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03-10-2009, 02:19 AM
Which Blu-ray releases made you go "WOW" when compared to their old DVD counterparts? Sure, many Blu-rays look great and are general improvements; but I'm specifically talking about major improvements by leaps and bounds.
Here's two from me, and DVD Beaver review links attached with screen comparisons:
The Longest Day (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews37/the_longest_day_blu-ray.htm) Blu-ray. The film itself was released way back in 1962 in black and white. The DVD releases always seemed rather blurry, but the Blu-rays transfer is sharp as a tack and the contrast and black levels are infinitely superior. The DTS Master Audio track is also quite impressive from an older film such as this. And thankfully Fox chose to include all of the extras from the old 2-DVD release here.
The Boys from Brazil (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare/boysfrombrazil.htm) Blu-ray. Gregory Peck as a fervent Nazi! The DVD was released way back in the 90's, and looked pretty shabby in a letterbox-only transfer...recently even reissued by Lions Gate with new artwork. The UK Blu-ray is superior in virtually every way. The colors are much richer, the detail is a huge step up, the contrast and background detail is greatly improved, and the framing is wider and more composed on all 4 sides of the picture. The original Mono audio was never all that impressive for the film, but it's encoded at a relatively high bit-rate on the Blu-ray for more clarity. No extras beyond the trailer in full HD.
The first ones that come to mind are definitely Blade Runner and The Road Warrior. Warner Bros. did an amazing job with both of these titles. They look better than half of the newer flicks I have on the format. The same goes for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The only way I could describe the pic quality is "eye-porn". Other standouts are the Fifth Element, the other Kubrick flicks, Edward Scissorhands, and the Thing.
03-10-2009, 03:33 AM
Blade Runner for sure. I was quite floored by the reference quality transfer for Neil Marshall's Doomsday, a sometimes maligned film which I happen to like a lot. Friday the 13th (despite the controversial framing) is leaps and bounds better than the standard DVD release.
03-10-2009, 03:35 AM
Even though both are newer films, and their DVD transfers are excellent, but both House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects look amazing on Blu-ray.
03-10-2009, 03:46 AM
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is pretty friggin' sweet looking.
03-10-2009, 04:15 AM
The Searchers, my fucking GOD The Searchers. I nearly shit my pants when I saw how good it looked. 2001 and Blade Runner are up there as well, same with How the West Was Won, Bonnie & Clyde, Friday the 13th, Burn After Reading, The Road Warrior, The Warriors and The Mummy.
03-10-2009, 04:15 AM
The Lost Boys, Dawn & Day of the Dead (originals), Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday The 13th 1, 2 & 3, and The Amityville Horror. Those have been the most impressive to me so far. I rarely appreciate the transfers on new movies, no matter how perfect. I can't wait for some more 70's & 80's genre classics to get announced, they look terrific!!
03-10-2009, 05:12 AM
Some of my favorites:
Assault on Precinct 13
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Shoot 'Em Up
03-10-2009, 06:50 AM
I have to say Dirty Harry and Magnum Force. I bought the Ultimate Dirty Harry Collection and man, I love the set. The opening shot looking down the barrel of the sniper in Harry is practically 3-D. These first two films in the series show substantial improvement and WB retains the filmic grain, so it never looks plastic...but it certainly is gleaming.
Baraka is my runner up. Terrific eye-candy imagery, if you want to show off.
I, too, look forward to more releases from the '70s and '80s. Nothing like making an old classic look better than new!
Boo hoo, I want a Blu-ray player :( And a big ass TV. And some movies too. :( :( :(
Anyone seen Tarsem's The Fall? The Beaver gave it a stellar A/V review (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews40/the_fall_blu-ray.htm), and since it never got a theatrical release over here I kinda decided I'd only watch it once I got me some Blu-ray equipment.
03-10-2009, 04:49 PM
The Fall[/I]? The Beaver gave it a stellar A/V review (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews40/the_fall_blu-ray.htm), and since it never got a theatrical release over here I kinda decided I'd only watch it once I got me some Blu-ray equipment.
I have this on blu. It looks stellar.
Dark City (one of my favorite movies), The Shining, Blade Runner, TCM
03-10-2009, 06:04 PM
The Wild Bunch
2001: A Space Odyssey
03-11-2009, 04:37 AM
Doomsday and Serenity
03-11-2009, 05:49 AM
Run Lola Run looks great
Lost Boys surprised me at how great the picture was for an 80's flick
The Descent looks amazing to me- perfect horror movie for HD
Nightmare Before Christmas looks amazing
and I thought Goodfellas was another 80's flick that looked really good
and I agree most of the new movies look great but should- its the older ones that are really hit and miss and sometimes I get surprised with how much they can really do with some of those
03-11-2009, 05:51 AM
There has been a lot of good ones. I'm kind of spoiled because I have a huge about of DVR'ed HD horror movies. But the ones that really made me go wow on Blu-ray (and HD DVD) are
Friday the 13th part 2 Blu-ray
Wow! Much better than any other HD broadcast print.
More picture, brighter, more detail.
Makes the DVD look like mud.
Jason vs Freddy Blu-ray
Amazing detail above the DVD. Ultra detailed image.
The Thing (HD DVD) Blu-ray has DNR
Amazing detail above the DVD
Shawn of the Dead (HD DVD)
Quite possibly the most detailed movie on HD media.
Dawn of the Dead remake (HD DVD/BR)
Watch Ving's face after the intro.
The DVD looks way too blurry and blown out.
I'll add a few Broadcast HD prints
(Just jaw dropping clarity! Like a new movie.)
F13 part 6
03-11-2009, 06:00 AM
I think it has a little to do with how much you like a film and how many times you've seen it.The Blu-Ray of Assault on Precinct 13 is my #1 pick. I love that movie and was surprised at how much improved the disc was over Image's old DVD, and that DVD looked pretty good to begin with. I'm really enjoying the Bond films too. I'm surprised no one mentioned them.
03-11-2009, 09:26 AM
The first Blu-ray I ever watched was HALLOWEEN and it absolutely blew me away. I remember feeling the same the first time I ever saw it on DVD but seeing it on Blu-ray was as if someone had sprayed Windex on my eyes and wiped them clean.
03-11-2009, 01:01 PM
I'll second Day of the Dead (1985). The image clarity is amazing. The detail around Logan and Bub's eyes is so crisp that you can make out the blood pumping under the flesh of their eyelids.
03-12-2009, 07:27 PM
The Incredible Hulk
The Dark Knight
Those two are the best I have on Blu Ray, Everything from picture to sound to quality of the film is just WOW.
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