At around $19, this is technically more than our $15 limit. But you're getting two full movies--the Academy Award winners "Braveheart" and "Gladiator"--for under $10 each. Even better, these are--according to the Amazon user reviews--the existing two-disc Blu-ray versions of each movie, so you're not losing any extras. It's doubly incredible when you consider that buying the same movies separately will set you back $33.32. In our book, this two-pack is a downright steal if you enjoy these historical epics, which both look great on Blu-ray.
Another title that also made our Must-have Blu-ray list. Great for testing black levels on your TV (yes, it's a dark movie). Just don't be freaked out by the fact that the aspect ratio switches from letterbox (2.35:1) to full wide screen (1.85:1) to maintain the full resolution of the IMAX action scenes.
It's interesting to watch "Saving Private Ryan" again after all these years because you realize how much influence it's had on today's video games. Like Spielberg's other recent Blu-ray release, "Minority Report," the video has some grain and color hues that make it seem less than pristine--but that's how the movie's supposed to look (and it does look good). Not surprisingly, the first 25 minutes are that much more intense in HD.
"You wanna get high-def? Here's how you get it. He pulls a DVD, you pull a Blu-ray. He sends one of yours to streaming, you send one of his to Amazon. That's the Chicago way--and that's how you get high-def."
Director Sam Peckinpah's blood-soaked epic Western helped redefine the genre in 1969, and it still stands as one of the greatest tough-guys-on-an-impossible-mission film ever made, thanks to great performances from old-school legends like William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, and Warren Oates. And it's all yours in high-def, for an unbelievable $8.