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The Most Beautiful Films Ever Made on DVD

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#1 of 70 OFFLINE   Greg_M



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Posted September 05 2003 - 02:42 PM

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 of 70 OFFLINE   Eric F

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Posted September 05 2003 - 02:52 PM

"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 of 70 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted September 05 2003 - 02:59 PM

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 of 70 OFFLINE   Jenna


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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:04 PM

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.

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#5 of 70 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:14 PM

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


The Man Who Wasn't There
Snow Falling on Cedars
In The Mood For Love
The Sacrifice
Andrei Rublev
I Am Cuba
Aguirre, Wrath of God
Far From Heaven

#6 of 70 OFFLINE   Jeff Swearingen

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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:15 PM


#7 of 70 OFFLINE   Bo Myers

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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:20 PM

-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 of 70 OFFLINE   ChrisBEA



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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:23 PM

Here's one I haven't seen mentioned: Musa: The Warrior and when it gets released: The Legend of Suriyothai

#9 of 70 OFFLINE   Jon Sheedy

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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:28 PM

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
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#10 of 70 OFFLINE   WillKTaylor


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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:42 PM

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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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:49 PM

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 of 70 OFFLINE   ChrisBEA



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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:53 PM

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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Posted September 05 2003 - 04:06 PM

BLACK NARCISSUS, no doubt about it.
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#14 of 70 OFFLINE   WillKTaylor


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Posted September 05 2003 - 04:17 PM

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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Posted September 05 2003 - 04:42 PM

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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Posted September 05 2003 - 04:49 PM

Fellowship of the Ring Two Towers The Ring Most of the others on my list have already been mentioned.

#17 of 70 OFFLINE   Simon Basso

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Posted September 05 2003 - 06:57 PM

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.

#18 of 70 OFFLINE   Aaron Garman

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Posted September 05 2003 - 07:22 PM

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
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#19 of 70 OFFLINE   Larry Talbot

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Posted September 05 2003 - 08:26 PM

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 of 70 OFFLINE   Jon Robertson

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Posted September 06 2003 - 02:22 AM

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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