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Best Documentaries

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Neil_Duffy, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

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    I highly recommend Werner Herzog's documentary Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1998).

    It's the incredible story of Dieter Dangler, who's love of planes eventually lead to flying in the Vietnam war.
    His plane was shot down, he was captured, and the amazing struggle to survive and escape begins.

    Incidentally, Herzog is making a feature film based on the story of Dieter Dangler. Can't wait for that.
     
  2. Joshua Lane

    Joshua Lane Second Unit

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the greatness that is David Attenborough...

    Living Planet
    Life of Birds
    Life of Mammals (by far the best)
    Blue Planet

    ...I also enjoyed the "Walking With" programs (Dinosaurds, Beasts, etc) althought they are borderline documentaries considering all the footage is CGI.
     
  3. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

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    the best documentary i´ve ever seen is a german production called: "100 jahre". it´s a docu about the 20th century. but not just a docu. it´s amazing. originally over 15hours. with real video material, live videos (starting in 1900). chronological presented year by year with love for history. perfect for everyone who wants to ge to know the 20th century better. but it´s german (the presenter and producer made a lot of docus about the history, most of all the 2nd world war. all very interesting)

    besides that:
    bowling for columbine
    night and fog

    and most of all
    "One day in september". it´s about the kidnapping and terrorism in germany and at the olympic games 1974 in munich. a masterpice of documentary
     
  5. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    2003 was an excellent year for documentaries:

    Stevie (by Steve "Hoop Dreams" James, one of the best films of the year)
    Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion (about the Chinese subjugation of Tibet and destruction of its cultural heritage)
    The Weather Underground (on the American terrorist group. Its one of the Oscar nominees, and I think is going to be shown on PBS in March)
    Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert S. McNamara
    Capturing The Friedman's
    Amandla! A Revolution In Four Part Harmony (role of music in the struggle for freedom in South Africa)
    Spellbound

    Older doc's
    Heart's And Minds
    A Personal Journey Through American Film With Martin Scorsese
    Hoop Dreams
    Don't Look Back
    Monterrey Pop
    Night And Fog
    Nanook Of The North
    Gimme Shelter
    Gates Of Heaven
    General Idi Amin Dada
    Shoah
     
  6. Neil_Duffy

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    There is an A & E doc, that I'd be interested in getting.

    You know, one doc had totally slipped my mind... Al Pacino'sLooking For Richard I have this on video and I wish I'd have been around at the Fox chat to query this.
     
  7. DeborahK

    DeborahK Supporting Actor

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    Does anyone know if there are any plans to put OT: Our Town out on DVD? This film was made in 2002, but only released to theaters sometime in the last year. It's a documentary about a Compton, CA high school production of Thorton Wilder's Our Town , put on without the benefit of a drama program, a drama teacher, a school theater, or any makeup, sets, etc.

    The production was the brain child of an English teacher at the school who thought it had been too long since the school had mounted any sort of theatrical production (20 years), and decided to take this on. The entire amazing process was recorded by her film maker boyfriend and the show was a huge success -- after much difficulty, as you can imagine. The film caused quite a stir and got rave reviews. I was hoping that it might show up on DVD (I missed it in the theater) but so far it has not.

    Always hoping ...

    Deborah
     
  8. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Executive Producer

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    Andrew,

    The Ascent of Man has been out on DVD for years, but I am going to guess you won't like the price:

    http://www.documentary-video.com/dis...em.cfm?vid=860 [​IMG]

    Then again there's always the documentary series that started off the concept of documentaries on television:

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    For that matter, get Triumph of the Will and its antithesis, Why We Fight.
     
  9. Chris Stainton

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    The Compleat Beatles is my favorite. Unfortunately you need the vhs copy and a dvd recorder to enjoy it. [​IMG]
     
  10. Pete L

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    Cosmos (Carl Sagan series)
    Keep The River On Your Right
    Scared Straight
    Unmade Beds
     

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