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Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by carrera2rs, Aug 30, 2002.

  1. carrera2rs

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    I would be really interested to hear about your top 5-10 movies that really work well and are a must buy. I have ordered a few after buying the last piece of my home cinema jigsaw ....:)
     
  2. Ian J

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    I hope that the moderators are as sick of this thread appearing once a week as I am and will delete it before the same bunch of people post exactly the same thing as they posted last week and the week before and the week before that.
     
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    Humbug.:p
     
  4. JSW

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    Ian you dont have to look at every thread :D
     
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    Whilst I'm not going to get into the individual merits of each, judging from the responses to the myriad versions of this question, it would appear that the following are generally accepted as 'benchmark' DVDs.

    Notice I said DVDs, the individual films themselves will obviously not be to everyone's taste and it's unlikely that any one person would love all 10 films but, for PQ and SQ, you won't go too far wrong with these:

    Gladiator
    Saving Private Ryan
    Shrek
    The Phantom Menace
    Lord of the Rings
    U-571*
    The Fast & The Furious
    Toy Story I & II
    Terminator 2: Judgement Day: Ultimate Edition
    The Matrix

    *purely for the sub workout

    You may also wish to consider pre-ordering Monsters Inc., which looks like being pretty much reference material both sound and pitcure wise.

    While I agree with Ian on this, it is kind of the most inevitable question new members are likely to ask. Yes, people should use the 'search' facility but in reality people don't tend to and it can often be vague (try a search using the term 'T2' to get info on Terminator for example...)

    I notice mags like What Hi Fi publish a list of 'test' discs each month and I guess a large percentage of HC owners like to include a few of these types of discs in their collections. So, why not publish a 'sticky' thread in DVD talk which lists a collection of maybe 20 well established 'demo' discs which can be updated as and when necessary and we could maybe avoid this problem.
     
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    As 'films' go I'd vote for 'Amelie', 'Traffic' and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. There's not really been any other stand out 'film' after that for me. 'AI' might have been a good watch under all the nonsense that it finally came out as.

    Last year was a good year for movies (pure entertainment) though. 'The Fast & The Furious' was excellent, as was LOTR and 'Shrek', 'Planet Of The Apes' was decent.

    I also enjoyed 'The Contender', '13 Days' and 'Unbreakable'.

    I don't do Top 10's though. Hate putting them into an order.
     
  7. mcmullanbrush

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    I agree that when it comes to matters of fact, such as which DVDs have DTS etc, then the search facility is the most appropriate.

    However, with matters of opinion, it is fair enough to ask the same questions on a reasonably regular basis, as there are new members whos views have not yet been discovered:)
     
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    while some of the films mentioned here are okay for 'maximum impact' type blockbusting, you might also want to try out something more subtle as well.

    I wouldn't particularly rec Traffic as a AV test disc either, director steven soderberg decided to steer the vast majority of the film through the centre channel so it doesn't give your system much of a work out, although it is a beautiful looking film.

    I'd second the Monster's Inc rec tho... I can't wait to see this on DVD.
     
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    welcome carrera2rs

    Just wanted to say dont listen to people who are knocking back your question in my book one question is as good as the other. if your interested in what other peoples fav. films are then you have a right to ask.

    i have in the region of about 90 DVDs with a whole lot on pre-order. Of my existing movies I would recommend these shows (not necessarily in any particular order)

    The Matrix - a fantastic visual effects movie
    LOTR - a classic every home cinema nut should have
    T2
    Saving Private Ryan
    Scarface - one of the maddest shows ever
    Jurassic Park collection - a fine addition to a Home Cinema provides both sublime sound and picture quality
    Gladiator
    Harry Potter
    planet of the apes
    Indedpendance day

    good luck with your collection, cya
     
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    ian its your replies that are getting repetative:rolleyes: ,give it a rest.

    just dont read these threads,easy init
     
  11. Ian J

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    I see you specialise in exaggeration.

    Nevertheless I find it saddening that the DVD Talk forum which was interesting until a few months ago has now degenerated to the level of dvdforums and consists mainly of listings of favourite this, that and the others which are constantly being regurgitated and very little is discussed that doesn't come into the blockbuster category.

    I shall take your advice and will not read repetitive threads again as I would hate to give you the opportunity for yet another moan.
     
