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Over 100 Movies That Ought To Be on Blu-ray (and DVD) But Aren't

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Kyrsten Brad, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. Message #1 of 21 Dec 16, 2018
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    Kyrsten Brad

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    Well folks, on a rare night that I get to play on the laptop, I came across this 2014 article in the New York Post which listed & briefly described "Over 100 More Movies That Really Ought To Be On DVD" (by Lou Lumenick) but of course are not as of that writing. By extension of course Those Movies That Really Ought To Be On DVD should also Really Ought To Be on Blu-ray.

    Reading thru the listing when I can (at my business location this evening we have some bandwidth hogs playing their movies & online video games so reading thru the article is a little tedious at this time. I'm getting tempted to go into the system and zap a few bandwidth hog WiFi connections here.

    Anyway go ahead and peruse the article. I saw at least one title on that list (Farewell My Lovely (1975)) that we know now has been released on Blu and I'm sure a few other titles on that list have been released as well. The article noted that some might be available for online download but I didn't follow that up further. Right now I'm still trying to read the full article.


    Excerpt from Mr. Lumenick's article:
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    I’ve learned a lot from the outpouring of reader response to my two recent columns — 64 clips of movies you can’t find on DVD and Even more clips (70, in fact) of flicks you can’t find on DVD — about movies you can’t find on DVD.

    Based on my e-mail and response on social media, practically everyone seems to have a list of movies they want to own on DVD — if only they were made available.

    “How ’bout a shout-out to ‘Lost Films of George Peppard’: “Pendulum,’ ‘P.J.,’ ‘House of Cards,’’ tweeted Eddie in Baltimore.

    My blogger friends Lauren and Kristen in California are clamoring for unavailable films with ’40s icon Veronica Lake. Others are begging to be be able to buy titles with Ronald Colman, Claudette Colbert and many other stars.

    And they don’t want to pay through the nose for an out-of-print title, or purchase an import DVD than also requires a pricey region-free player to watch it. Also, a lot of readers are just not interested in (or lack the bandwidth to handle) streaming online, which is the only way some of these titles are currently available.

    So here is a final (I promise) and largely crowd-sourced list of titles you’d think would be on DVD but aren’t — as well where they are available, in some cases, to the best of our knowledge, and our best guesses why some aren’t circulating at all. In the meantime, as a thank-you for your suggestions, I’ve tracked down clips from them:

    ‘The Experts’ (1989)
    John Travolta completists are clamoring for this barely-released, Dave Thomas-directed comedy about a pair of entertainers who are kidnapped by the KGB to train their agents to pose as “hip’’ Americans. Streaming only at Amazon.

    ‘The Whales of August’ (1987) (UPDATE: Available on Blu-ray from Kino)
    The legendary Lillian Gish made her final screen appearance playing Bette Davis’ sister in this touching drama with great late performances by Vincent Price and Oscar-nominated Ann Sothern. An out-of-print DVD will cost you $60 and up.

    ‘Only When I Laugh’ (1981)
    Marsha Mason, Joan Hackett and James Coco all received Oscar nominations — and Kristy McNicol a Golden Globe nod — for Neil Simon’s dramady about an alcoholic actress, which is available only to stream at this point.

    ‘An Unmarried Woman’ (1978)
    This Oscar-nominated Paul Mazursky feminist classic, with a terrific Jill Clayburgh, has been out of print. Copies go for as much as $380 on Amazon.

    ‘Moment by Moment’ (1978)
    Lily Tomlin and John Travolta are lovers in this legendary flop directed by Tomlin’s longtime partner Jane Wagner, which does not even seem to have had a VHS release in the US.

    ‘Farewell My Lovely’ (1975) (UPDATE: Available on Blu-ray as a two movie offering from Shout Select, also includes The Big Sleep (1978 version))
    Robert Mitchum plays legendary sleuth Philip Marlowe in a well-regarded remake of “Murder My Sweet’’ that’s available only for streaming, as well as on an Asian import DVD.

    ‘Sleuth’ (1972)
    Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s first screen version of a famous stage thriller. Out of print for years, available only as an import.

    ‘Justine’ (1969)
    George Cukor’s cult adaptation of a Lawrence Durrell novel set in 1938 Alexandria, with French actress Anouk Aimée, never made it past the VHS format, where a pan-and-scan copy sells for $70.

    ‘The Appointment’ (1969)
    Another international production with Aimée, this one directed by Sidney Lumet. Warner Archive has been remastering this for widescreen.

    ‘Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?’ (1968)
    Several Doris Day fans wrote to remind me that this comedy inspired by the 1965 New York blackout is her only film that’s never been on DVD. The Warner Archive Collection has said on its Facebook page that there are rights issues blocking a release.

