DVDs with excellent visuals?

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  1. Alfred Seet

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    I just bought a progressive scan player and television. Needless to say, I am itching to buy a few dvds with reference quality visuals to try out. Any recommendations, preferably new releases?
     
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    Pearl Harbor
     
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    Well, it's the movies that make the visuals...

    As for some DVD's with movies that'll look great on your PS system...

    North By Northwest
    The Elephant Man
    Doctor Zhivago
    8 1/2
    Willy Wonka and the Cocolate Factory
    Superman: The Movie
    Moulin Rouge
    The Fellowship of the Ring

    I don't know if you have a 4:3 or 16x9 TV, but there's some really nice 1.33:1 film transfers on DVD that ought to look nice in progressive scan...

    Citizen Kane
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Harvey
    It Happened One Night
    Arsenic and Old Lace
     
  4. Michael Reuben

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    You'll have to define what you mean by "excellent visuals".

    I consider A.I.: Artificial Intelligence to be a spectacular visual experience, but many people complain that it's grainy, not appreciating that some films are meant to look that way.

    I think Seven: Platinum Series is one of the finest video transfers ever done (and the director says it looks better than most of the release prints), but it's not the kind of visual style that makes people stop and stare in video stores. It's all about shadow and subtleties.

    I suspect what you're really looking for is what's commonly referred to as "eye candy". For that, I'd suggest The Fast and the Furious and The Fifth Element: Superbit Edition. Pearl Harbor isn't a bad recommendation either.

    M.
     
  5. James L White

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    4 words Lord Of The Rings
     
  6. Alfred Seet

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    Thanks for the recommendations guys. I'm waiting for the 4 disc set of LOTR, and although I am interested in eye candy, I'd very much prefer movies with substance as well. Pearl Harbour, Fast and Furious are definitely not the kind of movies I like.
     
  7. kevin_asai

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    In random order:

    Moulin Rouge
    Pearl Harbor
    FoTR
    The Fifth Element
    Spy Game
    Fight Club
    Se7en
    Zoolander?
     
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    Yeah, throw in The Fifth Element Superbit. This is pure eye candy.
     
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    Why not just buy films you like?

    Maybe I'm missing the point of owning a DVD player, but to me, story is a lot more important than visuals.
     
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    Not exactly sure what you mean by visuals but if you want to show off your tv, I would recommend Antz simply because it probably has the most "substance" of all the digitally animated movies and looks pretty damn good.
     
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    If you're looking for great cinematography, here are some of my favorites:

    Lawrence of Arabia
    Kundun
    Barry Lyndon
    Manhattan
    Amelie
    Clockers
    Rushmore
    In The Mood For Love
    Bram Stoker's Dracula
     
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    Toy Story 1 & 2
    A Bug's Life
    North by Northwest
    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
    Notting Hill
    High Fidelity
    Chicken Run
    Dinosaur
    The Fifth Element (Superbit)
    Saving Private Ryan
    A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    Vertical Limit
    Superman: The Movie
    These are all excellent transfers, but if you really want to wow people, definitely pop in Toy Story 1 or 2.
     
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    I'm surprised no one's mentioned Jurassic Park or Gladiator. Going back further, how about At Play in the Fields of the Lord? I don't know if it's been released on DVD or what the transfer quality is like, but I recall it being quite breathtaking on VHS.

    Dan
     
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    Ok...good cinematography and transfers?

    one of my favorites is Man Who Wasn't There. It is black and white, but one of the most beautiful movies lately.
    Moulin Rouge
    Gladiator
    Cast Away
    Lord of the Rings
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Training Day
    Royal Tenenbaums
    Blade(ooohhhh drooling for Blade II)
    American Beauty
    The Rock(Criterion)
    Independence Day
    Fifth Element
    Seven
    Magnolia
    Pitch Black
    Toy Story 1&2
    Tarzan
    Bug's Life(2 disc version)
    Titan AE


    Those are most of my reference discs. There are more many more, but those are my picks
     
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    Contact, especially the beginning & end sequences.
     
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    How about Shrek?
     
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    jacob. sorry, but it's pretty rough, and many people share the same opinion, so it's not just me. pity though, it's a nice looking film. it looks way too similar to the early 97 issue. looks like artisan cheated everyone out of a new transfer and just tried to touch up the old one. shameful, but highly expected from these turkeys [​IMG]
    it does look reasonable on smaller displays however, but blow this puppy up on anything big ...
    Dan. reference is supposed to mean the best the format has to offer. a reference by which all others are judged. although realistically, i doubt such a DVD exists. although many get pretty close. if you enjoy those DVDs though, and perceive them as reference, good for you. i wish i could be you for a day. once you've found the flaws, it's a one way ticket to the mental asylum [​IMG]
     

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