New projector arriving today; which movie to watch first? - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 02:04 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
nezil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Northern California - SF Bay Area
Posts: 112
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 29
I have a new JVC DLA-RS46U arriving today (my first projector), and I have a very simple question for you all...

What movie should I watch first?

Whenever I buy a new piece of equipment, this is always an important thing to me. First track on a new CD player, first movie on a new TV etc. For a projector, I'm looking for a movie with the following traits, in no particular order and am open to suggestions:

  • 2D Only, not interested in 3D for this first viewing
  • Should make the most of the more immersive experience of a big screen
  • ~2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Picture Quality should be good, and is more important than the plot, and acting, but these secondary points should not be awful!

I'm looking forward to seeing the suggestions!
nezil is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 02:48 PM
Member
 
poem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Germany
Posts: 51
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Hi,

Oblivion:D!

Greetings
poem is offline  
post #3 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 02:51 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
nezil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Northern California - SF Bay Area
Posts: 112
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 29
It's a great choice Poem, and one that I was thinking of myself as well.

I'm not sure though, because my wife and I watched this just a few weeks back, and she may not want to watch it again so soon.
nezil is offline  
post #4 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 02:59 PM
AVS Special Member
 
airscapes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 4,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Liked: 107
How about whatever you feel like watching!
airscapes is online now  
post #5 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 03:03 PM
AVS Special Member
 
fierce_gt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 3,171
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 224 Post(s)
Liked: 560
you definitely need to pick something you like, we all have our favourites, and no matter how visually stunning a movie, if the story doesn't interest you it's still a waste.

however, I would certainly recommend something dark. one of the first movies I watched on my x35 was the dark knight, and I nearly unplugged my plasma and moved it into the living room. I knew I would never watch any movie on it again, there was no need when the x35 was actually blacker!

my other favourites for a new display(you'll probably be able to guess when I first got into the home theatre bug based on the first few)
-fifth element
-Armageddon
-Jurassic Park
-the matrix
-Starship Troopers
-transformers(any of them)
-Watchmen
-Xmen(any)
-Avatar
-Avengers
-any of the Iron Man movies
-Gattaca(for no real reason in particular, I just like the way this movie looks)
-the Hobbit, or any of the lord of the rings
-star wars(any)
-lucky number slevin(I just really like this movie, but you could make a case for it visually as well. the wallpaper in this movie is absurd, haha)

if you're at all in documentaries i'd also recommend the planet earth series. absolutely stunning in content and presentation

Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1018AH, 5.1 audio
Sources: HTPC(Mediabrowser), PS3, XBOX360, Wii, Sony DVP-CX995V
Control: Harmony One
fierce_gt is offline  
post #6 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 03:03 PM
AVS Special Member
 
WilliamG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,817
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 22
Oblivion would be my choice, too. What an amazing-looking movie. If you like animation, I'd go with "Tangled." Gawd... just watched it on my new HW50 and it was epic beyond epic. biggrin.gif
WilliamG is offline  
post #7 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 03:05 PM
Toe
AVS Addicted Member
 
Toe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 12,961
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Liked: 404
Skyfall! smile.gif

Kon Tiki is great as well.

Both have killer audio to compliment the excellent PQ. Both movies are great as well IMO, especially Kon Tiki.

These are assuming you are totally against Oblivion which I agree with the others is incredible for both A/V.

JVC 3D: Been there, done that, bought a DLP
Toe is online now  
post #8 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 03:23 PM
AVS Special Member
 
curttard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 24
Casino Royale
To the Wonder
The Impossible
curttard is offline  
post #9 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 03:24 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Seegs108's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Schenectady, New York
Posts: 3,739
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 96 Post(s)
Liked: 144
How about something to really show off the great on/off contrast available to this projector? You could watch one of the last few Harry Potter films. Prometheus is a great choice too.
Seegs108 is online now  
post #10 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 03:35 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
nezil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Northern California - SF Bay Area
Posts: 112
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 29
Wow, thanks for all of the great options. Most of these I have available on Blu-ray, and some I have not seen yet as well....

