Good demo disc for Picture quality?

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  1. Michael_Her

    Michael_Her Auditioning

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    Can anyone suggest a good dvd to take along on a trip to Tweeter and the Home Theater store to look at DVD Players? I am going to go take a look at the Denon's and Mitsubishi.
     
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    Michael_Her ,

    I would highly recommend the Fifth Element as a video reference disc. It is actually available in a Superbit version which includes DTS and DD, along with a higher bit rate which slightly improves the quality of the film.

    Good luck and don't by the first thing you see! [​IMG]
     
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    Gladiator, Seven, North By Northwest, Ferris Beullers Day Off, and the recent Starship Troopers Superbit are some of my refrence discs. They all show a variety of style and quality, all are relatively compression and EE-free.
     
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    I would suggest you take some with bad transfers and some video based dvd's. Any dvd player should be able to handle well done reference dvd's easily. Take some not so great ones to really see what the players are made of. Maybe take some of the ones that the Secrets of Home theater and HIFI uses to test players with.
     
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    greg_t,

    Excellent suggestion! What a player does with terrible PQ DVD's shows you best what a DVD player can and can't do.

    Michael_Her,

    I've heard that the letterboxed "Zulu" is quite poor, so you might want to rent it and take a look.

    My best reference disk is a superb demo DVD of independent shorts from Sony called "Dreams". It's formatted in 24 frames per second instead of 30, and it's formatted in 480p (progessive) instead of interlaced. This DVD makes it unneccessary for your DVD player or display to do 3:2 pull-down or to convert from 480i to 480p. This DVD shows DVD the best it can be, but as greg_t says ..... this DVD does not "stress" your DVD player ...... it only shows off what your display can do PQ-wise with your DVD player out of the way. [​IMG]
     
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    If you want a lousy transfer that has poor cadence and bad flags, nothing beats Titanic! [​IMG]
     
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    Brian_L please post your thoughts when you get done with this tomorrow, I have had several people recommend the 1600 to me.
     
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    I second the Fifth Element disc as a reference disc...there are all sorts of nice vibrant colours in it all through the movie, and it is Superbit, so compression artifacts and the like will be minimal. Not to mention that the audio on it is also reference material, and it's a fairly good movie.
     
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    Moved to software.

    You would want something with fleshtones (live action) like Vertical LImit SB or The Fifth Element SB.
     
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    a fifth for The Fifth Element(Superbit)
     
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    some DVD players add extra EE "ringing" to their image. Players that do this make a "sharper" looking picture on small TVs lacking in resolving power but cause distracting halos on larger rear or front-projetion and plamsa screens.

    Take a DVD that's got some haloing in the transfer and test it on the various players. You might find some DVD players "boost" the already-present EE to the point where it's *realy* distracting while others leave it alone making it more tolerable. What type of display do you have/will you be using?

    -dave
     
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    Singin' In The Rain: SE has the best color image I've seen so far. (Lawrence of Arabia: Superbit is close, but the tiny bit of ringing gives SITR: SE an advantage)
     
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    Excellent reference discs I would recommend:

    Gladiator
    Superman
    LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Version
    Star Wars: Episode I
    Star Wars: Episode II
    Toy Story 2
    A Bug's Life
     
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    It arguably works better as a reference disc than a film, but it's not too bad and it looks absolutely gorgeous with a nice range of looks from dimly lit interiors to bright exteriors.

    Regards,
     
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    For a demo disc used to judge the quality of sets in a store, take something you already know well. Using the Fifth Element is only a good idea if you have a baseline for how it looks and are very familiar with it. Without that, most sets in a store will look great, full of color, etc with a reference disc such as this.

    Just as in judging speakers, use a CD you know well already to help you notice the subtle differences that make a selection worthwhile.
     
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    Looking for a DVD with POOR picture quality, just as a test?

    Days of Thunder. Absolutely horrible. Not much better than the VHS, actually.
     

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