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  1. Scott Weinberg

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    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)

    Artisan

    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)

    Disney

    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)

    Paramount

    Jade (1995)

    Pioneer

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

    Universal

    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)

    MISC.

    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
     
  2. JonZ

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    Babe
     
  3. ChuckDeLa

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    A Woman Under the Influence (1974) - Pioneer
     
  4. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Weinberg, how could you miss these:

    Two Walter Hill classics: Extreme Prejudice and Johnny Handsome, both from Artisan. [​IMG]
     
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    Pumpkinhead
    Christmas Story
    Billy Jack
     
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    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Grumpy Old Men
    Grumpier Old Men
     
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    Walter Kittel Producer

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    MGM
    Summer Lovers

    Universal
    The Paper
    The Shadow

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

    - Walter.
     
  8. LukeB

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    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)
     
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    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)
     
  10. BrettB

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    Might want to do a search, I believe there is a thread covering this in the Software section. Might save a lot of work.
     
  11. ChuckDeLa

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    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.
     
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    > Stuart Little (1999)

    Huh? I have this in WS.
     
  13. LukeB

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    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.
     
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    P.S. to LukeB:

    Your site was a big help in getting this project underway. Thanks man!
     
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    Scott, here is the NON-OAR DVD thread is was referring to.
     
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    Yours, Mine and Ours
     
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    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.
     
  19. Scott Weinberg

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    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... [​IMG]
     
  20. Scott Weinberg

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    Seems I'll be assisting Josh with his Master List.

    So if you got any more contributions, send 'em along...
     

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