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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.

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 of 70 OFFLINE   Jeff Swearingen

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Posted September 05 2003 - 03:15 PM

Sunrise

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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
"Don't you wonder sometimes...
'bout sound and vision"

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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 ...

#11 of 70 OFFLINE   WillKTaylor

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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.
We are just surrealist pilgrims, melting clocks in marble halls. . .

#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.

#15 of 70 OFFLINE   MartinTeller

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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)


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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.

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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.