Pre-1960s films on DVD.....

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  1. paul o'donnell

    paul o'donnell Second Unit

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    I know the title is a little vague, but bear with me.
    I was thinking it might be a good idea to compile a little list of recommendations of pre-1960s films that are available on dvd. However, it would be good to only list the ones that are available with good transfers and packages in general (no madacy etc) and do not have rumoured special editions in the works.
    This would be a good way to help people buy more back catalogue titles, see great movies and hopefully encourage the studios to release more of their classics to dvd and treat them right (yes warner, you).
    Fire away folks.
    Edit:
    I was mostly thinking Hollywood films, but feel free to throw in foreign language too. Ooh, I see Jack's responded, cheers...already own that great set [​IMG] I've got most of the KEY dvds, but this is to help me (and others) fill in the blanks and update the - gradually disintigrating - video collection.
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Your first purchase should be Warner's stunning Citizen Kane set.
     
  3. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Well, since you asked [​IMG]
    The Kid
    The Gold Rush
    The General
    The Circus
    Steamboat Bill, Jr.
    Frankenstein
    City Lights
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    Dracula
    Duck Soup
    It Happened One Night
    The Bride of Frankenstein
    The 39 Steps
    Modern Times
    My Man Godfrey
    Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
    The Lady Vanishes
    The Wizard of Oz
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    Fantasia
    Pinocchio
    Rebecca
    The Philadelphia Story
    The Great Dictator
    The Maltese Falcon
    Buck Privates
    Dumbo
    Citizen Kane
    In the Navy
    Holiday Inn
    Casablanca
    Sullivan's Travels
    Saboteur
    The Road to Morocco
    Woman of the Year
    Shadow of a Doubt
    Going My Way
    Arsenic & Old Lace
    Double Indemnity
    The Big Sleep
    Wonder Man
    The Road to Utopia
    The Bells of St. Mary's
    Anchors Aweigh
    Notorious
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Buck Privates Come Home
    Miracle on 34th Street
    The Bishop's Wife
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    Key Largo
    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
    Rope
    The Third Man
    Take Me Out to the Ballgame
    Adam's Rib
    Born Yesterday
    Harvey
    Alice In Wonderland
    Strangers on a Train
    Scrooge
    High Noon
    Hans Christian Andersen
    Son of Paleface
    Pat & Mike
    Stalag 17
    Peter Pan
    Rear Window
    Sabrina
    Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
    White Christmas
    Mister Roberts
    The Trouble with Harry
    Davy Crockett & the River Pirates
    The Seven Year Itch
    Lady & the Tramp
    The Great Locomotive Chase
    The Court Jester
    The Man Who Knew Too Much
    The Ten Commandments
    An Affair to Remember
    12 Angry Men
    Jailhouse Rock
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Witness for the Prosecution
    Indiscreet
    South Pacific
    Bell, Book & Candle
    Vertigo
    Pillow Talk
    Ben-Hur
    Anatomy of a Murder
    Operation Petticoat
    Some Like It Hot
    North by Northwest
     
  4. Mike Broadman

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    Wowie, George, that's quite a list.
    The timing of this thread is excellent for me. I just joined netflix. I selected a couple of older films to put on my "queue." They included Forbidden Planet and Nosferatu.
     
  5. paul o'donnell

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    Good man George, thats the kind of response I was after. I own just over half of those I think, so thanks. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I don't think I saw it up there, so I'll throw it in.
    Paramount's release of Shane is rather nice, and the film is one of - if not THE - finest westerns ever made. Check it out people, well worth it.
     
  6. John Stone

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    Great thread!

    I think these DVDs would compliment any collection. Here are my favorite pre 1960 films (ok, I threw in two from 1960), in ascending date order.

    Passion of Joan of Arc, The (1928): Criterion Collection

    All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

    39 Steps, The (1935): Criterion Collection

    Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937): Platinum Edition

    Lady Vanishes, The (1938): Criterion Collection

    Gone With The Wind (1939)

    Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

    Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

    Rebecca (1940): Criterion Collection

    Citizen Kane (1941)

    Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

    Casablanca (1942)

    Saboteur (1942)

    Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)

    National Velvet (1944)

    Notorious (1946): Criterion Collection

    Key Largo (1948)

    Rope (1948)

    All The King's Men (1949)

    Harvey (1950)

    American In Paris, An (1951)

    Strangers On A Train (1951)

    Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951): Original Director's Version

    High Noon (1952)

