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Jersey314

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Hey guys, I am having my first HDTV delivered today (the Panasonic TH-58PZ800U) and will shortly be purchasing a Blu-ray player to go with it. I was just wondering if anyone has a suggestion or opinion as to what blu-ray title best shows off what Blu-ray can do in terms of video and audio quality. I was planning to have people over to show off the new set and wanted to get something in advance that would look impressive.
 

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I would suggest Sleeping Beauty. I just finished watching it and it is gorgeous and eye-popping. Wonderful. I kept thinking I'm watching a painting and sure enough, when I listened to the commentary, that's one of the things they were aiming for.
 

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The new "Star Wars: Clone Wars" Blu-ray looks spectacular. I second that the Sleeping Beauty disc is pretty impressive as well. I don't own many Blu-ray discs (yet), but I also thought the new "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" looked pretty good...it did an accurate job of reproducing what I saw in theaters, and I think that's really all you can ask. I have the BBC series "Planet Earth" on regular DVD and it looks gorgeous, I can only imagine how stunning that Blu-ray must be.

Beyond audio-visual quality, when it came to bonus features, the ones on Sleeping Beauty and Heroes: Season 2 were the ones I found most impressive out of my small collection.
 

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I think sleeping beauty looks good for the type of material it is but to use that to show off blu-ray is IMO out there especially since the sound isn't really anything big.

I do not have it yet but apparently Kung-Fu Panda is both reference in PQ & AQ.

Cars, Ratatouille, How The West Was Won looks incredible (but nothing for sound), Transformers, Cloverfield, Dr. No from the few minutes I saw looked damn good, Casino Royale, Crank, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Iron Man, The Pirates trio especially Dead Man's Chest, I Robot, Indy 4...

The list is huge so it is hard to pick just one. For me the titles that really make me say "I am so glad we have high def in our homes" would be the Godfather collection because they just define high quality cinema and while they don't look and sound the best of all the movies it is just something about it that makes me so excited to have them in HD. I can't imagine anyone viewing those on blu-ray and not be impressed.

For pure demo material though, I think I would probably go with hmm, maybe I, Robot or Transformers as those I have seen but from the sound of it, Kung Fu Panda seems like it will be the title many will use for demo purposes. Gah, I don't know. It really is tough to try and pick one.
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The Incredible Hulk has some SERIOUS surround sound! I mean...take the fine China out of the cabinets sound. Picture and detail is also demo worthy. It just looks amazing. I'm new to blu, and I had seen Iron Man, Get Smart, Indy 4...and been impressed, but when I watched The Incredible Hulk, I literally turned to my friend and said "A blu-ray player is the best home theater upgrade I've ever made!"
 

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Baraka is the most amazing BD I've seen. I can't comment on the audio quality, I always listen on headphones. Sounded good to me, though.
 

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If you don't want to spend a lot of money, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 are pretty good. They sell dirt cheap in Canada for such quality BDs, so presume similar in the U.S. Several hours of entertainment from both BDs for less than the price of many single BDs... If you have to pick one, perhaps Vol. 1 is the most A/V impressive, though not necessarily the better movie...but of course you need both. These may not be the absolute "best", but are still impressive, economical and worth having IMO.

Iron Man has some scenes that I found visually stunning re detail.

The Incredible Hulk has some great audio.
 

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Cars, Pirates of the Carribean II, Sleeping Beauty, and my new favorite for PQ: Kung Fu Panda.

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As others have said, The Incredible Hulk has some great audio to test the format with. Casino Royale is another I would definitely watch for the visuals.
 

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Sleeping Beauty is out as the sound has absolutely nothing on the modern REF level tracks and true demo material should have great video and audio IMO.

Transformers, The Incredible Hulk (just watched this yesterday and WOW what a soundtrack, PQ was fantastic as well), Kung Fu Panda, Cars, Rat, Dave and Tim, John Mayer Live in LA, Live Free or Die Hard, I-Robot (tunnel sequence) Matrix Reloaded (highway scene) are all ones that come to mind for BOTH great video and audio. King Kong in January will be another demo disc if it is atleast as good as the HD-DVD (which it should be). There are more, but those are the ones that come to mind right now
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I haven't watched my KFP yet, but I am not so easily "impressed" by pure animation looking great. I expect it to, it has for numerous years on SD DVD too.

But in general yes, it's the superhero and animated BDs that are the candy.

Let's not forget Hellboy II either.
 

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For video i'd grab Cars and for audio I would throw in Cloverfield in a hot minute. That bad boy has a serious track that would register on the rictor scale! :eek:
 

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I would actually throw The Shining in there. The colors pop, the sound makes the movie even MORE intense.
 

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Just watched Hellboy II tonight and the DTS-MA 7.1 track is definitely the best sounding Blu-Ray I've heard yet. Simply mind-blowing!!! :emoji_thumbsup:
 

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Watched Iron Man last night. Great picture and sound. Definately demo-worthy.
 

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Yes, Hellboy II is pretty impressive -- and Cloverfield was somewhat surprisingly so though the PQ is not the usual kind of eye candy though.

I also agree that I'm not *quite* as impressed w/ the kind of eye candy that usually comes from animation even though they are generally super clear, sharp and vibrant (in ways you just won't get from film based material). They do make good demo/reference material, but I would definitely want more than just that for demos. Afterall, I'd think most of us are not in this hobby just for the pretty animated eye candy. ;) :D And because of that, I'm actually probably not as impressed w/ The Incredible Hulk's PQ as some others -- yes, it does look great for the most part, but I actually have mixed feelings about the CGI parts though.

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I would like to throw Speed Racer in the ring for picture quality. One of the sharpest, most colorful transfers I've ever seen.
 

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