Never Thought I’d See This On Blu-ray…The Biggest Disc Surprises For Me

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Like everyone, I have a want list of films I’d pay a fair penny to see released on Blu-ray, but the current list is a mere fraction of what it was, say, five years ago. Niche companies have licensed out some films I truly thought I’d seen the last of on video. We all expect the “big” and recent titles, but these are the “OMG!” personal favorite titles I come across nearly every month and which take me by surprise, and, yes, I actually say “Oh My God!” out loud when I find them. Here is an incomplete list of such announcements that have really made my day so many, many times…and they keep on coming (Blu-ray and classic releases are not dead)! So, this is a big hug and thank you to those responsible for their release. I include non-domestic Blu-rays here:

7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE (from a 4K restoration…so far available only in the UK)
ATOMIC CAFE, THE
AWFUL TRUTH, THE
BATTLEGROUND
BEAR, THE (1989)
BEAU GESTE (announced)
BETWEEN THE LINES (announced)
BIG FIX, THE (announced)
BILLY BUDD
BODY SNATCHER, THE
CHANGELING, THE (1980)
CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH (announced + import now available)
CINERAMA Titles in Smilebox Format (All)
COLD TURKEY
CONRACK
COTTON CLUB, THE – DIRECTOR’S CUT (expected, not yet announced)
DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (TV)
DAVID AND LISA
DEAD OF NIGHT (1945) (announced + import now available)
DICK TRACY
DRIFTWOOD
DUELLISTS, THE
EMIGRANTS, THE / THE NEW LAND
FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (announced)
GANGS OF NEW YORK – REDUX (Disney actually fixed the horrible original and re-issued it)
GLASS HOUSE, THE (TV)
GOG (3D)
HAUNTING, THE (1963)
HELLSTROM CHRONICLE, THE
HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA, A (import)
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1929)
IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE (import)
INCIDENT, THE
INTRUDER, THE (announced)
JACK THE GIANT KILLER
JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, THE
KISS ME KATE (3D)
LEOPARD MAN, THE (announced)
LOST WORLD (1925) (2017, 93-minute Restoration)
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (announced)
MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB (with English subs, announced)
MAGIC SWORD, THE
MAN IN THE WILDERNESS
MAN WHO LAUGHS, THE (1928) (announced)
MAZE, THE (3D)
MEPHISTO WALTZ, THE
MICROCOSMOS
MIKADO, THE (1939)
MILL OF THE STONE WOMAN (import)
MISSILE TO THE MOON
MY DINNER WITH ANDRE
NAPOLEON (1927) (so far only an import)
NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS
NIGHT WALKER, THE
NORTH WEST FRONTIER (aka FLAME OVER INDIA)
OFFICIAL STORY, THE
OLD DARK HOUSE, THE
ONE MILLION B.C. (1940)
OUT OF THE PAST
PAPA’S DELICATE CONDITION
PAPER MOON (import)
PATHFINDER (1987) (import)
PAWNBROKER, THE
PHAR LAP (import)
PHASE IV
PLAGUE DOGS, THE
PRANCER
QUATERMASS II (announced)
QUEEN OF SPADES (announced)
QUIZ SHOW (import)
RAGTIME (import announced)
RIDE THE PINK HORSE
SALAAM BOMBAY!
SANDS OF THE KALAHARI
SATAN BUG, THE
SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA, THE
SEA HAWK, THE (1940)
SEA WOLF, THE
SEVEN BEAUTIES
SILENT PARTNER, THE (announced)
SILENT WORLD, THE (J. Cousteau) (import)
SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, THE (import)
SOLDIER BLUE (uncut, R-rated, import)
SON OF PALEFACE
STREET SMART
SWASHBUCKLER (import)
SWIMMER, THE
THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, THE
THIS ISLAND EARTH (announced + import now available)
ULEE’S GOLD
UNDER FIRE
WORLD WITHOUT END
WORLD WITHOUT SUN (J. Cousteau) (import)

and a bunch I left off….

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  1. My biggest Blu-ray surprise remains Star Trek: The Next Generation. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that they’d rebuild seven seasons worth of episodes from unconformed negative – basically putting the entire show through postproduction for a second time. They didn’t cut corners and the results are miraculous. It’s the best remastering of its type ever done.

    To see the show as it was scripted and shot, divorced from the grungy look of 1980s-era video postproduction, was a revelation. My best childhood memories revived in spectacular fashion.

