Films that you fear may NEVER be released on DVD.

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Gordon McMurphy, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. Patrick McCart

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    Song of the South will probably come to DVD since Leonard Maltin appears to be pressuring Disney to release it.

    Disney could also consider Criterion (they're interested in doing some animation) or MGM. Heck, they probably spent a good deal of money restoring the film, so they are obligated to find a way of making profit from it.

    Plus, they know that people will import like crazy if it's released only in other regions.
     
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    Scott, do you mind if I ask where (or how) you got a copy of Sergeants 3?
     
  3. Thomas T

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    Steve, Image Entertainment has announced a DVD release of Claude Lelouch's And Now My Love for June 2003.

    Gordon, I think you meant to say Island In The Sky which starred John Wayne, not Island In The Sun which starred James Mason and Joan Fontaine.

    Most of the titles mentioned here will see DVD releases eventually I'm sure though not soon enough for their fans.

    My own list includes the previously mentioned The High And The Mighty as well as the much maligned raunchy (X rated in 1970!) Myra Breckinridge with Mae West, Raquel Welch, John Huston, Rex Reed, Tom Selleck and Farrah Fawcett.

    Fortunately, I've got the Japanese laser disc import of Song Of The South as this may never see the light of day on DVD in my lifetime anyway.
     
  4. Stu Rosen

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    Errol Morris' great documentaries, Gates of Heaven, and Vernon, Florida (and The Thin Blue Line, for that matter). Great, great films, Gates of Heaven in particular.
     
  5. Steve_Ch

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    >>Image Entertainment has announced a DVD release of Claude Lelouch's And Now My Love for June 2003.
     
  6. Jon Martin

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    While Leonard Maltin may want SONG OF THE SOUTH released, Roger Ebert, the NAACP and other groups do not. So, it is doubtful it will get a release.

    As for MYRA BRECKENRIDGE, one of the DVD sites said this is in the works for later this year. From Fox.
     
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    Child's Play 3
     
  8. Jeffrey Gray

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    The NAACP currently has no objections about Song of the South (though they didn't really like it when it first came out). Dunno about Roger Ebert, though...

    Actually, not many people do have objections about it...it's mostly Disney's fear of offending people and "tarnishing" their clean, "family-friendly" image.

    And if Maltin can get Disney to do a Wartime disc, containing several productions which they have practically denied the existence of for years, he could probably get them to release this film on DVD...eventually.
     
  9. Tim_Prasuhn

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    The Wizard of Speed and Time

    Solar Crisis (OAR)

    Moon 44 (Early Roland Emmerich, back when he was good, in OAR)

    Kafka

    Crusade (Babylon 5 SpinOff)

    Lawnmower Man (Directors Cut, actually really good)

    Until the End of the World (Trilogy Version preferrable, any version will do in a pinch)

    Rocket Man (with the ever-funny Harland Williams)
     
  10. YANG

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    FOX's-
    NELL- JODIE FOSTER

    PARAMOUNT's-
    WE ARE NO ANGELS- ROBERT de NIRO

    WARNER's-
    REVOLUTION- AL PACINO
     
  11. Dick

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    Gordon: Re: IN COLD BLOOD... Rumors about the reasons for the delay of this film on DVD mostly concern Robert Blake's current legal situation, but I don't think that's it. His arrest was relatively recent compared to the amount of time that's passed with no DVD release. I have no idea why this is MIA. It was never released as a letterbox laser disc, either. TCM runs it in widescreen, but their print is a bit alias-y. Guess it'll have to do for the time being.
     
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    You missed my qualifier, that it WILL come to DVD in other regions. It's been released basically EVERYWHERE but here on LD and/or VHS
     
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    While we are at it, anybody happens to know if "Out of The Past" (Douglas, Mitchum and Greer, 1947) is on the DVD radar screen ?
     
  14. Brian PB

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    The following is a selective list of great films that currently have no Region 1 presence on DVD. My list includes foreign, independent, and long-forgotten films; documentaries, silents, shorts, and even a few made-for-TV. There’s a good chance that—without strong advocacy from the DVD-buying public—a large percentage of these will never see the light of day on DVD. I have not included films whose release is either announced or widely expected in the upcoming year (even so, I’m sure I’ve inadvertently excluded many others). I have left off a number of great films (e.g., The Magnificent Ambersons, Bringing up Baby, Schindler’s List) and great directors (e.g., Huston, Godard, Hawks, Spielberg), since there is widespread support (including petitions and devoted websites) for the eventual release of these.
    [Edit: I've added my best guess as to who holds DVD distribution rights to these films.]

