Classic (pre-1970) Horror & Sci-Fi not on DVD

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  1. Jay E

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    I'm still amazed that there are so many horror & sci-fi films that are still not available on DVD.

    In order to see how many films are still languishing in the vaults, I've made a list of the most well known horror & sci-fi pre-1970 films that are still not available on DVD in Region 1. (I have not included silent films or foreign language films). I have indicated where a particular film is available in the UK as this might be helpful to those with a muti-region player.

    I will update this list whenever any of these films are announced on DVD.

    If there are any films that I might have missed, please let me know & I will add it to the list.

    1984 (1956)
    Amazing Colossal Man, The
    Atlantis, The Lost Continent
    Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
    Attack of the Crab Monsters
    Bamboo Saucer, The
    Battle Beneath the Earth
    Beast of Hollow Mountain, The
    Beast With a Million Eyes
    Beast With Five Fingers
    Bedlam
    Before I Hang
    Billy the Kid vs Dracula
    Black Castle, The
    Black Cat, The
    Black Cat, The
    (1941)
    Black Friday
    Black Room, The
    Black Sleep, The
    Black Zoo, The
    Blood of Dracula
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Blood of the Vampire
    Blood on Satan's Claw
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Body Snatcher, The
    Brain Eaters, The
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Brides of Dracula
    Brides of Fu Manchu, The
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Burn, Witch, Burn! (Night of the Eagle)
    Cat People
    Colossus of New York
    Conqueror Worm, The
    (Witchfinder General) - Available in Region 2 UK
    Crack in the World
    Creation of the Humanoids
    Creature with the Atom Brain
    Cry of the Werewolf
    Curse of the Cat People
    Curse of the Crimson Altar
    Curse of the Faceless Man
    Curse of the Fly
    Curse of the Living Corpse
    Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
    Curse of the Undead
    Curse of the Werewolf
    Cyborg 2087
    Cyclops, The
    Damned, The
    Day the World Ended
    - Available in Region 2 UK (P&S)
    Deadly Bees, the
    Deadly Mantis, The
    Destination Inner Space
    Devil Doll
    Doctor X
    Dr Blood's Coffin
    Dr Cyclops
    Dr Renault's Secret
    Dr Terror's House of Horrors
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Earth Dies Screaming, The
    Earth vs the Spider
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Evil of Frankenstein
    Face of Fu Manchu, The
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Five
    Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, The
    Frankenstein 1970
    From Hell it Came
    From the Earth to the Moon
    Frozen Dead, The
    Gamma People, The
    Giant Behemoth, The
    Giant Claw, the
    Gog
    Gorgon, The
    Green Slime, The
    Hand of Death
    Hands of Orlac, The
    How to Make a Monster
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Hypnotic Eye, The
    Hysteria
    I Walked with a Zombie
    I Was a Teenage Frankenstein
    I Was a Teenage Werewolf
    Illustrated Man, The
    Incredible Shrinking Man, The
    Innocents, The
    Invasion
    Invisible Boy, The
    Invisible Ray, The
    Island of Lost Souls
    Island of Terror
    Isle of the Dead
    It!
    King Kong
    Kiss of the Vampires
    Konga
    Land Unknown, The
    Leech Woman, The
    Leopard Man, The
    Let's Kill Uncle
    Lost World, The
    Macabre
    Mad Doctor of Market Street
    Mad Ghoul, The
    Mad Love
    Magnetic Monster, The
    Man in the White Suit, The
    Man Made Monster
    Man They Could Not Hang, The
    Man Who Turned to Stone, The
    Man With Nine Lives, The
    Maniac
    (1963)
    Mark of the Vampire
    Mask of Fu Manchu
    Mask, The
    (1961)
    Master of the World
    Maze, the
    Mighty Joe Young
    Mole People, The
    Monolith Monsters, The
    Monster & the Girl, The
    Monster from Piedras Blancas
    Monster on the Campus
    Moon Zero Two
    Most Dangerous Man Alive, The
    Murders in the Rue Morgue
    Nanny, The
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Neanderthal Man, The
    Night of the Big Heat
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Nightmare
    Not of this Earth
    Old Dark House, The
    (1963)
    One Million B.C.
    Panic in Year Zero!
    Paranoic
    Phantom of the Opera
    (1962)
    Pharoh's Curse, The
    Picture of Dorian Gray, The
    Power, The
    Projected Man, The
    Psychopath, The
    Quatermass Xperiment, The
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Queen of Blood
    Raven, The
    Repulsion
    Return of Dr X
    Return of Dracula, The
    Return of the Ape Man
    Robinson Crusoe on Mars
    Satan Bug, The
    Seventh Victim, The
    She
    (1965)
    She-Creature, The - Available in Region 2 UK
    Shuttered Room, The
    Skull, The
    Son of Dr. Jekyll
    Son of Kong
    Sorcerers, The
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Space Children, The
    Space Master X-7
    Strange World of Planet X, The
    (Cosmic Monsters, The)
    Strangler, The
    Stranglers of Bombay
    Tarantula
    Taste of Fear
    Teenage Caveman
    Terror of the Tongs
    Terrornauts, The
    They Came From Beyond Space
    Thing That Couldn't Die, The
    Time Travelers, The
    Tobor the Great
    Torture Garden
    Tower of London
    (1939)
    Two on a Guillotine
    Undead, The
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Undying Monster, The
    Unearthly Stranger
    Uninvited, The
    Vampire, The
    Voodoo Island
    Voodoo Man
    Voodoo Woman
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    Vulture, The
    Walking Dead, The
    War of the Colossal Beast
    - Available in Region 2 UK
    War of the Satellites
    Werewolf, The
    Whip Hand, the
    Witchcraft
    Wizard of Mars
    World, the Flesh and the Devil, The
    World Without End
    Zombies of Mora Tau
    Zombies on Broadway
     