    Singin' In The Rain (1952)

    Shane (1953)

    Stalag 17 (1953)

    On The Waterfront (1954): Special Edition

    Rear Window (1954): Collector's Edition

    Sabrina (1954)

    Seven Samurai (1954): Criterion Collection

    Mister Roberts (1955): Premiere Collection

    Night of the Hunter, The (1955)

    Trouble With Harry, The (1955)

    Carousel (1956)

    Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956)

    12 Angry Men (1957)

    Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957): Limited Edition

    'Vertigo' (1958): Collector's Edition

    Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)

    GiGi (1958)

    South Pacific (1958)

    Ben-Hur (1959)

    North By Northwest (1959)

    Some Like It Hot (1959): Speical Edition

    Psycho (1960): Collector's Edition

    Spartacus (1960): Criterion Collection
     
  7. Jon Robertson

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    Literally every single Criterion DVD of any film made before 1960.

    I haven't seen one I'm less than very pleased with, and haven't read a bad review of one I don't have.
     
  8. Ken_McAlinden

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    This sounds like a poll. I will group it by company to disguise it as a discussion. An asterisk indicates an exceptionally good presentation on disc.

    Warner

    Ben-Hur

    Citizen Kane*

    Casablanca

    Gone with the Wind

    North by Northwest*

    Singin' in the Rain

    A Star is Born*

    Wizard of Oz*

    Fox

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes*

    How Green Was My Valley

    The Seven Year Itch*

    MGM

    Night of the Hunter

    Some Like it Hot

    12 Angry Men

    Witness for the Prosecution

    Paramount

    Sabrina

    Shane*

    Ten Commandments

    Columbia/Tristar

    Born Yesterday

    Bridge on the River Kwai*

    From Here to Eternity

    His Girl Friday*

    It Happened One Night*

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    On the Waterfront

    Universal

    Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein*

    Bride of Frankenstein*

    Dracula*

    Frankenstein*

    Going My Way/Holiday Inn

    Rear Window*

    Touch of Evil

    Vertigo

    Buena Vista

    Dumbo

    Fantasia*

    Peter Pan

    Pinocchio

    Snow White*

    Criterion*

    Ye gods, too many to list, but be sure to check out...

    Alexander Nevsky

    Children of Paradise

    Les Diaboliques

    Grand Illusion

    The Lady Vansihes

    M

    Notorious

    Rebecca

    Seven Samurai

    Seventh Seal

    Sullivan's Travels

    The 39 Steps

    ...etc.

    Kino

    Great work on most of the Buster Keaton discs

    Image

    Great work on most of the Chaplin discs as well as other silents

    Regards,
     
  9. Ken_McAlinden

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    I forgot Artisan:

    Bells of St. Mary's

    It's a Wonderful Life

    Rio Grande

    Sands of Iwo Jima

    I have mixed feelings about their High Noon presentation

    Regards,
     
  10. paul o'donnell

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  11. Ken_McAlinden

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    IMHO, the video transfer for High Noon looks a bit overprocessed. It's a tough film to get right becasue of the high contrast photography. They cleaned up the film element, but I'm afraid they threw some of the baby out with the bathwater. The sound is similarly overprocessed. Listening to the opening title song, one hears less popping, clicking, and hissing than, say, the Criterion laserdisc, but the music sounds muffled as a result of the filtering.
    That being said, unless you have the Criterion laserdisc, the DVD will likely be an upgrade to what you have. I tend to be pickier than most. I liked the Leonard Maltin hosted documentary.
    BTW, not to be all negative, I watched Warner's release of George Cukor's "Little Women" last night, and was very impressed with the video quality. Add it to my list above. [​IMG]
    Regards,
     
  12. Greg_Y

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    Another Artisan title is Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Good disc, but unfortunately non-anamorphic.
     
  13. paul o'donnell

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    Thanks Ken, as if I could afford the criterion LD back in the day with my no job [​IMG] (still don't have one, hehe)
    Couple other discs:
    Warner's Rio Bravo is nice
    MGM's Magnificent Seven is also very nice
     
  14. Ken_McAlinden

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    I should have listed Rio Bravo, But I left Magnificent Seven off my list on purpose since it was not technically "Pre-1960".

    Regards,
     
  15. paul o'donnell

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    Right you are. I went off on a bit of a westerns tangent there [​IMG]
    The recommendation still stands, 1960 counts too [​IMG] *wipes forehead* phew!
     

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