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OLD MOVIE TITLES I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ON BLU RAY

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by M90GM, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. M90GM

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    My Top Ten?

    Just a long list - biased toward technical elements which "expand" on blu ray (i.e. Scope & stereo) for a large format home cinema - I am lucky to have a Cinemascope screen. (2.40).

    At the outset we are all grateful to WA for many amazing DVD releases (including many second feature noirs) and extraordinary Blu Rays (from GWTW, Oz to West Was Won, Quo Vadis, and the many musicals including "B's" like Deep in Heart & Hit the Deck).
    My list is not really one of favorites but rather a list of "logical" OPTIONS based on critical success &/or at box office.

    The most obvious three, I have no doubt, await technical options to be resolved
    RAINTREE, RYAN, SOCIETY
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    Interrupted Melody*, Student Prince, Love Me or Leave Me, Rose Marie (*award winning scope/color musicals)

    Annie Get Your Gun, Great Caruso, & Showboat (4:3 musicals) & Million Dollar Mermaid, Neptune's Daughter Scaramouche, King Solomon's Mines, Ivanhoe, Mogambo, Long Long Trailer & Cinemascope Stereo - Knights Round Table (1st MGM scope) Quentin Durward, Cimarron.
    Then
    Blackboard Jungle, Something of Value, Escape Fort Bravo (stereo), Somebody Up There likes Me, Friendly Persuasion, - all largely successful "star" films
    And old " out of style " classics that are far better (i.e. more successful box office & awards) options than many "old" blu rays available from 2nd tier labels - Maytime, Blossoms in the Dust, Gaslight, Great Waltz, Random Harvest, Waterloo Bridge, Boom Town, Bad & Beautiful, For Me and my Gal, Great Ziegfeld, Captain's Courageous, Camille, Escape, Mortal Storm, Valley of Decision - "MGM quality" star box office hits .

    Those who anxiously wait The Cyclops will laugh at these titles which research must show have no appeal to the buyers of today. But then - I have every movie I want on DVD and have to be satisfied with that!! Thanks Warner Archive for your generosity!!
     
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    Sadie Thompson(1928)
    Four Horsemen of the Apocalyse(1921)
    Robin Hood(1922)
    The Cameraman
    It(1927)
    The Wind(1928)
    Hell's Angels
    The remaining Busby Berkeley musicals
    Astaire-Rogers musicals
    The Thin Man series
    A Fugitive on a Chain Gang
    She Done Him Wrong
    I'm No Angel
    Laurel and Hardy films
    1930s W.C. Fields
    The Story of Temple Drake
    Gunga Din
    Advise and Consent
    The Alamo
    Ball of Fire
    Captain Blood
    Five Graves to Cairo
    Mister Roberts
    Sergeant Rutledge
    A Night at the Opera
    Clash by Night
    Rancho Notorious
     
  3. AnthonyClarke

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    I'd love Criterion to reissue their Lubitsch box set but this time in Blu ray .. those wonderful Jeanette MacDonald musicals with Maurice Chevalier and Jack Buchanan.
     
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    Warner Bros. has been typically mum, since the year Blu-ray was introduced, regarding its silent classics. GREED, THE WIND, THE CROWD....damn! We want these!!
     
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    We got a beautiful transfer of Love Me or Leave Me last year, and I have enjoyed it several times since buying it.
     
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    As have I. I keep hoping The Pajama Game will make it to blu as well.
     
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    Kevin Brownlow, when interviewed at the SF Silent Film Festival earlier this year, lamented the fact they haven't put out the restorations. Its very annoying that Warner won't release them or allow someone like Criterion to put them out.

    https://www.filmcomment.com/blog/interview-kevin-brownlow/
     
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    BLACK TIGHTS - it was brilliant when I saw it 70 mm on a 62 ft wide curved screen. The current dvd is rather poor in quality.
     
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    I saw Black Tights in 70mm on the Cinerama screen in Bradford years ago the print was pink
    but 6 track stereo sounded great.
     
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    I just sent a message to WBHE that included a link to this article and highlighted that specific paragraph. Can't hurt, and the more of us who write to them, the better. This sort of campaign CAN work.
     
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    No surprise on some of my wants if you visit the 30's & 40's mystery series thread.
    The Thin Man series
    Charlie Chan series
    but also...
    Astaire & Rogers series

    many others but that's a start
     
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    Billy Batson

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    A wants list thread, that's a good idea :)

    I'm thinking of the films I saw on TV in the late fifties & early sixties that cemented my love of films. This is not a moan, as I have great looking Blu-rays of many of those films, more of a: Pease sir, I want some more.

    Here's ten:

    Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
    Beau Geste ((1939) I think this has had a Blu-ray release in Australia, & I have a nice looking HD transfer that I recorded off air.
    The Sea Hawk (1940)
    Northwest Passage (1940) I'm thinking this is not very likely, as I understand the elements are in a bit of a state.
    Boom Town (1940)
    The Ghost Breakers (1940)
    All That Money Can Buy (aka The Devil & Daniel Webster 1941). A masterpiece.
    The Road To Utopia (1945) & nach, I want the others as well.
    The Big Sky (1952)
    Scaramouche (1952).
     
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    I would love to own any of the titles in your list.

    FYI: re: NORTHWEST PASSAGE, the movie actually only covers the first half of Kenneth Roberts' novel. That was a wise choice. The second half of the book is a slow and surprisingly unengaging (as Roberts -- from my state of Maine -- was a dynamic writer) slog that leads basically nowhere...the passage is never found, and the characters are essentially no longer part of the adventurous events that ended where the movie did. I would love to see a filmization of Robert's Arundel and Rabble In Arms, which covered the Revolutionary War from the perspective of Maine and Portsmouth, NH characters in great and fascinating detail. I highly recommend reading those books.
     
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    How about the Gable /Tracy movies
    San Francisco
    Test Pilot
    Boom Town

    Gable/Harlow

    The Secret Six
    Red Dust
    China Seas
    Saratoga
    Wife Versus Secretary
    Hold Your Man

    Ah for the days of Warner Bros. Signature Collections
     
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    And its running mate, Damn Yankees.
     
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    Oliver Twist (1948) David Lean's version. This year is the films 70th Anniversary. Criterion released the dvd years ago. I have it. But why NO Bluray ??? The Best version ever with GREAT acting performances. There is a French Bluray, but it's over priced, and I never saw a review on it. Anyone ??
     
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    Don't forget the other silent masterpieces already restored by Kevin Brownlow and Photoplay: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg and the elusive Greed. And want them we most certainly do!
     
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    Especially Greed and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It's a major crime that these films aren't on BluRay. I also forgot to state A Woman of Affairs which is one of Garbo's best and has a very young Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
     
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