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Why are these thrillers not already on blu-ray?


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#1 of 39 Reggie W

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Posted February 28 2013 - 03:12 PM

I can't be the only one that brings a power drill when they go to the bar, grabs some random customer and just for fun jerks them back in their seat, pulls open their mouth and fires up the drill close to their ear a couple times, and then asks with a German accent "Is it safe?" I mean I know that can't just be me doing that... So, I think I should just make clear that "parallax" means the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions...I've always felt people were intimidated by this movie because of that word...there now you can enjoy it. No, it's not about the fact that after you eat Chinese food you feel hungry again an hour later. Bob Seger had nothing to do with this film. Starkist offered a lot of money to sponsor this film if they would change the title to Day of the Tuna and feature a trained tuna named Charlie. George C. Scott threatened to walk off the film as he said he had no intention of being a corporate spokesman selling tuna to the masses. On Mike Nichols first day on the set he found Scott had painted "Sorry, Charlie!" in big red letters on his trailer. Yes, Schwarzenegger takes off his clothes in this film and no, he was not asked to do so. In fact he was not even supposed to be in the film but nobody had the guts to ask him to leave. It was Schwarzenegger walking around nude on the set and bothering the other actors that caused Elliott Gould to coin the phrase "It's alright with me." which Altman then asked him to use in the film.
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#2 of 39 Rob Mac

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Posted March 02 2013 - 06:50 AM

That's the dilemma I could never understand. Shows like Friends, Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory, Simpsons etc. are on television 10 times every day to watch for free, and yet these are the discs people buy and demand, leaving classic films to languish in the vaults. Such is life.
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#3 of 39 Noach Kowalski

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Posted March 02 2013 - 07:01 AM

Great list. I'd like to add one more

#4 of 39 Derrick King

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Posted March 02 2013 - 07:01 AM

Since those "free" versions of those shows are edited for syndication, I fully understand why fans buy the discs.

#5 of 39 Charles Smith

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Posted March 02 2013 - 07:28 AM

Yes, great list.  '70s thrillers (give or take) are a very special breed.  I'd buy every one of those.



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Posted March 03 2013 - 04:42 AM

While not a 70's thriller, it's one of my favorites nonetheless and deserves a blu-ray release:

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Posted March 03 2013 - 04:46 AM

The Day of the Jackal is another one. I think the 70s was a great decade for thrillers and they are so poorly represented on blu-ray it is sort of ridiculous. Obviously films like these remain a huge influence today and the recent selection of Argo as best picture shows they certainly have an audience. Winter Kills is another one that really should be on blu-ray.

#8 of 39 Matt Hough

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Posted March 03 2013 - 08:10 AM

Originally Posted by Southpaw 

While not a 70's thriller, it's one of my favorites nonetheless and deserves a blu-ray release:



Great choice! This is a very underrated thriller.



#9 of 39 Reggie W

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Posted April 04 2013 - 05:32 AM

I would think that somebody...be it Twilight Time or Olive or Criterion...somebody would grab these to release on blu-ray.



#10 of 39 Reggie W

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Posted April 04 2013 - 05:35 AM

Plus on the Kurt Russell thriller list you'd have to include The Mean Season. 



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Posted April 04 2013 - 07:32 AM

Great list. I'd like to add one more 3ae6f229_day_of_the_jackal_ver1.jpeg

 

Fortunately, the DVD is really good. Otherwise the waiting would be unbearable.



#12 of 39 Richard V

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Posted April 04 2013 - 08:03 AM

Excellent list, esp on The Parallax View


See you at the pah-ty, Richter.

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Posted April 04 2013 - 10:51 AM

Let's look at this. First, who has rights in the US for these titles:

 

Paramount (presumably now licensed to Warner)

 

Marathon Man

The Parallax View

Breakdown

 

Warner

 

Night Moves

 

StudioCanal (presumably licensed to Lionsgate)

 

The Day of the Dolphin

 

Sony (presumably eligible to be licensed to Criterion/Image/Mill Creek/Twilight Time)

 

The China Syndrome

 

MGM

 

The Long Goodbye

 

Universal

 

The Day of the Jackal

 

 

Now let's look at the situations...