Please keep the suggestions coming, and I'll post up what I picked tomorrow after the event.
nezil is offline  
post #11 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 05:34 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
mark haflich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: brookeville, maryland, usa
Posts: 19,289
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
Liked: 313
Its really an impossible question to answer without knowing the tastes of the audience and how long they want to sit.

It depends on your sound system too.

How could one choose between extremes, action pack, musicals yada yada. Give us the type of movie and then you could get some meaningful responses of say the best video quality among the choices available.

Mark Haflich
markhaflich@yahoo.com
call me at: 240 876 2536
mark haflich is online now  
post #12 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 05:40 PM
Advanced Member
 
DuaneAA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Ft Worth, Tx
Posts: 617
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
I am sort of the same way, only with new reading devices. The first thing I always read is 'The Witches of Karres' by James Schmitz - a sci-fi classic from the 1960s.

As regards a first view on a new projector, these are my suggestion and while neither are world class for picture quality, but they are both pure fun (in different ways).

If you are going to watch the first movie with kids, I would suggest 'The Rocketeer'.

If you are going to watch the first movie without kids, I would suggest 'Lifeforce'. Matilda May on a big screen, just wow.




Duane
DuaneAA is offline  
post #13 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 09:01 PM
AVS Special Member
 
curttard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 24
The Great Gatsby is visually spectacular and colorful, full of sweeping camera shots and just amazing imagery, particularly for the first 45 minutes or so.
curttard is offline  
post #14 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 09:06 PM
AVS Special Member
 
coderguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 9,953
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 140
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toe View Post

Skyfall! smile.gif

I didn't think Skyfall that was good, but oh well. It had a few scenes, but generally the color and lighting is off in most of the movie, and in some of the dark scenes the gamma is too high / too dark.

For dark scenes and contrast, hard to beat the last couple of Harry Potter movies or maybe Thor. The XMEN Last Stand is another one with lots of high contrast dark scenes (and Green Lantern, but GL is a horrible movie). The Road is a decent contrasty one (but sort of depressing movie, good but in a depressing way). Oblivion is ok. The 2012 made for SyFy movie Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome if you really want to see DEEP SPACE contrast (movie itself is just OK, but the space scenery is incredible, some of the best I've ever seen).

That is all I can think of without meditating on it.


Quick and Easy Shelf Mount Method for both one projector or dual stacks

Web Calculator v023 & v025
- Quick Peak at the new upcoming calculator
**Current Projector Calculator** -- http://www.eliteprojectorcalculator.com

Coder's Top Projector Picks of 2012 --http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread....

coderguy is offline  
post #15 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 09:15 PM
Advanced Member
 
Crabalocker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 729
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 19
Skyfall looked stunning on my X-55.
Crabalocker is online now  
post #16 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 09:17 PM
AVS Special Member
 
coderguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 9,953
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 140
I've seen Skyfall on more than one projector, I don't generally like movies that use too much color bias. That movie had a tint to it in the dark scenes and nothing special about the quality of its dark scenes IMO. I would say Skyfall had better bright scenes than it did dark scenes.

That last BG movie had the best dark deep space scenes IMO, even though it was made for TV.


Quick and Easy Shelf Mount Method for both one projector or dual stacks

Web Calculator v023 & v025
- Quick Peak at the new upcoming calculator
**Current Projector Calculator** -- http://www.eliteprojectorcalculator.com

Coder's Top Projector Picks of 2012 --http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread....

coderguy is offline  
post #17 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 09:24 PM
Toe
AVS Addicted Member
 
Toe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 12,961
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Liked: 404
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crabalocker View Post

Skyfall looked stunning on my X-55.


Agreed. One of the best I have personally seen on my RS45!