    ‘P.J.’ (1968)
    George Peppard movies like this private-eye thriller were once ubiqutious on TV, but fans have been having trouble finding them on DVD. Also: “What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?” (1968), “House of Cards” (1968), “Pendulum” (1969).

    ‘After the Fox’ (1966)
    One of Peter Sellers’ funniest films — written by Neil Simon, directed by Vittorio De Sica, with Victor Mature and a catchy score by Burt Bachrach — is also out of print, and commanding $72 and up.

    ‘Penelope’ (1966)
    Natalie Wood fans have been waiting for decades for a video release of this comedy — about a kleptomaniac who robs her husband’s bank — which is apparently blocked by rights issues.

    ‘John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!’ (1965)
    Sometimes a studio buries a legendary mistake — “Ishtar’’ skipped over DVD entirely and went straight to Blu-ray a couple of years ago (though Warren Beatty may have been partly responsible for that). That maybe is the case with this William Peter Blatty-written comedy starring Shirley MacLaine as a reporter who goes undercover in a Middle East harem after the Notre Dame football team is obliged to play there.

    ‘The Alphabet Murders’ (1965)
    MGM-British’s Miss Marple mystery features have been on DVD for eight years, but we’re still waiting for that studio’s sole outing with Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, which stars Tony Randall. A pan-and-scan VHS fetches $50 at Amazon.

    ‘Of Human Bondage’ (1964)
    Kim Novak fans want this third screen version of the Somerset Maugham classic on DVD (it’s currently streaming at Amazon, along with Kim’s out of print “The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders’’ from 1965), while Eleanor Parker enthusiasts would like version No. 2 from 1946.

    ‘The Angry Hills’ (1959)
    As popular as Robert Mitchum is on DVD, there’s apparently never been a US video release for this Greek-set World War II adventure, though the Warner Archive Collection is reportedly trying to remedy the situation.

    ‘The Blue Angel’ (1959)
    You can buy Fox’s 1962 remake of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’’ on DVD, but not this 1959 redo of the Emil Jannings-Marlene Dietrich classic starring Curt Jurgens and May Britt (then Mrs. Sammy Davis Jr).

    ‘A Time to Love and a Time to Die’ (1958)
    Hard-core cinephiles own the Region B Blu-ray for Douglas Sirk’s penultimate Hollywood film, a World War II story by Erich Maria Remarque. But those unwilling to take a shot on a region-free Asian import DVD have been waiting for years.

    ‘Damn Yankees’ (1958)
    What Lola — and Larry — wants is this long out-of-print Broadway musical starring Tab Hunter and Gwen Verdon, which fetches $60 and up on Amazon. As does the authorized and similarly out of print “The Pajama Game’’ (1957), also directed by Stanley Donen and George Abbott.

    ‘Ten North Frederick’ (1958)
    Rights to John O’Hara’s source novel about politics in the 1940s may have blocked a US video release of this late Gary Cooper vehicle, which recently surfaced on DVD in the UK.

    ‘Lizzie’ (1957)
    This “Three Face of Eve’’-like story starring Eleanor Parker, from a novel by Shirley Jackson, airs periodically on TCM, but does not appear to have ever turned up on home video.

    ‘The View From Pompey’s Head’ (1955)
    Interesting Georgia-set crime drama starring Richard Egan that seems to have disappeared completely from view decades ago. Probably rights issues.

    ‘Phantom of the Rue Morgue’ (1954)
    Karl Malden toplines this horror demi-classic, one of several 3-D movies that Warners has held back from DVD in antipation of stereoscopic Blu-ray releases. Also: “Second Chance,’ “The French Line’’ and “The Charge at Feather River.’’

    ‘Ten Tall Men’ (1951)
    This French Foreign Legion spoof, produced by star Burt Lancaster’s production company, recently surfaced on TCM after decades of unavailability. So, a DVD release may be in the offing.

    ‘M’ (1951)
    Cult director Joseph Losey directed this Americanized version of the Fritz Lang classic, starring David Wayne, which has had some revival screenings recently.

    ‘Death of a Salesman’ (1951)
    Fredric March stars in this long-unavailable adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play, which Sony restored a couple of years ago. Other MIA Marches: “Another Party of the Forest’’ (1948), “Victory’’ (1940), “Anthony Adverse’’ (1936), “The Royal Family of Broadway’’ (1930).

    ‘Mr. Belvedere Goes to College’ (1949)
    Shirley Temple returned to Fox for her penultimate screen appearance, supporting Clifton Webb in the only Mr. Belvedere comedy not available on DVD.

    ‘Always Leave Them Laughing’ (1949)
    Milton Berle’s superstardom on early TV didn’t translate to big-screen stardom, but this thinly disguised autobiography is interesting. Among his other missing films: “Radio City Revels” (1937), “Rise and Shine” (1941) and “Over My Dead Body” (1942).

