Release List Reviews Shop Join News DVD Giveaways Video Games Advertise
DVD Reviews | Theatrical Reviews | Price Search Buy Stuff Here
DVD Talk
DVD Reviews DVD Talk Headlines HD Reviews


Add to My Yahoo! - RSS 2.0 - RSS 2.0 - DVD Talk Podcast RSS -


Go Back   DVD Talk Forum > DVD Discussions > HD Talk

HD Talk The place to discuss Blu-ray, 4K and all other forms and formats of HD and HDTV.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-24-08, 10:24 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 607
Blu-Ray Movies you want but won't buy

With Blu-Ray I expect nothing less than the best in video and audio quality. With that said, here are a few movies already out that I'd really want to buy but won't because they are less than stellar in the A/V dept.

Courage under Fire (poor video quality)
MI: 3 (only DD5.1)
Payback (only DD5.1)
Superman Returns (only DD5.1 & poor video quality)
Terminator 2 (only DTS & poor video quality)
Training Day (poor video quality & DD5.1)
The Polar Express (only DD5.1)
Unforgiven (only DD5.1 & poor video quality)
We Were Soldiers (only DD5.1 & poor video quality)


There are others that dissapoint but these are just the ones I would have purchased yesterday if the quality was better. I've learned my lesson with DVDs. I will wait until these get reissued.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 11:26 AM   #2
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DVD Polizei's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 50,942
Unforgiven was fantastic on HD DVD. It wasn't the same transfer on Blu-ray?

We Were Soldiers also looked pretty good. It was probably the "Grain Filter" used by the director, so it won't get any clearer.

The Polar Express looked great on HD DVD as well. Same transfer for Blu-ray, right?

DD5.1 is good enough for me in most cases. So, I'm gonna have to disagree with most of your list already.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 11:36 AM   #3
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
mdc3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Guelph, Ontario
Posts: 9,921
MI: 3 (only DD5.1)

Have you heard this disc? MI: 3 is one of my favourite high def movies - I think the transfer is accurate and the audio ROCKS... skipping this one because of 'no lossless' is a HUGE MISTAKE IMO.
__________________
Armchair Directors - Video Movie Reviews

Letterboxd
Rank 'Em As You See Them 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Spending Tab 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 11:37 AM   #4
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
B5Erik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 8,408
I'm holding off on Terminator 2 because I want the extended cut.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 11:39 AM   #5
Jim
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,575
I know reviews have said Courage Under Fire does not have great video quality, but I had no problem with it when we watched it. That was when we first got our BD player over a year ago so maybe my rating would change, but I don`t think so. Have you seen it or just gone by the reviews? Maybe on screens much larger than our 46" it has issues that don`t show up on ours.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 11:42 AM   #6
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 6,238
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamers
Unforgiven (only DD5.1 & poor video quality)
Perception of video quality is somewhat subjective, but if you really think Unforgiven had poor video quality then you disagree with pretty much every review of the disc I've seen online. Here are a sampling of scores that the image quality specifically on the BD has received:

DVD Verdict 91/100
HDD 4/5
DVD Beaver 9.5/10
DVD Talk 4/5
Blu-ray.com 4.5/5
DVD Town 8/10

To respond more generally to your post, I only avoid buying a movie that I want to own if the A/V quality is really terrible. I don't let something like audio specs or minor image blemishes prevent me from owning and enjoying a film that I love.
__________________
--Kevin--
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 11:54 AM   #7
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
B5Erik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 8,408
Unforgiven is on my list of Blu Rays to buy.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 12:00 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 485
Die Hard 4. Waiting for the unrated cut that SDVD got.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 12:18 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 324
Most of the Fox/MGM catalog titles because of the ridiculously high MSRP and lack of virtually every DVD extra.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 12:23 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Hollywoodland
Posts: 471
I'm not fully jumping into Blu-ray until the portable players come out. I end up watching the movies at home of the big screen, but most of the time I end up watching all the extras on my portable player. Also because any of the kids movies my daughter watches them at home, but when we go on road trips or plane flights we have the portable player for that too. So, I don't want to have to buy two versions of each movie.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 12:24 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Scranton, Pa
Posts: 785
Wall Street...horrible picture quality.
__________________
100 -ten Blu-Rays & Counting
PSN: U5MC51473
May The Force Be With Blu
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 12:31 PM   #12
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: CALI!
Posts: 6,972
None. I buy everything i want!
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 12:52 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 324
Quote:
Originally Posted by JustInsane
I'm not fully jumping into Blu-ray until the portable players come out. I end up watching the movies at home of the big screen, but most of the time I end up watching all the extras on my portable player. Also because any of the kids movies my daughter watches them at home, but when we go on road trips or plane flights we have the portable player for that too. So, I don't want to have to buy two versions of each movie.

You'd honestly be better off just buying DVDs if you're waiting on a portable blu-ray player. Aside from the cost of such players, the a/v improvement would be minimal at best on such a small screen/speakers.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 01:02 PM   #14
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 37,626
Run Lola Run. $20 is too much for a movie I already own twice over.

Mostly cost things, I'm dirt broke right now
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 01:37 PM   #15
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 116
Quote:
Originally Posted by waylonsmithers
Most of the Fox/MGM catalog titles because of the ridiculously high MSRP and lack of virtually every DVD extra.
Quoted for truth, this is my major gripe with those studios. At least it's gotten better but it doesn't help the tons of titles already released :/
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 02:00 PM   #16
DVD Talk Legend
 
Drexl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 15,929
Quote:
Originally Posted by waylonsmithers
You'd honestly be better off just buying DVDs if you're waiting on a portable blu-ray player. Aside from the cost of such players, the a/v improvement would be minimal at best on such a small screen/speakers.
That's not the point though. The point is that he could watch the movies on the "main" system with high quality A/V, but also be able to watch the same discs on a portable player. Of course the quality wouldn't be much better on the portable, but the idea is that the same discs would work for either scenario.

