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Scott Weinberg

Senior HTF Member
Oct 3, 2000
After beginning my Massive All-New "Movies We Want on DVD" Poll I immediately came across the sticky situation of movies that ARE on DVD - but not really.

Help me to fill in this scorecard by mentioning movies that are currently on DVD but only in FF / P&S. I'll aim to keep it updated when new mangled travesties are announced and hopefully omit a few titles if and when appropriate transfers are released. (I mean really: How the HELL can The Sting not be available in OAR????)

Please include correct studio and release year if possible.

20th Century Fox

The Commitments (1991)
My Neighbor Totoro (1993)


Army of One (1992)
Bob Roberts (1992)
Cujo (1983)
Extreme Prejudice (1987)
Fall Time (1995)
Fortress (1993)
The Hit (1984)
House Arrest (1996)
The House of the Spirits (1993)
How To Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
Johnny Handsome (1989)
The Last Seduction (1994)
Light Sleeper (1992)
Sleepless (2001)
Traveller (1997)
The Young Americans (1993)

Columbia / Tri-Star

84 Charing Cross Road (1986)
2001: A Space Travesty (2001)
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986)
Godzilla & Mothra: Battle for Earth (1964)
Godzilla vs. King Ghidora (1964)
Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1985)
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Killer Meteors (1976)
The King of Masks (1999)
Living Free (1972)
Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
Matilda (1996)
A Midnight Clear (1992)
Mo' Money (1992)
My Girl (1991)
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)
Perfect (1985)
Princess Caraboo (1994)
The Scent of Green Papaya (1994)
Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
Toy Soldiers (1991)
The Villain (1979)


The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
Air Bud (1997)
Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
Babes in Toyland (1961)
The Biscuit Eater (1972)
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
Blank Check (1994)
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Cheetah (1989)
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
The Country Bears (2002)
Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
First Kid (1996)
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
George of the Jungle (1997)
Gus (1976)
Heavyweights (1995)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)
King of the Grizzlies (1970)
Man of the House (1995)
Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)
Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)
The Moon-Spinners (1964)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
Rascal (1969)
Return to Snowy River (1988)
Savage Sam (1963)
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Snow Dogs (2002)
Taking Care of Business (1990)
That Darn Cat (1997)
Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Tom and Huck (1995)
White Fang (1991)

Fox Lorber

36 Fillette (1989)
Chappaqua (1967)
Gray's Anatomy (1997)

Goodtimes Home Video

Dr. Giggles (1992)
The Front Page (1974)
Gray Lady Down (1977)
Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
King Ralph (1991)
Psycho II (1983)
When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)
White Palace (1990)

Image Entertainment

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
Basket Case (1982)
Don't Do It (1995)

Metro-Goldwyn Mayer / United Artists

All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
The Care Bears Movie (1985)
Child's Play (1988)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Cooley High (1975)
Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
The Dark Half (1993)
The Delta Force (1986)
Fluke (1995)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Larger Than Life (1996)
Moonstruck (1987)
Mr. Mom (1983)
Napoleon (1985)
The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Storefront Hitchcock (1998)
Summer Lovers (1982)
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

New Concorde

Death Race 2000 (1975)
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
Piranha (1978)
Rabid (1977)


Jade (1995)


Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Parents (1989)
Saturn 3 (1980)
That's Life! (1986)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)


All of Me (1984)
Babe (1995)
Balto (1995)
Beethoven (1992)
Big Fat Liar (2002)
Fierce Creatures (1997)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
The Jerk (1979)
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Last Night (1998)
Metroland (1997)
The Paper (1994)
Parenthood (1989)
The Shadow (1994)
The Sting (1973)
Timecop (1994)
Twins (1988)

Warner Bros.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Action Jackson (1988)
Arthur (1980)
Billy Jack (1971)
The Bodyguard (1992)
Boiling Point (1993)
Burglar (1987)
The Candidate (1972)
Cannonball Run 2 (1984)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Christmas Vacation (1989)
Clean and Sober (1988)
Dead Bang (1989)
Deathtrap (1982)
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Exit to Eden (1994)
Fair Game (1995)
Fearless (1993)
Final Analysis (1992)
Forever Young (1992)
Frantic (1988)
Funny Farm (1988)
The Great Santini (1979)
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Guilty By Suspicion (1991)
Her Alibi (1989)
Hooper (1978)
In Country (1989)
Innocent Blood (1992)
Justice League (2001)
Lean on Me (1989)
Made in America (1993)
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
Michael (1996)
My Blue Heaven (1990)
My Fellow Americans (1996)
Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Pokémon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back (1999)
Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (2000)
Pokémon 3: The Movie (2001)
Police Academy (1984)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
The Powerpuff Girls: The Movie (2002)
Private Benjamin (1980)
Protocol (1984)
Purple Rain (1984)
Running on Empty (1988)
Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird (1985)
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
South Central (1992)
Space Jam (1996)
Spies Like Us (1986)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
True Stories (1986)
Vacation (1983)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Vision Quest (1985)
The Witches (1990)
With Honors (1994)
Wrongfully Accused (1998)


