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Old 04-28-2008, 04:34 AM   #1
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I don't have a player yet and I don't have any discs either

Are there any reference discs with better than average picture and sound quality and features that could really persuade me to jump on the bandwagon?
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:56 AM   #2
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Many of the best are from Disney/Buena Vista. Animated films like "Cars" and "Ratatouille" are terrific. The three Pirates of the Caribbean films are excellent. Although I haven't watched it recently to compare with more recent releases, "Black Hawk Down" looked great to me when viewed a year ago or so and I also thought the movie was terrific and benefitted from the format.

If you like any of the Disney/Buena Vista releases, I think it is a safe bet you will be impressed by the video and audio quality, there are almost nothing but stellar transfers from that company based on my experience. If you know the player you want, now is a great time to get involved, or when that player is released.

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Old 04-28-2008, 05:07 AM   #3
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Many Fox titles are great as well, I Robot for example.

Spiderman 3 is a stunner.

Apocalypto blows your house down with some of the best audio.

"Meet the Robinsons" has pq above the usual scale even for animation, it's a 6/5 for pq.

Tons of great titles out there (and some stinkers as well, sadly)
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Too many to mention but I'll list a few-

No Country for Old Men
Hitman
Spider-man 3
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:33 PM   #5
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Reference discs I own

Cars
Ratatolie (the best looking Blu-Ray disc)
The Simpsons Movie (yeah I know the animation is simplistic but it looks as good as the Simpsons have ever looked)
Pirates of the Carribean 1 & 2
I am Legend
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheniox
Spider-Man 3
Apocalypto

Just to name a few
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Kind of a crap movie, but definitely reference for both PQ and AQ:

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Visual:
Planet Earth
Earth the autobiography

Audio and Visual:
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I still think the best live action movie I have seen on BD is I, Robot followed closely by Cast Away, No Country for Old Men, and Gran Torino. As far as animated goes I would put Wall-E and Ratatouille at the top.
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BARAKA

hands down the best visual quality iv run into. It's not a movie for all, but it is a great demo disc. If you go to a good AV store they always have this on display. Its the only movie i know of to be fully mastered in 8K. In comparison, Transformenrs 2 had only a few parts mastered in 4K. Which is impressive for todays standard.

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I still think the best live action movie I have seen on BD is I, Robot followed closely by Cast Away, No Country for Old Men, and Gran Torino. As far as animated goes I would put Wall-E and Ratatouille at the top.

1/ What about sound?

2/ I have I robot and I still have to watch it
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Planet Earth
Earth the autobiography

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Wall-e
Earth wrote it's own biography?
That is a pretty cool blu-ray but I thought only some of the CGI parts look good on the discs and the resolution is 1080i

Planet Earth utilizes everything visually that blu-ray is intended for with the Imax film. Picture perfect but the audio was only an after thought in this series.

I still haven't watched Baraka but I really want to.

I think that the studios are starting to hone in on the best way to transfer material onto blu-ray and we are starting to see and hear good quality more often.

If I had to pick one for the best Video and Audio quality since I bought into blu-ray almost 1 1/2 years ago I would pick Ratatouille
I think everyone agrees that animation is a perfect medium for high def. I think Pixar is one of the best at audio mixing and sound effects.
I'm also biased though because I'm a Chef and I've been to Paris. It's amazing what they can create and re-create at Pixar.

Jumping ahead a couple of weeks (sept 1/09) I might pick Gladiator if the video transfer is done right. It has always been my favorite audio track on DVD.
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Earth wrote it's own biography?
That is a pretty cool blu-ray but I thought only some of the CGI parts look good on the discs and the resolution is 1080i

Planet Earth utilizes everything visually that blu-ray is intended for with the Imax film. Picture perfect but the audio was only an after thought in this series.

I still haven't watched Baraka but I really want to.

I think that the studios are starting to hone in on the best way to transfer material onto blu-ray and we are starting to see and hear good quality more often.

If I had to pick one for the best Video and Audio quality since I bought into blu-ray almost 1 1/2 years ago I would pick Ratatouille
I think everyone agrees that animation is a perfect medium for high def. I think Pixar is one of the best at audio mixing and sound effects.
I'm also biased though because I'm a Chef and I've been to Paris. It's amazing what they can create and re-create at Pixar.

Jumping ahead a couple of weeks (sept 1/09) I might pick Gladiator if the video transfer is done right. It has always been my favorite audio track on DVD.
If you put Ratatouille there I suspect then that you do not have Wall-E.

I am also looking forward to Gladiator, particular the opening battle when the arrows are launched and the cavalry charges through the trees.
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If you put Ratatouille there I suspect then that you do not have Wall-E.

I am also looking forward to Gladiator, particular the opening battle when the arrows are launched and the cavalry charges through the trees.
When the arrows are flying overhead your natural instincts tell you to duck, pretty cool stuff.

I do have Wall-E
I agree that it's a great blu-ray. I thought though that Ratatouille had more depth to it with it's overall realism. The first part of Wall-E, on earth, was hazy of course because it is a polluted planet. The other part on the spaceship is eye popping in detail and really shows off blu-ray.
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When the arrows are flying overhead your natural instincts tell you to duck, pretty cool stuff.

I do have Wall-E
I agree that it's a great blu-ray. I thought though that Ratatouille had more depth to it with it's overall realism. The first part of Wall-E, on earth, was hazy of course because it is a polluted planet. The other part on the spaceship is eye popping in detail and really shows off blu-ray.
Hi Soup, this might help.

http://www.highdefforum.com/blu-ray-...r-library.html
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Thanks Brat, there are lots of good ones mentioned there.

I have Band of Brothers on blu-ray and that is definetly top shelf quality.
I remember watching it when it was on HBO and was awestruck then. Now, watching it on blu-ray is even better. Lots of great scenes and the sound effects put you right in the middle of it.
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