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Louis Letizia

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Like Universal, Sony has leasing multiple deals with Criterion, Twilight Time, Mill Creek , Grindhouse Releasing and Shout! Most surprisng is Sony itself releasing catalog titles on Blu lately such as Robin and Marian. below are 70s Columbia films . NOV are titles that never reached even VHS in the U.S. ; VHS are films only released in that format and NOB were released only on DVD. Fun to speculate which titles will go with which company. Who would have thought The Swimmer, for instance,would have gone to Grindhouse Releasing? Boldface are those films that seem important
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Land Raiders (NOB)
The Looking Glass War (NOB)
Loving (NOB)
The Liberation of L.B. Jones (NOB)
Riverrun (NOV)
Getting Straight (NOB)
Watermelon Man (NOB)
A Walk in the Spring Rain (NOB)
You Cant Win Em All (VHS) as Soldier of Fortune
R.P.M. (NOB)
The Executioner (NOB)
The Mind of Mr. Soames (NOB)
I Never Sang For My Father (NOB)
Cromwell (NOB)
The Owl and the Pussycat (NOB)
I Walk the Line (NOB)
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I think I've heard of maybe 2 of all these movies.

Gotta wonder, at this point in time, how many consumers are even out there demanding this kind of stuff, especially on disc? I can't imagine it being at all profitable to clean these up and stamp the discs.
 

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So is The Anderson Tapes. And, of course, many of these titles are available on blu elsewhere, and even more are available in HD on digital platforms.
 

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I’m curious about your criteria for ‘important’ films. It seems random (or personal).


I would have definitely had Brian’s Song in bold (among others)
 

Louis Letizia

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I’m curious about your criteria for ‘important’ films. It seems random (or personal).


I would have definitely had Brian’s Song in bold (among others)
Yes. Random and looking at the choices...personal. Brians Song is great and although it received a theatrical release it is at its core a TV Movie that wouldnt gain much from Bluray upgrade
 

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Eyes Of Laura Mars (1978) was released onto Blu-ray (region free I believe) by Indicator and was available on Amazon UK (where I bought my copy).
Unfortunately the listing shows “currently unavailable “ and out of stock. But that can change.

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How many of these are still under the thumb of the Music Rights Monster? Looking at that list I can guess that the music in Let the Good Times Roll was only cleared for theatrical release if it's never gotten a video in any format. Stand Up and Be Counted was where the Helen Reddy song "I Am Woman" was first introduced; the song outlived the movie. Skatetown USA is in the same boat.

Yes. Random and looking at the choices...personal. Brians Song is great and although it received a theatrical release it is at its core a TV Movie that wouldnt gain much from Bluray upgrade

It was shot on 35mm film. The existing DVD is almost 20 years old and looked decent then (I haven't watched it in years), so it probably would look better in Blu-ray.
 

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@MatthewA is correct. Skatetown USA (1979) is in music rights jail. I’ve been requesting this title for quite a while now.

@Louis Letizia, you should have boldfaced this title due to the fact it featured Patrick Swayze in his first major role.

The only way to see this now is if you’re lucky enough to have a avant-garde Theater house near you that would be willing to check out a 35mm print from Sony or whomever. I’ve been requesting this from the Enzian Theater in Orlando but no luck.

There is that crummy bootleg DVD out there but I’d stay away from that nowadays.

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Besides EYES OF LAURA MARS and THE ANDERSON TAPES a number of these are available from the UK via Indicator, so, if not Region A already, perhaps they'll migrate here. THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN is available in the US.
 

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HaHa!

I'm betting 3/4 of the members here are in the same boat I am.

I have seen 49 of the titles on this list...many of them in the theatre in their original release. Of the 49, I own copies of 16 of the movies. Some on standard DVDs and others from TV showings. (Turner Classic Movies aired LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL once a few years back).
 

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HaHa! I'm betting 3/4 of the members here are in the same boat I am.

Anyone remotely film savvy would know the majority of those titles even if they've never seen them. I've heard of every one of those films and seen 62 of them. But I do agree with you that interest (not to mention profitability) on 50% (at least) of those titles are nil.
 
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