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#1 of 129 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:03 PM

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?

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#2 of 129 OFFLINE   DanR

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:10 PM

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. Posted Image

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#3 of 129 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:10 PM

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.
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#4 of 129 OFFLINE   Paul_Scott

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:19 PM

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 of 129 OFFLINE   Bill Burns

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:22 PM

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.

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#6 of 129 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:29 PM

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?

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#7 of 129 OFFLINE   Todd Phillips

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:33 PM

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.hometheat....=&pagenumber=1
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#8 of 129 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:34 PM

No, Naughty Nineties, Hold That Ghost, Hit the Ice, and about 30 other A & C films never hit DVD.
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#9 of 129 OFFLINE   Neil S. Bulk

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:35 PM

The 1933 King Kong is still MIA.

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#10 of 129 OFFLINE   Bill Burns

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:40 PM

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.thedigita.../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.thedigita...rmillarc18.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. Posted Image That would truly make the set worth its weight in gold, and then some.

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#11 of 129 OFFLINE   MartinTeller

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:42 PM

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.

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Posted October 21 2003 - 03:14 PM

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. Posted Image

#13 of 129 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted October 21 2003 - 03:24 PM

There are lots of 80s indies (largely held by Columbia and Universal) that aren't available.
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Posted October 21 2003 - 03:27 PM

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!
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#15 of 129 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted October 21 2003 - 03:41 PM

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?

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Posted October 21 2003 - 03:51 PM

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.
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Posted October 21 2003 - 03:53 PM

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

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Posted October 21 2003 - 03:58 PM

I wouldn't mind the rest of the Miyazaki films.
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Posted October 21 2003 - 04:12 PM

don't forget ED WOOD
Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers, Lo, there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning, Lo, they do call to me, they bid me take my place among them, In the halls of Valhalla,where the brave may live...

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Posted October 21 2003 - 04:12 PM

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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