I'm waiting for the unrated LFODH of course, and new versions of Total Recall, Terminator 2, and perhaps Lord of War. Those were early Lionsgate titles that got mediocre reviews IIRC, and also had extras dropped. They've been cheap at times, and that makes me think that new editions could be coming.

The lack of lossless audio usually isn't a deterrent to me, but I'm certainly not in any hurry to buy titles like Phantom of the Opera on BD when the HD DVD I have has TrueHD but the BD does not.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 04:56 PM   #17
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 2,926
Quote:
Originally Posted by waylonsmithers
Most of the Fox/MGM catalog titles because of the ridiculously high MSRP and lack of virtually every DVD extra.
Ditto. A few that come to mind specifically (other studios mixed in and high prices are also an issue in general)..

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cast Away
Eight Below (disappointed that a couple of the extras were removed.. would still purchase once the price gets reduced though)
The Fifth Element (want but will wait for a definitive release)
The Golden Compass (solely due to wanting to wait for a director's cut)
House of Flying Daggers
Ice Age
Kingdom of Heaven
Lord of War
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Memento
Rocky
Silent Hill
The Usual Suspects
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 05:12 PM   #18
DVD Talk Legend
 
Sweet Baby James's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 11,587
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichC2
Run Lola Run. $20 is too much for a movie I already own twice over.

Mostly cost things, I'm dirt broke right now
Sorry to hear about your financial woes, but RLR Blu-Ray smokes the SD version. You should pick it up when you have the spare scratch.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 07:12 PM   #19
DVD Talk Hero
 
PopcornTreeCt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 25,916
Quote:
Originally Posted by JustInsane
I'm not fully jumping into Blu-ray until the portable players come out. I end up watching the movies at home of the big screen, but most of the time I end up watching all the extras on my portable player. Also because any of the kids movies my daughter watches them at home, but when we go on road trips or plane flights we have the portable player for that too. So, I don't want to have to buy two versions of each movie.
That is just insane.

Blu-ray movies aren't going to look any better than DVD movies on tiny screens with little resolution.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 07:15 PM   #20
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 37,626
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sweet Baby James
Sorry to hear about your financial woes, but RLR Blu-Ray smokes the SD version. You should pick it up when you have the spare scratch.
Yeah I've seen it Hoping Sony has a sale with it and Curse of the Golden Flower again.

Also wish Perfume didn't tank in the US, that DVD was in the $3 bin at lightning speed. Would pick Perfume and The Princess and the Warrior if they were rel'd.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 07:19 PM   #21
Time Lord
 
Supermallet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Termite Terrace
Posts: 54,010
X-Men 3: The Last Stand because you couldn't pay me to have that movie in my collection, or watch it ever again.
__________________
Remove the torturing arm of the fascist state—abolish ICE!
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 07:49 PM   #22
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
davidlynchfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 2,811
Quote:
Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
That is just insane.

Blu-ray movies aren't going to look any better than DVD movies on tiny screens with little resolution.
there's that 11-inch OLED for $2,500 that's supposed to be out soon,i think they can add a blu-ray player with it for future models although it'll probably be quite a challenge for the batteries to hold up.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 07:50 PM   #23
DVD Talk Hero
 
Gizmo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Formerly known as "GizmoDVD"/Southern CA
Posts: 30,297
Superman Returns did get re-issues with a TrueHD track on Blu-ray (previously only on the HD DVD version). It IS out there...you just have to look for it (or hit eBay since it was included with some Panasonic players for free).
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 07:52 PM   #24
DVD Talk Hero
 
Gizmo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Formerly known as "GizmoDVD"/Southern CA
Posts: 30,297
Quote:
Originally Posted by JustInsane
I'm not fully jumping into Blu-ray until the portable players come out. I end up watching the movies at home of the big screen, but most of the time I end up watching all the extras on my portable player. Also because any of the kids movies my daughter watches them at home, but when we go on road trips or plane flights we have the portable player for that too. So, I don't want to have to buy two versions of each movie.
This won't happen for many years, if ever. Watching a BD on a 7 - 11 inch screen would make it look almost identical to the DVD. Small screens simply cannot produce a decent picture. Even if they did, expect to shell out at least a grand for them. This is one reason why I liked HD DVD combos...but I don't think BD will ever do anything like that.

However, many studios are now including digital copies to watch using an iPod or something.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-08, 10:16 PM   #25
DVD Talk Hero
 
Quake1028's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Hurricanes Season Ticket Holder
Posts: 26,508
28 Weeks Later - quality
Crash - quality
Flightplan - $$$
Hitch - quality
ID4 - $$$
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - quality
Lost: Season 3 - $$$
Man on Fire - $$$
Me, Myself & Irene - $$$
Phone Booth - $$$
Predator - quality
Prison Break: Season 1 - $$$
Punisher - quality
Talladega Nights - quality, $$$
__________________
RIP Mary 1968-2005
i DeManD ONe thOusand Dollars FoR Deb. MeeT Me at the BANK so I caN SEE tHe TellER Hand YOu thE MoNey! - jonw9
"Just take her to some nature shit and propose. She'll be so happy she'll mouth-bang you out in the woods." - Moopher
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:03 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0