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What is the most astonishing looking movie or tv show with a projector?

In your opinion of course ?
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My friend and I did a mini shoot out of my JVC X790 and his Epson 5050(both projectors throw an awesome image). The 3 movies that looked incredible IMO were Aquaman, the latest 4k remaster of The Fifth Element and Pacific Rim Uprising.

On a side not he did tell me days later he watched Transformers age of extinction and said it was his favorite so far.

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These are the movies I really like from a picture quality standpoint (in 4k of course):

BladeRunner 2049
Alita Battle Angel
Ready Player One
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Captain Marvel
The Great Wall
Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle
Oblivion
The Avengers
Pacific Rim 1 and 2
Mortal Engines
13 Hours
Transformers The Last Knight
Tomb Raider
Spider Man Into the Spider Verse
Aquaman
Hunter Killer
Passengers
Lucy
XMen Apocalypse
Power Rangers
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I watched John Wick 3 last night and it was amazing. The HDR colors popped everywhere and the soundtrack with bullets flying everywhere and a lot of scenes in the rain were off the chart.
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I watched John Wick 3 last night and it was amazing. The HDR colors popped everywhere and the soundtrack with bullets flying everywhere and a lot of scenes in the rain were off the chart.

Looking forward to receiving my pre-order 4k disc for this movie on the 11th!
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I am probably biased (HDR doesn't do 'it' for me), but Avatar in 3D is my vote.
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For contrast and sharpness = Lucy

For color = GOTG2
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Agree with the above, the PQ during John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum is jaw-dropping in places. In fact, all three John Wick films look incredible in 4K HDR.


In terms of TV shows, Altered Carbon is probably the best I've seen on my projector (again, 4K HDR).
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I would say “Annihilation”.


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2001
Blade Runner 2049
Planet Earth II
Twin Peaks (Season 3, episode 8 - also this particular episode will be released in 4k along with the pilot in new box set)
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I want to second the recommendation for Fifth Element (for showing off color, not as a movie); it used to be a standard in this forum for comparing projectors. Also Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, for similar reasons. Almost any Luc Besson movie, even going back to the Big Blue, will be full of striking colors that can show off a good projector.
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ANY movie with large scale spectacles/structures, flyover/flyby establishing shots (especially mountain ranges, sky scrapers, etc. and the like). This usually boils down to any good action/adventure movies I guess.

Nothing shows off 'large' movie scenes better than a projector with a 100"+ screen at least until wallpaper displays are a cheap thing.

Even without anamorphic lens, widescreen movies still retain a good amount of their image height: larger than any 75", 80" or 85" display currently, allowing the movie to still be "larger than life".

Even with inexpensive 4K projectors, you can set closer to the screen without seeing pixel structure AND seeing more detail which also adds to the precipitation of a larger than life movie experience. Besides new profit opportunities, the whole point of 4K and 8K is to allow larger and larger image sizes without having to move your seating back while still providing an even clearer, sharper movie experience.
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I think Oblivion is a rather nice overall package that has the visuals to go along with some rather impressive audio.

+1 to Blade Runner 2049 having some stunning visuals. Ghost in The Shell and Ex Machina have some stunning visuals also.

Fury can be pretty impressive also.
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I think Oblivion is a rather nice overall package that has the visuals to go along with some rather impressive audio.
I use the first 5 minutes of Oblivion as a demo. The flashback is striking, then the launch of the vehicle with atmos effects, and finally the bass shaking of the title sequence. Really nice. Used it to show my wife how the new setup was working, and we just didn't get up... watched the whole movie.

I would also add Thor: Ragnarok to the list. Lots of great scenes with sharp detail and intense colors. There are a few fades to black that look phenomenal with a JVC. I usually prefer the 3d version of films, but because I have seen this one so many times in 4k I have not been able to sit through the 3d version.
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The recent 4K re-release of 2001 A Space Odyssey is one of the best experiences I’ve had with my projector. A 4K projector and high quality film transfers go together like peanut butter and jelly.

My current short list of 4K Blu-ray demo and review material:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Bladerunner 2049
The Dark Crystal
The Martian
Ex Machina
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In your opinion of course ?
It's been a while since I've watched, but you've reminded me that I love the 2006 movie The Fall

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I'd put 2001, especially the lunar transit sequence of the 2001 4K BD right near the top of the list.

