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post #91 of 116 Old 06-19-2014, 09:35 PM
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"Upside Down" is a real sleeper for this mix.
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Greetings,

I am glad to see that this article continues to generate discussion two years after I wrote it.

Keep them coming as there are many titles which have come out since that are deserving of mention here.


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The Searchers (1956). The restoration for Blu-Ray was surprisingly well-done.

It's got: John Ford directing, John Wayne at his height (but playiing somewhat against type), Jeffrey Hunter, a young Natalie Wood, Ward Bond, and some wonderful character actors. Plus Monument Valley and Vistavision!

My main point though is that it will show off a decent calibration. With this movie, the difference between a good calibration and say, Vivid, is startling. Colors specifically, there being a good bit of browns and reds in the outdoor scenes. Indoor scenes are well saturated.
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I've seen a lot of great releases mentioned in this thread and I may have overlooked its inclusion but for me 3:10 to Yuma looks spectacular. It's my go to disc to show off my display when friends are over. If you don't have it, get it.
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I've seen a lot of great releases mentioned in this thread and I may have overlooked its inclusion but for me 3:10 to Yuma looks spectacular. It's my go to disc to show off my display when friends are over. If you don't have it, get it.
Glad to see I'm not the only one with this opinion. I also have 3:10 to Yuma and the movie is eye candy.
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Life of Pi, The Fifth Element and Dark City needs to be added. Other than that great list.
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I'm a big blu-ray concert collector, thought I'd throw out a few with great video and audio quality:

Recent ones shot in 4k that look great...Muse Live in Rome and newly out Peter Gabriel's Back to Front

Other favorites you can't go wrong with IMO are:
Jethro Tull - Live In Montreux
The Eagles - First Farewell from Australia
The Doobie Brothers - Live at Wolftrap
Jeff Beck - Live At Ronnie Scott's
BB King - Live in Montreux

...and many more....blu-ray and concerts were made for each other
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Ben Hur 50th Anniversary Blu-ray.

So many people have seen so many bad prints of this movie on crappy displays that it always brings out the "wow" factor. Especially when you mention you're playing it from the server.
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Blade Runner, The Bourne series.
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For B&W movie fans

A Hard Day's Night (Criterion Collection) and Schindler's List 1993 restored version are certainly amazing quality B&W Blu-ray movies, that are 'demo quality', especially the Beatles movie with it's new 5.1 surround sound track. Both are stunning quality B&W movies.
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I have to pile on with the couple of other people who recommended The Thin Red Line (1998). It's based on The Battle of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theatre during WWII. Everything from the writing, to the acting, to the cinematography is absolutely brilliant. It's a gem of a film from a philosophical standpoint as well. You don't have to be a military or WWII history junkie to appreciate this work of art... I highly recommend it.

Look for the Criterion Collection remastered Bluray if possible
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2001 A Space Odyssey and Gravity to show how well or poorly your display handles blacks in a totally dark room.
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2001 A Space Odyssey and Gravity to show how well or poorly your display handles blacks in a totally dark room.
The final scene in Zero Dark Thirty will be the real test as everything happens in the dark.
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I try not to use movies I like for test or demo material because it can ruin the enjoyment of the movie, there's plenty of crap out there with excellent picture and sound good for that purpose.
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+1 for Samsara
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These lists are always ambiguous: You can sort by Picture Quality, by Audio (bass), or Plot.

By PQ, I have an extremely short list of Best Blu-Ray:

* Avatar
* Baraka
* Hero
* Hugo
* The Matrix
* Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series
* When Dreams May Come

Other notables ones are:

* 2001 / 2010
* Ender's Game
* Gladiator
* House of Flying Daggers
* Inception (story is amazing)
* Lord of the Rings
* Master and Commander (bass)
* Pacific Rim (story is crap, visuals and audio are good)
* Pearl Harbor
* Pirates of the Caribbean (any)
* Pixar's movies (all)
* Prometheus (story is total crap, but visuals are good)
* Saving Private Ryan
* U571
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I have only seen it on dvd but what about Pan's Labyrinth?
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I have only seen it on dvd but what about Pan's Labyrinth?
You know I've been meaning to see that one. Thanks for the reminder!

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+1 for Samsara
I went to the movie theater twice to see Samsara for midnight showings. I didn't think it was half as good as Baraka. There is only so much Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi that you can take in.

I even asked Ron Fricke if they could show "Locations" in the "Sub-Titles" track but was brushed off. :-/

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I have only seen it on dvd but what about Pan's Labyrinth?
Pan's Labyrinth is an amazing movie .. one of my favorites ever and a truly affecting movie. I thought about this movie for a long time after seeing it!

Have to agree with Art Of Flight as probably the best wow factor demo disc. Truly special.

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+ 1 for SAMSARA.

Perhaps the finest Blu-ray picture, period.

For sound, my vote would likely got to King Kong. Picture is also excellent.

The battle with the T-Rex is pure reference material all the way.
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Greetings,

I am glad to see that this article continues to generate discussion two years after I wrote it.

Keep them coming as there are many titles which have come out since that are deserving of mention here.


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The screenshot you have for Battle LA is a screenshot from a film called Skyline. Shocked the author didn't notice such an error.
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Agree with most of the movies posted so far. I would also like to add John Wayne in The Searchers.
I was blown away with this restoration.

Now if we can just get The Alamo restored.
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Not sure if this has been mentioned but The Avengers looks fantastic as well. Very smooth picture quality with little to no film grain. Colors and skin tones are absolutely beautiful and black levels are exceptional.
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Agree w/ many, here are some I'll add/endorse further:

Apocalypto (some amazing visuals / anticipatory sound / primal fear, chase, triumph, ...)
Pan's Labyrinth
Hero / 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony (works of same visual genius)
Oblivion (R U an effective team? Totally Love it :-)
Tron : Legacy (3D one also, neon really pops)
Winged Migration
Epic
Valkyrie (specially for Audio (w/ visual impact) in the 1st 15 or so minutes, - bullets+planes flying, jeeps blown, propeller plane turning on the tarmac - w/ butt-kickers in my HT seats, I use it as a HT demo and it always blows away my guests - as they feel they are on the tarmac - feeling the vibrations and all :-)

Need to catch Art of Flight
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