Posted April 20 2010 - 12:15 PM
Penton-Man on blu-ray.com states they're working hard to prep both The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, though releases are not imminent.
Generally speaking Sony has slowed down the pre-70s releases (and catalog in general) over the last year as other studios help carry the burden of Blu-ray promotion. Additionally, most Columbia films pre-50s are not exactly in the best condition. Even the most prominent and likely (from a marketing standpoint) films that would get releases, like the Capra screwball comedies, are in relatively poor condition for current HD standards. Add to that the relative lack of color films prior to the 1950s and you have a recipe for fewer releases on Blu. (Like it or not, there's still an inherent HD bias in the market for B&W films).
"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932