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What is the most beautiful sci-fi movie you have on DVD?

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Sunday, May 22, 2005 3:50 AM

ROBINHOOD


I'd like to mention a little known film from 1983, it's so little known in fact, it still isn't on DVD as yet. It's called The Keep, directed by Michael Mann.
Set during the second world war, a small squad of nazis are sent to a tiny mountain village to guard a strange 500 year old castle in the Transylvanian Alps. The caretaker guards the Keep, as did his father and his grandfather and his father before him for generations.
On night watch some german soldiers there discover the gold and nickel crosses embedded in the sides of the Keep and on removing them, release a thing of evil.
Most people either love or hate this film. The photography and effects are often breathtaking, as is the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Easily their best soundtrack by 'far'. The whole film tends to have a very dream-like feel to it.
I only have it on taped VHS, there are some cheap 2nd hand originals on Amazon however.

Yep..........................that went well!

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Sunday, May 22, 2005 5:29 AM

CHRISISALL


Ah, Le Mans, best racing movie ever. Real life Speed Racer.

Go Steve Racer Chrisisall

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Sunday, May 22, 2005 11:19 PM

YT

the movie is not the Series. Only the facts have been changed, to irritate the innocent; the names of the actors and characters remain the same


Quote:

Originally posted by robinhood:
I'd like to mention a little known film from 1983, it's so little known in fact, it still isn't on DVD as yet. It's called The Keep, directed by Michael Mann.


Was Scott Glenn the star? First movie he did after the Right Stuff?

Yup, checked it on IMDB. I remember liking him in it. I didn't know Jurgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne, nor Ian McKellen then, and don't remember what I thought of their performances.

Keep the Shiny Side Up . . . (wutzon) Gov't Mule, "Lola Leave Your Light On", from "Deja Voodoo"

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Sunday, May 22, 2005 11:25 PM

YT

the movie is not the Series. Only the facts have been changed, to irritate the innocent; the names of the actors and characters remain the same


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Le Mans, best racing movie ever.


Until year afore last. Check out Faster.

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Monday, May 23, 2005 9:05 AM

KINGPAUSE


Oops, I posted in the wrong thread. Is there a way to delete posts on this thing?

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Monday, May 23, 2005 12:18 PM

SICKDUDE


Quote:

Originally posted by robinhood:
The photography and effects are often breathtaking, as is the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Easily their best soundtrack by 'far'.



Really? 'Cause I always liked the soundtrack to Firestarter. Would you say this one's better?

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Monday, May 23, 2005 1:42 PM

ROBINHOOD


Quote:

Really? 'Cause I always liked the soundtrack to Firestarter. Would you say this one's better?


I haven't seen Firestarter for a very long time, so I couldn't really say, maybe you're right though. I should really have said their best soundtrack that I've heard by 'far'. 'The Keep' soundtrack is just that. It's both powerful and unsettling. It includes a version of the Walking in the Air from the children's film The Snowman.

In responce to YT, Ian Macellan was relatively well known in the UK at the time as I remember. Going back a long time. He received an award some years earlier for portraying a mentally disabled man. I thought his performance in the keep was very good. He was cured of his illness but also deceived by the evil force. Byrne played the vicious Nazi commander in a slightly camp manner, and Jürgen Prochnow was good as the sympathetic german officer.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:23 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Sickdude:
I always liked the soundtrack to Firestarter.


Legend and Firestarter are my 2 favourite TD sountracks!
Aside: Remember in X-2 when Pyro goes postal on the cops? I was sittin' there goin' to myself " Charlie would vaporize that little punk!".Ha ha ha

Too hot Chrisisall

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Monday, June 20, 2005 4:11 AM

SPACECOWGIRL


Titan A.E. --Bought it cuz of Joss Whedon's involvement and was blown away by the gorgeous animation.

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Monday, June 20, 2005 4:11 AM

SPACECOWGIRL


Titan A.E. --Bought it cuz of Joss Whedon's involvement and was blown away by the gorgeous animation.

