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20th Century Fox's CinemaScope films

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Thomas T, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. Thomas T

    Thomas T Screenwriter

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    With the release of the Joan Collins box set this week, all in CinemaScope, it seems quite possible within the next three years almost all of Fox's major CinemaScope films will see the light of day on DVD as there aren't that many left to go. Still missing in action (from region one):

    Beneath The 12 Mile Reef (rescued from public domain) Robert Wagner, Terry Moore
    King Of The Khyber Rifles Tyrone Power, Terry Moore
    Adventures Of Hajji Baba John Derek, Elaine Stewart
    Desiree Marlon Brando, Merle Oberon
    The Egyptian Gene Tierney, Victor Mature
    New Faces (rescued from public domain) Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde
    Night People Gregory Peck
    Woman's World Lauren Bacall, Fred MacMurray
    The Deep Blue Sea Vivien Leigh
    Good Morning Miss Dove Jennifer Jones, Robert Stack
    How To Be Very Very Popular Betty Grable, Robert Cummings
    Left Hand Of God Humphrey Bogart, Gene Tierney
    Magnificent Matador Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn
    Prince Of Players Richard Burton
    The Racers Kirk Douglas
    The Rains Of Ranchipur Lana Turner, Richard Burton
    Seven Cities Of Gold Anthony Quinn, Rita Moreno
    That Lady Olivia DeHavilland, Paul Scofield
    Untamed Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward
    View From Pompey's Head Richard Egan, Dana Wynter
    Violent Saturday Victor Mature, Sylvia Sidney
    Best Things In Life Are Free Ernest Borgnine, Gordon MacRae
    Bigger Than Life James Mason, Barbara Rush
    Bottom Of The Bottle Van Johnson
    Hilda Crane Jean Simmons
    Lieutenant Wore Skirts Tom Ewell, Rita Moreno
    On The Threshhold Of Space John Hodiak
    Revolt Of Mamie Stover Jane Russell, Richard Egan
    Teenage Rebel Ginger Rogers
    23 Paces To Baker Street Van Johnson, Vera Miles
    April Love Pat Boone, Shirley Jones
    Bernardine Pat Boone, Terry Moore
    Boy On A Dolphin Sophia Loren, Alan Ladd
    China Gate Angie Dickinson, Nat King Cole
    Hatful Of Rain Eva Marie Saint, Anthony Franciosa
    No Down Payment Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall
    Oh Men Oh Women Ginger Rogers, Tony Randall
    Three Brave Men Ernest Borgnine
    Way Of The Gold Jeffrey Hunter, Sheree North
    Wayward Bus Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield
    Barbarian And The Geisha John Wayne
    A Certain Smile Joan Fontaine, Rossano Brazzi
    Fiend Who Walked The West Hugh O'Brian
    Fraulein Dana Wynter
    From Hell To Texas Don Murray, Dennis Hopper
    Gift Of Love Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack
    Harry Black And The Tiger Stewart Granger, Barbara Rush
    In Love And War Robert Wagner, Hope Lange
    Mardi Gras Pat Boone, Sheree North
    Roots Of Heaven Errol Flynn, Orson Welles
    Ten North Frederick Gary Cooper
    Beloved Infidel Gregory Peck, Deborah Kerr
    Blue Angel May Britt, Curt Jurgens
    Blue Denim Carol Lynley, Brandon DeWilde
    Holiday For Lovers Jane Wyman, Clifton Webb
    Man Who Understood Women Henry Fonda, Leslie Caron
    Private's Affair Barbara Eden, Sal Mineo
    Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire
    Say One For Me Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds
    Sound And The Fury Yul Brynner, Joanne Woodward
    Woman Obsessed Susan Hayward
    Crack In The Mirror Orson Welles
    Esther And The King (rescued from public domain) Joan Collins
    Flame Over India (rescued from public domain) Lauren Bacall
    High Time Bing Crosby, Tuesday Weld
    Marriage Go Round James Mason, Susan Hayward
    Sons And Lovers Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell
    Story One Page One Rita Hayworth
    Third Voice Julie London, Edmond O'Brien
    Wild River Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick
    All Hands On Deck Pat Boone, Barbara Eden
    The Millionairess (availble only in P&S from Fox Lorber) Peter Sellers, Sophia Loren
    Sanctuary Lee Remick, Yves Montand
    Second Time Around Debbie Reynolds
    Bachelor Flat Tuesday Weld, Celeste Holm
    The Lion William Holden, Capucine
    Lisa Stephen Boyd, Dolores Hart
    Tender Is The Night Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards
    Condemned Of Altona Sophia Loren, Fredric March
    Nine Hours To Rama Jose Ferrer, Diane Baker
    The Stripper Joanne Woodward, Claire Trevor
    Take Her She's Mine James Stewart, Sandra Dee
    Fate Is The Hunter Glenn Ford, Dorothy Malone
    Goodbye Charlie Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis
    Pleasure Seekers Ann-Margret, Gene Tierney
    Rio Conchos Anthony Franciosa
    Shock Treatment Lauren Bacall, Roddy McDowall
    The Visit Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn
    Dear Brigitte James Stewart
    John Goldfarb Please Come Home Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov
    The Reward Max Von Sydow, Yvette Mimieux
    Stagecoach (1966) Ann-Margret, Bing Crosby

    Well, okay, more than I thought but anyone care to bet that at least 75% of them will see the light of day?
     
  2. Joe Lugoff

    Joe Lugoff Screenwriter

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    I'm willing to bet that 75% of them will NOT see the light of day.

    A few of those still have never been shown letterboxed on the Fox Movie Channel, for mysterious reasons.
     
