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post #1 of 29
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What movie do you use to show someone the capabilities of your home theatre system for the best combination of video quality and sound? Is there a particular chapter that you use?

For me, it's usually The Patriot, chapter 8 (battle scene) or Chicken Run chapter 14 (the chicken pie machine.)
post #2 of 29
DTS Demo Disc #5 or Pitch Black (opening crash sequence).

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post #3 of 29
Gladator in DTS-ES Discrete, openning battle for DVD.

HD Demo loop on both DirecTV & Dish for picture.

Phantom Menace LD for sound.

Tim
post #4 of 29
T2 Judgement Day.
post #5 of 29
For sound and picture but, mostly sound I'll pop-in several scenes from The Haunting DTS ES-Discrete. For picture alone, I'll ussually use the HD demo loop on DirectTV.


Chad
post #6 of 29
HD: Directv Demo Loop and Europe Tour (PBS)

DVDhttp://www.avsforum.com/ubb/tongue.gificture: Fifth Element (still the best)
Audio/Video: Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator,Pitch Black

LD: Audio/Video: Phantom Menace

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post #7 of 29
Hi Vettster,

don´t use T2 Ue for demoing a true high end projection system. It´s just an old LD transfer blown up for 16:9, and it doesn´t look really good on any CRT projector with a decent scaler or HTPC.

As an audio demo, it´s quite good - but there are better discs around.

Yours,

Philip
post #8 of 29
Fifth Element for me too
post #9 of 29
The Terminator (first DVD release)..... http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/wink.gif

Seriously, I use Gladiator, U-571, T2UE, or Episode I LD.



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post #10 of 29
Quote:
don´t use T2 Ue for demoing a true high end projection system. It´s just an old LD transfer blown up for 16:9, and it doesn´t look really good on any CRT projector with a decent scaler or HTPC.
I am using T2 "Special Edition" if that makes any difference. It impresses everyone I show. Maybe your system sux? http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
post #11 of 29
Hi Vettster,

1. What System do you use? The ability to judge the quality of a transfer depends heavily on the detail level the projection system is able to reproduce. Most of the lower res projection systems perform quite poorly in this domain. If of course you use a Sony G90 or a well calibrated D-ILA, I´m surely not worthy http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

2. It is easy to impress home theater novices. I managed to impress everyone with a humble DAVIS DL S8 projector, using it´s own (bad) scaler and a simple interlaced DVD player. Just turn up the volume... the big picture will do the rest.

Yours,

Philip
post #12 of 29
I don't show off my system but if I did, I would play my tape of the Titans/Ravens NFL playoff game in high definition. Now that's amazing!
As far as movies go, the HDTV version of Gladiator is probably the best.

Frank

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post #13 of 29
Why do i keep hearing Fifth element? I have a 55" mits HDTV and the RP91 DVD player and the picture quality isnt all that great in my opinoin.. am i doing something wrong? I mean Gladiator and such looks fine on my TV.
post #14 of 29
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Originally posted by Philip HS:
2. It is easy to impress home theater novices. I managed to impress everyone with a humble DAVIS DL S8 projector, using it´s own (bad) scaler and a simple interlaced DVD player. Just turn up the volume... the big picture will do the rest.
That is the point. It's not hard to impress most people I know. If there is by chance someone that questions the resolution or picture quality, I can throw in a tape of this last Superbowl in HDTV, or flip to ch.199 for the demo. (no one has ever said T2 doesn't look good). So, for a quick demo, T2 looks great (progressive scan) and sounds great (7.1 speaker system)...no problem. Everyone is impressed.




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post #15 of 29
I also think T2 looks just as good as The 5th Element.
Niether look as good as Gladiator.

My ultimate Demo is "Dinosaur". The scene where the Lemurs discovery the dinosar egg in the rain forest at night. Lots of Black and contrast. Black is the most impressive color to demo a good set-up.

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Mark A. Torre
NEC XG-8"CRT PJ, HTPC, HDTV and loving it! The Torre Home Theater
post #16 of 29
IMAX: Super Speedway (DD)
Eagles: Hell Freezes Over (DTS)

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post #17 of 29
DVD/Films

1. The crash scene in Cast Away in DTS ES.

2. The THX EX intro on T2 special edition.

3. The final torpedo scene in U-571

4. Matrix chapter 10/Slimy Re-birth.


DVD/Music

1. Big Phat Jazz Band 5.1/DTS

2. Blue Man Group/Audio


Duaneadam
post #18 of 29
The mile and and half strafe/bombing of bugs in Starship Troopers.
post #19 of 29
Video, Dinasaur chapter 3.
Sound, The Haunting, most of the scary bits.

Eric
post #20 of 29
Picture quality: still is the first ten minutes of Lost in Space(bad movie however) the blackest blacks on DVD. no edge enhancement therefore detail is fantastic deep rich colors and some interesting action in this chapter.

Surround effects: I still think The Matrix is the benchmark.They did their homework on this one.
post #21 of 29
Little off the thread, but to demonstrate audio, the first DVD I play is DVD Audio, ELP-"Lucky Man" and then the Steely Dan-"two Against Nature" DVD Audio.
post #22 of 29
Gladiator for video skin tones are great.

U-571 for sub woofer

The Perfect Storm.. even though I have a digital projector the blacks look great in this movie.

Verticle Limit is another one that has great colors.

Saving Private Ryan Colors are off but sharp picture


Hugo

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post #23 of 29
I agree with the Art
Lost in Space is almost perfect for a quick 5 minute action-packed demo. It's a mixture of stunning visuals and sound that ranks among the best I've seen to date.
The explosions are vivid, both visually and sonically.

Compare it to something like Star Trek First Contact. It has a big explosion near the beginning when the Borg's spacecraft is destroyed. Visually, it's excellent, but it doesn't have the sonic impact Lost In Space has and that really contributes to the overall experience
post #24 of 29
Torre,
Snap. I just realized we picked the same scene.

Jeroen,
The ones where I hid behind the sofa http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/eek.gif

Eric
post #25 of 29
Yes, its a good one.
I have it saved to my hard drive.

The first sceane in "Sleepy Hollow" is very good also for the same reasons.
Tons of BLACK.

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Mark A. Torre
NEC XG-8"CRT PJ, HTPC, HDTV and loving it! The Torre Home Theater
post #26 of 29
VERTICAL LIMIT

Cheers
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post #27 of 29
Starship Troopers, chapter 24...."Bugs!"
Still a high quality transfer.


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Wayne Harrelson
Germantown, MD
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post #28 of 29
One of my favorite DVD's audio surround was

House on Haunted Hill.

totally scary, creepy surround sound design. Blows away The Haunting!

-kspaz
post #29 of 29
Where do I begin, for neighbor harrassing, blow your hair back action: Saving Private Ryan DTS, Jurassic Park DTS (new remastered), Titan A.E., My bootleg Star Wars DVD's (sorry Lucas, but I'm not waiting for HD-DVD)
Everytime I play these, my neighbor has to readjust the pictures on her walls.

for subtlties: Cast Away, A Zero Effect, Apacolypse Now

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