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BEST DVD movie to test plasma screens ??

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by greyhorse, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. greyhorse

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    Any thoughts on the best movie to test a plasma screen to the full ???

    I have found the list but does anyone have a real fav that will help swing my choice in screen purchase. I fancy the MATRIX ??
     
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    U need something with strong colours and contrast. If you are testing the screen to buy I would say the opening battle of gladiator is good to test contrast and detail. skip a few chapters to the first gladitor battle to show some good colours. The matrix has a good picture but because of the way it is made it has a green tint to the picture and u might not beable to tell if the plasma is doing something wrong or if the director intended it.
     
  3. Jazz Monkey Jr

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    I have heard that 7 is good to test the black detail...
     
  4. tetrarch

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    Acting on advice from this forum I took "The Fifth Element" for my demo.

    The bit when Lilu swallow dives into Bruce Willis's cab is a fast moving, brightly coloured sequence with plenty of flesh tones.

    The Cave sequence from LOTR was particularly good for checking out the blacks.

    Regards

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    Many years ago when I worked in a hifi shop, everyone seemed to want to demo systems with Dire Straits, Money for Nothing, which usually sounded impressive. That was fine if you listened to that all the time, but it was a waste of space for comparisons, because it just tended to make everything sound the same. To find out what was good, however, a simply recorded track with piano and a solo voice was much more revealing.

    Now everyone wants to show off their big screens with Shrek and The Incredibles. Great films, but again they tend to make everything look the same. Apart from the favourites already mentioned, my vote would go to Swordfish, and if you want something that just looks good, give I, Robot a spin. Just don't use animations!
     
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    indeed Wel mate..

    I use the remastered 16:9 DVD of The Crow for its dark and gloomy look - sorts out the men from boys wiv gradation, hue, contrast, noise, colour banding and overall solidity of PQ really well...as does Road to Perdition - that one really sorts em out!

    Us a low bit rate spec DVD gang - not a high quality transfer.

    Dil
     
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    Debbie Does Dallas & Kama Sutra

    Sorry :suicide:
     
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    LMAO, good for demoing flesh tones I guess :rotfl:
     
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    :D And rapid movement :D
     
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    The new blade trinity dvd (region 1) is exelent for blacks.
     
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    I say HERO would be a good choice.
    Quite impressive
     
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    star wars ep1
    the race.
    it should cover all aspects and its a qyite a good print too!
     
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    Robbie Williams What we did last summer

    Filmed in High Def & 5.1 sound fantastic quality + excellent concert (if you like Robbie!) :thumbsup:
     
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    Austin Powers - The spy who shaggged me-- :smashin: -- For bright colours
     
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    Master & Commander is excellent for testing skin colours. If the plasma isn't set up right, the face of the man who gets the chicken out the cage in the first/second chapter will look weird. It's also good for checking black levels on the scenes below decks.
     
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    I find Se7en for the greys and black tones is a great one. Also the new Blade Trinity has a great transfer and can test the blacks and gradation also. For the vivid colours and brightness/contrast levels then try either the Fifth Element or The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The opening scenes in the Shire should look fantastic on a correctly callibrated tv. I do agreen with dilsher on the Crow (one of my all time fav films!) it really tests out the black levels. One more point, I dont think you should stray away from animation. They can really help out with callibration. Especially A Bugs Life. Although a few years old it still looks amazing. Its reference quality all the way, no edge enhancement at all and it straight from the digital source and truly does look awsome!
     
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    Fear and loathing in las vegas criteion collection is also a great demo disc and a great movie. Star wars episode 2 is also great, and i would imagine that the t-rex scene in jurassic park would be good for black levels. I robot is also great, has an amasing transfer. Or you could get deadwood, great for testing black levels and a great tv show. Carnivale also has a great transfer .
     
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    Matt has come up with the best as far as I am concerned. The fog scenes near the start of the film look dreadful on poor plasmas, OK on good ones, but only look really good on the best after ISF calibration.
     

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