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Monday, June 20, 2005 5:14 AM

CHRISISALL


Yeah, I own it. Titan:AE does rock! And one cannot miss the similarities to Firefly. Joss obviously had FF in mind for some time.
If you like animation, have you seen Fire And Ice? It's due out any month now on dvd.

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Monday, June 20, 2005 6:45 AM

DA


For me?

I-Robot
All Indiana Jones
Underworld (but it's very hard to make Kate B look ugly especially with fireblue eyes and latex.)

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Monday, June 20, 2005 7:12 AM

BLINKER


Ask me again next year.

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Monday, June 20, 2005 9:26 PM

SPQR


My fav Sci-FI Movies DVDs'
Battlestar Galactica (about a 3 hour mini series)
Star Trek: First Contact
2001
StarWars 4,5&6 (have the others, but there Not beautiful)
The Matrix 1-3(not the best, but some good fight seens to watch)
GalaxyQuest (one of the few films ever made that will put a smile on my face)

but I have close to 300 dvd's to pick from (mostly sci-fi tv shows), but it all ends up that only a few I watch over & over .....(moives I am talking about, only for this, my tv shows are an other thing).

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Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:48 PM

CAITLYN


Definitely "Solaris", the remake with George Clooney. It's visually stunning. While it isn't as true to the details of the book as the original film I think it is truer to the spirit of Lem's work. It really gets you thinking about the nature of life, death, what it means to be human, and what it means to love.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:54 PM

CAITLYN


Quote:

Originally posted by robinhood:
I'd like to mention a little known film from 1983, it's so little known in fact, it still isn't on DVD as yet. It's called The Keep, directed by Michael Mann.

[snip]

The photography and effects are often breathtaking, as is the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Easily their best soundtrack by 'far'.



I can't agree. I'd put the soundtrack of Wavelength easily ahead of it. The movie was cheesy but the music was outstanding. Other TD soundtracks I'd list ahead of it would be Das Madchem auf der Treppes and Sorcerer.

"The girl really knows her ships."

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 5:15 AM

CLJOHNSTON108


Sorry for the necro-post, but I picked this up not too long ago...



http://www.amazon.com/Final-Countdown-2-Disc-Limited-Special/dp/B00019
GHQ6/sr=8-2/qid=1163603966/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/102-1007820-8433768?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

http://www.blue-underground.com/movie.php?movie_id=50

I never got to see it in the theaters, only on cable, so this was my first time seeing it widescreen.

Oh. My. GAWD!

It's now the pride & joy of my DVD collection!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 5:27 AM

NEWOLDBROWNCOAT


Vanilla Sky-
gorgeously photographed, great looking people, pretty good performances, mind-stretching to watch

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 11:02 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by cljohnston108:
Sorry for the necro-post, but I picked this up not too long ago...


Oh. My. GAWD!

It's now the pride & joy of my DVD collection!

Is it really that good? I have no memory of it, I know I MUST have rented it when it came out....



Always on the lookout Chrisisall

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 11:48 AM

DAYVE


Quote:

Originally posted by SergeantX:
....I'd have to go with Blade Runner - Director's Cut.



I’m a little late to this thread, but gotta say that Blade Runner is my favorite sci-fi film - although I actually like the original - with the narration….gumshoes in the future, my kind of movie.

Another film that I really like is Natural City – an odd Korean sci-fi that is mostly cgi… it’s pretty dark, but very stunning. Since I didn’t see it in a theater, I can only base my opinion from the dvd – it is really worth checking out.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 4:59 AM

CLJOHNSTON108


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Is it really that good? I have no memory of it, I know I MUST have rented it when it came out....

Always on the lookout Chrisisall


Well, certainly not in the same class as Blade Runner, but if you're like me, and you love Naval Aviation...

Kirk Douglas' son, Peter, produced it, and he managed to get FULL cooperation from the U.S. Navy.

