Cleveland - Ask most anyone who works in a home theater store what movie they are most tired of. The answer may well be the 1997 film The Fifth Element. There's a reason for that.
We call it reference material. The movie scenes or songs that best show off a system. Much of it lies in the personal taste of the salesperson. It's much easier to convey the passion for a product when you are as dazzled by it as the customer. So you choose songs you really like that sound great through a good pair of speakers, or a movie scene that pops on the screen.
There are reference movies that have a general consensus though. Anything from Pixar qualifies as a proven winner in showing off a home theater. The same goes for the weird sci-fi movie The Fifth Element starring Bruce Willis. The results of a remastering in the 2000s made it one of the best video renderings of a motion picture. It seemed every hi-fi store had a copy playing on a big screen. Truth be told, I never saw the movie really. I've seen just about every scene but in a jumbled order. Anyway, I'm not big on the sci-fi genre.
Once in awhile a new movie comes out that holds promise of becoming a reference piece. This week sees the release of Life Of Pi, a gorgeous film. With it's odd juxatposition of wide open seas and tiger close ups it's memorable and stunning. And it's all digital trickery. Here's a look at how they did it.
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