    I’m still in awe of the effort.

  2. Dick

    Like everyone, I have a want list of films I'd pay a fair penny to see released on Blu-ray, but the current list is a mere fraction of what it was, say, five years ago. Niche companies have licensed out some films I truly thought I'd seen the last of on video. We all expect the "big" and recent titles, but these are the "OMG!" personal favorite titles I come across nearly every month and which take me by surprise, and, yes, I actually say "Oh My God!" out loud when I find them. Here is an incomplete list of such announcements that have really made my day so many, many times…and they keep on coming (Blu-ray and classic releases are not dead)! So, this is a big hug and thank you to those responsible for their release. I include non-domestic Blu-rays here:

    7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE (from a 4K restoration…so far available only in the UK)
    ATOMIC CAFE, THE
    AWFUL TRUTH, THE
    BATTLEGROUND
    BEAR, THE (1989)
    BEAU GESTE (announced)
    BETWEEN THE LINES (announced)
    BIG FIX, THE (announced)
    BILLY BUDD
    BODY SNATCHER, THE
    CHANGELING, THE (1980)
    CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH (announced + import now available)
    CINERAMA Titles in Smilebox Format (All)
    COLD TURKEY
    CONRACK
    COTTON CLUB, THE – DIRECTOR'S CUT (expected, not yet announced)
    DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (TV)
    DAVID AND LISA
    DEAD OF NIGHT (1945) (announced + import now available)
    DICK TRACY
    DRIFTWOOD
    DUELLISTS, THE
    EMIGRANTS, THE / THE NEW LAND
    FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (announced)
    GANGS OF NEW YORK – REDUX (Disney actually fixed the horrible original and re-issued it)
    GLASS HOUSE, THE (TV)
    GOG (3D)
    HAUNTING, THE (1963)
    HELLSTROM CHRONICLE, THE
    HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA, A (import)
    HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1929)
    IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE (import)
    INCIDENT, THE
    INTRUDER, THE (announced)
    JACK THE GIANT KILLER
    JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, THE
    KISS ME KATE (3D)
    LEOPARD MAN, THE (announced)
    LOST WORLD (1925) (2017, 93-minute Restoration)
    LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (announced)
    MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB (with English subs, announced)
    MAGIC SWORD, THE
    MAN IN THE WILDERNESS
    MAN WHO LAUGHS, THE (1928) (announced)
    MAZE, THE (3D)
    MEPHISTO WALTZ, THE
    MICROCOSMOS
    MIKADO, THE (1939)
    MILL OF THE STONE WOMAN (import)
    MISSILE TO THE MOON
    MY DINNER WITH ANDRE
    NAPOLEON (1927) (so far only an import)
    NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS
    NIGHT WALKER, THE
    NORTH WEST FRONTIER (aka FLAME OVER INDIA)
    OFFICIAL STORY, THE
    OLD DARK HOUSE, THE
    ONE MILLION B.C. (1940)
    OUT OF THE PAST
    PAPA'S DELICATE CONDITION
    PAPER MOON (import)
    PATHFINDER (1987) (import)
    PAWNBROKER, THE
    PHAR LAP (import)
    PHASE IV
    PLAGUE DOGS, THE
    PRANCER
    QUATERMASS II (announced)
    QUEEN OF SPADES (announced)
    QUIZ SHOW (import)
    RAGTIME (import announced)
    RIDE THE PINK HORSE
    SALAAM BOMBAY!
    SANDS OF THE KALAHARI
    SATAN BUG, THE
    SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA, THE
    SEA HAWK, THE (1940)
    SEA WOLF, THE
    SEVEN BEAUTIES
    SILENT PARTNER, THE (announced)
    SILENT WORLD, THE (J. Cousteau) (import)
    SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, THE (import)
    SOLDIER BLUE (uncut, R-rated, import)
    SON OF PALEFACE
    STREET SMART
    SWASHBUCKLER (import)
    SWIMMER, THE
    THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, THE
    THIS ISLAND EARTH (announced + import now available)
    ULEE'S GOLD
    UNDER FIRE
    WORLD WITHOUT END
    WORLD WITHOUT SUN (J. Cousteau) (import)

    and a bunch I left off….

    Nice list.

    Conrack, and My Dinner with Andre are two of the best movies I have ever seen. The classic 3D titles are also great.

