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Help me start my first DVD collection

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  1. saturday

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    I've decided to upgrade all my AV equipment over the next couple of months. I'm getting Sky+ next week plus a Toshiba SD330E multiregion. I'm planning to follow this with a Hitachi 42PD3000 (can't find a large CRT that I'm happy with) then amp and speakers, which I've not chosen yet.

    I know it will seem strange to forum members but I've never owned a DVD player before :eek:

    I'd like to buy a "starter" collection of 10 DVDs to get me going. Any suggestions? I'm thinking maybe a David Attenborough such as the Blue Planet; LOTR; James Bond. I have pretty eclectic tastes and I suppose my two main criteria will be that my choices will stand repeated viewings and will look a treat on my lovely new equipment.

    What would you choose for your starter collection if you were starting from scratch as I am? (If you could help me understand whether I should be buying R1, R2 etc that would be a bonus).

    Thanks.
     
  2. Edd-Rex

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    Firstly, I strongly suggest a multi-region player (you'll have to do more research to find out which suits you best tho) as this will take away a lot of the region 1 vs region 2 issues you might face.

    Titles that I reckon should be in anybody's collection include (and this is in no particular order mind):

    Toy Story: The Untimate Toy Box (this includes Toy Story 1 and 2)
    Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Extended version
    X-Men
    Spiderman
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    A Knight's Tale (thoroughly under-rated film!)
    The Matrix
    Monsters Inc: Collectors Edition (includes THX optimizer if you're into that sort of thing)
    Memento (damn good film)
    The Bourne Identity

    Obviously I'm a mainstream kind of guy but these will serve you well in the short and long term. If you're not fussy about ordering over the net might I suggest www.play.com who might have some of these titles on special.
     
  3. Hawklord

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    It all depends on what genre's you enjoy here's a few I'd recomend for your collection:-
    Action/Adventure - Midnight Express, True Romance
    Animation - Spirited Away, Toy Story
    Classic - The God Father Trilogy, Psycho
    Comedy - Four Wedings And A funeral, Withnail And I
    Drama - Once Upon A Time In America, A beautiful Mind
    Horror - Near Dark, American Werewolf In London
    Sci-Fi - Blade Runner, Aliens
    Thriller - Se7en, The Usual Supspects
    Foreign - Amelie, Yamakasi
    War - Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down
    Martial Arts - Hero, Iron Monkey

    there's a wealth of good titles out there at amazing prices. I use dvdpricecheck.co.uk and dvdcompare.com to find the best format/price before buying.

    good hunting:smashin:
     
  4. Garrett

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    I too would recommend X-Men the newer version is the better of the two although it does not contain the Mutant Watch short.
    You can pick up Gladiator up cheap.
    I watched Bourne Identity this week but I was not over impressed with it.
    Not known for being brilliant films but should show hour system of The Mummy for picture quality as would Starship Troopers and Godzilla which although I have not heard it on a 5.1 system should give your speakers a good workout. Does it Squirrel????????????
    I saw Shrek and thought the computer graphics outstanding.
     
  5. Squirrel God

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    For sure! Some very deep bass as Godzilla pounds away through the city and some lovely surround effects with the helicopters flying around. Great 5.1 soundtrack and I really loved the film too :D

    My favourite soundtrack demo disk has to be Pearl Harbor DTS. Not worth buying if you don't like the film though (I loved it) :smoke: Other top soundtracks are Saving Private Ryan (DD5.1 or DTS, both outstanding), The Haunting DTS (6.1), Rules of Engagement DD5.1, Behind Enemy Lines DTS, The Fast and the Furious DTS, One Hour Photo DD5.1, The Matrix DD5.1, U-571 DTS

    For picture quality: Monsters Inc, A Bug's Life, Jackie Brown CE,
    Pulp Fiction CE, The Matrix, Cast Away (actually has a pretty good soundtrack too).
     
  6. Shoka

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    All depending on what amp you are getting (would recomend you get a DTS compatible one, most are now anyway) for a nice view of what your system is like get 5th element superbit R1, for the pic quality give the toy story boxset a viewing, or Spirited away (Jap Anime film) a go, although I would say the R3 Jap import is better than the R1, and you can pick it up cheaper as well;) and if you want to give the sub a real workout get Saving private Ryan (R1 DTS version) the opening scenes are amazing :eek:
     
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    If ur just starting out the ten films id recommend are as follows

    The Ring region 1 DTS
    Charlies Angels superbit region 1 DTS ((uncut unlike uk version))
    Brotherhood of the Wolf 3 disc DTS canadian collectors version
    Shrek DTS region 1
    Beauty and the Beast region 1 disney
    The X Files region 1 DTS
    The Rock region 1 DTS criterion edition
    The Beyond region 1
    Gladiator region 1 DTS if u like extras or region 2 Superbit if extras don't matter to u
    Tears of the Sun region 1 just bought it and its good

    of course i could name my entire collection but all of the above could stand repeated viewings and some in my collection such as The Thing and Armageddon will probably be re-released in anamorphic within a year or 2.
     
