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Feb 12

Oscars 2012 Recap: The Visual Side

What were the best looking films of 2012? At the Oscars last night, Hugo and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo both took home awards in the visual arena. Both hailed as being aesthetically stunning and artfully edited, these two films will soon be available to watch on your top rated Blu-ray player or DVD player, if you missed them in theaters.

Hugo won awards for Cinematography, Visual Effects, and Art Direction (as well as Sound Editing and Sound Mixing). The film was shot in 3D, which adds to the magical, playful feel of the story and works to fully immerse the audience in the movie. Director Martin Scorsese believes that working in 3D added to the story– that of an orphaned boy, who loves movies, living in the clock of a train station– and is itself partly an homage to filmmaking. Scorsese says, “I found 3D to be really interesting, because the actors were more upfront emotionally. Their slightest move, their slightest intention is picked up much more precisely.”

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Hugo will be released on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, February 28th. To get the full visual experience of this film and see it the way the director intended, watch it on a top rated Blu-ray player that has 3D capability.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won the Oscar for Film Editing, and has been especially noted for its haunting title sequence. This opening sequence features tiled vignettes of computers, cables, oozing black tar, and images of violence, and is intended to represent a nightmare sequence of Lisbeth, the main character. Tim Miller, the creative director of the title sequence, said that it was, “supposed to be a very abstract version of key moments in the book.”

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Watch The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and see the stunning editing for yourself when it is released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 20th. Make sure you have a top rated Blu-ray player so you can see the movie in Full HD 1080p.

Did you see either of these Oscar-winning movies? What are your thoughts on their editing, effects, and cinematography?

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