Blu Ray Reference List

 

The blu ray reference list is based on the transfer of film to blu ray.

For the first time ever we are able to replicate the cinema experience in our homes and this thread is dedicated to this hobby and to the enjoyment we all get from collecting our favorite films.

Titles on the reference list will have a film like look with very little issues. There may be extremely small issues lasting several seconds but this would not disqualify the film from the list.

The Reference List – Highly Recommended Blu Ray Releases
These films are considered to closely reproduce the look of the original film


Alien
*New transfer supervised by Ridley Scott
*Beautiful looking image
*Click here for blu ray screencaps of Alien


Aliens
*Has never looked better
*James Cameron personally supervised the release
*Click here for blu ray screencaps of Aliens


Any Given Sunday
*Film like image
*Visible grain structure intact
*Click here for my review of the film


Armageddon
*Film like and detailed image
*Click for Armageddon screencaps here


Avatar
*Excellent detailed image
*Click for Avatar blu ray review


Black Narcissus
*Grain structure intact
*Fabulous color photography
*Detailed and film like presentation


Braveheart
*Very film like and extremely detailed image
*One of the best releases on the Blu Ray format
*Grain structure intact


Casino Royale
*Director approved release with moderate grain structure
*Detailed and pleasing film like image
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Changeling
*Film like Image


Charade
*Film like image
*Click here for screencaps of Charade


Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
*Grain structure is intact
*Pleasing film like presentation


Dead And Buried
*Heavy film grain due to night photography and film stock used
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Death Proof
*Intentional worn film print look during the first half of the film
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Defiance
*Good detailed film like image
*Region Coded B
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Eagle Eye
*Light grain structure
*Mostly film like


Get Smart
*Good detail levels for this digitally shot film
*Lossy Dolby Digital 640kbp/s instead of lossless audio
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Ghost
*Light grain structure intact
*Film like appearance
*Highly recommended catalog release
*Click here for screencaps


G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
*Highly detailed image
*Looks very good
*Click here for screencaps and click here for my review of the film


Gone With The Wind
*Fabulous restoration by Warner Bros
*Pleasing film like image
*Click for some blu ray screencaps of Gone With The Wind
*Click for a blu ray movie review of Gone With The Wind


Gran Torino
*Barely visible light grain
*Click for blu ray screencaps of Gran Torino


Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
*Very good  transfer of an intentionally dark movie
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Hellboy – Directors Cut
*Light grain structure intact
*Highly detailed film like image
*Fabulous colors and contrast range


Hellboy II – The Golden Army
*Light grain structure intact
*Detailed film like image


How The West Was Won
*Shot in 70mm Cinerama format
*Highly detailed image with great depth of field
*Just a tiny hint of edge enhancement in the Cinerama version
*Colors are strong and bold


Iron Man
*Film grain intact and a highly detailed image
*Click here for my review of the film
*You can view screencaps by clicking here


Jason And The Argonauts
*Looks film like and mostly detailed
*Click for a Jason and the Argonauts blu ray film review


Kingdom Of Heaven
*Grain structure intact
*Pleasing film like image
*Gorgeous cinematography


L.A. Confidential
*Looked film like and i felt the image was true to the source material
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Law Abiding Citizen

*Detailed film like image
*Click for blu ray screencaps of Law Abiding Citizen


Lawrence Of Arabia
*Excellent reference release of a classic film title
*Click here for blu ray screencaps of Lawrence Of Arabia


Lost – Season 6
*Excellent picture with high levels of detail
*Click for blu ray screencaps of Lost – The Final Season


Manhunter – USA Edition
*Natural grain structure intact
*Great looking eighties film
*Retains the film look


National Treasure: Book Of Secrets
*Pleasing film like image


North By Northwest
*Deliberate filmed softness in some scenes
*Fine layer of grain in most scenes
*Mostly a great restoration let down by some very minor DNR
*Click for a blu ray review of North By Northwest here.


Outlander
*Detailed image
*Light grain structure intact
*Region B edition


Pan’s Labyrinth – UK Release
*Detailed film like image
*Grain structure intact
*UK sound is not lossless and just plain Dolby 5.1 but still sounds great – There is a new edition you can buy which is part of a boxset with lossless dts hd master audio


Pirates Of The Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest
*Very light grain structure is intact
*Highly detailed film like image


Pirates Of The Caribbean – At World’s End
*Very light grain structure is intact
*Highly detailed film like image


Poltergeist
*Grain structure intact
*Detailed and film like look
*Click here for a review of the film


Push
*Good detail in the image
Click here for blu ray screencaps from Push


Quantum Of Solace
*Grain structure intact
*Good looking film


Rambo
*Grain structure is intact
*Film like image with bold contrast range


Resident Evil – Extinction
*Fine light grain structure intact
*High quality film like image


Requiem For A Dream – Refers to Lionsgate 2009 Release Only
*Film grain intact
*Faithful transfer with very pleasing film like image quality


Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
*Film like image
*Grain structure intact
*Click here for screencaps


