Recommendations for best Anamorphic Picture

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  1. MikeEckman

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    I just picked up a Sony WEGA 32FS13 television over the weekend, and for the first time have been able to see an undistorted anamorphic picture, and I am LOVING it!! I know its not a true digital widescreen TV, but its better than anything I've ever seen before.
    I wanted to know people's recommendations for reference quality 16x9 enhanced DVDs? So far, Ive already watched Gladiator (2000), Jurassic Park, and Braveheart.
    Any other recommendations? I heard Pleasantville looks really good too.
     
  2. Dan Hitchman

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    Four easy ones:
    Disney's A Bug's Life CE, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, and Toy Story 2. They were sourced from the digital files and animation usually looks stunning with its exaggerated colors and (usually) limited shadow detail.
    Dan
    [Edited last by Dan Hitchman on September 24, 2001 at 11:44 AM]
     
  3. Brian Harnish

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    Off the top of my head:
    Terminator 2: Ultimate Edition
    The Matrix
    Independence Day
    Fight Club
    I'm sure I'll think of others. They all look astounding on my WEGA KV-32FV27. Congrats on your purchase! [​IMG]
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  4. Dan Hitchman

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    Can't agree on T2. Too much edge enhancement.
    I'd say Any Given Sunday, for a non-animated enhanced DVD is a good candidate.
    Dan
     
  5. Frank L

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    And I can't agree on The Matrix at all... looks sub-par on my Panasonic 32" WS TV
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  6. Scott Merryfield

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    Toy Story 2, The Fifth Element and The X-Men all come to mind.
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  7. Michael Reuben

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    Seven (Platinum Series).
    Of course, the best thing to do is to keep revisiting anamorphic discs you've already watched in downconverted form, just so you can see what you were missing.
    M.
     
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    With a Runco 50" Plasma as my reference, the best pictures IMHO I have seen on DVD are:
    North By Northwest
    Gladiator
    Toy Story 2
    Tarzan: Collector's Edition
    Se7en Platinum
     
  9. Marc Colella

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    Just wanted to give a few suggestions which aren't as popular:
    Sweet and Lowdown
    Felicia's Journey
    The Limey
    Shakespeare in Love
    The Insider
    The Thin Red Line
     
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    Agreed on the Se7en and Thin Red Line discs. Another superb anamorphic image is brought to you courtesy of the Almost Famous disc. Very seamless.
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  11. Mike H

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    I'd have to add Mask of Zorro to the list. I watched it again the other day and loved the picture.
     
  12. Sean Patrick

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    ELECTION
    NORTH BY NORTHWEST
    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
    ALMOST FAMOUS
    FIGHT CLUB
    GLADIATOR
    i also can't agree on Matrix, a few too many compression artifacts, and i'm one of the people who thinks ANY GIVEN SUNDAY looks a little off.
     
  13. Lanny Hoff

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    Believe it or not, The Dish has a tremendous transfer. One of the best looking DVD's I've seen. As a bonus, the film itself is wonderful.
    Vertical Limit is another good looking movie, as is The Perfect Storm.
     
  14. HenrikTull

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    Any disc from Warner since Any Given Sunday, eventhough there haven't been many.
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    It wasn't necessarily anyone's favorite film, but the detail evident in The Legend of Bagger Vance DVD is extraordinary. I would also recommend the anamorphic widescreen Stuart Little in addition to several other titles already mentioned.
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    Terminator 2: UE (The Live video edition is the one with lots of "EE")
    Ben-Hur
    North By Northwest
    Lawrence of Arabia
    2001 (WB edition)
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    A few more suggestions,
    The Rock CC
    Pitch Black
    Galaxy Quest
     
  18. Rob Tomlin

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    City of Angels! Not a very good movie, but the transfer is great! If I remember correctly WSR gave the video a 5/5 rating.
    Also take a look at The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. Another great transfer!
     
  19. Tom Oh

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    Another vote for ANY GIVEN SUNDAY! For a non-animated or CGI film, this one is pretty spectacular. The best in my collection.
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    My top (non animated) 16x9 pics include...
    - Starship Troopers (very clean)
    - Independence Day
    - The Fifth Element
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