As we bid adieu to 2011, let’s use this final Roundtable of the year to look ahead and make our home theater wishes for 2012. Are you planning to upgrade your HT equipment? Are there specific movies that you hope will finally come to Blu-ray this year? Perhaps you’re waiting for some company to release a new gadget that will solve a nagging problem you have? We’ll tell you what we’re hoping for if you’ll do the same.
Since my home theater is so new, I’m still fascinated by and in love with it. My 40″ Samsung TV is sufficient considering the size of my room, but maybe an upgrade to something slightly larger would be nice.
As an official film critic, I’m always presented with the “What’s your favorite movie?” question, to which I respond by informing the inquisitor of the three movies that made me decide to work for this hard-to-get dream job: ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘Garden State’ and ‘Vanilla Sky’. (Yes, I know that most people hate the latter, but ‘Vanilla Sky’ is a wild Cameron Crowe film with more than enough aesthetics to keep that hatred from tarnishing my unapologetic love for it). ‘Eternal Sunshine’ finally received a decent Blu-ray transfer last year. All I want from 2012 is for Fox Searchlight to give me ‘Garden State’ and for Paramount to give me ‘Vanilla Sky’ on Blu-ray. Although I’d prefer the rumored director’s cut of ‘Vanilla Sky’, the theatrical cut would suffice.
My one home theater wish is pretty simple. I want a Blu-ray release for an eleven year old catalog title. That’s right, I’m still waiting for the Blu-ray release of ‘Wonder Boys‘. One of my favorite movies (from an Oscar-winning Hollywood favorite no less) and it still hasn’t hit BD! Come on, Paramount. Let’s make this happen in 2012. Make my home theater wish come true!
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
I guess my greatest home theater wish for 2012 would be for someone to finally put out a Kuro killer. I’ve started to get the itch to move up to at least a 65″ display, but it’ll take something pretty incredible for me to step away from my 60″ 9G Kuro Elite. Even a few years after its release, no manufacturer has come close. If someone manages to pull it off next year, they can count on my business.
As for films I’d love to see on Blu-ray, ‘Rear Window’ is as great a place to start as any. It’s in the running as my absolute favorite film of all time, and the lack of Grace Kelly on the format is a wrong that desperately needs to be set right.
Having just upgraded my home theatre to 3D earlier this year, I’m mainly wishing for more long-awaited classics to hit Blu-ray in 2012. With ‘Jaws’ already tentatively scheduled for a mid-August release, maybe more Spielberg blockbusters like ‘E.T.’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ won’t be too far behind. At least, here’s hoping, anyway.
Around this time last year I had grand plans to buy myself a brand new TV, but things came up – namely a lack of money. This year, that doesn’t look like it’s going to be an obstacle. I’m not going to be making the purchase until February, so I’ve got plenty of time to make up my mind, but there’s a certain 50″ Panasonic Viera that I’ve got my eye on. The ST30 isn’t the most impressive set on earth, but at $900, it does 1080p resolution, 3D movies, 3D photos, and it even has some connected features. The big question for me is going to be size. 50″ is big, but I’ll be faced with the struggle of buying the TV sooner or saving up the cash to go to 65″.
M. Enois Duarte
My Blu-ray “holy grail” is coincidentally the ‘Indiana Jones’ trilogy. (Actually, it would now be considered a tetralogy since the fourth entry.) So, I guess what I want is the ‘Indiana Jones Quadrilogy’. We already got ‘Back to the Future’ last year, my other absolute must-have from the ’80s. And with the recent release of the ‘Star Wars’ movies, it’s about high time that Lucas and Spielberg give film fans some classic Indy action in high-def!
As for the next addition to the home theater, I want to move up to a 3D projector, hopefully before the Blu-ray release of ‘Hugo’ – one of my favorites of 2011. My first obvious choice is the Panasonic PT-AE7000U because I already own the glasses that would work perfectly with it. But I’ve also been thinking about the BenQ W7000. And since I plan to purchase the MonsterVision Max 3D kit soon, the glasses shouldn’t really be an issue. I just need to decide which model I really want.
What I most want from 2012 is for a certain home video studio to get its head out of its ass. Yes, I’m talking to you, Universal Studios. Recycling a decade-old DVD master that was plagued with edge enhancement and DNR is not acceptable in the Blu-ray era. To do this for every single catalog title you release, including some of the most high-profile movies ever made, is just plain shameful. Smothering on more edge enhancement and DNR will not solve the problem. These movies need fresh film-to-video transfers, and you know it. You may think that you’re saving a buck in the short term, and that bonehead consumers won’t know the difference anyway, but people do actually notice and pay attention to these things. This is not the proper way to preserve your catalog. You are doing these films, and your consumers, a great disservice. It’s time to step up and re-transfer these movies to modern quality standards. Releasing more movies older than 1980 might be nice as well.
Tell us in the Comments what you want from 2012.
We’ll be taking Monday off. Enjoy the long weekend, and Happy New Year!