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Spitfire
10-09-2009, 09:32 PM
I'm going to make this thread about movies that are just "Must Buy" Blu-rays. With the first 5 votes, The Thing edged a close win over Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Original) and over The Shining.

So let's pick some more Blu-ray Horror and the one that gets the first 5 votes will be placed next in the list. Or the Blu-Ray with the most votes by the end of 5 days, based on which comes first.



Must-Buy: 01. Child's Play - Blu-Ray
Must-Buy: 02. The Thing - Blu-Ray


So if you haven't picked up The Thing, I really suggest you look into adding it into your Blu-ray collection. If you've bought it, I'd love to read your comments on the disc. Image, sound. If you haven't, will you be buying it? And lastly select a movie you own on Blu-ray as a must have, the first movie with 5 votes will make the list.

I will start the next thread with my selection, so to begin, I choose:

The Shining - Blu-Ray.

Marv Inc.
10-09-2009, 11:00 PM
The thing looked amazing to me on Blu Ray, because i never owned the anamophic dvd i only had the old letterboxed release.

So seeing it in full 2:35:1 Anamorphic was quite an experience the opening scene with the helicopter chasing the dog is rock solid and the detail pops of the scene, all of Rob Bottins creations look that little bit slimey aswell.

Angelman
10-09-2009, 11:06 PM
Agreed. Such a beautiful film - all the detail in the snow, all the subtley in the shadow areas. Fantastic disc.

Matt89
10-10-2009, 12:35 AM
Yep, definitely glad I picked this one up. Such a solid movie, and the image quality is incredible.

~Matt

SaviniFan
10-10-2009, 01:09 AM
I've been meaning to get this on blu but I thought I saw on some reviews that the DNR is applied quite heavy. Can anyone comment on that?

ReelFear
10-10-2009, 01:16 AM
i dont even own a blu ray player yet, but i bought this anyway. i figure when i do get one, this is the first disc i plan to watch!

Angelman
10-10-2009, 01:26 AM
I've been meaning to get this on blu but I thought I saw on some reviews that the DNR is applied quite heavy. Can anyone comment on that?

I'm no DNR expert but it looked very natural to me. No pixar-type crispness or anything...

Spitfire
10-10-2009, 01:43 AM
I've been meaning to get this on blu but I thought I saw on some reviews that the DNR is applied quite heavy. Can anyone comment on that?

I saw this on blu-ray a couple months back and the transfer was gorgeous. I can't comment on the HD-DVD comparison but it looked amazing, and it was a great experience seeing it in 1080. Very sharp. A great disc of a very favorite movie.


We need some more picks for number 3. :glasses:

Katatonia
10-10-2009, 02:13 AM
I'll vote for From Hell on Blu-ray. The A/V quality is absolutely superb, a huge improvement over the old DVD versions. The deleted scenes are all in full 1080p as well. It doesn't have all of the extras ported from the two-disc DVD, but is still a great purchase.

Harry Warden
10-10-2009, 03:54 AM
The Shining - totally excellent on Blu-Ray.

othervoice1
10-10-2009, 06:36 AM
Ill still throw my vote out for Let the Right One In. The Descent looked really good too and is a great movie as well.

bigdaddyhorse
10-10-2009, 07:40 PM
The Ruins had my jaw on the floor a few times, so I'll throw in a vote for it.

The Thing was an experience. This is my favorite film (even though I never bothered to get the anamorphic dvd) and it just got so much better. A few outdoor scenes looked a bit rough (grainy or dnr, I can't call it yet) but everything else was fucking insane with the pop of the colors and the sharpness of the picture. It literally felt like a new movie shot a few months ago, not a few decades. Plus there's not much to date this film (besides the computers, that chess game cracks me up everytime without fail). I can skip a few extras for this, but kept my old dvd anyway.

