[1.48] Are there discs to help me test, optimize,
or show off my audio/video system?
A few DVDs are designed specifically for testing
and optimizing video and audio playback. Some also demonstrate special
features of DVD:
Here are a few movies that work especially well
for demonstrating DVD's video and audio quality:
- Dinosaur - Direct-to-DVD digital transfer
gives sharp, clear images; good bass on footsteps and fights.
- The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over - Outstanding
5.1-channel music (DTS only, Dolby Digital tracks are 2-channel).
- The Fifth Element - Excellent video,
especially in beginning desert scenes, with stellar audio as well.
- Gladiator - Stunning surround audio with
brilliantly mixed orchestration.
- O Brother, Where Art Thou - Beautiful
color and incredible detail (check out facial stubble) with well-rendered
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Ultimate Edition)
- Great video for shadows and reds; highly dimensional audio.
- Toy Story 2 - Perfect all-digital transfer
results in sharp, rich images; sound effects are nicely staged.
- U-571 - Intense surround effects. Earthshaking
bass makes a great subwoofer demo.
Films on Disc has a list of ISF DVD citations
-- examples of the best of the craft.