Best movies for home theater

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  1. Jason-Lev

    Jason-Lev Auditioning

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    Just recently purchased my fisrt home theater set and was wondering what are some of the best movies to get to show it off with. My sure this thread has been done a hundred times, but i couldn't find it so please bear with me.
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  2. Shad R

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    well, fight club for bass, T3 and Xmen 2 have the best surround sound I've ever heard, and watch Lost World, it'll shake your sub.
    What kind of equipment do you have?
     
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  5. Garrett Lundy

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    A few favorites:

    Akira Japanese 5.1DTS. My favorite "surround mix". Its not loaded with super-bass, so you can feel good without needing the latest, greatest subwoofer.

    Jurassic Park 5.1DTS. Giant dinosaurs are to home theater as....
     
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    I'd recommend the following order:

    Terminator 2 - Judgement Day: Ultimate Edition (DTS ES)
    Lord of the Rings - Any version/edition (Dolby or DTS)
    Resident Evil: Superbit (DTS)
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Dolby)
    X2: X-Men United (DTS)

    Welcome to the Home Theatre world... once you've enter this realm, you can never go back. [​IMG]
     
  7. Matt Butler

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    Ill second Lord of the Rings.

    Haunting DTS (Shit movie but a wonderful sound mix and the bass is incredible.)
    Heat (Deniro, Pacino) Shootout, nuff said.
    Fast and Furious
    Star Wars Ep1 or Ep2
    Ghost and the Darkness: This has some powerful rip roaring scenes but it also has some very quiet subtle segments as well. You can hear alot of detail.
    X2
     
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    Ghost and the darkness ... You can hear alot of detail.
    unforunately, you can't see it. one of paramounts older "unacceptable" recycled laser disc jobs. piff poor PQ. you may need to sit a little further back for this one to look ok. you'll probably end up in the next room. paramount, please fix this you naughty, naughty studio !!!
     
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    anything that says pixar!
    band of brothers
    saving private ryan dts
    the fifth element superbit

    what everyone else has said is really good. if you have a really good sub then look into movies like

    titan A.E.
    U-571
    Pearl Harbor
    Black Hawk Down
    Hulk
    Finding Nemo
    Fight Club

    for surround use

    tears of the sun
    requiem for a dream directors cut

    also, if you go to widescreenreview.com, you can look for dvds that they have rated a 5 for video and audio. also check the archives here on the forum.

    eric
     
  11. JasonMA

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    As far a sound goes:

    Star Wars Ep. I & II - many great scenes, but the podrace for surround and the seismic charges for bass are awesome.

    The Matrix - The lobby scene can't be beat. Also the bass when trinity jumps in the air at the beggining will work your sub nicely.

    Dragonheart - When Draco flys around Bowen when he's counting his gold pieces on the horse, you can hear him fly around your room.

    Gladiator - Awesome war scenes, and the soldier's death scene.

    The Others - Spooky surround effects.

    Signs - Not a great movie, but some good surround effects at times.

    Requiem for a dream - Great movie and a surprisingly good surround sound mix throughout. Whoever put the sound for this movie together deserves an award (if they didn't get one. I don't know awards)

    As far as picture quality goes, like Eric said above, anything that says Pixar will be awesome. Shrek was good also, Star Wars Ep. I & II, Final Fantasy, LOTR (Fellowship & Two Towers), Matrix Reloaded, Pirates of the Carribean, X2. I could go on, but alas, I am getting so excited mentioning these movies, I think I'll go watch one.
     
  12. Andy_MT

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    As far as picture quality goes ... Star Wars Ep. I
    no smiley face for raised eyebrow. this is the best i can come up with ...

    :|
     
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    Darkness Falls - Stupid Movie, Great Spatial Sound
     
  14. Eric Eash

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    jason, i totally agree with you on requiem for a dream. what a great movie! i just can't wait til i get my rocket speakers and can experience all these great movies again.

    more movies i can think of as i glance at my collection;

    charlies angels 1 & 2
    behind enemy lines
    blade 1 & 2
    driven (not a great movie, but i love the sound of racing)
    indiana jones box set
    minority report
    matrix 1 & 2, and i guarantee 3 when it comes out
    treasure planet
    unbreakable
    the 13th warrior
    alien quadtrilogy
    goldeneye
    tomorrow never dies
    antz dts
    blue crush


    lots more but that is a good list i think. personally, i think all movies look and sound great in my HT, just as long as they are dvd.

    eric
     
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    DareDevil is EXCELLENT for surround effects.
     
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    Picture Quality: LOTR Extended editions and Star Wars Episode II

    Audio: I have a fairly cheap-o set-up but it does a decent job handling most everything I throw at it. However, Fast and the Furious absolutely DESTROYS my subwoofer throughout the whole movie. The sound is awesome!! The LOTRs will also push the limits as will the podrace sequence from Star Wars Ep I.

    Also, my personal suggestion for showing off audio would be to additionally look into many of the music performance DVDs. Even though it is 10 years old, the Eagles Hell Freezes Over is still regarded by many as THE DTS reference DVD. The Seven Bridges Road audio track where you can distinctly here the five different singers in each speaker rules. I find myself enjoying music DVDs more so than movie DVDs as far as an appreciation of surround sound goes.
     
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    I still have yet to hear a more realistic soundtrack than the dts version of Dances with Wolves. It may not be the loudest or have explosions every five minutes but it is the most lifelike and expansive soundtrack I've ever heard for an film.

    Another good soundtrack is Saving Private Ryan (dts) and Star Wars Episode 1 (go right to the pod race and crank it up).
     
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    Blade II is an excellent mix of audio/video to show off your system!
     
  19. RonJon

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    Blue Crush...the surfing sequences at Pipeline will showcase your system suprisingly well. Not the most sophisticated and intellectual plot, but the surfing, cinematography as well as the sound are all captured extremely well. You'll need a towel to dry off after the first paddle out at Pipe!
     
  20. Charlie B. Ch.

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    Finding Nemo - the Aquarium tapping scene for unbelievable low frequency bass.
    Bad Boys II - for superb pq on a DVD.
     

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