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#1 Joe Taylor

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 05:49 PM

Just watched "One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest." Great making of Documentary.

"North Fork" has a good doc too. (James Wood's classic comeback about his nextdoor neighbor's soft manhood is one of the funniest things I've ever heard.)

I don't know, but LOTR's triology is almost overkill for me. Too much of a good thing. You'd have to unemployed to get through everything.

"Eraserhead" has great extra's and top notch transfer. I love behind the scenes shorts that describe the technical aspects of of a dvd.

"Se7ven" is a great example of technical info. Making the transfer from the original neg is quite inspiring.

Most of Herzog's films from Anchor Bay are great. I don't know, but I think "Aguirre" should be anamorphic widescreen. Watching a deserved widescreen fim Full frame on my beloved 36" Sony HDTV tube TV sucks.

I love the "Shining" DVD, especially the making of Doc, but... see above.

I know i'm leaving some greats out. What classic films deserve a great DVD presentation? "2001." "Thin Red Line." <- old (by DVD standards) release. "Apocolypse Now" should have a steller DVD release... not the Redux. What the hell was he thinking?
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#2 Gordon Highland

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 10:41 PM

Any of the Robert Rodriguez flicks. The new special edition of "Sin City" has a sped-up version of the entire feature on greescreen before compositing, showing how most of the principal actors never met. It's my least favorite of Fincher's last few movies, but "Panic Room" has an insane amount of info, and "Fight Club" is at the top of many lists (a favorite movie also). "Batman Begins" is rad. "Requiem for a Dream" and "Memento" are clever. "Clerks X," "Amelie," "Star Wars Ep3." "Incident at Loch Ness" was unique. It has little to do with special features, but Michel Gondry's music video collection spends a lot of time in my DVD player.
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#3 Joe Taylor

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 12:17 AM

Yeah, I'll have to do the double-dip on "Sin City." Thus far I've shipped all of my double-dips back home to my folks for they're enjoyment. "Sin City" might send them into shock, but I don't care.

"PI" also has a great documentary. Almost any film that has a "real" behind the scenes documentary makes my day. I hate. Hate! HATE!!! studio press junk that comes with 90% of the contemporary big budget releases. i don't even bother.

Oh! The director's cut of "Amadeus" is a real gem. Great retrospective documentary. One of the few director's cuts that really adds to the film.

Speaking of disasterous "Director's Cuts," The "Exoricist" was such a great film. I though the original ending was very haunting... if you interpreted the way I did. The way I saw it is that you're left with a wide shot of the lone priest framed with the house against the backdrop of Washington DC. Cars are crossing the bridge, totally removed from the supernatural horrors that had just occured there. Fade to Black. Bring up Music. Very atmospheric. I was appalled with the new ending. Then they desecrated the "spider walk" scene (that was originally cut) by adding digital "shock" value to the scene by having Regan vomiting blood. That's what passes for horror in modern Hollywood. The original Spider Walk scene had Regan following her nanny around, licking her leg. It sounds creepy, but looks kind of silly. That's probably why it was cut out.

Just a side note: After the demon is expelled from Regan, wouldn't she be dead? At least paralyzed with a broken neck. I don't know.
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