widescreen coming...recommend 1st DVD to watch

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  1. Tim K

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    My Pioneer SD-533HD5 is getting delivered tomorrow and I want to show it off to my GF. She has been questioning the whole "big screen thing" and I want to show her what we've been missing. I've got a whole dedicated room set up and awaiting its arrival. I'll be playing whichever DVD I select through my Panasonic DVD-RP56 progressive player, and my system can handle DD and DTS 5.1. What I want is the DVD that is really going to show off the display ability of a 16:9 HDTV...and a nice 5.1 track to boot.

    I know these TV's need many hours to break in, but I'll have to settle for 4-5 hours before the first showing. I'll also calibrate it with AVIA prior to the showing.

    So start talking...you don't have much time.

    -Tim


    System-
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    DVD: Panasonic DVD-RP56
    Receiver: Pioneer VSX-D608

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    other details-
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  2. MikeEckman

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    Fifth Element Superbit hands down. Very sharp, very colorful video, and excellent DTS track.
     
  3. Peter Apruzzese

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    Starship Troopers - the 1.85 transfer will fill your screen and she will be impressed!
     
  4. Earl J

    Earl J Stunt Coordinator

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    I second the Fifth Element-Superbit. Simply awesome.
     
  5. JeffMuller

    JeffMuller Stunt Coordinator

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    Yeah... but remember, he wants to show it off to his girlfriend. My wife doesn't think much of either of those films.
    How about Dr. Zhivago (impressive cinematography)?
     
  6. GregK

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    I'll give a 2nd vote to Peter's nod on "Starship Troopers". I helped my Uncle pick out a new DVD player a few days ago, and we used this disc as a demo. It's sharp, has great colors, and an awesome Dolby Digital 5.1 track. We also demoed "Jurassic Park III", with the same criteria as above.
    Save a 2.35:1 scope film for the second day, then you can explain to your GF why widescreen sets sometimes still have those "black bars".. [​IMG]
     
  7. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

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    Tim,

    Do you have a collection of DVDs already?

    If you do, you should list them since you may have a few with exceptional transfers.
     
  8. Scott O'Keeffe

    Scott O'Keeffe Stunt Coordinator

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    I'll chime in here. Since we talking chicks, show her When Harry Met Sally. I don't know why, but that movie blows me away on DVD. The color in the autumn scenes is very nice. Excellent transfer IMHO.
    Then show her Starship Troopers. [​IMG]
     
  9. MikeEckman

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    I still hold my opinion for Fifth Element, but I guess he probably should stick with a 1.78 or 1.85:1 movie, since hes not going to want to explain to her that after $2500, they still have black bars with 2.35:1! [​IMG]
    Hmm...whats an excellent looking and sounding 1.85:1 movie that is woman-friendly???
    Jurassic Park DTS (Corrected)
    A.I.
    What Women Want
    Pleasantville
    Uuuh, Im sure theres more, but all 4 of those have great A/V quality, are women friendly, and are 1.85:1.
     
  10. Timon Russo

    Timon Russo Stunt Coordinator

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    Meet The Parents
     
  11. Ricky Hustle

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    Amelie

    The colors are nice and rich. The picture is superb.
     
  12. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

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    Superbit 5th Element is reference #1 period and forever [​IMG]
    So are both of the Toy Story DVDs.
    Here are some "girl" friendly DVDs I own that have transfers that made me stop and go "ahhhh":
    Erin Brocokvich
    Howard's End (2.35)
    Princess Diaries (absolutely reference 1.85:1 transfer...amazing)
    Clueless
    Legally Blonde (2.35)
    Chocolat
    Empire of the sun
    Lion in Winter (was quite surprised by the amazing image)
    Pleasantville
    Songcatcher
    Sense and Sensibility
    The following are not reference by any means, but will be sure to win her over to the joy of home-theater by shere content quality:
    Terms of Endeaerment
    Pride and Prejudice (new 16x9 version)
    Emma (either version)
    Fried Green Tomatoes (pretty good transfer)
     
  13. Derek Bang

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    Toy Story 2 or Shrek. Both are girl-friendly.
     
  14. Matt Gordon

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    Tim K --

    Pearl Harbor

    Very chick friendly, impressive colors and detail, and a cool bombing scene for you!

    One tip -- as soon as you get the TV, turn the contrast down to about 30%.
     
  15. Patrick Larkin

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    the greatest film of all time, naturally. [​IMG]
    2001: A Space Odyssey
     
  16. Scott Merryfield

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    The first disc I watched after upgrading to a 16x9 set was The Fifth Element. After I had the set ISF-calibrated, we used The Fifth Element to demo the calibration. And this was before the Superbit version was available -- the SB version is even better.
    Gee, which title do you think I would recommend? [​IMG]
     
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  19. ace peterson

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    I would second the Toy Story DVD's. They fill up the screen, and are girl-friendly movies.

    Yeah, you know she'd be second guessing your TV if it still had black bars.

    Let us know what you end up watching.
     
  20. Paul McElligott

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    I'd like to recommend Branaugh's Hamlet...
    Of course I can't [​IMG] so I'll second Toy Story or Shrek.
     

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