This will be my maiden thread on this board after becoming aware that the limited contributions I have made thus far in other peoples threads have, like an electron particle, tended towards the negative. I’m pretty sure that this type of thread has been done here before, but not (as far as I’m aware) recently. My current inventory of BD’s numbers just under 500 – many purchased as prized possessions and equally as many because they were cheap. From the five hundred, the following are my current five favourites weighted evenly between the movie and the technical quality of the blu-ray disk (as with all personal lists, tomorrow could easily produce an entirely different five): * Blade Runner. One of my favourite movies and the first blu-ray I bought (the same day as the player) – wowed by the difference between the dvd and the blu-ray, particularly in the opening “Hades” sequence. Probably an emotional choice as I regard Kingdom of Heaven (Director’s cut) to be Ridley Scott’s best movie * The Fountain. This is an astonishing movie by Aronosfsky, and (I think) his best – a wonderful combination of intellectual puzzle with emotion and heart. The blu-ray was the final piece of the puzzle, as it added finesse to the non-CGI effects when compared to the dvd. This is not a science fiction movie. * Once Upon a Time in the West. Probably my favourite film – imported from the US on release as I couldn’t wait the additional few months for the UK release. The dvd was good, but the blu-ray took my breath away. Yes, Sergio Leone stole from John Ford, but there again hasn’t every film director in the last 50 years. * Doctor Zhivago. This BD was bought at the end of a series of disappointing purchases where the differences between the dvd and blu-ray were marginal and in one case (Escape from New York – UK edition) the dvd looked better than the blu-ray. My jaw dropped open at the early funeral sequence, both in the technical framing and the resolution, and stayed open throughout the entire film. I have not been able to replicate the sheer emotion of this first viewing on BD, and I suspect this is the biggest reason for my disappointment at Lawrence of Arabia on the same format. * Braveheart. I am Scottish, and whatever the historical flaws of this movie, it cannot help but stir the blood. The BD of this movie was miles better than any format I had seen it in before (including cinema). Yes, there are better movies, but I am a sucker for huge character arcs involving injustice. An alternative BD to Braveheart, and one that under other circumstances would have been one of the five, is Ben Hur. Having been a lurker at this site for several years, and getting to know many of the regular participants through their posts, I’m genuinely interested in the favourite blu-ray movies of the other posters here. I’m also here to learn and broaden my own understanding of film. Over to you guys.