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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Matthew-K, Jun 20, 2002.
What are some reference quality DVD's that you would recommend for showing off a HT?
SW Episode 1
That is all that needs to be said
Oh another one that will really show the power of your sub!!!
Jurassic Park-DTS Version
A few of my favorites are:
Saving Private Ryan(DTS)
Air Force One(SuperBit)
Toy Story2 - especially the opening segment with Buzz.
or any Superbit will do nicely.
Superman: The Movie - Best DD 5.1 track
Being There - Best 1.0 mono
City Lights - Best PCM 2.0 stereo
Fantasia - Best DTS 5.1
My first "Wow that really blows me away" movie on DVD with Dolby Digital was "The Long Kiss Goodnight". This was back in '97 and although the title is bare bones, no extras, no dts etc... It still had a big impact on me.
There have been many "reference" DVDs since, but this one sticks with me because it was my first exposure to DVD, Dolby Digital and a decent home theater. This movie requires a great suspension of disbelief, but it's a really, really fun movie!
'The Fast and the Furious'
As Chris pointed out, this topic is covered in the HTF PRIMER AND FAQ which is linked in my signature. I would suggest checking it out, as you're likely to find answers to other questions you have:
Patriot: Superbit has both reference picture and sound.
The original Die Hard With a Vengeance . Seriously, though, there are so many reference discs these days that it would take a few pages to fully cover, some of the standouts are:
Fight Club. Looks pretty and the soundtrack kicks you in the ass yet has an amazing amount of subtlety.
Se7en. Great picture and mind boggling detail in the soundtrack. 5.1 has never been this seamless
Terminator 2: Ultimate Edition. The best this movie will ever look and sound. Second disc of extras is to die for. Every single facet of this production is covered
The Phanotm Menace. Picture looks very digital and processed, but the sound is the single best DD 5.1 track available
Saving Private Ryan DTS. One of the best DTS tracks available with a picture to match
Any of the Pixar movies. Sparkling digital transfers that are flawless and excellent Gary Rydstrom sound mixes
Jurassic Park remastered DTS. Pretty good picture with an amazingly detailed sound design. Subtle rain envelopes you and the T-Rex roars are thunderously loud
The Haunting DTS. Picture is okay, but the soundtrack is sublime. Most people instinctively mention the disc for it's brutal bass extension. But just listen to the subtle echoes and whispers of the house during the quiet scenes
Note: I didn't mention "Gladiator" or "Fast and the Furious" because their soundtracks seem fairly one- dimensional. They're good and aggressive, but they tend to use only variations on the word LOUD, especially FATF.
Just watched Rock: Criterion Collection again today. I had forgot how amazing the picture is. No grain, bright vivid colors, and deep, deep blacks. The sound is not that bad either.
My top 10 (In order of Best)
T2: UE (DTS ES)
Black Hawk Down (DD 5.1)
Fight Club (DD 5.1 EX)
Toy Story 1 or 2 (Both DD 5.1 EX)
Star Wars: Phantom Menace (DD 5.1 EX)
Air Force One(Original DD 5.1, Superbit DTS)
Se7en (DTS ES)
Saving Private Ryan (DTS)
Gladiator (DTS ES)
I always use "The Haunting" just for the bass. I think the movie stinks but the bass is VERY powerful.
My second and third fav ref disks are Matrix and Armageddon. Bullet time in the Matrix is incredible and the opening scene in Armageddon is great.
My first pick will always be Star Wars PM, but that has been said enuf here
Moulin Rouge Sound and Visually Stunning
Any Superbit Title
Saving Private Ryan - DTS
The Majestic- a new title with stunning images
The Rock Criterion
are some of my favorite video-wise, other than some obvious choices.
For both reference audio and video, look at...
- Independence Day
- A Bug's Life
- Vertical Limit sb
- Terminator 2 ue
- Toy Story 1 & 2
Check out "Sleepy Hollow." An awesome transfer and great use of directional effects.