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Old 03-26-08, 10:22 AM
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Is POTC the best Blu Reference Disk? Any others?

Just got my new Blu ray player and I want to get a good reference disk. I love seeing the setup at Best Buy where they always show some POTC movie (cant tell which one). It looks SO REAL its almost bad (not flim like) but I like the coolness of it and would love to see a whole movie done this well. The thing is I hate the POTC movies. The first one was ok, the second one was so over the top (and long) it was like a B movie with unlimited funds. The characters became parodies of themselves and it reeked of ego. Never saw the third one.

Any other movies with THIS LEVEL of stunning realism (even if its distracting like POTC)? Ive never seen anything close.
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No Country for Old Men is my #1 Blu-ray demo disc right now. A flawless transfer.
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Old 03-26-08, 10:31 AM
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i see.

any others?
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Enchanted is pretty damn awesome.

I also have read that 2001 and Casino Royale are pretty good (own both but haven't watched either yet).

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Crank is pretty eye popping at times.
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Thanks for the recommendations!

I looked into it more and found out the '3D videolike effect' is a feature of the 120hz display (which my TV has) that can be turned on or off. I dont like the effect but its an interesting novelty to play with. Glad its not just specific to the disk.
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Forgot this one, but it is one of the best BD transfers out there.
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Old 03-26-08, 11:47 AM
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Has the framing issue with POTC been corrected with new stocks of the disc?
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
Thanks for the recommendations!

I looked into it more and found out the '3D videolike effect' is a feature of the 120hz display (which my TV has) that can be turned on or off. I dont like the effect but its an interesting novelty to play with. Glad its not just specific to the disk.
It's a neat little gimmick, but for some reason it hurts my eyes after 15-20mins
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Originally Posted by FusionX
Forgot this one, but it is one of the best BD transfers out there.

Its that good? I may have to take a hit and buy this.
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Originally Posted by Brian Shannon
Has the framing issue with POTC been corrected with new stocks of the disc?
I was wondering the same thing. Anyone know off-hand?
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I was wondering the same thing. Anyone know off-hand?
I believe I read somewhere on AVS forums that some people have bought it at Best Buy recently and have gotten the corrected disc, while others have bought it recently from Amazon and have gotten the old, mis-framed disc. It seems completely hit and miss. From what I've read, there is no way to identify corrected discs from the UPC code on the back of the case or any other indicators on the packaging. It's strictly a matter of checking the numbering on the data-side of the disc, at the inner hub. I just got PotC:CotBP myself and am hoping that mine is the corrected disc.
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Didnt know about the cropping issue--Best Buy has the first two movies at $19.99 and I ALMOST got one.

It's a neat little gimmick, but for some reason it hurts my eyes after 15-20mins
I didnt watch it that long but im dying to play with the feature.
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Another vote for Ratatouille this looks simply amazing.

Crank is also a top notch disc for demo purposes.

Kingdom Of Heaven is also a fun demo disc. Lot's of huge scenes, and lots of excellent backgrounds that show tons of detail.


If you want something with that way too good it looks fake look, then pop in Spiderman 3. It looks too good, so the effects shots look really face.
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
Didnt know about the cropping issue--Best Buy has the first two movies at $19.99 and I ALMOST got one.


Go ahead and get it. If you get the misframed copy, contact Disney for an exchange. They are great about exchanging defective discs for the corrected one. They actually sent me the corrected copy of POTC and I didn't even had to return the defective copy.
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Nice. Of the 20 or so Blu-rays that I have, 6 of them are Tier 0 (reference), 7 are Tier 1 (gold), 3 are Tier 2 (silver), and 2 are Tier 3 (bronze). Wow, that Tier 2 list is hard to read!
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Spider-man 3 is terrific for an audio/video demo

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No Country for Old Men
Cast Away
The Day After Tomorrow
Live Free or Die Hard
Man on Fire

The Shining, 2001, and Bonnie & Clyde are all older films that also look terrific.
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