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Your favorite 10 films from the 1950s not yet on blu

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Thomas T, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. Bernard McNair

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    Great list Alan. I had never heard of Danger Within but after reading about it on IMDB I hope to be able to see it in the near future. I really enjoy the WW2 POW genre.
     
  2. Billy Batson

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    Yes it's a smashing film, beautifully written with a great cast, happily it shows up on UK TV every now & again. My favourite mass escape film featuring Richard Attenborough, & a more successful ecsape than the other film as well!
     
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    We already have a lot of movies from the banner year of 1955 on blu-ray, including: Daddy Long Legs, East of Eden, Guys and Dolls, Hit the Deck, House of Bamboo, It's Always Fair Weather, Kiss Me Deadly, Lady and the Tramp, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Love Me or Leave Me, The Man From Laramie, Marty, The Night of the Hunter, Oklahoma!, Pete Kelly's Blues, Picnic, The Rains of Ranchipur, Rebel Without a Cause, Richard III, The Seven Year Itch, Smiles of a Summer Night, Strategic Air Command, To Catch a Thief, and The Trouble with Harry.

    That's a long list, and probably I missed one or two.

    And yet, with all of those great releases, there are still a fair number of movies from 1955 that are probably still worthy of a restoration and blu-ray release, including: Artists and Models (in VistaVision—with a wonderful HD transfer already available for streaming), Battle Cry, The Big Combo, The Big Knife, Blackboard Jungle, The Cobweb, The Dam Busters, The Desperate Hours, Good Morning, Miss Dove, It Came From Beneath the Sea, The Kentuckian, Land of the Pharaohs, The Long Grey Line, Lucy Gallant, Man Without a Star, Mister Roberts, Moonfleet, Not as a Stranger, Prince of Players, The Prisoner, The Rose Tattoo, The Seven Little Foys, This Island Earth, The Violent Men, The Virgin Queen, and We're No Angers—as well as probably at least a few others that I've missed. What are they?

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    The Big Combo was released on Blu-ray by Olive. Man Without a Star has been released on Blu-ray disc in Germany.
     
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    1. Nights of Cabiria
    2. Cairo Station
    3. The Lineup
    4. Imitation of Life
    5. The Girl Can't Help It
    6. Odds Against Tomorrow
    7. The Browning Version
    8. Murder by Contract
    9. El (This Strange Passion)
    10. Sawdust and Tinsel
    11. The Furies
    12. The Cranes Are Flying
    13. Kanal
    14. The Phenix City Story
    15. Artists and Models
    16. Human Desire
    17. The Burmese Harp
    18. Nagarik
    19. Miss Julie
    20. One Way Street
     
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    Today I watched streaming from amzn the 1955 drama The Cobweb, directed by Vincente Minnelli. This is a rather over-the-top melodrama set in an upscale mental institution, and has Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Oscars Levant, and even a brief appearance by Fay Wray. Unusual and effective score by Leonard Rosenman, and good imho cinematography by George Folsey (Meet Me in St. Louis, Green Dolphin Street, State of the Union, Adam's Rib, Forbidden Planet, etc.). I must be a sucker for this kind of thing, but I think this one is worth having on blu-ray, and might even makes my top 10 or so for that very good year of 1955....

    But it needs some restoration work. The picture quality and color are more or less ok, but it needs some correction and clean-up.

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    The other movie from my 1955 double feature tonight was Not as a Stranger, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, and starring Robert Mitchum (in one of his finest roles)....This one is also worthy of a blu-ray, although it needs considerable restoration work imho.

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    My favorites from 1955, more or less in order....The two I watched tonight rate pretty highly for me right now. But maybe it's in part because I've just seen them? Anyway, many of my favorites from 1955 are now on blu-ray.

    Lady and the Tramp
    To Catch a Thief
    All that Heaven Allows
    The Court Jester (no blu-ray yet for this VistaVision classic!)
    Bad Day at Black Rock
    Oklahoma!
    East of Eden
    The Man From Laramie
    Not as a Stranger (A United Artists/Columbia Picture. Perhaps in TT's future?)
    Artists and Models (VistaVision comedy classic crying out of a blu-ray release)
    Richard III
    Picnic
    The Cobweb (Warner Archive should release this one)
    Daddy Long Legs
    The Kentuckian (deserves a blu-ray)
    Lucy Gallant (Another lost Paramount classic in VistaVision that should be on blu-ray)
    House of Bamboo
    Illegal (this lost classic with Edward G. Robinson should be on blu-ray)
    The Trouble With Harry
    This Island Earth (still lacking a blu-ray for this one)
    Kiss Me Deadly
    Smiles of a Summer Night
    Violent Saturday
    The Desperate Hours (Another VistaVision title that needs the blu-ray treatment)
    We’re No Angels (ditto)
    Love Me or Leave Me
    It’s Always Fair Weather
    Battle Cry
    Love is a Many Splendored Thing
    Hit the Deck
    Rebel Without a Cause
    Kismet
    Mr. Roberts
    Pete Kelly’s Blues
    It Came From Beneath the Sea
    Guys and Dolls
    The Rains of Ranchipur
    Strategic Air Command
    Conquest of Space
     
