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Films with great Picture Quality on Sky HD

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  1. KeanosMagicHat

    KeanosMagicHat Member

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    *** READ THIS POST FIRST - IT'S A CONTINUALLY UPDATED LIST CONTAINING ALL RECOMMENDATIONS - HOPEFULLY YOU CAN CATCH REPEATS ***

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    Thought I'd start a thread for people to post titles of films shown on Sky HD which in their opinion have supreme picture quality so that others may also get to see them (if repeated).

    This is not meant to be a thread for review of the film itself but the fact that it looks one of the best examples of HD on Sky.


    EDIT - Rather than thank people individually .... a big thank you to everyone that continues to post suggested titles on this thread. Could prove very useful.

    EDIT 2 - Decided to make a list of contributor recommendations to make this thread a little more useful (will try to update periodically).

    EDIT 3 - As this list is growing (which is great) I decided I'd embolden those titles that I've personally seen and can vouch for as superior in PQ. Those in Red are outstanding.

    3:10 To Yuma
    300
    A Good Year
    A Scanner Darkly
    A Very Brady Sequel
    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
    Aeon Flux
    Airport '77
    All The King's Men
    American Beauty
    American Pie: Beta House
    Amistad
    The Ant Bully
    Antz
    Apollo 13
    Are We There Yet?
    Baby's Day Out
    Bad Boys 2
    Basic Instinct 2
    Batman & Robin
    Better Luck Tomorrow
    Blade
    Blade Runner: The Final Cut
    Blood Diamond
    Bobby
    The Bourne Ultimatum
    Braveheart
    The Brothers Grimm
    Cars
    The Cave
    Chasing Christmas
    Children of Men
    Christmas with the Kranks
    The Chronicles of Narnia
    Cleaner
    Cloverfield
    Con Air
    The Constant Gardener
    Contact
    Crank
    Cries In The Dark
    Curious George
    The Dark
    Deck The Halls
    Deja Vu
    Die Hard
    Die Hard 4.0
    Disney's High School Musical II
    Dr No
    Epic Movie
    Eragon
    Fallen
    The Family Stone
    Fantastic Four
    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
    Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    Fatal Attraction
    Fearless
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Flushed Away
    The Fly (1958)
    Force Of Impact
    The Fountain
    Freedomland
    Freedom Writers
    From Russia With Love
    Funny Face
    Ghostbusters 2
    Ghost Rider
    Goal II
    Godzilla
    Grease
    The Guardian
    Half Light
    Happy Feet
    Hard Candy
    Hard Eight
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Harsh Times
    Hidden
    Hoodwinked!
    The Host
    Hot Fuzz
    The Hunt for Red October
    Ice Age 2
    Idlewild
    The Incredibles
    Innerspace
    The Italian Job
    It's All Gone Pete Tong
    Jarhead
    Jaws 2
    Jumper
    Just My Luck
    Karate Kid 2
    Keeping Mum
    King Kong
    The Kingdom
    Krull
    The Lake House
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Lemming
    Lemony Snicket
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    Like Mike 2:Streetball
    Little Man
    Live And Let Die
    Lord of the Rings - Return of the King
    Lord of War
    Lost in Space
    Lucky Number Slevin
    Madagascar
    The Magic Roundabout
    The Marine
    Martha: Behind Bars
    McLintock!
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Monster House
    Mr Bean's Holiday
    Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium
    The Mummy
    Munich
    My Best Friend's Wedding
    The Nativity Story
    Next
    Night at the Museum
    The Number 23
    Open Season
    The Other Boleyn Girl
    Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy
    Over The Hedge
    Oxford Murders
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    POTC - Dead Man's Chest
    POTC - The Curse of the Black Pearl
    The Prestige
    Ratatouille
    The Reef
    Reeker
    Renaissance
    The Replacement Killers
    The River Wild
    Road House
    Robots
    The Rock
    Rosemary's Baby
    Run Fat Boy, Run
    Running Scared
    Rush Hour
    Rush Hour 3
    Sahara
    Saving Private Ryan
    Scary Movie 4
    Serenity
    Shadow Of A Doubt
    The Shining
    Shoot 'Em Up
    Shooter
    Shopgirl
    Shrek 2
    The Siege
    The Simpsons Movie
    Sin City
    Sky High
    Smokin' Aces
    Soldier
    Sphere
    Spiderman 2
    Star Trek VI
    Star Wars Ep II - Attack of the Clones
    Star Wars Ep III - Revenge of the Sith
    Starship Troopers
    Stay
    Stir Crazy
    Stomp The Yard
    Stormbreaker
    Stranger Than Fiction
    Sunshine
    Syriana
    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    Transporter 2
    Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne)
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Beginning
    The 13th Warrior
    TMNT
    Top Gun [note - there is some grain and a few sparklies in this film but it surpassed the low expections I had prior to seeing it]
    Transformers
    Twister
    Ultraviolet
    Underworld Evolution
    Unleashed
    Valiant
    Videodrome
    War
    The Weather Man
    West Side Story
    When A Stranger Calls
    The Wicker Man
    The Wild
    Wild Hogs
    X-Men: The Last Stand
    xXx2: State of the Union
    Youth Without Youth
    Zodiac
    Zoom
    Zulu
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  2. KeanosMagicHat

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    To begin I'll offer up;

    Crank - watch for the close up fast moving road scenes, you can almost feel every bump the texturing is sooooo good.