Other 4K UHD HDR showcases:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - I'm sure this is a treat for those with a WCG filter equipped projector.
BR2049
BR2019
Interstellar
G of the G Vol 2.
Aquaman
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I'd put 2001, especially the lunar transit sequence of the 2001 4K BD right near the top of the list.



Other 4K UHD HDR showcases:



Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - I'm sure this is a treat for those with a WCG filter equipped projector.

BR2049

BR2019

Interstellar

G of the G Vol 2.

Aquaman

The 4K re-release of 2001 makes it clear to me that more classic films need to see release on 4K Blu-ray. The Alien 4K release is no slouch either but, then, the Blu-ray was already quite good.

Interstellar is a reference disc for sure. For that matter so is Dark Knight / Dark Knight Rises. Have not seen Dunkirk yet.

I’m ashamed to say I have not seen Valerian... I’m a fan of Luc Besson but simply haven’t gotten around to it yet.
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The 4K re-release of 2001 makes it clear to me that more classic films need to see release on 4K Blu-ray. The Alien 4K release is no slouch either but, then, the Blu-ray was already quite good.

Interstellar is a reference disc for sure. For that matter so is Dark Knight / Dark Knight Rises. Have not seen Dunkirk yet.

I’m ashamed to say I have not seen Valerian... I’m a fan of Luc Besson but simply haven’t gotten around to it yet.
The Valerian 4K BD is the poster child for WCG. Turn the lights off, engage your WCG filter and enjoy the show! We watched it at a cinema when it came out, and I don't think I'd ever seen that wide of a gamut before. Aquaman is filmed in a similar fashion.

We just watched the 4K BDs of Batman (1989) and Close Encounters (1977) and both were just like watching them on film, for the first time - Ditto for The Big Lebowski. We'll work our way up to Dark Knight in due course. I hope to get a 4K BD of War of the Worlds (1953) at some point.

I wanted to get "Lawrence of Arabia" and found a 4K BD but it was insanely expensive.
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I love, love, LOVE this film. Alex Garland is a genius and I hope he gets to continue making movies. It’s a shame this didn’t get more recognition. One of my favorite films released in the last few years (along with his previous Ex machina) and it has real depth and can offer a fascinating conversation piece.

I saw this movie in the theater and, I have to say, it looked a bit dull. Part of that is likely on purpose but I think a lot of it had to do with the theater’s 2K resolution not doing the soft focus and dreamlike cinematography any favors. The movie was actually filmed at 4K with a 4K intermediary and the home release was a much better experience for me.
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Where's the anime... Its all colors!

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Valerian: To be fair, it isn't Besson at his best, but it is visually a real treat on a big screen with a good projector.

2001: Honestly, this looks good in almost any format. However, I saw it on first release at a now-dead but astonishing theater, and nothing has quite matched that experience.

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Anime just looks like a big cartoon when blown up; impressive, but not the best showcase for a projector. (Except maybe some LED projectors which supersaturate the colors, especially reds.)
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Anime just looks like a big cartoon when blown up; impressive, but not the best showcase for a projector.
If you say so. Lots of its very detailed and the older stuff has film grain(akira, ghost in the shell, etc) hell you could add a noise filter if the occassionaly big swaths of solid color of face closeups in more modern anime bothers you at imax viewing angles.

Anime special effects are some of the best material for showcasing the smooth motion of dlp, the high contrast of lcos
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Don't get me wrong, I like anime on the big screen (the word I used was "impressive"), but it doesn't gain immersiveness and dimensionality as you move to the big screen in quite the same way that live action does, even live action that is full of CGI. When a real person (or almost any "real" object) is blown up large with full detail and color nuance, it grabs the way a cartoon made big doesn't.

Of course, I've only seen the anime GoTS in the Technicolor remaster rather than the original print, so maybe I've missed something.
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The Revenant. Beautiful cinematography with fantastic detail throughout.
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If you say so. Lots of its very detailed and the older stuff has film grain(akira, ghost in the shell, etc) hell you could add a noise filter if the occassionaly big swaths of solid color of face closeups in more modern anime bothers you at imax viewing angles.

