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post #1 of 524
Thread Starter 

Greetings,

I have put together a list of Blu-ray Discs that I consider to be top notch in audio, video or both audio/video quality. There are four categories as I included a list of personal favorites as well. Some I have formally reviewed and some are in my collection but I have not reviewed them. These are not meant to be completely comprehensive lists. I wanted to offer readers a chance to check out some Blu-ray discs that in my opinion look and sound great. I will add new discs to these lists as I come across them and will make note of that in future reviews.




Have fun !






Audio:





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Here are a few quotes from some of my reviews:


Master and Commander: "This is a powerfully engaging audio mix that will test the limits of your audio system."

Cloverfield: "This in an aggressive and invigorating surround mix that incorporates a plethora of aurally stimulating effects to create a captivating and sometimes frightening listening experience."

Hitman: "Man, this is a great mix ! Bass fans will love its aggressive low end and those who appreciate genre films like this that kick butt and take names are in for a real treat."

Rambo:"Gunfire and explosions had a tactile and dynamic impact that could be felt from any point in the room. The rich and immersive quality of the audio enhanced the experience to a higher level of realism".


Terminator Salvation: "The listening position is submerged into a 360 degree web of sound that is sometimes riveting as it bombards the senses with a combination of discretely placed near field and panning sound effects."

Tron: Legacy: "The action based sequences rock as the room is transformed into a three dimensional soundstage that pulsates with room energizing bass that attains room shaking levels."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1: "This is a wonderfully involving and dynamically energized sound design that features high level sonic detail, superb directional correlation, seamless integration, and rhythmically charged bass extension that is sure to stimulate the senses."







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Here are a few quotes from some of my reviews:


No Country For Old Men: "Whether in the desert or within the limit’s of a small town image quality was delivered with superb resolve and an almost endless depth of field."

The Fall: "Bolder use of contrast and bright vivid colors helped to propel images to an elevated level of vibrancy and three dimensional quality that was unwavering. Images were impeccably detailed with fine articulation and visual acuity that seemed infinite when looking at long panning shots."

Kill Bill Vol. 1: "Images have a sparkling clarity that makes them visually enticing. Detail is impeccable from nearly every perspective which allows clear perception of the various elements within each frame".

Speed Racer: "This is a stylized video presentation that boasts a broad color palette that features beautifully lush pastels and vibrant hues that are vivid, bold and look incredible in high definition. The video has a wide dynamic range with deep, inky blacks and excellent shadow detail. The video had a consistently razor sharp quality that left images looking pristinely resolved with flawless rendering of fine detail."


Audio & Video:










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Here are a few quotes from some of my reviews:


The Chronicles of Narina: "This is a first rate video presentation that is near flawless." "The audio presentation is superbly crafted and offers a diverse representation of the things that we as listeners look for in a good audio mix."

I, Robot: "Inky noise free blacks, superb shadow detail with high delineation, an eye popping visual design, along with vibrant colors and beautiful flesh tone reproduction." " There is enough sub 30 hz bass contained in this track to keep bass heads happy. The chase scene in the tunnel is delivered with room shaking authority as it drives the entire system to create an immersive and ultra rich surround sound experience."

Jumper: "The scenes shot in Italy at the Coliseum were visually arresting as images were razor sharp with incredible dimensional depth and lifelike texture." "This is an aggressive mix that contains demonstration level material that will test just how good your system can sound."

Saawariya : " Every detail is clearly audible within the mix which rests on a cushion of crystal clear sound that ebbs and flows with precision." "There is a plethora of colors in various tones and hues that look simply stunning in high definition. Flesh tones are highlighted by the beautiful complexions of the cast and come across with succulence and subtle texture."

Transformers: "Images exhibited high level detail, razor sharpness and resolute definition that brought out the lifelike textures captured by the camera. Dimensional perspective had an infinite appeal that was visually arresting at times. ""This is an aurally stimulating sound design that is truly capable of creating a thrilling home theater experience."

Iron man: "I appreciated the attention to detail that enabled even seemingly small background sounds and effects to be distinctly audible. This is an aggressive surround mix that makes extensive use of the entire sound platform.""Resolution is excellent as images are well detailed, vibrant and dimensionally proportionate. Close up camera shots are particularly striking at times and reveal lots of fine minutia and visible nuance."

