Reference-quality blu-rays

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  1. Richard--W

    Richard--W Banned

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    What are the reference quality transfers on blu-ray?
    Go ahead and suggest titles to add to this master list.
    1947 Black Narcissus -- Criterion
    1948 The Red Shoes -- Criterion
    1953 The Big Heat -- Columbia / Twilight Time
    1954 White Christmas -- Paramount
    1956 Bigger Than Life -- Fox / Criterion
    1956 The Ten Commandments -- Paramount
    1959 North By Northwest -- Warner Brothers
    1962 Lawrence of Arabia -- Columbia-Sony
    1963 How the West Was Won -- Warner Brothers
    1966 The Sand Pebbles -- Fox
    1966 The Professionals -- Columbia-Sony
    1967 Quatermass and the Pit -- Hammer / Studio Canal - Optimum
    1968 Rosemary's Baby -- Criterion
    1972 The Godfather -- Paramount
    1974 The Godfather Part 11 -- Paramount
    1975 Barry Lyndon -- Warner Brothers
    1980 The Shining -- Warner Brothers
    1990 The Godfather Part 111 -- Paramount
    1984 A Passage to India -- Columbia-Sony
     
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    Great list.
    I'd add
    1939 The Wizard of Oz
    1951 An American in Paris
    1954 White Christmas
    1956 The Ten Commandments
    1959 Ben-Hur
    anything Pixar
     
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    Baraka Remastered
    The Dark Knight
    Saving Private Ryan
    Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Another I think that deserves it. But only those of us that remember it in theatres actually get how good it is...
    Last of The Mohicans
    Lots of people bemoan it. Watch it in a theatre some time from actual film stock.
     
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    1968: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
     
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    South Pacific
    The Sound of Music
    Bye Bye Birdie (Twilight Time)
    Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (Twilight Time)
    The Egyptian (Twilight Time)
     
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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Casablanca (70th Anniversary Edition)
    White Christmas
    The Ten Commandments
    Ben-Hur
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Godfather Collection
     
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    Zulu
     
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    A Passage to India
     
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    Cleopatra (1963)
     
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    Ah!!! I just knew someone would put this title forward (I let the too dark Last Of The Mohicans go, but I have to say something about this). A needlessly overprocessed pictute, colours mucked about with, too cold, yellows done away with (if you wan't to see what gold looks like, look at The Egyptian..GOLD, not silver like in Cleopatra). This just about looks OK if I turn the colour right up on my telly (well a few scenes overbaked). In fact this would come under my most disappointing release of the year.
    I should put a title or two forward. How The West Was Won, esp the Smilebox version, & It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
     
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    Keep the recommendations coming.
    Endorse recommendations that have already been made or dispute them, but keep them coming.
    Question: doesn't DNR do some injury to the 70th Anniversary edition of CASABLANCA?
    Aren't WIZARD OF OZ, THE MUSIC MAN, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD afflicted with too much yellow? A chronic problem at Warner Home Video.
     
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    One we've all missed...Jaws! As they graded it again from scratch I hoped they wouldn't muck it up, but looking at it, I think they did a bang up job. A reference Blu-ray.
    ...& just thought of another one, Inglourious Basterds. Whatever you think of Tarantino films, they always look good, & I think the Blu of this looks stunning, as I'm sure Django Unchained will.
     
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    I have to strongly disagree with 2001: A Space Odyssey being on a list of reference quality BDs. This is an older scan with excessive edge enhancement and filtering; it really needs a new scan.
     
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    DNR on the 70th Anniversary of Casablanca? Not that I am aware of. The original blu-ray is the one that was over-processed.
     
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    Let's throw in the original Patton disc while we're at it.
     
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    Indeed.
     
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    Removed.
    Why don't both of you share with us your list reference quality blu-rays?
     
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    I throw in a few suggestions later when I have more time.
     
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    I'll have to re-watch my copy of 2001 as I thought it was a reference disc. But I haven't cracked it open in a while either.
    It was one of the first BD I bought. That coincided with when our company's employees were given an LG BD390 which coincided with Toshiba shanking the industry by losing the format war...(yeah, yeah, veiled attempt at the slight of BD...haha...)
     
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    E.T.
    Taxi Driver
    All The Presidents Men
    The Bridge On The River Kwai
    Close Encounters
    The Big Heat
    In Cold Blood
    The Barbarian And The Geisha
    Head
    Easy Rider
    Annie Hall
    Manhattan
    Blow Out
    Five Easy Pieces
    The Last Picture Show
    The King Of Marvin Gardens
    The Bible
    All About Eve
    Jason And The Argonauts
    The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad
    The Adventures Of Baron Muchausen
    Citizen Kane
    Sabotuer
    The Trouble With Harry
    Dracula
    Frankenstein
    The Mummy
    The Bride Of Frankenstein
    Barbarella
    A.I.
    Bigger Than Life
    An Affair To Remember
    In Which We Serve
    This Happy Breed
    Blithe Spirit
    Brief Encounter
    Off the top of my head. And lots more
     

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