Which DVD is considered to be THE reference as far a picture quality is concerned?

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  1. Jim A. Banville

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    I'm curious what DVD (non-animation) would be considered the BEST as far as video is concerned. No EE. No artifacts. Completely natural looking picture. I don't care if it is film based, a documentary, etc. Does it exist? I'm not looking for a list of "great" transfers, I want to know if a DVD exists whose picture could be considered PERFECT within the limits of current DVD technology!
    ***updated on 4/18/02...
    As I was afraid, this thread turned into a "name your favorite transfers" thread [​IMG]. Read my last post to get an idea of what I'm really looking for [​IMG]
    Jim***
     
  2. Jack Briggs

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    Well, The Perfect Vision magazine has been making a lot of noise about how beautiful the DVD transfer of The Pledge is. I bought a copy just because of the story, but still haven't screened it yet.

    My favorite transfer--and this is purely subjective--is Fox's stunning work on Moulin Rouge.
     
  3. Joseph Bolus

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    By "non-animation", I suppose you mean that we can't nominate Toy Story 2, Bug's Life, Shrek, and so forth, right?

    In that case, I would like to nominate:

    Lost in Space

    The Fifth Element (Superbit Edition)

    Austin Powers: The Spy That Shagged Me
     
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    Moulin Rouge

    The Mummy
     
  5. Dave Miller

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    I'll agree with the Fifth Element and Moulin Rouge. Those are outstanding.

    I'm curious why you've ruled out animation.?? If you are looking for a perfect picture, Bug's Life, Tarzan, Toy Story 1 & 2, and Shrek are all phenomenal transfers.

    Peace,

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  6. Jack Briggs

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    I imagine Jim ruled out animation--certainly the recent stuff--because of its being entirely in the digital domain; Shrek is not a "transfer" in the classic sense.

    It's like testing speakers with recordings: Orchestral recordings are preferable because they are not "processed" in the way pop music is.
     
  7. Dave Miller

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    Ok, makes sense.

    Peace,

    DM
     
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    I hate to say it since I dislike the film even more than the average HTF bear, but "The Rock" is the best looking transfer I've seen.
     
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    I gotta go with the old farts at The Perfect Vision-

    'The Pledge' really is the best looking movie I've seen yet... Very natural, 3D like image.
     
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    For me it is Moulin Rouge and The Fifth Element SB.
     
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    TPM [​IMG]
     
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    [whacks Mr. Coleman on the head] [​IMG]
    When "The Rock" is mentioned it refers to the Criterion Collection. Not the BV non-anamorphic one.
    I would also have to go with The Rock: CC, and any of the SuperBit discs(Air Force One, Desperado, etc...)
     
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    The Fast and the Furious looks treeeeee-mendous.
     
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    Hmmm.

    - Starship Troopers

    - The Fifth Element (sb)

    - Independence Day

    - Vertical Limit
     
  16. Jack Briggs

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    Good points, DaViD--and that Sharp 9000 projector is a harsh taskmaster when it comes to revealing flaws, as so many rave test reports have indicated. Good point.
     
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    Criterion's 8 1/2.
     
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    Agree with
    - The Pledge
    Also like to add:
    - Training Day
    - Se7en Platinum
    - 2001 Remastered
     
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    Training Day,

    Driven,

    Thirteen Ghosts,

    The Pledge,

    (All Warner Bros. DVDs)

    Fifth Element Superbit, (refrence color, but slightly below refrence black level)

    -The best video quality overall (animated or otherwise) is still Dinosaur and Toy Story 2.
     

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