If it makes you feel better I thought it was a good reply, I give it 7/10.
I have Our Man in Havana too, which is a great film. I think it is extremely funny. I don't think I'll get any of these though. 2009 will be the year of blu-ray for me, so I think I'll save my money for things like North by Northwest on blu-ray.
Being a devout SF fan Arch Oboler's FIVE (1951) is naturally of considerable interest to me.
Most of those 1950s post nuclear holocast SF-premised films (ie. WORLD WITHOUT END, DAY THE WORLD ENDED, TEENAGE CAVEMAN, THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL) are usually very interesting and make for great thought-provoking entertainment.
It good to see that there are some truly worthwhile DVD releases currently in the works!
I cant believe Billy Jean isnt on this list.The dvd format is over 10 years old, and the movie hasnt been released yet. If something like twilight zone the movie, can get through all the legal stuff, then there is absolutely 0 excuses, for this to not be on dvd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Getting Straight is interesting as a time capsule of the late 1960s / early 1970s, when Elliott Gould was a huge counter-culture star. Take note of the slang in this film. The slang of that period is a curiosity now, like the slang of the 1930s and 1940s in gangster movies.
I've been wanting to see Arch Oboler's seminal Five in good quality for a long time. Oboler was a great Ideas man who knew how to accomplish high quality on miniscule budgets. This film is most welcome on DVD.
I've been enjoying the region 2 edition of Our Man In Havana for a couple of years, a refined espionage comedy-drama told with a dry wit that the English used to do so well. In case you're wondering, this is the film that defined the word "sublime." The cast is a pleasure to watch. Alec Guinness delivers another clinic in behavorial acting as a vacuum cleaner salesman who becomes a spy because everyone assumes he must be one anyway. Ernie Kovacs is a panic as a Cuban police inspector. A region 1 edition is most welcome and will be the first DVD of the series I pick up.
This "Martini Movies" idea is on the dumb side of promotional hooks, but if it gets the titles out, I'm all for it.
The region 1 cover art is no improvement, that's for sure, and will do nothing to sell the DVD. You have to get a degree in commercial art and work for years at a studio to learn how to design a cover like that.
Although the cover art on the region 2 is very fine and appropriate, I don't see how it would help sell the DVD off the shelves, either. On the other hand, it may be argued that Our Man In Havana is not the type of DVD most retailers stock, so Columbia might as well stick with better region 2 cover which so effectively evokes the genre's poster / dust jacket art of the late 1950s. Compare it to the poster art of Dr. No (1962).
The important thing is that film buffs in the USA will now have the chance to rediscover a British classic and one of the defining films of the period. It is directed by Carol Reed, the brilliant English director who was responsible for Night Train to Munich (1940), Odd Man Out (1947) with James Mason, The Third Man (1968) with Orson Welles, and the musical Oliver! (1968) with Oliver Reed. So you can expect a great film.