I think the following movies are generally easier to find than you might imagine although for some movies (well, for many movies) you might have to travel to specialty video shop in downtown or to public library. I think the titles will be easier to find than movies on BFI list, which is why I decided to post this after all. So the challenge begins.
Those movies already released on DVD are listed in red color, announced titles in purple , titles that are rumored to be planned blue , and the rest are in black colors.
Title (Director) - Distributer (VHS)
1. Citizen Kane (Welles) - Warner is in the restoration process.
2. The Rules of the Game (Renoir) - Criterion is expected to release it in 2001.
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu) - gathering dusts in New Yorker vault
4. Vertigo (Hitchcock) - gloriously restored on Universal DVD
5. The Searchers (Ford) - Warner DVD. Well, they could have done it better.
6. L'Atalante (Vigo) - New Yorker is sitting on this, too! The nerve!
6. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein) - Image DVD. But restored one will be coming from Criterion, maybe 2001.
6. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer) - fabulous disc from Crterion.
6. Pather Panchali (or any other Apu Trilogy title) (Ray) - waiting for rescue from Columbia vault.
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick) - Warner DVD. There will be new release for year 2001.
11. 8 1/2 (Fellini) - Criterion DVD will come in 2001.
11. Sunrise (Murnau) - Fox (Critics' Choice Video)
13. L'Avventura (Antonioni) - Criterion, 2000 or 2001? It even got a spine number of #98, so I'm giving it a purple mark.
13. The Bicycle Thief (De Sica) - Image DVD with not so great transfer.
13. The General (Keaton) - Image/Kino DVD - basically tranfer of splendid VHS to DVD.
13. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa) - Criterion says it all.
13. Singin' in the Rain (Kelley/Donen) - Warner DVD.
18. City Lights (Chaplin) - Image DVD. great quality.
19. Breathless (Godard) - Fox Lorber? (Connoisseur)
19. Letter from Unknown Woman (Ophuls) - Artisan?
19. Pierrot le fou (Godard) - Fox Lorber - OK transfer, though it could be better.
19. Raging Bull (Scorsese) - MGM DVD. looks good.
19. Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi) - Janus film collection, which means Criterion could give it Criterion treatment. (Home Vision)
19. Wild Strawberries (Bergman) - Criterion is apparently planning to release this gem.
25. Intolerance (Griffith) - Image DVD.
25. Paisan (Rossellini) - ? (Hen's Tooth, not a very welcome name for videophile).
27. Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky) - Criterion DVD rules!
27. The Music Room (Ray) - Columbia, wake up please!
27. Rear Window (Hitchcock) - being shown in theater after restoration. Universal DVD will follow up shortly next year.
27. Some Like It Hot (Wilder) - According to the DVDFile, this is in production by MGM. Great! Thanks, alan for sharing this info.
31. Gertrud (Dreyer) - Criterion
31. The Children of Paradise (Carne) - Criterion is supposed to be working on it.
31. Journey to Italy (Rossellini) - ? (Connoisseur)
31. Madame de... (Ophuls) - ? (Connoisseur)
31. Contempt (Godard) - Criterion? This movie was restored and theatrically released about three years ago. How hard can it be to just put it on DVD?
31. Mirror (Tarkovsky) - Kino DVD.
31. Pickpocket (Bresson) - New Yorker
31. Stalker (Tarkovsky) - Fox Lorber
31. Touch of Evil (Welles) - coming to DVD on 10/31/00 by universal.
40. Ordet (Dreyer) - Criterion, please do it.
41. Black Narcissus (Powell) - Although it has official release date of 10/31/00, it has been announced and delayed, and so on. Still I give it purple color. Grand Illusion did come out after all. Spine number #93.