    For myself I would have to say classic TV shows I love being released on Blu-Ray is something I never thought would happen. My favorite Star Trek series, Little House on the Prairie (miracle this was completed), Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, Airwolf, Miami Vice, Quantum Leap, classic Doctor Who, Space 1999 The Twilight Zone Etc.

    Also 90's movies that I never expected to see: The Whole Wide World, Gas Food, Lodging, Maborosi, and After Life.

    Truly amazing to own these on Blu.

  3. Dick

    Like everyone, I have a want list of films I'd pay a fair penny to see released on Blu-ray, but the current list is a mere fraction of what it was, say, five years ago. Niche companies have licensed out some films I truly thought I'd seen the last of on video. We all expect the "big" and recent titles, but these are the "OMG!" personal favorite titles I come across nearly every month and which take me by surprise, and, yes, I actually say "Oh My God!" out loud when I find them. Here is an incomplete list of such announcements that have really made my day so many, many times…and they keep on coming (Blu-ray and classic releases are not dead)! So, this is a big hug and thank you to those responsible for their release. I include non-domestic Blu-rays here:

    7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE (from a 4K restoration…so far available only in the UK)
    ATOMIC CAFE, THE
    AWFUL TRUTH, THE
    BATTLEGROUND
    BEAR, THE (1989)
    BEAU GESTE (announced)
    BETWEEN THE LINES (announced)
    BIG FIX, THE (announced)
    BILLY BUDD
    BODY SNATCHER, THE
    CHANGELING, THE (1980)
    CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH (announced + import now available)
    CINERAMA Titles in Smilebox Format (All)
    COLD TURKEY
    CONRACK
    COTTON CLUB, THE – DIRECTOR'S CUT (expected, not yet announced)
    DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (TV)
    DAVID AND LISA
    DEAD OF NIGHT (1945) (announced + import now available)
    DICK TRACY
    DRIFTWOOD
    DUELLISTS, THE
    EMIGRANTS, THE / THE NEW LAND
    FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (announced)
    GANGS OF NEW YORK – REDUX (Disney actually fixed the horrible original and re-issued it)
    GLASS HOUSE, THE (TV)
    GOG (3D)
    HAUNTING, THE (1963)
    HELLSTROM CHRONICLE, THE
    HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA, A (import)
    HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1929)
    IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE (import)
    INCIDENT, THE
    INTRUDER, THE (announced)
    JACK THE GIANT KILLER
    JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, THE
    KISS ME KATE (3D)
    LEOPARD MAN, THE (announced)
    LOST WORLD (1925) (2017, 93-minute Restoration)
    LUST FOR A VAMPIRE (announced)
    MAD ADVENTURES OF RABBI JACOB (with English subs, announced)
    MAGIC SWORD, THE
    MAN IN THE WILDERNESS
    MAN WHO LAUGHS, THE (1928) (announced)
    MAZE, THE (3D)
    MEPHISTO WALTZ, THE
    MICROCOSMOS
    MIKADO, THE (1939)
    MILL OF THE STONE WOMAN (import)
    MISSILE TO THE MOON
    MY DINNER WITH ANDRE
    NAPOLEON (1927) (so far only an import)
    NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS
    NIGHT WALKER, THE
    NORTH WEST FRONTIER (aka FLAME OVER INDIA)
    OFFICIAL STORY, THE
    OLD DARK HOUSE, THE
    ONE MILLION B.C. (1940)
    OUT OF THE PAST
    PAPA'S DELICATE CONDITION
    PAPER MOON (import)
    PATHFINDER (1987) (import)
    PAWNBROKER, THE
    PHAR LAP (import)
    PHASE IV
    PLAGUE DOGS, THE
    PRANCER
    QUATERMASS II (announced)
    QUEEN OF SPADES (announced)
    QUIZ SHOW (import)
    RAGTIME (import announced)
    RIDE THE PINK HORSE
    SALAAM BOMBAY!
    SANDS OF THE KALAHARI
    SATAN BUG, THE
    SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA, THE
    SEA HAWK, THE (1940)
    SEA WOLF, THE
    SEVEN BEAUTIES
    SILENT PARTNER, THE (announced)
    SILENT WORLD, THE (J. Cousteau) (import)
    SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH, THE (import)
    SOLDIER BLUE (uncut, R-rated, import)
    SON OF PALEFACE
    STREET SMART
    SWASHBUCKLER (import)
    SWIMMER, THE
    THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, THE
    THIS ISLAND EARTH (announced + import now available)
    ULEE'S GOLD
    UNDER FIRE
    WORLD WITHOUT END
    WORLD WITHOUT SUN (J. Cousteau) (import)

    and a bunch I left off….

