So Santa left a high-definition player Blu-ray or HD-DVD under your tree. Still scratching your head about what to put in it? We pick the top 3 titles in each format.
The eye-popping colors of this cartoon gem are why high-def was invented. Freeze-frame anywhere and you'll swear you're staring at a painting. You also get Blu-ray-exclusive bonuses like clips of director Brad Bird brainstorming with animators and a featurette that lets you experience how an alternate score affects a scene's pacing.
The bold, saturated hues are a visual treat, but it's Blu-ray's superior audio capability that truly takes center stage, especially during the high-energy musical numbers. An innovative picture-in-picture feature showcases footage of stars like Nikki Blonsky and Zac Efron rehearsing dance routines and laying down tracks in the recording studio.
BLADE RUNNER: ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITION
Just about any scene in this fully restored version of director Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic is reference-worthy, but the sun-dappled tableau when Harrison Ford and Sean Young first meet, glittering with impossibly lush blacks and golds, should be running on a loop in every HDTV store in the country.
In what may be the coolest bonus feature ever, a bluescreen picture-in-picture lets you view the epic swords-and-sandals block-buster before the CG effects and backgrounds were added (most of the film was shot on a soundstage) and before the color was jacked up to create the movie's heavily stylized, high-contrast look.
HEROES: SEASON 1
Fans will appreciate the wealth of cutting-edge extras. Among them: video commentaries featuring the cast and show creator Tim Kring that play alongside eight of the 23 episodes; close-up looks at Isaac's prophetic paintings (created by comic-book artist Tim Sale); and a chart that maps the connections between characters.
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
The details are so sharp that you can count Dumbledore's whiskers if you're into that. The DVD seamlessly incorporates pop-up trivia tidbits (actor Rupert Grint's dressing room was a popular cast hangout!) and making-of featurettes into the viewing experience.