1977...not such a Blu year for movies

Louis Letizia

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1977 was one of the better years for movies. While in the last year we have seen DAMNATION ALLEY and TWILIGHTS LAST GLEAMING finally released on Bluray....many have not. In fact out of the Best Picture nomknees in 1977...only STAR WARS and ANNIE HALL have made the jump to Blu
A list of other:
Foxy Ladies:
JULIA despite much acclaim and controversy has not made it. This would look stunning
THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT...sadly when we lost Marie France Pisier we lost one of cinemas most beautiful women. This movie cries out for Blurray. A guilty pleasure.
SUSPIRIA...Jessica Harper...now Mrs. Twentieth Century Fox...was great in this cult classic.
THE TURNING POINT...11 nominations...no wins and an exceptional soap opera that is a must for bluray.
Sadly Unanimated:
ALLEGRO NON TROPPO..Italy's answer to FANTASIA
DIRTY DUCK
RACE FOR YOUR LIFE CHARLIE BROWN....Uggggh!
FANTASTIC ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL
RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY...a shame this never even made it to. DVD.
Disaterous!
THE CASSANDRA CROSSING
BLACK SUNDAY...an outstanding thriller.
ROLLERCOASTER
AIRPORT 77
Never even made it to DVD...
CITIZENS BAND
LOOKING FOR MR GOODBAR
FRATERNITY ROW
NASTY HABITS
PROVIDENCE
SHOOT
A SPECIAL DAY
SPECIAL DELIVERY
STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROO.
HOUSE BY THE LAKE
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN
FIRST LOVE
THE FARMER
THE WONDERFUL CROOK
THIEVES
THE CHOIRBOYS
THE DAY THAT SHOOK THE WORLD
BITTERSWEET LOVE
MOONSHINE COUNTY EXPRESS
CHECKERED FLAG OR CRASH
SPEEDTRAP
Oscar Oscar Oscar:
EQUUS
FELLINIS CASANOVA
I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN
THE LATE SHOW
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
OH GOD
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
A Sporting chance:
ONE ON ONE
SLAP SHOT
SEMI TOUGH
BAD NEWS BEARS IN BREAKJNG TRAINING
OH The Horror:
AUDREY ROSE
THE CAR
THE SENTINEL
DEMON
DEMON SEED
EXORCIST ll THE HERETIC
ITS ALIVE
ORCA
Wages of Fear
SORCERER
MACARTHUR
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
CROSS OF IRON
Blue Bio:
THE GREATEST
VALENTINO
Song Sung Blu
OUTLAW BLUES
THATS THE WAY OF THE WORLD
WELCOME TO LA
THE GRATEFUL DEAD
Babbling Brooks:
THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE
THE WORLDS GRESTEST LOVER
True Disasters:
BOBBY DEERFIELD
EMPIRE OF THE ANTS
BREAKER BREAKER
THE DOMINO PRINCIPLE
HEROES
THE LINCOL. CONSPIRACY
MARCH OR DIE
BAD
Something funnys going on:
FREAKY FRIDAY
FROM NOON TILL THREE
FUN WITH DICK AND JANE
THE GOODBYE GIRL
GREASED LIGHTNING
JABBERWO KY
KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE
OUTRAGEOUS
À PIECE OF THE ACTION
RECORD CITY
Midnight Blue:
THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT
THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU
TENTACLES
EMPIRE IF THE ANTS
LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE
Black and Blu:
BROTHERS
WHICH WAY IS UP
EMMA MAE
Blu up:
THUNDER AND LIGHTNING
TELEFON
ROLLING THUNDER
GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE
GRAND THEFT AUTO
I would have thought some of these would have hit Bluray for 35th anniversary. Time will tell
 

Jeffrey:K

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I think I read somewhere that SLAP SHOT was on its way to blu-ray either this year or next. Might be wrong about that, though. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED is available on a region-free blu-ray in the UK.

Many of the movies you list first opened in 1976 (SHOOT, TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, SPECIAL DELIVERY) but received staggered release patterns that meant they were opening in some areas of the country in 1977. FROM NOON TIL THREE was unambiguously a 1976 release. IT'S ALIVE was first released in 1974 but didn't become a big hit until it was reissued with a new ad campaign in 1977.

Your list brings back a lot of fond movie memories. I can't decide whether 1976 or 1977 is my favorite year ever for movies.
 

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I would definitely like to see Black Sunday on blu, if just to see the Dallas Cowboys get blown up at the Superbowl!
 

Louis Letizia

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Thanks for pointing those movies out. NY got many regional releases much later than the rrst of the countrt.
Skimming through 1976...that is another exceptional year...with even less Bluray releases than 1977.
1975 was my favorite year in an extraordinary decade. JAWS, NASHVILLE, SHAMPOO, DAY OF THE LOCUST, THE FORTUNE,POSSE, SMILE, HEARTS OF THE WEST, BARRY LYNDON, ALICE DOESNT LIVE HERE ANYMORE, ONE FLRE OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST, TOMMY, ROLLERBALL, THE PASSENGER, MACON COUNTY LINE, JUSTLE, I
 

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I hadn't realized how thin-on-the-ground blu-ray releases for 1977 films were. These were all I could think of that have been released in the US:

ANNIE HALL
STAR WARS
DAMNATION ALLEY
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
THE DEEP
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
FINAL CHAPTER – WALKING TALL
HIGH ANXIETY
THE GAUNTLET
A BRIDGE TOO FAR
THREE WOMEN
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
WIZARDS
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
PETE'S DRAGON
HOUSE
TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING (forthcoming)
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (forthcoming)
THE DUELLISTS (forthcoming)
THE RESCUERS (forthcoming)

Did I leave anything out? Is that all there is?
 

Walter Kittel

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A few others from 1977
Saturday Night Fever
New York, New York
The Duellists (forthcoming)
House
The Rescuers (forthcoming)
- Walter.
 

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Was The Turning Poirt ever released on DVD? Maybe in Region 2. I certainly don't remember a Region 1 release.
 

Jeffrey:K

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Originally Posted by MattH. /t/323117/1977-not-such-a-blu-year-for-movies#post_3964381
Was The Turning Poirt ever released on DVD? Maybe in Region 2. I certainly don't remember a Region 1 release.
Anchor Bay released it on R1 DVD about ten years ago. It was one of a number of titles they licensed from Fox. It's now out of print and going for crazy money on Amazon Marketplace.
 

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Originally Posted by Jeffrey:K /t/323117/1977-not-such-a-blu-year-for-movies#post_3964400
Anchor Bay released it on R1 DVD about ten years ago. It was one of a number of titles they licensed from Fox. It's now out of print and going for crazy money on Amazon Marketplace.
Wow! I had no idea. I must have been asleep during its release. Thanks for the info.
 

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