Ten best Blu-ray movies for audiophiles

Get the ultimate surround sound experience with these Blu-ray movies

  • Ten best movies to own on Blu-ray for audiophiles

    An HD home cinema system is only as good as the Blu-ray movie you're watching. Let's face it – while Driving Miss Daisy might be a good film, it's not the best thing to show off your state-of-the-art surround sound system with, is it?

    Whether you’re a serious audiophile or just want your system to sound its best, you need a movie soundtrack with plenty of 'oomph' behind it. On the other hand, aural light-and-shade is also very important – the best sounding Blu-ray movies aren't necessarily the ones with the biggest explosions!

    We've collected a list of the best Blu-ray movies for surround sound. We have tried to pick movies that are good in their own right – in other words, you'll actually be able to enjoy yourself while showing off your surround sound setup. We've also included links to the best online deals for each movie -- so what are you waiting for? Grab the popcorn and start reading!
  • 1. The Dark Knight (Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0)

    The Dark Knight remains a quintessential purchase for Blu-ray audiophiles. The film's distinctive bass-heavy score sets the tone perfectly and pumps you up for the scenes ahead. The psychotic laugh of the Joker is equally impressive, while dialogue remains crystal clear throughout.

    The disc's audio engineering rarely draws attention to itself for the sake of it, but instead plays a backseat to the astonishing visuals. It is a rare feat in subtlety that makes the film all the more immersive. That said, there are still plenty of blockbuster moments to show off your sound system with – the destruction of the semi-trailer is particularly explosive.
  • The Dark Knight (Cont.)

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  • 2. Wall-E (DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1)

    Pixar has a track record for producing some of the best sounding Blu-ray movies on the market, and Wall-E is no exception. In fact, it's arguably Pixar’s most impressive disc yet. The immersive and perfectly rendered soundtrack is sure to captivate your kids as much as the startling CGI visuals. The opening song is a real standout.
  • 2. Wall-E (cont.)

    You can buy Wall-E from [[xref:|JB Hi-Fi for $32.98]]
  • 3. House of Flying Daggers (Dolby Digital 5.1, LPCM 5.1)

    House of Flying Daggers is a Chinese martial arts epic in the vein of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The opening scene – in which a character uses her sleeves to strike a succession of drums – has long been a favourite with vendors demonstrating their home theatre systems. It’s a real feat in audio engineering, and perfect for showing off your speakers.
  • 3. House of Flying Daggers (cont.)

    You can buy House of Flying Daggers from [[xref:|Ezy DVD for $38.99]]
  • 4. Casino Royale (5.1-channel PCM, Dolby Digital 5.1)

    The iconic Bond theme has never sounded punchier than in the Blu-ray edition of Casino Royale. The soundtrack presents explosive shootouts and hushed poker showdowns with equal finesse. A particular standout is the bone-crunching stairwell fight scene – punches have never sounded quite as painful as they do here!
  • 4. Casino Royale (cont.)

    You can buy Casino Royale from [[xref:|Ezy DVD for $24.97]]
  • 5. The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)

    Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather has always been one of the best films to come out of Hollywood – and now it's one of the best sounding films too. From Nino Rota's award-winning score to the murderously loud gunshots: everything sounds louder and clearer than ever before. The wedding reception scene that opens the film is especially impressive – the live band and crowd chatter makes you feel like you're seated at one of the tables.
  • 5. The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (cont.)

    You can buy The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration from [[xref:|JB Hi-Fi for $138.95]] (note: the pack also includes The Godfather Part 2 and The Godfather Part 3).
  • 6. Letters From Iwo Jima (Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1)

    Until Saving Private Ryan gets a Blu-ray release, this is probably the best sounding WW2 movie on the market. The film is spoken entirely in Japanese, yet the crisp audio remains emotional and captivating throughout. The soundscape of war is equally awe-inspiring, with explosions that are loud enough to rattle your furniture. The fanatical cry of "banzai!" has never sounded quite so chilling.
  • 6. Letters From Iwo Jima (cont.)

    You can buy Letters From Iwo Jima from [[xref:|Ezy DVD for $29.95]]
  • 7. Das Boot (DTS-HD Mater Audio 7.1)

    Another foreign language film, Das Boot makes the cut thanks to its ultra-realistic soundtrack of soldiers living in a submarine. The eerie sonar ping and distant creak of metal is chillingly authentic. Terror and isolation have never sounded more appealing.
  • 8. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)

    The Transformers films aren't exactly everyone's cup of tea, but they certainly do sound amazing on Blu-ray. The cacophony of giant robots bashing each other apart is truly an assault for the senses (and your speakers!). The action sequences are expansive and intense, yet it is still possible to discern individual helicopters and firearms among the wall of noise. It might not be the best film on this list, but it's certainly one of the best sounding.
  • 8. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (cont.)

    You can buy Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen from [[xref:|Ezy DVD for $36.98]]
  • 9. Star Trek (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)

    J.J. Abrams' scintillating re-imagining of the Star Trek franchise is a fun rollercoaster from start to finish. It also sounds amazing, with the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix offering suitably space-age audio to accompany the sci-fi action on screen. Prepare to be pushed back into your seat each time the S.S Enterprise kicks into warp speed. The battle above Vulcan is especially dramatic, with a perfect balance between music, explosions and dialogue.
  • 9. Star Trek (cont.)

    You can buy Star Trek from [[xref:|Ezy DVD for $42.97]]
  • 10. Shine a Light (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby TrueHD 5.1)

    We couldn't compile a list like this without including at least one music documentary. Directed by Martin Scorsese, Shine a Light follows the legendary rock band the Rolling Stones as they prepare for a special concert at New York City's Beacon Theatre. The set covers 120 minutes worth of classic Stones numbers, including Jumpin' Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Needless to say, the superb HD audio quality is the next best thing to being there. If you're a Stones fan, this is the Blu-ray movie to own.
  • 10. Shine a Light (cont.)

    You can buy Shine a Light from [[xref:|Ezy DVD for $39.97]]
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