New Widescreen set - What titles are MUST HAVES

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  1. Michael Silla

    Michael Silla Second Unit

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    Hey folks,
    I just bought my pride and joy tonight - a Hitachi 53UWX10BA. Well, as you might surmise, I wanted to throw some grade 'A' meat at this puppy as soon as I get it.
    Some titles currently in my library:
    T2:UE
    Gladiator
    Fast and the Furious
    Predator
    Saving Private Ryan (non-DTS)
    Matrix
    As you can tell, it is lacking [​IMG]. What title(s) should I pick up to just visually blow people away?. I bought a JVC XV-S500BK progressive scan player to go with the set.
    Any input would be appreciated!.
    Michael.
     
  2. Sean Oneil

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    Toy Story 2 pack (1 and 2)

    Dinosaur

    Shrek

    The Fifth Element: superbit
     
  3. Miles_P

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    Congrads on the TV, I have the 53UWX10BA also and I could never imagine watching a movie on a regular tv again.

    Some of my favorites are:

    Good Bad and the Ugly

    Die Hard Trilogy

    Moulin Rouge

    Tomb Raider

    Pearl Harbor (the last 30 min)

    The Rock

    Jurassic Park Trilogy

    Final Fantasy
     
  4. Dan Hitchman

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    Toy Story: Ultimate Toy Box

    Tarzan Collector's Edition (corrected DD track)

    Atlantis Collector's Edition (exclusive DTS track)

    A Bug's Life Collector's Edition (exclusive anamorphic transfer)

    Fantasia Anthology (because it's damn cool!)

    Dinosaur Collector's Edition

    Emperor's New Groove: Ultimate Groove set

    These are all-digital transfers that are absolutely gorgeous on widescreen TVs (especially using a progressive scan DVD player without the chroma bug-- ex. Panasonic RP91). Too bad we can't get high def. versions yet! So far Toy Story 2, Fantasia 2000, and Tarzan just about tie for the best overall transfers in this list IMHO.

    Dan
     
  5. Allan Mack

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    North by Northwest
     
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    Sleepy Hollow

    The Frighteners

    Vertical Limit - Superbit

    The Fugitive - Special Edition

    Shrek
     
  7. Gui A

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    Tarzan Collector's Edition (corrected DD track)

    -Dan, all the CEs have the correct DD track. It was only the one-disk version that had the faulty DD track (I think the rear surrounds were reversed).

    And while I don't have a WS set, the Toy Story Ultimate box set looks really good even on a small and dinky (by comparison) 43" 4x3 TV.
     
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    Snow Dogs
    Vacation
    Ace Ventura
    They've been formatted to fit your screen [​IMG]
     
  9. Allen Longcor

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    I don't have a widescreen set but I'd love to see these movies on your TV [​IMG]
    X-men
    Fight Club
    Jurassic Park CE
    The Matrix
    Dark City
    Se7en
    Star Wars Episode I
    Heh, basically all the movies I own.
     
  10. Mitch Stevens

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    You might want to try:

    Sleepy Hollow (Reference Quality)

    Pitch Black

    U-571 (I'd bet it would look gorgeous on a Widescreen set)

    The Mummy
     
  11. Bob McElfresh

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    Star Trek:Insurrection Awsome high-altitude outdoor scenes can really show off a display and the sound effects are great to show off the 5.1 speaker system.
    Austin Powers 2 - While the movie both sucks and blows, it has tons of neon-bright objects on nearly every scene. Rent it and turn the sound off to just enjoy the colors.
     
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    Moulin Rouge, both audio and video are outstanding.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  13. ScottL

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    Well coming from another Hitachi viewer(I own a swx01B 53 16x9" set)

    Here is my list

    North by Northwest

    A Bug Life Collectors edition

    The fifth element(superbit)

    Toy Story II

    & The 13th Warrior is also pretty good

    Everyone always to see the Matrix when they come over to see my set for the first time, but in truth I think the transfer rather sucks.

    Have fun with your new set!! :)

    Scott
     
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    Kudos on your selections so far, they are all good. Gladiator has a great transfer, it's one of my "demo" selections for when friends come over. The Fast and the Furious is great also.

    Shrek and Toy Story 2 get my vote, they both have outstanding picture quality.

    You simply MUST get a progressive-scan DVD player if you don't already have one.
     
  15. Patrick McCart

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    North By Northwest (1.78:1)

    Doctor Zhivago (2.35:1)

    Superman: The Movie (2.35:1)

    8 1/2 (1.85:1)

    The Usual Suspects (2.35:1)

    Moulin Rouge (2.35:1)

    Shrek (1.78:1)

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Special Widescreen Edition (1.78:1)

    O Brother Where Art Thou? (2.35:1)

    Being There (1.78:1)
     
  16. Michael Silla

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    Thanks for all of your suggestions! - one more day to go and I have a 4 day weekend with my new set - woohoo!.
    A couple of you have suggested North by Northwest. I haven't heard of this film. Who is in that flick?. Is it in DTS? [​IMG]
    I am tempted to buy Toy Story 2 and the Fifth element superbits (even though I personally hate the movie) for their video potential alone. I have Eposide I and am looking forward to seeing it on this set.
    Keep those suggestions coming!
     
  17. Michael Silla

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    Eric T,
    I bought a JVC XV-S 500BK progressive scan player to go with the set. I figured I'd better retire my PS2 from DVD movie duty [​IMG].
    Michael.
     
  18. Eric T

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    Nice. I have a JVC player also, picture is much better than my old Sony.
    BTW, that Sony is now in the bedroom with my 32" Trinitron. I like to lay in bed and watch my Simpsons DVD's before I go to sleep [​IMG]
     
  19. Patrick McCart

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    North By Northwest isn't DTS, but the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is fantastic!

    The original floor recordings of Bernard Herrmann's score were used in the remix, along with the original dialogue and sound effects stems.

    The video was mastered from a VistaVision format interpositive and digitally restored to clean up the image.

    It's also a cheap disc. You can find it on amazon.com for 14.99.
     
  20. Randy B A

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    one that i did not see listed but looks great on my WS hdtv is edward scisorhands.
     

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