Must Own DVD's

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  1. jonathan_paul

    jonathan_paul Auditioning

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    New guy here, looking to start building by dvd collection this winter. What would you guys suggest as some must own dvd's?
     
  2. JonZ

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    2001 A Space Odyseey
    A Clockwork Orange
    The Shining
    Full Metal Jacket
    Dr Strangelove
    Barry Lyndon
    Eyes Wide Shut
    (Make sure the Kubrick Titles are the Remasters)
    Criterion Collection Seven Samurai
    Ran (When the new version finally comes out)
    Akira
    Apocalypse Now
    The Godfather Collection
    Blade Runner
    Goodfellas (Reissue coming soon)
    Heat
    Jaws
    Amadeus Dir Cut
    One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
    Requiem For A Dream
    Memento
    Platoon
    Born On The Fourth Of July
    The Doors
    JFK
    Natural Born Killers
    Nixon
    The Wild Bunch
    Dances With Wolves
    Unforgiven
    The Good The Bad And The Ugly
    For A Few Dollars More
    Fist Full Of Dollars
    Dirty Harry
    A Simple Plan
    Bound
    Dead Man Walking
    Dead Presidents
    One False Move
    Mulholland Drive
    Fargo
    Big Lebowski
    O Brother Where Art Thou?
    The Man Who Wasnt There
    Hard Eight
    Boogie nights
    Magnolia
    Fight Club
    Bugsy
    People vs Larry Flynt
    Dead Presidents
    Leaving Las Vegas
    True Romance
    Reservoir Dogs
    Pulp Fiction
    Jackie Brown
    Harry Potter & Sorcerers Stone
    Simpsons Season 1 Box Set
    Simpsons Season 2 Box Set
    Toy Story
    Toy Story 2
    Black Hawk Down
    The Thin Red Line
    Saving Private Ryan
    Glory
    Forrest Gump
    Superman The Movie
    Spider-Man
    Unbreakable
    Dark City
    City Of Lost Children
    Gattaca
    The Lord Of The Rings
    Terminator 2 UE
    Titus
    Re-Animator Millenium Edition
    Alien
    Aliens
    Evil Dead
    Evil Dead 2 Dead By Dawn
    Bram Stokers Dracula
    Interview With The Vampire
    Jacobs Ladder
    Halloween
    John Carpenters The Thing
    The Fog
    Ravenous
    Se7en
    Silence Of The Lambs Criterion Collection
    Jurassic Park
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Star Wars Attack Of The Clones
    Hows that for starters...... [​IMG]
    These are some of my favorites, but Im not one of those people who buys DVDs because they look great or sound awesome. There are a couple of those titles in my list,but to me the movie is ALWAYS the most important factor when buying a DVD.
     
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    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    there are so many out there. Here are some good ones like Brazil the Criterion Collection (3 discs), Twelve Monkeys, Alien(s), Terminator and the sequel. The Dollar trilogy with Clint Eastwood.
    Just too many to name really.
    hope this helps
    [​IMG]
     
  4. James Reader

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    It depends what you're looking for: If you want a good demo of DVD technology the Disney 2 disc sets are fantastic (Beauty and the Beast is the latest, but I would recommend Snow White if you can find it for a much better all round experience).
    If you want reference picture and sound, it may be worth picking up one of the Superbit titles if you can find one for a movie you like. These come without supplements unless Superbit Deluxe where the supplements are contained on the second disc. This allows the picture and sound quality to be pushed a little bit further. Personally, I think the selection of titles available as Superbit are poor.
    The big release is the extended edition of Lord of the Rings which comes with 30 minutes of extended footage, four commentary tracks and over 6 hours of additional supplements on 2 more discs!
    Also look out for Fox's Five Star Collection which present blockbuster films with in-depth supplements, or the first two Star Wars discs, which are superb no matter what you think of the actual movies.
    Of course, any of your favorite movies are worth picking up on DVD, not matter how good the actual disc's presentation is.
    If I had to recommend one disc, I would recommend the Rocky Horror Picture Show 25th Anniversary Edition... excellent picture and sound (including for the first time a 'proper' 5.1 remix), excellent use of DVD technology (audience participation soundtrack, branching 'live' on stage performances, easter egg presenting the film with a black and white opening [as the creators' originally intended] and more) as well as a second disc of supplements.
    The fact that no matter how down and depressed I am, this film always manages to cheer me up is the icing on the cake.
     
