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Old 08-28-07, 11:47 AM
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Blu-Ray: first impressions

I have had a PS3 for a few months now, being a huge video game guy thats pretty much all I used it for along with its internet capability. But I took the plunge this weekend and rented a couple of blu ray dvds to see what the hype I have read about on here and elsewhere was all about it. I rented Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven.

My first impression after a few minutes of Black Hawk Down is holy crap!!!!! vivid colours, the sound via HDMI to my Sony LCD projection tv 1080i tv was incredible even on a low volume setting, and you havent really seen stuff blow up till ya seen it in high def hehhehe

I did manage to get a better sound selecting the 5.1 Linear PCM setting on the disc, no idea why that is, I wish I understood what all the sound and picture settings were on my PS3 so I dont miss anything, but thanks to this there is no way I can go back to sd discs now, I just need to find more movies were stuff blows up real good now hehhehe
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The difference between HD and SD is pretty shocking. It definitely ruins the experience of SD TV. I was skeptical of HD DVD and Blu-ray in the beginning and I was determined to be one of those people that waits it out a few years. I made the mistake of going to an HD DVD/Blu-ray demo a month before its release and was blown away at the quality. I bought into HD DVD on day one and Blu-ray as soon as I could budget a PS3 and have had no regrets about my decision.
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Posts like this truly prove that J6P doesn't care one whit about audio.
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Originally Posted by educator_bhoy
My first impression after a few minutes of Black Hawk Down is holy crap!!!!! vivid colours, the sound via HDMI to my Sony LCD projection tv 1080i tv was incredible even on a low volume setting, and you havent really seen stuff blow up till ya seen it in high def hehhehe
Welcome to High Definition!

FYI, there is no such thing as a 1080i LCD television. LCD is by nature always progressive scan. The set may accept a 1080i input signal, but it will deinterlace and convert that signal to its own native resolution. Whether in your case that is 720p or 1080p, I couldn't say without knowing your model number.
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Originally Posted by educator_bhoy
........the sound via HDMI to my Sony LCD projection tv 1080i tv was incredible even on a low volume setting......
Are you saying you noticed an improvement in the sound over your TV's built-in speakers? In other words, no independent amplification or 5.1 set up?
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ah to correct myself I have a Sony LCD rear projection tv which is 1080i/720p, and yes the sound differences even with the tv's speakers were so obvious from SD dvd's especially when I switched from 5.1 Dolby to the Linear PCM setting, it was much better under PCM.

anyone else got recommendations on good blu rays that are a must have, special consideration given to movies where stuff blows up hehhehe, too bad the transfer of House of Flying Daggers seems to be so poor, I love that movie.
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Originally Posted by educator_bhoy
ah to correct myself I have a Sony LCD rear projection tv which is 1080i/720p, and yes the sound differences even with the tv's speakers were so obvious from SD dvd's especially when I switched from 5.1 Dolby to the Linear PCM setting, it was much better under PCM.

anyone else got recommendations on good blu rays that are a must have, special consideration given to movies where stuff blows up hehhehe, too bad the transfer of House of Flying Daggers seems to be so poor, I love that movie.
I highly reccomend the Patriot
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Originally Posted by educator_bhoy
Anyone else got recommendations on good blu rays that are a must have, special consideration given to movies where stuff blows up hehhehe, too bad the transfer of House of Flying Daggers seems to be so poor, I love that movie.
Although I haven't seen the Blu-Ray version, the one title I most covet from your format is Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut)
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When you pop in that first disc, with the right movie (and both of those titles are great "showcase" discs), it's almost like a religious experience. I remember the feeling I got when I saw Halloween on dvd for the first time, and it was the same with Casino Royale on Blu-ray. I'm looking forward to receiving my A2 from the recent Amazon deal and I'm already weighing my options as to what disc to pop in first.
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Originally Posted by BuckNaked2k
Although I haven't seen the Blu-Ray version, the one title I most covet from your format is Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut)

Same here.
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Originally Posted by educator_bhoy
ah to correct myself I have a Sony LCD rear projection tv which is 1080i/720p, and yes the sound differences even with the tv's speakers were so obvious from SD dvd's especially when I switched from 5.1 Dolby to the Linear PCM setting, it was much better under PCM.

anyone else got recommendations on good blu rays that are a must have, special consideration given to movies where stuff blows up hehhehe, too bad the transfer of House of Flying Daggers seems to be so poor, I love that movie.
I recommend The Fifth Element.
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I already have Black Hawk Down and I don't even own a Blu-Ray player. *sigh
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Originally Posted by Fandango
I recommend The Fifth Element.
I just got a PS3 last week and my first movie to watch was The Fifth Element. Wow. I should be getting Casino Royale shortly and will be my second. Can't wait to check out Stargate as well.

