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FAVOURITE OPENING TITLE SEQ TO A FILM

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  1. DPS

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    Okay I know title sequences for some films are not used at all,but many still have them. (Fight Club) What I want to know is whats your favourite or the best?
    For me my favourite and in my opinion the best title sequence for a film is the opening to the original Terminator.With the scrolling letters and film score this really builds a perfect introduction to what follows.(Although the dvd R2 was slightly ruined with the subtitles)That opening still to this day even though Ive seen the film hundreds of times sets me up for a perfect 1hr 40 minute ride of pure Sci-Fi brilliance.
     
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    Most bond films! (ladies!!!)
    What about T2? I thought that title sequance was good! Flames in kids playground building up to the metalic "terminator" title!
     
  3. Ono

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    Independence Dayis one that comes to mind.

    When the words come from the back and lock into the screen then explode back out. Great use of sound.


    /I did watch it a the flicks with the volume on very high :)
     
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    it has to be gladiator or american history.gladiator for it`s stunning openning battle scene`s an qmerican history x for the way it sets up the whole film.oh an private ryan ofcourse but everyone will choose that lol
     
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    Here's my tuppence.

    For me the opening sequence of the movie ALWAYS (Richard Dreyfuss & Holly Hunter).

    From the peace and quiet of fishing on a lake, to having a flying boat coming towards you, and then to a raging forest fire.

    A terrific use of sound and one surely to tax the Subwoofer.

    Del :) :) :)
     
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    i used to like the nightmare on elm st .(the making of the glove)

    i think forest gump was done quite well (start and finish)

    don't tend to take much notice most of the time though (usualy messing with somthing in the cinema while a film start. to get things just right for the film) :D
     
  7. Ono

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    Title sequence?
     
  8. Len

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    Title Sequece or Opening?

    Title Sequence has to be Pink Panther... Spawned a whole cartoon series.

    Opening.. again no contest... Sunset Boulevard with William Holden "the narrator" dead in the swimming pool.
     
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    sorry lol my mistake i really should pay more attention when replying to posts lol
     
  10. Reiner

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    Hm, I liked the opening of 'Event Horizon' - but just to find out that the rest of the movie was **** (sorry, just don't like this kind of horror).
    As well 'Desperate Measures' is IMHO quite nice, with the names etc running across / along the structures of the interiors.

    Oh, and 'The Nightmare before Christmas' has a beautiful opening, check it out!
     
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    It's just gotta be Jaws hasn't it? That opening sequence is pure horror....
     
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    Toy Story 2 without a doubt has to be one of the best opening sequences in a film, and one of the best Dolby Digital demos available !
     
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    For me Armageddon has to be one of the best and as mentioned before Toy Story 2 has an excellent opening.

    Jase
     
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    The Toy Story THX logo is cool, with the little guy flying around, a good demo of dolby. A little off topic, but who cares.
     
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    Come on poeple!!!

    StarWars...from the extended 20th centry fox fanfare, The lucasfilm logo

    then..

    a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

    and then in perfect sync with the score

    STARWARS

    the crawl begins and then pans down to show the curve of Tatooine followed by the blockade runner and the huge Star Destroyer overhead.

    often imitaded, never bettered.
     
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    Hi All,

    Here are my three chosen openings, in no particular order:

    1) Akira - from the silent depiction of a nuclear bomb being detonated, to the thud of the word AKIRA appearing on-screen, and then into the flickering sound of a half-broken shop-sign, before we then proceed into the underground bar.... Which then takes us into the superb and infamous bike-chase!

    2) The Simpsons - so it's not technically a DVD release, as of yet, but the opening scene is fun, and if you've never seen it, spotting all the little in-jokes, asides, etc is a great way to one of the best animated series ever made!

    3) Run, Lola, Run - you have to see this, for different reasons. You can look at it in terms of style (the mix of faulty film, animation, black and white/colour stock, etc, etc); the originality of it (the use of the football to take us into the wild, blue yonder, and notice that the congregation of people make up the actual German film title, and you can also look at it as a great toe-tapping intro to a cult classic movie, and along with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", is one of the very few foreign films in recent years, that EVERYONE simply must see!

    There's probably loads of others, but these are the only three that come to mind!

    Pooch
     
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    I remember the first time i saw this in the cinema, and thinking " what the hell are those weird shapes appearing haphazardly, only to realise a few minutes later it spells..." A L I E N "

    Simple but REALLY effective!!!

    Another brilliant one is "THE THING", the way the words burn itself onto the screen is fantastic..look at the making of.. on the DVD to see how much of a simple but effective way they produced it.Who'd have thought a bin bag, a fish tank and an electric bulb would work so well together?
     
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    another one is castaway

    a good start to a film realy gets you in the mood to watch the film

    some films realy lose the atention even befor they start

    i can't remember the amount of times i have sat down to watch a film on sky and have been so fed up with it that i have tuned it over befor the film even starts :(
     
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    The opening of Born On The Fourth Of July,It's almost a whole movie before the credits finish!
     
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    I really like the start of Generations, with the bottle of Champagne flying through space and hitting the hull of the Enterprise B.
     
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    That reminds me of MiB, the dragon fly cruising along (while I am wondering what part she is going to play) and then gets smashed by the trucks windscreen. :D

    The opening monologue of Swordfish is also not bad, first you think "What kind of crap movie will this be?" just to find out what's it all about ... and then it all makes perfect sense.
     
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    The Batman movies always had great titles, from the adapted Warner Bros Logo to Danny Elfman's score.
    As far as opening sequences go - You'd have to go a long way to beat the opening 15 minutes of Cliffhanger.
     
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    My little boy goes mad if you try and skip over Rugrats in Paris's 'Ball squashing the House' :D
     
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    Another great opener was the Bungy jump of the dam in Goldeneye. It was the combination of being the first bond film for a good while and fantastic stunt. I remeber sitting in a totally silent cinema as bond dived off the dam.
    I tihnk most of the pre-title sequence bonds are pretty good, i love the one with Roger Moore when his parachute opens right on the opening bar of the bond theme, sets you right up.
     
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    South Pacific -
    The first Todd-AO movie in the UK

    How The West Was Won -
    First Cinerama story film, superb theme

    It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World -
    probably the longest title sequence


    West Side Story
    Close Encounters...
    Superman
    True Lies
    Jurassic Park
    Speed
    Independence Day
    The Beach
     
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    The best for me has got to be Blade, the deep bass music, blood shower, fight scenes,
    sound fx.
    It just sets the tone for the whole of the movie. :)
     
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    My favourite would have to be Se7en. The music, editing, and subject just sets up the uneasy atmosphere for the rest of the movie. Great stuff.
     
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    ...and, of course, Star Wars Episode IV, the first Star Wars in Dolby Digital. The titles and foreword scrolling up the screen, just like the old days of Flash Gordon and King of the Rocket Men!
     
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    one of my 'faves' is Outbreak, love that "airdrop" ! and Top Gun works as a good demo. old films i know, but worth the tenner each i paid for them. :)

    Taz. :cool:
     
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    I forgot - Apocalypse Now! The Doors fire up as the napalm lights up the jungle - awesome.
     

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