Quickflix releases new DVD catalogue of most expensive films

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Quickflix has published a new online DVD catalogue allowing site users to find and rent DVDs for the most expensive films ever made. The catalogue contains some of the most successful and unsuccessful film spectacles in the history of Hollywood.

To a large degree, physical effects will be increasingly replaced with computer effects in the years ahead, but studios employ cutting edge technologies with these films, which is never cheap

Quickflix has published a new online DVD catalogue allowing site users to find and rent DVDs for the most expensive films ever made. The catalogue contains some of the most successful and unsuccessful film spectacles in the history of Hollywood.

The movie hire catalogue is divided into two lists. The first lists the most expensive films accounting for inflation (Source: Forbes via Box Office Mojo adjusted for 2006 dollars). The second list ranks films based on their production costs, not adjusted for inflation (Source: Wikipedia via IMDB estimates).

Quickflix Head of Content Joe Forte commented that the films in this catalogue are characterised by the presence of one or two key elements: large scale visual or physical effects. "A cast may demand a small fortune, but when it takes hundreds of hours for highly skilled computer graphics professionals to animate, render and bring to life a single frame of film, you can see how much investment is required by studios."

"To a large degree, physical effects will be increasingly replaced with computer effects in the years ahead, but studios employ cutting edge technologies with these films, which is never cheap," said Forte.

"Working with water has long been a considered an expensive and frustrating exercise in filmmaking. This is supported with the presence of films in this catalogue such as Waterworld, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Perfect Storm, Master and Commander, Speed 2 and Titanic," said Forte.

"The catalogue contains an interesting combination of hits and misses. And some of these misses may have been very painful given the cost of production. Terminator 3 was very highly anticipated but it fell short with many fans and the box office. Alexander was directed by Oliver Stone and was based on an iconic historical character but had limited commercial success. Both, however, pale to the legacy of Waterworld, generally regarded as the first of the mega-flops," Forte commented.

"On the other hand, The Matrix franchise generated a lot of action at the box office during its run. Spiderman 2 is seen to have started the gold rush associated with popular comic adaptations. And Titanic may have been expensive but it was worth every penny, sweeping the Oscars and going on to become the highest grossing film of all time."

Quickflix is an online DVD rental service with over 26,000 subscribers who can access over 35,000 titles, more than 15 times the range of an average video store. The DVD and movie hire service allows users to create a Queue of DVDs, which is an online list of DVD titles the member wishes to see. Quickflix then sends members the DVDs in their Queue in order of preference. To help members add DVDs to their Queue, Quickflix often publishes collections and lists of DVDs linked by a theme.

"Our lists usually get a fair amount of attention from our DVD rental subscribers. Even if users do not add DVDs to their Queue from our lists, they still browse through them out of curiosity," said Forte.

Quickflix's DVD rental catalogue of the most expensive films ever made can be found here: http://www.quickflix.com.au/Public/Tools/ViewCategory.aspx?CategoryID=55

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