What's left?

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  1. Steve Tannehill

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    This has been a big year for DVD. We've seen the release of The Lion King and the Indiana Jones movies. As someone who has been with DVD since day one (and with laserdisc for almost ten years before that) I pretty much have a complete movie collection (at least, of the movies that matter to me). Which leads me to ask a simple question: what is left to be released on DVD that has never seen a DVD release?

    IMO, it pretty much boils down to this:

    - The Star Wars Trilogy (you know what I mean)
    - Disney's Aladdin
    - Schindler's List

    Titanic (1997) has already been released, so it does not really count (although it could use an anamorphic transfer and a special edition). And I'll certainly be the first in-line if they ever release a restored special edition of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

    What am I missing here? Is the DVD catalog almost complete?

    - Steve
     
  2. DanR

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    Steve,

    Yep, that's all i got left on the list too. We'll have them all just in time for the next generation optical disk to hit market. [​IMG]

    -Dan
     
  3. Peter Apruzzese

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    Not even close, Steve.

    Lots of silent films remain unreleased. Nearly all Abbott & Costello and Marx Brothers films are unavailable (the few that were, are OOP). The Universal horrors are out of print. Lots of Hammer films are unavailable. How many James Cagney films are available? Where's EL CID?

    I'd say there's many, many good films waiting for release or to come back-in-print.
     
  4. Paul_Scott

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    Indy is nice to have, but Adventures of Robin Hood filled a huge void in my collection.
    i'll be looking most forward to more classics from WB in '04 starting with the releases in the first week of January (, and My Darling Clementine- a movie i'd always wanted on LD but never bought) and the Accidental Tourist(YEAH!) later in the month.

    for me, the Holy Grails now are neglected B- movies (like Let's Scare Jessica To Deathm, Revenge Of The Creature), beautiful schlock (like StarCrash and Goldengirl) more classics ( DeMilles Cleopatra, This Gun For Hire, Leave Her To Heaven, Letter To Three Wives and on and on), and tv series ( when-oh-when will Kolchak:the night stalker get a box set?).

    still a lot i would go positively ape$#it over if they ever get released, but i have dozens and dozens of sweet releases from this year i have to catch up on anyway.
     
  5. Bill Burns

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    Oh my goodness. What's left? Thousands (yep, thousands) of outstanding feature films from the 1920's (and specifically in Italy, the 1910's) to the present day, U.S., Germany, U.K., Italy, Russia, and many other countries.

    Peter scratchers the surface, but many doesn't even convey it. What we have, right now, is a drop in the bucket. If you consider that most of the Hollywood studios were outputting in the range of 50 films every single year from the 30's onward (I don't know the current yearly estimates), you can easily get into the thousands when considering U.S. films alone, and sound films alone. Internationally, and stretching back into the silents ... the number is staggering. The number of good films, even discounting the programmers and so-so productions, is staggering.
     
  6. Steve Tannehill

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    Maybe I should say..."Is my DVD catalog complete."

    Of course there are thousands of films that have yet to be released on DVD. I'll bet a lot of them never saw the light of day on VHS or laserdisc, either.

    I have some of those OOP Marx Brothers movies, but would indeed like to see some of Abbott and Costello. Was Naughty Nineties ever released on DVD?

    - Steve
     
  7. Todd Phillips

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    Here's some I want:

    Meet Me in St Louis
    Easter Parade
    Jane Eyre
    Laura
    Ride The High Country
    Hamlet (1996)
    Top Hat
    Swing Time
    Shall We Dance
    Song of the South
    Colossus: The Forbin Project
    The Gods Must be Crazy
    Around The World In Eighty Days
    Battleground (1949)
    Crack in the World
    The Sea Hawk
    Captain Blood

    And here's a long thread discussing this very subject:http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...=&pagenumber=1
     
  8. Peter Apruzzese

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    No, Naughty Nineties, Hold That Ghost, Hit the Ice, and about 30 other A & C films never hit DVD.
     
  9. Neil S. Bulk

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    The 1933 King Kong is still MIA.

    Neil
     
  10. Bill Burns

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    Current word (unofficial) has definitive editions of both Gone With the Wind (for its 65th Anniversary) and King Kong (either a three or four disc set, if I recall correctly) arriving in 2004. The strongest rumors were about Kong, which was apparently in the works earlier this year when the The Digital Bits first reported on it, but delays pushed it to '04.

