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Missing United Artists Classics

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Dick, Oct 19, 2019.

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  1. Message #1 of 40 Oct 19, 2019
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    Dick

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    As so much of the UA classic catalog has been released on Blu by Kino and Criterion and others, it might seem frivolent to wish for more, but....

    ALAMO, THE (duh)
    NEVER ON SUNDAY
    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (now with Warner Bros)
    D.O.A. (1950) (Who owns this now?)
    GREAT ESCAPE, THE (A 4K restoration, Criterion?)
    NIGHT IN CASABLANCA, A (Where is this one now?)
    OF MICE AND MEN (1939) (ditto)
    SMALL CHANGE (Truffaut)
    SMILE
    WILD CHILD, THE (Truffaut)

    others, I'm sure.
     
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    Criterion put out Bowling For Columbine last year. I wrote the HTF Review for it.
     
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    I think Warners owns A Night in Casablanca. It was in their MGM Marx Brothers box.
     
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    Like to see Criterion release more of Truffaut like Small Change, The Wild Child, or Two English Girls.
     
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    Olive released God's Little Acre on blu ray and Criterion released Bowling For Columbine on blu ray so there are two you can cross off your list. I have the blu ray of The Great Escape isn't that still in print?
     
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    I think people are hoping for a Criterion since it was on the Channel, my understanding is that the BluRay was lacking in some areas, and that Criterion previously released it on LaserDisc.
     
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    I believe D.O.A(1949) is in the public domain. Hopefully the Film Noir Foundation does a restoration and Flicker Alley can release it as they've done great work with their noirs over the last few years. The Alamo and Never on Sunday are the big two I want. Though is Never on Sunday actually still with MGM since its been OOP for a long time?
     
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    Dick,

    Olive released "God's Little Acre" back in 2013. I believe D.O.A. is in PD Hell. I have no evidence of it, but, I suspect "The Great Escape" is coming out in 2020 with a new transfer.
     
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    Criterion has the 1939 Of Mice and Men via Westchester Films, probably will get a 2020 release.

    It wouldn't surprise me if Warner Archive eventually releases all the MGM Marx Brothers films plus A Night in Casablanca, though A Night at the Opera seems like a potential Criterion since they seem keen on former laserdiscs returning.

    The 1956 Around the World in 80 Days is at the top of my wish list for upgrading from DVD. Given it's a large format film with lots of problems with the elements, I haven't held my breath over it. Though, Warner has worked some true miracles with difficult films, so maybe there's a viable way to restore it now.
     
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    I had another look at The Great Escape a few months back, & it doesn't look great (in fact it looks downright ropey). The Kino insider over at Blu-ray.com did say that a new 4K transfer had be done, & hinted that that Criterion had it, but that was a couple of years ago, & only a hint.

    Not by any means a classic, but I'd love Richard Lester's 1963 comedy, The Mouse on the Moon. Happy memories of seeing that at the cinema.
     
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    Yes, thanks. I've deleted the title in my list.
     
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    Thanks, Tom, I have deleted the titles you mentioned and modified THE GREAT ESCAPE to specifically request a 4K upgrade, as the current Blu is seriously wanting.
     
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    Good release and worth checking out if you like the film. It’s missing some of the supplements from the old MGM DVD, but what’s new more than makes up for what’s missing.
     
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    The UK Truffaut set's Two English Girls is excellent. But I agree we must have The Wild Child and Small Change. What a delight that latter movie is, while Truffaut's acting in The Wild Child is such a wonder.
     
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    If only Criterion would release MICE AND MEN...
     
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    Here are 25 UA films that I don't believe are on Blu; a few aren't even on DVD so far. I don't claim that all or any of them are "classics" but I'd gladly purchase all of them if they ever get a Blu release.

    A Rage to Live (1965)
    Bailout at 43,000 (1957)
    Crossplot (1969)
    Danger Route (1967)
    Diary of a Madman (1963)
    Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title (1966)
    Emergency Hospital (1956)
    The Explosive Generation (1961)
    Fitzwilly (1967)
    Halls of Anger (1970)
    The Honkers (1972)
    The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)
    Mixed Company (1974)
    One More Time (1970)
    Red Planet Mars (1952)
    Salt and Pepper (1968)
    The Second Woman (1950)
    Sharks' Treasure (1975)
    Smile (1975)
    Some Kind of a Nut (1969)
    The Steel Lady (1953)
    Take a Giant Step (1959)
    Three Husbands (1951)
    Where It's At (1969)
    X-15 (1961)
     
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    Diary of a Madman is out on Blu-ray as part of Scream Factory's The Vincent Price Collection Volume 3.
     
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    Thanks!
    One down, 24 to go. :)
     
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    Oh yes, I'd love The Honkers (1972), I'm a big James Coburn fan, & I don't think it's had any home theatre release.
     
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    Missing on Blu Ray...
    The Caretakers
    Gaily Gaily
    Marat/Sade
    The Music Lovers
    Toys in the Attic
    Smile
     
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