I watched Gatsby the other night and would agree with the poster above that it had numerous stunning scenes as well! I kept pausing some of those Times Square shots they looked so good. cool.gif


Samsara while not for everyone material wise (I loved it) is another incredible looking disc on the JVCs IMO. There is a whole time lapse section at night of a city that is just stunning with the great native contrast.

Coder, you are crazy! Oblivion just OK and Skyfall nothing special? WTH man? tongue.gif Just messing with you and I respect your opinion.

JVC 3D: Been there, done that, bought a DLP
Toe is online now  
post #18 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 09:26 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Chris Dallas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada & Malibu California.
Posts: 1,248
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Forget all the suggestions above and think smart..
You wanna break the projector in, it's still a virgin so...
What better movie than a nice porn? YES!!! That's it!!!
Throw it in, sit back, relax, let it play and enjoy the night..nothing beats the
Quality of good porn.
Enough said.

Cheers
Chris

Sony VPL-VW500ES, 150" width 2.35:1 screen, Proud owner of 1 of 399 Enzo Ferrari's in the world, a gorgeous yellow Ferrari 599GTB, + a 1970 Road Runner see it here

Chris Dallas is offline  
post #19 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 09:28 PM
AVS Special Member
 
coderguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 9,953
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 140
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toe View Post


Coder, you are crazy! Oblivion just OK and Skyfall nothing special? WTH man? tongue.gif Just messing with you and I respect your opinion.

I am just talking about for dark scenes, not how good the overall movie looks. I agree oblivion looked pretty good, but Skyfall is overrated in here (nothing that great about it). Oblivion didn't have that many spectacular dark scenes, and neither did Skyfall (ok the end, but that is all I remember, there were a few more).

And the movies I listed aren't what I particularly love, they are just movies that show the most difference between a JVC and other projectors, hence they are JVC movies. For TV series, there is Falling Skies and Walking Dead and Game of Thrones for dark scenes. Of course the original BSG series as well.


Quick and Easy Shelf Mount Method for both one projector or dual stacks

Web Calculator v023 & v025
- Quick Peak at the new upcoming calculator
**Current Projector Calculator** -- http://www.eliteprojectorcalculator.com

Coder's Top Projector Picks of 2012 --http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread....

coderguy is offline  
post #20 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 09:51 PM
AVS Special Member
 
curttard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 24
It's the OP's first projector, period, not his first one with top shelf native contrast. He didn't say he's looking for the best dark scenes.

I think Oblivion and Samsara are great show-off movies, but I'll stick with The Great Gatsby because it really has it all and there's a good chance OP hasn't seen it yet.

My personal show-off clip is always the opening chase/parkour scene in Casino Royale.
curttard is offline  
post #21 of 61 Old 10-11-2013, 10:14 PM
AVS Special Member
 
coderguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 9,953
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked: 140
Ok, point taken...

You mean I'm actually required to read a thread before I post?


Quick and Easy Shelf Mount Method for both one projector or dual stacks

Web Calculator v023 & v025
- Quick Peak at the new upcoming calculator
**Current Projector Calculator** -- http://www.eliteprojectorcalculator.com

Coder's Top Projector Picks of 2012 --http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread....

coderguy is offline  
post #22 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 07:32 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
mark haflich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: brookeville, maryland, usa
Posts: 19,289
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
Liked: 313
And spoil a perfect track record? Its better the way you do it. Much better! It makes one have to stop and go into deep thought, thinking there must be some relevancy to the thread in the point(s) he is trying so hard to make and some sense to what he is trying to say. smile.gifsmile.gif Just kidding, just kidding.

Mark Haflich
markhaflich@yahoo.com
call me at: 240 876 2536
mark haflich is online now  
post #23 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 07:55 AM
Advanced Member
 
seanbryan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Pen's Woods
Posts: 532
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 13
Well, it's not 2.35, but I'd go with AVATAR. The way this movie is composed, there are many times when I'm watching in 2D that I get a nice sense of a 3D environment. Plus, it's nice and clean, with great detail and beautiful colors.

