MOVIES THAT LONG AGO SHOULD HAVE COME TO BLU-RAY

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As the years continue to roll by, and with the advent of 4K displays, there remains a shocking dearth of deep catalog titles that ought to have seen the light of day on regular Blu-ray in region 1 by now. This list is compiled of personal favs as well as legitimate contenders that remain MIA on Blu-ray in 2018. Start the discussion, list your own, keep the interest alive and let the industry insiders who read these posts know how you feel. It is our best and only defense to help promote some of these titles from hopefully someday seeing the light of day. Here goes…

OSCAR WINNING BEST PICTURES
The Broadway Melody
Cimarron
The Life of Emile Zola
The Great Ziegfeld
Going My Way
The Lost Weekend
Hamlet
The Greatest Show on Earth
Around the World in 80 Days
Ordinary People

MUSICALS
The Gay Divorcee
Swing Time
Roberta
Follow the Fleet
The Barkley’s of Broadway
You Were Never Lovelier
Royal Wedding
The Belle of New York
Three Little Words
Yolanda and the Thief
Broadway Melody of 1936/38/40
Maytime
Rose Marie
Luxury Liner
The Chocolate Soldier
Gold Diggers of 1933
Footlight Parade
Dames
Babes in Arms
Babes on Broadway
Girl Crazy
Strike Up The Band
Million Dollar Mermaid
Easy to Love
Bathing Beauty
The Thrill of a Romance
The Toast of New Orleans
That Midnight Kiss
The Great Caruso
Holiday in Mexico
Till the Clouds Roll By
Words and Music
Anchors Aweigh (remastered)
Small Town Girl
Nancy Goes to Rio
A Date with Judy
Rio Rita
Coney Island
Sweet Rosie O’Grady
Ziegfeld Girl
Lovely To Look At
Love Finds Andy Hardy
Thousands Cheer
Little Nellie Kelly
Rosalie
Good News
The Harvey Girls
For Me and My Gal
The Pirate
Romance on the High Seas
The Pajama Game
Summer Stock
That Night in Rio
Sun Valley Serenade
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Hello Frisco, Hello
Greenwich Village
Down Argentine Way
Springtime in the Rockies
If I’m Lucky
The Dolly Sisters
High Society
The Student Prince
Star!

COMEDIES
Adam’s Rib
Wive Vs. Secretary
The Talk of the Town
The Lady Eve
Pat and Mike
Theodora Goes Wild
The Time of Their Lives
Who Done It?
Hold That Ghost
Brother Orchid
A Night at the Opera
A Day at the Races
Susan and God
Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
The Thin Man
After the Thin Man
Another Thin Man
Shadow of the Thin Man
The Thin Man Goes Home
Song of the Thin Man
I Love You Again
Libeled Lady
Idiot’s Delight
The Seven Little Foys
The Pleasure of His Company
The Teahouse of the August Moon
Roman Holiday

DRAMAS

The Heiress
Executive Suite
Camille
National Velvet
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Captain Blood
Captains Courageous
Anna Karenina (1935)
The Sign of the Cross
Les Misérables (1935)
The Sea Hawk
Gentleman Jim
Scaramouche
The Country Girl
Boy’s Town
Arrowsmith
Kismet (1944)
The Rains Came
Jezebel
My Reputation
Random Harvest
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Marie Antoinette (1938)
Dinner at Eight
San Francisco
Red Dust
Honky Tonk
China Seas
A Place in the Sun
Butterfield 8
A Woman’s Face
Harriet Craig
Flamingo Road
The Bad and the Beautiful
Blackboard Jungle
The Three Musketeers (1948)
When Ladies Meet
Mrs. Parkington
Calling Dr. Kildare
The Valley of Decision
Ivanhoe
Julius Caesar (1953)
The VIP’s
Green Dolphin Street
Lassie Come Home
Little Women
The Yearling
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Week-end at the Waldorf
State of the Union
The White Cliffs of Dover
The Human Comedy
Miracle in the Rain
Johnny Eager
Johnny Belinda
This Gun for Hire
Young Man With A Horn
King’s Row
Storm Warning
Advise and Consent
The Nanny
All This and Heaven Too
Written on the Wind
Now Voyager
In This Our Life
Old Acquaintance
Boom Town
Meet John Doe
The Fountainhead
Beau Geste
The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Angels with Dirty Faces
The Roaring Twenties
City for Conquest
Mayor of Hell
Nightmare Alley
Son of Fury
Lloyds of London
Heidi (1937)
The Little Colonel
The Littlest Rebel
Wee Willie Winkie
A Little Princess
Captain January
In Old Chicago
King of Khyber Rifles
Black Legion
Black Angel
Test Pilot
Riffraff
The Carpetbaggers
Elephant Walk
Raintree County
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Death on the Nile (1978)