They show you just about EVERY square inch of the U.S.S. Nimitz, and ALL facets of flight operations!

http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/finalcountdown.php
http://www.hometheaterinfo.com/final_countdown.htm
http://home.hiwaay.net/~tfharris/pulpculture/columns/040401.shtml
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=9839
http://filmfreakcentral.net/dvdreviews/finalcountdown.htm

What I really love about seeing this movie in Widescreen, with a scratch-free, color-corrected image (Blue Underground brought in the original DP to supervise!), is that now the in-cockpit shots, especially that first landing and the re-fueling scene, look more like those great photos by Charles J. "Heater" Heatley III in his book, "The Cutting Edge"...
http://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Edge-J-Heatley-III/dp/9999056032/sr=1-2/
qid=1158145729/ref=pd_bbs_2/103-6400769-5768659?ie=UTF8&s=books





http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/grumman/f-14_tomcat/f-14a/page_01.ht
m


(Just wish I knew how to take screencaps from my DVD! )

Also, the interviews with the pilots of the Jolly Rogers was almost worth the price of the DVD!

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:15 AM

PIRATECAT


Its shiny, Bladerunner. I have got a new one called Natural City. A Korean film made to be a modern BR but the special effects are good. Cyber Wars is good on special effects but then I am king of the B movies.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:15 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Dayve:


I’m a little late to this thread, but gotta say that Blade Runner is my favorite sci-fi film - although I actually like the original - with the narration….gumshoes in the future, my kind of movie.



*Quivers with antici.....pation*
The narrated version will be in the Blade Runner: Final Cut edition in 2007.
My life will be almost complete then.

Little people Chrisisall

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:20 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by cljohnston108:

Well, certainly not in the same class as Blade Runner, but if you're like me, and you love Naval Aviation...



Now I have to ask for that AND Airwolf season two for X-Mass!
Thanks, Cljohnston.

Supersonic Chrisisall

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:26 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Dayve:

Another film that I really like is Natural City – an odd Korean sci-fi that is mostly cgi… it’s pretty dark, but very stunning. Since I didn’t see it in a theater, I can only base my opinion from the dvd – it is really worth checking out.

Two votes for it...I looked it up, sounds cool. I will keep my sensors activated for it, if I can't rent it, I'll get it.
Thanks for the reccomendation, my peeps.

Dystopian Chrisisall

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:32 AM

REGINAROADIE


Just as an update, after crunch time for me at school, I'm going to get the 2 disc editions of both SUPERMAN RETURNS and FORBIDDEN PLANET. The former is probably the most gorgeous digital film I've seen so far, and the latter I can't wait to see the restoration done to that.

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You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?"
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"You are better at dying."

Trash talk between a Cyberman and a Dalek. It doesn't get any better than that.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:35 AM

MSG


Duh...Serenity:)

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:41 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by msg:
Duh...Serenity:)



Well, Serenity is my FAVOURITE film of all time, but honestly, it can't compare visually with Blade Runner or Superman.
Is it just me, or is the transfer kinda grainy? I thought Firefly was an outstanding presentation; Serenity was not so shiny in that regard...
Maybe Joss was goin' for the documentary feel, huh?

Resolution fixated Chrisisall

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:14 PM

DAYVE


Quote:

Originally posted by reginaroadie:
FORBIDDEN PLANET........ and the latter I can't wait to see the restoration done to that.



Speaking of Forbidden Planet, can you tell me the link between that movie and Serenity?....

(well here it is anyway)

Select to view spoiler:


Two wrecked ships are shown with the registration numbers C57D, a reference to Forbidden Planet (1956). Jayne points out the first one as they explore. The second is the rescue ship, the source of the beacon. Writer/Director Joss Whedon says in the DVD commentary that the name of the world, Miranda, was taken from William Shakespeare's The Tempest, where it is the name of a character who says, "Brave new world that has such people in it." Forbidden Planet was loosely based on The Tempest.



...or am i the last one to know this stuff?...(again)

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:38 PM

THESOMNAMBULIST


TRON - simply beautiful to look at.


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Monday, November 20, 2006 1:16 PM

LWAVES


Not necessarily sci-fi but:

I would say Hero is more beautiful than Crouching Tiger.

Blade Runner is a cert. Same as the Indy movies.
Jurassic Park always looks good.
T2 as well.


Any Pixar film looks great, and add Wallace and Gromit to that too.

