20th Century Fox releases-A plea to Fox

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  1. Nick Eden

    Nick Eden Stunt Coordinator

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    The recent interview with Peter Staddon at Fox churned up a great many suggestions for possible future DVD releases. Many of those suggested I would buy given the chance!
    This got me thinking about other Fox titles that I would buy if only...
    The titles in no particular order are:-
    Black Widow with Ginger Rogers
    Island In The Sun
    Alexander's Ragtime Band
    Let's Make Love with Marilyn Monroe
    Adventures of Sherlock Homes/Hound of the Baskervilles
    Three Coins in the Fountain
    I Was a Male War Bride
    High Wind in Jamaica
    Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
    Call Me Madam
    Modesty Blaise
    Young Lions
    Esther and the King
    Daddy Long Legs
    Do Not Disturb
    The Egyptian
    Night Train To Munich
    The Ghost and Mrs Muir
    Move Over Darling
    Five Fingers
    Flight of the Phoenix
    3 Tony Rome films
    Anna and the King with Irene Dunne
    Anastasia
    Prince Valiant
    Star! with Julie Andrews
    300 Spartans
    23 Paces to Baker Street
    any Betty Grable or Shirley Temple films
    And most importantly - to continue releasing titles in their correct aspect ratio and enhanced for widescreen TVs where appropriate.
    N Eden
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  2. Dick

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    I trust Mr. Staddon will be reading this thread, whether or not he chooses to reply to it, so I wish to give a HUGE SECOND NOMINATION for the film A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA. For the uninitiated, this is a dynamite adventure - not necessarily for children, but about a bunch of kids unintentionally kidnapped by pirates (including ANTHONY QUINN and JAMES COBURN) and about a bond that develops between Quinn and the oldest child, leading to his ultimate demise. Alexander Mackendrick ("Sweet Smell of Success" and several of the British Ealing comedies with Alec Guinness) directed this stunning movie, filmed in CinemaScope on an actual ship (no models or rear-screen projection) in exotic locales. But... THIS MOVIE HAS NEVER BEEN RELEASED TO VIDEO IN ANY FORMAT!!! It has been shown on occasion on cable movie channels, but of course only in P&S (although more recent broadcasts letterbox the title sequence rather than squeezing it, which shows you how much you are missing for the film proper). PLEASE, FOX...just take a look at this movie. It is so underseen that few even think to request it, but now on the heels of Mr. Quinn's death, this would be of great interest to fans...and maybe Mr. Coburn could contribute a commentary.
    Thanks for even just considering it!
     
  3. Ben Motley

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    Yeah, and I can't believe I forgot to ask about 300 Spartans. What's the crappy OLD vhs tape going for these days on ePay? Wow, I just went to look. While there are copies up for auction, they sure do look like bootlegs to me. The original, licensed copy of this I've seen go for over fifty bucks. These boots are going for 25-35. Fox, put this out, and you won't have any bootleggin' evil-doers musclin' in on your action! [​IMG]
    [Edited last by Ben Motley on August 02, 2001 at 02:39 PM]
     
  4. Jay E

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    Of the movies on your list Nick, these are the ones I'm most interested in seeing on DVD:
    Adventures of Sherlock Homes/Hound of the Baskervilles
    I Was a Male War Bride
    High Wind in Jamaica
    Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
    Modesty Blaise
    Young Lions
    Night Train To Munich
    The Ghost and Mrs Muir
    Five Fingers
    Flight of the Phoenix
    3 Tony Rome films
    And some other titles that were not mentioned or responded to during the chat:
    Agony & the Ecstasy, The
    Alligator People, The
    Bedazzled
    Boomerang
    Boston Strangler
    Call Northside 777
    China Gate
    Claudine
    Conrack
    Desert Fox
    Driver, The
    11 Harrowhouse
    Emperor of the North
    Gunfighter, The
    Hot Rock,
    House of Bamboo
    House on 92nd Street, The
    Incident, The
    Innocents, The
    Jane Eyre
    Julia
    Kiss of Death
    Laura
    Letter to 3 Wives
    Lost World, The
    Mephisto Waltz
    Niagara
    Nightmare Alley
    Other, The
    Ox Bow Incident, The
    Panic in Needle Park
    Panic in the Streets
    Pickup on South Street
    Race With the Devil
    Razor's Edge (1946)
    Seven-Ups, The
    Snake Pit, The
    St. Valentines Day Massacre
    Thieve's Highway
    Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A
    Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
    Viva Zapata
    Wild River
    ...and Charlie Chan!
     
  5. Anthony I

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    How about THE BLUE MAX?
     
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    Two musicals: Scrooge & The Pirate Movie!
     
