Now that your home theater is up and running, it is time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. What are the best movies to test drive your new impressive high-tech toy? Relax in your new home theater seating and let us walk you through our recommendations of a DVD experience that should be unmatched. Below we have listed our top 5 favorite films to enjoy in HD. Obviously we could write a book on fantastic HD DVD movies to rent, so try not to be upset if your favorite title is not on our list. By the way Star Wars is way too obvious to even mention and we wouldn’t want to insult you.

The Incredibles

The Incredibles or for that matter almost anything Pixar is a great film to debut your new home theater capabilities. This well deserved two-time Academy award winner is an animated adventure that the whole family can enjoy. A high-quality digital video transfer and superbly sounding Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX, makes this DVD a must-have for all serious home theater owners. The visually stunning action scenes are appropriate for all ages. The collector’s edition has a large number of extras that will keep you and your family entertained for hours.

V for Vendetta

This futuristic critique of totalitarianism combines fantastic visual and audio quality with Natalie Portman: an equation which cannot fail but keep your viewers attention. ‘V for Vendetta’ gets a full-blown Dolby True HD 5.1 surround track, and is a rare example of Warner supporting lossless audio formats. Based on an underground graphic novel with a cultish following, V for Vendetta is a well written, witty and stylish analysis of America and its allies’ current political climate. Blending George Orwell 1984 and Marxist motifs, V for Vendetta is thrilling and insightful.

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a 1982 sci-fi and geeky guilty pleasure classic that is perfect for HD. The cinematography and breathtaking images of a shadowy and dank Los Angeles will draw any viewer into the thriller. The Dolby HD audio is also a must-have for the action scenes and will radiate in your new home theater. Blade runner is a fundamental trendsetter and a must for the home theater fan. If you do not have this DVD, get it, it will instantly validate your good taste in quality home theater films.

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight came out in 2008 and made 155.34 million opening weekend. Receiving an average of 8.4/10 from movie critics worldwide, it’s no wonder why the Dark Knight made it to must-see list. The outstanding graphics, exceptional plot and incredible acting will all be appreciated when you debut it on your home theater system.


This film could be included in the list strictly on its intelligent spy movie plot and classic triple-crossing characters but the real strength of this film juvenilely belongs to one thing…car chases. Ronin is home to the best car chases ever put on film, and with the help of your home theater, you will be reaching for a seat belt in your leather recliner. Your home theater audio brings every spinning tire and smashing window directly into your home. This post-Cold War thriller is an often overlooked addition to your DVD collection but is a great choice for anyone looking to show off their home theater’s muscle.