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Najemikon
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Registered: December 28, 2000
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Infernal Affairs. Very, very shiny...
Jon

"You ever see a cat return a stick? Hey man, you threw the stick, you go get it yourself, I'm busy. If you wanted the stick so bad, why'd you throw it away in the first place?"
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willhart
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Registered: February 22, 2002
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I second many of the titles that have already been mentioned, and after looking through my collection from A-Z, I was really surprised at how few DVDs even come close to being a visual feast.

But at least I found some that might be worth considering:

8 Women (for the Color)
The 10th Kingdom (incredible locations)
The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 (only 4:3, but the restored Technicolor print still beats most eye-candy today)
Amélie (eye-candy- the film and Audrey Tautou)
Animusic: Special Edition (Pipe Dream alone is worth the price of the DVD)
Antz (great computer graphics, with a 3D depth)
Atlantis: A World Beyond Words (for those who love underwater footage)
Austin Powers (all three films are colorful eye-candy)
The Band Wagon (only 4:3, but another great restored Technicolor print)
Brotherhood of the Wolf (the 3-disc Canadian DTS release - a sensory feast for the eyes and ears)
A Bug's Life (more great computer graphics, with a 3D depth)
Casshern (one of the finest live action/CGI films yet from Japan - gives Sky Captain competition)
The Corrs: Live in London (I had to throw this in - the sisters are all eye-candy [a personal thing])
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (was this too obvious?)
IMAX: The Discoverers (and almost all of the IMAX presentations)
Down with Love (almost too colorful)
The Duttons Live From Branson Holiday Special (odd choice, I know, but mastered in HD, it's one of the best holiday performances in 16:9 that you'll find)
Ella Enchanted (a visual surprise)
Final Destination 2 (the opening freeway crash sequence - try to tell your mind, "It's only a movie...")
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (a digital film, perfect for a digital system)
Finding Nemo
Gladiator
The Harry Potter Films
Kiss Me Kate (only 4:3, but another great restored Technicolor print)
Kung Fu Hustle (a real surprise that goes where most films never will)
Monsters, Inc. (more great computer graphics, with a 3D depth)
Once Upon a Time in the West (where faces become landscapes)
The Phantom 1996
Russian Ark (one take, with a cast of thousands...)
Scaramouche (only 4:3, but another great restored Technicolor print)
Scourge of Worlds (one of the best interactive cgi offerings)
Silver Hawk (a visual treat from Hong Kong)
Singin' in the Rain (only 4:3, but another great restored Technicolor print)
So Close (move over Charlie's Angels, this is a visual feast you might have missed)
StarGaze: Hubble's View Of The Universe
StarGaze II: Visions of the Universe
The Storm Riders (if you liked Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , you'll love this)
Stuart Little (one of the best live action/CGI films)
Stuart Little 2 (one more of the best live action/CGI films)
Thursday (a darkly bloody visual feast)
Time Code (if you like experimental cinema - four screens at once - one continuous take)
Toy Story 1 & 2 (hard to beat computer graphics, with a 3D depth)
The Twins Effect (Chinese vampires meet The Matrix - get the uncut deluxe edition)
Versus (a darkly bloody visual feast from Japan - all I have to mention is gangsters vs zombies with guns...)
A Very Long Engagement (some of the best cinematography in years)
Volcano High (Kung-Fu meets The Matrix)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (a guilty pleasure)
Woman on Top (more surprising cinematography)
Written on the Wind (another great restored Technicolor print)

You wouldn't believe how long it took me to sit here and scan through over 2000 titles to come up with the above list...

Will
Six String
erratic as always ..
Registered: February 21, 2003
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Quoting W0m6at:
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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.


One man's garbage is another man's treasure!!!    At least you found some quality within the film.

That's too bad on your Oshii sentiments.  Though I can definately see where you are coming from .. especially with respect to the DVD aftermarket (as I would refer to it as) in lieu of the overpriced limited edition sets floating around (with more coming).  Though, this aftermarket is where he really is raking it considering the limited amount of films in his arsenal. 

But, the same pretentiousness could be said of Spielberg or more especially, Lucas .. not that I am categorizing Oshii among the best (I love Spielberg's works).  The difference is who these directors are catering to.

Oshii routinely puts out thoughtful, complex, genre specfic films .. almost always relating to the blending of humanity/computer - who are we and why do we exist type films.  Sometimes there are layers within layers to his stories.  Though a portion of his work is derived from manga sources, ... it's what he does with it to bring it to big screen and wider audiences that is enticing.  If for one am a large fan .. as if you couldn't tell.  .. and I knew about Gits I and II and Avalon before most of the general public ... and found each one extremely interesting as well as entertaining .. and most of all, original.

