The 10 best movies to show off your home theatre

These great movie scenes pinpoint exactly why your new HDTV, sound system, or Blu-ray player is worth the money.

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Just on DVD — "Richard III" (1995 version)



Shakespeare's political melodrama gets updated to the 1930s (while keeping the Elizabethan language), turning it into a parable about the rise of fascism. It's one of the best Shakespeare films that have been made, but more important for our demo purposes, it contains one of the best uses of a low-frequency effects track (the .1 in 5.1) since the invention of the subwoofer.

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Chapter 1: The nearly dialog-free pre-title sequence, which appears designed to say "This is not your father's Shakespeare movie," has some of the most effective use of a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack I've ever heard. After 30 seconds of silence, you hear the distant, soft noise of a teletype machine. For two minutes, the sounds are selective, quiet, and tension-building. Then a rumbling gets louder and louder. By the time the tank comes crashing through the brick fireplace, your floor may be quivering.

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