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Techradar's '50 Blu-ray movies for every hi-def fan' list misses quite a few

Posted Friday, January 2, 2009 at 4:02 PM Central

by Tim Briscoe

British tech news site Techradar recently posted its choices for the 50 movies everyone should have on Blu-ray. Their list is a decent one but not without its faults.

Before we go off dissecting the compilation, let's share their 20 best. For the full list, hop on over to their web site.

  1. TMNT
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  3. Superbad
  4. Cars
  5. Pan's Labyrinth
  6. Shoot 'Em Up
  7. The Host
  8. 300
  9. Live Free or Die Hard
  10. Casino Royale
  11. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  12. Planet Earth
  13. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  14. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  16. Ratatouille
  17. Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  18. Hairspray
  19. Spider-Man: The High Definition Trilogy
  20. Iron Man

With any luck, you've just read this list and said to yourself, "Hairspray? At number three? Seriously?!"

Most people will suggest you start with Planet Earth on Blu-ray and then work through collecting your favorites. Beyond that, there are a few visual stunners that really should have been on their list.

Surprisingly, WALL-E and The Dark Knight are no where to be found in their top 50. Perhaps they haven't been released in jolly old England quite yet. That's the only worthwhile explanation for their omission.

We definitely agree that Blade Runner, 300, and Iron Man should be high on your post-Christmas Blu-ray shopping list. Really, so too should The Bourne Trilogy (granted, it doesn't come out until later this month), Black Hawk Down (mostly for the audio), The Prestige (magical for many reasons), and Across the Universe (yes, seriously), and The Fifth Element (lots of eye candy).

And if you want an obscure pick for Blu-ray, try The Fall. Back in September, we called it the reason to buy a Blu-ray player.

That is, until the original Star Wars Trilogy comes to the high definition format.

Source: Techradar