I also bought the 360 HD player last week as well. Popped in King Kong and watched about 15 minutes of random scenes and to me, it couldn't even compare to the Fifth Element. Don't get me wrong, it looked great, but clearly not as crisp as TFE. Probably due to all the bright colors and most of the flick is CGI. I have Heroes on the way and a few HD discs in my Netflix queue so hopefully one of them will come close to the perfectness of the Fifth Element.
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I have heard that Casino Royal is amazing on Blu Ray, I have never been a fan of the Fifth Element, gorgeous looking film but the story to me makes no sense, not interesting dialogue etc

I was extremely disappointed with the Blu Ray version of Kingdom of Heaven, yes its beautiful, but where the heck are the extras?? a trailer for the movie, what is this 1997 when that was actually considered an extra hehhe, especially after the amazing Directors cut 4 disc release on SD
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Originally Posted by educator_bhoy
ah to correct myself I have a Sony LCD rear projection tv which is 1080i/720p,
Those numbers only tell you what types of signal the set will accept, not what actually winds up on your screen. If you have a model number or a web link to the set, we can tell you its actual native resolution.
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Originally Posted by Fandango
I recommend The Fifth Element.
Just be sure to get the re-mastered version and not the original release.
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Just for reference the two versions of Fifth Element are identical. The only difference is the remastered has TrueHD listed on the back.
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
Just for reference the two versions of Fifth Element are identical. The only difference is the remastered has TrueHD listed on the back.
The Video has also been given a remaster:
http://www.mbmg.de/hd-discs/thefifth...stered/01.html

This is only one of several comparisons I have seen online of PQ differences.
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I think it goes without saying to recommend The Fifth Element you must enjoy The Fifth Element.
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Originally Posted by Josh Z
Those numbers only tell you what types of signal the set will accept, not what actually winds up on your screen. If you have a model number or a web link to the set, we can tell you its actual native resolution.
my tv is the Sony KDF-46E2000 46" LCD Projection TV

anyone know anything about the release of Kingdom of Heaven with a directors commentary and all the other goodies in the 4 disc SD version?

I loved Layer Cake on SD, has anyone seen it in Blu Ray?
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I think it goes without saying to recommend The Fifth Element you must enjoy The Fifth Element.
Definitely. It is a love it or hate it film. I hate it personally, but I do get why it has a following and respect it.
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Originally Posted by educator_bhoy
my tv is the Sony KDF-46E2000 46" LCD Projection TV

anyone know anything about the release of Kingdom of Heaven with a directors commentary and all the other goodies in the 4 disc SD version?

I loved Layer Cake on SD, has anyone seen it in Blu Ray?
My TV is similiar it is the Sony KDF-50WE655 and I just read it is actually 788p native resolution?? I guess that's better than 740.
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Originally Posted by Josh Z
Those numbers only tell you what types of signal the set will accept, not what actually winds up on your screen. If you have a model number or a web link to the set, we can tell you its actual native resolution.
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-a...-32328106.html
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Supported DTV Resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

I might as well ask. Should I change all my settings on my 360/PS3 to 720p with that set, instead of 1080i?
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Originally Posted by asianxcore
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-a...-32328106.html
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Supported DTV Resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

I might as well ask. Should I change all my settings on my 360/PS3 to 720p with that set, instead of 1080i?
I have a 720p set in the living room and I haven't noticed much of a difference either way. I went ahead and put my HD DVD player and PS3 on 720p.
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Originally Posted by Natedogg
The Video has also been given a remaster:
http://www.mbmg.de/hd-discs/thefifth...stered/01.html

This is only one of several comparisons I have seen online of PQ differences.
I was referring to the case. There are no distinct markings letting you know you are getting the re-master other than the TrueHD listed in the audio section on the back.

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