Missed oppurtunities..popular movies that never made it to DVD

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  1. Louis Letizia

    Louis Letizia Supporting Actor

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    Funny how the tv remake with Katherine Hepburn made it first.
     
  2. Matt Hough

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    Ain't that the truth! And as much as I admire Katharine Hepburn and George Cukor, I do think the Davis version is superior even if it's a bit stagy.
     
  3. Aunt Peg

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    Some others:
    Meet the Applegates (1989)
    Multiple Maniacs (1970)
    Mondo Trash (1969) - Though I understand there are copyright issues with the soundtrack. John Waters' never bothered to get the rights.
    Bad (1977) - I know there is a R1 & R2 copies but these appear to be cut video masters.
    The Unholly Rollers (1972)
    The Crowd (1928) - No doubt will make it's way to through the Archive program sooner or later.
    Greed (1924) - See The Crowd
    The Wind (1928) - See The Crowd
    The Scarlet Letter (1926) - See The Crowd
    When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)
     
  4. Thomas T

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    Surprised that no one has mentioned DeMille's Samson And Delilah yet.
     
  5. Bob Cashill

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    That's a perennial in these discussions. It's understood to be missed. :)
     
  6. Ed Lachmann

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    Over a year ago, a friend who's at Paramount told me that they were working of SAMSON AND DELILAH and that a release was imminent. I'm hopeful we will see it in the fall or in time for the holidays and in a BD version, as well.
     
  7. donidarko

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    So sad..... Where are these??????
    Looking For Mr. Goodbar (1977)
    Ode to Billy Joe (1976)
    Only When I laugh (1981)
    Night of the Juggler (1980)
    Last Summer (1969)
    Norman....Is That You? (1976)
    The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1977)
    Staircase (1969)
    Terrorvision (1986)
    The House by the Lake (1976)
    The People Next Door (1970)
    Ruby in Paradise (1993)
    Rapa Nui (1994)
    Kafka (1991)
    I would love to see these released!!!!!
     
  8. Louis Letizia

    Louis Letizia Supporting Actor

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    LAST SUMMER id probably coming via WA..although I wish this Allied Artist treasure would have gotten a pressed disc release like they are doing for END OF THE ROAD.
    ODE TO BILLY JOE was announced....and even had cover art on Amazon...but never materialized. Amazon Instant has this for download.
    I'm surprised ONLY WHRN I LAUGH wasn't apart of Columbia's last wave which included
    CHAPTER TWO...but I'm sure its destined soon enough.
    GOODBARS wait may be a good omen
    NIGHT OF THD JUGGLER who has rights....loved this
    THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR is with
    Lionsgate....that ends that!
    I'm sure MGM will get around to SUNDOWN and HOUSE BY THE LAKE for mod
    NORMAN? Resides with WB....one of the few of the 70s films left to release.
    Not certain...but isn't RAPA NUI on WA?
     
  9. WaveCrest

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    Will probably wait and see if the director's cut of Until the End of the World (1991) gets a Blu-ray release. Thanks for replying back to my question.
     
  10. cineMANIAC

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    The Earthling (1980) could use a nice DVD.
     
  11. Dan McW

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    TCM has aired a letterboxed version of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN and is scheduled to do so again at 2:15 a.m. ET on Sept. 22.
     
  12. Louis Letizia

    Louis Letizia Supporting Actor

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    In the good old days MGMidnite Movie line would have put out a double feature of THE EVICTORS and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN..2 period pieces. WITHOUT WARNING and INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN as well. THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE with WINDOWS.JENNIFER with THE RAGE
    I would love that line to return...in Bluray
     
  13. Jay E

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    Here is a few off the top of my head:
    92 in the Shade
    Come Back to the Five and Dime
    Diary of a Mad Housewife
    End of the Road
    Invasion!
    It Conquered the World
    Last Summer
    Love Streams
    Nothing But the Best
    Play it as it Lays
    Sammy & Rosie Get Laid
    Seven Women
    That Cold Day in the Park
    Tiger Makes Out, The
    Trap, the
    Unearthly Stranger
    Unman, Wittering & Zigo
    View From a Bridge
    Where Were You When the Lights Went Out
     
  14. Louis Letizia

    Louis Letizia Supporting Actor

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    Good list! Always thought it strange that WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT? Never made thecut Ibm Days boxed sets.
    UNMAN is on Amazon Instant.
    Lets hope LAST SUMMER makes it to the archives.
    END OF THE ROAD is coming in September as a pressed disc release!
    Is it a certainty that COME BACK TO 5.....resides with Paramount?
     
