Sep 03 2009

Videos from the Best Visual Effects Winners of the Last Decade

Published by at 9:00 am under Lists,Movies


A couple of days ago, we showed you a video clip featuring 100 years of special effects.  It’s amazing how much visual effects have improved over the years, although aside from a few giant jumps, I think they’ve plateaued out just a tad.  I mean, I haven’t seen anything in the past couple of years that would have really wowed me, say, four years ago.  Maybe Avatar will change that.

After the jump, take a look at video clips from the Best Visual Effects Academy Award winners of the last decade.  See for yourself how the effects improve over the years…or if they do at all.

The Matrix (1999)


Gladiator (2000)


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


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)


The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)


Spider-Man 2 (2004)


King Kong (2005)


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)


The Golden Compass (2007)


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)


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6 responses so far

  • Maritimer

    I watched bits of each clip but had to watch the Return of the King scene from beginning to end. Is there any other scene in movie geekdom that is as awesome as that?!

  • SirEdward

    @Maritimer: No, there really isn’t. Theoden hitting tapping his sword on the lances as he rides by is one of the best touches to that scene. It really helps build the anticipation. I remember hearing once that it was just an idea the actor had while filming. If that’s true, it makes the scene that much better.

  • Madison

    @ Martimer and SirEdward

    Funny you guys say that, because as I was compiling these clips, I thought to myself, “man, I really want to watch the Return of the King right now.” Not for the other movies, just ROTK.

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  • toshi

    they should add uncharted.. :)

  • lurker #267

    What, no Aslan? That had to be the most beautiful, realistic looking talking animal ever. Aslan looked like a real lion, and yet, he spoke and had facial expressions without it looking fake or cartoon-y.

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