    Lemony Snicket - consistently good throughout.

    Lord of War - the opening credits sequence following a bullet from manufacture is outstanding.
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    i thought serenity and children of men were just as good as my hd-dvd copies, so good in fact that i have now sold them.

    braveheart which was shown on sky one hd was also very good (even better for me as i love the film and its not out yet on either blueray or hd-dvd)
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    I thought Grease on Sky One HD (broadcast a few months ago) looked great.
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    Without doubt the best film I have seen in terms of picture quality is the Magic Roundabout - crystal clear and fantastic colour and depth!
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    star wars films look amazing........ magic roundabout looked great
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    Magic Roundabout, so many colours all at once!
    Lord of War, some outstanding dark/blacks such as when in his appartment with his wife
    Star Wars, pretty good given its 30 years old and the work the've done to get it looking so good.
    Ive recorded but yet to watch in full Crank but it too look great.
    HD Test card with Mylenne Klass. :)
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    It has to be King Kong, awesome quality, best so far IMO, also Memoirs of a Geisha... haven't seen crank or Children of Men yet so can't comment..
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    My contribution:

    Valiant - which I keep as a demo film (to show off to guests).
    Star Wars.
    Starship Troopers.
    King Kong.
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    Blade looked great the other night.

    Also Saving Private Ryan
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    Why hasn't Lawrence of Arabia been mentioned?..........We didn't even need a plot, just looking at Peter O' Toole strutting around in those white robes in HD is enough.Noel Coward stated memorably that "if he was any more beautiful, the film would have to be called Florence of Arabia":D......But seriously, those wonderful desert scenes .This is what HD is all about.
  12. mark800

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    My vote is for Magic Roundabout:

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    The Family Stone
    xXx2: State of the Union
    Children of Men
    Jarhead
    Crank
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    Hidden (French insanity)
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    nice screenshot

    i can actually see the quality from the screenshot!!

    looks very impressive


    not sure if its been on SKY HD yet but i watched monsters inc a while ago in HD (that looked fantastic)
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    I thought Crank, King Kong and Children Of Men where all absolutely stunning.

    Also Shrek2 is very good but after watching it about 70 time it get a bit to much, my two year old son needs to find a new favourite :D :rotfl:
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    Introduce him to Shrek 3. :D
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    Lawrence of Arabia beats anything shown on Sky HD so far, movies or otherwise and it's a 40 year old film (ok it did have a big restoration in the 90s)!

    It's permanantley on my Planner and is my nimber one HD demo material.
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    You lot rub it in why don't you? Spare a thought for all of those of us that didn't get Children of Men on Anytime ;)
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    Lawrence of Arabia was "wow!" stuff - quite stunning in places.

    Collateral was a great example of "subtle" HD for me - it drew me right in and accentuated the whole atmosphere of the film.
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    Really enjoyed Serenity & The Rock, Transporter 2 was also very good (for PQ).

    Also watched a few of the Star Wars films and for some reason I think the original trilogy has much better PQ than the newer films.
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    The differences between film and digital video will have an effect and while ep1 and ep2 were not wholly DV they were very CGI heavy. A lot of the problems with HD PQ that some people report seem to come down to the "look" of the HD video format compared to a primarily 35mm film production.
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    I was surprised just how good "Ghostbusters 2" looked the other night. The last time I saw this was probably in the cinema when it was first released. I remember disappointment at the time because my friends and I didn't think this sequel wasn as good as the first. Nearly 20 years on, the film has aged quite well, looks stunning in HD and was a fun watch! :smashin:

    Gae
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    The PQ on Crank is brilliant.:thumbsup:
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    fantastic four
    the fog - sound from subwoofer deafnin
    valiant
    the fly not fantastic but gory bits looked really good in hd
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    King Kong:

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    I think Chiden of Men is the best I have seen, it is proberbly better than anything I have on Bluray and HD too.
    Crank was ok but dont think it was as good as Children of Men. Di Vinci Code is the worst imi.
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    Spidey 2, Revenge of the Sith, Blade (even with the EE/ringing).

    Before they hit BD, Pirates 2 + X3 + Con Air were real purdy. Serenity too. The broadcast versions stand up fairly well to their disc counterparts.
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    underworld evolution is very impressive the best ive seen so far also king kong and i watched blade last week which was also impressive considering its 10 years old but underworld is the best so far for me.
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    speed 2 on hd 2
    was very dissapointing
    picure quality was not outstanding
    sound quality was very poor with centre speaker at about 3/4 volume

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