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Visual feasts?
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantW0m6at
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Registered: April 17, 2007
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Unfortunately Stephan, I don't have a huge amount of time lately to watch movies, and I'm not always watching movies with strong visuals when I am.  However, what I have been watching lately that is simply stunning is the anime series Tweeny Witches.  It's taking me a while to get through, because I only watch it when my parents' plasma is free to use (and my Mum's not got the DVR set to record).

Check out some screenshots here.

Looking back through the thread, I have to agree with goblinsdoitall about A Scanner Darkly, although I usually get so caught up in the movie, I lose all objectivity.

I know there are other anime (and related stuff) that count as visual feasts... lemme see:

  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Amazing visuals, pretentious film.

  • Avalon - Strange visuals, and a story that I loved, but too pretentious for my brain to accept

  • Paprika - Strange

  • Wonderful Days (aka Sky Blue) - Great movie with an excellent score.  I watch the extended edition. 

  • Appleseed & Appleseed: Ex Machina - Top-notch CGI animes

  • Oseam - Beautiful film in every sense of the word


  • ... I think that will have to do for now.
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    DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantW0m6at
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    I just finished watching 300, and although I'm sure something was lost due to the lack of a big screen and pumping surround sound, I felt that much of it seemed forced; that there was a real effort going on to have every element of it matching the visuals.  For me it dragged just a little, but thankfully there were pretty pictures on the screen for me to look at.
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    DVD Profiler Unlimited Registrantstephan.klose
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    Quoting W0m6at:
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    Unfortunately Stephan, I don't have a huge amount of time lately to watch movies, and I'm not always watching movies with strong visuals when I am.  However, what I have been watching lately that is simply stunning is the anime series Tweeny Witches.  It's taking me a while to get through, because I only watch it when my parents' plasma is free to use (and my Mum's not got the DVR set to record).

    Check out some screenshots here.

    Looking back through the thread, I have to agree with goblinsdoitall about A Scanner Darkly, although I usually get so caught up in the movie, I lose all objectivity.

    I know there are other anime (and related stuff) that count as visual feasts... lemme see:

  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Amazing visuals, pretentious film.

  • Avalon - Strange visuals, and a story that I loved, but too pretentious for my brain to accept

  • Paprika - Strange

  • Wonderful Days (aka Sky Blue) - Great movie with an excellent score.  I watch the extended edition. 

  • Appleseed & Appleseed: Ex Machina - Top-notch CGI animes

  • Oseam - Beautiful film in every sense of the word


  • ... I think that will have to do for now.


    I am not that much into anime.

    Never seen anything besides "Akira" about 15 years ago
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    DVD Profiler Unlimited Registrantstephan.klose
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    I just finished watching 300, and although I'm sure something was lost due to the lack of a big screen and pumping surround sound, I felt that much of it seemed forced; that there was a real effort going on to have every element of it matching the visuals.  For me it dragged just a little, but thankfully there were pretty pictures on the screen for me to look at.


    "300" should certainly be mentioned here. It's great. Especially on a big screen or even at the theater. Where I saw it first. Also when I wrote "Why is noone else posting anything". I didn't mean you. It seems that we are the only ones contributing to this thread. I just got around to see a lot of movies because I had this week off of work and just got my new TV. So I was mostly spending my vacation on my Television seat.
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    DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantW0m6at
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    Quoting Stephan.klose:
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    I am not that much into anime.

    Never seen anything besides "Akira" about 15 years ago

    Akira is overrated.

    As for the list I gave, Avalon is live-action.  I included it because it was done by a director known mostly for his anime.  If I were to recommend though (in case you want to try one out), I'd say give Oseam a go.  It's from South Korea (so the anime purists will say it's not anime anyway), and is set in the mountains.  I really need to revisit it.  The screenshots here don't show off the beautiful landscapes, but they do hint at them.  Unfortunately, you'll have to import if you want to see it.  The Appleseed movies (not to be confused with the 1980s direct-to-video release) are widely available, are action/sci-fi, and tend to be embraced by most.
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    DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantW0m6at
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    Has anyone discovered (or rediscovered thanks to Blu-Ray) any more visual feasts, or have anything new to add about they sheer beauty of any of the movies already mentioned?  I know that Sky Blue is getting a Blu-Ray release mid this year (I really hope it's both cuts or at least the director's cut).  That should be pretty awesome!
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    DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantLuke Teaford
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    L'Avventura, period.
    DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantW0m6at
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    Last night I watched The Fall, and it was certainly sumptuous.  Although I found the story to be a bit piecemeal (in part owing to the concept), it was beautiful to behold, and I'm sure it would look absolutely stunning on Blu-Ray.

    I also watched Iron Man, which although not visually on the same level as The Fall, certainly had a unique visual style and was a nice bit of eye candy.

    Tin Man had very strong visual elements, even if it did borrow from elsewhere (particularly The City of Lost Children).
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    DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantW0m6at
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    I recently watched The Hills Have Eyes (2006 remake) and it looked stunning. I won't be picking up the title for my collection, but I can't fault the look of it. Anyone in Australia wanting it, Sanity have the Blu-ray for A$20.

    I also checked out Red Cliff and Red Cliff II (to be released here and in the US chopped down to less than half of the original runtime), and it looks great! I'm saving to import the Mei Ah Blu-rays from HK. I can't wait to hear the audio in surround (I watched in stereo because I had no choice). An absolutely epic tale. The reviews I've seen give the Mei Ah release 5/5 for both video and audio.
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    DVD Profiler Unlimited Registranturrobbers
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    I thought that Punisher War Zone had awesome graphics on Blu-ray.
    DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantW0m6at
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    Quoting urrobbers:
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    I thought that Punisher War Zone had awesome graphics on Blu-ray.

    Thanks for the suggestion urrobbers. My fiancée has seen the first of the recent Punisher movies and said it was great, and I'm keen to check both movies out. Is it safe to assume that Punisher: War Zone has stomping audio to go with those awesome graphics?
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    The audio is great especially if you like the sound of things blowing up and guys dying.  But as for the Punisher himself he doesn't really say that much lol.
    DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantW0m6at
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    I recently blind-purchased Quo Vadis and was not disappointed with the visuals! I think I'm in love with 3-strip Technicolor.
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    I remember Ken (Cole) mentioning What Dreams May Come (either in this thread, or its predecessor). It's now been announced for Blu-ray!
    What Dreams May Come Blu-ray announcement @ Blu-ray.com

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    Sucker Punch! outta be a sight to behold!

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    Wow, over a year idle for this thread. In that time, I've watched Bambi for the first time, and love the multi-depth backgrounds. What a beautiful film! Another older film I've seen for the first time is Cosmic Journey (1936). It has some amazing models and miniature work. Truly breath-taking stuff, easily up there with the work in Metropolis. I've also revisiited A Nightmare Before Christmas, which looked spectacular in HD. In fact, I'm often impressed by how good stop-motion work can look when given a chance to shine.
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    Here's some eye candy that comes to mind:

    Animation:
    Basically anything put out by Studio Ghibli. These are literally paintings come to life! I can especially recommend Kagakue no Ponyo and Tonari no Totoro.
    Another nice visual feast is Paprika, which is available on Blu-ray (not to mention a great story) :



    Live action:
    All three Transformer movies. Seriously, you can't tell at all that those robots were digitally inserted into the live stock footage.

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