Seven versions of the film have been shown for various markets as a result of controversial changes made by film executives. A Director's Cut was released in 1992 after a strong response to workprint screenings. This, in conjunction with its popularity as a video rental, made it one of the first films released on DVD, resulting in a basic disc with mediocre video and audio quality. In 2007, Warner Bros. released The Final Cut, a 25th anniversary digitally remastered version, which is the only one on which Scott had complete artistic freedom and was shown in selected theaters and subsequently released on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray.

A Visual Essay on Spectacular Cinematography

A visually stunning film is a true work of cinematic art and, as the images prove, they stay with you long after the credits roll. There are certain movie scenes that are so poignant or engaging that you don’t even realize you’re holding your breath while you’re watching it. They become iconic and familiar to pretty much anyone who has seen the movie (and even those who haven’t).

However, not very often is the film that the Academy deems the ‘Best Picture’ also hails the year’s most stunning feature. In fact, in the 88-year history of the awards, only 15 have won Best Cinematography and Best Production Design in addition to the top prize.

The amount of creative work that goes into creating an excellent scene is mind-boggling – it’s no wonder that there’s so much money in Hollywood. It’s not just A-list actors’ notoriously large salaries – every scene needs cameras, lighting, stage/scene equipment, props, furniture, and people to create/operate all of this equipment. Many locations can involve closing important through-ways for hours at a time, certainly a costly endeavor.In the end, however, all of that work is worth it – especially when the directors, producers and other staff create a timeless work of art.

See the most beautiful films, ahead. . .

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‘A visual essay on spectacular cinematography’

A list of 226 Most Beautiful Screenshots taken from the Most Beautiful Movies ever made. . .

(Only from the films I’ve seen, myself, personally)

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1.
The Tree of Life (2011) 
2.
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Tron Legacy (2010)
3.
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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

4.

Moon (2009)
5.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) 

6. (i)
 The Holy Mountain (1973)
6. (ii)
hab The Handmaiden (2016)
7.

Mulan (1998)

8.

Forrest Gump (1994)

9.

Blow-Up (1966)

10.

Manhunter (1986)

11.

Three Colours: Blue (1993)

12.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1985)

13.

The Master (2012)

14.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

15.
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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

16. (i)
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Taxi Driver (1976)

16. (ii)
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Taxi Driver (1976)

17.

Frances Ha (2013)

18.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

19.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

20.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

21.

American Beauty (1999)

22.

Hero (2002)

23.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

24.

Three Colours: Red (1994)

25.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

26.

Rear Window (1954)

27.

Schindler’s List (1993)

28.

Suspiria (1977)

29. (i)

Goodfellas (1990)

29. (ii)
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Goodfellas (1990)

30.

Django Unchained (2012)

31.

The Princess Bride (1987)

32.

Skyfall (2012)

33.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

34.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

35.
 

The Fall (2006)

36.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

37.

Inception (2010)

38.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

39.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2002)

40.

Big Fish (2003)

41.

Chungking Express (1994)

42.

Pleasantville (1998)

43.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

44.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

45.

Star Wars (1977)

46.

Chinatown (1974)

47.

Duel (1971)

48.

Thelma & Louise (1991)

49.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

50.

The Road (2009)

51. (i)

Se7en (1995)

51. (ii)
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Se7en (1995)

52.

Life of Pi (2012)

53.

Days of Heaven (1978)

54.

Into the Wild (2007)

55.

Blade Runner (1982)

56. (i)

Fight Club (1999)

56. (ii)

Fight Club (1999)

57.

Mother of George (2013)

58.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

59.

Jarhead (2005)

60.

Mississippi Burning (1988)

61.

Sunshine (2007)

62.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

63.

The Searchers (1956)

64.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

65.

Nosferatu (1922)

66.
The Killers (1946)
 
67.

Alien (1979)

68.

Dark City (1998)

69.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

70.

American Psycho (2000)

71.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

72.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

73.

Memories of Murder (2003)

74.

The Third Man (1949)

75.

Fargo (1996)

76.

Lost in Translation (2003)

77.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

78.

Minority Report (2002)

79.

Drive (2011)

80.

Akira (1988)

81.

Enter the Void (2009)

82. (i)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

82.
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Pulp Fiction (1994)

83.

Manhunter (1986)

84.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

85.

Thief (1981)

86.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

87.

Road to Perdition (2002)

88.

Insomnia (2002)

89.

The Exorcist (1973)

90.

Gladiator (2000)

91.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

92.

True Grit (2010)

93.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

94.

North by Northwest (1959)

95.

Rocky (1976)

96.

The Truman Show (1998)

97.

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

98.

Mad Max (1979)

99. (i)

City of God (2002)

99. (ii)

Moonlight (2017)

100. (i)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

100. (ii)
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

101.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring (2001)

102.

Tron: Legacy (2010)

103.

Melancholia (2011)

104.

The Wrestler (2008)

105.

Finding Nemo (2003)

106.

Dirty Harry (1971)

107.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

108.

Moulin Rouge (2001)

109.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

110. (i)

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

110. (ii)
Kill Bill (2003)

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

111.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

112.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

113.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

114.

The Hidden Fortress (1958)

115. (i)

The Dark Knight (2008)

115. (ii)
The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008)

115. (iii)
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The Dark Knight (2008)

116.

Barry Lyndon (1975)

117.

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

118.

Stand By Me (1986)

119.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

120.

12 Years a Slave (2013)

121.

Amélie (2001)

122.

Oldboy (2005)

123.

Children of Men (2006)

124.

Vertigo (1958)

125.

The Graduate (1967)

126.

Jurassic Park (1993)

127.

My Neighbour Tortoro (1988)

128.

