Originally Posted by SWFF
Right now, I'm just trying to take a guess on how many years we're gonna have to wait for THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT, or BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, or CREATURE to become available on a DVD-like device.
Bite the bullet and invest in a multi-region, PAL/NTSC player, and check out the titles that are available from the U.K. I bought no fewer than 100 of these, and the PAL speed-up, while not desirable, is not a big deal for most films. The QUATERMASS films, BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, the missing Hammer titles, BURN WITCH BURN (called NIGHT OF THE EAGLE there), and a huge number of films available from England in anamorphic editions which in the U.S. were either panned and scanned or letterboxed, including many Disney and United Artists films, Corman's PIT AND THE PENDULUM, ICEMAN, COLOSSUS, MATILDA and MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. Then there are all the Hal Roach Laurel and Hardy features and shorts, looking oh-so-infinitely better than the crumby domestic Hallmark releases. There are a half-dozen Jerry Lewis titles available there that Paramount never gave us here, including ROCK-A-BYE BABY, THE FAMILY JEWELS, etc. And let's not forget all the wonderful British titles that we don't have in the States: IN WHICH WE SERVE, ODD MAN OUT (both remastered and gorgeous), DUNKIRK, THE WRONG BOX, the ST. TRINIAN'S series, etc. Just about everything Ealing Studios ever released is on PAL DVD's, including SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC. How about the early Haley Mills films WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND or TIGER BAY, each in 16x9 widescreen with Mills commentaries! There are even a few anamorphic versions of titles Warner Bros only gave us in P&S, like INNOCENT BLOOD and OUTLAND. How about other various titles that remain m.i.a. in the States, such as KING OF THE HILL, PAPERHOUSE and DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS. U.K. editions of films we do
have on DVD here often contain bonus features we don't
have: Nick Roeg commentary on DON'T LOOK NOW, the complete edition of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. Oh, and there are some region-locked Blu-rays that you can pick up that aren't available here, either: THE INNOCENTS, THE PIANO, HENRY V (1948)....You can have all these and more (for much less than you might expect) merely by spending $150-250. for a player. HTF members can point you to good ones.
Whew. You'd think I was a limey!