Across the Line (2000) - Avalanche Video
Barney's Great Adventure (1998) - UMVD/Sony
Black Christmas (1974) - Eclectic Video
Christmas Evil (1980) - Troma
Cross of Iron (1976) - Hen's Tooth Video
Head (1968) - Rhino Home Video
Heart (1999) - Spartan Home Entertainment
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990) - MPI Home Video
Lilies (1997) - Wolfe Video
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) - Madacy/Unicorn/Alpha Video
Party Girl (1995) - First Look
Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988) - Anchor Bay
The Sicilian (1987) - Avid Home Entertainment
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1977) - Simitar Video
Trancers (1985) - Koch Full Moon
Two Undercover Angels (1973) - Anchor Bay
Warlock (1991) - Trimark


Senior HTF Member
Dec 11, 2000
Real Name
Steve Gonzales
Weinberg, how could you miss these:

Two Walter Hill classics: Extreme Prejudice and Johnny Handsome, both from Artisan. :angry:

Walter Kittel

Senior HTF Member
Dec 28, 1998
Summer Lovers

The Paper
The Shadow

Warner Bros.
Chariots of Fire
Doc Hollywood
Sharky's Machine

- Walter.


Senior HTF Member
Apr 26, 2000
Warner - Space Jam (1996), With Honors (1994), The Great Santini (1979), Spies Like Us (1986)
Columbia/TriStar - The Karate Kid (1984), Look Who's Talking Now (1993), Matilda (1996)
MGM - Larger Than Life (1996)


Senior HTF Member
Apr 26, 2000
Oh, and Disney's Touchstone, Hollywood, etc. screw-ups:

Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Taking Care of Business (1990)
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)


Senior HTF Member
Feb 1, 2001
Might want to do a search, I believe there is a thread covering this in the Software section. Might save a lot of work.


Senior HTF Member
Nov 26, 2002
Indeed... I think there's one for unreleased films, too. I know for sure there used to be a massive "unreleased on DVD" thread over at DVDTalk.


Senior HTF Member
Apr 26, 2000
Stuart Little HAS been released in widescreen, and a fantastic disc all-around. Unfortunately, the Collector's Series discs are out-of-print, having been replaced by the foolscreen Deluxe Edition. Still, I don't think it qualifies for the list.

Scott Weinberg

Senior HTF Member
Oct 3, 2000
Indeed... I think there's one for unreleased films, too. I know for sure there used to be a massive "unreleased on DVD" thread over at DVDTalk.
I was unable to locate a current thread at either website - both for Pan N Scan Only or As Yet Unreleased on DVD. If anyone can track these threads down, please feel free to link me!

Off to add Walt's and Luke's picks.

Patrick McCart

Senior HTF Member
May 16, 2001
Georgia (the state)
Real Name
Patrick McCart
Any titles not in the proper ratios are like that not because the studios hate the movies and deliberately wanted to botch the DVDs...

But rather due to budget and demand problems. In 1997, who would have thought a well-done DVD of The Sting would be worthwhile? Now, all the studios know that DVDs will make money...even catalog titles.

Also, nearly every non-OAR DVD is of a flat ratio film meant for 1.66:1 through 1.85:1. Of course, a few such as The Scarlett Letter and Natty Gann are 2.35:1 scope films...but that's a small minority.

As for the biggest shame...it has to be MGM's P&S-only DVD of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It's awful that a Super Panavision film can't be seen on DVD in the scope ratio. There was NO excuse for not having a dual-sided DVD. Warner has ALWAYS had widescreen transfers on DVDs for ANY scope film. Even titles like Blazing Saddles and Dirty Harry had dual sides.

IMO, the best thing to do with some of these titles is to release a bare-bones widescreen disc when needed. Some titles like the Vacation movies or The Absent Minded Professor could have a nice 1-disc special edition. Don't waste time on 2001: A Space Travesty...a low demand, low quality movie is probably never going to get a new DVD.

Scott Weinberg

Senior HTF Member
Oct 3, 2000
OK, thanks Brett. I had a suspicion that there was another thread afoot. My Searching skills are waning in my old age.

I'll point you all to that thread:

Comprehensive NON-OAR DVD list

The only thing I like better about my list is that its categorized by studio. This way we can keep score on who's screwing us most often. Information like that is important... ;)

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