    I've read about GWTW's possibilities in a few places (the potential extras are quite extensive, and indeed the early M-G-M movie-only release was originally rumored to include some of these, but didn't), but the Kong material is something I've only found reported on the 'Bits, if memory serves. As an RKO film, though, it's implicitly included in word on the RKO's from WB.

    UPDATE: Here's an early report on Kong, which if I read between the lines makes it sound as if it's actually been in the planning since 2002, in fact:

    http://www.thedigitalbits.com/rumormill.html

    Scroll down to the 1/29/03 update.

    The first 'Bits mention I've found is from the 1/7/03 Rumor Mill update here:

    http://www.thedigitalbits.com/rumormillarc18.html

    Neither mention a disc count, but I seem to recall some word of a three disc release. Possibly four. It's been too long since I read it -- I'm unsure. Personally, I'm hoping they include The Son of Kong (1933) in the set, and, if she's up to it, a Fay Wray running interview/commentary on the original. [​IMG] That would truly make the set worth its weight in gold, and then some.
     
  11. MartinTeller

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    My must-have unreleased list:

    every unreleased Akira Kurosawa
    most of the unreleased Ingmar Bergman
    most of the unreleased Alfred Hitchcock (Dial M for Murder, Lifeboat, etc)
    How to Steal a Million
    El Norte
    Star Wars trilogy
    anything and everything by Stan Brakhage
    Marx Bros movies
    Freaks
    Cyclo
    The Dark Backwards
    The Decline of Western Civilization
    Drowning by Numbers
    The Incredible Shrinking Man
    Modern Romance
    Rock 'n' Rule
    What Happened Was
    When the Wind Blows
    Monster in a Box
    Swimming to Cambodia

    That's not including television stuff and movies that need a better release.
     
  12. rich_d

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    I liked a Garfield cartoon which showed Garfield first catching a mouse and then letting it go ... he looked at the viewer and said "it's not the having, it's the getting."

    I did a poll on that a few years back at another forum. Surprising to me it was very close to a 50/50 split of people responding that when it it's all said and done what gives them the most pleasure in collecting movies for their libraries - the having or the getting.

    True, many big hitters have been delivered on DVD - so the list of popular post 80's films unreleased on DVD is getting shorter. So for many forums the interest in DVD discussion as to what is coming out may lose some intensity and interest.

    However, at this forum, my guess is that with films being remastered and released on DVD and many members that are interested in films no matter what era or country of origin - my guess is that we needn't be concerned about putting on the Peggy Lee song "is that all there is" for a while. [​IMG]
     
  13. Dan Rudolph

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    There are lots of 80s indies (largely held by Columbia and Universal) that aren't available.
     
  14. David Lambert

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    Keeping the list TV-on-DVD free (which my list can go into the thousands by itself), here are some must-have films not on R1 DVD yet (though some are planned):

    Star Wars Trilogy
    Colossus: The Forbin Project
    King Kong
    Flight of the Navigator
    Aladdin
    Bambi
    Cinderella
    An American Tail
    Dial M For Murder
    If You Could See What I Hear
    The Uninvited
    Twilight Zone: The Movie
    Doctor Detroit
    Heaven Help Us
    Sugerland Express
    Fandango
    Schindler's List
    High Road To China
    The Black Shield of Falsworth
    Up The Creek
    Little Darlings
    T.A.G.: The Assisination Game
    Lassiter
    Cloak & Dagger
    Teachers
    Neighbors
    Becket
    Grandview U.S.A.
    2 of a Kind
    Night of the Comet
    The Seduction
    Land of the Pharoahs
    To Be or Not To Be
    Robin Hood: Men In Tights
    Mischief
    Hanger 18
    Turk 182
    Porky's Revenge
    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
    The Last Unicorn
    The Last Married Couple In America
    Zapped!


    ...and that's just from my list of movies taped to VHS off of cable, back when I lived with my folks 15 years ago!
     
  15. Glenn Overholt

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    Too short David! Here are some of mine..

