Movies/Scenes to Showcase your Home Theater

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  1. Dimitri H

    Dimitri H Auditioning

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    When you have a guest in your home who's completely ignorant of Home Theater - what movie (or scene from a movie) would you play to create a lasting first impression?

    Here's a start:

    Lord of the Rings (the opening history scene)
    Gladiator (the opening battle scene)
    Star Wars (pod race)
     
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    Dragonheart DTS demo....to reveal the flying dragon around the room
    Star Wars TPM THX opening....bass and surround capabilities
    Lost in Space opening sequence....to demonstrate the difference between watching it with and without Bass shakers.
    Ohhh,....ahhh...wow....whoa....neat....usually follows. The the poor chaps have to go and convince their significant others to get them toys like mine.[​IMG]
     
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    The opening sequence of Toy Story 2 gets played a lot in my HT.
    From FotR I would choose the Balrog/Bridge of Khazad-Dum sequence.
     
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    My favorite demo material is probably the fight with the cave troll in FOTR.

    Saving Private Ryan DTS has some AMAZING sound in the opening beach storming scenes and the stand at the bridge at the end of the movie. That is pretty serious material though, and may not be suitable for a demo.
     
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    I am really impressed with the FOTR DTS track, specifically the scene with Gandalf and Bilbo at Bag End. "Don't mistake me for some conjurer of cheap tricks" The response when I show this scene is great. Unfotrunately, people want to watch the rest of the movie from that point so use at your own risk. [​IMG] The sound is all encompassing and makes the hair stand up on my neck. Great stuff.
     
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    For visuals (to show off your display), I'd definitely have to say Star Wars AOTC or Monsters, Inc.... For sound, definitely FOTR, and perhaps even the Matrix's lobby scene. I can see people's faces light up when they hear those bullets clinking on the floor.... [​IMG]
     
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    Charles J P Cinematographer

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    I wont repeat whats been mentioned, just try to add my own thoughts.

    For sound, crash sequence in Pitch Black.

    Video, first "heaven" sequence in What Dreams May Come.
     
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    There are so many to choose from. Traditionally I like movie scenes that not only have great picture quality and visuals, sound great, but have good accompanying music as well. Anyway, here are some of the ones I would tend to use...
    - The Perfect Storm (helicopter rescue, riding the tidal waves sequences)
    - Titan AE (opening destrucion of Earth, Ice fields sequences)
    - Attack Of The Clones (Anakin/Obi-Wan/Yoda vs Dooku)
    - The Phantom Menace (2 Jedi vs Maul)
    - Spiderman (swinging amongst the skyscrapers)
    - Shrek (Donkey evading the soldiers "I'm a flying talking donkey")
    - The Prince Of Egypt (Closure of the red sea)
    - The Matrix (rescuing Morpheus)
    - The Mask Of Zorro (opening sequence till departure of Zorro on his steed)
    - The Lost World (Mother's very angry - cliff sequence)
    - Fellowship Of The Ring (entire opening sequence)
    - Hook (happy thoughts - Peter flying for the first time)
    - Gladiator ("I will have my vengeance" maximus defies the emperor)
    - The Fifth Element (Corban evading the police- Leeloo rescue)
    - Eagles Hell Freezes Over (I Can't Tell You Why, New York Minute)
    - Dinosaur (Monkey courtship, meteorite sequence)
    - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Jen vs Shu Lien)
     
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    FOTR - Bridge at Khazad-dum. Showed it to one guy and he raved about it to another neighbor days later. And I have a budget system. (Onkyo HT-S650, PS2 for dvd, and 10 year old rca 36"proscan.)
     
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    I agree with the scenes mentioned so far in Lord of the Rings, Monsters Inc, and The Matrix
     
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, particularly the scene in the restaurant.
    --AM
     
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    Here's one not usually mentioned: the plane crash in Cast Away.

    Jon
     
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    North By Northwest: Opening credit sequence
    Fantasia: Toccota and Fugue in D Minor
    City Lights: Party scene (very jazzy)
    Singin' In The Rain: Broadway Melody/Gotta Dance segment
    8 1/2: opening "dream" scene*

    *Sound quality is not only what you hear, but what you don't hear. Since the opening has a lot of stretches of no sound, the DVD properly has an absence of pops, hiss, and crackle in the silence.
     

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