US theatrical-release films not on DVD (1977-present)

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  1. Bo_Darville

    Bo_Darville Stunt Coordinator

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    curious if members could help compile a list of recent (last 30 years) theatrically released films (edited to add: that grossed at least $1 million at the U.S. box office) which do not currently appear nor have been announced for release on region 1 DVD in any shape or form (i.e. the fact that an anamorphic widescreen or dts-encoded version does not exist notwithstanding)

    i'll start from what i know (and update as necessary):

    Heroes (1977)
    Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
    One on One (1977)
    King of the Gypsies (1978)
    Agatha (1979)
    Scavenger Hunt (1979)
    Carny (1980)
    Cruising (1980)
    Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)
    Foolin' Around (1980)
    Gilda Live (1980)
    Hardly Working (1980)
    Serial (1980)
    Buddy Buddy (1981)
    Endless Love (1981)
    Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
    Neighbors (1981)
    Only When I Laugh (1981)
    The Hand (1981)
    Under the Rainbow (1981)
    Cannery Row (1982)
    Inchon (1982)
    Jekyll & Hyde: Together Again (1982)
    Megaforce (1982)
    Paradise (1982)
    Partners (1982)
    Shoot the Moon (1982)
    Zapped! (1982)
    Ruby in Paradise (1983)
    Spring Break (1983)
    Trenchcoat (1983)
    The Keep (1983)
    Body Rock (1984)
    Electric Dreams (1984)
    Firstborn (1984)
    Hardbodies (1984)
    Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
    The Wild Life (1984)
    Bad Medicine (1985)
    Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
    The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
    8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
    From Beyond (1986)
    Howard the Duck (1986)
    Out of Bounds (1986)
    Cross My Heart (1987)
    Housekeeping (1987)
    Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)
    The Dead (1987)
    The Fourth Protocol (1987)
    White Mischief (1987)
    High Hopes (1988)
    Phantasm II (1988)
    Spellbinder (1988)
    Switching Channels (1988)
    The Rescue (1988)
    Vibes (1988)
    Queen of Hearts (1989)
    Hardware (1990)
    Hear My Song (1991)
    Homicide (1991)
    Late for Dinner (1991)
    Run (1991)
    The Perfect Weapon (1991)
    1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
    Enchanted April (1992)
    King of the Hill (1993)
    M. Butterfly (1993)
    Hamlet (1996)
    Lost Highway (1997)

    thank you for your knowledgeable and thoughtful contributions. background info and rumors are also appreciated.

    edited to focus on movies that had nationwide screening or limited success (1 million or more gross)
     
  2. David_Blackwell

    David_Blackwell Screenwriter

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    Until The End Of The World (the theatrical and 5 hour director's cut aren't on DVD yet)
    UTEOTW (DC) is available in Germany and Italy whiile the TC is coming to the UK soon.
     
  3. MatthewA

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    Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)
    Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
    Take Down (1979)
    Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!) (1980)
    Amy (1981)
    Neighbors (1981)
    Inchon (1982)
    Trenchcoat (1983)
    The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
     
  4. Rusty_W

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    Electric Dreams and Scavenger Hunt. Electric Dreams seems to have no chance of a release due to music rights and I have no idea why Scavenger Hunt is not out yet. I'd be guessing on any other movie as a lot of the ones I'm thinking about are probably direct to home video releases.
     
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    The Keep
    Night Of The Comet
    Vibes
     
  6. TravisR

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    Lost Highway (1997)
     
  7. Dougieha

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    Ken Branagh's Hamlet (Here's hoping it comes out this year, as rumor has it).

    Let's hope someone asks about it at the live chat with Warner in February.
     
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    Galaxy of Terror (1981) ......well I liked it. [​IMG]
     
  9. James Luckard

    James Luckard Stunt Coordinator

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    Two other Castle Rock films from the same period (late 1996) as "Hamlet" that also seem to have fallen into some sort of legal limbo are Branagh's "In The Bleak Midwinter," released in the US as "A Midwinter's Tale" and "Some Mother's Son," starring Helen Mirren. Neither has been released on DVD in the US, or anywhere else in the world, to my knowledge.
     
  10. walter o

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    looking at my VHS/LD collection, from 1977 to present...