41. Charulata (Ray) - Columbia, give us at least one Ray.
41. Decalogue (Kieslowski) - kudos to Image DVD.
41. La Dolce Vita (Fellini) - Artisan? (Republic)
41. Fanny and Alexander (Bergman) - Has MGM released any foreign movie?
41. The Grand Illlusion (Renoir) - Criterion DVD. Gloriously resgored, it was worth 2 years of wait.
41. Greed (von Stroheim) - Warner/Turner. Greed was recently restored. Why is it not on DVD yet?!
41. Ikiru (Kurosawa) - another Janus film, Criterion candidate.
41. Jules et Jim (Truffaut) - one of better transfers form Fox Lorber.
41. M (Lang) - Criterion DVD.
41. The Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov) - Image DVD with very nice transfer considering its age.
41. Monsieur Verdoux (Chaplin) - Image DVD.
41. My Darling Clementine (Ford) - Fox, Come on.
41. Nashville (Altman) - Paramount DVD. Excellent as expected, only if they'll get more titles out.
41. North by Northwest (Hitchcock) - Warner DVD with truly remarkable restoration.
41. Shoah (Lanzmann) - New Yorker
41. The Third Man (Reed) - Criterion DVD with great transfer as usual.
41. Trouble in Paradise (Lubitsch) - ? Gee, there is not even VHS for this movie. Com'on, this is a Lubitsch movie for God's sake.
41. Two or Three Things I Know About Her (Godard) - New Yorker is the culprit. VHS of this has been at rental price ($90), I don't know, for five years now, isn't it?
61. Germany, Year Zero (Rossellini) - ? (Connoisseur, UK)
61. The Gold Rush (Chaplin) - Image DVD, good transfer but not the original silent version (It's version in which Chaplin reads intertitle). But be even more wary of $10 Gold Rush DVD's released by noname company for it is in public domain.
63. L'Age d'Or (Bunuel) - ?
63. Apocalypse Now (Coppola) - Paramount DVD
63. Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson) - ? (Nouveau Film in UK)
63. The Birth of a Nation (Griffith) - Image DVD
63. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks) - Warner (Turner)
63. Un Chien Andalou (Bunuel) - ? (Video Yesteryear)
63. Chimes at Midnight (Welles) - Disney? Jarod reports that there's rumor, it is being restored by Disney. If true, good possibility that it will follow on DVD.
63. The Godfather, Part 2 (Coppola) - According to Paramount, they are closely working with Coppola on developing a strategy for the Godfather trilogy.
63. Ivan the Terrible (Eisenstein) - Criterion is releasing this two-parts movie together with Alexander Nevsky in the box set on 11/14/00. You can buy already-released Image DVD's separately for both movies, but they are reportedly atrocious. Better wait for the restored Criterion set.
63. Kings of the Road (Wenders) - ? (Connoisseur, UK)
63. Listen to Britain (Jennings) - ? (Classic Pictures, UK)
63. The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles) - Warner (Turner)
63. Modern Times (Chaplin) - Image DVD. excellent transfer.
63. Night of the Hunter (Laughton) - MGM DVD
63. Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone) - According to Paramount, it is coming "sooner than later". Whatever that means.
63. Out of the Past (Tourneur) - Warner (Turner)
63. Passion (Godard) - Fox Lorber
63. Performance (Cammell) - Warner
63. Sansho Dayu (Mizoguchi) - Criterion (Janus)
63. The Scarlet Empress (von Sternberg) - Universal
63. Stagecoach (Ford) - Warner DVD
63. To Be or Not to Be (Lubitsch) - Warner? MGM? Didn't they exchange their catalog? In any case, it used to be Warner video. (Warner)
63. The Travelling Players (Angelopoulos) - New Yorker
63. My Life to Live (Godard) - Fox Lorber DVD with OK transfer.
63. Week-end (Godard) - New Yorker
63. Yellow Earth (Kaige) - Fox Lorber
89. Distant Voices, Still Lives (Davies) - ? (Vision Video, UK)
90. October (Eisenstein) - Image DVD. Transfer not satisfactory at all. But as mentioned above, Criterion will release all (or almost all) of Eisenstein's movies on DVD, and it will be worth the wait.
