I'm a self admitted blu-ray junkie. With a massive collection that would make almost any cinephile cry, I have compiled a list of what I think are the best looking blu-rays to ever hit the market. Certain movies just get a better treatment when being transferred to the format and definitely stand out among a sea of constant releases. So, here we go. These are the blu-rays that any collector MUST own.
A remarkable modern sci-fi masterpiece by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog fame. The audio and video quality are top notch on this master. Sunshine was a box office failure but a great film that mixes elements from many of my favorite sci-fi films.
House of 1000 Corpses
Unbelievably, this movie has one of the best format transfers to date. The colors are vivid and the clarity is stunning. This is probably the best movie Zombie has ever made which really doesn't hurt much either.
Quantum of Solace
Although it doesn't look nearly as good as Casino Royale, Quantum has a distinct look and feel. Although it's not as strong a Bond entry as it's predecessor, this is definite purchase quality.
This movie got the grand treatment when being transferred to blu. The video clarity is gorgeous as the audio is nearly flawless. This was the best of the new Bond movies so far with Skyfall following closely behind.
Who would have thought this would be the crowing achievement for the blu format? Rambo is by far the one movie to which I set my hi-def quality standards. Everything about this release was done with precision and absolute care.
Ridley Scott's latest sci-fi/horror entry is one of the best looking discs of this last year. Many had an issue with the story's jumbled feel. I actually enjoyed it and have watched the blu numerous times in my home theater.
The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life itself is a hard movie to swallow. Yet, it's a stunning visual masterpiece that takes full advantage of the format with distinct care paid to the way this film looks in the format. It's on sale on Amazon right now for $9.99. If anything, buy it for the visual elements.
The Dark Knight
While there are many mixed feelings towards Nolan's Batman universe, one thing is for sure. This movie looks grand in the hi-def format. The action and city scenes look stunning while the audio is perfectly mixed. The same cannot be said for it's sequel. The Dark Knight Rises has one of the worst audio mixes I've ever heard on disc. The compression is off and Bane's voice is terribly mixed.
Revenge of the Sith
Yeah, I know. You hated the prequels. But, you can't argue with the fact that ROTS looks phenomenal on this release. The colors are deep and the sound quality is nearly perfect. The opening space battle sequence is something I've watched over and over again when tweaking my system.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Fincher's version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a great set to own for it's clarity while maintaining a bit of film grain. I'm still hoping for a sequel.....................
That's it. Now get shopping, you bastard.