Blu-ray: Abandon All Hope Ye Movies Listed Here…

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With the recent announcement that Samsung is no longer manufacturing Blu-ray players, I must admit I have finally given up hope of ever seeing two of my favorite movies, K-PAX and Dolores Claiborne released on BD. If it hasn’t happened by now, with the format dying, I just can’t see it ever happening now. I’m fortunate to have 720p Internet copies of these two gems, but man, they deserve full 1080 (at least).

What are some of your favorite movies that deserve Blu-ray treatment that will probably never get it?

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  1. Thanks to smaller companies licensing titles, alot of I want has already gotten a Blu-ray release and I think more will follow. It helps that I'm a horror/cult fan so I'm more likely to see what I want than if I were a 1940's drama fan. I doubt I'll be able to replace every DVD in my collection with a Blu-ray (there's some weird [and bad] 1940's Universal horror movies like The Brute Man that might never make Blu-ray but even the second and third tier Universals are starting to come out thanks to Kino and Shout) but I've already upgraded a large chunk of my collection to Blu.

  2. Just thinking out loud…

    The Wilderness Family (and sequels)
    The Sea Gypsies (aka Shipwrecked)
    Midway (extended version with Battle of Coral Sea)
    The Dove
    Destination Tokyo (although Warner Archive May release that one some day)
    The Wizard of Speed and Time

  3. Both of those films will look perfectly fine on a streaming source. Neither of them have any specific need to be on a disk. Sticking to a specific format when the hobby contains multitudes is going to be painful in the long term.

  4. Another film I’d like to see get a decent BluRay
    release is High Risk (1981). An entertaining adventure/heist film, with a good cast (James
    Brolin, Anthony Quinn, Bruce Davison, Lindsay
    Wagner, Cleavon Little, James Coeburn). It was released on DVD by a minor studio, in a horrible
    looking 4X3 version.

  5. Will Krupp

    I don't mean to be a dick, but DC is readily available on blu-ray and and I can't believe you never thought of looking for it before posting this.

    https://www.amazon.com/Dolores-Clai…325&sr=8-1&keywords=dolores+claiborne+blu-ray

    Thanks for the link. Believe it or not, I did look for it before posting. I look for it every few months. In fact, after I just bought it, I blanked out my screen and searched for it again, and it still didn't come up. There must be something about my browser history that is putting it way down the list. I know all searches on different computers are not created equally.

    Thanks again for the link. If nothing else, this thread gave me one of the two movies I really wanted.

  6. David Weicker

    Trilogy??

    There were nine films from RKO (and one from MGM).

    And Swing Time was hinted at in this year’s Criterion yearly drawing.

    Yeah my bad on the use of the word. I now recall Swing Time on the yearly drawing now that you bring up again.

  7. Actually there's been no region B releases announced so far this year that's excited me much (well maybe, Room At The Top from the BFI), but it's only February, & in the UK with labels like Arrow, Eureka, BFI & Indicator, all run by enthusiast, plus WAC & Twilight Time in the US & a constant stream of catalogue release coming from Germany, I don't think it will be too long before I give a big whoopee at an announcement.

  8. Most of these titles come up all the time, but they are on my list as well:

    SONG OF NORWAY
    THE GREAT WALTZ (1972)
    PORGY AND BESS
    THE OSCAR (1966)
    and remastered versions of
    THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE and
    EL CID

  9. I've abandoned ALL hope for BDs of these: Story of Ruth, Greatest Show on Earth, Porgy and Bess, The Alamo, Helen of Troy, Scaramouche, Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, Lady in a Cage, Francis of Assisi, Derzu Uzala, Hercules (& Unchained), Land of the Pharaohs, The Silver Chalice, Julius Caesar ('53), The President's Lady, Prince of Players, Come to the Stable, Sodom and Gomorrah, Esther and the King, The Rose Tattoo, Night of the Iguana, America America, Tobacco Road, The Crusades, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Journey Beneath the Desert, the 1925 Ben-Hur, Greed and too many already restored silent masterpieces to list.

  10. Ed Lachmann

    I've abandoned ALL hope for BDs of these: Story of Ruth, Greatest Show on Earth, Porgy and Bess, The Alamo, Helen of Troy, Scaramouche, Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, Lady in a Cage, Francis of Assisi, Derzu Uzala, Hercules (& Unchained), Land of the Pharaohs, The Silver Chalice, Julius Caesar ('53), The President's Lady, Prince of Players, Come to the Stable, Sodom and Gomorrah, Esther and the King, The Rose Tattoo, Night of the Iguana, America America, Tobacco Road, The Crusades, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Journey Beneath the Desert, the 1925 Ben-Hur, Greed and too many already restored silent masterpieces to list.

    Some of them are available in good looking streaming versions so I hope you will come to terms with having to enjoy them that way unless you are sure to be able to catch them in some kind of repertory screening at a movie theater nearby.

    I agree that it is depressing that it is not attractive to release some of my favorite types of movies for the studios. This affects of course all kinds of silent movies but also religious and historical epics and large format movies.

