DVD's Worth Collecting

Most of the movies are like books read once and discard never to be seen again, but these DVD's, are good to treasure since the movies/TV series, are unique, for their contribution to the art of motion pictures. it could be a spectacle or a breathtaking cinematography or visual splendor or choreography or acting or just the art of movie making or pure entertainment. Either way, these are few gems that should be seen once in a while lest not we forget we have/had great craftsmen who made great movies.
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1.
Ben-Hur (1959)
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Not a movie, but a spectacle. In the chariot race with Yakima Kanut (who was a stunt double for Charlton Heston,) other than a damaged panavision movie camera, there was no fatalites in this magnificiant piece of action sequence that was ever filmed. This sequence was shot at the Cinecitta studios in Rome using 14,000 extras. Other actors that were considered in place of Heston, were, Paul Newman and Burt Lancaster. Paul Newman was rejected since he had skinny legs to wear a roman tunic! and Lancaster had moral issue with the movie. This is a movie that should be seen in its original regal splendor in a THX theater, since there will Never-Ever be a movie like 'Ben-Hur." ” - Herag Halli
 
2.
Evita (1996)
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The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina. (135 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Greatest Musical Ever with Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce. This is directed by Alan Parker and the movie is fast faced with lyrics by Tim Rice and the Music by the Genius of Andrew Lloyd Weber. ” - Herag Halli
 
3.
Sangam (1964)
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Sunder Khanna is an orphan and lives a poor lifestyle in India. He is friendly with wealthy Gopal Verma... (238 mins.)
Director: Raj Kapoor
“ "Sangam" is a flawless DIAMOND a quentissential JEWEL in the CROWN of the Indian Cinema. This was a movie that everything came together like a zigsaw puzzle. Raj Kapoor had style, class and passion for film making, that very few shared. He will ever be remembered by billions all over the globe, for his incredible talent and his entertaining movies for the masses. ” - Herag Halli
 
4.
Guide (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A tour guide falls in love with a married woman, and helps her rediscover her love for dance. (183 mins.)
Director: Vijay Anand
“ 'Guide," an immortal film, with brilliant cinematography by Jal Mistry and the classiest dance sequences ever seen in an Indian movie..a must DVD to own. The music by Sachin Dev Burman inlcuding his own rendition of the introspective song "Woha Kaun Ye Thera" that plays in the back ground as Raju (Dev Anand,) comes to a cross section of the road and.. his life, as he is relesed from the jail. ” - Herag Halli
 
5.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
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A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha. (213 mins.)
“ The cinematography is breathtaking. The Mughal Pageantry and the courtyard dancing by the "King's Subjects" and the music of A.R. Rahman, just phenomenal..must own DVD. One of the best Indian movies produced and directed by Austhosh Gowariker and not to mention the most handsome screen couple-Ash Rai and Hrithik Roshan. ” - Herag Halli
 
6.
Selena (1997)
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The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. (127 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
“ Not only a fine film to watch but has complete concerts of the late Tejano singer Selena Quintenella Perez (who was gunned down by her deranged fan club member at the height of notoriety, she filled the Houston Astrodome,) superbly enacted on the screen by Jennifer Lopez, who shot to fame with this movie..and rightfully so. ” - Herag Halli
 
7.
Les Misérables (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A variation on Victor Hugo's classic novel by means of the story of a man whose life is affected by and somewhat duplicated by the Hugo story of the beleaguered Jean Valjean. (175 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
“ Not the movie, but the Musical..the music is out of this world and haunting. The best was the Tenth Anniversary DVD. ” - Herag Halli
 
8.
Hum Dono (1961)
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When an army officer is presumed dead in battle, his lookalike is tasked with breaking the news to his family. However, circumstances force him to impersonate the dead man. (164 mins.)
Director: Amar Jeet
“ This DVD in black and white (not colour,) which is worth owning, since this is the most romantic Indian movie made and "Sangam" the most romantic movie made in colour. There will never ever be Stars like Dev Anand, Sadhana and Nanda and there will never be music maestro's like Jaidev Varma, who provided the greatest romantic duet for an Indian movie. ” - Herag Halli
 