LOTR of course.

All films have to be seen widescreen. I can't stand it when people stretch a 2.35:1 (or thereabouts) image on a widescreen tv just so they don't get the black bars at the bottom. Urgh!!!
The only non-wide stuff I currently own is if it's physically not available in wide.

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Monday, November 20, 2006 8:09 PM

BABYWITHTHEPOWER


Most people haven't seen either of these, but I'd have to go with:

Appleseed (2004) It was so much better than it's 1988 counterpart, in both visuals and story. It rocked in the theater but is great in high def in my home on my big screen.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005). Stunning visuals, compelling story, fantastic character developement. And there's something about watching it in English in my home as opposed to subtitled in the theater.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 5:00 PM

TRAVELER


Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan

When Khan surprizes the Enterprize and blasts the ship with phasers and then good old Admiral Kirk pulls a card out of his deck of tricks and blasts him back. It still looks good on the small screen. But it has been so long since I saw it on the big screen that it is impossible to compare anymore. But this movie always reminds me of the James T. of the original show. They shuold have stopped making any others after this one. So you see I biased.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2006 5:13 PM

NAUGHTYMAN


Blade Runner & The Cell are my picks today.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 5:25 AM

DAYVE


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
What movie do you have on dvd that simply blows you away....



I had to dig up this old thread to tell you about this movie....



based on the works of French artist Enki Bilal, some of which appeared in the Heavy Metal magazines of the 80's and early 90's....

the thread i started here:
http://www.fireflyfan.net/thread.asp?b=8&t=28265
was pretty much ignored - i don't know if this is something people are unfamiliar with or they just didn't like in the first place, but it is a beautiful film - if you are a fan of bleak, dystopian views of our future world -

Chis - it may be the kind of movie you would like - If you have already seen it, i would really like your opinion of the film.... (and that goes for anyone else who has seen it)

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 5:34 AM

JWHEDONADDICT


You're kidding right?

And for #2, that would be I ROBOT. Not really because of Alan Tudyk (although that's definitely a plus), but because of a certain lovely shower scene of BUFFY/ANGEL fan, Will Smith.

Yes, I'm being shallow. No, I don't care.

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"In Joss We Trust."

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 5:42 AM

DAYVE



kidding...? about this movie?

i really liked it - but i have had opinions from both sides - some people say it is too hard to understand and the story goes nowhere - i disagree, but i still have questions about it myself, which, i suppose is one reason i have been hung up on it lately...

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 5:52 AM

CLJOHNSTON108


Well, the DVD I'm waiting for is...



Anybody see this? I've only seen the trailer, but I predict this is gonna be near the top in my "Most Beautiful DVD" category!
http://www.renaissance-movie.com/

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:08 AM

ALLIETHORN7


I really don't OWN many Sci-fi flics ('Sides SW and Serenity).
But, as actual movies go, I have to say Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator. That Director, Whatshisface, must have somethin' goin' to make such great movies.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:11 AM

DAYVE


Renaissance looks very interesting - i will put it my list as well...

what is it with foreign science fiction that, IMO, makes it so much better than american films?

every one i watch has more depth than just about any film made here - it seems that all (ok, most) american made sci-fi films are all about the action aspect - blowing stuff up - car chases - gratuious violence and (usually) happy endings - popcorn movies -

guess i just like movies that you can be more involed in -

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:12 AM

JWHEDONADDICT


Dayve: Sorry, that was directed toward the original post. I was joking because I, and I realize I'm coming of as a brownnoser here but, I really do consider SERENITY to be the most beautiful--in every way that counts--to me.

"Our fate has to be our own, or we're nothing."--Angel
"In Joss We Trust."

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:22 AM

DAYVE


Quote:

Originally posted by jwhedonaddict:
I really do consider SERENITY to be the most beautiful--in every way that counts--



Sure, i agree (or i wouldn't be here), but there are so many different to aspects to science fiction, and right now i'm just trying to understand this weird story..... Immortel (La Foire aux immortels)


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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:29 AM

JWHEDONADDICT


I don't think I've ever heard of it. Then again, I'm not really into sci-fi...or westerns, or musicals (damn it, Joss!), in general.