    Some good titles in your list. SOLDIER BLUE is rather tame when seen today.It no longer gets an 'R rating -at least not in my country.No age restrictions at all and it is shown uncut on TV.. How times have changed.THE EMIGRANTS/NEW LAND are my favourites from your list of blurays available. Still waiting for PONETTE -the tear jerker to end all tear jerkers from France. 90 minutes of tears from start to finish. Good things come to those who wait. (if we live that long!)

  4. Here in Britain, Network have pleasantly surprised me by releasing some marvellous (to me) films that were used as mere afternoon or late night filler material on TV in the Eighties. Examples…

    80,000 Suspects
    Take Me High
    Every Home Should Have One
    Love Thy Neighbour
    Man About the House
    The Likely Lads
    6-5 Special

    And they’ve also released some all-film TV series that I thought I’d never see above DVD quality, including..

    The Sweeney (but just season one of four, alas)
    Man in a Suitcase
    The Persuaders
    UFO
    Space: 1999
    Department S
    The Professionals

    And after having seen the Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood I thought it’d be hard to track down a lot of the films featured (bar the always popular Mad Max) but along came Umbrella Entertainment and a few other boutique labels so I was able to get the likes of…

    Patrick
    BMX Bandits
    Road Games
    Dead-End Drive-In
    Turkey Shoot
    Dark Age
    Long Weekend
    Body Melt
    Harlequin
    The Survivor
    Stone

    And back to Eighties nostalgia, it’s great that Arrow and the like are releasing the weird and wonderful films I rented on VHS and adored as a kid, including…

    Jake Speed
    Buckaroo Banzai
    Rawhead Rex
    Hell Comes to Frogtown
    Phenomenon (known here as Creepers back in the day)
    The Burning

    And lastly, as a boy of about 14, a friend and I rented a gory New Zealand horror film. It stuck in my head, images of a schoolboy being injected, punks in cars, heads being drilled, a mad surgeon in a remote hospital. But years later I’d forgotten the title. Thanks to the Internet, however, I learnt that it was called Death Warmed Up. And this month I’ll be receiving an uncensored HD copy from Severin with a slipcover that uses the original UK poster art.

    Blu-Ray is fab. 🙂

  5. I love those announcements when I punch the air & say "oh yes!" when a long time favourite or a film I'd never thought would get released is announced for a Blu-ray release (I remember being downright excited when news of the Universal Monster legacy Collections started to come out: the sequels at long last!). I remember my delight when Warner Archive released The Naked & The Dead last year, who'd have thunk it. And then The Sea Hawk. Alas, no exclamations yet for this year (region B), & the only 2019 release I've bought so far this year is the German release of Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, but this stuff is totally subjective & it could be the best year ever for some people. As usual, I wait in hope for the next Archive/Arrow/Eureka/Twilight Time/Criterion UK/Indicator ect. announcements.

  6. The first thing I thought of when I saw this list was Criterion’s release of Eating Raoul. I was browsing through the video section of Barnes &
    Noble a few years ago, and there it was. I didn’t know at the time that it was available. I couldn’t pay for it fast enough. One of my favorite films, and a nice BluRay package.

  7. Probably one of the biggest OMG titles for me is Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie. Barely seen, prejudged by most people as a bad film due to a few knives out reviews from people that did not like Hopper, it was fairly incredible that this managed to get a blu-ray release. To top it off the release is gorgeous. Now, is the film for everyone? No, absolutely not but if you enjoyed all the quirks of Easy Rider you will probably like The Last Movie. It really ends up being exactly the kind of film you would expect from the guy that made Easy Rider.

    Hopper himself was an obnoxious turd during the time he was making this but he was also a very interesting filmmaker that had a fantastic eye for photography and it shows in this film. I think his idea of running away to Peru to make a film was the big self-indulgent aspect of making this picture but the end result is a beautifully shot film in real locations. Being a real asshole cost him but this film is nowhere near the disaster a few people claimed it was. It's basically a really great follow-up to Easy Rider…and now a treasure for 1970s film lovers to discover on a top notch blu-ray.