But that's what's great about having so many films available to us - there's probably just as many opinions as to what's valuable about each and every one of them.  Good to see we agree on at least one aspect of Avalon. 

Btw .. great call on City of Lost Children.  Jeunet really does just draw you into his world .. and what a beautiful trip CoLC really is.  One of my favorite films.
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W0m6at
Registered: February 22, 2005
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I knew about Innocence and Avalon plenty early too.  A friend in Canada is a huge Oshii fan, and we're both self-confessed otakus (though looking at my collection you wouldn't know.. but the wishlist hints at it).  Personally, I'm not much for Spielberg's works, but let's be honest:  Like Oshii you still have to see his works regardless.  A bit surprising not to see Jurassic Park, A.I. and some other Spielberg getting listed here.

I see willhart mentions Willie Wonka.  Funny, coz just last night I was thinking my collection could use that and The Wizard of Oz (I think the price has dropped on the bare-bones releases in preparation for whiz-bang releases).  I've gotta save money somehow.  Poster framing and Japanese DVDs aren't cheap.  Gotta get Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space into my collection somehow too.  Oh, and add that and WoO onto the growing visual feasts list.
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PlanoLogic
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Registered: November 18, 2001
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"Terminal Velocity;  Great parachuting and good storyline."

...btw. also contains one of my favorite movie lines that didn't even get nominated for AFI's 100 most memorable-

Charlie Sheen is sitting at the bar and says,
"pack your bags, we're going on a guilt trip"

...cracks me up just thinking about, guess I know what movie I'll be watching again this afternoon. Thanks for the reminder.
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m.cellophane
darkly dreaming
Registered: February 9, 2002
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Ditto on many that have been mentioned.

Also:

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The River
Fanny and Alexander
Vanity Fair
Bride & Prejudice
Monsoon Wedding
A Room With a View
The Leopard
The Color Purple
The Red Shoes
The Hours
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Three Colors Trilogy (Blue, White, Red)
Far From Heaven
Mulholland Dr.
In the Mood for Love
Titus
Elizabeth
Vertigo
...James

"That's it. He's definitely the one. Now it's just a matter of time before he becomes a drop of blood in my glass slide collection."  Dexter
W0m6at
Registered: February 22, 2005
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I recently blind-purchased Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow ex-rental and really enjoyed it.  I think it had enough surrealism and fantasy to allow you to suspend disbelief.  I've also picked up House of Flying Daggers, but haven't gotten around to watching it.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will certainly be joining my collection soon after release.  Saw it at the cinema and was in awe.

Although it doesn't really fit the same, Rubber Johnny is very visually and aurally-driven, and one to mess with your head somewhat.
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kovacs01
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Registered: April 17, 2004
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yeah, rubber johnny about made me sick.......
siege
Registered: March 17, 2004
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Old Boy (Korean) is very visual and to go from very arty gore to pg13 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is also gorgeous and a very sharp dvd release. If you really want to see a different but very visual movie then you have to see CASSHERN (Japan) which is really surreal. the easiest to name is off course SW: Revenge of the Sith.
Ukexpat
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Registered: October 30, 2000
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Babette's Feast
gardibolt
Digitally Obsessed
Registered: June 29, 2001
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White Hell of Pitz Palu, released by Kino on Video last week, contains some incredible Alpine footage.  It's black & white and silent, but it's visually glorious.
"This movie has warped my fragile little mind."
siege
Registered: March 17, 2004
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Just watched "the life aquatic" nice stop motion visuals in this film.
DutchD
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Registered: November 7, 2003
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Hero
House of flying daggers

Love these stylish movies 
Quid pro quo, Clarice
JP_S
I did knock
Registered: March 10, 2003
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (I liked the way it was filmed, the movie itself was okay)
House of Flying Daggers
The Fifth Element
The Incredibles, and Toy Story 2
JP
gardibolt
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Yes, Sky Captain!

Another I thought of: The Adventures of Prince Achmed--a full length animated feature composed of elaborate paper cutouts.  You have to see it to believe it.
"This movie has warped my fragile little mind."
Spookyluke
Film Student
Registered: June 18, 2003
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Others yet to be mentioned-- here are five that made me want to be a filmmaker:
Cries and Whispers,
Hiroshima Mon Amour
L'Eclisse
The Graduate
Amarcord
"The cinema is not the station, it is the train."-- Jean-Luc Godard.
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