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K I am almost done my new theater:
Jvc x30
Two rows, 17 ft, 11 ft viewing distances(second row on a 12" riser)
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Totally light controlled

My question is.... What should be my first movie to really show off the theater to the wife??? I am a big special effects guys so there are a lot of obvious choices. Plus since I was in construction of my home theater all fall I have not seen any of the summer blockbusters in anticipation of my new theater...

So what do you guys recommend ? For the "wow" factor????

Oh and I will post pics soon.
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Avatar. Reference audio/video.

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I agree but from a woman perspective you may want to do Friends With Benefits.

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I agree but from a woman perspective you may want to do Friends With Benefits.

Avatar is a good one. But Friends With Benefits is good too, not just for women. Anything with Mila Kunis is good IMO
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I agree but from a woman perspective you may want to do Friends With Benefits.

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I am censoring my post which lists various titles.

It all depends of course on your wife and what her interests are. My wife for example really likes 3D especially all that underseas stuff which always presents well on 3D. For 2D, once again it just depends on her. My wife loves the Burlesque movie with Cher et al. From a wise oild man, choose something your wife likes and then knock her socks or whatever else off with it with better blacks and colors than she would see in a commercial theater.

You want her to say after watching. Thank you honey. I am so lucky to have you bringing something this wonderful into my life.
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Haha all good suggestions. I dont know if i can stomach a chick flick but i guess if i want to keep using the room i better compromise .
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I was under the impression he wanted to show off his audio system as well which Friends with Benefits wont do. He specifically told us he had a 7.2 system and was looking for "WOW" factor. Video wise, Avatar has arguable the biggest "WOW" factor on blu ray. Audio is also considered to be reference by many. It is also a movie that appeals to a wide range of audience and even has a love story for the ladies. I really cant think of a better disc to suggest in light of all this

Honestly, Friends with Benefits is one of the last discs I would choose considering you are looking for WOW factor. Average video transfer (IMO) and audio is certainly nothing special.

Having said all that, it obviously does not have to be Avatar either. There are lots of great choices that provide good WOW factor and will show off the A/V.

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Baraka if she reads National Geographic. Mamma Mia has pretty pictures and catchy music and is 100% chick flick.
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Mamma Mia was the first film I showed my wife after upgrading to the Sony VW95es and it definitely helped convince her that it was money well spent. For a recent party where the projector wasn't the center of attention, Imax Under the Sea was a good way to show off 3D with people watching for 3-5 minutes, saying ooh/aah, and then getting back to the party.

For guys, chapter 2 of Iron Man 2 is a good start.
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I was under the impression he wanted to show off his audio system as well which Friends with Benefits wont do. He specifically told us he had a 7.2 system and was looking for "WOW" factor. Video wise, Avatar has arguable the biggest "WOW" factor on blu ray. Audio is also considered to be reference by many. It is also a movie that appeals to a wide range of audience and even has a love story for the ladies. I really cant think of a better disc to suggest in light of all this

Honestly, Friends with Benefits is one of the last discs I would choose considering you are looking for WOW factor. Average video transfer (IMO) and audio is certainly nothing special.

Having said all that, it obviously does not have to be Avatar either. There are lots of great choices that provide good WOW factor and will show off the A/V.

You are right about Avatar. Lots of WOW factor IMO. Audio is definitely reference and video is great too. Friends With Benefits is not that great of a transfer, but a chick flick that is watchable for me. I have a little crush on Mila Kunis. Not a movie to show off the system though.
Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3d is pretty good too. My wife really enjoyed it.
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I did want to show her why i spent all this money on the sound system and larger screen so yea i need a big over the top in your face action flick if she doesnt walk out then i know i succeeded lol
I have avatar on 3d so maybe we just stick with that ? I wonder if the jvc 3d will look ok? Or just stick wit eye popping 2d.
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It all depends. My wife doesn't like it loud or with the subwoofers on. She's says something like I shake her world or rock her boat enough without needing the help of subs. The last thing you want her to know is that you asked the GUYS here what you should show her for the very first time with her and that's what you are doing. How sick would that be? You know her. Play what would make her happy to see and your new theater will do the rest. Be sure to ask her what she would like to drink and eat. Fresh popcorn and her gavorite large box or two of theater treats. None of this is brain science.
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I did want to show her why i spent all this money on the sound system and larger screen so yea i need a big over the top in your face action flick if she doesnt walk out then i know i succeeded lol
I have avatar on 3d so maybe we just stick with that ? I wonder if the jvc 3d will look ok? Or just stick wit eye popping 2d.

Tough call IMO. It looks great in both 2d and 3d on the JVCs. you get the added depth with 3d, but with 2d you get the eye popping color/brightness. Personally after having viewed that film both ways quite a few times on my 40/45, I would go with the 2d.

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Burlesque has great music without the exploading fake stuff.
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Chick flicks will tend not to maximize your 7.2 setup. My 2 cents.

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how about 5th element? Always one of my fav's
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True. But they have maximized a lot of other things in my life including my wife wanting me going from a 5 seat theater to a 12seater in the first place. For what its worth, Avatar could be called a chick flick too. I certainly have not wanted to watch it a second time.
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Here is another idea, pick a movie that is rated high in both the audio tier thread and the video tier thread......

Audio tier thread.....

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1190265

Video tier thread......

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1168342

Something that is rated high in both should give a great all around experience as far as showing off the new gear/HT.

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the dark knight.
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+1 Fifth Element my favorite demo material
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I would get a list of movies. Some that you know are her type of movies and a couple that you know would show off the audio and video. Then explain which ones would show off the video and which ones would show audio and video and let her decide. Does your wife mind loud audio? If she does not like loud audio Mine does not like loud audio. If yours is like that, keep that in mind when setting volume level.

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Does your wife like animated films?

Newer Pixar films are usually my first choice. Visually they look great and most have good surround sounds in spots. Not to mention Pixar films are generally well received by most people (nothing offensive or inappropriate).
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Sleepless in Seattle..........

Good music............humor.............good story line!

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Yea the pixar movies are great. I am picking cars2 for the 2 year old to watch
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+2 for The Fifth Element
My wife and I watch it last night ( on 114" screen with the X30) and still have the WOW factor for both Audio and Video.

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+1 for Pixar movies. Up or Finding Nemo or Monsters Inc would be the one here.

Or Batman. Everybody likes Batman . . .
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The Dark Knight opening sequence has jaw dropping visuals (as does The Dark Knight Rises prologue but you have to see that at IMAX).

The first Transformers movie for earth pounding audio.
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