Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2009


"Spears & Munsil HD Video Test Disc" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Spears and Munsil HD Video Test DiscSynopsis

Based on the Secrets DVD Player Benchmark, Stacey Spears and Don Munsil (who now work for Microsoft) put together an HD test disc with some of our original tests, plus others that they designed themselves.

These include patterns for calibration, tests for de-interlacing, samples from various video and audio codecs, and many other things.



  • Spears & Munsil
  • 2009
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English DD
  • MSRP: $25
  • Spears & Munsil


One of the things that makes this a great test disc is that it is not designed to highlight any specific technology, but rather, focuses on getting the best out of what equipment you have. These two guys are some of the brightest in the field, and if I were to purchase just one disc to test players and HDTVs, this is the one I would get. If you purchased an OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray player, this test disc was included. We use this disc in our current Benchmark tests for Blu-ray players.