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Never Thought I'd See This On Blu-ray...The Biggest Disc Surprises For Me

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Dick, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. Dick

    Dick Lead Actor
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    Like everyone, I have a want list of films I'd pay a fair penny to see released on Blu-ray, but the current list is a mere fraction of what it was, say, five years ago. Niche companies have licensed out some films I truly thought I'd seen the last of on video. We all expect the "big" and recent titles, but these are the "OMG!" personal favorite titles I come across nearly every month and which take me by surprise, and, yes, I actually say "Oh My God!" out loud when I find them. Here is an incomplete list of such announcements that have really made my day so many, many times...and they keep on coming (Blu-ray and classic releases are not dead)! So, this is a big hug and thank you to those responsible for their release. I include non-domestic Blu-rays here:

    7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE (from a 4K restoration...so far available only in the UK)
    ATOMIC CAFE, THE
    AWFUL TRUTH, THE
    BATTLEGROUND
    BEAR, THE (1989)
    BEAU GESTE (announced)
    BETWEEN THE LINES (announced)
    BIG FIX, THE (announced)
    BILLY BUDD
    BODY SNATCHER, THE
    CHANGELING, THE (1980)
    CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH (announced + import now available)
    CINERAMA Titles in Smilebox Format (All)
    COLD TURKEY
    CONRACK
    COTTON CLUB, THE - DIRECTOR'S CUT (expected, not yet announced)
    DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (TV)
    DAVID AND LISA
    DEAD OF NIGHT (1945) (announced + import now available)
    DICK TRACY
    DRIFTWOOD
    DUELLISTS, THE
    EMIGRANTS, THE / THE NEW LAND
    FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (announced)
    GANGS OF NEW YORK - REDUX (Disney actually fixed the horrible original and re-issued it)
    GLASS HOUSE, THE (TV)
    GOG (3D)
    HAUNTING, THE (1963)
    HELLSTROM CHRONICLE, THE
    HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA, A (import)
    HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1929)
    IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE (import)
    INCIDENT, THE
    INTRUDER, THE (announced)
    JACK THE GIANT KILLER
    JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, THE
    KISS ME KATE (3D)
    LEOPARD MAN, THE (announced)
    LOST WORLD (1925) (2017, 93-minute Restoration)
    LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (announced)
    MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB (with English subs, announced)
    MAGIC SWORD, THE
    MAN IN THE WILDERNESS
    MAN WHO LAUGHS, THE (1928) (announced)
    MAZE, THE (3D)
    MEPHISTO WALTZ, THE
    MICROCOSMOS
    MIKADO, THE (1939)
    MILL OF THE STONE WOMAN (import)
    MISSILE TO THE MOON
    MY DINNER WITH ANDRE
    NAPOLEON (1927) (so far only an import)
    NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS
    NIGHT WALKER, THE
    NORTH WEST FRONTIER (aka FLAME OVER INDIA)
    OFFICIAL STORY, THE
    OLD DARK HOUSE, THE
    ONE MILLION B.C. (1940)
    OUT OF THE PAST
    PAPA'S DELICATE CONDITION
    PAPER MOON (import)
    PATHFINDER (1987) (import)
    PAWNBROKER, THE
    PHAR LAP (import)
    PHASE IV
    PLAGUE DOGS, THE
    PRANCER
    QUATERMASS II (announced)
    QUEEN OF SPADES (announced)
    QUIZ SHOW (import)
    RAGTIME (import announced)
    RIDE THE PINK HORSE
    SALAAM BOMBAY!
    SANDS OF THE KALAHARI
    SATAN BUG, THE
    SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA, THE
    SEA HAWK, THE (1940)
    SEA WOLF, THE
    SEVEN BEAUTIES
    SILENT PARTNER, THE (announced)
    SILENT WORLD, THE (J. Cousteau) (import)
    SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, THE (import)
    SOLDIER BLUE (uncut, R-rated, import)
    SON OF PALEFACE
    STREET SMART
    SWASHBUCKLER (import)
    SWIMMER, THE
    THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, THE
    THIS ISLAND EARTH (announced + import now available)
    ULEE'S GOLD
    UNDER FIRE
    WORLD WITHOUT END
    WORLD WITHOUT SUN (J. Cousteau) (import)

    and a bunch I left off....
     
