I was looking at The Entertainment Weekly Guide to the Greatest Movies Ever Made today. This book was released in 1994 and includes 100 of the best laserdiscs ever made. I thought it would be interesting to see what has and has not made it to DVD, in terms of both films and extras. Also hearing comments about the old days from long-time collectors like Alan Halvorson and Michael Reuben is always interesting. Note: Voyager = Criterion. 1. The Ultimate Oz - 5 CAV + 1 CLV MGM/UA Current WB special edition has some but not all extras (?) 2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day - Special Edition Pioneer/Carolco/Live Now on DVD + even more extras in the 2-disc Ultimate Edition package 3. Raging Bull Voyager Region 2 got an SE but Region 1 doesn't even have an anamorphic transfer, never mind the storyboards, screenplay and Scorsese and Schoonmaker commentary. 4. Pinocchio Deluxe CAV Laserdisc Edition Disney/Image DVD is now out-of-print but still available from many retailers. No extras to speak of. 5. Criterion Television Classics: I Love Lucy Voyager contains original credits and cigarette ads. Many still frames and photos and audio commentary. No Lucy episodes currently available, but rumors are that Columbia House plans to release them (?). 6. Apocalypse Now Paramount Available on DVD as well as Apocalypse Now Redux. 7. The Last Picture Show Voyager Director's cut version from Voyager. Many extras. Current Special edition DVD does not include commentary and other extras. 8. Herbert Von Karajan: New Year's Concert Vienna 1987 Sony Classical Available on DVD 9. The Busby Berkeley Disc MGM/UA "Three hours of musical sequences staged by the master of nuttily overripe choreography." Unavailable on DVD? 10. The Searchers WB Is this DVD a flipper? 11. Lawrence of Arabia Voyager EW recommends the cheaper CLV version over Voyager's deluxe 4-disc CAV edition. Current DVD has many extras. 12. The Abyss Special Edition FoxVideo/Image Available in a special edition 2-disc DVD package (non-anamorphic video though.) 13. 1776 Pioneer Unavailable on DVD. Laserdisc includes cut that was "expanded by a half hour to the length originally intended by the director. Almost all the additions ... enrich the story, especially a still-timely ditty that twits conservatives." 14. Tootsie Voyager LD included "making-of short and still-frame appendix, audio commentary by Syndey Pollack." DVD has no extras of substance (?). 15. Citizen Kane: 50th Anniversary Edition Voyager LD included "extensive still-frame documentary, original promo trailer, early Welles short." Current DVD is wonderful. 16. West Side Story Voyager LD included "video interview with Robert Wise, storyboards vs. final scenes, location-scouting pics, trailers." EW says the MGM/UA version is cheaper but has a better image, coming from a 65 mm source. Current DVD only includes trailer. 17. Close Encounters of the Third Kind Voyager "It restores the original, slightly longer cut and appends the extra "Special" scenes to the end of each disc side, so you can program your player to plop them into the proper sequence. ... Big bonus: an ingenious three-way split-screen documentary about the [SFX], plus [more]." Current DVD only includes director's cut (?). 18. Aliens Special Wide-Screen (sic) Collector's Edition FoxVideo/Image Current DVD includes this cut, plus other supplements. 19. Work in Progress: Beauty and the Beast Disney/Image Coming this fall from Disney on DVD. 20. The Magnificent Ambersons Voyager Welles' version not on DVD. 21. City Lights FoxVideo/Image LD included "transcripts of altered scenes, stills of promo materials." Contains both original 1931 score and new "surround stereo version conducted in 1989 by Carl Davis." Current DVD includes same. 22. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb Voyager LD included "a sampling of government-produced nuclear-preparedness propaganda, from pamphlets to short films." That's not available on the current SE DVD but that disc does include some good extras. 