"Our fate has to be our own, or we're nothing."--Angel
"In Joss We Trust."

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:46 AM

FINN MAC CUMHAL


“Most beautiful?”

I don’t really know what that means. As usual Chris’s threads are just vague enough to make me think about it.

I wouldn’t consider Raiders to fall into that category though, because that was far more story driven then cinematography. Serenity is the same way, but it had a lot of cinematography in it.

Lord of the Rings would certainly be one of my choices.

Any of the Star Wars films. The Star Wars films are almost the polar opposite of Raiders. The Star Wars films all had simplistic stories but very vivid special effects and costume; at least they were supposed to. They sort of got carried away with the last three and made them more complicated then was needed. The last three had a lot of distracting elements, but they were still pretty. That’s one thing Star Wars has always had going for it; was the glamour and the flash. I don’t think any movie could ever out do Star Wars on this in the lightsabre battles alone.



Nihil est incertius vulgo, nihil obscurius voluntate hominum, nihil fallacius ratione tota comitiorum.

Nothing is more unpredictable than the mob, nothing more obscure than public opinion, nothing more deceptive than the whole political system.

-- Cicero

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 7:12 AM

DAYVE


Quote:

Originally posted by Finn mac Cumhal:
“Most beautiful?”

I don’t really know what that means. As usual Chris’s threads are just vague enough to make me think about it.



i just pulled up this thread to ask about (or introduce) the movie Immortel, but i think Chris's original idea for this thread was the "transfer to dvd" quality of a film.

btw... any word on the release of the remastered Bladerunner..?

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 7:18 AM

REGINAROADIE


Well, one's out on DVD now, but I'm waiting for it to be cheaper to get, and the other one isn't out yet, but there were actually two recent gorgeous sci-fi movies out at the end of last year that I'm itching to get.

CHILDREN OF MEN and THE FOUNTAIN. The former just blew me away in that it was a truly neorealist sci-fi film. That while it was set in the future, it completely felt contemporary, and the action sequences that were all in one take was some of the most exciting cinema verite style action sequences I've ever seen. I'm surprised Jerry Bruckheimer or Joel Silver hasn't snapped up Alfonso Cuaron to do their next action movies just off the strength of those moments alone.

And THE FOUNTAIN is just perfect. The whole film has this golden glow throughout the movie that just makes the whole thing so peaceful and hypnotizing. You're completely submerged into this visuals, particularily at the very end when he finally reaches the star.

That I can't wait for it to finally come onto DVD.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 8:54 AM

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It's not really sci-fi but I just watched Curse of the Golden Flower and it was amazing, the colors and the attention to detail were just awesome.

Ghost in the shell(Movie and series)are really well done.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 10:39 AM

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Barring Serenity, I'm gonna have to go with Star Wars: The Empire strikes Back.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 12:30 PM

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Which transferred to dvd from the theater pretty good. I would go with Serenity of course but went to the disk hmmmm I'll go with
Natural City
Thirteenth Floor
Cyber Wars





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Saturday, April 21, 2007 1:42 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by cljohnston108:
Well, the DVD I'm waiting for is...



Anybody see this? I've only seen the trailer, but I predict this is gonna be near the top in my "Most Beautiful DVD" category!
http://www.renaissance-movie.com/




Oh! I own Renaissance! It's bloody fantastic too. A few twists and turns thrown into the plotline here and there to keep the viewer on their toes is all well and good, but the look of the film is just incredible. Very noir-ish sorta style (except...you know, animated).

Just an incredible loooking film. Definitely near the top of my 'Most Beautiful' list.

I'm watching it through standard RCA connections, I can only dream of how it looks through somethng better.


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Saturday, April 21, 2007 8:27 PM

FASTMOVER


Lord of the Rings Extended Editions for me, even though not really sci-fi. I also really enjoyed the effects in Chronicles of Riddick. The opening scenes of Revenge of the Sith were really cool too, although the movie as a whole did not sway me. Return of the Jedi is nice as well.

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