  12. mcmullanbrush

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    A few months ago:confused:

    That was about the same time me and Squirrel God joined:blush:
     
  13. Jase

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    Funny that, eh?:D ;)
     
  14. Ian J

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    You have a interest in good films and I do tend to follow your posts and on very rare occasions Squirrel God also has something interesting to say :p
     
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    I agree to a point, although by definition, 'blockbuster' means well known, usually popular films... which in turn are more likely to be talked about.

    It's not disimilar in the hardware forum, you could be forgiven for thinking Toshiba, Panasonic, Denon and Arcam are the only companies making DVD players.

    The fact is that a large percentage own/like these players and not too many people buy, for example, Myryad players and so consequently there are not too many posts about them.

    Some people just want to find out 10 decent demo discs, others want to find out how to construct their own high-end HCPC from scratch... in the end it doesn't matter. Just read what interests you (which, granted, may not be much) and don't click on that which doesn't.

    Elitism doesn't always equal interesting or better.
     
  16. Confucius

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    10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    10 Beers in 10 Minutes (1999)
    Number 10 (1956)
    10 (1979)
    10 Attitudes (2001)
    Ten (1971)
    Ten After Ten (1924)
    Ten Commandments, The (1923)
    Ten Little Indians (1989)
    Ten: The Magic Number (1973)
     
  17. Ian J

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    You have a fine line in insults but if you read what I said it has nothing to do with elitism.

    My exact words were "very little is discussed that doesn't come into the blockbuster category" and that has nothing to do with elitism but is an assumption that you made incorrectly.
     
  18. mcmullanbrush

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    As I am sure many of you will have worked out already, I dont have many friends:(

    Well okay, I do have a few friends, but I have only one who is into home cinema and another who is into films. The guy who is into home cinema is a complete moron and the guy who likes films, I very rarely see. This is because he is recently divorced and is currently filling his boots;)

    When I found this forum, I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I suddenly had all these people with the same interest. So in my excitement, I posted threads about favourite films and I asked questions that had been asked a hundred times before.

    I realised after several weeks that I could use the search facility, but in the early days I was grateful for the patience shown to me by the more senior members:)

    I understand how frustrating it can be to read the same things over and over, but I hope I can show the understanding to others that was shown to me when I was new.
     
  19. stevegreen

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    HUGE hijacking of the thread!!!

    Not many actually answering this new member?

    The Matrix
    Starship Troopers
    Jurassic Park
    Terminator
    ermmmmmmm and Pulp Fiction, just for the dialogue

    Almost forgot..........Lord Of the Rings!

    Most of the time i just demo my system with the DTS, DD intros.......the neighbours must be sick of hearing them!
     
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    good:D
     
  21. Ian J

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    That's not a very subtle dig :D
     
  22. mcmullanbrush

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    You are far too astute Ian;)

    I thought I was being subtle AND diplomatic:D
     
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    What like that one :D
     
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    I have a horrible feeling that isnt going to be the last:blush:
     
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    Well said mate ;)

    Welcome Carrara2rs :D


    Taz.:cool:
     
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    Quite right too.

    You can post what you like as long as every other post isn't about your best mate or your dog
     
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    AND WHO THE HELL SAID WE WERE BORING

    NICE ONE GUYS!!!!!
     
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    Nearly time for a moderator to step in (IMHO)

    The poor guy only asked a question that had been asked before and got all this! :confused:

    Taz.:cool:
     
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    I take it your just trying to work out what films are good out there...in that case I'll list most of the films I think are good and Im sure you may agree too. Renting these days is cheap and Im sure the odd DVD will make you want to buy it for keeps too!.

    Leon* (great film, since it twice and loved it both times! - worth buying imho)

    Shawshank Redemption* (If you missed this then this is miles better than some of the other prison films..) worth owning

    The 13th Floor (wow if you liked the Matrix then watch this film, looks great on my 114" screen, a thinking persons Matrix) worth rental or owning

    Cats & Dogs (many funny moments, the kids will love this film and so will you!) worth owning - friends will love it too of all ages.