  2. Michael Elliott

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    Billy the Kid vs Dracula
    Return of the Ape Man
    The Black Cat (1941)
    Zombies on Broadway
    Sinister Invasion


    DOCTOR BLOOD'S COFFIN is public domain so I doubt a major studio will be releasing it anytime soon. There are discs out there by Alpha, Madacy and a couple other labels that don't look too bad but are open matte.
     
  3. Joe Karlosi

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    That's a fine list. I really wish more of these would come to DVD, as we're not getting nearly enough. I just watched THE RETURN OF DRACULA (1958) last night and it's excellent. This is an MGM/UA title that I'd hoped would have made their Midnite Movies line.
     
  4. Gordon McMurphy

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    Great list, Jay! I'm waiting for many of those titles. My list contains a bit more foreign titles. I'm still amazed that Brides of Dracula has not found its way yet. Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo (Even the Wind is Afraid, 1968, Mexico, Carlos Enrique Taboada) is a masterpiece. Is it out on Mexico? Does anyone know of an online Mexican DVD store?

    Ikarie XB-1 (1963, Czech)
    The Cat Who Wore Sunglasses (1963, Czech, 2.35:1)
    Beauté du Diable / Beauty and the Devil (1952, French)
    The Body Snatcher (1945)
    The Brides of Dracula (1960, Hammer)
    Cesta do Praveku / Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955, Czech)
    The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
    De Dødes Tjern / Lake of the Dead (1958, Norway, 2.35:1 Agascope)
    El Esqueleto de la Señora Morales / Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1960, Mexico, Rogelio A. González)
    Fährmann Maria / Death and the Maiden (1938, Germany)
    Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo / Even the Wind is Afraid (1968, Mexico, Carlos Enrique Taboada)
    Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
    I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
    The Innocents (1961)
    Das Kalte Herz / Heart of Stone (1950 - * R2 German DVD has no subtitles)
    Kdo Chce Zabít Jessii / Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)
    Let's Kill Uncle (1966)
    El Libro de Piedra / The Book of Stone (1969, Mexico - RARELY SEEN!)
    Una Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna / Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971 - Media Blasters, get it out there!)
    Macario (1960, Mexico)
    Mad Love / The Hands of Orlac (1935)
    La Main du Diable / The Devil's Hand (1943, Maurice Tourneur)
    Na komete / On the Comet (1970, Czech)
    Marketa Lazarová (1967, Czech, 180-minute version, 2.35:1)
    The Nanny (1965)
    Night of the Eagle / Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962)
    Noita Palaa Elämään / The Witch (1952, Finland)
    Obras Maestras del Terror / Masterworks of Terror (1960, Argentina)
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
    La Residencia / The House that Screamed (1969, Spain, Chicho Ibáñez-Serrador, 2.35:1 - Spanish DVD is non-anamorphic)
    Spalovac mrtvol / The Cremator(1968, Czech)
    Starik Khottabych / Old Man Khottabych / The Flying Carpet (1956, Russia)
    Taste of Fear (1961, Columbia-Tri-Star)
    The Tell-Tale Heart (1941, Jules Dassin, 20-minute short)
    The Tell-Tale Heart (1953, Animated, James Mason)
    The Horrible Doctor Hitchcock (1959, Jean Renoir)
    The Uninvited (1944)
    Valkoinen Peura / The White Reindeer (1952, Finland)
    The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

