This makes me so happy to see. I have fond memories of watching this intro on HBO. Everything about it was so amazing to me. From the visuals to the sweeping and epic orchestral score. Any time I would watch a video of something taped off of HBO I would watch this over and over again.
Many years ago I found the very video featured here on YouTube and was just blown away at how this was all entirely made up of clever camera work and practical effects. The attention to detail here is just amazing.
A while back HBO posted the intro on their official channel:
I'd love to see a remastered high def version of this so I can really pick out all of the little easter eggs I never noticed before (like the bums and the hookahs).