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Movies to show off your TV

If you google this you’ll find a bunch of opinions of varying veracity... kind of stupid IMO.

I feel like the members of this forum can do better.

I’ll start off the list with a movie I haven’t seen listed on any of these “rankings”. Ender’s Game. Stunning color, slow cuts (you can really absorb what you’re seeing), Deep Blacks, extraordinary visuals, and is great for showing off skin-tones. This is the movie that took my breath away when I fired it up on the Kuro for the first time.

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Mad Max: Fury Road
Planet Earth II
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1) Any of the BBC Earth videos on 4K disc
2) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - real turd of a movie, but the visual presentation is worth watching.
3) Mission: Impossible Fallout - the helicopter chase scene was filmed with IMAX cameras and translates to amazing visuals from a 4K disc.
4) Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982) - Although shot on film, the transfer to 4K is very impressive.
5) Ready Player One - Dolby Vision graded, looks very good!
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There's alot of recent stuff I haven't seen. But these are a few of my favorite 2k transfers on film and digital...

FILM:
Alien vs. Predator - very nice darker film, if you like SF/horror genre
Casino Royale
Independence Day - recently remastered for 2k & 4k with amazing detail
John Carter
Jurassic Park III
Quantum of Solace - not recommended for younger & immature viewers due to strong violence and adult situations
Snow White & the Hunstman
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wrath of the Titans

DIGITAL:
Clash of the Titans
Independence Day: Resurgence
Kong: Skull Island - captured digitally, but has a very filmic look
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

SOUND:
Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World

ANIMATION:
Hercules
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Sleeping Beauty

I have seen Valerian, Fury Road and Ender's Game on 2k Blu-ray, and would agree with those recommendations as well. I am biased toward film though. And just didn't like some of them quite as well as some of the others above. I'd like to see the new transfer of Blade Runner as well (and maybe also Ready Player One), but do not currently have a 4k player or TV. Still have Valerian on Blu-ray btw, and may watch that again this month for the October Fun sci-fi marathon.

Some of the recent cape movies are pretty good too. I just haven't found one that really like yet. Maybe Black Panther, Thor Ragnarok, Wonder Woman and the last Avengers would be good though? Haven't seen any of these yet (though I have WW on DVD from the library). If I can think of anything else, I'll add it to the above list.

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And these films are actually ones people will want to watch.
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I have seen Valerian, Fury Road and Ender's Game on 2k Blu-ray, and would agree with those recommendations as well. I am biased toward film though.
I also have a bias for film. IT is the best format we’ve ever created.
However (and at the risk of getting egg on my face), was Ender’s Game filmed digitally? Some of the scenes look incredible; The skin tones especially.





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Ok yes it was:
Filmed on Red Epic cameras.
https://library.creativecow.net/arti...rs-Game&page=1

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I also have a bias for film. IT is the best format we’ve ever created.
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However (and at the risk of getting egg on my face), was Ender’s Game filmed digitally? Some of the scenes look incredible; The skin tones especially.





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Ok yes it was:
Filmed on Red Epic cameras.
https://library.creativecow.net/arti...rs-Game&page=1
Technical specs from IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141...ef_=tt_dt_spec

It was transfered to 35mm film for theatrical release. But looks like the production was probably all digital. Others with more knowledge of the movie may be able to add more on this. Some digital productions will try to simulate the look of film using lookup tables that emulate the appearance of film stocks. Whether that was done in this case, I don't know. If that sort of thing interests you, then you might also like Ford vs. Ferrari and Midway. Both were captured digitally, and tweaked in post to resemble old film stocks by Kodak and Fuji imo, based on the trailers.

There are probably some other good 4k remasters of older films like Blade Runner and Independence Day as well. But I wouldn't know what they are.
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If that sort of thing interests you, then you might also like Ford vs. Ferrari and Midway. Both were captured digitally, and tweaked in post to resemble old film stocks by Kodak and Fuji imo, based on the trailers.
Nah;

Film is the best method for image reproduction ever made.
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Film is the best method for image reproduction ever made.
Sure, but unless you have a 35mm film projector in your house you ain't gonna gets there

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Seconding Thor: Ragnarok and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, both on UHD disc. Mad Max: Fury Road was a UHD disc view as well.
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Film is the best method for image reproduction ever made.


If you're a sci-fi fan (and I assume you are at least a little, if you're watchin stuff like Ender's Game), 2019's Ad Astra with Brad Pitt might also be worth a look. There are obviously a fair number of digital effects in the movie. But it looks like the live-action footage was mostly captured with Kodak 35mm film...

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2935510...ef_=tt_dt_spec

Whether the movie itself is any good, I can't say. You can take a look at the discussion here though for some others' thoughts on that...

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/44-mo...-thriller.html

And Ralph Potts official AVS review here...

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/187-o...ay-review.html

My recollection is that some found the story a bit lacking.
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You might also have a look at Ralph's top picks for picture and sound for 2019. There should be a few good ones there as well...

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/187-o...ys-2019-a.html

From that list, Alita: Battle Angel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and maybe Mortal Engines might be worth a look. I haven't seen any of these either, but the first two have at least gotten some pretty good buzz here. Some of the horror fans have also spoken well of Overlord. There is probably alot of graphic violence in that though, so it's likely only suitable for mature viewers.

Alot of folks also seemed to like the animated Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. And the Apollo 11 documentary probably has some pretty cool archival footage and images cap'd on film. That has also received some praise from others here.

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There are probably some other good 4k remasters of older films like Blade Runner and Independence Day as well. But I wouldn't know what they are.
Looks like the 4k UHD of Alien also made Ralph's Top Picks for 2019. So that might also be worth a look at some point if you have 4k capability. The previous 2k Blu-ray is also pretty good. But maybe not quite on par with some of the other suggestions here, as it has some blue-green filtering, and noticeable clipping on the highlights at times. The scenes of the alien spaceship, both interior and exterior, are quite good though on the Blu-ray.
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You might also have a look at Ralph's top picks for picture and sound for 2019. There should be a few good ones there as well...

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/187-o...ys-2019-a.html

From that list, Alita: Battle Angel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and maybe Mortal Engines might be worth a look. I haven't seen any of these either, but the first two have at least gotten some pretty good buzz here. Some of the horror fans have also spoken well of Overlord. There is probably alot of graphic violence in that though, so it's likely only suitable for mature viewers.

Alot of folks also seemed to like the animated Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. And the Apollo 11 documentary probably has some pretty cool archival footage and images cap'd on film. That has also received some praise from others here.



Looks like the 4k UHD of Alien also made Ralph's Top Picks for 2019. So that might also be worth a look at some point if you have 4k capability. The previous 2k Blu-ray is also pretty good. But maybe not quite on par with some of the other suggestions here, as it has some blue-green filtering, and noticeable clipping on the highlights at times. The scenes of the alien spaceship, both interior and exterior, are quite good though on the Blu-ray.
These are great;

Apollo 11 blew my mind and convinced me film is the absolute best medium for videography.

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