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Gravity 91 50.84%
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 23 12.85%
Iron Man 3 7 3.91%
The Lone Ranger 1 0.56%
Star Trek Into Darkness 57 31.84%
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One of the most important aspects of any movie when viewed in a home theater is the visual effects. After all, which Blu-ray do you pull out to demonstrate your system to friends and family? Often, it's the one with the coolest visual effects. This year's Academy Award nominees for Best Visual Effects are all outstanding in that regard, but which one do you think is most home-theater worthy?

 

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I voted for the Hobbit even though I haven't seen it yet. I did, however, see Gravity, Star Trek, Iron Man 3, and the Lone Ranger and none of them blew me away the way Avatar did in regards to visuals. I mean really, how many times are you gonna watch Gravity? I've seen Star Trek several times and thoroughly enjoyed it, the visuals, sound, and casting are great but again it didn't blow me away. cool.gif
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I voted for the Hobbit even though I haven't seen it yet. I did, however, see Gravity, Star Trek, Iron Man 3, and the Lone Ranger and none of them blew me away the way Avatar did in regards to visuals. I mean really, how many times are you gonna watch Gravity? I've seen Star Trek several times and thoroughly enjoyed it, the visuals, sound, and casting are great but again it didn't blow me away. cool.gif

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Star Trek Into Darkness!!! What a visually arresting from start to finish, but those visual effects are TOP NOTCH!
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Gravity has a bodged home release so shouldn't really be considered and the hobbit 2 has yet to be released so once again doesn't really make sense to vote on how good it is as we do not know if the transfer is any good. Of those above I would say Star Trek is the best. Though the best blu-ray for showing of/testing your ht would have to be oblivion.
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my vote is for Into The Darkness smile.gif

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Gravity has a bodged home release so shouldn't really be considered and the hobbit 2 has yet to be released so once again doesn't really make sense to vote on how good it is as we do not know if the transfer is any good. Of those above I would say Star Trek is the best. Though the best blu-ray for showing of/testing your ht would have to be oblivion.

Agreed. Oblivion is the best I have ever seen. Absolutely pristine!
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Agreed. Oblivion is the best I have ever seen. Absolutely pristine!

you know in terms of visual wow factor, I do have to agree there is just something about that movie that is just amazing...

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I voted for the Hobbit even though I haven't seen it yet. I did, however, see Gravity, Star Trek, Iron Man 3, and the Lone Ranger and none of them blew me away the way Avatar did in regards to visuals. I mean really, how many times are you gonna watch Gravity? I've seen Star Trek several times and thoroughly enjoyed it, the visuals, sound, and casting are great but again it didn't blow me away. cool.gif

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you know in terms of visual wow factor, I do have to agree there is just something about that movie that is just amazing...
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Agreed. Oblivion is the best I have ever seen. Absolutely pristine!

Damn...all this talk about oblivion is going to make me spend more money....

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I too think it's *long* overdo to do Sally in, Oblivion - ALL-THE-WAY! But too bad it's not on the short list.

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I may be in the minority here I love oblivion, but gatsby maybe the best visual movie I've seen promethus a close second but I believe that was a year or so ago
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opps.. based on the choices I have I would have to put star trek smile.gif lol..
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I didn't vote because I havn't seen all the movies on the list. However, I would have to agree that Oblivion should be on this list....Star Trek Into Darkness does have some great visuals as well.

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I didn't vote because I havn't seen all the movies on the list. However, I would have to agree that Oblivion should be on this list....Star Trek Into Darkness does have some great visuals as well.

Oblivion was omitted from this list because it wasn't nomited in the Best Visual Effects category. Now, if there was a cetegory for Best Visual Quality, then Oblivion would lead the pack.  Every second of that movie is reference video quality.

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Gravity in 3D in my theater was breathtaking.
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I almost want to vote against Iron Man 3 just because that movie made me so mad. 

 

Gravity was EPIC in IMAX 3D, but we'll have to see how that translates to HT. 

 

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Am I just now realizing that Pacific Rim didn't get a visual effects nomination? The special effects category has been such a joke the past few years. I'm no Transformers fanboy but the first movie got completely gypped when it was skipped over for the win.
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Am I just now realizing that Pacific Rim didn't get a visual effects nomination? The special effects category has been such a joke the past few years. I'm no Transformers fanboy but the first movie got completely gypped when it was skipped over for the win.