  8. Here is my list of Blu-rays I am happy to have on my shelf:

    The Passenger (Antonioni)
    The Trial (Welles) Import
    Miracle in Milan (De Sica) Import
    The Clowns (Fellini)
    Ludwig ( Visconti)
    Mysteries of Lisbon (Ruiz)
    Moonlighting (Skolimowski)
    Napoleon (Gance) Import
    My Father's Glory (Robert) Import
    My Mother's Castle ( Robert) Import
    The Titfield Thunderbolt (Crichton) Import

  9. Reggie W

    Probably one of the biggest OMG titles for me is Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie. Barely seen, prejudged by most people as a bad film due to a few knives out reviews from people that did not like Hopper, it was fairly incredible that this managed to get a blu-ray release. To top it off the release is gorgeous. Now, is the film for everyone? No, absolutely not but if you enjoyed all the quirks of Easy Rider you will probably like The Last Movie. It really ends up being exactly the kind of film you would expect from the guy that made Easy Rider.

    Hopper himself was an obnoxious turd during the time he was making this but he was also a very interesting filmmaker that had a fantastic eye for photography and it shows in this film. I think his idea of running away to Peru to make a film was the big self-indulgent aspect of making this picture but the end result is a beautifully shot film in real locations. Being a real asshole cost him but this film is nowhere near the disaster a few people claimed it was. It's basically a really great follow-up to Easy Rider…and now a treasure for 1970s film lovers to discover on a top notch blu-ray.

    I checked it out from the library a month ago and liked it enough to buy the Blu-ray. Like the extras on the disc too.

  10. I'm not surprised when "classics" and well known films like The Sea Hawk, The Thing From Another World, The Haunting, cult films like The Swimmer and The Body Snatcher or high profile foreign films like The Emigrants make it to blu ray. It's kind of expected really. My OMG moments usually come from films that no one ever talks about and/or didn't get a release on DVD. As someone said, it's all subjective. My own personal "OMG, I never thought I'd ever see this on blu ray" titles include:

    Adventures Of Hajii Baba (1954) from Twilight Time
    Becky Sharp (1935) restored to its original Technicolor glory from Kino
    Boy On A Dolphin (1957) from Kino
    Cookie's Fortune (1999) from Germany
    55 Days At Peking (1963) from Great Britan
    Histoire Simple
    (aka A Simple Story) (1978) from France
    Lisbon
    (1956) from Kino
    Mrs. Dalloway
    (1997) from Great Britain
    No Down Payment (1957) from Twilight Time
    Sorcieres De Salem (1957) (aka The Crucible) from France
    Tender Is The Night (1962) from France

  11. Josh Steinberg

    My biggest Blu-ray surprise remains Star Trek: The Next Generation. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that they’d rebuild seven seasons worth of episodes from unconformed negative – basically putting the entire show through postproduction for a second time. They didn’t cut corners and the results are miraculous. It’s the best remastering of its type ever done.

    To see the show as it was scripted and shot, divorced from the grungy look of 1980s-era video postproduction, was a revelation. My best childhood memories revived in spectacular fashion.

    I’m still in awe of the effort.

    And I don't think we'll ever see something on that grand of a scale ever again…. 🙁

  12. I share many of those same titles, Dick, great list. Some of my recent "hooray" titles: Hannibal (Japan), Ulysses (Germany), Sign of the Cross, Unconquered, Reap the Wild Wind (France), War and Peace, Death Takes a Holiday, Beggars of Life, The Covered Wagon, Old Ironsides and The Covered Wagon. But the biggest treat seems up in the air after Arrow announced a restored BD release of G. W. Pabst's L'Atlantide (with Brigitte Helm as "She") for December but pulled it from the UK site and now it appears on the USA Amazon site. What's up with it, Arrow?

  13. Oh my silly comedy favorites that just started showing up… Yellowbeard!!! could not believe that one. Zapped!, Erik the Viking, Neighbors, Ice Pirates… others like 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, the Gate and gate 2! My Bodyguard with Makepeace (Happy Birthday Chris, he's 50-damn-5!!) Baldwin and Dillon …and Gordon…Mull, so many more!

  14. I remember when Twilight Time released Rapture and The Sound and the Fury and I thought how 'rare' these were to the home video market. Since then Twilight Time came up with more and Kino, Olive, Shout really started to dig deep and come up even more obscure titles.

  15. I never thought WB would release 'The Majestic' on Blu-ray. The film didn't do well in theaters (a lot of people probably still haven't seen it) and I figured WB would feel it had more important films to bring to HD on disc. I am ever so pleased that WB proved me wrong in 2015.