    Chantal Akerman: Jeanne Dielman… (1975/New Yorker) and News from Home (1977/?)
    Gianni Amelio: Stolen Children (1992/MGM/UA)
    Theo Angelopoulos: Landscape in the Mist (1988/New Yorker) and The Travelling Players (1975/New Yorker)
    Michael Apted, et al: The “Seven Up” series (complete) (1964-1998/various)
    Denys Arcand: Jesus of Montreal (1989MGM/UA)
    Alan Arkin: Little Murders (1971/Fox)
    Luis Bunuel: Los Olivados (1950/?), Tristana (1970/Home Vision), Un Chien Andalou (1928/?), Viridiana (1961/?), El (1952/?), and Simon of the Desert (1965/?)
    Charles Burnett: Killer of Sheep (1977/?)
    Jane Campion: An Angel at My Table (1989/New Line)
    Fruit Chan: Little Cheung (1999/?) and Durian Durian (2000/?)
    Rene Clement: Forbidden Games (1952/Home Vision)
    Jack Conway: Libeled Lady (1936/Warner)
    Jacques Demy: Bay of Angels (1962/?)
    Claire Denis: No Fear, No Die (1990/Kino)
    Nelson Pereira dos Santos: Barren Lives (1963/?)
    Victor Erice: Quince Tree of the Sun (1992/Facets) and Spirit of the Beehive (1973/Home Vision)
    John Erman: An Early Frost (1985/NBC)
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980/?)
    Georges Franju: Eyes Without a Face (1959/Kino)
    Samuel Fuller: Pickup on South Street (1953/Fox) and White Dog (1982/Paramount)
    Abel Gance: Napoleon (1927/Universal) and La Roue (1923/?)
    Agnieszka Holland: Olivier, Olivier (1992/Columbia/Tristar)
    Hsaio-Hsien Hou: City of Sadness (1989/?), and The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985/?)
    Kon Ichikawa: Alone on the Pacific (1963/?), Fires on the Plain (Nobi) (1959/?)
    Shohei Imamura: The Ballad of Narayama (1982/Kino), The Insect Woman (1963/?), The Pornographers (1966/?), Vengeance is Mine (1979/?)
    Steve James: Hoop Dreams (1994/New Line) and Stevie (2002/Lions Gate)
    Wong Kar-Wai: Days of Being Wild (1991/?)
    Mathieu Kassovitz: La Haine (Hate) (1995/Universal)
    Aki Kaurismaki: Drifting Clouds (1996/?), The Man without a Past (2002/Columbia/Tristar), Ariel (1989/Kino)
    Abbas Kiarostami: Life and Nothing More/And Life Goes On (1991/Facets)
    Dmitri Kirsanoff: Menilmontant (1924/?)
    Emir Kusturica: Underground (1995/New Yorker), When Father was Away on Business (1985/?), and Black Cat, White Cat (1998/Universal)
    Mike Leigh: Naked (1993/New Line) and Secrets and Lies (1995/Universal)
    Mitchell Leisen: Midnight (1939/Universal), Easy Living (1937/Universal), and Remember the Night (1940/Universal)
    Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Gabbeh (1996/New Yorker)
    Chris Marker: Sans Soleil (1982/New Yorker)
    Leo McCarey: Ruggles of Red Gap (1935/Paramount) and Make Way for Tomorrow (1937/Paramount)
    Kenji Mizoguchi: Sansho the Bailiff (1954/Home Vision), The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939/Home Vision), Ugetsu (1954/Home Vision), The Life of Oharu (1952/Home Vision)
    Errol Morris: The Thin Blue Line (1988/Buena Vista) and Gates of Heaven (1978/New Yorker)
    Mikio Naruse: Mother (1952/?), Floating Clouds (1955/?), and Late Chrysanthemums (1954/?)
    Gregory Nava: El Norte (1983/Artisan)
    Marcel Ophuls: Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie, His Life and Times (1988/MGM/UA)
    Max Ophuls: Earrings of Madame de … (1953/?), La Ronde (1951/?), and Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948/Universal)
    Yasujiro Ozu: Autumn Afternoon (1962/?), Late Spring (1949/?), and I Was Born, but … (1932/?)
    Sergei Paradjanov: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964/Home Vision)
    Alan Parker: Shoot the Moon (1982/Warner)
    Maurice Pialat: Naked Childhood (1970/?)
    H.C. Potter: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948/Warner)
    Nicholas Ray: They Live by Night (1948/?)
    Satyajit Ray: Apu Trilogy (1954/1958/1959/Columbia/Tristar), Devi (1962/Columbia/Tristar), and The Music Room (1958/Columbia/Tristar)
    Jean Renoir: A Day in the Country (1937/?), La Chienne (1931/?), Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932/?), The Golden Coach (1952/?), and The River (1951/Home Vision)
    Alain Resnais: Providence (1977/Columbia/Tristar)
    Jacques Rivette: Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974/New Yorker), La Belle Noiseuse (1991/New Yorker), and Out 1: Spectre (1973/?)
    Francesco Rosi: Moment of Truth (1965/?) and Salvatore Giuliano (1961/?)
    Herbert Ross: Pennies from Heaven (1981/Warner)
    Roberto Rossellini: L’Amore/The Ways of Love (1948/?), Paisan (1946/?), and The Rise of Louis XIV (1966/New Yorker)
    Fred Schepisi: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978/New Yorker) and The Devil’s Playground (1976/?)
    Victor Sjostrom/Seastrom: The Wind (1928/Warner) and The Scarlet Letter (1926/Warner)
    Preston Sturges: The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944/Paramount), The Palm Beach Story (1942/Universal), The Great McGinty (1940/Universal), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944/Universal), and Unfaithfully Yours (1948/Fox)
    Arne Sucksdorff: The Great Adventure (1953/?)
    Alain Tanner: Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976/New Yorker)
    Bela Tarr: Satantango (1994/?)
    Paolo & Vitto Taviani: Chaos (1984/MGM/UA)
    Jacques Tourneur: Cat People (1942/Warner), I Walked with a Zombie (1943/Image), and Out of the Past (1947/Warner)
    Dziga Vertov: The Sixth Part of the World (1926/?)
    King Vidor: The Big Parade (1925/Warner) and The Crowd (1928/Warner)
    Luchino Visconti: The Leopard (1963/Fox)
    Erich von Stroheim: Greed (1925/Warner) and The Wedding March (1928/Paramount)
    Lars von Trier: The Kingdom (1994/Universal)
    Andrzej Wajda: Ashes and Diamonds (1958/Home Vision)
    Raoul Walsh: White Heat (1949/Warner)
    William Wellman: The Public Enemy (1931/Warner)
    Wim Wenders: Kings of the Road (1976/?) and Paris, Texas (1984/Fox)
    Edward Yang: A Brighter Summer Day (1991/?)
    Zhang Yimou: Raise the Red Lantern (1991/MGM/UA) and Red Sorghum (1987/New Yorker)