The Matrix (1999)

 
129.
Atonement(2007)
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Interstellar (2014)
131.
V For Vendetta (2005)V For Vendetta (2005)
132.
American Sniper (2014)American Sniper (2014)
133.
Silence (2016)Silence (2016)
134.
Ender’s Game (2013)Ender’s Game (2013)
 
135.
Munich (2005)Munich (2005)
136.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) 
137.
Nine (2009)
Nine (2009)
138.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)Manchester by the Sea (2016)
139.
Nocturnal Animals (2016)Nocturnal Animals (2016) 
140.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
141.
Chicago (2002)Chicago (2002) 
142.
La La Land (2016)
La La Land (2016)
143.
Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
144.
A Single Man (2009)
 151.
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Bridge of Spies (2015)
 
 152.
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A Most Violent Year (2014)
 
153.
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The Jungle Book (2016)
154. (i)
Watchmen (2009)

154. (ii)

Watchmen (2009)
 
154. (iii)
Silk Spectre II in Watchmen 2009 Movie
Watchmen (2009)
155.
The Aviator (2004)
 156.
The English Patient (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
157.
Titanic (1997)
Titanic (1997)
158.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
159.

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Predator (1986)

160.
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The King’s Speech (2010)
161.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
 162.
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The Prestige (2006)
163.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

164.
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No Country for Old Men (2007)
165.sunset-song
Sunset song (2016)
166.
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
167.
The Fountain HD images
The Fountain (2006)
168.
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
169.
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
170.
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Avatar (2009)
171.
DE NIRO (3) - Mean Streets (1973) - @asifahsankhan
Mean Streets (1973)
172.
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita (1960)
173.
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Gravity (2013)
174.
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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

175. 

Marlon Brando as
The Godfather: Part I (1972) 
 
176. (i)
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro - The Godfather: Part II (1974) - The Brilliance of Cinematography - @asifahsankhan
The Godfather: Part II (1974) 
176. (ii)
ROBERT DE NIRO - The REAL GODFATHER - The Godfather Part II (1974) - @asifahsankhan
The Godfather: Part II (1974) 
176. (iii)
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The Godfather: Part II (1974) 
 
177. (i)

The Godfather: Part III (1990) 

177. (ii)
The Godfather: Part III (1990) 
 

177. (iii)

The final scene - The Godfather: Part III (1990) 
The Godfather: Part III (1990) 

178.

Memento (2000) 

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Yi Yi: A One And A Two (2000)

180.

In the Mood for Love (2000) 

181.

Mulholland Drive (2001) 

182.

Trainspotting (1996)

183.

Ashes and Snow (Short Film – 2002)

184.

revenant-skulls1The Revenant (2015)

185.

Alien: Covenant (2017)

187.

the-good-dinosaur-is-one-of-the-most-beautiful-movies-ever-made-725248The Good Dinosaur (2015)

187. (i)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

187. (ii)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

188. (i)

Wonder Woman (2017)

188. (ii)

Wonder Woman (2017)

188. (iii)

Wonder Woman (2017)

188. (iv)

Wonder Woman (2017)Wonder Woman (2017)

189.voyage-of-time-trailer-malick-images-11

Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (2016)

190.The_artist (2011)

The Artist (2011)

191.2014-birdman-03

Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)

192.lesmiserables086

Les Miserables (2012)

193.screen-shot-2011-08-12-at-12-31-26-am

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

194.the-theory-of-everything

The Theory of Everything (2014)

195.blue-is-the-warmest-color

Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

196.laurence-anyways-2012-900x514

Laurence Anyways (2012)

197."only lovers left alive"

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) 

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Her (2013)

199.post-tenebras-lux-2012

 Post Tenebras Lux (2012)

200. (i)

The Neon Demon (2016)

200. (ii)

The Neon Demon (2016)

201.the_grandmaster_2013_poster-1600x900

The Grandmaster (2013)

202.

The Handmaiden (2016)

203.tumblr_o52zecgsd71qetb0ho1_1280

Kung Fu Hustle (2005)

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Rango (2011)

205.The Karate Kid (2010)

The Karate Kid (2010)

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

207.tumblr_o6dn44is8n1qetb0ho1_1280

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

208.tumblr_o834c36gzp1qetb0ho1_1280

The Little Prince (2015)

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Up (2009)

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Brazil (1985)

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Once Upon A Time In America (1984)

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The French Connection (1971)

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

214.SUICIDE SQUAD

Suicide Squad (2016)

215.One of the most deservedly acclaimed films of recent years.

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

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Dredd (2012)

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The Mission (1986)

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Zodiac (2007)

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Whiplash (2014)

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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

223.prometheus-spaceship

Prometheus (2012)

224.The Arrival

The Arrival (2016)

225.Sin City (2005)

Sin City (2005)

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

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Cinematography is an aspect of filmmaking that often goes overlooked and undervalued. Sure folks can spot pretty pictures, but the job of a director of photography is much more than making things look good. It involves camera placement, lighting, camera moves, framing—and the best cinematographers know that to maintain the artistic integrity of the film itself, all of these should be motivated by character or story. It’s an incredibly complex job and is an artform all its own.

So with any number of superlatives being thrown out at each year’s end, I wanted to highlight the very best from only the films I’ve seen (means these are not just some random snapshots). It wasn’t easy—but in a way, it kinda’ was (credit goes to all those people who actually did this kind of lists in the past), but there were plenty of great examples to choose from, and the diversity of content was at once refreshing and daunting. 

Thanks for checking it out folks. . .

‘Have A Nice Day!’

: )

Asif Ahsan Khan

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ℑ Some these images are my own contributions to cinematicpaintings.com , this Reddit thread, and this other Reddit thread respectively. If you fancy stunning cinematography, you might wanna’ check them out. ℑ

 

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