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Movies that should be on DVD but aren't: Thread II
Topic by: woozy
Posted: May 2, 2006 - 2:16 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 20, 2006 - 3:52 PM PDT

author topic: Movies that should be on DVD but aren't: Thread II
woozy
post #1  on May 2, 2006 - 2:16 PM PDT  
Oops. Sorry. This is the the thread where we bitch and moan about great films that ought to be on DVD but aren't.

Anyhow Thread 1 is long and cold.

Forgive me if this was on the first thread but can you believe The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe isn't available on DVD? I can't!
underdog
post #2  on May 4, 2006 - 10:58 AM PDT  
Now that #1 on my MIA DVD list is out at last - Delicatessen - I'm consulting the list again to see what else I've been pining for. Oh yeah, how about A Brief History of Time, Errol Morris' doc about Stephen Hawking; and I'd love to see 84 Charlie MoPic, a great low budget Vietnam War movie, make it to disc, too.

ALittlefield
post #3  on May 4, 2006 - 9:03 PM PDT  
I believe the Billy Wilder films DOUBLE INDEMNITY, A FORIEGN AFFAIR, THE FRONT PAGE, FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO, FEDORA and BUDDY BUDDY (Which is supposed to suck, but I want to see it for completist reasons) are all not yet available. Also, HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO, MIRACLE OF MORGAN CREEK and THE BEAUTIFUL BLONDE FROM BASHFULL BEND are also not available.
Eoliano
post #4  on May 6, 2006 - 12:08 PM PDT  
Double Indemnity Release date: August 29, 2006

The Front Page Release date: May 31, 2005

Miracle of Morgan's Creek Release date: September 6, 2005
marath
post #5  on May 6, 2006 - 6:54 PM PDT  
Where the heck is Eleanor Coppola's BRILLIANT documentary about the filming of 'Apocolypse Now': "Hearts of Darkness"????!!!!!
goodyerin
post #6  on May 8, 2006 - 12:47 AM PDT  
Double Indemnity has a DVD release date! Suddenly all feels right in the world...
underdog
post #7  on May 8, 2006 - 12:40 PM PDT  
> On May 8, 2006 - 12:47 AM PDT goodyerin wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Double Indemnity has a DVD release date! Suddenly all feels right in the world...
> ---------------------------------

Yup. August. FINALLY!

Meanwhile, keeping this on our site:

Miracle of Morgan's Creek (available for awhile here to buy and rent)

The Front Page


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Meanwhile, redux, a couple more I wish were on DVD:
The African Queen (I believe it once was, but inferior quality).

How about The Magnificent Ambersons while we're at it?

ALittlefield
post #8  on May 8, 2006 - 2:11 PM PDT  
> On May 8, 2006 - 12:40 PM PDT underdog wrote:

>
> How about The Magnificent Ambersons while we're at it?
>

As a fan of Orson Welles, I've avoided this film because of it's sad history (the three hour film was cut down to two hours and a new happy ending was shot after a disasterous test screening [for teenagers!]. Even worse, Welles was fired by the studio while he was out of the country scouting locations for his next project. The lost hour has never been found, and it was probably burned by the studio).
Still, on DVD, with a historical commentary, it might be interesting to hear about what might have been.
>
> ---------------------------------

underdog
post #9  on May 8, 2006 - 2:28 PM PDT  
Yep, all those are good reasons why it's probably unlikely to see the light of day on disc anytime soon. I was sort of dreaming about it recently, though, after the recent, drool-worthy Mr. Arkadin package, with multiple versions and so on.

Eoliano
post #10  on May 8, 2006 - 4:16 PM PDT  
> As a fan of Orson Welles, I've avoided this film because of it's sad history (the three hour film was cut down to two hours and a new happy ending was shot after a disasterous test screening [for teenagers!]. Even worse, Welles was fired by the studio while he was out of the country scouting locations for his next project. The lost hour has never been found, and it was probably burned by the studio).

