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.

Better in Blu-ray but Fine on DVD — "Casino Royale" (2006 version)



The James Bond franchise has had more reboots than a Vista PC, but none were as extreme, or as satisfying, as this deglamorized reworking of the first Bond novel. But more to the point for our purposes, it's a great Blu-ray transfer of a movie well-photographed in many exotic locations.

Recommended Scenes

Chapter 2: The first big chase of the movie is set in Madagascar, and makes full use of the scenery. It starts with a large crowd, colorfully dressed, in bright sunlight, and travels to a building site (with a very high crane that Bond and his prey both climb, as shown above) and on to an embassy. Although the chase is fast, the editors wisely hold some shots long enough for us to admire the view.

Chapter 7: Another chase, this time at an airport at night. Early on (46 minutes into the movie), there's a terrific crane shot of an airliner in its hanger that shows off what Blu-ray can do. Once the chase moves out of doors, it's too dark to really show off your TV, but it's still a fun chase.

Spectacular Audio

If you have an HDMI connection between your player and your sound system, pick the PCM soundtrack. Otherwise, stick to Dolby Digital.

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