  3. Simon Howson

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    Why don't you think Fox will release many more CinemaScope films? By my count they've already released 16 this year. Sure that will probably slow down, but I think they will release more than what they put out on LaserDisc.
     
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    My votes go to THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE (please!!!![​IMG] ), A BOY ON A DOLPHIN, TEN NORTH FREDERICKS and GOODBYE CHARLIE - many more of course, but those especially [​IMG]
     
  5. Matt Hough

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    I'd like to see THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE OR FREE in the correct aspect ratio, too. Every broadcast of the film on the Fox Movie Channel in the last year has been pan and scan, and I refuse to watch it in such a butchered fashion.
     
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    What a list! Though having seen some of those films, I don't think a release will be coming soon though I guess you never know. Bigger Than Life is the one I want most of all.
     
  7. Chuck Pennington

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    BIGGER THAN LIFE is availabe from Spain with a terrific anamorphic widescreen transfer. I have it and it's pretty good - very sharp and colorful, even if the film gets a little silly.
     
  8. Joe Lugoff

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    I guess I'm cynical, because, as I said, there are still several which have never been shown letterboxed on The Fox Movie Channel.

    Besides the already-mentioned "The Best Things in Life Are Free," there's "Prince of Players," "April Love," "Bernardine," "Mardi Gras," etc. etc.
     
  9. Jack Theakston

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    And half of those films most people have never even heard of, rendering them totally unmarketable.

    I'd like to see a special edition of FATE IS THE HUNTER just as much as the next guy, but let's be realistic here.

    It'll happen, eventually, but it's gonna happen one film at a time.
     
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    I agree, most people have never heard of most of those films (especially if they're under 50) I worked for FOX way back when and I never heard of most of those films!

    It would be really difficult to market those films. They only way it may happen is if FOX does Star drive box sets (Like Warner Bros) and stick the unknown films in with one or two hits)


    My guess is that in the next ten years there will be no DVD/highdef DVD - just video on demand - and in which case we will all pay a monthly fee to view unlimited amounts of films. Cable stations like AMC and TCM will vanish and those obscure films will show up on the video on demand film menus.

    Although I would still like to be able to purchase Discs, as the studios can pull a film from view at any moment (Disney would probably go this route)
     
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    THE LOST WORLD is coming out in September as a SE. I understand that there are some "rights" issues with FATE IS THE HUNTER. Why is it that THE CONDEMNED OF ALTONA is never shown on TV in any ratio aspect?
     
  12. Thomas T

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    For those who think it is unlikely Fox would release the majority of CinemaScope titles because "nobody has heard of them" ..... well if Fox can release such in demand recognizable "classics" with big superstars like Convict Stage with Harry Lauter and Donald Barry, House Of The Damned with Merry Anders and Night Train To Paris with Leslie Nielsen and Aliza Gur ... then there's no reason the titles listed can't be released as marketable. I've gone back and added cast members to the titles and some very recognizable names, certainly more famous than Harry Lauter and Merry Anders!

    Charles, when The Lost World (or any other CinemaScope title) is officially announced, I'll remove them from the listing.
     
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    Movies Unlimited is taking pre-orders for a 9/11 release of THE LOST WORLD: SE.
     
  14. Thomas T

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    Great news, Charles! I saw that Amazon is taking pre orders, too. I removed it from the list. 1 down and 93 to go!
     
  15. Joe Lugoff

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    I wonder how Pat Boone, who was so popular in his day, feels that there's little, if any, demand for a Pat Boone boxset with "April Love," "Bernardine," "Mardi Gras" and "All Hands on Deck," which so far have been demoted to pan-and-scan limbo on the Fox Movie Channel. (And shouldn't that last title be on the list?)

    What about the Regal films Fox released from 1956 to 1959? If they still have the rights to any of them, there are lots more CinemaScope movies to add to the list (although they called it RegalScope.)
     
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    I don't know why Fox won't release "Left hand of God". That is the only CinemaScope film Bogart ever appeared in. Also, there are several film noir that has been mentioned that have never been released on VHS/Beta or Laser disc. The titles are "Black Widow", "A hatful of Rain", "Violent Saturday","23 Paces to Baker Street". It would be a miracle if they see the light on DVD.
     
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    A new print of Violent Saturday screened at an Italian Film Festival last week. It is a festival that specialises in screening restored and preserved films. See here: http://www.cinetecadibologna.it/en/ritrovato.htm

    Hopefully this means a DVD release will be on its way. Fox have already released a lot of Richard Fleischer CinemaScope films (including The Girl in the Red Velvent Swing last week).
     
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    I recall that VIOLENT SATURDAY was remastered (and an audio commentary was recorded) for the old Fox Noir series. Some speculated that three more noirs are forthcoming. MAN HUNT--if only for the fact that Fritz Lang directed it--would be the other likely candidate.
     
  19. Thomas T

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    Joe, I've added All Hands On Deck to the list. From 1954 on, Fox shot just about ALL of their films in CinemaScope including "B" westerns and other minor films which is why in the original post I said "almost all of Fox's MAJOR CinemaScope films" and why I didn't include their "B" CinemaScope titles or the RegalScope titles.
     
  20. Bob Graham

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    Another title I'd add is SANCTUARY with Lee Remick and Yves Montand.

    PRINCE OF PLAYERS has been shown on the Fox Movie Channel.

    I'm not sure that Fox still controls the rights to CHINA GATE. I saw a screening of it once and the print began with the logo of a different studio (not a major one). I wonder if this is a film Fox distributed rather than produced.
     

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