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post #61 of 98
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Originally Posted by thedeskE View Post


Bruce Willis in RED. Unloads on Carl Urban's SUV.
Qualifies - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYBM8VsxHEg

Ah, of course. Thanks.
post #62 of 98
"Ben Hur" - the chariot race. Try to recreate that practically as they did, with all those extras and the massive scale of it... entire modern movie budgets wouldn't be enough these days. Plus, it is surely among the all-time greatest action sequences.
post #63 of 98
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"Ben Hur" - the chariot race. Try to recreate that practically as they did, with all those extras and the massive scale of it... entire modern movie budgets wouldn't be enough these days. Plus, it is surely among the all-time greatest action sequences.

I would think they wouldn't do it just from the sheer danger of someone getting seriously hurt or killed. The fact that they did it in 1959 and that Heston did his own "driving" would scare the crap out of any talent insurance company today. They wouldn't allow it.
post #64 of 98
Maximus The Merciful with TIGERS!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s66zFW3nogU
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post #66 of 98
How about some car chases?

- Bullitt
- Bad Boys II
- Against All Odds
- Ronin
post #67 of 98
more car chases

- The French Conneciton
post #68 of 98
Forest bombardment/chase scene in the new Sherlock Holmes
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post #70 of 98
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I can't believe I'm the first to mention this executive's pep talk to a crew of struggling real estate salesmen:

Exactly the one I had in mind when I read the original post. I'll go ahead and toss in the following as well:

1) Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper in True Romance;

2) Both of Samuel L. Jackson's monologues in Pulp Fiction;

3) Michael Madsen's torture scene in Reservoir Dogs;

4) The strip club scene with Salma Hayek in From Dusk Til Dawn;

5) The scene in Up where the Old Man's story is shown;

6) The wordless final scene in Big Night where the two brothers reconcile over scrambled eggs;

7) The shot where Ray Liotta and Dr. Melfi enter the nightclub in Goodfellas (or the montage revealing the bodies of all the participants in the big heist);

8) The 360 degree head turn in The Exorcist.

Lol looking back at these, I realize these are probably not what the OP had in mind since he seemed to be aiming more at big spectacle action type scenes. But these are all unforgettable scenes that are instantly recognizable to me.
post #71 of 98
I rewatched Big Night the other (small) night. That's a classic movie that shows (yet, yet, yet) again that it doesn't take a lot of hoohah to make a good movie.
post #72 of 98
Part Nine in Band of Brothers when they discover the concentration camps. That got me.
post #73 of 98
The end of Glory when they're marching toward the beach past the white soldiers and one of them yells, "Give 'em hell, 54!"
post #74 of 98
When Liam Neeson sees the red coat among the dead in Schindler's List.
post #75 of 98
Thread Starter 
Note: This will be a long post and not necessarily a good read. You are warned. ;p

I started this thread a few months ago with a particular agenda. I had it in mind to accumulate the so-called "money shots" from several movies, and string them together in one long piece. The audio component would be the raw audio straight from the highest-quality tracks on the blurays, and the video component would be literally the actual original video with as few re-encoded frames as possible.

That project is now effectively done.

If I were to suggest a main purpose behind this project, besides the obvious appeal of having about 45 straight minutes of some of the most spectacular material contemporary movies have to offer, I would perhaps say that there are times when a movie is not necessarily worth returning to, yet it had That One Scene, and if you do return to the movie, it's probably for the sake of said scene. This thought was in fact the spark behind the whole project. Certainly it is not applicable to all or even most movies, but there are some.

