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    Favourite DVDs of the decade

    Well since everyone is starting best of lists, I thought I'd do this one a little differently. The movies we see in the theater aren't always the same as the version we watch on DVD at home. Or sometimes we discover a movie on DVD that we never thought of spending the money to go and see at your fave movie house. So I thought I'd start this thread to honour the favourite DVDs of the decade. They don't have to be the best movies or works of art, just your favourites.

    So I'll start it off with the one I watched tonight, which gave me the idea for this thread.

    Almost Famous - Director's Edition - aka Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut- 2000

    The film that made Kate Hudson a movie star and has what I feel is one of the best rock soundtracks of any movie ever made. If you grew up in the '70's or just love rock music, this movie is not to be missed. I hope that when it's finally released on Blu-ray it'll include the deleted Stairway to Heaven scene which was removed due to a rights issue. But it is included as a DVD extra without music so you can play your own copy of the song during the scene to see how it would have played in the film.

    http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0181875/

    And I'll also select the Lord of the Ring Extended versions that greatly expand on the theatrical versions of a book that was said to be unfilmable. If you don't know the story by now, you should be ashamed of yourself!

    Anyone else?
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    "Saving Private Ryan". On a big lcd tv, with the surround sound cranked. The opening battle scenes just blow me away.
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    Ah yes I loved Saving Private Ryan. My favorite however is "Sideways." What would I do without this movie? When I am out wining and dining pretentious wine snobs I just become Paul Giamatti. When I'm in Montreal I become his buddy Jack played by Thomas Hayden Church

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    Snatch
    Braveheart
    pulp fiction
    clockwork Orange



    Not at all in this decade...
    Best of all time imo

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    Year -2000

    Could it have been this long ago ?



    Does this count ?



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    Quote Originally Posted by hungry101 View Post
    My favorite however is "Sideways." What would I do without this movie? When I am out wining and dining pretentious wine snobs I just become Paul Giamatti.
    As curious as it seems, i've yet to see this movie, even though i've had it in my dvd collection for nearly 2 years. Maybe i'll watch it later today....

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    The Godfather boxed set
    A Band of Brothers
    Gone With The Wind
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Schindler's List
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Die Hard boxed set
    Gladiator
    The Wizard of Oz
    The History of Rock n' Roll
    Ken Burns' Baseball
    World at War (BBC)
    Erroll Flynn boxed sets (all of them)
    Elvis Costello's "Spectacle"
    Lance et Compte boxed sets (all of them)
    The West Wing boxed sets (all of them)
    The Time Tunnel (vol 1 & 2)

    and last but not least.....

    Seinfeld (all of them)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Techman View Post
    Almost Famous - Director's Edition - aka Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut- 2000
    Oh how I second that !

    For those who didn't see this one, shame on you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    The Godfather boxed set
    A Band of Brothers
    Gone With The Wind
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Schindler's List
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Die Hard boxed set
    Gladiator
    The Wizard of Oz
    The History of Rock n' Roll
    Ken Burns' Baseball
    World at War (BBC)
    Erroll Flynn boxed sets (all of them)
    Elvis Costello's "Spectacle"
    Lance et Compte boxed sets (all of them)
    The West Wing boxed sets (all of them)
    The Time Tunnel (vol 1 & 2)

    and last but not least.....

    Seinfeld (all of them)
    Some great choices in the lot.

    The question then becomes ... at what point does owning boxed sets put one into the stratosphere of diminishing returns? I mean, how many of these will you actually watch more than once?

    I don't own many sets but based on the ever-growing number of channels and entertainment options, I'd be tempted to rent rather than own. And even at that ...

    The ones I've enjoyed include:

    Lost
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    Mad Men
    The Prestige
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Gone with the wind
    Ken Burns Baseball
    The Godfather
    Lord of the Rings

    and last but not least ...

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    Bourne Trilogy on Blu-Ray
    Fletch, Fletch Lives finally on DVD
    Pink Panther boxed set

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond_james_bond View Post
    Bourne Trilogy on Blu-Ray
    Fletch, Fletch Lives finally on DVD
    Pink Panther boxed set
    Forgot Bourne. Another great set.

    I haven't been following the outcome of the format wars between
    Blu-Ray and its competitors. Has Blu-Ray won out? I've held
    off getting into Blu-Ray as I wasn't certain if they'd be the
    industry standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    As curious as it seems, i've yet to see this movie, even though i've had it in my dvd collection for nearly 2 years. Maybe i'll watch it later today....
    You will enjoy. Now if the the boy's were after smoked meat, this story could have taken place in Montreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Bauer View Post
    Forgot Bourne. Another great set.

    I haven't been following the outcome of the format wars between
    Blu-Ray and its competitors. Has Blu-Ray won out? I've held
    off getting into Blu-Ray as I wasn't certain if they'd be the
    industry standard.
    I think it's safe to assume that Blu-Ray is the standard now.

    The competing format, HD-DVD, was pretty much abandoned in early 2008. Analogous to Betamax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond_james_bond View Post
    I think it's safe to assume that Blu-Ray is the standard now.

    The competing format, HD-DVD, was pretty much abandoned in early 2008. Analogous to Betamax.
    Thanks Bond.

    I'd be curious to know how much better Blu-Ray is
    vs. your standard HD player.

    Separate question for Doc Holliday: what is the "The Time Tunnel (vol 1 & 2)"?

    Please don't tell me it has to do with time $pent in someone's vagina.

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    The Time Tunnel is a mid-1960's sci-fi series from Irwin Allen, the creator of other semi-schlocky gems such as Lost in Space, Land of the Giants and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (master of the "insert bland one-dimensional characters in high-concept environments" ideas). Time Tunnel is a much dumbed-down precursor to Quantum Leap, but with two travellors.

    as for me, some of my favorite DVD treasures:
    -Band of Brothers mini-series.
    -LOST
    -HEROES, the first season
    -Justice League Unlimited
    -Clone Wars, the 2003 cartoon version by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack...don't laugh, rent it!!)
    -SUPERMAN 2, the Richard Donner version...
    -WATCHMEN, the director's cut
    -FIGHT CLUB, ZODIAC and Se7en, all by David Fincher
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