Anime special effects are some of the best material for showcasing the smooth motion of dlp, the high contrast of lcos


Depends on the anime. Anime tends to be lumped together but just like live action some content is formatted for a television screen and some is formatted for a cinema screen. Certain anime can be absolutely breathtaking on a large format screen— just watch anything from the Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli catalog and it’s immediately apparent his movies were intended for a big screen. I could just list all of Miyazaki’s films here but I’ll put some of my standouts that look really good on a projector as well as some other anime movies I think deserve the big screen. A lot of these have not seen a 4K release yet...

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Miyazaki)
Princess Mononoke (Miyazaki)
Spirited Away (Miyazaki)
Howl’s Moving Castle (Miyazaki)
The Wind Rises (Miyazaki)

Akira
Cowboy Bebop The Movie
Metropolis
Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell Innocence
Ninja Scroll
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I love, love, LOVE this film. Alex Garland is a genius and I hope he gets to continue making movies. It’s a shame this didn’t get more recognition. One of my favorite films released in the last few years (along with his previous Ex machina) and it has real depth and can offer a fascinating conversation piece.

I saw this movie in the theater and, I have to say, it looked a bit dull. Part of that is likely on purpose but I think a lot of it had to do with the theater’s 2K resolution not doing the soft focus and dreamlike cinematography any favors. The movie was actually filmed at 4K with a 4K intermediary and the home release was a much better experience for me.


I didn’t get to see it on the theaters, because it had a limited release, and because I dismissed it for its generic title at the time. Only later I knew that it was a movie by Alex Garland. The vast majority of other sci fi movies are pale in comparison.


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I love, love, LOVE this film. Alex Garland is a genius and I hope he gets to continue making movies. It’s a shame this didn’t get more recognition. One of my favorite films released in the last few years (along with his previous Ex machina) and it has real depth and can offer a fascinating conversation piece.

I saw this movie in the theater and, I have to say, it looked a bit dull. Part of that is likely on purpose but I think a lot of it had to do with the theater’s 2K resolution not doing the soft focus and dreamlike cinematography any favors. The movie was actually filmed at 4K with a 4K intermediary and the home release was a much better experience for me.
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I didn’t get to see it on the theaters, because it had a limited release, and because I dismissed it for its generic title at the time. Only later I knew that it was a movie by Alex Garland. The vast majority of other sci fi movies are pale in comparison.


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Thanks for the tip, I have been putting this one off for some time. Got a cheap streamed version but delayed hoping to see if more of the series is produced.
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Some more movies with lots of depth and dimensionality(for a 2d cartoon anyway ;]
Summer Wars
Welcome to the Space Show
The Boy and the Beast

Gantz:O
Evangelion 1.11 to 3.33, hell the original series looks fantastic remastered
Redline(again...cuz...)
Tailenders
Neo Tokyo
Jin Roh
Perfect Blue
Memories
Paprika

The old Devilman and Gunnm ovas, genocyber, iria zeiram, violence jack, fist of the north star, roujin z, robot carnival. Seeing these old 90s ovas huge is amazing.
GaoGaiGir
Getter Armageddon
...Revolutionary Girl Utena the Movie
If you like bloodlust dont forget about Demon City Shinjuki and Wicked City, both recently remastered ooo

The new Devilman and anything by Masaaki Yuasa

Anything by Anno/tsurumaki/Imaishi, Dead Leaves, Kill La Kill, Gurren Lagann, Gun/Diebuster, FLCL

Lots of anime tv shows have reference level of spectacle, sword art has tons of amazing scenes. Especially with dlp and 60hz frame blending, super fluid. Old shows like Berserk and Outlaw Star look beautiful. Bebop...

I've been watching things upscaled from dvds like tenchi, x the movie, and it's quite wonderful watching something huge the last time I watched was probably on a 20" tv 20 years ago. You'd think a dvd would look horrible but madvrs upscaling is excellent. Combine that with adding a grain filter for the ones that are scrubbed, maybe a little oversaturation for crappy old copies, and wala an excellent viewing experience with significantly less than reference material.

And hell if some of yall are watchin movies you dont like just for the av experience, something like redline should be quite enjoyable 😜
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