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widescreen coming...recommend 1st DVD to watch

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#1 of 29 OFFLINE   Tim K

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Posted July 16 2002 - 03:02 AM

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- TV: Pioneer SD-533HD5 DVD: Panasonic DVD-RP56 Receiver: Pioneer VSX-D608 Speakers- Front: Boston Acoustics VR-950's Center: Boston Acoustics VR-10 Surrounds: Boston Acoustics Micro 90-X Sub: Mirage PS-10 other details- Philips ProntoNeo remote Comcast Digital Cable w/ HD decoder 6500K backlight Kodak 18% neutral gray walls and ceiling

#2 of 29 OFFLINE   MikeEckman



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Posted July 16 2002 - 03:16 AM

Fifth Element Superbit hands down. Very sharp, very colorful video, and excellent DTS track.
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#3 of 29 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted July 16 2002 - 03:24 AM

Starship Troopers - the 1.85 transfer will fill your screen and she will be impressed!
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#4 of 29 OFFLINE   Earl J

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Posted July 16 2002 - 03:49 AM

I second the Fifth Element-Superbit. Simply awesome.

#5 of 29 OFFLINE   JeffMuller


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Posted July 16 2002 - 03:57 AM

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)?

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Posted July 16 2002 - 03:59 AM

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".. Posted Image

#7 of 29 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted July 16 2002 - 04:03 AM

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 of 29 OFFLINE   Scott O'Keeffe

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Posted July 16 2002 - 04:21 AM

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. Posted Image

#9 of 29 OFFLINE   MikeEckman



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Posted July 16 2002 - 04:25 AM

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! Posted Image

Hmm...whats an excellent looking and sounding 1.85:1 movie that is woman-friendly???

Jurassic Park DTS (Corrected)
What Women Want

Uuuh, Im sure theres more, but all 4 of those have great A/V quality, are women friendly, and are 1.85:1.
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#10 of 29 OFFLINE   Timon Russo

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Posted July 16 2002 - 04:33 AM

Meet The Parents

#11 of 29 OFFLINE   Ricky Hustle

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Posted July 16 2002 - 05:15 AM

Amelie The colors are nice and rich. The picture is superb.

#12 of 29 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted July 16 2002 - 05:22 AM

Superbit 5th Element is reference #1 period and forever Posted Image

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)
Legally Blonde (2.35)
Empire of the sun
Lion in Winter (was quite surprised by the amazing image)
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:

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Pride and Prejudice (new 16x9 version)
Emma (either version)
Fried Green Tomatoes (pretty good transfer)
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#13 of 29 OFFLINE   Derek Bang

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Posted July 16 2002 - 05:25 AM

Toy Story 2 or Shrek. Both are girl-friendly.

#14 of 29 OFFLINE   Matt Gordon

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Posted July 16 2002 - 05:37 AM

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%.
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#15 of 29 OFFLINE   Patrick Larkin

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Posted July 16 2002 - 05:47 AM

the greatest film of all time, naturally. Posted Image

2001: A Space Odyssey

#16 of 29 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted July 16 2002 - 05:52 AM

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? Posted Image

#17 of 29 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted July 16 2002 - 06:21 AM

[quote] the greatest film of all time, naturally.

2001: A Space Odyssey [quote]
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#18 of 29 OFFLINE   Brian McHale

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Posted July 16 2002 - 06:30 AM

[quote] Emma (either version) [quote]

Isn't the A&E Emma 1.33:1? Not what I would choose to show off a 16x9 set.

I'd be tempted to go with Shrek, unless you thought she would like The Fifth Element. Or maybe Moulin Rouge.

#19 of 29 OFFLINE   ace peterson

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Posted July 16 2002 - 06:43 AM

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 of 29 OFFLINE   Paul McElligott

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Posted July 16 2002 - 06:57 AM

I'd like to recommend Branaugh's Hamlet...

Of course I can't Posted Image so I'll second Toy Story or Shrek.
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