    It might have been the dozen or so emails I sent to WB customer service over the years. 🙂

    Mark

  16. Thomas T

    I'm not surprised when cult films like The Swimmer make it to blu ray.

    No? I was shocked as hell about that Blu-ray announcement. It's a cult film, but I suspect there is a rather small "cult" behind it. The transfer is wonderful, and the movie is easily repeat-view material, but it certainly would never have come to my mind (at least) as fodder for Blu-ray release. So glad it was!

  17. Thomas T

    I'm not surprised when "classics" and well known films like The Sea Hawk, The Thing From Another World, The Haunting, cult films like The Swimmer and The Body Snatcher or high profile foreign films like The Emigrants make it to blu ray. It's kind of expected really.

    Well I'm surprised when a classic or seemingly obvious choice is released on Blu-ray. I think we've now got to the point where films we'd thought were obviously going to be released at some point, now maybe won't be. All those films that Warner won't be releasing, all those Paramount films. We have The Sea Hawk now, but it's not a given that Warner will release any more Errol Flynn films.

  18. Radioman970

    Oh my silly comedy favorites that just started showing up… Yellowbeard!!! could not believe that one. Zapped!, Erik the Viking, Neighbors, Ice Pirates… others like 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, the Gate and gate 2! My Bodyguard with Makepeace (Happy Birthday Chris, he's 50-damn-5!!) Baldwin and Dillon …and Gordon…Mull, so many more!

    Wow- I didn’t know My Bodyguard is available. Good little film.

  19. Jeffrey D

    Wow- I didn’t know My Bodyguard is available. Good little film.

    It sure is. when it first appeared on cable in the early 80s me and my cousins watched it every single time it was own for a whole week I was visiting that summer. 9 times. such great times!

    Matt Dillon was in so many things at that time. I sure wish Little Darlings would get a blu ray. I used to think it was just misunderstood, but I think it's mostly music rights. Germany has a region 2 release. I lost the dvd I made of it. So I ordered it a week or so ago from amazon germany after a failed attempt to get a decent bootleg off ebay. It was about $12 shipped. I'll try to make my own all region from the disc and hopefully it will play on my old Phillips dvd player. All this trouble to see 2 girls try to lose their virginity at summer camp! lol Sounds like I'm a pervert, but the nostalgia for that little film is incredible. Just like My Bodyguard and the rest I listed.

  20. Mark Booth

    I never thought WB would release 'The Majestic' on Blu-ray. The film didn't do well in theaters (a lot of people probably still haven't seen it) and I figured WB would feel it had more important films to bring to HD on disc. I am ever so pleased that WB proved me wrong in 2015.

    It might have been the dozen or so emails I sent to WB customer service over the years. 🙂

    Mark

    I'm guessing WB's desire to put out the "Frank Darabont Collection" set helped get that one on BD.

    Also, it wasn't an old film, so it probably didn't require a lot of work to be "Blu-ready"! 🙂

  21. When it comes to Blu Ray releases, there have been lots of "shocks" (in the good sense) for me over the years. Three of the most OMG I Can't Believe THAT'S Being Released moments for me were Los Angeles Plays Itself, Buddies, and Liquid Sky. Of the ones already mentioned, Eating Raoul was definitely on that list as well. For different reasons (elements problems rather than the film itself), so was Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Becky Sharp actually qualifies in both categories (the film itself and its elements)

    Then there's the Eureka region B Cover Girl. Having been very disappointed with the Twilight Time Blu-Ray, I despaired of ever getting a better version. When I went all-region, this was one of my first purchases.

    And thanks for letting me know about My Bodyguard. I'm almost afraid to see it now, decades later (I was a teenager when it was released, so it really hit home then).

  22. Radioman970

    I sure wish Little Darlings would get a blu ray. I used to think it was just misunderstood, but I think it's mostly music rights.

    Ah…I think it's just Paramount, which doesn't necessarily hold video rights in foreign countries, thus ROMEO AND JULIET, RAGTIME, etc.

  23. I felt that The Gong Show Movie was extremely surprising, in a "totally out of left-field, how in the world did they think of that one" kind of way, especially considering it was a major flop and panned by the critics (which explains why it never made it out on VHS/Beta).

    Of course, I bought it.