 

I concur with that, Pacific Rim seems like an obvious choice for the category.


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The Great Gatsby, Star Trek , Oblivion, Life of Pi and Elisium would be on my list.

**EDIT** Sorry I missed the thread topic altogether, I read a post instead.

Of the five nominated I have seen two ST and IM3, Gravity is on the way. Not sure how Iron Man made the cut and Pacific Rim did not though.
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I sat through the BS Lone ranger last night, what a load of crap! The CGI was so evident! How can they call a film with CGI best visual effects? The other day, I sat through "Ben Hur" there was no CGI then, that movie used real people -real effects. As for me, I'm sick of the computer effects. It's way too unreal and makes it seem a cartoon. The horse on a burning roof?? We all know animals will run from fire, and the train scene-no train has steep grades as depicted, or a horse running across a train. Again, way to cartoonish for me, perhaps it was aimed at kids?
The other issue I see is the new movies about the "rocky and Bullwinkle" take off with the dog prof, and the kid time traveling. Who knows of them besides babyboomers? And we are all in our 60's now. Total nonsense. Once, I would like to see a movie with no CGI - so phony.
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I sat through the BS Lone ranger last night, what a load of crap! The CGI was so evident! How can they call a film with CGI best visual effects? The other day, I sat through "Ben Hur" there was no CGI then, that movie used real people -real effects. As for me, I'm sick of the computer effects. It's way too unreal and makes it seem a cartoon. The horse on a burning roof?? We all know animals will run from fire, and the train scene-no train has steep grades as depicted, or a horse running across a train. Again, way to cartoonish for me, perhaps it was aimed at kids?
The other issue I see is the new movies about the "rocky and Bullwinkle" take off with the dog prof, and the kid time traveling. Who knows of them besides babyboomers? And we are all in our 60's now. Total nonsense. Once, I would like to see a movie with no CGI - so phony.

 

It's a Disney film by the same director who did the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The characters and stories were always aimed at children. Here's an on-point description from Wikipedia:

 

"Sources disagree on whether station and show owner George W. Trendle or main writer Fran Striker should receive credit for the concept. Elements of the Lone Ranger story had been used in an earlier series Fran Striker wrote for a station in Buffalo, New York.

In any case, the show was an immediate success.[4] Though it was aimed at children, adults made up at least half the audience."

 

I thought the cinematography was really good at times, but the movie itself was just about unwatchable, for the reasons you describe. After we watched it, a visiting friend bought the Blu-ray off of me to watch with his kids.


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If the Hobbit wins there's no justice in the world. Some pretty appalling visual effects really let down the rest of the movie. It'll have a chance to win because Smaug looked great and they'll forget about everything else that looked terrible.
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If the Hobbit wins there's no justice in the world. Some pretty appalling visual effects really let down the rest of the movie. It'll have a chance to win because Smaug looked great and they'll forget about everything else that looked terrible.

The molten gold or whatever in the mountain was embarrassing. Really really let down by that movie. So much disappointment. Smaug was decent, but could not save that train from going over the cliff.
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I would vote for Star Trek. Really don't know why lone ranger is part of the list. I know that's what it is nominated.. but really??
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LOL! Yeah, well I hate it when the list of movies is so poor that I had to vote like this. I'm more upset than you, I paid money to see those movies. I'm wagering that the 2nd part of the Hobbit wins based on what the previous one did which wasn't all that either. But the climax of my day is that I am thrilled that you actually read my post AND felt moved enough to leave a reply. biggrin.gif
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Gravity has a bodged home release so shouldn't really be considered and the hobbit 2 has yet to be released so once again doesn't really make sense to vote on how good it is as we do not know if the transfer is any good. Of those above I would say Star Trek is the best. Though the best blu-ray for showing of/testing your ht would have to be oblivion.


What exactly was wrong with the Gravity blu ray? It looks and sounds amazing IMO.

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Another vote here for...wait for it!...PACIFIC RIM!!!! tongue.gif

No, seriously, Gravity's gonna take this cake! cool.gif

Either way, I'm VERY happy for the work my fellow Mexican compadres Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón have given us... smile.gif

As a matter of fact, it was none other than Guillermo Del Toro who had been handpicked by Peter Jackson himself to originally direct the The Hobbit series! wink.gif
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