91. Accatone (Pasolini) - Criterion
91. L'Argent (Bresson) - New Yorker
91. An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu) - New Yorker (I'll keep my calm.)
91. Belle de jour (Bunuel) - Disney.
91. Boudu Saved from Drowning (Renoir) - ? (Interama)
91. Brief Encounter (Lean) - Criteiron
91. The Conformist (Bertolucci) - Paramount
91. The Crowd (Vidor) - Warner/MGM (MGM)
91. Dead Ringers (Cronenberg) - Criterion DVD.
91. L'Eclisse (Antonioni) - ? (Connoissuer)
91. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Hawks) - Warner/MGM (MGM)
91. His Girl Friday (Hawks) - coming to DVD on 11/21/00 by Columbia! Restored! At last! Don't even think about those $10 ones in the market.
91. Imitation of Life (Sirk) - Universal
91. In the Realm of the Senses (Oshima) - Fox Lorber
91. Jeanne Dielman (Akerman) - ?
91. The Leopard (Visconti) - Fox (the Fox, not Fox Lorber)
91. Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi) - Criterion
91. Limelight (Chaplin) - Image DVD.
91. Meet Me in St. Louis (Minnelli) - Warner/MGM (MGM)
91. Meshes of Afternoon (Deren) - ?
91. Metropolis (Lang) - Actually, there is shiny round thingy released by Madacy, but I'm not going to call it DVD. This movie is in public domain, but it will be nice to know who owns the rights to Moroder version. (Paramount was apparently the original distributer, but I don't know if they are involved with the movie in any way any more.)
91. La Notte (Antonioni) - ? (Connoisseur)
91. A Day in the Country (Renoir) - ? (Interama)
91. Peeping Tom (Powell) - Criterion DVD
91. Persona (Bergman) - MGM
91. The Player (Altman) - Warner/New Line DVD
91. Playtime (Tati) - Criterion (Home Vision)
91. Rashomon (Kurosawa) - Criterion
91. The Seventh Seal (Bergman) - Criterion DVD
91. La Signora di Tutti (Ophuls) - ? (Connoisseur)
91. Spring in a Small Town (Mu) - ?
91. Sunset Boulevard (Wilder) - According to Paramount. it is in the works.
91. La Terra Trema (Visconti) - ? (Connoisseur, UK)
91. Why did Bodhi-Dharma Leave for the East? (Bae) - Image DVD
91. The Wind (Sjostrom) - MGM (MGM/UA)
127. Aparajito (Ray) - Columbia
127. Late Spring (Ozu) - New Yorker
127. Hiroshima, mon amour (Resnais) - Criterion
127. Strike (Eisenstein) - Image DVD. Criterion one will be coming.
127. The World of Apu (Ray) - Columbia
(37 red (available on DVD), 5 purple (announced), and 11 blue (rumored to be planed), 78 black (gathering dusts) ones.
By the end of next year, I'd imagine more than 50 of these would be available on DVD. Hopefully, by the deadline, much more red titles on this list.)
<The Rules of the Game>
There are 131 films, but Decalogue counts as two , (an extra credit for those who sit through 10 hrs). So we have 132 points possible.
Our goal would be to reach 100 by Dec. 31st, 2002. (It will be probably impossible for most people to see all 131 due to availability issue.)
Starting at zero and supposing that one watches a movie a week, it would take approximately two years. Since there's Edwin's AFI Challenge, so this deadline will give some months to finish off the AFI list before starting. Those who are not participating could get the headstart by starting now. BTW, our deadline will probably coincide with the S&S's publication of new 2002 poll if they follow the tradition (they do this every decade). But don't worry, these lists tend to remain same for most part.
<The Participants> (# left to reach 100)
Stephen R -
Evan Case -
Darren H -
Jarod M - 43
alan halvorson - 76
Steve Enemark -
Gary Tooze -
Donald B - honorary participant
Pascal A - honorary participant
Brook K -
Tim Raffey -
Scott Harris - 94
Doug D -
Jeff Adkins - 72
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