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Hello and welcome! Movies... How many of us have not been immersed in breathtaking events narrated by the best directors in the world? Movies are so great that they can make us feel a thousand things during the two hours they usually last.

That's why we decided to bring you the best films out there, because we know that your inner cinephile wants to know if their favourite film is in this ranking. But we also know there's that person who wants to know which films they can't miss, so we took on the task of finding the truly unmissable ones.

We care that you are always informed about the products you are most interested in buying, but we also care about being a guide when you don't know which option to choose for you. Today we'll be looking at the best films and if you're interested in finding out what they are, stay with us and join us!




Summary

  • Films are cinematic sequences that tell a story or stories over a period of time through visual and audio elements. They are a great product for spending quality time with friends, family or alone, as well as for acquiring new knowledge.
  • There are three types of film formats currently available, firstly you can get them on DVD and Blue Ray discs or through digital platforms. Each format has different resolutions and allows you to store different titles so that you can watch them over and over again.
  • Some of the most important factors and criteria you need to consider when buying movies are the genre you like the most, the rating of the title you are interested in, the use you can make of the movie and finally if it has been nominated or won awards and recognitions.

The Best Films: Our Picks

Buying guide: What you need to know about films

Now that we've seen what the best films are, we'll move on to explain what they are and what benefits they offer. Sometimes when buying movies we don't know what to expect and we don't mean the story of the movie, but the physical or virtual package. That's why we want to guide you so you know exactly what you are buying.

Movies can transport you to incredible worlds you would never have imagined. (Photo: lassedesignen / 123rf)

What are films?

Films are cinematic projections that tell a story. They are usually about any subject as any story can be told. Hence we have different genres of films. But as time went by, films became a big industry that generates millions of dollars a year.

But beyond the technical side, films are for the audience that which transports them to another reality, which meets certain aesthetic standards and which can become art. Films and cinema appeal to the artistic way of telling a story using visual and sound elements.

What are the advantages of film?

The main advantage of having films is that you can enjoy moments alone or with your family while a story is being told. There is nothing more fun than a movie night with family or friends. Just get out the popcorn, refreshments and have a moment of recreation without physical demand.

Movies also give you the ability to analyse different situations, to be more empathetic by learning about other realities that you would have no idea about. Acquire culture from other countries and at the same time, appreciate what for others may be very valuable. Films are a gateway to an infinite number of realities.

Advantages
  • You gain knowledge about other cultures
  • you gain sensitivity to other realities
  • watching them is a plan to spend the day with friends or family
  • they can fulfil many functions (relax, laugh, scare, cry)
Disadvantages
  • Some titles are hard to get
  • there is a lot of piracy
  • the price of some titles can be high

DVD, Blue Ray or virtual platform - what to look out for?

Buying films is a process and you need to know how you are going to get them before you pay because you may buy an item that does not meet your needs. Before choosing movies you should know that there are three types of formats to watch them in, DVD format, Blue Ray format and virtual format.

DVD format. After the discontinuation of the Beta and VHS format, the DVD disc became the most popular format for playing movies. This means that when you buy your film you will receive a disc with the content. These DVD films have a resolution of 740 x 480 megapixels. That is, they are not HD.

Blue Ray format. With the invention of HD, films began to be produced in a format that could provide a minimum resolution of 1080 x 720 and then gave way to films with 4K resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels. This format is characterised by a very high picture quality and is also available in disc form.

Digital format. But nowadays both DVD and Blue Ray mean that you have to buy a physical disc and have a player to watch the films. For this reason, for some years now, online platforms have been offering both a monthly subscription and the digital purchase of the film in the highest resolution that your TV provides.

DVD format Blue Ray format Digital format
Film resolution 740 x 480 pixels 1080 x 720 pixels to 3840 x 2160 pixels 480p to 4K (depending on TV)
Film storage physical disc physical disc digital file on electronic device or smarttv
Access to extended versions and deleted scenes yes mostly yes mostly no
Playback medium DVD player + television Blue Ray player + HD television Cell phone, tablet, computer, television, smarttv

Say no to piracy

Piracy is an activity that harms cinema and buying or using illegal reproduction material not only affects the industry such as producers, actors and directors, but also triggers actions such as corruption, duplication of illegal content and in some cases attempting to profit from this material can be punishable by imprisonment.

