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#21 of 50 OFFLINE   emgesp

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Posted December 24 2008 - 02:46 AM

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.

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Posted December 24 2008 - 05:32 AM

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Lots of good suggestions already. For a family film I'll add Speed Racer to that list. We had a bunch of my son's friends over for a viewing party and everyone - EVERYONE, parents included - flipped out. The adults also loved the movie, contrary to their expectations.
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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#23 of 50 OFFLINE   Todd smith

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Posted December 24 2008 - 05:36 AM

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).

#24 of 50 OFFLINE   Larry Sutliff

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Posted December 24 2008 - 06:42 AM

DR. NO, THE SEARCHERS and HOW THE WEST WAS WON.

#25 of 50 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted December 24 2008 - 06:47 AM

An older b&w classic that is an OMG experience for me is The Day The Earth Stood still.
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#26 of 50 OFFLINE   Matt Butler

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Posted December 24 2008 - 07:23 AM

Blade Runner
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#27 of 50 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted December 24 2008 - 08:03 AM

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
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Posted December 24 2008 - 10:10 AM

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.

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Posted December 24 2008 - 10:47 AM

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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Posted December 24 2008 - 11:54 AM

Sunshine - visually stunning, superlative sound and the film's a masterpiece.

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Posted December 24 2008 - 12:59 PM

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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.

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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Posted December 24 2008 - 09:50 PM

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The Kill Bill's are stunningly sharp. I agree with most of these. I found For Your Eyes only to be one of the softest of the new Bond's. Dr No on the other hand looks real good

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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Posted December 24 2008 - 10:05 PM

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An older b&w classic that is an OMG experience for me is The Day The Earth Stood still.
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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#34 of 50 OFFLINE   Shad R

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Posted December 25 2008 - 11:02 PM

Incrdible Hulk is AWESOME!
It has incredibly detailed picture and AMAZING sound.

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Posted December 26 2008 - 12:47 AM

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DR. NO is the one that has impressed me most so far.


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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 Posted Image

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Posted December 26 2008 - 12:58 AM

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" Posted Image

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Posted December 26 2008 - 12:58 AM

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??

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Posted December 26 2008 - 02:29 AM

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.
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Posted December 26 2008 - 05:20 AM

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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Posted December 26 2008 - 05:30 AM

Transformers knocks it out of the park for me Posted Image
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