  15. ricktech12

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    1492 has been released on DVD all over the world but the USA, on Blu-ray in France and in September Germany. In the USA it's only release was VHS and Laserdisc back in 1994, a DVD of the film was never released in the USA. In 2004 Paramount announced a DVD release of the film and preorders were taken but it was cancelled and the preorder I had was cancelled, the UPC# issued was 097363274247 but it was never pressed, so none obviously exist.
    So yes it is a very strange case of MIA, especially after it was announced for a DVD release and cancelled back in 2004. It's the only Ridley Scott film in the USA that doesn't have a DVD release.
    The good news is the film can be imported on DVD and the France Blu-ray looks solid, but it deserves a proper Region 1/Region A release in the USA sometime in the future but I wouldn't count on it. Whoever wants to own the movie will probably have to settle for the hassle of importing the DVD or Blu-ray versions and more than likely you will need a region-free DVD or Blu-ray player. It has been mentioned the German Blu-ray being released in September will be region-free.
     
  16. moviepas

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    Show Boat (1929 and 1936 versions)

    Ah part of the 80th Anniversary George Feltenstein box set in Blu Ray & also DVD version celebrating the landmark Broadway show opening of this pleasant night's entertainment. Never did see that one but I do have hidden away in the vaults George telling all who were listening that is was imminent at the time.

    It would be nice to get an update on this project and where it is at. I do know that more discs for the 1929 Universal original have been found but not all, I guess and know the nitrate of reel one of the 1951 version was lost in the George Eastman fire which was dubbed from a "safety" for previously releases on disc of that one including the prized Laserdisc box set I have.
     
  17. Billy Batson

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    I suppose you could say popular in their day. There's a whole slew of British 40's films (most of them!) that were never released on DVD, we really needed a BFI series, I'll just pick one for now:
    Hatter's Castle '42 Robert Newton going insane as only he can!
    Three 50's British war movies, first two POW movies:
    Albert R.N. '53
    Danger Within '59 - This is my favorite POW escape film, it shows up every now & again on the telly, but no DVD. I haven't seen Albert R.N. since the 60's, it may be a lost film.
    Steel Bayonet - A 50's Hammer war movie, we've had the other two, Camp On Blood Island & Yesterdays Enemy, but this one is a hold out
    The Jokers - A Michael Winner comedy with Olly Reed & Michael Crawford, & thinking about it another one, You Must Be Joking. A very good comedy as I remember, that did the rounds supporting Cat Ballou
    The Honkers '72 - A really good rodeo film staring James Coburn.
    I'm sure I could put a ton of titles if I thought about it. A DVD of these would be fine, but I'm not really interested in a $30-$35 Blu-ray, which I can't afford right now.
     
  18. Erik_H

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    I agree that the absence of "Only When I Laugh" is a mystery. A decent critical and commercial success back in 1981, with three Oscar-nominated performances. The film is available on iTunes and VUDU (standard def only).
    "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" was available for streaming on Netflix about a year ago; I don't know if it's still available. Ditto "At Long Last Love" --- not exactly "popular" but well-remembered by some and never available on home video in any format, at least in the US.
    I would add to the list the television film "Love Among the Ruins." The only teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier; directed by George Cukor. Highly acclaimed when it aired on ABC in the mid-1970s and the winner of multiple Emmys.
     
  19. Bob Cashill

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    YOU MUST BE JOKING! is available from the MGM Limited Edition Collection.
     
  20. Steve Armbrust

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    And, as I always mention in these types of threads:
    SPLIT IMAGE (1982) -- Starring Michael O'Keefe, Karen Allen, Peter Fonda, James Woods, Elizabeth Ashley, Brian Dennehy. Still trapped in rights hell, I believe.
     

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