Here is the sequence of clips I threw together, in order:

01) DTS logo - The original DTS "The Digital Experience" animation seen in theaters, sourced from DVD. I always really liked it, and unlike say the THX logo, to the best of my knowledge it never actually reappeared on a movie DVD. Not particularly relevant to my video, but who cares.
02) Tron, Tron in the identity disk battle.
03) Dune, shield practice.
04) Aliens, Ripley in a loader mech vs. the queen alien.
05) Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace, Obiwan vs. Darth Maul.
06) War of the Worlds (2005), the first alien begins disintegrating the gathered crowd.
07) Tron, light cycle battle.
08) Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones, seismic charges in the asteroid field.
09) Terminator 3, car chase.
10) 2012, Yellowstone's eruption.
11) The Matrix Reloaded, the big brawl.
12) Contact, destruction of the machine.
13) Independence day, the aliens begin annihilating cities.
14) 2012, the earthquake sequence.
15) Super 8, train wreck.
16) The Matrix Reloaded, Morpheus battles twins, car chase, Morpheus battles agent (several edits to tighten the pace).
17) Dune, worm eats harvester.

I'm pretty satisfied with the selection of clips and the way I managed to get them to flow together.

Visually, not a single traditional edit has been made, because the focus was on preserving the original video streams so that no unnecessary layer of visual degradation could come into play. Contact and The Matrix Reloaded were legacy releases from the HD-DVD days and were VC-1 streams on the blurays. These had to be re-encoded as H264 to match the other movies. I was careful to use optimal quality settings. For the rest, clips were extracted using VideoReDo TV Suite - the only program which proved capable of extracting H264 without affecting the majority of the stream. To get said app to play nice, I had to construct H264+AC3 MKVs out of each movie, as this was the only configuration VideoReDo would accept. Most of the time, I had to create the AC3 myself. VideoReDo (trial version) also had a ten-minute limit on exported clips, so I ended up doing the final splicing with MkvMerge. Surprisingly, this worked, but I'll get back to that.

The audio half took at least two thirds of the total work time, which was unexpected. Most of the audio tracks were 5.1. Super 8 offered a 7.1 mix, and The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones both used a 6.1 configuration which I reconstructed as 7.1. I correspondingly reconstructed all 5.1 mixes as 7.1. I elected to do the mixing from within Premiere Pro, with small edits in Adobe Audition. In order to get everything synced, I made use of a raw 432x243 rendering of the entire video. Now, the reason why everything ended up taking so long was twofold: First, there ended up being considerable discrepancy (exactly 22 frames) between the start time of the raw video I created and the start time of the actual video, which I attribute to shortcomings of directshowsource() in Avisynth. But far worse, and still completely baffling, for some reason there was a huge problem with syncing the reconstructed audio with the original video. Audio and video were in sync at the beginning, but by the end, audio was preceeding video by 13 frames. Resampling the audio to match (by a factor of 1.000159459) was not satisfying. Ultimately I went back and re-timed each individual clip to match the ever-increasing disparity. The final audio is a 7.1 LCPM mix.

Now I want to talk about the first obstacle I met when dealing with the audio. It's one I was braced for. These individual movie soundtracks do not magically automatically agree with one another. Terminator 3 and Contact both refused to exceed about 50% of the maximum amplitude. War of the Worlds is bizarrely lacking in sound effects, even when buildings are being blown to bits; there is an extreme over-reliance on the LFE to pick up the slack, as it does very loudly whenever the alien fires its laser. Dune was an embarrassing rush job with a lot of clipping (and the LFE seemed to be a straight-up mixdown of the stereo track, complete with higher frequencies). But by far the worst offender was Super 8 - ironic, since it offers up a lossless 7.1 mix. For starters, I've never seen so much clipping in an ostensibly professionally-crafted mix. Then there's the use of so many stock sound effects. The center channel is given the unenviable task of doing most of the bass-heavy work that should have been shifted to the LFE (often while the LFE remains silent). And the strangest thing of all is the standard AC3 track which is also on the disc. It looks precisely like what you'd get if you took the ultra-clipped 7.1 mix and recorded it with analog equipment. All the clipping is still there; it's just no longer hitting the max amplitude, but has instead taken on the sinuous qualities of a tape recording. The person behind this mess should be ashamed.

Anyway, I fixed most of these problems to the best of my ability and patience, in order to force the full soundtrack of my video to flow agreeably.

