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W0m6at
Registered: February 22, 2005
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Just wondering if anyone has any hot tips on movies that are a visual feast: movies make your jaw drop (now or on release).  I'm not particularly fussed about storyline at the moment; I can look that up easily enough.  Some examples to get ppl started:

Wonderful Days (anim, South Korea)
Metropolis (anim, Japan)
Vidocq (France)
The Dark Crystal (USA)
Starship Troopers (USA)

Feel free to also include anything with an amazing set-piece action sequence.
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Pantheon
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Registered: February 16, 2000
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What Dreams May Come
Metropolis (anime)
Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney)
House of Flying Daggers

I'm sure there are more but I can't think of them at the mo'.
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gardibolt
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Registered: June 29, 2001
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The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
The opening of Woody Allen's Manhattan
Fritz Lang's Metropolis
The Abominable Dr. Phibes
"This movie has warped my fragile little mind."
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The Holts
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Registered: September 26, 2003
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Visual feast?  How about "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"?
And I always liked the scenery from "The Cowboys", great score and storyline, too.
MCarnahan
Registered: November 24, 2003
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2001: A Space Oddyssey (1968) - I would consider this film the very definition of a visual feast... Beautiful sets and models, and so many shots done for the sole purpose of soaking them all in. Then again, you kind of have to appreciate that to get through the otherwise methodical pacing..

Solyaris (1972) - The Soviet Union's take on the latter... Same idea as far as visuals go.

Excalibur (1981) - Probably not a very popular movie, but I think it's wonderfully shot. Very dreamlike.
W0m6at
Registered: February 22, 2005
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Thankyou for the tips so far, and keep them coming!

A few there I would never have gone near otherwise (though What Dreams May Come will be watched now).  A few I've seen, and a few I've intended to see so will have to track those down for certain now.  It is interesting to see that there are so many different ideas of what constitutes a visual feast too.
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Draven99
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Registered: September 29, 2002
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Dellamorte Mellamore (aka Cemetary Man)
Dead Alive
Texas Chainsaw Massacre ('04) beautifully shot.
Suspiria
Equilibrium
Moulin Rouge
Brazil
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Six String
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Registered: February 21, 2003
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Master & Commander - storm scene while in pursuit.
Hero - like a moving collage of artistic portraits if you ask me.
Irreversible - if the opening sequence doesn't mess with your head, you ain't normal.  Probably not what you're searching for, though.
Titan AE - Ice Rings of Tigrin chapter as well as a few others
Avalon - Oshii's little Polish venture and excellent film.  There are too many to name a specific.  Heavy CGI/Live action blending.
Saving Private Ryan - Opening and ending sequences. 
Innocence (Ghost in the Shell II)
Pitch Black - Opening sequence: crash.

btw ... I love the Metropolis reference.  ... totally agreed!

Those are a few that come to mind ...
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PlanoLogic
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Terminal Velocity;  Great parachuting and good storyline.
Stargate; later, non-flipper version
Heaven's Gate; par western but gazillion dollar scenes
Far & Away; too long but super costuming and location.
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MCarnahan
Registered: November 24, 2003
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Quoting Draven99:
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Brazil


Perfect choice... Can't believe I forgot that one.

Blade Runner also springs to mind now. Great neon-bathed, bizarre vision of the future..
W0m6at
Registered: February 22, 2005
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Some movies I've seen coming up in lists, and some that I own, but keep them coming.

Oh, and VisitorQ, despite not liking it on first viewing, I went and saw Avalon at a local cinema.  Was lovely on a large screen.  Shame I find Oshii's work pretentious.

A friend reminded me of a few, and there's some I've not yet listed:
Hoshi No Koe aka Voices of a Distant Star (anim, Japan)
Beyond the Clouds (anim, Japan)
Mindgame (anim, Japan)
Innocence (anim, Japan)
King Kong (USA, 1933, though 2005 will no doubt stand up).  I swear, some of the sfx were up to late 1980's standards for stop-motion animation and other effects.  Amazing!
The City of Lost Children (France).  Nothing to blow you away, but visually stunning.
Again not jaw-dropping, Romeo+Juliet (USA) and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (USA) are both visual marvels.

...and one of the movies I've found hard to watch because of its unique visual style is KaiDohMaru.  It trips you out trying to watch something entirely coloured in pastels.  You feel like the brightness and contrast are stuffed throughout the entire film, but it's intentional.  47minutes of psychological warfare if you ask me... and yes, it's in my collection. 
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ShawnD
Registered: July 17, 2004
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I always loved "The Fifth Element."
Made me very happy when they came out with the Superbit Edition!
W0m6at
Registered: February 22, 2005
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Quoting ShawnD:
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I always loved "The Fifth Element."
Made me very happy when they came out with the Superbit Edition!

I've been meaning to double-dip for some time to get that Superbit, but haven't got around to it just yet.  Immortel: ad vitam promised to be a French Fifth Element, but was lost in overuse of CGI characters and poor storytelling.  G.O.R.A. did a fair job of spoofing it, and had some lovely visuals, but Fifth is a hard one to top.

Kind of a shame the R4 Superbit Fifth Element is apparently quite poor.  I'll be getting the R1 of it at some point.
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kovacs01
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Registered: April 17, 2004
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The Cell

The Secret Garden (1997)

Barry Lyndon

Kill Bill Vol 1
KevinJ
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Registered: March 22, 2001
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Citizen Kane
colbyw
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Registered: May 3, 2003
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Hero
House of Flying Daggers
A Very Long Engagement
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Cell (although  I don't recommend the film)
Citizen Kane (put the Roger Ebert commentary on and you will
                  realize just what Welles accomplished visually)
Barry Lyndon
Thin Red Line
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