Blu-ray is slowly phasing out DVDs as more and more people are getting into the HDTV bandwagon. Offering full HD goodness, Blu-rays offer a more pristine and better picture quality compared to DVDs – and trust me, once you’ve started watching Blu-rays, it just isn’t the same with DVDs. Blu-ray discs and players have become more affordable over time and you normally see them as a part of almost all home theatre setups. If you recently bought a shiny new big screen HDTV and are looking to impress your friends then check out these five Blu-ray movies that I feel offer the best picture quality to test your HDTV.
The most successful movie of all time is also one of the best Blu-rays I have tested. Each frame from the movie bleeds with superior image quality and since most of the movie was shot digitally, not a single amount of grain is present. Add to that a rocking soundtrack personally supervised by director James Cameron and you have the ultimate demo disc. Look out for the Special Collector’s Edition that contains three cuts of the movie.
2) The Dark Knight rises
Christopher Nolan’s gritty take on The Dark Knight is unarguably one of the best superhero movies of all time. I would recommend all three to be honest but if I had to pick out one that stands out in Blu-ray, The Dark Knight Rises takes the spot. The third film in the trilogy was partially filmed using IMAX cameras, and the superior resolution translates well when you watch it on Blu-ray. The aspect ratio shifts between normal and IMAX resolutions, but the IMAX scenes are the ones to behold. Look out for the scene when the Tumbler (Batmobile) races through the streets of Gotham. I get chills every time I watch that scene.
One of the best movies of 2013, Gravity is a must have on Blu-ray as well. Superb performances by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney add to a movie that is masterfully directed by Alfonso Cuarón. And If you have a 3D TV, it is worth investing on the 3D version of the movie. Beautifully shot, Gravity is simply spectacular to show off your 3D HDTV.
4) Finding Nemo
Every Disney/Pixar movie looks great on Blu-ray, but out of the bunch I always play Finding Nemo when showing off animated scenes on my HDTV even though it is ten years old. Check out the scenes that take place underwater, the crisp images make it seem like the water is real, Also look for the scenes with Nemo and the other fish in the aquarium- the image is so clear you can actually see the finest details on the character’s faces.
5) Pacific Rim
Guillermo del Toro’s Kaiju epic may put Godzilla to its knees (there should be a movie about that), and it reigns supreme on Blu-ray. The image quality on this disc is simply astounding – especially if you see it on a BIG screen TV. Look for the battle scenes in Hong Kong. Even with the immense size of the Kaijus and Jaegers fighting on screen, you can still see the people inside the building. That’s how clear the image is.
Do you agree with the list? What Blu-ray disc do you use to demo your TV? Let us know in the comments!