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Old 27-09-2011, 17:47   #81
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Blue Thunder has some great model and practical. Work most of that would be done CGI these days.
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Old 27-09-2011, 21:55   #82
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Blue Thunder has some great model and practical. Work most of that would be done CGI these days.
It's great until that final scene as the credits start to roll. The splintering explosion rather let's down the moment.

I was looking into Backdraft when I was looking for good ideas to post here. A little gutted to find it credited with first use of CGI fire effects when I thought Howard gave an interview on the extras saying how the effects had to be real.
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Old 28-09-2011, 09:42   #83
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A lot of good stuff in The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, both films which if made now would probably be made completely in CGI.
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Old 28-09-2011, 09:54   #84
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Oooh, you remind me of the babe!

Another vote for Moonraker.
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Old 28-09-2011, 10:23   #85
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Just remembered another one:

For the very few amoungst you that have seen it, the alternative ending to Little Shop of Horrors where the plants take over the world. It was actually extremely effective!
It is pretty cool. It's all on youtube. Starting here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaBJDRIgJRY




While I'm here, I've gotta put a vote in for the asteroid field chase in Empire Strikes Back, the final space battle in Return of the Jedi, & Toht's head melting at the end of Raiders.
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Old 19-05-2018, 18:38   #86
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I like the shot in Hook of Robin Williams just as he has surged out of the tree and into the sky.
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Old 20-05-2018, 07:33   #87
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The chariot race in Ben Hur (1959) of course.

Some great effects for the period in 2 versions of The Thief of Baghdad (1924 and 1940)

The 1940s version of The Jungle Book (with Sabu) also has some great special effects.

Effects in The Forbidden Planet (1957) were pretty impressive.

Another vote for some scenes in Blue Thunder.

Several scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The SE and imaginative camerawork were superb for 1968 but for me the movie itself fell off sharply in the last 30 minutes or so.

All 3 original Indiana Jones films. The 'roller-coaster ride' inside the mines from Temple of Doom was great.

A couple of scenes in Silent Running (1971). The long shots of the 3 spaceships for example.

Obviously, several scenes and the final half hour of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind had superb SE but am not sure if they had access to early CGI by then.

Likewise Alien and the original Star Wars trilogy.

I am sure that there are a lot more but the above came to mind.
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Old 20-05-2018, 10:19   #88
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All the creature design in The Thing, American Werewolf in London, The Howling. Love me some old school creature design.
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Just echoing 2001. It's playing quite frequently on Sky at the moment. Incredible model work, planets etc. And also the tech, it looks a bit clunky but burying CRT screens deep within walls etc really has given it a very modern flat screen look. Even the video booth doesn't look too far from what we could have today. The clothing dates it mind.
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There were some Italian made Sci-fi films in the 60s (usually with a few American actors for the transatlantic market) which were decidedly B-grade in terms to script and acting but there were some very impressive special effects. There is one from 1965 called War Of the Planets in which astronauts make-up the sign HAPPY NEW YEAR while spacewalking.
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Enterprise Vs Reliant in Star Trek 2, the Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov from 2010 and of course Blade Runner citiscapes
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Ray Harryhausen's SE in Jason And the Argonauts were superb, considering that the film was made over 50 years ago.
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The Space Shuttle effects in Moonraker were very good. Along with some of the effects in the Spy Who Loved me, the miniature tanker is very well done
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Always loved the space zombies in 'Life Force' 1985.
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I love a good matte painting. Some staggering skill needed to make them look right.

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Octopussy - a lot of jaw dropping moments and use of real planes. What we've lost!
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I can't believe that we've made it all the way through this thread with no mention of the original matrix bullet time effects.
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Does this count? Still absolutely adore this scene.

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I love a good matte painting. Some staggering skill needed to make them look right.

https://sploid.gizmodo.com/the-amazi...-cr-1680372651
No idea that the Return of the Jedi one with the storm troopers was a matte, will have to go to Specsavers sharpish
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Just watched “Dog Soldiers” for the first time in years - low budget, men in suits and it really worked. A film that totally benefits from less is more and the overall affect is fantasti. Proper practical effects - not a pixel in sight - the werewolves seem more scary because they actually exist physically.
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