    These were originally announced to be releaed this year
    Bringing Up Baby
    How to Steal A Million
    Little Darlings
    Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
    The Day After
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights

    Some Others I want...
    Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis - both together and apart
    By Dawn's Early Light
    Call Me Bwana
    The Chase
    Coldblooded
    Demolition Day
    Every Time We Saw Goodbye
    Harry & the Hendersons
    Hawaii
    It Happened to Jane
    Jumping Jack Flash
    King Solomon's Mines (1950)
    License to Drive
    Love at First Bite
    Loverboy
    Man From the Diner's Club
    Man With One Red Shoe
    Mischief
    Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
    Near Mrs.
    No Time for Sergeants
    Quick Change
    Sam Whiskey
    Shrimp on the Barbie
    Switching Channels
    World of Suzie Wong

    And yes, I've skipped some. It would be so nice to have a short list. Can we trade?

    Glenn
     
  16. george kaplan

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    Some good ones have been mentioned so far. Off the top of my head (I realize some of these are coming, but not nearly enough):

    Mosby's Marauders
    White Heat
    Third Man on the Mountain
    Night Train to Munich
    Ice Station Zebra
    Battle of the Bulge
    Captain Blood
    The Sea Hawk
    Passage to Marseille
    Action in the North Atlantic
    Above Suspicion
    The Prisoner of Zenda
    The Two Towers
    X-Men 2
    That Darn Cat! (1965)
    Darby O'Gill & the Little People
    The Shaggy Dog
    The Ugly Dachshund
    Son of Flubber
    Muppet's Christmas Carol (OAR)
    Finding Nemo
    Little Bear
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Freaky Friday
    Bringing Up Baby
    Ninotchka
    Prisoner of 2nd Avenue
    Christmas in Connecticut
    Kindergarten Cop (OAR)
    The Jerk (OAR)
    Police Academy (OAR)
    To Be or Not to Be
    Foul Play
    A Guide for the Married Man
    The Farmer's Daughter
    A Stranger in Town
    Naughty Nineties
    Up in Arms
    Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
    Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House
    Silver Streak
    High Anxiety
    Holiday
    It's a Gift
    Hail the Conquering Hero
    Take Her, She's Mine
    The Palm Beach Stroy
    The Great McGinty
    We're No Angels
    Christmas in July
    Safety Last
    Ball of Fire
    The Out-of-Towners
    Cheaper by the Dozen
    Belles on their Toes
    I Was a Male War Bride
    It's a Great Feeling
    Once Upon a Honeymoon
    Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
    The Commitments (OAR)
    Bad Day at Black Rock
    Boys Town
    Across the Pacific
    High Sierra
    Goodfellas (OAR)
    Judgment at Nuremburg
    Confessions of a Nazi Spy
    36 Hours
    The Sea Wolf
    Random Harvest
    The Karate Kid (OAR)
    Easter Parade
    Meet Me in St. Louis
    A Song is Born
    Get Back
    Imagine: John Lennon
    Let It Be
    Top Hat
    Laura
    Dark Passage
    Gaslight
    Out of the Past
    Dial M for Murder
    Foreign Correspondent
    Stage Fright
    Crossfire
    This Gun for Hire
    They Won't Believe Me
    The Blue Dahlia
    The List of Adrian Messenger
    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
    Berlin Express
    Futureworld
    Cocoon
    Final Countdown (done right)
    My Darling Clementine
    To Have & Have Not
    Another Thin Man
    Suspicion
    After the Thin Man
    The Postman Always Rings Twice
    Star Wars
    The Empire Strikes BAck
    Aladdin
    Return of the Jedi
    Schindler's List

    and tons more.

    In other words, lots and lots of great stuff is left.
     
  17. ScottDombrowski

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    I'm still impatiently waiting for so many favorites to be released! Just off the top of my head (and I won't count TV shows either because that's another long list):
    Holiday
    Lover Come Back
    The More The Merrier
    The Palm Beach Story
    Out Of The Past
    The Blue Dahlia
    The Tarnished Angels
    Magnificent Obsession
    The Gunfighter
    Sergeant Rutledge
    Clash By Night
    The Lusty Men
    Here Comes Mr. Jordan
    It's Always Fair Weather
    Stars In My Crown
     
  18. DonRoeber

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    I wouldn't mind the rest of the Miyazaki films.
     
  19. todd stone

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    don't forget ED WOOD
     
  20. MarkHastings

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    I agree that a lot of great movies have been released. Basically all of the most popular movies have been released (which makes sense), but of the top 100 grossing films ever (in the US) the only 3 that aren't available on DVD (or soon to be released) are...you guessed it, Star Wars (4, 5, & 6)

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    http://www.the-movie-times.com/thrsd...?domestic+ByDG
     

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