23. Taxi Driver Voyager LD included Bernard Herrmann isolated score, complete storyboards, essay on Herrmann's score & more. Also included Scorsese commentary and additional comments by Paul Schrader. Current SE DVD is good, but we'll probably never see the Criterion supplements on DVD. 24. Star Wars Trilogy: The Definitive Collection FoxVideo/Image I've never heard of these films, but EW chose this version of the trilogy: "18 CAV sides, widescreen, ... $250; includes copy of Charles Champlin's book George Lucas: The Creative Impulse, sporadic audio-track commentary by Lucas and effects technicians" and more. Not officially released on DVD. 25. The Adventures of Robin Hood MGM/UA They pick the MGM/UA version over the two Voyager (one CLV and one CAV) versions. Unavailable on DVD (this is the Errol Flynn version.) 26. Die Hard FoxVideo/Image Current 2-disc SE of Die Hard is stellar. 27. The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vols. 1 and 2 MGM/UA Unavailable on DVD 28. Looney Tunes Curtain Calls Warner Ditto 29. The Connery Collection MGM/UA Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. DVDs are out-of-print. 30. The 400 Blows Voyager Unsure if Criterion DVD contained all extras on LD. Regardless, it too is OOP and possibly the most rare Criterion DVD. Rumors of a reissue. 31. Blue Velvet Warner SE DVD comes out this June with many more extras. 32. King Kong / The Son of Kong Image Unavailable on DVD. 33. Swing Time Voyager Unavailable on DVD. 34. Bye Bye Birdie Pioneer Pioneer screwed up the LD, swapping the left and right audio channels (?). Current DVD has not many extras. 35. How Green Was My Valley FoxVideo/Image LD included "true surround stereo track" plus original mono plus isolated score (?). DVD only has original mono. 36. Chinatown Paramount LD included "music-only track". DVD doesn't have it but has retrospective interviews with Polanski, Robert Towne and Robert Evans. 37. Rebecca Voyager Criterion DVD just released. Don't know if all extras were ported from LD. 38. Mickey Mouse: The Black and White Years, Vol. 1 Disney/Image Unavailable on DVD (?). 39. The James Dean 35th Anniversary Collection Warner contained East of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause. East of Eden unavailable on DVD. RWAC has an SE DVD from WB. 40. Back to the Future MCA/Universal DVD release has been rumored since, um, the invention of DVD. 41. Spartacus Voyager With apologies to Joe Caps, the 2-disc Criterion set is loaded and wonderful. Don't know if all extras were ported. 42. 8½ Voyager New Criterion release is loaded. 43. Jaws MCA/Universal LD had "2 CLV sides plus 1 CAV side." 2 DVD releases: one DD, one DTS. Neither include full-length documentary nor original mono soundtrack. 44. Into The Woods Image/BPI Available on DVD from Image. 45. The Graduate Voyager Criterion extras (commentary, production photos, scrapped screenplay excerpts, screen tests, comparison of novel with movie, etc.) don't appear on current SE DVD from MGM. 46. North By Northwest Voyager and MGM/UA 2 versions, both recommended by EW. Voyager version included storyboard comparisons with finished film. Current WB DVD is hard to fault, though, as it includes a documentary, commentary and isolated Herrmann score. 47. Invasion of the Body Snatchers Voyager LD included a side 3 widescreen demo, which shows a scene letterboxed, "then repeats it blown up and cropped to fill your entire TV screen." Current SE DVD from Artisan is widescreen (non-anamorphic) and includes a few extras. 48. Midnight Cowboy Voyager LD included commentary by director and producer. DVD (from MGM) is barebones and non-anamorphic. 49. Polyester Voyager LD included "Odorama" scratch card and Waters commentary. New Line released it on DVD as a double feature with Desperate Living, with Water's commentary and scratch card! Don't know if same Voyager extras are included. 50. Raiders of the Lost Ark Paramount *sigh...* 51. The Apartment MGM/UA MGM DVD is anamorphic widescreen with only a trailer. 52. Poltergeist MGM/UA Both CAV and CLV laserdisc versions. (EW raved about the surround sound.) Current WB DVD includes anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 soundtrack. 53. Cabaret Warner Early DVD release from WB. Non-anamorphic (?). 