So many missing classics on DVD - I'm getting impatient now!

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  1. Alistair_M

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    I'd buy all of these...so come on hollywood release them on region 1 dvd by the end of 2005. I want to be focusing on HD-DVD/Blue ray from 2006!


    African Queen, The (1951)
    Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
    Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
    Band Wagon, The (1953)
    Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    Crowd, The (1928)
    East of Eden (1955)
    El Cid (1961)
    Fall of the Roman Empire
    Gunfighter, The (1950)
    Hangover Square (1945)
    If.... (1968)
    Jane Eyre (1944)
    King Kong (1933)
    Kings Row (1942)
    Laura (1944)
    Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
    Little Dorritt - 6 hour version
    Magnificent Ambersons, The (1942)
    Man Who Came to Dinner, The (1942)
    Ninotchka (1939)
    Quo Vadis (1951)
    Roaring Twenties, The (1939)
    Sea Hawk, The (1940)
    Stage Door (1937)
    Top Hat (1935)
    White Heat (1949)
    Wuthering Heights
    Pride and Prejeduice (Greer Garson)
    Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    The Sting
    Chariots of Fire
     
  2. Mike Frezon

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    How about The Sting (1973) and Chariots of Fire (1981)?

    What ARE they waiting for in the release of these two Best Picture winners?
     
  3. Alistair_M

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    nice choices Mike - added [​IMG] I'd buy them too!
     
  4. Patrick McCart

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    And for every one of those titles, there's 20 others that should be added to DVD.

    It's just not going to be possible to get EVERYTHING out by 2006. Besides, the next format is going to probably take a while to get to classic films anyways.
     
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    Perhaps they are not seen as priorities since they have already been released on DVD. Or maybe new transfers with restoration are needed to do it right.

    - Steve
     
  6. Joseph Bolus

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    We'll definitely get King Kong next year (probably in the August-to-October window); and we'll probably get The African Queen and El Cid as well.

    The Sting has already been released; that is, if you want to count a "fools-screen" presentation as a release to the DVD format. (Which most of us don't.)

    We might as well face the fact that not all of our favorite classic movies are going to make it to DVD before BluRay and/or HD-DVD hits.
     
  7. Craig S

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    Warner said in one of their last two chats that an SE of Chariots Of Fire is due next year.
     
  8. Steve Tannehill

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    Now that I think about it, I've seen a widescreen Sting on TCM, and it didn't look half-bad...come on, Warner, another double-dip opportunity awaits!

    - Steve
     
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    Universal owns The Sting.
     
  10. Steve Tannehill

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    Well come on, Warner, buy Universal! [​IMG]

    - Steve
     
  11. Andrew Budgell

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    From your list, I also want (badly):

    African Queen, The (1951)
    Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Should be coming next year)
    Jane Eyre (1944) (Would be a great Studio Classic of Film Noir title)
    King Kong (1933) (Should be coming next year)
    Laura (1944) (I think next year in Fox's Film Noir collection)
    Magnificent Ambersons, The (1942)
    Quo Vadis (1951)
    Wuthering Heights (OOP, should be re-released)
    Pride and Prejeduice (Greer Garson)

    I also want:
    Classic Elizabeth Taylor:
    Secret Ceremony (1968)
    Boom (1968)
    Comedians, The (1967)
    Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
    Sandpiper, The (1965)
    V.I.P.s, The (1963) (Coming)
    Scent of Mystery (1960)
    Raintree County (1957)
    Beau Brummell (1954)
    Elephant Walk (1954)
    Rhapsody (1954)
    Girl Who Had Everything, The (1953)
    Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)
    Big Hangover, The (1950)
    Conspirator (1949)
    Julia Misbehaves (1948)
    Date with Judy, A (1948)
    Cynthia (1947)
    White Cliffs of Dover, The (1944)
    There's One Born Every Minute (1942)

    Judy Garland:
    Child Is Waiting, A (1963)
    Pepe (1960)
    Summer Stock (1950)
    Easter Parade (1948) (Coming in 2005)
    Pirate, The (1948)
    Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
    Clock, The
    Girl Crazy (1943)
    Thousands Cheer (1943)
    Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
    Babes on Broadway (1941)
    Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
    Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
    Strike Up the Band (1940)
    Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
    Babes in Arms (1939)
    Listen, Darling (1938)
    Everybody Sing (1938)
    Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
    Broadway Melody of 1938
    Pigskin Parade (1936)

    Margaret Rutherford's Miss Marple (Coming in 2005)
    Brigadoon: SE (Coming in 2005)
    An American in Paris (Coming in 2005)
    More Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn and any of the Divas! :)
     
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    I'll second the following:

    African Queen, The (1951)
    Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
    Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
    Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    Laura (1944)
    Ninotchka (1939)
    Sea Hawk, The (1940)
    Top Hat (1935)
    White Heat (1949)
    The Sting
    Easter Parade (1948)


    And add:

