So, you’ve finally splurged out on that brand-spanking HD home theatre to wow your friends with – along with any strangers who happen to pass by your house window. (Try not to stare as they press their noses forlornly to the glass: you’ll only be encouraging them.)
The next step on your road to high-def glory is to stock up on some Blu-ray movies. After all, a home theatre system is only as impressive as the discs you throw at it. (Note: we don’t mean in a Frisbee like manner. That would just be impractical.) Like a supermodel splayed gratuitously over a sports car|Terrible celebrity endorsements: What Lara Bingle, Snoop Dogg and Mr T have in common, a good Blu-ray movie lends an essential decorative air to your hardware. In some ways, it’s the most important purchase of all.
While all Blu-ray movies share identical 1080p video resolution; some discs are ‘more equal’ than others. Indeed, certain earlier releases barely look any better than a standard-def DVD (Total Recall, we’re looking at you.) A true videophile needs to pick his discs wisely.
In the following slideshow, we take a look at some of the best looking Blu-ray movies currently troubling store shelves. We’ve tried to include films that not only look fantastic, but are also entertaining in their own right. (It’s not all about the eye candy – otherwise you could just watch Transformers 2 on a loop, forever.)
To make life easier, we’ve also included links to where you can buy each disc online, plus the original theatrical trailers. Truly we are the caliphs of audiovisual dissemination.