It is also worth remembering that the sale of pirated films is a crime punishable by coercive measures, so it is not profitable to distribute them as a business. Remember that for the sake of the workers in the industry it is always better to buy the film officially or subscribe to licensed platforms.

Buying criteria

Finally, we will explain what factors you need to take into account before buying a film. Many times we buy without considering our needs and tastes, so pay close attention to this information because it can be the difference between being satisfied or not with your purchase.

Film genre

The first factor you need to consider when buying a film is what genre it belongs to and whether that genre suits your tastes. Remember that there is no point in buying a film that you are not going to enjoy watching.

Action. Action movies are super entertaining if you like shooting, chases, explosions and the like. These films tend to be very popular with young people as they work hard on visual effects although there are times when the script and plot can leave something to be desired.

Drama. Drama is a genre with a strong story, script and plot. The construction of the story itself is the success of these films, so if you prefer to be immersed in the plot development at a semi-slow pace then this is a genre you should try.

Science Fiction / Fantasy. No. We are not saying that science fiction and fantasy are the same, however, both genres propose something similar, realities different from our own and worlds we can only imagine. These genres can be very entertaining for young and old alike.

Comedy. There is nothing like being able to lie down in the living room with your partner and spend hours laughing at a good comedy. If you don't like movies with deep plots and enjoy funny moments, then this genre is for you. There are some great comedies that will make you laugh out loud.

Horror. We know that this genre polarises film lovers. On the one hand, there are those who can't stand the slightest bit of horror in a scene, and on the other hand, there are those who love horror sequences. This is simple, if you enjoy mysteries, scares and scary stories, then you will love these films.

Art cinema. Finally, art cinema is a genre that is very popular with people who like cinematic aesthetics. In some cases these stories can be complex due to the high level of symbolism involved, but knowing the style of the directors can be one of the best experiences of your life.

Target audience

In addition to the genre, another very important criterion for buying films is the target audience. Knowing this will determine where and in what context you are going to put a film and know in advance what content to expect. Believe us when we tell you that you don't want to watch Nymphomania vol. I and II with your parents next to you.

AA and A rating. Films within the AA and A ratings are aimed at all audiences but with an emphasis on children especially in AA films. These films are very easy to understand as the plot is not complex so a four year old will understand what the story is about.

B and B15 rating. This is where the difference between children and teenagers is made, as these films tend to have more mature content and more complex stories that a child would not understand. The difference between B and B15 is that the B rating is aimed at young people over the age of 12 and B15 is aimed at teenagers over the age of 15.

Classification C. The C rating is aimed exclusively at adult audiences and it is not recommended that minors watch this type of film. There are usually violent and/or visually shocking scenes. Also the plot can be difficult for a young person to understand.

D-rated. Very few films are D-rated, but they do exist. These titles are extremely sensitive because of the type of content, mostly explicit sex or a very high degree of violence.

Use of the film

Another factor you need to consider is what use you intend to make of the film you want to buy. This is useful as it can eliminate options you don't need. For example, there are two main uses of films, for recreation and for education. What does each mean? Let's get to it.

Recreational purposes. If your goal is to have fun, spend some time with family or friends or just relax watching a good movie then you can choose any title that interests you, just remember with which people you are going to watch that movie, lest you make your grandma uncomfortable with some explicit scene.

Educational purposes. On the other hand, there are films that are made to explain certain dynamics and tell stories that make us sensitive. These films are perfect for group discussions in high school and university and good film material can make your class the best of the semester.

Awards and recognition

Finally, one criterion to consider when buying your film is how many awards and nominations it has won throughout its history. Sometimes the opinion of others can help us to choose a good film. In this sense we divide films into two groups, award winners and nominated films.

Award winners. These films were not only well received by the general public but the critics also had good reviews. When a film wins an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA or recognition at Cannes, it means that it has a high degree of artistry and watching it will certainly be an experience.

Nominees. These are also often very good films that sometimes go unnoticed because they didn't win a major award. However, if they were nominated it means that the critics considered them to be of quality. Don't get carried away by the awards and give films that were only nominated a chance.

In the meantime, we hope this review has been helpful and that when choosing the next film to buy, you will take it as a guide. We will continue to bring you reviews of the items you are interested in and hope to see you back here again. Happy shopping!

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