HORROR

The Man Who Laughs (1928)
Freaks
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
The Seventh Victim
I Walked With A Zombie
The Leopard Man
The Ghost Ship

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  1. The John Wayne titles trapped in Paramount hell:
    Sons of Katie Elder
    The Shootist
    The High and the Mighty
    Island in the Sky

    The last two may have some chance as I recall they are actually owned by Batjac, not Paramount. Maybe Batjac could go to another company for a blu-ray release, or at least threaten to if Paramount doesn't. I'm assuming, of course, that Batjac didn't sign over the distribution rights to Paramount, in which case they're also trapped in Paramount hell.

  2. JQuintana

    Aren't there several threads with this same theme?

    It's a favorite topic among certain members of the HTF crowd. 🙂 "Where is Fill In The Blank on blu ray?", "Why is Bob's You Uncle on blu ray but not Fill In The Blank?", "Warners, why isn't Fill In The Blank blu ray?", "Favorite 1980s films still not on blu ray", "What is your wish list for 2019 classic blu ray releases?". You name it and it's here. They're harmless, still it's frustrating to see the same topics regurgitated so close together. Maybe if one hasn't been done in a couple years, sure bring it back but ……

  3. That's a great list, Nick Z. I'd add pretty much all the Oscar Nominees from the first four years,
    as well as such other Nominees as:
    SKIPPY
    HOLIDAY
    STATE FAIR (Will Rogers)
    THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED
    THE PIED PIPER
    and, from 1951 alone, these Nominees:
    BRIGHT VICTORY
    DEATH OF A SALESMAN
    THE BLUE VEIL
    COME FILL THE CUP
    THE MATING SEASON
    Ah well, one can only hope …

  4. The following are just some of the classic films released on Blu-ray in Region A for the first time in 2018. More titles are coming before the year is out like "The Thing from Another World" and "The Glenn Miller Story". Again, there are several titles I didn't list below, but 2018, was a terrific year for classic movie fans that love to own their favorite classics on Blu-ray disc.

    Young Mr. Lincoln
    The Young in Heart
    Not as a Stranger
    Intermezzo
    The Garden of Allah
    My Cousin Rachel
    The Hanging Tree
    Dragonwyck
    Westfront 1918
    Kameradschaft
    The Way West
    Along Came Jones
    Casanova Brown
    The Covered Wagon
    Tom Jones
    The Outlaw
    Ramrod
    Topaze
    Birdman of Alcatraz
    It's the Old Army Game
    While the City Sleeps
    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
    Stingaree
    Don't Bother to Knock
    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Joan of Arc
    The Egg and I
    The Thrill of It All
    Cleopatra (1934)
    Les Girls
    The Awful Truth
    Ruby Gentry
    The Maze
    Down 3 Dark Streets
    Gun Crazy
    Moonrise
    The Old Dark House
    Odds Against Tomorrow
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Designing Woman
    The Woman in the Window
    Under Capricorn
    Two Weeks in Another Town
    A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
    A Matter of Life and Death
    I Walk Alone
    Village of the Damned (1960)
    Never So Few
    Merrily We Live
    Home From the Hill
    The Last Hunt
    Heaven Can Wait (1943)
    The Naked and the Dead
    The Invisible Man Movies (Universal)
    My Man Godfrey (1936)
    A Raisin in the Sun
    Trapeze
    The Farmer's Daughter
    The Spiral Staircase (1946)
    The Naked Prey

  5. I've posted my fair share of criticisms toward Warner, Paramount, Disney, Criterion, etc. over unreleased films, and I certainly have a wish list a mile long. However, all of this must be tempered by reality. Case in point, this morning as I was working in my home office I hear my doorbell. I open my door to find an Amazon courier delivering a small package. I open it to find my Kino blu-ray of You Never Know Women, a 1926 Paramount silent that I was only vaguely aware of prior to its release announcement. So I go from being only vaguely aware of the film to having in my hands this blu-ray taken from a restored 4K master with a newly recorded Donald Sosin piano score and extras. The only problem is that now I'm tempted to bump some of my tentatively scheduled Halloween-themed movie viewings to watch it, but I think I can hold out for two days. 😉 While it can be irksome seeing some of our pet favorites passed over for release year after year, it's certainly not a bad time for classic film fans.
    I will say this though in closing – Errol Flynn certainly deserves the same treatment given by WAC to Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne. Also, the Laurel and Hardy silents (especially the restored version of The Battle of the Century) desperately need a new DVD or blu-ray release.