The test screening in Pomona ran 131 minutes, while Welles' so-called original cut was supposed to have been around 148 minutes. Apparently Robert Wise sent footage to Welles while he was working on his documentary, It's All True, and rumor had it that the reels were stored in the Brazilian studio that Welles was using. That the possibility the lost footage still exists somewhere in Brazil persists to this day, but needless to say, nothing has ever been found.

Robert L. Carringer's The Magnificent Ambersons: A Reconstruction, is best historical resource available for the film and includes the complete shooting script.

Warner's are planning a release sometime in the not too distant future and have been seeking best elements for quite some time.

From an interview with Warner Home Video execs at Home Theater Forum:

[KeithPaynter] Thanks first of all for the excellent catalogue 2-disc special editions we've been seeing. Now, what is the status on The Magnificent Ambersons?

[Warner] We're still looking for better materials on AMBERSONS. We waited for KONG and KANE and it was worth it. It will be worth it for the AMBERSONS, and yes,we will release JOURNEY INTO FEAR when we do AMBERSONS.
woozy
post #11  on May 8, 2006 - 6:15 PM PDT  
Yegads, Underdog! You've lost your powers! Is there any hope for GC now?

Always wanted to see "The Magnificent Ambersons" but somehow never have....
underdog
post #12  on May 8, 2006 - 10:49 PM PDT  
> On May 8, 2006 - 6:15 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Yegads, Underdog! You've lost your powers! Is there any hope for GC now?
>
> Always wanted to see "The Magnificent Ambersons" but somehow never have....
> ---------------------------------

I've just been feeling a little ragged lately and am looking for new super energy pills. There's no need to fear, though, underdog is always here.

Thanks Eoliano, too, for the Welles tidbits. Very helpful.
underdog
post #13  on May 25, 2006 - 1:29 PM PDT  
Another classic film I wish would find it's way to DVD:

DEADLINE AT DAWN.

With a script by Clifford Odets; starring Susan Hayward. Desperately want to see this one.
randomcha
post #14  on June 7, 2006 - 12:17 PM PDT  
"Diary of a Mad Housewife"
"Cold Turkey"
"Make Room for Tomorrow"
"O Lucky Man!"
" ... if"
"The Mating Season"
DSchirmer
post #15  on August 12, 2006 - 2:00 AM PDT  
Peter Brook's King Lear.

Laurie Anderson's Home of the Brave.
DLeonard
post #16  on September 19, 2006 - 5:41 PM PDT  
Just announced!

Two Bernardo Bertolucci classics will finally be released.

The Conversation had a brief theatrical run earlier this year, so not much of a surprise there.

But how about 1900!!
The 5 hour only seen in Italy version!

Both will be released December 5th.
Eoliano
post #17  on September 20, 2006 - 8:34 AM PDT  
You mean The Conformist (Il Conformista), not The Coversation (Coppola) ; ~ )

The first time I saw 1900 (Novecento) was at the old Bleeker Street Cinema in NY and it ran five plus hours, not including the dinner break.

Fingers crossed for the best possible transfers. Will make an announcement here when all the specs are up.
DLeonard
post #18  on September 20, 2006 - 12:39 PM PDT  
> On September 20, 2006 - 8:34 AM PDT Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You mean The Conformist (Il Conformista), not The Coversation (Coppola) ; ~ )

> ---------------------------------

D'oh !!!

Yes, of course I mean Il Conformista.
Thanks for the correction.

The Conversation (also a great film) has been available on DVD for some time.
underdog
post #19  on September 20, 2006 - 4:17 PM PDT  
Yay! The Conformist (we just added). Can't wait. Have been dying to see this film for years.
evanfrrll
post #20  on October 20, 2006 - 3:52 PM PDT  
Two Lane Blacktop. It's been on DVD before, but it sells for a bunch on ebay.

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