First there was Beta, then VHS, then DVDs. Now, there's Blu-ray, the latest high-definition video format. Blu-ray has found a fan in Jesse Wente, Q's home-entertainment expert. Behold, his recommendations for films to rent or buy on Blu-ray.
What do you make of Blu-ray? Will you make the switch?
TOP TEN MOVIES TO SEE ON BLU-RAY FORMAT recommended by Q's Screenboy, Jesse Wente
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl - one of the first blockbusters to go Blu-ray, a great showcase for the visual splendor of the format, even if the extras aren't in hi-def - and it's the only good movie in the series.
9. The Adventures of Robin Hood - one of my all-time favorites, comes with a new remastered transfer that makes it pop like the original Technicolour... which people my age have never been able to actually see until now.
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey - the classic, finally the way it should be seen: the original 70mm format is perfect on Blu-ray.
7. Casino Royale - the perfect Blu-ray movie, it pops on the format, looking every bit as good as it did in the theatre.
6. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - the first Blu-ray I ever watched, stunning remastered transfer, and comes with an excellent director's commentary not available anywhere else.
5. Planet Earth - the brilliant BBC series celebrates our planet with some of the the best visuals you'll find on Blu-ray. Put it on without sound during a party, and people will stare!
4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - three edits of the film, all beautifully remastered, including theoriginal, rarely-seen-on-video theatrical version.
3. Ratatouille/Pixar Shorts Collection - a genius animated movie which looks stunning thanks to the digital to digital transfer, plus the 2nd disc has 13 Pixar shorts.
2. Blade Runner: Complete Collector's Edition - a true classic presented in five different versions, all remastered, all for under 30 bucks - a must-own.
1. The Godfather Trilogy: The Coppola Remaster - two of the greatest American movies ever made, as close to theatrical quality as you'll get without a 35mm projector.