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    Armageddon is already anamorphic on Reg 2. Even says Criterion on the spine ;)
     
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    dont remind me squirell i payed a lot more for my criterion on r1 and the bloody thing isnt even anamorphic lol.and the same goes for the r1 rocky boxset and from dusk till dawn :mad: bloody yanks
     
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    R2 Rocky Boxset comes in a lovely foldout pack too :)
     
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    i know i did my home work after the from dusk till dawn and armageddon RIP OFF lol.my mate has the r1 rockys though and i prefer the box they are in but not the art work.the spines on my rocky set are getting a little flimsy :mad: lmao
     
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    I made lots of mistakes when I first started out. Biggest one was buying Eraser Reg 2 :rolleyes: which I still haven't replaced - just can't be arsed yet :D Now I do my homework carefully. I'm not even content with DVDCompare as I found a few mistakes on there in the past - so I cross check with a few reviews in DVDBasen as well as Amazon.com and also on DVDEmpire because they scan in the front and back covers :clap:
     
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    Is the region 2 version of Armageddon identical to the region 1 criterion then and uncut and anamorphic and is the audio and video side of things better ?

    i ask cos play are selling it at the mo for a tenner.
     
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    Not identical, Criterion has a few more extras (e.g. the gag reel on disk 2).

    Yes it's uncut and is also the longer director's cut, same as the Criterion.

    Yes it's anamorphic so much better PQ.

    Audio is the same (DD5.1)

    Be warned that it's doubtful that you'll get the Reg 2 CE with the slip cover now, especially if you order from Play. That's the only downside :)

    You could go for the Reg 4 CE also, which is the same as the Reg 2.

    See here for detailed comparisons: http://www.dvdcompare.net/comparisons/film_results_page.php?fid=68
     
  15. MartinImber

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    My wifes cousins husband has R1 Armageddon - my R2 is much better picture
     
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    Take some of the above DVD recommendations with a bit of caution. OK buy some no brainer action films but do you really want all of your initial collection to be ****e films?:rotfl:

    The likes of Godzilla, Peal Harbor, Armageddon don't even deserve to be used as coasters.

    Buy good films that just happen to have action scenes, if you know what I mean. Not great action scenes but rubbish film.
     
  17. Garrett

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    Well in a recent poll more than 2 to 1 loved it over those who hated it.
    Even more did not have a strong view on it than hated it. So you are in the minority with that view.
    Not unless you mean it does not deserve to be a coaster, but in you DVD player.;)
     
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    I would advise buying DVDs that YOU want to watch !
     
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    No I meant they're so bad I wouldn't even use them for coasters. :)

    I can understand why people might like a no-brainer film, ie Kung-POW is daft but quite enjoyable, but titles like Godzilla are just so bad it means I should put some members into "ignore DVD recommendation" and "trust DVD comments" from certain members.

    Eh SG? :)
     
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    As we know from experience, Nathan's views and opinions are the only ones that count on this forum. If Nathan says something, then it's gospel. We must always listen to him and do as he says. If we don't, he will argue the toss over it anyway until we come round to his way of thinking or ignore him.

    Eh Nathan? :)
     
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    Include some of;

    Shrek
    Toy Story (I or II)
    Gladiator
    Jurassic Park
    The Others
    Saving Private Ryan
    Ice Age
    BBC Space series
    BBC Blue Planet/Trials Of Life Trilogy
    BBC The Office

    All are good in many areas and excell in at least another.
     
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    A bit like a lot of people have done with you then.:hiya:
     
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    I did the same thing. It's funny how most of the viewpoints and opinions that I trust belong to people at 'the other place' :rolleyes:


    There's not much I can add to the list, the best ones have already been said. I'd suggest buying 24 if you want a cracking little series (fantastic picture and sound too).
     
  24. saturday

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Titles with more than one recommender so far are:

    Toy Story
    X-Men
    The Matrix
    Monsters Inc
    Saving Private Ryan
    Gladiator
    Shrek

    Any more?
     
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    Gotta have T2! :)
    Chicken Run
    Star Trek First Contact
    Blues Brothers (shows off musicality of your system) cool film
    The Professional
     
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    Get "Amelie" - it's the best looking/best shot of all the films in my collection, just behind "Crouching Tigger". It's crystal clear (at least on my R2 disc) & uses a lovely green palette, broken with the odd splash of red.

    Just on the way it looks I recommend it, but the story/humour etc is excellent also - I cry buckets every time I watch it :rolleyes:
     
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    I made the mistake of starting to watch 24 last night at 1am, ment to watch one episode watched four :D great series :smashin:

    Id say you have to have the Alien legacy boxset, but the new one is on the way so best to wait for that.
     
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    As has already been stated, you should buy the DVDs that you alone want to own.....

    However,

    BBC documentaries - Walking With Dinosaurs is excellent.
    SciFi - Alien or Planet of the Apes (1968)
    Thriller - The Shining (great film but bad DVD)
    Comedy - Family Guy or The Phantom Menace
    War - Band of Brothers or Enemy at the Gates
    Animation - Transformers the Movie or Ghost in the Shell
     
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    Not the usual choice perhaps but The Blue Planet is one of my absolute favourite demo discs, for showing off the plasma to friends and even when I want to remind myself how great the plasma is!

    The Blue Planet contains some stunning images, all the "blue" stuff looks awesome.....:clap:
     
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    RE 24 - you can never only watch one episode! It has to be the whole DVD, I am stocking up on pro plus for when the 2nd series is released! I have managed to stay clear of any spoilers/plots so far, therefore I am really looking forward into watching it blind!

    Lippy
     

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