Must-Have Blu-Rays?

Andrew07

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We finally got a blu-ray player and purchased The Dark Knight and Planet Earth. What are some of must-have Blu-rays? In terms of video quality, audio quality, extra content, whatever.
 

macfan881

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Any Pixar Movie is a must have.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Speed Racer Great Visual looking movie Same goes with the CGI TMNT movie.

The Matrix

Iron Man

Both Transformers

and Casino Royal
 

abijnk

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I agree about the Pixar movies. Up is simply stunning on blu-ray.

Also check out The Matrix Trilogy, Star Trek, 300 and Iron Man.
 

dmr727

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This is an Apple forum. Blu-Ray is dead, bitches! DEAD! :p

But yes, Up is friggin' amazing on Blu-Ray.
 

Dmac77

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The Matrix (The sequels are optional IMO)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999 remake w/ Pierce Brosnan) (The transfer to BR is just stunning)
Inglorious Bastards
House of Flying Daggers (If you have surround sound this will blow you away)

We have a collection of ~250 Blu-Rays, and those are the ones I would say are must haves.

Don
 

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Any Pixar Movie is a must have.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Speed Racer Great Visual looking movie Same goes with the CGI TMNT movie.

The Matrix

Iron Man

Both Transformers

and Casino Royal
Casino Royal is very very good on Blue Ray if you have a high quality full HDTV. The detail you get is stunning.

SLC
 

Dmac77

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Did you see the torture scene? Awesome! Made me want to do nothing but pushups. Where the hell is Lee? He'll back me up! :D
Okay he's hot, I'll admit that. But I don't like how he turned Bond into a thug. I personally think he is a worse Bond than George Lazenby. I'm just saying that it wasn't Pierce's time to go, Casino Royal and Quantum of Solace should have been his, not Craig's.

Don
 

macfan881

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also would put Pirates of the Carribean with the 1 and 3 being the best of the transfers also AppleSeed Ex machina i think thats how you spell it. the Movie is horrid but i would put Ultra Violet as well just to show off visuals. as for older movies. Independence day was a really good transfer considering it was right before digital recording took off.
 

Dmac77

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also would put Pirates of the Carribean with the 1 and 3 being the best of the transfers also AppleSeed Ex machina i think thats how you spell it. the Movie is horrid but i would put Ultra Violet as well just to show off visuals. as for older movies. Independence day was a really good transfer considering it was right before digital recording took off.
Independence day isn't old, it was made in 1996:p

For old truly old movies, I would have to recommend:

Casablanca
The Wizard of Oz (I'm pretty sure that the BR is in 4:3 format though, I'd have to pop it in and check)
North By Northwest
2001: A Space Odyssey (it's only ~40 years old)

Don
 

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Did you see the torture scene?
I've got an itch? Would you scratch it? :p

I'm just saying that it wasn't Pierce's time to go
Never much a fan of Pierce in the Bond roles.

Now, I loved him in the Thomas Crown Affair which was mentioned above. I bet it looks great on BluRay. Some of the photography is simply beautiful.

On a side note, I wonder when BluRay will surpass DVD sales?
 

Dmac77

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Never much a fan of Pierce in the Bond roles.

Now, I loved him in the Thomas Crown Affair which was mentioned above. I bet it looks great on BluRay. Some of the photography is simply beautiful.

On a side note, I wonder when BluRay will surpass DVD sales?
I will say that Pierce was in the same situation as Craig when it comes to Bond; you either love him or you hate him.

I certainly agree with you about the Thomas Crown Affair; it is my favorite movie. I personally think that Both Pierce and Renee Russo should have won Academy Awards for their performances in The Thomas Crown Affair; or have been nominated at least. I'm looking forward to the sequel which is supposed to come out next year, but the rumor is that Renee won't be in it, which would really suck, because she had really goof chemistry with Pierce.

Regarding BR sales: I think the prices of BR players and BR discs need to come down to the level of DVD players and DVDs, or at least close to their prices. Currently a BR disc is ~$10 more than a DVD of the same movie, which is an issue for the average consumer. Also consider the fact that a name brand (not Sylvania or Magnavox) BR player costs over $100, compared to a name brand DVD player that can be had for under $50. Until prices come down more DVDs will continue to be king.

And so it should be, since it was made back in the 4:3 days.
I remember that a lot of people were complaining that it wasn't stretched. I personally am happy with 4:3 though.

Don
 

themoonisdown09

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The best Blu-ray (probably because it's my favorite movie) is Braveheart (Sapphire Series version). Not only is the video/audio quality amazing, but there are hours of extra features.

Shooter is another good Blu-ray.
 

yg17

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Stepping away from movies for a bit, I'm not sure what your music preference is, but Nine Inch Nails-Beside You In Time and Foo Fighters-Live From Wembley are amazing on Blu Ray. If you're a fan of either of those bands, those two are must-haves.
 

littleman23408

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Up is fantastic on Blu-Ray. I would recomend that to anyone. Another great quality movie is the Bourne trilogy. One to look forward to is Saving Private Ryan being released in May.
 

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The movie that inspired me to get a BRD player was Sunshine, after I watched it on my friend's PS3. Very pretty, though I'm not crazy about the movie itself.