Give me your lists! *Top 5 best looking movies made before 1980*

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  1. Daniel Becker

    Daniel Becker Second Unit

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    This is sort of a continuation of a thread I started a couple days ago. I had asked people for the best looking Superbit or regular dvd's out there. Now i'm wanting to see your Top 5 movies on DVD that were made before 1980. Also, try and mention if you know if the movie is only available in 4:3 or anamorphic.



    Dan.B
     
  2. Brian Patrick

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    Here are mine:

    1. Singin' In the Rain: SE Looks absolutely spectacular.
    2. North by Northwest: Don't let the crappy snapper case fool you. Another great looking movie.
    3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    4. Spartacus: CC
    5. Das Boot: Superbit: I realize that this misses your cut off by a year but still a great looking movie that is not recent.
     
  3. Aaron Cohen

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    I'm confused as to whether or not you wanted to know the best pre-1980 movies on dvd or best looking pre-1980 movies. I'm giving my best looking pre-1980 movies. I've got several dvd's of movies from before 1980 that should have better transfers.

    I'm going to have to agree with some of Brian's choices here:

    1. North By Northwest- My god does this dvd look incredible... I could not believe my eyes when I popped this in for the first time. I had heard raving about the transfer and was not disappointed in the slightest.
    2. Singin' In The Rain- Outstanding, unbelievable colors, the best this film has looked by far.
    3. Apocalypse Now Redux- I prefer the theatrical version but love the transfer on Redux. The colors, the image, everything just leaps out at me.
    4. 8 1/2 (Criterion)-I really love how a well-mastered dvd in black and white looks and this is one of my favorites. Excellent image, has a few artifacts but nothing major.
    5. Bedknobs and Broomsticks- I really love the way this movie looks. I may be a bit bias as this is one of my all-tie favorite movies and may be overlooking some transfer problems but I really love the way it looks.
     
  4. Daniel Becker

    Daniel Becker Second Unit

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    Sorry for any confusion. I am looking for the best looking transters onto DVD from a movie made before 1980.




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  5. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    In no particular order...

    Singin' In The Rain: CE
    She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
    North by Northwest
    The Garden of Allah
    The Day The Earth Stood Still

    - Walter.
     
  6. Tommy G

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    Mine would be the following:

    1. North By Northwest
    2. 8 1/2 Criterion
    3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (don't know if animation counts but this is simply gorgeous)
    4. The Bridge on the River Kwai LE
    5. Charade (flip side of The Truth About Charlie)
     
  7. Paul_Scott

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    Black & White
    The Bad & The Beautiful Warner(4:3)
    Sunset Boulevard Paramount(4:3)
    Rebbecca Criterion(4:3)
    The Day The Earth Stood Still Fox(4:3)
    Touch Of Evil Universal(16:9)


    Color
    Singin' In The Rain Warner(4:3)
    The Night Stalker Anchor Bay(4:3)
    Hitch-Hike Anchor Bay(16:9)
    Flight Of The Phoenix Fox(16:9)
    Black Narcissus Criterion(4:3)

    BEST is kind of hard. I do remember all of these really impressing me though.
     
  8. SteveP

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    THE GARDEN OF ALLAH is the best looking representation of pre-war three-strip Technicolor ever put on video.
     
  9. Mike Graham

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    In no particular order;

    North By Northwest
    Jaws
    *The French Connection
    Chinatown
    The Day The Earth Stood Still

    *While this film does have heavy grain in a few shots, 97% of the time the picture is crystal clear with excellent color timing, etc. Highly recommended.
     
  10. Derek M Germano

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    Check out NOW, VOYAGER- it is also pretty impressive.
     
  11. Patrick McCart

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    Top 5 B&W:

    A Hard Day's Night: Collector's Edition (1.66:1 16x9)
    Harvey (1.33:1)
    Sunset Blvd. (1.33:1)
    Metropolis (1.33:1)
    8 1/2: Criterion Collection

    Top 5 color:

    Singin' In The Rain: Special Edition (1.33:1)
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1.33:1)
    North By Northwest (1.78:1 16x9)
    The Producers (1.85:1 16x9)
    Phantom of the Opera (1943) (1.33:1)
     
  12. Louis C

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    Good thread, but probably belongs in "Polls" section.
     
  13. Dale Ridgeway

    Dale Ridgeway Stunt Coordinator

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    Lawrence of Arabia looks damn good. Especially since it's over 40 years old. Damn, that movie just screams for a front projector: and a 120" screen
    Ah... someday[​IMG]
     
  14. Scott_MacD

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    Dale,

    Robert A. Harris, one of the Lawrence of Arabia 70mm restorationists is a member of the Home Theater Forum. And he believes that the current DVD of Lawrence does not accurately represent David Lean's masterpiece.

    I don't think it qualifies, thus..

    Regards,
     
  15. WillardK

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    posting again from the fringes (seems no one on the forum cares about Bollywood or Derek Jarman). Here are two that make my jaw drop while watching:

    Juliet of the Spirits
    Fritz Lang's Indian Epic

    more gorgeous transfers of films past or present I have not seen. Juliet is anamorphic wide while the Epic is academy ratio.
     
  16. Adam Portrais

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    Anything by David Lean or John Ford.
     
  17. Bob Spears

    Bob Spears Stunt Coordinator

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    North by Northwest
    Rear Window
    Singin' in the Rain
    Flight of the Phoenix

    bob spears
     
  18. Shawn C

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    Deliverance
     
  19. Brook K

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    42nd Street
    Hidden Fortress
    Ingmar Bergman Collection Tartan UK
    Rosemary's Baby
    Barry Lyndon
     
  20. Sean Patrick

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    1. chinatown
    2. black narcissus
    3. last waltz
    4. north by northwest
    5. picnic at hanging rock
     

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