What's the best "OMG WOW!" movie?

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  1. emgesp

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    I, Robot, 2001 a Space Odyssey, A Scanner Darkly, Across the Universe, Pan's Labyrinth, Cars, The Searchers to show of what a movie in the 1950's can look like.

    Though, Blade Runner is my favorite movie, I wouldn't recommend it to show off your Hi-Def system. While it looks and sounds great, it still isn't a jaw dropping experience that the above movies will provide.
     
  2. Bryan^H

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    Speed Racer (standard dvd) was playing in a store to demo their tv's. I was practically blown away then. it's really colorful, and jazzy looking. I have to pick up the Blu-Ray of it.
     
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    Kung Fu Panda, Wall*E, Cars, Rat, Kill Bills', Dark Knight (IMAX scenes in particaular....some of those were simply the best looking non animated material I have viewed on my RS1/94" screen combo).
     
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    DR. NO, THE SEARCHERS and HOW THE WEST WAS WON.
     
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    An older b&w classic that is an OMG experience for me is The Day The Earth Stood still.
     
  6. Matt Butler

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    Blade Runner
    Pixar films
    Planet Earth
    Lost S3 or 4
    Dark Knight
     
  7. Dave H

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    Just off the top of my head as there are many, many more:

    Pirates of the Carribean I
    The Incredible Hulk
    Iron Man
    Spider-Man II & III
    Casino Royale
    Blade Runner
    Kill Bill 1 & II
    Harry Potter 3,4,5
    Pixar movies
    Live Free or Die Hard
     
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    I agree with most of the titles mentioned here, they are all quite pleasing.

    I would add Transformers, about the only title I have that "rates" and hasn't been mentioned so far. I bet teens would especially get a kick out of it. I found the sound pleasing too, mostly for its smoothness I think, not bombastic though.

    But who are you trying to please, or what are you trying to see? If I was trying to demo to impress myself, I would definitely want something B&W (like Sin City) as not all displays do that well. And I would also weight the SQ perhaps higher than some would. Or I would want something that was (mostly) live action, and the Kill Bills are good for that and also available cheaply (JIC you haven't seen them and prefer to buy). But yes, it is probably the animated films that are the most showy, though I am not so impressed by them because they look awfully good on DVD too (they were created totally in the digital domain after all). It's when you have real people and scenery that looks great that I am impressed.
     
  9. Dion C

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    Blade Runner was my first Blu purchase. I bought it before I had a player. After setting up my new 50 " Panny Viera and Sony 550, BR was the first title I checked out. My jaw dropped.

    I have since added a number of Blu titles to my library, and I still put BR in to show off the system to visiting family and friends.

    Those opening minutes of the film are, to me, utterly stunning in Blu-ray. Both image and sound.
     
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    Sunshine - visually stunning, superlative sound and the film's a masterpiece.
     
  11. CraigF

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    I put in BR in *SD* to demonstrate just how good SD can be (not upscaled even), then the BD version. IMO you wouldn't sell a lot of BD setups with 50-60" flat panel screens that way LOL, with a PJ a different story. So it was the SD BR that was OMG! for me, when I bought the BD afterwrds it was already old hat...being impressed is such a fleeting thing these days...
     
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    I'll throw in my vote for the Kill Bill's also -- the first one especially knocked my socks off.

    RE: the Bond titles, I think FYEO is deceptively good. It has this seemingly dreamy soft contrast quality to it, but is actually pretty sharp (and detailed) in a natural looking way whereas I thought Dr. No looks unnaturally sharp (and clean and not quite as detailed, IMHO). Then again, much of the diffs there might just be the film stocks used along w/ intended looks (w/ some Lowry processing thrown in). The Connery Bonds definitely have the hotter/bolder contrast and colors, especially Dr. No and From Russia w/ Love -- and the latter is definitely less detailed than FYEO, IMHO.

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    That's a good choice, but so is "Casablanca". It's like watching it for the first time all over again.





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    Incrdible Hulk is AWESOME!
    It has incredibly detailed picture and AMAZING sound.
     
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    excellent choice! [​IMG]

    There are so many scenes that stand out. For me it's when they're on the island and they meet Ursula Andress (no need to describe how hot she looks in high-def) but Connery is wearing these blue pants. I couldn't believe how clear they were they literally popped of the screen. Also the vegetation on the island and colors of the water on the beach look amazing too.!!

    PS You could even see Connery's tattoo throughout. It looks like a ship anchor on his right forearm. It's as if the filmakers didn't even try to hide it [​IMG]
     
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    Another film that blew me away the first time I saw it was "The Shining".

    I thaught it look amazing!! The slow dolly shots throughout the hotel really made those ugly pastel colors from the late 70's stand out.

    "The Gauntlet" is also one of my favorite OMG moments. It may not rank up there with some of the other titles mentioned earlier but watching the film I had a big smile on my face and kept saying to myself "sh!t this thinkg looks great" [​IMG]
     
  17. Mobo

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    Thanks for all the ideas every one. My fiancée did get me a PS3 and the one BD movie she got was the new Mummy movie. The whole family can watch that one, so I think it will be a good first movie.

    I'll need to start slowing updating my collection with BD, is there a place to get them at lower costs??
     
  18. Jack Gilvey

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    The one that impresses me most from an eye-candy perspective is "Tinkerbell"! Not as detailed/textured as the Pixar stuff, the way the colors pop and light effects work (the glow of the pixie-dust in particular just explodes off the screen) is amazing. Combined with my High Power screen, the effect is stunning.
     
  19. Mobo

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    Thanks Jack, one of the girls really likes Tinkerbell, so will have to look into that one as well.

    I've not been able to find Sin City... I don't own it already and think it was a cool movie. I did pick up the last Pirates of the Carribian today along with Ratatoulli, Wall E, and Star Wars The Clone War for the girls.
     
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    Transformers knocks it out of the park for me [​IMG]
     

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