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    Crash Dive
    Prince Valiant
    Undefeated
     
  8. Greg_M

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    "THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES" - I can't believe nobody asked about this title during the chat. One of FOX's big Roadshow movies filmed in 70MM. It would make a nice disc along the lines of "CLEOPATRA", "THE LONGEST DAY", "THE SAND PEBBLES" & "THE SOUND OF MUSIC".
    I'd also buy Irving Berlin's "CALL ME MADAM" mostly for the music (the political satire still works). The movie was filmed in Technicolor the same year as "GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES" and would probably look just as good on DVD. (Besides it has never been available on Home Video - ever.)
    Best line:
    Newsreel voice over addressing the American Ambassador Sally Adams: "Many still recall the day she made her still wildly quoted remark. A remark that was to endear her in the hearts of the nation's capital"
    Sally: "I'll take the check!"
     
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    I'll second the request for The Pirate Movie. My wife is a big fan! We have the VHS but you can imagine the quality.. ich [​IMG]
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    I couldn't believe that there was barely a mention of Classic Titles in the discussion.
    Top Fox Classic Titles deserved of a DVD release include,
    CALL ME MADAM
    PRINCE VALIANT
    STAR
    HELLO DOLLY ( next year I believe, please make it a SE)
    STATE FAIR (1962 VERSION)
    THE COMANCHEROS
    CAN-CAN
    THE BRAVADOS
    LOVE ME TENDER
    THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT
    THE TALL MEN
    DADDY LONG LEGS
    THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN
    RIVER OF NO RETURN
    GARDEN OF EVIL
    THE EGYPTIAN
    NEW FACES
    CARMEN JONES
    BROKEN LANCE
    BENEATH THE TWELVE MILE REEF
    YELLOW SKY
    CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE
    and any of the Betty Grable- Alice Faye musicals as double sets.(Moon over Miami a must)
    Also Anamorphic Remasters of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Musicals.
    Thank you.
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    RIver of No Return......
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  12. Sam Shore

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    Of those mentioned, I would buy the following:
    11 Harrowhouse
    Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
    I Was a Male War Bride
    Laura
    Letter to 3 Wives
    Star!
    The Ghost and Mrs Muir
    Three Coins in the Fountain
    Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
    Wild River
    And then I would add:
    Breaking Away - 1979
    Desk Set - 1957
    Paper Chase, The - 1973
    People Will Talk - 1951
    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The - 1969
    Sitting Pretty - 1948
     
  13. David Lambert

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    When I saw that the chat had occurred, I was anxious that a fan of Hayao Miyazaki films would ask about a DVD release for "My Neighbor Totoro". The VHS is a "Fox Family Feature", but I don't know if they retain the DVD rights. If yes, then I hope Peter finds time to get this on the release schedule. There are boatloads of Miyazaki fans out there, and his films are scarce on Region 1 DVD.
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    Please, Peter...let me know if this one is even possible.
    Also, I'll join those asking for "The Pirate Movie". I forgot that film until others mentioned it here, but I did enjoy it back in the day. I'd buy it!
    Thanks a lot,
    DAVE/Memphis
     
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    Greg - it isn't that nobody WOULD have asked about it during the chat, but that those of us who WANTED to either weren't present at the time or could not get the request posted. This goes for myriad classic titles such as THE INNOCENTS, GHOST AND MRS. MUIR, A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA, ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM, UNFAITHFULLY YOURS, THE SNAKE PIT, THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN...etc. that MANY of us would buy in a N.Y. minute if their arrived on DVD. The questions that got on the chat this time seemed disproportionately tv-heavy to me, but that is probably because I was so desperate to ask about the very titles that are appearing in this post. Let's trust that Mr. Staddon is reading this and adding requests from this thread to the list he made on the 31st.
     
  15. David Lambert

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    Does anybody know whether Peter Straddon got a chance to read through this thread yet?
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    [​IMG]"When you grow up, your heart dies."
     
  16. Greg_M

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    RE: CALL ME MADAM
    The Rodgers & Hammerstein organization controls the rights to this Irving Berlin title. FOX could probably market this film with under their "Rodgers & Hammerstein" Banner. It would create more awareness and probably sell more copies.
     
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    My most-wanted Fox titles are (in chronological order):
    The Innocents
    Hombre
    Little Big Man
    Julia
    3 Women
    The Verdict
    Black Widow
    Miller's Crossing
    Barton Fink
    I only hope someone at Fox reads this forum!
     
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    Say Anything!
    War of the Roses
     
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    Hombre!
    This 1967 Paul Newman classic is a must own on DVD!
     
  20. Martin Jeeves

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    Could I add:
    VITAL SIGNS
    GHOST IN THE MACHINE
    SIX PACK
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