For 2.35 though, I think the new Star Trek: Into Darkness looks really great.
seanbryan is offline  
post #24 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 08:59 AM
Advanced Member
 
Crabalocker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 729
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by coderguy View Post

I am just talking about for dark scenes,.

The Tokyo? city night scene and the cave with the flashlight comes to mind (it's been a while since I watched it). Those two scene's looked unbelievable on my X-55. Maybe your custom gamma settings are off???

When I watch on my W7000 it looks meahh but on my X-55, that was calibrated by a pro (not me), it looks sweet.

Haven't seen the second Star Trek on blu-ray but the first Star Trek (2009) also looks really good on the JVC X-55.
Crabalocker is online now  
post #25 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 09:04 AM
Advanced Member
 
Andreas21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Norway
Posts: 802
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked: 75
Many good examples here, I will add Star Trek Into Darkness!smile.gif

Regards
Andreas

My Homecinema

Andreas21 is offline  
post #26 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 12:23 PM
AVS Special Member
 
ScottJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Posts: 1,389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked: 54
This is too funny because I'm in the same boat, looking to premiere my new home theater setup with my first PJ, a JVC RS4810.

The funny part? I received the PJ in July and have yet to watch an entire movie on it! Took me a few months to get the screen mounted, the PJ mounted, the control system dialed in, the color calibrated, etc, etc. And while it's never "finished" I'm finally at a point where it's good enough to show off.

Movie of choice? Oblivion!
ScottJ is offline  
post #27 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 12:30 PM
AVS Special Member
 
zombie10k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 7,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Liked: 258
Oblivion restored my faith that blurays can look amazing when filmed and transferred correctly.

Pacific Rim is also going to be a 'must have' bluray for showing off the projector.
zombie10k is online now  
post #28 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 12:39 PM
AVS Special Member
 
blee0120's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Merillville, IN 46410
Posts: 3,528
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Liked: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by zombie10k View Post

Oblivion restored my faith that blurays can look amazing when filmed and transferred correctly.

Pacific Rim is also going to be a 'must have' bluray for showing off the projector.

And After Earth
blee0120 is online now  
post #29 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 12:44 PM
Toe
AVS Addicted Member
 
Toe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 12,961
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Liked: 404
Quote:
Originally Posted by blee0120 View Post

And After Earth


I would strongly suggest renting this first (or skip it altogether). Absolutely HORRIBLE film IMO and while the PQ was great, there is no way in hell this disc will ever find itself in my blu ray player again! eek.gif Like JoshZ mentioned in another thread, this should have been called afterbirth.

I know movies are very subjective, but if curious, rent first with this one!

JVC 3D: Been there, done that, bought a DLP
Toe is online now  
post #30 of 61 Old 10-12-2013, 12:52 PM
AVS Special Member
 
WilliamG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,817
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by zombie10k View Post

Oblivion restored my faith that blurays can look amazing when filmed and transferred correctly.

Pacific Rim is also going to be a 'must have' bluray for showing off the projector.

No question, Oblivion. I watched that on my HW30 and dribbled. I can't imagine how ridiculously amazing it would look on the HW50 with RC turned on. biggrin.gif
WilliamG is offline  
Reply Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP

Tags
Jvc Dla Rs46 Projector , Oblivion Two Disc Combo Pack Blu Ray Dvd Digital Copy Ultraviolet , Tangled Two Disc Blu Ray Dvd Combo , Skyfall Blu Ray , The Great Gatsby Blu Ray 3d Blu Ray Dvd Ultraviolet Combo Pack , Samsara Blu Ray , Avatar , Star Trek Into Darkness Blu Ray 3d Blu Ray Dvd Digital Copy , Pacific Rim Blu Ray 3d Blu Ray Dvd Ultraviolet Combo Pack

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off