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Lost films
Topic by: PBeck
Posted: January 29, 2009 - 6:29 PM PST
Last Reply: September 29, 2009 - 7:04 PM PDT

author topic: Lost films
post #1  on January 29, 2009 - 6:29 PM PST  
There are some great films that still have not seen a DVD transfer. For years I have been trying to get a DVD copy of Raoul Walsh's brilliant romantic comedy, The Strawberry Blonde. This film stars James Cagney as a man who weds Olivia de Haviland on the rebound after he loses out on the pursuit of his obsession, "The Strawberry Blonde", played by Rita Hayworth. Only after great tribulation does he realize he married the girl of his dreams after all. A wonderful sentimental romance, augmented with such stock Warner Brothers characters as Jack Carson, Alan Hale, and George Tobias. Who owns the rights on this film, and what is taking so long? Anyone?
post #2  on January 30, 2009 - 12:18 PM PST  
Warner Brothers has been releasing a fair number of their classic films this year, with last week bringing us a batch of 'em (Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Far From The Madding Crowd and The Yellow Rolls Royce). Perhaps this one is forthcoming!
post #3  on January 30, 2009 - 1:50 PM PST  
I have no idea why Strawberry Blonde hasn't been on DVD yet -- I've been waiting to see it, too! But as Weezy notes, they're starting to release more of the Warner Bros back catalog of oldies so maybe there's hope for it soon. Sometimes it can be rights issues, but in many of these cases it's simply because they can only restore and release a certain number of these films at a time. (Still, you'd think a mega-co. like WB could afford to pick up the pace.) Anyway, hopefully soon.

Meanwhile, my 3rd DVD MIA list will be posted here on Monday.
post #4  on January 30, 2009 - 4:31 PM PST  
> On January 30, 2009 - 4:30 PM PST PBeck wrote:
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> underdog, add A New Leaf to your list. This gem from 1971 is crying for a adaptation. Walter Matthau is priceless as a neer-do-well trust funder who is compelled by poverty to wed the socially maladept Elaine May. While plotting her death he feels twinges of what might be love. Good character actors like Jack Weston, Doris Roberts, James Coco, and David Rose round out the cast.
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post #5  on February 9, 2009 - 1:44 PM PST  
One of my favorite "lost films" for ages is FINALLY coming to DVD this week! What Makes Sammy Run?, which is a cult favorite but was never on DVD (I don't even know when it was last on VHS for that matter), is actually a TV movie from 1959, based on Budd Schulberg's scathing book, directed by Oscar-winner Delbert Mann.

post #6  on February 10, 2009 - 9:03 PM PST  
"The Keep" 1983. My introduction to Ian McKellan, Jürgen Prochnow, and Michael Mann. A wonderful score by Tangerine Dream. I special ordered the VHS years ago and paid about $80 for it. I see it appears to be available on DVD in a "region free" version from mostly foriegn sources and that is suspect.

Rumor is the version I saw at the theater was a studio directed hack of much longer version. Man, I would love to see it digitized and wide screen.

I believe it is the Most Gothic Movie Ever.

post #7  on September 29, 2009 - 7:04 PM PDT  
Vadim's BLOOD AND ROSES (1961) hasn't made it to DVD. Same with the original version of Roger Corman's NOT OF THIS EARTH.

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