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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Blu-ray-Only Demo — "The Dark Knight"

Most of the big action sequences in this Batman movie — fun, yet dark, as the title hints — were shot in IMAX; each frame on the camera negative is eight times the standard size, and contains eight times as much detail. It's easy to tell the IMAX sequences when you watch the Blu-ray version — not only do they contain a sharpness and clarity that's almost frightening. They also fill the entire screen while the rest of the movie is letterboxed.

Recommended Scenes

Chapter 1: After nearly a minute of logos, you get an astonishingly clear and detailed IMAX cityscape, bringing you into a weirdly funny yet shockingly violent bank robbery. Shot entirely in bright daylight, it's crystal clear.

Chapter 20 and 21: A big chase, this one at night, shot in Imax and showing plenty of shadow detail. It also shows a big rig turning over. And the sounds, coming from all directions, show why Dolby 5.1 was invented. At 1 hour and 16 minutes into the film, gunshots fire all around you. Duck!

Spectacular Audio

This movie's action scenes also make full use of your surround-sound setup. Pick the Dolby TrueHD soundtrack for the greatest impact.

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