Premiere's The Must-Have Hollywood Movies DVD Collection

Premiere's list of the top DVD's a movie-fan must own. These are movies you need to have in your collection if you consider yourself at all a film buff. For the full article and photo gallery go to: http://www.premiere.com/Feature/78-DVDs-Worth-Re-Buying-On-Blu-Ray
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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: James Cameron
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a gripping sci-fi action thriller. The plot centers on Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her son, John (Edward Furlong), who find themselves pursued by an advanced, relentless killing machine, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick). Unexpectedly, their only hope lies with another Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), reprogrammed to protect them. Directed by James Cameron, this film won multiple awards for its groundbreaking visual effects and sound design. It expertly explores themes of fate, humanity, and technology's potentially destructive power. This sequel surpasses the original in terms of both spectacle and depth, solidifying its place in cinematic history.

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  • The Godfather
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    Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
    The Godfather, a celebrated crime-drama, presents an intimate study of the Corleone family. At its core is Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), initially an outsider, who gets reluctantly drawn into the family's criminal enterprises. His father, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), is the patriarch, whose power and influence cast long shadows over his family's affairs. The movie paints a vivid tableau of post-war New York's underworld, riddled with betrayal and power struggles. This cinematic masterpiece, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, swept the 1973 Academy Awards winning Best Picture amongst others.

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  • Blade Runner
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    Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
    In Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a seasoned blade runner, undertakes an assignment that plunges him into the dystopian underbelly of future Los Angeles. His mission? To hunt down and retire rogue replicants - bioengineered beings virtually indistinguishable from humans. Amidst this grim task, he encounters Rachael (Sean Young), a special replicant who triggers a spiral of existential questions. Directed by Ridley Scott, this neo-noir science fiction film is acclaimed for its thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be human, set against a backdrop of striking visual effects and haunting music. A must-watch classic in the genre.

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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    Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
    In the gripping science fiction classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, everyday man Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences a close encounter with an unidentified flying object. This encounter triggers an obsessive quest for answers, pushing him towards the inexplicable. Parallel to his journey, government scientists led by enigmatic Lacombe (François Truffaut) grapple with their own bewildering experiences. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film won an Oscar for Best Cinematography and was nominated for seven others including Best Director. A tale of intrigue and discovery, it weaves a narrative that is as mysterious as it is compelling.

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  • Casino
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    Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
    In the heart of Las Vegas's glitz and glamour, Casino unfolds. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this crime drama features Sam Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro), a meticulous casino operator with ties to the mob. Alongside him is Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), an impulsive enforcer whose volatile nature threatens their empire. Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone) completes the trio as Ace's opportunistic wife, her loyalty wavering between love and greed. This gritty portrayal of ambition, power, and downfall won Stone a Golden Globe for Best Actress in 1996. As an exploration of corruption within the neon glow of Las Vegas, Casino remains a significant entry in Scorsese's filmography.

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  • Bottle Rocket
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    Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Robert Musgrave
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Wes Anderson
    In Wes Anderson's first feature film, Anthony (Luke Wilson) has just been released from a mental hospital, only to find his wacky friend Dignan (Owen C. Wilson) determined to begin an outrageous crime spree. After recruiting their neighbor, Bob (Robert Musgrave), the team embarks on a road trip in search of Dignan's previous boss, Mr. Henry (James Caan). But the more they learn, the more they realize that they do not know the first thing about crime.

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