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Best Blu-ray discs to show off your Home Theater

We both know you didn’t just build an incredible home theater just so you could have it all to yourself all the time. You’re itching to show it off any chance you get, and that’s perfectly natural. After all, if your subwoofer(s) shakes the art right off the walls during the tidal wave in San Andreas, but nobody but you was there to see, hear, and feel it, did it actually happen?

Nah, you’ve got enough big fish stories; best to show off your awesome creation with your friends and family. But what do you show it off with? What movies will best show off your display’s incredible contrast, color, and resolution? What flick will kick your subs into overdrive and light up every single channel of surround, immersing you in a dizzying swirl of hard-core digital cinema soundscape?

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That’s what this list is all about. There’s no way we could put all the greats in here – that would just take too long. But we do have our favorites, and we’re eager to share them with you and explain why they make such great demonstrations. Trust us when we tell you, from HD to the new 4K Ultra HD titles, these Blu-ray picks have got what it takes to make your system shine and turn your guests green with envy.

Movies

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Based on the novel of the same name, Ang Lee’s 2012 film Life of Pi had some people calling it the “next Avatar” due to its incredible art direction and impressive visual effects. There’s no surprise it made a nice run at the 2013 Academy Awards, taking home the Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Music — Original Score, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. From a breaching whale adorned in phosphorescence, to its incredibly lifelike — and wildly terrifying — computer-generated Bengal tiger, Life of Pi is an otherworldly experience that pushes any home theater to its absolute limit.

Codec Resolution Aspect Ratio Original Aspect Ratio English
MPEG-4 AVC (25 Mbps) 1080p 1.85.1 1.85:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Available from:

Amazon

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

Director George Miller returns to the Mad Max franchise in a glorious way with 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Starring Tom Hardy as the iconic Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron as the mutiny-happy Imperator Furiosa, the film follows up on the deserted world reeling from the effects of a nuclear holocaust from the original franchise (miraculously) without skipping a beat. When the film released worldwide during the spring of 2015, theater-goers gushed at its over-the-top action sequences, captivating cinematography, and unique art direction. It’s no wonder a sizable amount of Oscar buzz started flowing immediately following its release; Mad Max: Fury Road is a must-own for anyone with even a decent home theater setup.

Codec Resolution Aspect Ratio Original Aspect Ratio English
MPEG-4 AVC (24.88 Mbps) 1080p 2.40:1 2.39:1 Dolby TrueHD 7.1, Dolby Atmos

Available from:

Amazon

Jurassic World

Jurassic World Head

Summer 2015 saw one of film’s greatest franchises return to the silver screen with the release of the Colin Trevorrow-directed Jurassic World. Moreover, the rebirth of the franchise also lent itself to the rising star of one Chris Pratt, who was joined on screen by Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, and even Jurassic Park‘s B.D. Wong. Expectedly, the film deals with a dinosaur theme park gone awry with heavy doses of tense action sequences, gorgeous locales, and stunning CG. We recommend warning your neighbors if you buy this, the high-quality audio makes the dinosaur roars absolutely deafening.

Codec Resolution Aspect Ratio Original Aspect Ratio English
MPEG-4 AVC (25.04 Mbps) 1080p 2.00:1 2.00:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

Available from:

Amazon

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Speaking of How to Train Your Dragon, though director Dean DeBlois’ wondrous animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a bit lacking in the story department, the gorgeous animation and epic flight sequences in the follow-up to the Dreamworks tentpole make it quite the visual feast. Watching several hundred dragons flying across the screen all at once — and in a vibrant array of rich colors, no less — is nothing short of an amazing visual spectacle. Moreover, composer John Powell lends the film an expertly crafted soundtrack which sounds phenomenal piping through your home theater’s sound system.

Codec Resolution Aspect Ratio Original Aspect Ratio English
MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.35:1 2.39:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

Available from:

Amazon

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

One of the pleasant surprises coming out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe of late, Guardians of the Galaxy has everything fans of adventure movies crave. Exciting action, big, powerful audio, and thrilling CGI sequences keep this Chris Pratt-vehicle churning from beginning to end. The attack scene in the final act of Guardians of the Galaxy remains one of the most magnificent set pieces relative to any MCU film, and one which makes this a joy to watch on your big screen.

Codec Resolution Aspect Ratio Original Aspect Ratio English
MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1, 1.78:1 2.39:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

Available from:

Amazon

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