  11. "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939): Robert Donat; Sam Wood (Director); Freddie Young (DP) – MGM
    "Wuthering Heights" (1939): Laurence Olivier; William Wyler (Director); Gregg Toland (DP) – MGM
    "Anna and the King of Siam" (1946): Rex Harrrison; John Cromwell (Director); Arthur C. Miller (DP) – 20th Century-Fox
    "The Yearling" (1946): Gregory Peck; Clarence Brown (Director); Charles Rosher (DP) – MGM
    "Julius Caesar" (1953): Marlon Brando; Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Director); Joseph Ruttenberg (DP) – MGM
    "Sons and Lovers" (1960): Trevor Howard; Jack Cardiff (Director); Freddie Francis (DP) – 20th Century-Fox
    "Gigot" (1962): Jackie Gleason; Gene Kelly (Director); Jean Bourgoin (DP) – 20th Century-Fox
    "Half a Sixpence" (1967): Tommy Steele; George Sidney (Director); Geoffrey Unsworth (DP) – Paramount
    "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (1967): Julie Andrews; George Roy HIll (Director); Russell Metty (DP) – Universal Pictures
    "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969): Peter O' Toole; Herbert Ross (Director); Oswald Morris (DP) – MGM
    "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972): Charles Grodin; Elaine May (Director); Own Roizman (DP) – 20th Century-Fox
    "Sounder" (1972): Cicely Tyson; Martin Ritt (Director); John A. Alonzo (DP) – 20th Century-Fox

  12. Ed Lachmann

    I've abandoned ALL hope for BDs of these: Story of Ruth, Greatest Show on Earth, Porgy and Bess, The Alamo, Helen of Troy, Scaramouche, Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, Lady in a Cage, Francis of Assisi, Derzu Uzala, Hercules (& Unchained), Land of the Pharaohs, The Silver Chalice, Julius Caesar ('53), The President's Lady, Prince of Players, Come to the Stable, Sodom and Gomorrah, Esther and the King, The Rose Tattoo, Night of the Iguana, America America, Tobacco Road, The Crusades, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Journey Beneath the Desert, the 1925 Ben-Hur, Greed and too many already restored silent masterpieces to list.

    Oh I dunno, a lot of those titles are Warner, & who knows what they'll release. And The Crusades, well we've had good releases of Cleopatra & The Sign Of The Cross (in France), so I wouldn't be surprised to see releases of DeMille's The Crusades & The Plainsman, more chance of them than The Greatest Show On Earth anyway (damn you Paramount!).

  13. Here’s my list:

    * True Lies
    * The Abyss
    * Star Wars (1977 – Original Theatrical)
    * Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980 – Original Theatrical)
    * Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi (1983 – Original Theatrical)

    … And I have to agree with the OP that Blu-ray in particular, and physical media in general, is dying. We really are down to just 2 manufacturers of UHD/Blu-Ray players left in the United States: LG and Sony. (Panasonic has a token entry, but this is expected to be their last year.). It’s absolutely impossible to ignore that. If consumers are limited in their ability to purchase players, how can they be expected to purchase the discs that go in them? Personally, I have about a 1000 discs that I have purchased over the past 20 years and most still play just fine. The Blu-rays and UHD discs are — in most cases — superior to streaming; and when playing the discs I don’t have to worry about ISP data caps and/or studio lease agreements expiring with the digital locker. But “Joe Six Pack” has now chosen convenience over quality and true ownership; and that fact has to be faced. Just ask Oppo, Samsung, and (soon) Panasonic.

  14. Joseph Bolus

    Here’s my list:

    * True Lies
    * The Abyss
    * Star Wars (1977 – Original Theatrical)
    * Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980 – Original Theatrical)
    * Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi (1983 – Original Theatrical)

    … And I have to agree with the OP that Blu-ray in particular, and physical media in general, is dying. We really are down to just 2 manufacturers of UHD/Blu-Ray players left in the United States: LG and Sony. (Panasonic has a token entry, but this is expected to be their last year.). It’s absolutely impossible to ignore that. If consumers are limited in their ability to purchase players, how can they be expected to purchase the discs that go in them? Personally, I have about a 1000 discs that I have purchased over the past 20 years and most still play just fine. The Blu-rays and UHD discs are — in most cases — superior to streaming; and when playing the discs I don’t have to worry about ISP data caps and/or studio lease agreements expiring with the digital locker. But “Joe Six Pack” has now chosen convenience over quality and true ownership; and that fact has to be faced. Just ask Oppo, Samsung, and (soon) Panasonic.

    Things are looking quite rosy on this side of the Pond. All the more reason to go region free! 😉

  15. Joseph Bolus

    Here’s my list:

    * True Lies
    * The Abyss
    * Star Wars (1977 – Original Theatrical)
    * Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980 – Original Theatrical)
    * Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi (1983 – Original Theatrical)

    … And I have to agree with the OP that Blu-ray in particular, and physical media in general, is dying. We really are down to just 2 manufacturers of UHD/Blu-Ray players left in the United States: LG and Sony. (Panasonic has a token entry, but this is expected to be their last year.). It’s absolutely impossible to ignore that. If consumers are limited in their ability to purchase players, how can they be expected to purchase the discs that go in them? Personally, I have about a 1000 discs that I have purchased over the past 20 years and most still play just fine. The Blu-rays and UHD discs are — in most cases — superior to streaming; and when playing the discs I don’t have to worry about ISP data caps and/or studio lease agreements expiring with the digital locker. But “Joe Six Pack” has now chosen convenience over quality and true ownership; and that fact has to be faced. Just ask Oppo, Samsung, and (soon) Panasonic.

    Pioneer, Onkyo and Yamaha and a couple others are still selling blu ray players. I think Samsung announcement has everyone over-exaggerating a bit. There is still a big market for players, Samsung just decided to take their business model another direction like many companies do. Their players were nothing to write home about anyways. When Sony announces no more players then its time to panic.

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