    [Edited 4/15/03]
     
  15. Paul.Mc

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    I'd like to see the rest of Juzo Itami's films out on DVD (We only have 3 of his 10!), and the existing ones given a proper widescreen transfer.
     
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    Nell is getting a Region 2 release on 23rd June. Child's Play 3 is already available here.
     
  18. Christian Preischl

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    Well, let me add these three:

    The Wild Geese This one has a great cast (Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Roger Moore, Hardy Krüger) and is actually no. 1 on my "currently unreleased" want list. Actually, it is available on DVD in Germany, but that atrocity really doesn't count except maybe as a "how not to do it" DVD. It's MARed, has only German audio and it's cut. They did re-release it twice though. Same crap, different cover. [​IMG]
    I have no idea who currently owns the rights in the US, but I kinda wish Anchor Bay would get their hands on it as they would do this film justice.

    Electra Glide in Blue This one is Warner's I believe. Another Robert Blake title, and it would look beautiful in anamorphic widescreen. I always considered this "the other side of Easy Rider". Great film, and I want it now.

    The Shaggy D.A. I always loved this, even more than the original, The Shaggy Dog. It's one of my childhood favorites. The problem is that considering Disney's current DVD release policy, even if this does get released it'll be an awful P&S laser disc rehash which means I can't (and won't) buy it.

    Chris
     
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    Million Dollar Mystery the movie that starred every low 80's comedian/actor.(example-Eddie Deezen)
    Also the movie you had to watch when Glad trashbags stashed $50,000 under a certain bridge, and you had to watch the movie to find out where its hidden.

    AND

    Scavenger Hunt
    Another movie starring 70's/80's actors/comedians on a scavenger hunt, collecting weird and rare items, to collect an inharritance.

    OH...YEAH....and

    The Pirate Movie
     
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    Yes, I'd like to see (but can't see it)

    O'Lucky Man
    Map of the Human Heart
    Leolo
    Colosuss: The Forbin Project
    The Thin Blue Line
    Hoop Dreams
    Wild Man Blues
     

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