Now, I said I would return to the issue of whether the resulting MKV file works. Yes and no. It works as an MKV that can be played on a PC, and I'll soon know if it works on a Popcorn Hour media player. But I already know it has problems. The nature of the video component, being a series of clippings and splicings, has resulted in something which has a lot of unexpected qualities. I cannot, for example, make a true bluray out of it, because there are too many things wrong with it. A solution would be to re-encode it as one solid, new H264 stream. I haven't done this because it would defeat the purpose, and also because some movies (I am looking at you, Aliens) are already so grainy that I seriously doubt they could survive re-encoding.

Thus ends my latest video experiment.
post #76 of 98
The DTS 'digital experience' fanfare trailer showed up on some early DTS dvd's. Pick up a DTS copy of 'the Haunting' and you'll get the digital experience trailer.
post #77 of 98
The last couple of minutes of Local Hero. When mega-yuppie oil man Mac returns to his lonely apartment, sorts out his souvenirs and then walks out onto his high rise balcony, the sense of his personal transformation and longing for what he has just left is palpable. The final scene of the phone box ringing fading into Mark Knopfler's "Going Home", is crushingly bittersweet.
post #78 of 98
Always loved the scene where the guy takes that swig of Champagne in $.
post #79 of 98
mproper and lwright84 and the rest of you guys have really hit the great ones!!!!

I guess the number one for me, and how can you pick a number one from all these great scenes, was the chest-bursting scene in Alien. The others, while great, are kind of expected, but the very first time you see that insane chest-bursting scene in Alien without knowing whats coming, wow, what an impact that has!!!
post #80 of 98
Maybe we can add the Dubai scene in Ghost protocol...when they grab Tom Cruise at the window..... 'the rope isn't long enough!" - "no sh!t !"
post #81 of 98
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

Maybe we can add the Dubai scene in Ghost protocol...when they grab Tom Cruise at the window..... 'the rope isn't long enough!" - "no sh!t !"

Pretty sure I already mentioned it. :P
post #82 of 98
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Originally Posted by lwright84 View Post

Pretty sure I already mentioned it. :P

No sir you did not! I even read back *AND* searched the thread!
post #83 of 98
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Originally Posted by lwright84 View Post

The Dubai sequence from Mission Impossible 4.

post #84 of 98
Wolverines!!! RPG attack.
post #85 of 98
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Originally Posted by lwright84 View Post

The Dubai sequence from Mission Impossible 4.

dammit! ...oh I see, I was looking for "Ghost Protocol", not Mission Impossible 4
post #86 of 98
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Originally Posted by htomei22 View Post

The opening scene from Silverado. Following Scott Glenn's shoot out in (and through the roof of) the dark, claustrophobic shack, the door is flung open to reveal the open, bright expanse of the breathtaking country side...

I love that scene.
post #87 of 98
Just off the top of my head here are some of my favorites. A couple may have been mentioned already.

Inception - The “Kick” when they are four levels into the last dream sequence; includes the avalanche.
The Dark Knight – The tunnel chase scene with the Tractor Trailer vs. the S.W.A. T. truck.
Dances With Wolves – John Dunbar’s horse getting stolen.
Open Range – Last gun fight scene
Terminator 2: Judgement Day – The canal chase scene
Terminator Salvation – Opening Sequence with the bomb and helicopter crash
Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol – The Sandstorm in Dubai
The Untouchables – The Union Station shootout
Sherlock Holmes – the Giant Henchman in the shipyard (not sure how to describe this one)
Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen – everything leading up to the death of Optimus Prime
Quantum of Solace – Opening car chase
Rebel Without a Cause – Drag Race scene
Despicable Me: The whole movie. (Not joking. Love this one. Usually put it in to show the quality of animation and end up watching the whole thing. Awesome soundtrack including Pharell)

Don't laugh.
post #88 of 98
Untouchables....."I get NOwhera (Italian gangster spelling)...without the team..."
post #89 of 98
One of my favorites is Connery saying: "You wanna get Capone? Here's how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone!"
post #90 of 98
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One of my favorites is Connery saying: "You wanna get Capone? Here's how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone!"

Nicely played.
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