Top 8 Films To Watch in a Kickass Home Theater
As the Blu-ray library continues to expand, finding the right films to express the full power of your home theater can be a difficult decision, but the following titles have been recommended by audio/video experts in terms of their fantastic picture and sound quality, making them great choices to burn onto a blank BD-R:
1. Avatar (2009)
James Cameron’s visually stunning sci-fi fantasy flick offers one of the best ways to showcase your home theater with its mesmerizing and immersive CGI effects. It doesn’t slouch on the sound, either, as the world of the Na’vi comes to life in perfect clarity. Best of all, the 3D version is of the highest quality for the home market.
2. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Pixar animations as a whole are Blu-ray must-haves, as their fantastic CGI produces a picture quality unlike anything seen on DVD. The bright and colorful world of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang has never looked or sounded better. The 3D version especially shines, and is considered by some reviewers to be the best 3D title of 2011.
3. The Dark Knight (2008)
If you only own one action movie, then this superhero masterpiece by Christopher Nolan should be your choice due to its lifelike detail and fantastic story. The dark and dreary city of Gotham looks perfect, and the audio features really aggressive bass that is sure to impress your guests when played on a quality sound system.
4. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy has never looked better, and while the entire trilogy is stunning on Blu-ray, the third has transferred with especially high quality. Everything from the wondrous city of Gondor to the nightmarish plains of Mordor is shown in vivid detail. Prepare to be stunned by the sound as well; from thundering battles to the softest whisper.
5. Casino Royale (2006)
Animation and fantasy titles aren’t the only films worth burning onto a blank BD-R, as this critically-acclaimed James Bond action thriller features theater-quality detail in both its black-and-white and color moments. The audio is especially impressive, as the tonal quality of the film’s soundtrack as well as its dynamic action sequences is clear and balanced.
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
While it’s strange to see a classic make this list, Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking sci-fi film was originally projected onto enormous curved screens, which is why he chose a crisp look for its cinematography. Needless to say, these choices have made the Blu-ray version look fantastic and nearly identical to its theatrical release.
7. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Tim Burton has always thrilled audiences with his macabre yet comic storytelling, and this retelling of Stephen Sondheim’s gory musical looks wondrously dark in Blu-ray format. The audio is also strong, allowing your guests to become immersed in the dreary crowds of London as well enthralled by Johnny Depp and Helana Bonham Carter’s memorable vocal performances.
8. Baraka (1992)
Although a documentary about human civilization told only with images seems like a bizarre choice for home theaters owners, this film is considered by videophiles to be the apex of Blu-ray picture quality, with images so clear and vivid that you will swear that they are right in your home.