    Rat Race (If you liked the Cannon Ball run series then this is like a modern version of it) worth renting

    As Good As It Gets* (wow great movie, if you like romance, comedy and a great storyline then get this) worth owning for those occasions ;)

    5th Element (best futuristic movie since BladeRunner et al) worth owning

    Gladiator (good action movie with a story) worth owning

    The Thing* (really good film on the large screen) worth owning

    Unbreakable* (great story/acting much like sixth sense) worth a rental or owning

    Sixth Sense (amazing film but Im undecided which I prefer out of
    this and Unbreakable) worth owning or rental

    Armourgeddon (looks great on the big screen, really nice space action!) worth rental or owning if you have a projector (eyecandy)

    Jurassic Park 1 (good films but showing their age? - storyline/characters need more punch!)

    Bridget Jones Diary (good film to watch but I prefer meet the parents) worth rental

    Meet the parents* (great film with good character actors) worth rental

    Something About Mary* (great film again, a nice surprise having missed it at the cinema!) worth owning

    Pitch Black (expected a different kind of film, but enjoyed this a lot as it was different to most sci-fi films) worth rental/owning

    Star Wars 4/5/6 (the best sci-fi space story ever imho) worth owning when the DVD is released!.

    Titanic (a simple film you can watch more than once, the feeling of being there is unlike any other film imho - I kind of feel I was taken back in time which rarely happens in a film) worth owning

    Fast & Furious (not bad film, with a good story/characters for an action type film, if you like cars with a good storyline then watch this!) worth owning or rental

    True Lies (great film, prefer this to most of the new James Bond movies....this is what the new James Bond should of been like ) worth a rental

    Alien series (great films, I love the bits where you jump out of your seat!) worth owning

    Valentine (quite a good scary movie, its a bit 'american' but has the odd 'jump out of your seat' moment!) - worth renting

    House on Haunted Hill (considering there are no stars it certainly provides scary moments on the big screen, in fact I found this scarier than the dissapointing Jeepers/Creepers) worth renting..in fact Jeepers creepers isnt that bad but 'the other' is definetly worth owning/renting at least.

    thirteen ghosts - a film a bit like the above, its not all bad and worth a rental imho

    Halloween & Halloween H20 (not bad sequel too!) - worth owning and the latter renting.

    Terminator series (enough said!, one of the greats) worth owning

    What Lies Beneath* (I like this movie a lot having missed it at the cinema) worth a rental

    Jaws (classic scary movie!) worth owning

    The Shining (classic suspense/horror) worth renting (only 4:3) so pretty smuch ucks for projector widescreen owners!

    Saving Private Ryan (good war film) - worth owning/renting

    A Beautifull Mind (great character driven film) - worth renting/owning

    A Bugs Life - great funny film worth owning

    Artificial Intelligence - some people hate it , but if you liked E.T. and like dreamy type films then you will like this great film. Worth owning imho.

    Back to the future trilogy (worth owning)

    Black Hawk Down (worth renting)

    Dr. Do Little2 (not bad film - worth rental if you like Eddie Murphy)

    Fargo - worth rental - amusing film and different to most mainstream films

    Fight Club - worth owning/rental - nice film

    Heat - worth owning, if you like cop films then this is pretty good

    Ice Age - worth rental/owning

    L.A. Confidential - worth rental as its another good cop based film.

    Memento - great film and worth owning.

    Seven: Another film worth owning, or rental :)

    Spy Game: If you like Robert Redford then he shines in this film. Otherwise avoid it :)

    Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: worth owning, have to see it as its one of the best films in the last 10 years :)

    Snatch: Followup to the above and a great film, worth owning too.

    Stuart Little: Good film for the kids, and adults alike :). Probably would rate cats and dogs above this though...

    The Insider: factual based film which is really good, if you like character based films then this is a good one.

    The Usual Suspects: great film, has some great lines and moments in the film, worth keeping.

    The Pledge: I think this is probably one of Jack Nicholson's best films. Really nice storyline/acting.

    Vanilla Sky: You have to watch this film twice, it really gets you thinking and is a sort of film you love to hate!.

    Vertical Limit: If you like snow then this is not a bad film, worth a rental at least.

    Training Day: One of the better cop films to come out, I really liked this film from start to finish, great acting from the stars in this film.

    /James
     
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    And you have a fine line in imagining general statements to be personal insults.

    I realise that most of the respondents in this thread found your initial comments harsh, which may have gotten you a little sensitive, but if you re-read my posts, I actually supported the general point of your post.

    I was also attempting to suggest a means of getting round the problem of you having to read boring, repetitive posts whilst also allowing new members to quickly find the kind of information we all probably first looked for when joining this type of forum.
     

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