So you just laid out a couple thousand of your hard worked money and I
am sure that you think you have an amazing high-def television. Hey,
lets play a little game and see what it really can do. Well, only if
you are up to it.Test 1 - Constantine
wants him. Heaven won't take him. Earth needs him." This is a badass
movie. Plus, the quick transitions from dark to unnaturally
demons will not only scare the crap out of you, but also, test the
contrast and light bleeding. CRTs and plasmas will usually do pretty
good on this but those new LCD and DLP sets will struggle to keep up.
[more tests after the jump]
Test 2 - Pirates of the Caribbean
movie proves that Disney still has some magic. The movie is kid
friendly and just shines on a high-def TV. The movie has great scenes
that feature a large variety of skin tones in different lighting
situations. Take the part of the movie that has the would-be pirates
lined up in the sunlight and set your color level to those different
tones. Another great scene has the 'bad guys' all on the deck again in
great lighting conditions for skin tones. If you have not seen
this movie though, you do not need to feel bad if you pick up this
flick with out a kid in tow.
Test 3 - Matrix Revolutions
you are reading this, I know you have seen the final chapter in of this
cult classic. It may not clear up the story as much as we would like
but it is still a cool movie. This movie is also has the best stress
test for digital TVs I have ever seen. The final battle between Agent
Smith and Neo is in a dark city, during a rainstorm, and where they are
moving very fast. Your HDTV will be pushed to the limits to display the
deep blacks at the same time as the rain coming down while they are
fighting at the super-human rate. If, and only you’re your set can
display all of these features without pixelation and with inky blacks
your money was well spent my friend.
how did your TV do? I am sorry if after this your TV does not seem as
great as it once did. But at least you know what the limits are. We
will have to do this again next year with the new high-def DVDs and
maybe the results will be different.
After all of this your TV needs a rest. Run out and grab the re-release of Toy Story
and enjoy the Pixar classic. The movie was just released from the
Disney vault and my buddy Nate swears by it. I have to agree with him,
it is the best look picture I have ever seen on my HDTV. Sure, The Incredibles
is, well, incredible, but Toy Story is simply a better picture.