54. The Killer Voyager LD was ported to DVD by Criterion and is now long OOP. Winstar has a version out and this is another that is rumored to be re-released by Criterion. 55. Ghostbusters Voyager Current SE DVD is phenomenal. Don't know how many extras were ported from LD. 56. Lord of the Flies Voyager Criterion DVD includes all (?) of LD extras. 57. The African Queen Limited Commemorative Edition FoxVideo/Image Unavailable on DVD. 58. The Forbidden Hollywood Collection MGM/UA Unavailable on DVD. 59. The Player Voyager Don't know if loaded New Line SE contains same extras as LD. 60. Winchester '73 MCA Unavailable on DVD. LD included Jimmy Steward commentary. 61. The Devil and Daniel Webster Voyager Criterion DVD is rumored. 62. A Day At The Races MGM/UA Unavailable on DVD. 63. Help! Voyager SE DVD is OOP. 64. King of Kings MGM/UA Unavailable on DVD. 65. One, Two, Three MGM/UA Unavailable on DVD. 66. Black Narcissus Voyager Criterion DVD contains all (?) extras from LD. 67. Patton FoxVideo/Image 2-disc version is OOP ? 68. Secret Honor Voyager Unavailable on DVD. 69. Blade Runner: The Director's Cut Warner Current DVD contains director's cut. An earlier WB release that's okay but needs to be updated, and probably will when Ridley Scott recuts the film for the umpteenth time. 70. For All Mankind Voyager Criterion DVD is loaded. 71. Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance Image Unavailable on DVD. Score is available on DVD-A. 72. Gunhed Toho Unavailable on DVD. 73. La Strada Voyager Criterion DVD release is rumored. 74. The Last Emperor (Import Version) Import LD had Director's cut. So does DVD which is frequently panned for video quality (?). 75. Carousel FoxVideo/Image Non-anamorphic DVD from Fox. 76. Madonna: Blond Ambition World Tour Live Pioneer Unavailable on DVD. (?) 77. The Taming of the Shrew Pioneer CTHV DVD doesn't include alternate audio tracks on LD. 78. Vienna: The Spirit of the City Voyager Unavailable on DVD. 79. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World MGM/UA LD had "3-hour, 8-minute restored cut". SE DVD from MGM is "2-hour, 41-minute cut." 80. Monty Python and the Holy Grail Voyager CTHV has screwed this DVD up twice. The first time was one of their only non-anamorphic releases. The newer SE has still never been fixed, as it is missing the first fake-Swedish subtitle. The SE DVD is one of the few to include Criterion supplements on a non-Criterion DVD. 81. The Three Caballeros Disney Available on DVD. 82. Akira Voyager Don't know which if any of the extras were ported from LD, but there are 1-disc and 2-disc editions of this film. 83. The Clint Eastwood Trilogy MGM/UA The Dollars Trilogy. All 3 are available on DVD. Rumors of a Good, Bad and The Ugly restoration have been floating around. 84. El Mariachi: Special Collector's Edition Columbia TriStar Current SE with Desperado has same extras (?) 85. The Music Man Warner SE DVD from WB is available. 86. Jason and the Argonauts Voyager LD had many extras including Harryhausen commentary. CTHV DVD includes only a Harryhausen interview with John Landis. 87. Mysterious Island Pioneer Unavailable on DVD. 88. Gremlins 2: The New Batch Warner Unavailable on DVD. 89. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Touchstone Current DVD is bare-bones and non-anamorphic (?). SE is rumored (?). 90. The War of the Roses FoxVideo/Image DVD includes all of LD's extras (?) including commentary and deleted scenes. 91. The Dawn of Sound MGM/UA Unavailable on DVD. 92. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Voyager Unavailable on DVD. Rumored from Criterion. 93. Animation Legend Winsor McCay Lumivision Gertie the Dinosaur and other shorts. Unavailable on DVD. 94. Mon Oncle Voyager Available as a Criterion DVD. 95. Great Artists Series: Vermeer & The Golden Age of Dutch Painting Pioneer Unavailable on DVD. 96. Yojimbo Voyager "Yo, Jimbo, how you doin'?" "I'm doin' good. I'm available on Criterion DVD." 97. Suspiria Image Available as a regular edition and a 3-disc SE from Anchor Bay. 98. Nothing Sacred Lumivision Availalble on DVD from E Realbiz. 99. Good News MGM/UA Available on DVD from WB. 100. WOW! Lucasfilm aka The THX Demo Disc. Van Ling mentioned this in his recent HTF chat. Unavailable on DVD.