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    THE BURMESE HARP was released on bluray more than a year ago, by Eureka .It was the new fully restored film with extras and a 40 page mini booklet. I saw it many times where I worked and have watched it numerous times on dvd and now bluray.The film is in the top five films that I have ever seen.Truly the very best anti-war film ever made.An unforgettable masterpiece.
     
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    5 of my list are still without a US bluray release. We did get Monster of Piedras Blancas. SpaceMaster X7 got a DVD release in Germany which Im getting .. time for a new list :)
     
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    Some of you guys have great memories. I can recognize a film more or less in which decade they came from but not the exact year! Wow!

    I have to agree with This Island Earth! though. Love that film. I think The Far Horizons is another one I'd like if it is 1955? I think it was.
     
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    I see I have a few lists in the thread, here's a basic 10 list from just over a year ago:

    The Bad & The Beautiful
    Scaramouche
    Bend Of The River
    Ivanhoe
    Helen Of Troy
    The Land Of The Pharaohs
    Bad Day At Black Rock
    Mister Roberts
    Brigadoon
    Teahouse Of The August Moon.

    Well I have Bad Day At Black Rock (looking just great!) & Bend Of The River is released in Germany next month, as for the rest...WAC, I'm counting on ya :)
     
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    update from my original post , just removed what was released


    Mr. Roberts
    Universal Ultimate SciFi Collection Vol 1: Incredible Shrinking Man / Revenge of the Creature (3D) / Creature Walks Among Us / This Island Earth / Tarantula
    The Thing From Another World
    War Of The Worlds
    The Court Jester
    Classic Hammer Horror Collection: Curse Of Frankenstein / Horror Of Dracula
    Auntie Mame
     
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    I have THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN on bluray-released in the U.K. some time ago.
     
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    For some reason I really like Lucy Gallant and would pay a high price to have that on Blu-ray. Hell, I would pay a high price to have it on DVD.
     
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    Land of the Pharaohs
    The Tattered Dress
    Magnificent Obsession
    The Wreck of the Mary Deare
    Track of the Cat
    I Died a Thousand Times
    The Sun Also Rises
    The Cobweb
    Tea and Sympathy
    No Down Payment
    A Certain Smile
    Some Came Running

    And of course all the 3D films!
    That's all I want
     
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    Personally, for this era I go for the historical adventures:
    Helen of Troy
    Land Of The Pharaohs
    The Silver Chalice
    The Prodigal
    Julius Caesar
    Esther and the King
    Ivanhoe
    Scaramouche
    King Richard and the Crusaders
    Knights of the Round Table


    perhaps on the cusp-The Story of Ruth (1960) or, if possible,
    Hercules and Hercules Unchained
     
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    Oops! Can't just limit it to ten. Not from a decade as culturally rich in movie-land history as the fifties.

    Auntie Mame
    Scaramouche
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    High Society
    The Student Prince
    Around the World in 80 Days
    Revenge of the Creature
    Written on the Wind
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    Roman Holiday
    The Brothers Karamazov
    The Bad and the Beautiful
    The Court Jester
    Ivanhoe
    Annie Get Your Gun
    Queen Bee
    Mystery Street
    Julius Caesar
    Nancy Goes to Rio
    Summer Stock
    That Midnight Kiss
    The Toast of New Orleans
    Million Dollar Mermaid
    Easy to Love
    The Country Girl
    Call Me Madam
    Executive Suite
    The Catered Affair
    The Teahouse of the August Moon
    Island in the Sun
    The Reluctant Debutante
    The Nun's Story
    Darby O'Gill and the Little People
     
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    I'd buy a Blu-ray disc of every one of those films.
     
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    THE ADMIRABLE CRIGHTON- a star studded British film.-60th anniversary this year.
     
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    Well, your list is down to the following:

    Devil's Doorway
    The Flame and the Arrow
    Diary of a Country Priest
    Los Olvidados
    The Flowers of St Francis
     
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