    Stay scared!
     
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    Also missing is Polanski's Repulsion. I'm still hopeful for a criterion release of this one.
     
  6. Jay E

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    Michael - Thanks for the titles. I did not add Sinister Invasion as it came out in 1971. As for Dr Blood's Coffin, I don't see it available for sale anywhere on the internet, maybe it's out of print. I've kept it on the list - MGM put had a widescreen version on Laser so I'm hoping it may make their Midnite Movie line.

    Tommy - Repulsion is available, but it's put out by cheapo Koch with probably the worst DVD cover ever inflicted on a film. A nice version is available in Region 2 UK.

    Gordon - Great list! I've added Let's Kill Uncle to my list.
     
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    A recent Robert Harris piece with a Warners exec in the Digital Bits finally gave a date for the release of the Val Lewton Collection that has been promised for awhile: 2005 (October, perhaps?). That should put a few of these movies (Cat People, Body Snatcher, Isle of the Dead) off the list.

    And King Kong is available on Region Two as well, though I imagine a super mega release is coming for Region One in 2005 to coincide with the remake.
     
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    H-man, I still can't even find it on VHS. My copy of it is on Beta which I recorded from TV years ago.[​IMG]
     
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    Wow!.What a great list.Some of my all time favs growing up are there.Would love to have them on DVD in the future.By the way Attack Of The Crab Monsters is available from a company called Allied Artists.A few major online retailers have it.Movie is a Corman classic.
     
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    rick - The H-Man is a Japanese film which is why it's not on my list.

    TommyJD - I've never seen the DVD of Attack of the Crab Monsters. Allied Artists is the company that released it in theaters. Can you tell me where you've seen it, I can't find it at any of the e-tailers I visit.
     
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    Jay E-got mine at overstock.com.Have bought quite a few DVDs from them in the past.Fast shipping and they take Paypal too.I hope this helps.Also saw They Came From Beyond Space at overstock and Amazon.Looks like one of those better public domain type releases such as Madacy etc...
     
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    That Koch version of Repulsion was discontinued quite a while back. I suppose I could get it on ebay for some astronomical amount. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a R1 version.
     
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    TommyG - since it is oop I've added it to my list.

    Too bad you don't have a multi-region player.
     
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    The Wizard of Mars, aka The Horrors of the Red Planet, is a movie i've been wanting a DVD of for a long time. It's not often such inept filmmaking can generate such an interesting final product. Almost effective in its badness, sometimes.[​IMG]
     
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    Ooh baby; if The Body Snatcher ia part of the Lewton set, I'll be a happy man. Even if I'll likely have to wait a year for it.

    Toddy...Tooody...

    Ooh...I just gave myself goosebumps!
     
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    I think the following nine films will be in the Val Lewton boxset.
    • Cat People
    • The Curse of the Cat People
    • I Walked with a Zombie
    • The Leopard Man
    • The Ghost Ship
    • The Seventh Victim
    • Bedlam
    • The Body Snatcher
    • Isle of the Dead
    All of these films have played on Turner Classic Movies.






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    Do you really think that all nine Lewton films will be in the set? I can't recall a WB box set with so many films on it. Isn't six or so usually the limit? Still, hopefully they'll put them all out rather than split into two parts.
     
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    Thanks for looking that up. Even if it only has the nine movies in it (though I hope there will be extras!), the Lewton box set could be the best WB set ever.
     

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