The Incredibles: "The quality of the images onscreen can be visually arresting. Detail and definition is impeccably rendered as images have a resplendent and sparkling clarity that is appreciably three dimensional. This lossless soundtrack earns of perfect technical rating and improves upon the lossy Dolby Digital version in every way. This is not an aggressive or action style sound mix but its ability to deliver a visceral home theater experience is not to be underestimated."



Personal Favorites & Guilty Pleasures:








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Well that wraps things up. As I said this is not meant to be a comprehensive list but rather food for thought. Be sure to check back as the list will be updated. I would love to hear from others regarding their own favorites as well.

*Here at AVS the membership has assembled The PQ Tier Thread and Audio Quality Tier Thread which is a rated list of top quality Blu-ray Discs. These lists are great resources. You can check them out by clicking on the links.



Cheers,

post #2 of 524
You need more movies to watch there is a ton better than those. Especially audio. For example. Pan lab and the orphanage. Audio excellence
post #3 of 524
Thank you for this thread. Now when people ask "New to blu what to buy?" They can just look here.

There's just one problem. Where is the king of Audio/Video (that just happens to be a good film) - Black Hawk Down?

I've been looking for an excuse to buy Ultraviolet. Sweet.
post #4 of 524
Thread Starter 
Greetings,

Thanks for your posts. As I stated this is not meant to be a comprehensive total list but simply to offer some discs that were strong contenders in their catagories.

I absolutely agree with Black Hawk Down. I have not seen The Orphanage.


Regards,
post #5 of 524
My top three are on your list... Black Hawk Down, Apocalypto and POTC DMC. My guilty pleasure is Casino Royale. I like to use the chase scene at the beginning to show off my theater to others.
post #6 of 524
Ralph
Independence Day/Hidalgo/Extraordinary Gentleman are among my favorites. Have you posted a review on them. Are they to be compared with Narnia. Please say it's so, the scenery shots with Hidalgo could be breathtaking.
post #7 of 524
No love for Disney/Pixar? 'Ratatouille' is fantastic, and the bright, vivid colors of 'Meet the Robinsons' are video standouts as well.
post #8 of 524
Thread Starter 
Greetings,

I added Black Hawk Down as I definitely overlooked it.

I also added The Patriot for the same reason.

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Ralph
Independence Day/Hidalgo/Extraordinary Gentleman are among my favorites. Have you posted a review on them. Are they to be compared with Narnia. Please say it's so, the scenery shots with Hidalgo could be breathtaking.

I reviewed Hidalgo and ID4 prior to coming to AVS. Hidalgo was an 86 Audio and 88 Video for a total of 86. ID4 was an 84 Audio and 82 Video for a total of 83. I will probably watch ID4 again in the near future and see if my impression is any different. The League of EG would be more comparable to Hidalgo.


Cheers,
post #9 of 524
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JohnnytheSkin View Post

No love for Disney/Pixar? 'Ratatouille' is fantastic, and the bright, vivid colors of 'Meet the Robinsons' are video standouts as well.

Greetings,

Absolutely but I have not seen either of them on Blu-ray so I couldn't add them to my list. There is no reason why they can't be highlighted in this thread though.

Ratatouille & Meet the Robinsons


Cheers,
post #10 of 524
By all means give the orphanage a listen. Best sounding movie I have ever heard. Everyone who has come to watch it has been just awestruck with the sound.

I did not know this was a starter list forgive my....now that i look back and reread it rude comment.... Was not really intended as such. My bd

It makes most movies sound like sdvd. A new standard for 2008.
post #11 of 524
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

Absolutely but I have not seen either of them on Blu-ray so I couldn't add them to my list. There is no reason why they can't be highlighted in this thread though.

Ratatouille & Meet the Robinsons


Cheers,

yeah i agree ratatouille looks stunning and sounds amazing.

it is in tier 0 on both the pq and sq thread here.
post #12 of 524
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Stix2 View Post

By all means give the orphanage a listen. Best sounding movie I have ever heard. Everyone who has come to watch it has been just awestruck with the sound.

I did not know this was a starter list forgive my....now that i look back and reread it rude comment.... Was not really intended as such. My bd

It makes most movies sound like sdvd. A new standard for 2008.

Greetings,

Will do Stix2. No need to apologize...

I added 3 more...


Cheers,
post #13 of 524
Hi Ralph,

Thanks for the lists above. Also for the reviews you are posting. Love the template used and your writing style.

Your reviews have really been a great addition to the site.
post #14 of 524
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Blacknight5000 View Post

Hi Ralph,

Thanks for the lists above. Also for the reviews you are posting. Love the template used and your writing style.

