better in high-def);
What Dreams May Come (the movie is uneven but the painting-coming-to-life scenes truly shine in high-definition);
Warner classics not yet on Blu-ray (Grand Prix, Adventures of Robin Hood, Mutiny on the Bounty, Casablanca, Forbidden Planet... why wait months and pay more for Blu-ray versions when the HD-DVD versions are cheaper and will look/sound the same);
Lost in Translation (it doesn't look dramatically better in high-def than on regular DVD but the flick is a masterpiece, and it will only be in high-def on this format for a good long time while Uni gets its Blu-ray act together);
Zodiac: Director's Cut (slow-paced but gripping tale of the serial killer that terrorized San Francisco for two decades... extras in high-def that are as interesting as the flick itself seal the deal);
Pan's Labyrinth (also on Blu-ray but worth owning on HD-DVD as the first and last New Line title released on the format... alas, like HD-DVD, New Line Cinema itself disappeared in early '08).
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Running Scared (German import) is a gem. The audio and visuals are stunning quality. Good suspenseful story too.
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Reservoir Dogs, German Import

Better than the current BD release
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A Scanner Darkly. I hadn't even heard of it until I stumbled on it in some HD-DVD release list.

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The “Cream” HD-DVD from Royal Albert Hall is amazing! The PQ is not great but the audio is definitely great.

People also forget about the movie Pulse. It is a horrible movie with so so picture quality. However, it has an amazing “Pulse” of Bass near the end of it that will shake you to your core!
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Are you looking for quality movies or just qulaity transfers with good PQ?
As it seems many are just listing what they believe are great looking discs since some of those are just 'bad' movies. - imo.
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King Kong 1976 version (Import) looks fantastic, The Island (Import) is one of the best HD-DVDS and Underworld Evolution (Import) one if not the best looking HD-DVD, and is much better looking then the Bluray version.
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Are you looking for quality movies or just qulaity transfers with good PQ?
As it seems many are just listing what they believe are great looking discs since some of those are just 'bad' movies. - imo.

My original thought was qualtiy over-looked movies that look good in HD.

The quality transfers are a plus, but I want movie that I can enjoy multiple times if I am going to buy it. My example was Stardust. It is a good (not the best) transfer, and a fun story you can watch repeatedly.
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Shooter. The Contract is also pretty good.
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Slither
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The Untouchables
Reference quality transfer.

I have to agree... I received my copy last week and watched it over the weekend and the transfer is awesome! It doesn't look like a 1987 movie!

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HD-DVD: 97
Blu-Ray: 30
SD-DVD: 211
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The Untouchables is a great Film that really shines in HD. Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black are spectacular in HD as well as being great SCI FI films. The Last Star Fighter is a great classic that I have enjoyed having in HD. I would also suggest giving Blazing Saddles as shot in HD as it really is a great film.

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