  2. Josh Steinberg

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    My biggest Blu-ray surprise remains Star Trek: The Next Generation. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that they’d rebuild seven seasons worth of episodes from unconformed negative - basically putting the entire show through postproduction for a second time. They didn’t cut corners and the results are miraculous. It’s the best remastering of its type ever done.

    To see the show as it was scripted and shot, divorced from the grungy look of 1980s-era video postproduction, was a revelation. My best childhood memories revived in spectacular fashion.

    I’m still in awe of the effort.
     
  3. Bryan^H

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    Nice list.

    Conrack, and My Dinner with Andre are two of the best movies I have ever seen. The classic 3D titles are also great.

    For myself I would have to say classic TV shows I love being released on Blu-Ray is something I never thought would happen. My favorite Star Trek series, Little House on the Prairie (miracle this was completed), Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, Airwolf, Miami Vice, Quantum Leap, classic Doctor Who, Space 1999 The Twilight Zone Etc.

    Also 90's movies that I never expected to see: The Whole Wide World, Gas Food, Lodging, Maborosi, and After Life.


    Truly amazing to own these on Blu.
     
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    Some good titles in your list. SOLDIER BLUE is rather tame when seen today.It no longer gets an 'R rating -at least not in my country.No age restrictions at all and it is shown uncut on TV.. How times have changed.THE EMIGRANTS/NEW LAND are my favourites from your list of blurays available. Still waiting for PONETTE -the tear jerker to end all tear jerkers from France. 90 minutes of tears from start to finish. Good things come to those who wait. (if we live that long!)
     
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    The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
    Cat Ballou
    The Changeling
    Lost Horizon (1973)
    Mame
    Return to Oz
    The Three Caballeros
    Yours, Mine and Ours
     
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  6. Message #6 of 44 Apr 22, 2019
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    Ross Gowland

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    Here in Britain, Network have pleasantly surprised me by releasing some marvellous (to me) films that were used as mere afternoon or late night filler material on TV in the Eighties. Examples...

    80,000 Suspects
    Take Me High
    Every Home Should Have One
    Love Thy Neighbour
    Man About the House
    The Likely Lads
    6-5 Special

    And they’ve also released some all-film TV series that I thought I’d never see above DVD quality, including..

    The Sweeney (but just season one of four, alas)
    Man in a Suitcase
    The Persuaders
    UFO
    Space: 1999
    Department S
    The Professionals

    And after having seen the Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood I thought it’d be hard to track down a lot of the films featured (bar the always popular Mad Max) but along came Umbrella Entertainment and a few other boutique labels so I was able to get the likes of...

    Patrick
    BMX Bandits
    Road Games
    Dead-End Drive-In
    Turkey Shoot
    Dark Age
    Long Weekend
    Body Melt
    Harlequin
    The Survivor
    Stone

    And back to Eighties nostalgia, it’s great that Arrow and the like are releasing the weird and wonderful films I rented on VHS and adored as a kid, including...

    Jake Speed
    Buckaroo Banzai
    Rawhead Rex
    Hell Comes to Frogtown
    Phenomenon (known here as Creepers back in the day)
    The Burning

    And lastly, as a boy of about 14, a friend and I rented a gory New Zealand horror film. It stuck in my head, images of a schoolboy being injected, punks in cars, heads being drilled, a mad surgeon in a remote hospital. But years later I’d forgotten the title. Thanks to the Internet, however, I learnt that it was called Death Warmed Up. And this month I’ll be receiving an uncensored HD copy from Severin with a slipcover that uses the original UK poster art.

    Blu-Ray is fab. :)
     
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    I love those announcements when I punch the air & say "oh yes!" when a long time favourite or a film I'd never thought would get released is announced for a Blu-ray release (I remember being downright excited when news of the Universal Monster legacy Collections started to come out: the sequels at long last!). I remember my delight when Warner Archive released The Naked & The Dead last year, who'd have thunk it. And then The Sea Hawk. Alas, no exclamations yet for this year (region B), & the only 2019 release I've bought so far this year is the German release of Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, but this stuff is totally subjective & it could be the best year ever for some people. As usual, I wait in hope for the next Archive/Arrow/Eureka/Twilight Time/Criterion UK/Indicator ect. announcements.
     
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    The first thing I thought of when I saw this list was Criterion’s release of Eating Raoul. I was browsing through the video section of Barnes &
    Noble a few years ago, and there it was. I didn’t know at the time that it was available. I couldn’t pay for it fast enough. One of my favorite films, and a nice BluRay package.
     
