Have Your Say: The Doomed Discs That Do Dazzle...

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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Have Your Say: The Doomed Discs That Do Dazzle...
Todd Brown is the founding father of ScreenAnarchy. Although he has been branching out he still is our guiding light in all things ScreenAnarchy.
He is also evil.

Case in point: THIS ARTICLE (link) which he wrote. As an avid collector of DVDs and BluRays, the very suggestions he makes in there bend the universe, and not in a good way. The end of DVDs and BluRays? Nooooooooo...
Thing is, what if he is right? People have been predicting these discs going the way of the dodo for years already, and it might eventually happen. Maybe we go back to the age of the Laserdisc, and physical media will be expensive and limited, only bought in small volumes by audio-video-nerds.

The funny thing is that I've never had it as good as a movie fan as it is now. In the past I'd dream of owning a cinema one day and even though that would still rule, my current television and DTS-speakerset are already far closer to that dream than I had ever imagined getting. On top of that the sheer availability of titles is unprecedented. Sure there are gaps but damn, with a regionfree player and online bargain-hunting you can create a collection the likes of which was unthinkable for a non-millionaire a mere fifteen years ago.

So this article is a bit of a celebration to that certain brand of BluRay or DVD that we all own but may be different to each of us: the demo-disc.
When people visit you and pop a question like "Is BluRay really so much better than DVD?" there will be that one disc you use to show the strength of the medium, or at least the strength of your rig. It may be a BBC documentary, a James Bond film, the latest Pixar or Dreamworks cgi-animation... an epic historical picture perhaps or a science fiction spectacle. Or maybe just an intimate drama which shows more detail and depth than any other film.

For me, the demo-disc of choice is "Baraka" and has been for years. I still consider it one of the best transfers ever made even when not considering its age, although to be honest the picture quality has been a subject of debate amongst high-performance home cinema owners (then again, that debate is mostly about whether its transfer is excellent or just very, very good). Doomed as a medium or not, that disc does dazzle.

So my question to you is: which of your doomed discs does dazzle the most? What do you use to wow people?
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