    Like Josh, I, too, was totally (pleasantly) surprised that CBS took the time, effort and expense to do the work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I think part of the reason we were all surprised is that when everything was owned by Paramount, we were used to them making as little effort as possible when it came to Star Trek. They just kept releasing (and re-releasing) things with minimal effort and work, thinking "the fans will buy anything we put out."

    If Next Gen were still controlled by Paramount, we wouldn't have gotten these blu-rays. Sadly, if CBS could have also foretold how poorly they would have sold, they also might not have done all this work, but I'm glad they did.

  24. Dick

    Ah…I think it's just Paramount, which doesn't necessarily hold video rights in foreign countries, thus ROMEO AND JULIET, RAGTIME, etc.

    I should've thought of that. There's another German release from a different label that includes it as an extra on The Night The Lights Went out in Georgia, but a German poster put up some images and it looks yellowed and murky.

    Oh, I got this email from amazon german "Hello James Perry,
    We thought you might be interested in knowing that customers who bought "Little Thirteen" also bought these items."

    again, I just wanna state for records that I AM NOT A PERVERT!! lol they call the movie Little 13. omg

  25. Really, everything is in the realm of possibility. It all depends on the distributor and what they're willing to do. LI have many many of the titles that are listed in this thread, but let's be honest everybody's like oh my I never thought this was going to be put out on disc; let me set this up, who on this forum thought that they would ever see a 2K restoration of Manos: the hands of fate, and then iti get a Blu-ray release of it.

  26. For me it’s the 1981 backwoods slasher flick Just Before Dawn. I first owned it on VHS and it looked like absolute garbage. A DVD came out in 2005 that was better, but still not very good. But the blu-ray from code red is BEAUTIFUL. I can’t believe how great it looks. I never expected anyone to care enough about this movie to put in whatever extensive work that must have gone into the release. I still keep the DVD, though, for the special features.

  27. Reggie W

    Probably one of the biggest OMG titles for me is Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie. Barely seen, prejudged by most people as a bad film due to a few knives out reviews from people that did not like Hopper, it was fairly incredible that this managed to get a blu-ray release. To top it off the release is gorgeous. Now, is the film for everyone? No, absolutely not but if you enjoyed all the quirks of Easy Rider you will probably like The Last Movie. It really ends up being exactly the kind of film you would expect from the guy that made Easy Rider.

    Hopper himself was an obnoxious turd during the time he was making this but he was also a very interesting filmmaker that had a fantastic eye for photography and it shows in this film. I think his idea of running away to Peru to make a film was the big self-indulgent aspect of making this picture but the end result is a beautifully shot film in real locations. Being a real asshole cost him but this film is nowhere near the disaster a few people claimed it was. It's basically a really great follow-up to Easy Rider…and now a treasure for 1970s film lovers to discover on a top notch blu-ray.

    I didn’t know The Last Movie was out. Saw it once at AFI late 80s, early 90s. Cool.

  28. What a useful little thread. I was totally unaware 'My Bodyguard' was out on Blu .. I'll hunt it down. A very touching little film, always a favourite.
    I was really happy to find 'Tales of Hoffmann' my favourite of the Pressburger and Powell movies. Also the wonderful French Blu ray of Les Demoiselles de Rochefort which I think now has a US release as well. And 'My Father's Glory' .. My Mother's Castle' double, and the UK release of Albert Lamorisse's mini-masterpiece 'White Mane'. coupled with his more famous 'The Red Balloon'.
    We are so fortunate. To have 'Un Chien Andalou' on Blu ray, all the Tati movies, and so much more. Criterion's 'Tampopo' was another wonderful surprise, after there being so many inferior editions. The list goes on…..

  29. Every one of H G Lewis's films in a lavish box set
    Ed Wood's Take It Out In Trade
    Arch Hall Jr in The Sadist
    The Mexican Santa Claus movie
    The Creeping Terror
    Torture Chamber of Dr Sadism
    Bat P ussy
    Boss N*gger
    All of the Rudy Ray Moore films
    Faster Pussycat Kill Kill

  30. Radioman970

    you won't be disappointing. one hell of a heartwarming movie, My Bodyguard. Some parts maybe haven't aged as well but it all still FEELS right.

    I'm surprised they haven't remade it with all this stuff about school bullying going on these days.

  31. A remake of My Bodyguard, in my opinion, would be similar to the remake of The Bad News Bears- sterilized due to how hyper-sensitive people seem to be when it could mes to portrayals, and language (the original Bad News Bears would NEVER be released today because of its language).

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