9.
Bugsy (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. (136 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ This DVD is a treasure to own. A brilliant exercise in movie making, directed by Barry Levinson and produced by Warren Beatty, not to mention, the fine depicton of the 40's Los Angeles and of course, the finest cast ever assembled for a movie, including Ben Kingsley (Ben, we shouldn't have barged in on you like this...have a nice birth day party for little Millicent) as Mayer Lanksy, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. ” - Herag Halli
 
10.
Cleopatra (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. (192 mins.)
“ The movie that started the Million Dollar pay checks for stars and created the star system and sank the studio system. ” - Herag Halli
 
11.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ A movie masterpiece. There will Never-Ever be a movie like "SNF." ” - Herag Halli
 
12.
The Sound of Music (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ The breathtaking opening scene "Austrian Alps are Alive with the Sound of Music" alone, is worth the cost of the DVD. ” - Herag Halli
 
13.
The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Robert Lomax, tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting... (126 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
“ Most romantic movie ever made. Should be seen once in a while to remind ourselves that there were dedicated craftsmen who made great movies, but those are replaced by the "No Talent Nerds of Hollywood" who are good at playing hand held videos and texting-and notmuch else. ” - Herag Halli
 
14.
The Italian Job (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally. (111 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
“ One of the great action movies ever. ” - Herag Halli
 
15.
Humraaz (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When a businessman learns that his wife married him only for money, he hatches a plan with her ex-lover to kill her. (173 mins.)
Director: Abbas, Mustan
“ A movie that is a pure entertainment. ” - Herag Halli
 
16.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
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Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan... (210 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
“ A movie that is well produced and directed with lively group dances and acting. ” - Herag Halli
 
17.
Kojak (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A bald, lollipop sucking police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city. (60 mins.)
“ The fast talking cop, who did some unmentionable things to a lolli pop! Incredible stories after stories. Brilliant ensemble of charectors, including the side kicks Crocker and Stavros. ” - Herag Halli
 
18.
Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court. (45 mins.)
“ The Best of American TV. ” - Herag Halli
 
19.
Dallas (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family. (60 mins.)
“ The shenanigans of ever conspiring JR Ewing and the most beutiful women on TV. ” - Herag Halli
 
20.
Padosan (1968)
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A simple man from a village falls in love with his new neighbor. He enlists the help of his musical-theater friends to woo the lovely girl-next-door away from her music teacher. (157 mins.)
Director: Jyoti Swaroop
“ A Comedy Gem. A pure mirth and mayhem. Every tune by music maestro Rahul Dev Burman, was hummable and picture perfect on cast of charecters, that included, the greatest singing/acting talent of Kishore Kumar and the stupid and naive "Bhola" played to perfection by Sunil Dutt. There will never ever be movie like "Padosan" which means neibour. ” - Herag Halli
 
21.
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Family image matters more than anything to the Grenvilles, even when the son is shot dead by his former chorus girl wife, whom his mother despises. (178 mins.)
Director: John Erman
“ This is a rare made for TV movie, that won Two Emmy's and a Golden Globe for Claudette Colbert, as Alice Grenville, in her last film. Ann Margret, as the younger Mrs. Grenville, never acted or sizzled better. This movie was not avaiable on DVD till now. ” - Herag Halli
 
22.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ A movie masterpiece. One of the best movies ever-Mob or otherwise. ” - Herag Halli
 
23.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ The Godfather series is the "Ramayana & Mahabharatha" for movie making. A referance work that should be reffered to once in a while to learn how movies are made and directed. ” - Herag Halli
 
24.
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men. (168 mins.)
“ One of the best black and white movie with Alan Bates. ” - Herag Halli