Your reviews have really been a great addition to the site.

Greetings,

Thanks much Blacknight5000 and welcome to AVS !


Regards,
post #15 of 524
Ralph,
In terms of video and audio quality, you have to demo/review Elton John's 6oth Birthday Bash at MSG. Its the best concert video I have ever seen. The "live" quality of it is stunning.
post #16 of 524
Ralph,
How about including a list of blu-ray's NOT to buy because of sound/video quality. A movie we might already own on dvd but the quality is not good enough to upgrade to blu-ray.
post #17 of 524
I agree on Black Hawk Down... superb video and audio.
post #18 of 524
I'm surpised I am Legend is not on the list. The audio is top notch in my opinion.
post #19 of 524
Good list Ralph. Nice to find out that I own many of them.
post #20 of 524
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

I added Black Hawk Down as I definitely overlooked it.

It's ok. You get everything else right, mostly. And your score for ID4 was right on.
BTW - Shoot Em' Up is another all around standout for Audio and Video. So is The Orphanage. As is Pan's Labyrinth(DNR, not that bad). Hairspray too.

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Originally Posted by FremontRich View Post

I agree on Black Hawk Down... superb video and audio.

Just wait for the DC with highbrate AVC and 24 bit audio. It's hard to believe there is room for some improvement, luckily there's a another cut so Sony can re-do it.

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Originally Posted by adidino View Post

I'm surpised I am Legend is not on the list. The audio is top notch in my opinion.

As far as accuracy is concerned it is, but there's really only 2 stand out LFE moments. But they are stand out. My biggest gripe is that the Shelby Mustang doesn't sound as sinister as anything labeled Shelby should sound.
post #21 of 524
For sound, consider Martin Scorcese's The Last Waltz. The 5.1 PCM soundtrack for this movie of The Band's farewell concert is fantastic.
post #22 of 524
Thanks Ralph.
I'm still on SD discs, but I will be upgrading my projector and player when my wife lets me, so this is a great "to buy" list that I can impress her with when she finally lets me upgrade.

I think she'll like "Passage to India" and "Memoirs of a Geisha".
I hope she lets me buy some.
post #23 of 524
+1 for Black Hawk Down.
post #24 of 524
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Originally Posted by aforkosh View Post

For sound, consider Martin Scorcese's The Last Waltz. The 5.1 PCM soundtrack for this movie of The Band's farewell concert is fantastic.

I'll check it out as compared to the Elton John MSG Blue Ray where both audio video should easily score over a 90++ as compared to the other discs listed.
post #25 of 524
Thanks for that write-up Ralph. As someone mentioned before check-out "The Orphanage".. May I also suggest 1 of my favorites "The Host"
post #26 of 524
I'd love to see a similar list for music Blu Ray's - Actually I'd love to see enough music Blu Rays to make a list!
Pat Metheney's The Way Up Live in DTS HD MA is the best sounding Live Concert DVD I've ever heard. It leaves me hungering for more DTS HD MA offerings.
post #27 of 524
Thread Starter 
Greetings,

OK so far I have the folllwing recommendations from you all:

The Orphanage
Ratatouille
Meet the Robinsons
Elton John 60th birthday bash at MSG
The last waltz


I will look to check as many of these out as I can.

I have Shoot em up and I am Legend and will spin them both again for consideration.

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Ralph,
How about including a list of blu-ray's NOT to buy because of sound/video quality. A movie we might already own on dvd but the quality is not good enough to upgrade to blu-ray.

I think we will probably stick to this Matt. Going the other route would probably lead to needless debate. Thanks though.


Cheers,
post #28 of 524
Thread Starter 
Greetings,

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I don't mean to be a dissenter here, but a lot of folks have put a lot of time in the Picture Quality and Audio Quality Tier Threads.

They are stickied in the Bluray Software section.

And quite frankly are much more useful than this thread.

Thanks Mike. This thread is no way meant to replace or interfere with that thread. I have gotten a number of requests regarding my favorite discs and thought that I would provide the answer.

I agree with you that the PQ Tier Thread is definitely the definitive reference on this site.


Regards,
post #29 of 524
That edge enhancement on Gattaca would keep me from putting it on a best video list but thats just me.

Tom
post #30 of 524
Ralph,

Here is another vote for The Orphanage. Since it isn't reviewed here, I'll include a link to my review: http://ultimateavmag.com/moviereviews/042208orphanage/

Best regards,
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