I still want to see the deleted footage mentioned in the documentary, they have stills from it, the footage should be somewhere, hopefully.

killit
10-10-2009, 08:27 PM
this is also one of the best looking dvds too

Funktion
10-10-2009, 09:31 PM
Those interested in purchasing The Thing on BD (and you should :)) should get the European release.
It's region free, and unlike the US release it's a dual layer 50GB disc that includes the extras from the DVD release, including the full Terror Takes Shape documentary (instead of the chopped up bits that play in a small window on the US disc, with the U-Control option).

bigdaddyhorse
10-10-2009, 10:19 PM
Those interested in purchasing The Thing on BD (and you should :)) should get the European release.
It's region free, and unlike the US release it's a dual layer 50GB disc that includes the extras from the DVD release, including the full Terror Takes Shape documentary (instead of the chopped up bits that play in a small window on the US disc, with the U-Control option).

Wish I would've known this before ordering, but at the price I got it I'm sure importing would've been many times more.
Are the features just standard def? If they bumped those up to 1080i or 1080p I might sell my US version and hunt this down. If the same as my old dvd, I'll just pop that in if I wantto watch the doc again. I rarely re-visit docs anyway, but this one I know I will at some point in life.

Funktion
10-10-2009, 11:12 PM
Are the features just standard def? If they bumped those up to 1080i or 1080p I might sell my US version and hunt this down. If the same as my old dvd, I'll just pop that in if I wantto watch the doc again. I rarely re-visit docs anyway, but this one I know I will at some point in life.
I don't have the disc at hand, but I'm pretty sure the extras are all in 480p (they look good upscalled).
As for the price, even with the weak dollar this release is not expensive, I'm sure you can find it for $17-18 shipped (most UK stores have it for less than 10).

By the way, the full list of extras (the US release only has the first 2 items listed):

* U-Control Picture in Picture track with cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
* Commentary with director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
* John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape
* Production Background Archive
* Cast Production Photographs
* Production Art and Storyboards
* Location Design
* Production Archives
* The Saucer
* The Blair Monster
* Outtakes
* Post Production
* Theatrical Trailer

Regarding the topic, two great releases that should be in everyone's collections are Texas Chainsaw Massacre (great transfer, and an insane amount of extra features; the recently released UK edition has everything from the US release + 3 additional interviews that clock in at over 40 minutes, but I'm not sure if it's region B locked or not) and An American Werewolf In London (again good transfer, and lots of interesting extras, including the new documentary Beware the Moon).

For more recent genre films that people might have missed, I would suggest Midnight Meat Train (not many extra features, but the film looks lovely on BD and I found it to be very enjoyable, in fact one of the few decent horror films I watched in the last couple of years (these recent horror "trends" such as the "torture porn" sub-genre or the remake bandwagon don't do anything for me)) and, not really horror per se, and a film that pretty much everyone seems to dislike, but the recent X-Files film X-Files: I Want to Believe is a great BD release. I really enjoyed it when I saw it at the cinema (it was a very interesting experience, because it's a very low-key, slow moving film when compared to the usual studio productions (it's pretty much an extended regular episode of the series, but with better cinematography and none of the conspiracy theories), and I watched it in a small cinema pretty much alone), and I enjoy watching it on BD.
It's funny, I stopped watching the series long before the end of it (I enjoyed it for the (mostly supernatural) cases they investigated, not really the conspiracy theories that took over the series after the first few seasons, and kept going on and on), and I didn't follow the making of the film at all. I went to watch it knowing nothing about it (besides knowing the bad feedback it received) simply because I was bored and nothing better was showing at the time, and I really enjoyed it, and it reminded me why I loved the series when it started.
The film has a wonderful grainy visual look (which looks awesome in HD), and the lovely cinematography perfectly captured all the snow displayed in a bleak, almost haunting way (with an awesome minimal soundtrack). I find it to be a very enjoyable late night viewing, although I know many didn't like the film at all.
The BD has two versions of the film and hours of enjoyable extras, which makes for a very worthwhile release, providing you remotely enjoy the film.