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


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#1 of 19 OFFLINE   Cinescott

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Posted April 22 2011 - 06:48 AM

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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#2 of 19 OFFLINE   benbess

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Posted April 22 2011 - 07:09 AM

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....

#3 of 19 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted April 22 2011 - 07:49 AM

Casablanca

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Posted April 22 2011 - 08:16 AM

Network, Network, Network.

#5 of 19 OFFLINE   Dave B Ferris

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Posted April 22 2011 - 08:22 AM

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.



#6 of 19 OFFLINE   David_B_K

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Posted April 22 2011 - 08:36 AM

Breaker Morant is based on a play; so it is very dialog driven. Fascinating, nonetheless.



#7 of 19 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted April 22 2011 - 09:04 AM

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


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Fidelity to the source should always be the goal for Blu-ray releases.

#8 of 19 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted April 22 2011 - 09:28 AM

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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Posted April 22 2011 - 09:51 AM

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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Posted April 22 2011 - 09:55 AM

"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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Posted April 22 2011 - 11:43 AM

All About Eve

Donnie Brasco

Network

The Social Network

Sweet Smell of Success

Zodiac



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Posted April 22 2011 - 12:49 PM

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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#13 of 19 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted April 23 2011 - 01:06 PM

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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Posted April 24 2011 - 09:14 AM

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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Posted April 24 2011 - 09:38 AM

I would love to see The China Syndrome on blu.

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Posted April 24 2011 - 11:44 PM

Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in America
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Posted April 25 2011 - 02:06 AM

Inglorious Basterds

#18 of 19 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted April 26 2011 - 12:25 AM



Originally Posted by ShowsOn 

Inglorious Basterds





Many people may think of "action" with a Tarantino film, but I've always loved the dialog in his films.



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Posted April 26 2011 - 01:20 AM


[quote]Originally Posted by Scott Merryfield [url=/forum/thread/310831/what-are-some-great-character-driven-dialogue-centric-blu-rays#post_3804814]


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