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Tips on "reference" dvds?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Dudemeister, Feb 22, 2001.

  1. Dudemeister

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    There is topics like "what are your top 10 movies" and such. But there are movies out there that you think are great and you want them for that reason, but there are also movies out there which are "massive" like incredible sound, vision where the acctuall movie might not be that great, which is commonly used when you test a dvd, tv and so on.

    So what I want to know is what movies would you recommend everyone had in their dvd-collection, that is a must to have for reference of sound and vision?
    (Except those dvds which are dedicated for testing your system like the optimode feature and so on).

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  2. Dudemeister

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    Just had to add before anyone points it out, that OF COURSE there are movies out there which are both great and "massive" [​IMG]

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  3. Reiner

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    Movies I have seen on DVD (all R1):

    The best picture: A Bug's Life (digital transfer) closely followd by The Nightmare before Christmas (animated, but normal transfer), The Long Kiss Goodnight (normal movie, normal transfer)
    The best sound (effects): Desperado
    The best LFE: The Long Kiss Goodnight
    The best sound (music): Roy Orbison Black and White Night (DD & DTS 5.1)
    The best score: The Rock
    The best show-off disc: The Matrix (lobby scene)
    The best special effects: T2, The Mask
    The best sound AND picture: The 5th Element

    The worst picture and sound: Highlander (THX)

    Other movies with good sound and picture:
    The Big Hit, Face/Off, LA Confidential and a few more ...

    I own all except 'A Bug's Life'. I bought a few movies before because they were said to be good demo material, but what's the point if you don't like the movie?
    Now I buy DVDs only if I like the movie and the quality is rated to be good (reviews etc), sound preferrably in DD or DTS 5.1 only.

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  4. Stuart Wright

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    Hey Reiner, how come Saving Private Ryan DTS didn't get your vote for best sound effects, best LFE, best show-off disc and best special effects?
    As it is unquestionably the best DVD I have ever seen in all of the above categories. And that's just the first 20 minutes.
    The approaching tanks in the final battle produce the most intense and prolonged LFE effect I have ever heard in a movie. Positively makes my seats shake.
     
  5. MacReady

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    Titan AE....fantastic visuals and amazing sound on the DTS track (even better than SPR DTS IMHO)

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  6. Reiner

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    Watched SPR on VCD only and I didn't like the movie (soooo boring), hence I did not buy it on DVD and I don't know anyone who has it.

    As I say, I wouldn't buy any movie anymore just for the show-off effect - which of course does not mean that the above is a bad movie or that others should not like it, just doesn't suit my taste .....
     
  7. Ramius

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    The Haunting DTS is wearing the bass crown at the moment.
    Following up behind it's Titan AE, U-571, Superspeedway (maybe some others).
    The Phantom Menace Japanese laser disc is also up right up there. (Wish I owned a laser disc player) [​IMG]
    Ronin has amazingly high amplitude bass but not as low in frequency as the others (first attack).

    My reference DVDs are the five mentioned above & -
    5th Element
    Das Boot
    Saving Private Ryan
    Starship Troopers

    Bram Stokers' Dracular has excellent surround effects.

    Nearly forgot The Matrix.

    And all the others I've missed. [​IMG]

    Cheers
     
  8. Black 5

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    Let's not forget Toy Story 2 - great film, great sound, great picture [​IMG]
     
  9. Paul D

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    If the film is that good i don't notice the picture/sound!
    But some films are more watchable if it has one of the following:-

    Here goes.

    DTS- Saving private ryan (Beach landing-WOW!)

    Dolby5.1- Matrix (Lobby scene)

    Picture cartoon- Toystory2
    Picture film- Mission impossible 2

    LFE- The Haunting DTS

    Sound steering- Saving private ryan DTS (beach scene - I checked myself for strapnel!)

    Clarity- Ronin Dolby5.1 (car chase)

    Avoid:- Twister/badboys(old release)/eraser/topgun/titanic, i just expected more dynamic sound from these films!.

    Must admit The fifth Element is used when i need to adjust/test anything for myself!.

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    Hi,

    i just bought a dvd player. And of course i needed some 'showoff' DVDs

    I have SPR dts and matrix.
    And i have to say that SPR is the best home movie experience i've had till now.
    Esspecially the last battle scene with the tanks.
    And my system doesn't even have a Subwoofer...yet.

    the one DVD i really regretted of buying is the Ultimate DVD platinum.
    That DVD is just a waste of money.
    DON'T BUY IT

     
  11. DaveH

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    If I ever want to demo my system to a newcomer I always pick for great all roundness Tomorrow Never Dies, the BMW chase.

    Great picture.
    Great surround, LFE.

    The opening to this film and the bike chase are also up there for great effect.

    I too like the lobby scene in the matrix but feel there are not enough rear effects which is why I pick the above to demo.

    If my amp had an RF modulator I would probably add my Phantom Menace Jap LD to the demo material!
     

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