Directors If HD DVD came out tomorrow...what would you double dip?

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  1. LaMarcus

    LaMarcus Screenwriter

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    Movies I'd definitely buy again are:

    Lord of the Rings 1,2,3
    X2
    Matrix 1,2,3
    The Fifth Element
    Fight Club
    Finding Nemo
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Star Wars (all)

    Movies I proably buy again are:
    Underworld
    LXG
    Terminator 2,3
    Miniority Report
    Blade 1,2

    What about you guys?
     
  2. Joshua Clinard

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    Assuming the HD-DVD's had significantly better picture, and assuming I had the equipment to display a better picture, here are my top choices. I am sure there are more, but I'd have to think about it.

    The Sound of Music
    Star Wars - All
    Toy Story 1 & 2
    Finding Nemo
    Monsters. Inc.
    Indiana Jones Trilogy

    P.S. This should go in the software forum.

    P.S.S. The link to your web site in your sig is typed incorrectly.
     
  3. Rob Gardiner

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    I would start with 70mm pictures such as Lawrence and Spartacus and 2001.
     
  4. Joseph Bolus

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    I would immediately, of course, replace all my Star Wars Original Trilogy DVDs ... Oh, wait!! We're still waiting for the first release of those films to SD-DVD!

    Seriously, as soon as the HD-DVD decks come down to under $500.00 (2007?) *and* I'm sure that that format has beaten out Blu-Ray, then I'll probably purchase one just to use as an enhanced DVD player.

    I would then selectively start replacing my "fav" DVDs' based on the transfer quality.

    For example:

    The Sound of Music would be replaced in a heartbeat, since I've never liked the SD-DVD transfer of that movie.

    True Lies would be replaced since the current DVD is non-anamorphic.

    Same with Titanic, Armageddon, and The Abyss.

    Throw in all the Indiana Jones movies, Star Wars movies, and Disney animateds, and that would do it for me.

    Of course, after I purchased my new deck anything that I purchased new from that day forward would be on the new format.
     
  5. Jeff Ulmer

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    Considering I have watched most of my collection only once, it would be a slim few for starters, most of which probably wouldn't make it out on HD-DVD for quite some time such as Zardoz or The Swimmer.
     
  6. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Well, I'd upgrade any and all dvds in which there was significant picture quality improvement.

    As far as which ones to upgrade first, that's really a moot point. It's not like there's going to suddenly be hundreds of films on HD-DVD to choose from. They'll trickle out like dvds, and some won't come out for years after the format launch. So the ones I'd upgrade first would be whatever came out first (that I was interested in). It's highly unlikely that would include anything like Star Wars.
     
  7. Brook K

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    I would upgrade most of my classics and Criterions, but would be less likely to upgrade the 80's and newer films for awhile. But like George says, I'll probably be able to buy 5 different iterations of Lord of the Rings HD before I see something like The Merchant Of Four Seasons or My Life To Live become available.

    I can't wait to see what Technicolor films like The Red Shoes look like in Hi-Def.
     
  8. Ernest Rister

    Ernest Rister Producer

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    What Ten Titles In Your DVD Collection Would You Double-Dip For in Favor of a New HD-DVD Version?

    For myself, some obvious choices:

    What Dreams May Come
    Lawrence of Arabia
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Apocalypse Now
    Tron
    Amadeus
    Fantasia
    Finding Nemo
    Empire of the Sun
    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live in NY City
     
  9. Brian W.

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    I'd double-dip for anything that was a favorite. I hail from the laserdisc era, so double, triple, or even quadruple dipping is nothing new to me. Between laserdisc and DVD, I've owned five different editions of The Wizard of Oz, and four each of West Side Story, Gone With the Wind, and 2001.

    But my most-wanted HD double-dips are:

    Lord of the Rings Trilogy, preferrably extended versions
    Close Encounters
    The Sound of Music
    West Side Story
    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Those are the only ones I can think of that I'm really dying to see in HD.
     