 

Warner/Paramount - The "problem" with Warner is that their catalog is enormous, so for every 2-3 titles they release people can think of 20-30 that are not released. Who really knows how high on their priority lists these four titles are?

 

StudioCanal - SC has been spotty at best with bringing their titles to the US via their deal with Lionsgate. Considering the numerous more prestigious art house titles in their library yet to get released one would assume that The Day of the Dolphin probably isn't a priority.

 

Sony - They have been licensing out pretty much all their catalog titles. The China Syndrome seems like an obvious Twilight Time candidate to me.

 

MGM - They've been licensing more lately, namely to Shout Factory. The Long Goodbye has often been rumored to be licensed to Criterion, however. Only time will tell.

 

Universal - They've been releasing more, but they seem to be still getting through their "A-list" catalog titles. I don't see The Day of the Jackal as being part of that "A-List" group.


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#14 of 39 Professor Echo

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Posted April 04 2013 - 07:53 PM

Who is that supposed to be in that PARALLAX VIEW ad? That can't be Warren Beatty. ???



#15 of 39 Bob Cashill

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Posted April 04 2013 - 08:03 PM

Yes, it's Beatty, all divvied up.

 

Brandon hit the nail on the head. Studio disinterest is a culprit. But an all-regions MARATHON MAN will be available from Amazon France on April 24.



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Posted April 05 2013 - 04:28 AM

I should also mention that these thrillers need a BLU release also.

 

Klute - WB

Wait Until Dark - WB

 

I would also love a blu for The Long Goodbye and I have to mention it because it is a great film to watch as a double feature, The Late Show (Produced by by Robert Altman - Directed by Robert Benton)


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Posted April 07 2013 - 05:48 AM

The thriller I would like most to see on blu-ray, the most timely, relevant and dicey, is Costa-Gavras' STATE OF SEIGE, released in the USA in 1973 to unanimous acclaim.

 

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I would also add POINT BLANK (1967), KLUTE (1971) and THE YAKUZA (1975) to the list of excellent thrillers deserving a blu-ray release.

 

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Posted April 07 2013 - 05:58 AM

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#19 of 39 Jon Hertzberg

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Posted April 07 2013 - 06:02 AM

All impeccable additions, as I expect from Richard--W.

 

I'd buy just about everything mentioned in this thread so far.

 

And, add these, all part of what I like to call "sunshine noir":

 

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The thriller I would like most to see on blu-ray, the most timely, relevant and dicey, is Costa-Gavras' STATE OF SEIGE, released in the USA in 1973 to unanimous acclaim.

 

attachicon.gifStateOfSiege.jpg

 

I would also add POINT BLANK (1967), KLUTE (1971) and THE YAKUZA (1975) to the list of excellent thrillers deserving a blu-ray release.

 

attachicon.gifConversation-1970-Paramount-one.jpg

 

attachicon.gifHotRock-1972-Fox-one.jpg

 

attachicon.gifCharleyVarrick-1973-Universal-one.jpg

 

attachicon.gifSevenUps-1974-Fox-half.jpg

 

attachicon.gifWalkingTall-1973-Paramount-one.jpg

 

attachicon.gifBlackWindmill-1974-CIC-BritishOne.jpg

 

attachicon.gifBlackSunday-1977-half.jpg



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Posted April 07 2013 - 06:04 AM

All of the WALKING TALL films are already available via Shout Factory!.

 

The thriller I would like most to see on blu-ray, the most timely, relevant and dicey, is Costa-Gavras' STATE OF SEIGE, released in the USA in 1973 to unanimous acclaim.

 

attachicon.gifStateOfSiege.jpg

 

I would also add POINT BLANK (1967), KLUTE (1971) and THE YAKUZA (1975) to the list of excellent thrillers deserving a blu-ray release.

 

attachicon.gifConversation-1970-Paramount-one.jpg

 

attachicon.gifHotRock-1972-Fox-one.jpg

 

attachicon.gifCharleyVarrick-1973-Universal-one.jpg

 

attachicon.gifSevenUps-1974-Fox-half.jpg

 

attachicon.gifWalkingTall-1973-Paramount-one.jpg

 

attachicon.gifBlackWindmill-1974-CIC-BritishOne.jpg

 

attachicon.gifBlackSunday-1977-half.jpg






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