Romancing The Stone
*Grain structure intact
*Pleasing film like image
*One of the better looking catalog titles from the eighties
*Click here for screencaps


Saving Private Ryan
*Film grain intact and image detail levels are high
*Looks and sounds fantastic
*Click for blu ray screencaps of Saving Private Ryan


Serenity
*Grain structure intact
*Gorgeous looking film with high levels of detail present in the image


Shoot ‘Em Up
*Grain structure intact
*Stylistic cinematography choices look great but may not please everyone
*Highly detailed image
*Click for blu ray screencaps of Shoot Em’ Up


Silent Hill – ( French Edition )
*Detailed film like image
*Improved contrast levels and shadow detail
*Fine film grain intact
*Click here for a comparison between the German and French blu ray releases


South Pacific
*Film grain structure beautifully preserved
*Detailed image with original color tint intact


Star Trek ( 2009 )
*Light grain structure intact
*Detailed image
Click here for my review of the film
View some screencaps from the film here.


Star Trek II – The Wrath Of Khan
*Grain structure mostly intact
*Detail levels high
*Blue tint to some scenes may upset purists of original DVD release


Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones
*Good detail levels
*Excellent sound mix
*Click here for my blu ray film review


Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith
*Very good image quality
*Sound mix is unusually lacking in bass
*Click here for a blu ray film review


Sunshine
*Fine grain structure
*Detailed and beautiful image quality


Terminator: Salvation
*Good detail levels and nice film look
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Thelma And Louise
*Very good transfer which is detailed and film like
*Click here for screencaps from the film


The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
*Grain structure fully intact
*Fabulous looking Argento classic


The Chronicles Of Narnia – Prince Caspian
*Film like and detailed image


The Descent – AVC American and Australian editions only
*Retains grain structure
*Some chroma errors reported during opening title sequence
*Film like and detailed image
*An MPEG 2 edition exists which has been degrained – Avoid this one
*An Australian edition available without chroma errors but different contrast levels – This is the best edition to date


The Evil Dead ( 1981 Version )
*Fabulous transfer, highly detailed release
*Click here for a blu ray film review of The Evil Dead


The Godfather
*Grain structure intact
*Film like presentation


The Godfather Part II
*Grain structure intact
*Film like presentation


The Godfather Part III
*Lighter grain structure than first two movies but grain structure intact
*Film like presentation


The Golden Compass
*Some DNR applied at the post production stage is intentional
*Transfer Quality 4.5/5
*Sound Mix 4.5/5
*Click here to view screencaps


The Hunt For Red October
*Grain structure intact
*Detailed film like image


The Hurt Locker
*Detailed cinematic image quality
*Grainy look of the movie might not appeal to all, i think it looks great
*Click here for screencaps from the film


The International
*Outstanding fine detail
*Grain structure intact
*Superb and pleasing image


The Lion King
*Excellent release that looks great on blu ray
Click here for a blu ray film review of The Lion King


The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor
*Film like image which is highly detailed
*Light grain structure mostly invisible to the eye
*Click here for my review of the film


The Professionals
*Film like image
*Grain structure intact
*Click here for screencaps and click here for my review of the film


The Sand Pebbles
*Grain structure intact
*Pleasing film like image


The Searchers
*Film like image
*Optically induced ringing in some scenes
*Click here for screencaps


The Seventh Seal
*Film grain structure intact
*Absolutely stunning classic B&W film


The Sound Of Music
*Stunning restoration, image is detailed and film like
*Click here for blu ray screencaps from the film


The Spirit
*Very detailed image


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – USA Edition ( 1974 original )
*Grain structure intact
*Film like presentation shot using 16mm film stock


The Third Man Criterion Edition
*B/W film with grain structure intact
*Beautiful film like image


The Wizard Of Oz
*Fantastic classic film now breathtakingly restored for Blu Ray
*Grain structure intact
*Film like presentation
*Click here for screencaps and click here for my review of the film


The X Files: I Want To Believe
*Film like image which looks good
*Click here for screencaps from the film


Tropic Thunder
*Nice film like image
*Grain structure intact


Total Recall ( 1990 )
*Film like image with grain retained
*Click here for screencaps


Valkyrie
*Detailed image
*Film like presentation
*Click here for screencaps


Vera Cruz
*Heavy grain structure
*Some issues – refer to the review
*Click here for a blu ray film review


Wanted
*Light grain structure is intact
*Detailed and film like image with striking cinematography choices
*Mostly shot using 35mm film but some scenes shot digital with new 4K Red camera
*Click here for screencaps


X-Men Origins: Wolverine
*Looks very filmlike
*Click here for a blu ray film review of Wolverine


Zodiac
*Excellent high definition detail
*Click here for screencaps from the film


30 Days Of Night
*Looks film like and detailed
*Click here for screencaps from the film


300
*Heavy film grain structure which was added post production
*Highly stylistic look which will not please everyone
*Detailed image with fabulous cinematography


 Last updated by on May 16, 2015