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Visually Stunning Films in Date Order

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Metropolis: The Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1927]
Metropolis: The Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1927]
"Probably the best introduction to film around. Truly magnificent work"
Piccadilly [1929] [DVD]
Piccadilly [1929] [DVD]
"This has to be the most beautiful of the silent films. Fantastic plot and amazing music even if you don't own any jazz"
Brief Encounter (Special Edition) [DVD] [1945]
Brief Encounter (Special Edition) [DVD] [1945]
"A silent talkie? Celia Johnson's face during her narration is breathtakingly realistic and sucks you into her angst wonderfully."
To Catch A Thief [DVD] [1955]
To Catch A Thief [DVD] [1955]
"If you've never been to Monaco or the South of France in the summer, this film captures the atmosphere perfectly."
The Seventh Seal [DVD] [1957]
The Seventh Seal [DVD] [1957]
"A comprehensive lesson in the use of light and dark that resonates though so many films down the years"
Nosferatu The Vampyre [DVD] [1979]
Nosferatu The Vampyre [DVD] [1979]
"Somehow, Herzog manages vivid colour and frightening gloom in the same shot so many times in this film that it cannot be passed by."
Alien: The Director's Cut (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
Alien: The Director's Cut (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]
"Alien has to be the ultimate in dark stylised horror. The menace that comes from the way this is lit is still extraordinarily effective today - especially if you watch it alone in a dark room."
Blade Runner (Remastered Directors Cut)
Blade Runner (Remastered Directors Cut)
"Another dark one but the real genius with this is the sets. The future is presented as an "antiqued" version of the present. Several of the flythrough scenes are lifted directly from Metropolis."
Betty Blue (Uncut) [DVD]
Betty Blue (Uncut) [DVD]
"At 178 minutes long this extraordinary feat of film making doesn't seem to have a bad frame in it. Despite the excrutiating tragedy of the story it is the most beautiful film I own."
Down By Law [1986] [DVD]
Down By Law [1986] [DVD]
"Shot in black and white in the 1980's this film confronts you with the most amazing photography of the most mundane things right from the first scene. It's like gossamer on the screen."
9.1/2 Weeks [1985] [DVD]
9.1/2 Weeks [1985] [DVD]
"The photography and possibly the soudtrack are this film's only redeeming features. It's lame but very very pretty."
Cobra Verde [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Cobra Verde [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"The African Queen proudly boasts that it is shot in Africa but this is the one to see for Africa on film. The hidden gems are the massed female warrior training and battle scenes; truly special."
Angel Heart [DVD]
Angel Heart [DVD]
"Probably the most evocatively sophisticated film, in terms of imagery, that I own. Visual clues to what is really going on litter the film and it takes several viewings to really appreciate them."
Drowning By Numbers [DVD]
Drowning By Numbers [DVD]
"Brilliant story of collusion and tragedy. The house does it for me. When you see the house shot from across the lake, it takes your breath away again and again."
Sleepy Hollow [DVD] [2000]
Sleepy Hollow [DVD] [2000]
"The darkness of alien but with humour and silliness in a genuinely good horror. For me this is the pinnacle of the use of stylish gothic darkness in horror."
The War Zone [DVD] [1999]
The War Zone [DVD] [1999]
"This is the harshest film I've ever seen, far worse than La Haine or Man Bites Dog. Somehow, the cinamatography matches that harshness so completely and so beautifully I still haven't worked it out."
Sex And Lucia [2002] [DVD]
Sex And Lucia [2002] [DVD]
"An unfortunate choice of title that belies its sophistication. This is no 9 1/2 weeks. Imagine floating naked on water in the hot sun, just gently drifting, free and totally relaxed. Lovely."
Titus [DVD]
Titus [DVD]
"A grown up Time Bandits with random stuff packed into so many scenes. The detail is extraordinary and you have to pay attention. It is also one of the best stories around, of course."
Frida [DVD] [2003]
Frida [DVD] [2003]
"It's the number of transitions from a Kahlo painting to a film scene and back again that really makes this one. A big fan of Kahlo, I still get surprised by how effortlessly and sweetly these come"
House Of Flying Daggers  (Special Edition)  [DVD]
House Of Flying Daggers (Special Edition) [DVD]
"This is much better than Crouching Tiger visually. Despite this, it just never holds my attention. Beautiful and worth owning but a bit bland."
Sin City [DVD] [2005]
Sin City [DVD] [2005]
"I hated this on the big screen and had to adjust my perception. Seeing it as a comic book coming alive and not a film flattened brings great rewards. It is now a firm favorite on DVD."