What Are Some Great Character-Driven, Dialogue-Centric Blu-rays?

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  1. Cinescott

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    IMO, these types of films are often overlooked since Blu-ray has such incredible audio and video qualities. However, it's precisely this reason why I feel Blu-ray is the perfect format for such a movie. Often the greatest audio is judged by the quality of its silence and outstanding video by nuance in texture and shadow.



    Some favorites:


    The King's Speech

    Howard's End

    There Will Be Blood

    Magnolia
     
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    All About Eve fits your description, and I think it's excellent. But your general point is quite valid. I recommend the BBC production of the novel by Charles Dickens called Bleak House....
     
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    Network, Network, Network.
     
  5. Dave B Ferris

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    An early film by James Mangold, "Heavy".


    Also: "Starting Out in the Evening".


    Edit: I'm actually not sure these are on Blu-Ray; I own them both on SD.
     
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    Breaker Morant is based on a play; so it is very dialog driven. Fascinating, nonetheless.
     
  7. Walter Kittel

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    Some of these might be a stretch, but here are a few that I think offer up excellent dialog and characterizations...


    Sweet Smell of Success

    Five Easy Pieces

    Raging Bull

    Boogie Nights

    Magnolia

    In Bruges


    - Walter.
     
  8. Michael Reuben

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    Just going off my review list:


    Memento (it really is all dialogue)

    Jack Goes Boating (based on a play)

    Winter's Bone

    Hard Candy

    Solitary Man

    The Ghost Writer

    A Single Man

    Is Anybody There?
     
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    The Diary of Anne Frank (though the Blu-ray 's video quality is only above average and not as stunning as I had hoped it would be).
     
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    "Becket" - 1964 Peter O'Toole & Richard Burton (how could you go wrong) and a good transfer

    "Reds" - 1981 Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Maureen Stapleton and Jack Nicholson (as Eugene O'Neil) from Paramount and a good transfer
     
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    All About Eve

    Donnie Brasco

    Network

    The Social Network

    Sweet Smell of Success

    Zodiac
     
  12. Douglas Monce

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    Off the top of my head.


    Rio Bravo

    The Godfather

    Mad Men

    The Thing (blu-ray images isn’t as good as the hd-dvd was)

    Ocean’s 11 (the original)

    The Day The Earth Stood Still (original)


    Doug
     
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    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis. As a stage play "opened up" for film. It definitely fits the character-driven, dialogue-centric BD category. It also happens to be an excellent film.
     
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    ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

    AMADEUS

    AMERICAN BEAUTY

    BECKET (I second the earlier recommendation)

    BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

    CHASING AMY

    HENRY V (1944, import only for now)

    JEAN DE FLORETTE/MANON DES SOURCES (import only, and no English subs)

    KRAMER VS. KRAMER

    LEOPARD, THE

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

    MOON

    PASSAGE TO INDIA, A

    PATHS OF GLORY

    PIANO, THE (import only)

    SEVENTH SEAL, THE

    WHITE RIBBON, THE



    ...and many we can hope for in the future, including


    MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, A

    ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS

    LION IN WINTER, THE (import only coming)

    MIDNIGHT COWBOY (in the works?)

    BILLY BUDD (doubtful, but who knows?)

    BLOW UP

    CHINA SYNDROME (actually a thriller but mostly dialog & character)


    etc. etc.
     
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    I would love to see The China Syndrome on blu.
     
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    Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in America
     
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    Inglorious Basterds
     
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    Many people may think of "action" with a Tarantino film, but I've always loved the dialog in his films.
     
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