Skip to comments.Over 100 more movies that really ought to be on DVD
Posted on 07/30/2014 2:39:02 PM PDT by SMGFan
Ive learned a lot from the outpouring of reader response to my two recent columns 64 clips of movies you cant find on DVD and Even more clips (70, in fact) of flicks you cant find on DVD about movies you cant find on DVD.
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do I really really want to click this link?
Let us find out
Older movies will look horrible on DVD on modern TVs unless they are remastered. My guess is that the studios don't think they can sell enough copies to justify the expense.
Some of them are real gems, many are not something I would want to watch.
I have no idea what “M” is about.
I was surprised that “The Scarlet Letter” (1926) and Show Boat (1929 have not been released on DVD. “The Wind” (1928) seems only to be available in the PAL format used in Europe. I’ve seen “The Wind” and “Show Boat” in the theater.
“M” is a murder mystery / thriller set in Germany between the world wars. It is considered a classic of cinema techniques.
I am surprised considering some of the utter crap that ends up on even Blue Ray.
M...... staring Peter Lorre? I saw it as a kid as a B movie back in the late 40’s. If I remember correctly M meant Murder, but wasn’t there a young girl involved? Maybe it meant molester too?
I estimate half of these are on ‘free’ link sites.
Warning - don’t go to that NY Post page unless you have lightning fast internet. I have fast enough internet and after two minutes and it was still loading, I just gave up on it.
That is entirely possible but there should be a way to do so. Tobacco Road is one of my favorites that didn't make this list. Mr. Frost is a modern film that is not available.
I would like to see The Picture of Dorian Grey on DVD
I still have my VHS of “The Wind” that I bought in the late-1980s. Along with “Greed” and “Docks of New York.”
Always nice, though, to see silents screened at a theater, along with live musical accompaniment.
The original “M” with Peter Lorre was a 1931 German classic, directed by Fritz Lang. I thought it was in the public-domain, as worn copies used to be all over the place on VHS, but I’m surprised if there hasn’t been an official high-quality, ‘restored’ release.
There was also a rather forgotten (American) remake, from 1951, featuring David Wayne and Howard da Silva. Maybe you saw that one at the theater.
Old films can certainly look great on dvd, if they still have high-quality 35mm elements. There are some old films going back to the early-1930s that look absolutely stunning, if top-notch source material survived and was used.
Do you know what looks bad, though, on modern TVs? Television shows from the 1970s/80s that were shot on video-tape, like sitcoms and variety shows. Also, in the 1980s and maybe even early-1990s, a lot of otherwise nicely 35mm filmed tv-shows unfortunately used videotape for editing their master copies. Thus the masters are rather soft for high-definition sets, and look less impressive than a lot of older filmed tv-series from the 1950s/60s/70s.
Is Attack of the Killer Tomatoes on DVD? Blu Ray?
Speaking of movies, Rush was talking about Idiocracy today. Let me just take this opportunity to put in a plug for it. It’s SO good! A little crude, but SO good!
yes, I had trouble too. 100 DVds listed with a link to each clip on youtube. I had trouble seeing the previous lists as well.
They're right this isn't on DVD.
Just burn a DVD when it comes on TCM. I got hundreds!
Right now DirecTV is having problems with satellite reception here so I can’t till the problem clears up.
It might be the M for “Mature” audiences which was the old name for a rating of “PG”.
It was the name of the film.
If only TCM had access to the Universal/Paramount library! That’s where most of my ‘wants’ lie. The 1930s Charlie Ruggles films, the early-1940s “Henry Aldrich” films, Universal’s pairings of ZaSu Pitts and Slim Summerville, the Dorothy Lamour sarong flicks, old oddities like Hecht-MacArthur’s “Soak the Rich” (1936), or Universal’s “Night World” (1932), both which I haven’t seen in decades. And where is “Miss Tatlock’s Millions” (1948)? Pretty funny movie, that’s fallen through the woodwork. Etc., etc., etc.
I have a copy of that! Region free out of Portugal. The titles are in portugese but the film is in English. First saw THE WAR LORD back in 1964.
When first shown on NBC TV back around 1970, they butchered it so bad I was not sure it was the same movie! Remember the censored movies on TV due to the murder of Bobby Kennedy in 1968,bu cutting out all violent scenes and re editing them.
After the murder of Bobby Kennedy it was feared that the government might regulate violence. TV shows for adults dumbed down to kiddy shows, comic books changed their formats, pocket books removed their lurid bloody and sexy covers.
But the Movie industry said they would regulate themselves with a code system. The Government backed off.
Hot digigy dog! The HAYS code is dead! If you got them make them!
Movies were reshot to ADD sex and violence. More blood and nudity flowed from the screens.
The first movie rating was G-M(mature)-R-X.
Then G-GP(the old “mature”)-R-X
Now, G-PG-PG 13-R-NC 17.
Let me rephrase that. The TITLES ON THE COVER are Portugese, The DVD is in English. WIDESCREEN!
Every once in a while this is shown on STARZ movie channel. but not in Wide Screen.
Just ordered a DVD of the movie "The Wrong Box" with Michael Caine and Peter Sellers and a stellar cast of wacky British actors. I am really hoping it is a good edition as opposed to the VHS tape I got several years ago.
You are right, if they have the material to work with they can do a lot. I'm a huge fan of Hitchcock and what they've done with many of his movies is amazing.
Do you know what looks bad, though, on modern TVs? Television shows from the 1970s/80s that were shot on video-tape, like sitcoms and variety shows.
I've noticed that when flipping through channels and come across a show from when I was a kid only to see that it looks worse than ever.
Have you ever seen his AFTER THE FOX? A funny movie about a criminal who escapes prison to protect his little sister Gina, who he finds is now grown up.
Steals movie equipment to cover for a stolen gold shipment, the scene in the court room when they show the “movie” he “made” in this movie is funny and sums up my thoughts on some French and Italian artsy movies.
As the film critic said... “BRAVO! BRAVO! I laughed, I cried! THAT MAN IS A GENIOUS!”
It sounds interesting.
“Is Attack of the Killer Tomatoes on DVD? Blu Ray?”
I have it on DVD.
In the late 90s or early 2000s, there was an article in Variety which covered how "Turner" and other corporations that held vast film libraries were deliberately keeping some films off of home video to maintain some exclusive content for their paytv cable channels.
The other point of that article was that by withholding some films from market, there could still be "big releases" down the road.
However, the longer titles are withheld from the market, the fewer people exist who will care when they do come to market.
Since the 1980s I knew college students who wouldn't sit for a black and white movie. That number has only grown.
I've since run into persons who say they cannot watch any movie from about 1986 because they "are too slow".
The language of film is changing and not so much for the better.