  9. Colin Jacobson

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    "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" was a definite surprise!
     
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    Probably one of the biggest OMG titles for me is Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie. Barely seen, prejudged by most people as a bad film due to a few knives out reviews from people that did not like Hopper, it was fairly incredible that this managed to get a blu-ray release. To top it off the release is gorgeous. Now, is the film for everyone? No, absolutely not but if you enjoyed all the quirks of Easy Rider you will probably like The Last Movie. It really ends up being exactly the kind of film you would expect from the guy that made Easy Rider.

    Hopper himself was an obnoxious turd during the time he was making this but he was also a very interesting filmmaker that had a fantastic eye for photography and it shows in this film. I think his idea of running away to Peru to make a film was the big self-indulgent aspect of making this picture but the end result is a beautifully shot film in real locations. Being a real asshole cost him but this film is nowhere near the disaster a few people claimed it was. It's basically a really great follow-up to Easy Rider...and now a treasure for 1970s film lovers to discover on a top notch blu-ray.
     
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    Here is my list of Blu-rays I am happy to have on my shelf:

    The Passenger (Antonioni)
    The Trial (Welles) Import
    Miracle in Milan (De Sica) Import
    The Clowns (Fellini)
    Ludwig ( Visconti)
    Mysteries of Lisbon (Ruiz)
    Moonlighting (Skolimowski)
    Napoleon (Gance) Import
    My Father's Glory (Robert) Import
    My Mother's Castle ( Robert) Import
    The Titfield Thunderbolt (Crichton) Import
     
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    I checked it out from the library a month ago and liked it enough to buy the Blu-ray. Like the extras on the disc too.
     
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    Thomas T

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    I'm not surprised when "classics" and well known films like The Sea Hawk, The Thing From Another World, The Haunting, cult films like The Swimmer and The Body Snatcher or high profile foreign films like The Emigrants make it to blu ray. It's kind of expected really. My OMG moments usually come from films that no one ever talks about and/or didn't get a release on DVD. As someone said, it's all subjective. My own personal "OMG, I never thought I'd ever see this on blu ray" titles include:

    Adventures Of Hajii Baba (1954) from Twilight Time
    Becky Sharp (1935) restored to its original Technicolor glory from Kino
    Boy On A Dolphin (1957) from Kino
    Cookie's Fortune (1999) from Germany
    55 Days At Peking (1963) from Great Britan
    Histoire Simple
    (aka A Simple Story) (1978) from France
    Lisbon
    (1956) from Kino
    Mrs. Dalloway
    (1997) from Great Britain
    No Down Payment (1957) from Twilight Time
    Sorcieres De Salem (1957) (aka The Crucible) from France
    Tender Is The Night (1962) from France
     
  14. Todd Erwin

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    And I don't think we'll ever see something on that grand of a scale ever again.... :(
     
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    I was very surprised recently when Criterion announced their forthcoming disc of War And Peace. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers also took me by surprise as did Tender Is The Night.
     
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    One film I’d never thought I’d see was just announced: HOLD BACK THE DAWN.
     
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    Ed Lachmann

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    I share many of those same titles, Dick, great list. Some of my recent "hooray" titles: Hannibal (Japan), Ulysses (Germany), Sign of the Cross, Unconquered, Reap the Wild Wind (France), War and Peace, Death Takes a Holiday, Beggars of Life, The Covered Wagon, Old Ironsides and The Covered Wagon. But the biggest treat seems up in the air after Arrow announced a restored BD release of G. W. Pabst's L'Atlantide (with Brigitte Helm as "She") for December but pulled it from the UK site and now it appears on the USA Amazon site. What's up with it, Arrow?
     
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    Oh my silly comedy favorites that just started showing up... Yellowbeard!!! could not believe that one. Zapped!, Erik the Viking, Neighbors, Ice Pirates... others like 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, the Gate and gate 2! My Bodyguard with Makepeace (Happy Birthday Chris, he's 50-damn-5!!) Baldwin and Dillon ...and Gordon...Mull, so many more!
     
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    Wonderful series of lists to which I would add in Blu:
    Ragtime
    Paint Your Wagon
    Half A Sixpence
    Lord Jim
    The Victors (Uncut)
    Hondo (3D)
    to name but a few.
     
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    As with Thomas T, I’m not surprised when classics or cult films are released.

    The one that caught me off guard was It’s In The Bag starring Fred Allen
     
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