    ‘The Sainted Sisters’ (1948)
    Veronica Lake and Joan Caulfield as New York con artists on the lam in Maine. Among many other MIA Lakes: “Out of This World (1945),” “Hold that Blonde!” (1945), “Miss Susie Slagle’s” (1946), “Isn’t It Romantic?” (1948) and “Footsteps in the Snow’’ (1966).

    ‘Night Has a Thousand Eyes’ (1948)
    Edward G. Robinson as a phony mentalist who acquires actual supernatural powers. Many people have been asking for this.

    ‘Ride the Pink Horse’ (1947) (UPDATE: Available on Blu-ray from Criterion)
    Superior Mexican-set noir starring and directed by Robert Montgomery, remade for TV as “The Hanged Man’’ (1964). Other missing Montgomeries: “Hell Below’’ (1933), “Trouble For Two’’ (1936) and “Petticoat Fever’’ (1936).

    ‘The Farmer’s Daughter’ (1947) (UPDATE: Available on Blu-ray from Kino)




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    Some of these are out on Blu-ray while several others have been released on DVD. Personally, I wish the following titles from that list would get some kind of disc release.

    Night has a Thousand Eyes
    Ten Tall Men
    Lizzie
    Death of a Saleman
     
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    If by Lizzie, you're referring to the 1957 Eleanor Parker film, that's available on a MOD from the Warners Archives. A decent looking DVD of Night Has A Thousand Eyes is available from Germany. I own both.
     
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    Thank you for that correction as I did forget about that Warner Archive release. I'll pick that up. As to "Night has a Thousand Eyes", I'm talking Region A/1 release as it appears that dvd title is rather scarce.
     
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    I bought Damn Yankees on DVD in (I think) 1992 when I was on holiday in New York. I can't find it right now, I'd have taken more care of it if I knew it was going to be worth so much now (just checked on Amazon). I can't get that list to work on my old laptop, but there are tens of thousands of films & you can do these wanted on DVD/Blu-ray lists anytime.
     
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    I have good news for you: Ride The Pink Horse is on Blu-ray from Criterion, and The Farmer's Daughter is on Blu-ray from Kino.
     
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    So noted.
    I did know about those two but my WiFi link was so crappy, I was lucky just to get the list copied over.
     
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    Also, Kino put out The Whales of August, Shout! Select did Farewell, My Lovely (paired with the '70s The Big Sleep), and Olive released The Private Affairs of Bel Ami.
     
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    So noted. Updated listing.
     
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    Definitely would like to see many of those titles on Blu-Ray, or even DVD...particularly the George Peppard thrillers like P.J., Pendulum and House of Cards, and Ten Tall Men.
     
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    Pendulum has recently been released on Blu-ray disc by Sony themselves. House Of Cards is available on an Italian DVD which has very clean images from which all grain has been removed.
     
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    Funny enough I was looking for the Anouk Aimee/Michael York "Jasmine" from '69 earlier this morning. Apparently there is a 20th Century Archive release of it but it's 4x3 pan/scan. Maybe TT will release it unless the Disney deal halts their relationship. Same thing with the 20th Century Fox Sodom and Gomorrah, also with Aimee.
     
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    Thanks for reminding me about Pendulum, Robin. The one I really want is P.J. I remember catching it on an afternoon movie showing on TV growing up and have wanted to see it again ever since.

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    I remember that film and I'd love a good Blu-ray disc. It was notable at the time because Raymond Burr returned from virtuous TV duty as Perry Mason to make a film where, as in decades earlier, he played a man with few virtues. The film was also notable for Gayle Hunnicutt's performance as the rich man's mistress. Unlike previous decades, she was not presented as his secretary. She was his mistress. Gayle Hunnicutt was so good that many people thought she would go on to be a big star, but it didn't happen.

    The overseas title was much better: A New Face In Hell. If I remember rightly George Peppard threatens someone with the line "there'll be a new face in hell for breakfast."
     
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    Open Range (2003) starring Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, a great western.
    The Corrupt Ones (1967) starring Robert Stack, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan, This film has never been released in North America on either DVD or Blu-ray.
     
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    Easy answer. Every Abbott & Costello film not already on Blu. Every Fox Charlie Chan film (especially the Olands). Every Blondie film. Every Roy Rogers film not already on Blu. And... Well, that would cover a hundred already. :)

    Gary "and for good measure, I want Warner Bros to put 'Rocky Mountain' on Blu-ray as well" O.
     
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    I'll add to Gary's list every Laurel & Hardy film - shorts and features - on Blu.
     
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    Damn Yankees would be a no-brainer from Warner Archives. Is there not a quality transfer available?
     
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    After the Fox is available on both DVD and BR from Kino Lorber. It was a 2016 release, still available, and quite reasonably priced.
     
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