During the years I've frequented this forum, I've come to know that I have many contemporaries among you (age 50+) and also a great number of younger classic movie aficionados. I am hoping that, between you, there are many who share my love for the Herman Melville-inspired sea tragedy BILLY BUDD. This film was directed by (and starred) Peter Ustinov as a British Captain during the French Wars of the late eighteenth century. A debutante by the name of Terence Stamp played the truly innocent sailor Billy Budd, taken aboard the H.M.S. Indominable and almost immediately singled out by the neurotic master-at-arms Claggart, played with oozing evil by Robert Ryan. A brilliant film, photographed in black and white with a ratio of 2.35:1. This was an Allied Artists film, eventually released (pan and scan only, of course) on VHS (never laser) by Allied Artists, then Key Video. Key was an offshoot of Fox, but I do not believe Fox owns this film now. I think Warners owns the Allied Artists catalog, but someone correct me if I'm wrong. In any case, this is a sensational movie adventure with much food for thought, and needs DVD release! TCM ran it letterboxed a few times years ago, but my e-mail requests to them for a re-showing have gone unanswered, so I am wondering if they have lost the rights to broadcast it. Any other fans out there???