    1977
    ONE ON ONE
    1978
    FAST BREAK
    ODE TO BILLIE JOE
    ANGUS
    KING OF THE GYPSIES
    RUN - Patrick Dempsey
    LITTLE DARLING
    RUNNERS STUMBLE
    DAMNATION ALLEY
    NIAGARA NIAGARA
    IF EVER I SEE YOU AGAIN
    8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE
    CROSS MY HEART
    THE PASSAGE
    LOVELINES
    SERIAL
    I WANT YOU (Rachel Weisz)
    ARIZONA DREAMS
    1492 CONQUEST OF PARADISE
    RAPA NUI
    BLUE SKIES AGAIN
    SUNCHASER
    PARADISE - Phoeve Cates
    THE RESCUE
    SPRING BREAK
    ONE AND ONLY
    HEROES
    GOING APE
    BOULEVARD NIGHTS
    SUNBURN
    RAGGEDY ANNE AND ANDY MUSICAL ADVENTURE
    TILT
    IT'S MY TURN
    OUTLAW BLUES
    PHAR LAP
    PURPLE HEARTS
    LOOKING FOR MR GOODBAR
    UNDER THE RAINBOW
    HARDLY WORKING
    WILLIE AND PHIL
    MEGAFORCE
    FIRE SALE
    SOMEONE KILLED HER HUSBAND
    WHEN YOU COMIN BACK RED RYDER
    ENTER THE NINJA
    NINJA 3
    NIGHT SCHOOL
    LOVE AND MONEY
    EYES OF A STRANGER
    DEADLY EYES
    PROMISE IN THE DARK
    AGATHA
    NESTING
    CURTAINS
    I THE JURY
    NIGHTWINGS
    NIGHTS THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA
    BALTIMORE BULLET
    OUT OF BOUNDS
    BODY ROCK
    GILDA LIVE
    HOUSEKEEPING
    LUNA
    AVALANCHE EXPRESS
    LOOKING TO GET OUT
    STUDENT BODIES
    DIE LAUGHING
    FIENDISH PLOT OF DR FU MANCHU
    THE HAND
    WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS
    JUST YOU AND ME KID
    OLD BOYFRIENDS
    GOLDENGIRL
    SKATETOWN USA
    BAD MEDICINE
    GAS
    FIRSTBORN
    HARDBODIES
    THE PACK
    RAZORBACK
    FAST FORWARD
    ZAPPED
    THE CHALLENGE
    BLOODBROTHERS
    BELL JAR
    RABBIT TEST
    AMSTERDAM KILL
    WHOOPEE BOYS
    BOYS IN COMPANY C
    SILVER BEARS
    FIRE WITH FIRE
    THE OUTSIDER
    BOBBY DEERFIELD
    PARTNERS
    TWICE UPON A TIME
    NOTHING LASTS FOREVER
    HUMONGOUS
    PHOBIA
    DANIEL
    CHICKEN CHRONICLES
    PERFECT WEAPON
    SPELLBINDER
    TULIPS
    MELANIE
    HEIDI'S SONG
    DREAMER

    will try to list is via year...
     
  11. Bo_Darville

    Bo_Darville Stunt Coordinator

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    wow, thank you walter. exactly the sort of thing i was looking for. would love it if you could edit in the year of release alongside the title, so i can simply cut and paste into the list on top.

    i'm going to ask again at this point if you can edit in the verified year of release alongside the title. updated: for films that grossed $1 million or more. thanks.
     
  12. Eric Peterson

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    Billy Wilder's last two films

    Fedora (1978)
    Buddy Buddy (1981)
     
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    It might be easier if you had the cut-off at 1980, it's hard to remeber if a film came out in 1976 or 1977. I just stuck to the 1980's on:

    Addiction, The
    Borrower, The
    Cannery Row
    Crackers
    Cruising
    From Beyond
    Fruit Machine, The
    High Hopes
    Illtown
    Ironweed
    Kafka
    King of the Hill
    Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Laws of Gravity
    Love Streams
    Madame Sousatzka
    Man of No Importance, A
    Moonlighting
    Music of Chance, The
    New Age, The
    Night on Earth
    Paperhouse
    Penn & Teller Get Killed
    Pascali's Island
    Personal Best
    Phantasm II
    Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
    Reflecting Skin, The
    Revolution
    Ruby in Paradise
    Sammy & Rosie Get Laid
    Shoot the Moon
    Small Faces
    Streamers
    SubUrbia
    Trust
    Under the Volcano
    What Happened Was...
    White Mischief
    Wild Man Blues
     
  14. walter o

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    Jay,

    MOONLIGHTING is out on DVD from Trinity, PHANTASM 3 is getting released via Anchor Bay
     
  15. David_Blackwell

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    Night Of The Comet is a catalogue title release from MGM in March
     
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    TerrorVision (1986)
    Humongous (1982)
    Under the Rainbow (1981) (a poster on imdb.com says it is "planned for late 2007, can anyone confirm?)
    Outlaw Blues (1977)
     
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    Under the Volcano is coming out from Criterion.

    And speaking of John Huston:

    Wise Blood (1979)
    Phobia (1980)
    The Dead (1987)

    are MIA on DVD as well.
     
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    The only David Cronenberg movie not on DVD: M. Butterfly.
     
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    Is that the case? MGM managed to release LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN and that had A LOT bigger music obstacles (U2, the Police, etc). ELECTRIC DREAMS didn't have as big a soundtrack, and was also MGM.

    The only song I remember from it is the theme, and the video for that (which has clips from the film, as well as the cast members, and the MGM logo all over the place) is on the Human League DVD. That should be a definite extra if a DVD is ever released.

    Great movie though.

    Someone also mentioned TERRORVISION. That is actually on one of the Showtime channels tonight.
     
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    I believe the only song MGM didn't clear for "THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN" DVD was a Human League song (that's why "Whip It" by Devo is played twice on the DVD version - to cover up the missing Human League song). So maybe Human League or their label is preventing "ELECTRIC DREAMS" as well? The song in ELECTRIC DREAMS is absolutely crucial to the film, especially the final sequence, so there's no way to remove it without seriously damaging the film.
     

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