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The Most Beautiful Films Ever Made on DVD

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Greg_M, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. Greg_M

    Greg_M Well-Known Member

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    I find I'm buying more DVD's based the look and cinematography. Wondering what people consider to be the Best looking films ever made.


    I would guess some of the following: (All in color & Widescreen, many filmed in 70MM)

    Release date order:
    The King and I
    Ben Hur
    Spartacus
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Cleopatra
    The Great Race
    The Sound of Music
    Those Magnifient Men on Their Flying Machines
    Doctor Zhivago
    The Sand Pebbles
    2001 A Space Oydessy
    Romeo and Juliet
    The Lion in Winter
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Butch Cassidy Sundance Kid
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    Hello, Dolly!
    Patton
    Ryan’s Daughter
    Nicholas and Alexandra
    Little Big Man
    Days of Heaven
    Raider of Lost Ark
    The Right Stuff
    Amadeus
    Out of Africa
    Unforgiven
    Evita
    Titanic
     
  2. Eric F

    Eric F Well-Known Member

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    "Most beautiful films" do not neccessarily mean a good (or even decent) DVD.

    The Last Emperor is a perfect example. A wonderful movie, a shitty DVD. Are they ever going to do it justice?
     
  3. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Well-Known Member

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    First, those that are shown right on DVD...

    8 1/2 (Criterion)
    Metropolis (Kino)
    The Elephant Man
    The Royal Tenenbaums
    Singin' In The Rain (SE)
    The Thin Man (besides film damage, wonderful)
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (VS)
    Young Frankenstein

    Some that aren't:

    Gone With The Wind
    The Sound of Music



    When they get released, here's some more:

    The Thief and the Cobbler (original cut)
    Around the World in Eighty Days
    Napoleon (silent epic)
     
  4. Jenna

    Jenna Well-Known Member

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    Moulin Rouge is one of the most breathtakingly gorgeous films I've ever seen.

    While NOT "excellent" films, the cinematography was amazing beautiful in both:

    Vertical Limit - Superbit and
    The Majestic

    I wasn't expecting some of the breathtaking scenes in "The Majestic" (like the lighthouse scene) -- so that one surprised me. The colors just "popped" on my Sony widescreen.
     
  5. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Well-Known Member

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    Days of Heaven is a good call, and I'll add another Terrance Malick's masterpieces - The Thin Red Line.

    Others:

    The Man Who Wasn't There
    L'Avventura
    Snow Falling on Cedars
    In The Mood For Love
    Klute
    Manhattan
    The Sacrifice
    Andrei Rublev
    I Am Cuba
    Aguirre, Wrath of God
    Magnolia
    Far From Heaven
     
  6. Jeff Swearingen

    Jeff Swearingen Well-Known Member

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    Sunrise
     
  7. Bo Myers

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    -The Godfather trilogy.
    -Don't Look Now
    -The Sweet Hereafter
    -Dancer in the Dark
    -A.I. (yes, it's supposed to look like that)
    I second Patrick's 8 1/2.
     
  8. ChrisBEA

    ChrisBEA Well-Known Member

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    Here's one I haven't seen mentioned:
    Musa: The Warrior

    and when it gets released:
    The Legend of Suriyothai
     
  9. Jon Sheedy

    Jon Sheedy Well-Known Member

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    Off the top of my head...a few that I love to look at!

    Barry Lyndon
    Paper Moon
    Eraserhead
    Dead Man
    Edward Scissorhands
    Sunset Boulevard
    The Duellists
    Black Robe

    ..not yet on DVD

    In Cold Blood
    The Grapes of Wrath
     
  10. WillKTaylor

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    Being a fan of Asian cinema ... I would also contribute:

    Hero
    Musa ... regardless of how you feel about the remains of content and story.

    These films were visually stunning and at least Hero provided an incredible soundtrack if nothing else. However, Hero's story is original ... although this film takes a certain level of cultural understanding before it can be truly appreciated outside of the box. I loved it ...
     
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    WillKTaylor Well-Known Member

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    In addition to my post, FACE's (version) Hero DTS soundtrack really has set the bar as far as HK/Asian cinema soundtracks ... one of which I would highly recommend noting if audio is of any importance/enhancement of one's appreciation. I'm somewhere between a ****1/2 to ***** rating on this one .. for you Asian cinema fans.
     
  12. ChrisBEA

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    I really enjoyed Musa, just got my copy a few days ago.
    Hero was amazing, beautiful to look at.

    Not sure if it's been mentioned yet, but Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
    Also: Brotherhood of the Wolf, simply gorgeous.

    And I know it's still in theaters but: Open Range.
     
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    BLACK NARCISSUS, no doubt about it.
     
  14. WillKTaylor

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    Hey ChrisBEA ... nice collection. Hopefully, some day I'll be able to catch up.

    Regarding your post on Musa ... would you happen to know if the upgrade to the Region 3 2 disk version is worth the extra $? On Aznfilm, they mention that the length between the two is almost a half an hour .... the 1 disk reg 1 appears to be cut. Any idea on this?

    I've seen the reg 1 version, but if the version 3 is uncut .... and considering I'll FINALLY!!!!!!! ... be region free as of the end of the year ... I'm thinking about holding off for the best one. You seem to know your Asian material .. so ........... thanks, man.
     
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    The Red Shoes
    The Scent of Green Papaya
    The Vertical Ray of the Sun
    Fantasia
    Kwaidan
    Princess Mononoke
    The Wizard of Oz
    In the Mood For Love
     
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    Fellowship of the Ring
    Two Towers
    The Ring

    Most of the others on my list have already been mentioned.
     
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    Rabbit-Proof Fence
    Superman: The Movie
    Manhattan

    Plus another vote for Hero. Anything shot by Chris Doyle is never less than great, and frequently borders on genius.
     
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    Ben-Hur
    Lawrence of Arabia (can't wait for the SB)
    The Royal Tennenbaums
    Citizen Kane
    Star Wars (oh wait, it ISN'T on DVD)


    AJG
     
  19. Larry Talbot

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    Out of every DVD I've seen on my setup, I'd have to say Seven looks the best. I know it sounds strange to describe it as beautiful, since much of it features images of decay and squalor, but the cinematography and mastering on that DVD are amazing.
     
  20. Jon Robertson

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    If I could just add All That Heaven Allows, Barry Lyndon, Chungking Express, Once Upon A Time In America, Ratcatcher, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Paper Moon and, of course, By Brakhage: An Anthology to the list of films with visuals you could bathe in with outstanding transfers.
     

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