  10. Paul_Scott

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    probably most of them eventually,
    but the films that would make me initially want to invest in the gear would be

    The LOTR trilogy
    Superman The Movie
    Jaws
    Alien
    Oklahoma (assuming i actually owned the current crappy disc)
    King Kong ('76)

    i'm actually very happy with some of the current discs.
    they look great (and more than watchable) on a large screen.
    there is also a point where i wonder just how much of an improvment HD will bring to old catalog titles (where my interest lies) that are being mastered from faulty/worn/dupey source prints- think of things like Imitation Of Life or Bridge On The River Kwai.


    however once you start to view HD material, it becomes harder and harder to switch back to standard def material, and not notice its shortcomings.
    thats why i will probably take a while to upgrade.
    i'll need to be able to replace a lot of titles quickly with their HD counterparts before i'm willing to buy into the process- hopefully by that time the cost of the gear will have come down quite a bit as well.
     
  11. BryanV

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    I know this has nothing to do with the topic but I've been wanting to ask you Mr. Rister if you have ever been invited to do a commentary or if you have done one that we are not aware of. I bet you would do not only and informative job but a very entertaining one as well.

    as for your topic:

    I would probably purchase most of my top ten list in HD. In addition to standards like Star Wars and the other major blockbusters. No way that I could think of just ten.
     
  12. Sam Favate

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    Some great choices listed here. I'll just add one:
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    The rest of my 10 comes from the above choices. (Good call on Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live in NYC! That was filmed in HD.)
     
  13. Andrew Priest

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    So many good picks it's hard to be different. Still, a few movies I'd love to see in HD:

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture Yes, Kahn is the better movie. But the original blows it away visually. Lucasarts model lighting just wasn't at the same level.

    Dark City I must share Ebert's love for this film. But I'd really love to see it in HD.

    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Such amazing visual treat. Such a bad script. But I can always focus on the former.

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Nostalgia. How could I resist.

    Akira See above. Plus, trippy anime in HD would be so cool.

    Wings of Honneamise If for no other reason than that surely those pricks will get the transfer done right next time.
     
  14. Adam_R

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    LOTR:FOTR
    LOTR:TTT
    LOTR:ROTK
    Star Wars Original Trilogy
    Terminator 2
    Toy Story
    Toy Story 2
    A Bug's Life
    Monster's Inc.
    Finding Nemo

    I guess I'll stop at 10. I could go on to about 50 off the top of my head.
     
  15. Lou Sytsma

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    Some of my favourite movies of course:
    LOTR:EE
    The Thing - John Carpenter version
    2001
    Shawshank Redemption
    Iron Giant
    Casablanca
    Aliens
    Contact
    Silence of the Lambs
    Ben Hur
    Predator
    Terminator movies - all 3
     
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    Glory
    LOTR Trilogy
    Gone With The Wind
    Braveheart
    Gladiator
    Any Disney Animated Film
    West Side Story
     
  17. Ric Easton

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    I'd add The Abyss and Excalibur to the mix.
     
  18. Craig S

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    Hmmm, good question. A lot of these have showed up here already:

    The Lord Of The Rings trilogy (extended, of course)
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Lawrence Of Arabia
    The Sound Of Music
    Star Wars original trilogy
    Finding Nemo
    Excalibur (properly framed this time, please)
    Dances With Wolves
    Citizen Kane (bring back the rain!!)
     
  19. Joshua Clinard

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    There was a thread started just like this the other day in the polls area.
     
  20. Marc Colella

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    Magnolia
    Boogie Nights
    Trois Couleurs Trilogy
    Fargo
    Miller's Crossing
    The Man Who Wasn't There
    8 1/2
    Lone Star
    The Red Violin
    32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
    The Thin Red Line
    Days of Heaven
    Badlands
    Playtime
    Manhattan
    Aguirre: Wrath of God
    Fitzcarraldo


    I could probably name around 30-50 titles that I would double-dip on - but these came to me first.
     

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