  5. Neil Joseph

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    [​IMG] My collection of DVD's
    Seriously, I would recommend... (a=audio, v=video, m=movie, e=extras)
    - The Abyss (m,e)
    - Braveheart (m)
    - A Bug's Life (a,v)
    - Eagles: Hell Freezes Over (a)
    - The Fifth Element (a,v)
    - Gladiator (a,v,m)
    - Ice Age (v)
    - The Iron Giant (a,m)
    - Fellowship Of The Ring (a,v,m,e)
    - The Mask Of Zorro sbd (a,v,m)
    - The Matrix (a,m)
    - Men In Black (a,m,e)
    - Monsters Inc (a,v,m)
    - The Prince Of Egypt (a,m)
    - The Road To Eldorado (a,v,m)
    - Shrek (a,v,m)
    - Spiderman (a,v,m)
    - Star Wars: AOTC (a,v,m,e)
    - Tarzan (a,v,m)
    - Terminator 2 ue (a,v,m,e)
    - Titan AE (a,v)
    - Toy Story utb (a,v,m,e)
     
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    Ruth_F Stunt Coordinator

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    Why? Its a great underrated movie IMHO
     
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    To add to the already excellent list:

    The Matrix
    The Shawshank Redemption (SE coming soon?)
    Star Trek Wrath of Khan Director's Cut
    Three Kings
    As Good As it Gets
    Good Will Hunting (Get Canadian edition for true anamorphic)
    Cast Away
     
  9. Nathan V

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    Anything by Scorsese, Kubrick, Mann (post 90), Stone (86-95), and Kurosawa
    Terry Gilliam's Brazil, also
    Fear and Loathing (criterion) (rent this first; most people don't understand it)
    Fight Club (2 disc set is OOP; will be reissued in 2-3 years)
    Schindler's List
    Se7en
    Lord of the Rings
    The Third Man (criterion)
    pulp Fiction
    Fellini's '8 1/2' (criterion) (rent this first also)
    Traffic (Criterion)
    Almost Famous Unititled

    Most of these discs have great extras, and all of them are (IMO) exceptionally high quality films.
     
  10. Nathan V

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    Also
    Memento, GREAT film, best of 2001 in my opinion.

    and
    Requiem for a Dream (director's cut) (only if you're an anti-drugs person)
     
  11. JonZ

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    I'll add some more

    Monty Python & The Holy Grail
    Citizen Kane
    Touched By Evil
    Taxi Driver
    Criterion Collection-Robocop,Yojimbo,Roshomon
    Malcolm X
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    From Russia With Love
    American History X
    Taxi Driver
    Psycho
    Vertigo
    Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
    Airplane
    How TheGrinch Stole Christmas(The classic animated one, not the Jim Carrey disaster)
    Die Hard
     
  12. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    There are a lot of good suggestions. Of course much will depend on your taste in movies, but regardless of what kind of movies you prefer, I would recommend checking out some titles done by Criterion.
    While some films now are being released by the studios with quality sound and video transfers (LOTR, for example), this is the company that really brought quality transfers and extras to DVDs. They are somewhat expensive, so you might want to rent a title or two before buying.
    BTW, I hope that you have some spare income, as this has become somewhat addictive for many of us. [​IMG]
     
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    Here is a list of essential buys:

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    The Wizard of Oz: Special Edition (Warner)
    Singin' In The Rain: Special Edition
    A Hard Day's Night: Special Edition
    8 1/2: Criterion Collection
    Doctor Zhivago
    Citizen Kane
    Amadeus: Director's Cut
    Moulin Rouge!
    Harvey (1950)
    The Elephant Man (1980)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Special Edition
    Being There
    Superman: The Movie

    There are a few others I also think should be on this list, but have omitted for reasons like SEs replacing them. Some of the Universal Monster DVDs are OOP and have better versions coming. Some have censorship or errors.

    All of the titles on the list have excellent video/audio transfers. Most also have excellent supplements. Some such as Harvey, Being There, and The Elephant Man have less extras than most SEs, but are worth it just for the a/v quality and another reason all of these are here...

    The movies are fantastic!
     
  14. Tony-B

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    BACK TO THE FUTURE!!!!
    Terminator 2: UE
    Star Wars: Episode 1 and 2
    Die Hard: 5-star
    The Matrix
    Apollo 13
    Speed: 5-star
    any Criterions
    E.T.
    Bond movies
    Any movie that you like
     
  15. KevinJ

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    add the band of brothers dvd set to that list
     
  16. jonathan_paul

    jonathan_paul Auditioning

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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far, I did not expect the list to be that long. I will pickup some of my favorite movies first and go from there as that seems like the best way to start. Anyone have a list of movies from Criterion?
     
  17. Ryan Potts

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    addicted to those shiny, shiny discs? nah never [​IMG]
    check out the entire list at criterion's site. Like many have said, you can't go wrong with any of them.
     
  18. JonZ

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    If youre a Gary Oldman fan, try to get Sid & Nancy.

    This was one of my first DVDs. Its excellent.
     

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