Paramount -- more '70's - era movies!

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  1. Mark Edward Heuck

    Mark Edward Heuck Screenwriter

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    Considering there are 2 competing documentaries about '70's-era filmmaking (A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE and EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS), and the constant mention of their influence on today's great directors like Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson, I think there are a lot of great movies that have been gathering dust in the vault that could find an energetic new audience with a DVD release. Doing a power search on imdb, here are some titles that I'd love to see, and could do business based on their talent or subject matter:

    PRIME CUT (Michael Ritchie)
    FEAR IS THE KEY [Barry Newman, Ben Kingsley]
    MAN ON A SWING (Frank Perry)
    CHILD'S PLAY (Sidney Lumet)
    BLACK BEAUTY
    BORSALINO {French legend pairing, good tie with MAN ON THE TRAIN}
    DEEP END (Jerzy Skolimowski)
    DAY OF THE LOCUST (John Schlesinger)
    BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON (Franco Zefferelli)
    FRIENDS
    PAUL AND MICHELLE
    HANDLE WITH CARE (CITIZEN'S BAND) (Jonathan Demme)
    HUSTLE (Robert Aldrich)
    THE RED TENT [Sean Connery]
    THE WHITE DAWN (Philip Kaufman)
    THE MAN {recently cited as influence on HEAD OF STATE}
    THE OUTSIDER
    SAVE THE TIGER (John G. Avildsen)
    A SEPARATE PEACE
    SOUNDER (Martin Ritt)
    SOUNDER PART II
    TROPIC OF CANCER
    STARTING OVER (James L. Brooks)
    FRENCH POSTCARDS [Debra Winger]

    I'm aware catalog titles are always risky, and need a hook to help justify release. It seems to me that these might have a fighting chance right now in the public consciousness. Maybe later on we'll get a good director who'll crow about '50's and '60's era releases and help push those into worthwhile DVD reissues.
     
  2. Jay E

    Jay E Cinematographer

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    I think Paramount is doing a pretty good job in releasing catalog titles from the 70's, but I'm with you Mark, I would love to see more 70's films on DVD, most studios seem to ignore this high point in American cinema.

    Some great suggestions on your list Mark. I myself would also like to see:

    Black Sunday
    Conformist, The
    Friends of Eddie Coyle
    Great Gatsby, The
    Handle With Care
    Islands in the Stream
    Last Tycoon, The
    Let's Scare Jessica to Death
    Looking for Mr Goodbar
    Molly Maguires, The
    Murder on the Orient Express
    1900
    Out-of-Towners, The
    Phase IV
    Pretty Baby
    Plaza Suite
    Possession of Joel Delaney, The
    WUSA
     
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    Murder on the Orient Express !

    Absolutely!
     
  4. Jon Hertzberg

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    Great lists! I see more than a few that I've mentioned here before as well. Since it is rarely mentioned at all, I wanted to second interest in 1979's French Postcards, with the original music intact. The video's replacement soundtrack is atrocious.

    Jon
     
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    and from the 60's...
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