240Hz HDTVs: Better Picture or Marketing BS? Our Fave Blu-ray Picks, Welcome to HD Nation!

DIY HDTV Calibration Disks. "Cheap" 65 inch HDTVs are here! What's going on with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy? Our fave disks to show off your big screen.

Welcome to the very first episode of HD Nation: your guide to the best in HD content, and the best in home theatre gear, no matter what your budget is!

Hosted by Robert Heron and Patrick Norton, this show is about HD, wherever it comes from: over the air, online satellite or blu-ray disks as long as it looks good, and enjoying it at home.

What's on the show this week?

HD News:

There's less than 14 days till Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series is released on Blu-ray! (the set lists for a staggering $350, you can pre-order the 25 disk set for $220 on Amazon.com, and, yes, it includes a Cylon doll.)

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Theatrical Editions) is due out on Blu-ray later this year... fanboys are raging on Amazon, giving the theatrical version 1 star out of 5 because it's not The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Editions) that they really want.

In hardware news, Sharp is making gigantic football friendly screens affordable again... they promise a new 65 inch for $4500 and a new 60 inch for $3500. Those are MSRP... the street price should be lower, and, to put that in perspective, well, we'll tell you on the show.

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Our favorite Blu-ray titles for showing off our high def home theater gear? Sure!

Robert's picks include The Ultimate Matrix Collection : the Blu-ray version adds in Patrick's beloved Animatrix... making it a four disk collection with a ridiculous number of extra features... in SD.

Next up, he'll take the gorgeous saturated colors on the The Fifth Element (Remastered) ... the original Blu-ray release was awful, and looked like weak DVD upscaling.

Last, but definatly not least, Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series , the BBC version narrated by David Attenborough, even if the special features from the DVD version are MIA!

Patrick's down with the The Matrix 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray... no Animatrix, but no Reloaded or Revolutions, either! (hmmm... looks like the $13 price was a sale thing, it's $25 now)

He also loves rocking out with Iron Man, getting all cineast over the gorgeous transfer of Goodfellas, and loves the explosion in the opening to Casino Royale ... unlike the DVD version, no masses of compression artifacts on the Blu-ray!

Next week we'll bring our picks from the titles released that week!

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Just when you thought 120Hz was the end of HDTV refresh rates... we hit the summer of 240Hz. Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, and LG all have variations on the 240 Hz theme. Robert Heron explains what 240Hz does compared to 120Hz and 60Hz, if you'll really notice anything, and where the bargains (and the best looking) models can be found.

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Shane's looking for a solid calibration disc to tune up his new HDTV... Robert's recommendations include Joe Kane's Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics [Blu-ray] and the Spears & Munsil High-Definition Benchmark Blu-ray Disc Edition [Blu-ray].

Don't have any cash to spare? Look for a disk with the THX OPTIMIZER on board!

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See ya next week!