You hear these words countless times a day, whenever you see a commercial touting the newest movie coming out of theaters. If you’re a movie buff, you’re probably paying apt attention to these advertisements, noting which movies you want to buy next to enjoy on your many-inch plasma screen TV.
You may have recently purchased a Blu Ray player, having fallen for the ads proclaiming it the next generation movie machine, the thing that gives you the best visuals and sound yet. Well, it’s true. You’ve made a wise decision. But what are the optimum movies to add to your new and growing Blu Ray collection? We’ve put together a list of the 15 movies you have to own on Blu Ray.
The Transformers Collection Hear us out. We know that the Transformers movies may not be the best movies ever. But on Blu Ray, you’d be watching those Autobots kick Decepticon butt in amazing HD. Every nut and bolt will be visible, and you’ll finally be able to tell the robots apart during fight scenes. Plus, Megan Fox in 1080p. Need we say more?
Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro is famous for creating beautiful creatures on screen, and 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth is a perfect example of his genius. The graphics add to the compelling story, and having this movie in HD only enhances the experience. Lose yourself in the dark fairy tale and del Toro’s attack on the subconscious. This film is a great addition to any Blu Ray collection.
Lord of the Rings Yes, you’ve bought the originals, the theatrical extended edition, and the extended extended editions that included movie memorabilia. But owning LOTR on Blu Ray is an unforgettable experience, well worth the money. Watching the Orcs march from Isengard, Sméagol talk to Gollum, and Ents attack Saruman are only a few of the ultra-sharp scenes worth watching. You’ll feel like you’re seeing the movie for the first time.
Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4 Captain Jack Sparrow’s drunken antics are much funnier in HD, we promise. Watching the undead pirates in the first film, the Kraken and world’s end in the second and third films, and the haunting mermaids in the fourth film are stunning in HD. The colorful pirate world looks and sounds better on Blu Ray, and you’ll laugh harder than ever.
The 300 This movie was filmed to look like the comic book it was based on, and was hailed as an incredible viewing experience, if lacking in characterization. Seeing this again in Blu Ray will allow you to see the visuals down to the last detail. You can also catch “THIS IS SPARTA” in better sound. The grainy and raw video will wow you, and the levels of color you’ve never seen before will pop.
Planet Earth This nature documentary isn’t the most exciting film, but it’ll simply glow in HD. It inspires more of a sense of wonder than most films, and you’ll feel like you can reach right through the screen into the wilderness. The stunning scenery will captivate you. There’s no viewing experience like it.
2001: A Space Odyssey By a large consensus one of the best films ever made, Stanley Kubrick’s movie pulls you in with better visuals than ever. It hits you like a revelation on Blu Ray, with much more stunning video than the VHS, and even the DVD cannot match it. Though the movie is placed in deep space, the level of sky and space will astound all over again in this masterpiece.
Casino Royale The new James Bond may be polarizing, but this movie is one of the first that truly showed what Blu Ray could do. The black and white sequences have never looked better, and the 1080p transfer makes every single object burn through the screen. The action sequences are more realistic, and you’ll feel you’re running along with Daniel Craig’s Bond.
The Dark Knight Heath Ledger’s final and incandescent performance as the Joker looks its best in The Dark Knight on Blu Ray. Watching the story come together takes on new life, looking better than ever. The dark scenes spark more, and you won’t miss a single flap of a bat’s wing. You’ll feel like Batman is throwing his darts right at you.
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration This iconic collection of films has been restored, and looks its absolute shiny best on Blu Ray. The crime trilogy gets new life breathed into it, and you won’t be able to look away as the Corleones get things done. One of the genre’s most influential films will sing from the screen, as the most subtle moments are highlighted with stunning HD.
Casablanca Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve heard of it, and now’s your chance to experience the magic. The sensual and romantic chemistry between Bogart’s Blaine and Bergman’s Ilsa is unmistakable and completely captivating. Watching the people in the club drown out Nazis by singing “La Marseillaise” is an otherworldly thing in Blu Ray, and can’t be missed.
The Wizard of Oz A movie that redefined movies with its use of color in the Land of Oz, The Wizard of Oz is a classic that is a must-add to any Blu Ray collection. Colors, props, and sets will simply lift out of the screen, making you want to dance along the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy. The Wicked Witch will frighten you all over again, just like the first time.
Anything Pixar Has Done If you own a Blu Ray DVD player, you have to own Pixar’s magnificent collection. Their every movie is nearly pitch-perfect in its execution, and every family member will find something to enjoy about each treasure. The cherub-faced protagonists and cartoonish-but-somehow-real villains will charm you over and over again.
Kill Bill One of Quentin Tarantino’s best-known film duo, Kill Bill blows viewers away to this day, and is even more amazing in Blu Ray. It’s a thrill to see again, in bloody detail. The Bride’s tale of vengeance is a powerhouse to behold, and is only enhanced through the power of 1080p and mighty sound processing.
District 9 If you’re a fan of sci fi horror, you’ll love seeing Peter Jackson’s District 9 in Blu Ray. The visuals and CGI are brilliantly executed, and the levels of the movie resonate in HD. You’ll see every transformation of Wikus van de Merwe in gory detail. Prepare to be both disgusted and amazed by the “Prawn” aliens and their habitation and torture. This film shocks all over again on Blu Ray.
Blu Ray has made some amazing strides forward in movie viewing at home, enhancing the experience for all. Children will delight in the stunning realism, as will adults. You, your family, and your friends can take part in visuals that effervesce from the screen and sound that will fill your head ‘til it rings with the film. Make sure you start off your Blu Ray collection with movies that will do justice to this powerful leap in technology.
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