    Night Train to Munich
    Captain Blood
    The Sea Hawk
    Passage to Marseille
    Action in the North Atlantic
    Above Suspicion
    The Prisoner of Zenda
    Christmas in Connecticut
    Kindergarten Cop (OAR)
    The Jerk (OAR)
    Grumpy Old Men (OAR)
    Grumpier Old Men (OAR)
    To Be or Not to Be
    A Guide for the Married Man
    The Farmer's Daughter
    A Stranger in Town
    Up in Arms
    High Anxiety
    Holiday
    Hail The Conquering Hero
    The Palm Beach Story
    The Great McGinty
    We're No Angels
    Christmas in July
    Safety Last
    Ball of Fire
    It's a Great Feeling
    Once Upon a Honeymoon
    In Name Only
    The Major & the Minor
    Gidget (OAR)
    Angels in the Outfield (1951)
    Libeled Lady
    Rendezvous (1935)
    I Love You Again
    Boys Town
    Across the Pacific
    Confessions of a Nazi Spy
    36 Hours
    The Sea Wolf
    A Song is Born
    Crossfire
    They Won't Believe Me
    The Blue Dahlia
    The List of Adrian Messenger
    The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
    Berlin Express
    Futureworld


    and many others.
     
  14. Joe Caps

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    One Bluray and Hi def hits, we classic collectors will be SOL. It will be back to square one as we get high def releases os the same old stuff - Wizrd of Oz, gone With the Wind, Singing in the Rain, casablanca, sound of Music, and on and on.

    Meanwhile - Twentieth Century Fox - does anyone there know theier own companies history?
    Who were there biggest stars?
    Betty Grable, alice Faye, Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward - Where are there biggest films?
    When will we ever get them?
     
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    Yes, Alice Faye needs alot more representation! As do the Ritz Bros!

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm still waiting for "The Loved One". But ya know, I kind of got to figure that with so many movies in demand all the resources to put these movies out, restored and with all the extras we want, is at maximum capacity.
     
  17. Thomas T

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    To list all the pre 1977 films I want would take all day to type. Suffice to say, the studios can't release everything in an attempt to please everyone. For every African Queen hopeful, there's someone out there who couldn't care less but is patiently waiting for Attack Of The Crab Monsters.

    There are some catalogue classics believe it or not that never saw the light of day on VHS or laser disc and may not see the light of day on DVD either.

    When HD DVD arrives, they will simply re-release titles previously released on VHS, laser disc and DVD.
     
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    I think Fox doesn't care about Faye and Grable, otherwise, there would be lots of her musicals avaiable on dvd. And it doesn't matter they were the studio's biggest box office on the late 30's and 40's and that their musical profits were the only reason Fox had money to pay for other dramatic releases, some of them now classics.
    Come on Fox, where are such musical classics as Wake up and Live, In Old Chicago, Rose of Washington Square, Down Argentine Way, Tin Pan Alley, Moon Over Miami, That Night in Rio, Weekend in Havana, Footlight Serenade, Springtime in the Rockies, The Gang's All Here, Coney Island, Hello, Frisco Hello, (can't believe this one isn't out yey), The Dolly Sisters, Mother ore tights and Meet me after the show, just to name a few?
    And I would buy most of the movies listed by the others, mostly Stage Door, Pride and Prejudice and King's Row, and I would add Bachelor Mother, Kitty Foyle, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Born to Dance, San Francisco and a Woman's Face.
     
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    Out in LA on the HTF trip, Fox was kind enough to show us a clip from the newly-restored Laura and it looks magnificent! In fact it looked SO good that we were kind of disappointed that we couldn't see the whole thing! I believe we were told Laura will be available in the first half of next year, likely 1st quarter.

    The African Queen is an entirely different kettle of fish. This was the first title asked about when the Q&A started at Paramount. It seems there are still rights issues to be worked out though all parties agree that they would like this title to be out. The film needs complete restoration before it's released and that has not started yet. The good news however is that Paramount only wants to release The African Queen once it's been restored. This is an A-list title and will be treated as such.


    That's not true Rafael. Fox has a great deal of respect for their library as it is one of the largest in the world and still generates profit for the company. The titles you are talking about aren't all being neglected. What gets restored and put on DVD is largely the result of market demand and time. Fox can only put out so many titles a year so it releases the ones with the most demand first. Some of the films, as seen above, have rights issues. Others need complete restoration which could take months or even years if the film archive is missing elements.

    The studios do listen to the members of this forum and take into account the titles we ask for but don't assume they don't care about certain titles. Every studio would love to have the time and money to digitize every single frame of film in its archive; sadly, that's not how the world works and cashflow, marketing, and simple consumer demand dictate what gets done now versus later. Everything will eventually get digitized, just have to be patient.
     
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    Well, they certainly won't be going down that road now...

    The sales results of ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND are, according to a friend in the biz, who says that Videoscan shows only 2500 units sold the first month...

    That doesn't even pay for the (ugly) packaging, and justifies (sadly) Fox's refusal to fix that ugly white scratch running down the left side of the picture.

    Don't get me wrong. I'd buy (almost) every Alice Faye or Betty Grable musical Fox made (if they looked good and were priced appropriately), but when a Best Picture Oscar nominee that is so well-known like ALEXANDER'S bombs at the video store, you can be sure more of the same won't follow.

    Sad. Sad. Sad.
     

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