  6. Robert Crawford

    The following are just some of the classic films released on Blu-ray in Region A for the first time in 2018. More titles are coming before the year is out like "The Thing from Another World" and "The Glenn Miller Story". Again, there are several titles I didn't list below, but 2018, was a terrific year for classic movie fans that love to own their favorite classics on Blu-ray disc.

    Young Mr. Lincoln
    The Young in Heart
    Not as a Stranger
    Intermezzo
    The Garden of Allah
    My Cousin Rachel
    The Hanging Tree
    Dragonwyck
    Westfront 1918
    Kameradschaft
    The Way West
    Along Came Jones
    Casanova Brown
    The Covered Wagon
    Tom Jones
    The Outlaw
    Ramrod
    Topaze
    Birdman of Alcatraz
    It's the Old Army Game
    While the City Sleeps
    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
    Stingaree
    Don't Bother to Knock
    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Joan of Arc
    The Egg and I
    The Thrill of It All
    Cleopatra (1934)
    Les Girls
    The Awful Truth
    Ruby Gentry
    The Maze
    Down 3 Dark Streets
    Gun Crazy
    Moonrise
    The Old Dark House
    Odds Against Tomorrow
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Designing Woman
    The Woman in the Window
    Under Capricorn
    Two Weeks in Another Town
    A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
    A Matter of Life and Death
    I Walk Alone
    Village of the Damned (1960)
    Never So Few
    Merrily We Live
    Home From the Hill
    The Last Hunt
    Heaven Can Wait (1943)
    The Naked and the Dead
    The Invisible Man Movies (Universal)
    My Man Godfrey (1936)
    A Raisin in the Sun
    Trapeze
    The Farmer's Daughter
    The Spiral Staircase (1946)
    The Naked Prey

    This serves as an excellent reminder that Wish-Lists do come true, Mr. Crawford.
    And don't forget the Bergman 39 Boxed Set, Anne of the Thousand Days and Irma La Douce.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  7. Rick Thompson

    The John Wayne titles trapped in Paramount hell:
    Sons of Katie Elder
    The Shootist
    The High and the Mighty
    Island in the Sky

    The last two may have some chance as I recall they are actually owned by Batjac, not Paramount. Maybe Batjac could go to another company for a blu-ray release, or at least threaten to if Paramount doesn't. I'm assuming, of course, that Batjac didn't sign over the distribution rights to Paramount, in which case they're also trapped in Paramount hell.

    You missed out In Harm's Way (1965), it's the Paramount Duke I want the most. There are a lot of obvious films that you'd have thought would have been released on Blu-ray by now, but I suppose that's balanced out by the surprising releases we thought would never happen, like One-Eyed Jacks. But the catalogue releases keep on coming thick & fast. I haven't bought that many this year but that's mostly due to my appalling taste in films, I do have this feeling that next year is going to be mega…& maybe Paramount will start licensing films out to a trusted company (I'd pick Twilight Time, limited to 3000 releases & a premium price point I'd think Paramount would love all that).

  8. Billy Batson

    You missed out In Harm's Way (1965), it's the Paramount Duke I want the most. There are a lot of obvious films that you'd have thought would have been released on Blu-ray by now, but I suppose that's balanced out by the surprising releases we thought would never happen, like One-Eyed Jacks. But the catalogue releases keep on coming thick & fast. I haven't bought that many this year but that's mostly due to my appalling taste in films, I do have this feeling that next year is going to be mega…& maybe Paramount will start licensing films out to a trusted company (I'd pick Twilight Time, limited to 3000 releases & a premium price point I'd think Paramount would love all that).

    From your lips to God's ear.

    As for In Harm's Way I forgot about it because it never did anything for me, aside from Jerry Goldsmith's score. The liberties taken with history were too extreme and the model work too obvious for me, so I never bought it in any format after seeing it that first time as a rental. A lot of people like it, so let's hope it escapes.

  9. Keith Cobby

    That's a comprehensive list Nick.
    Would add: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    Slightly Scarlet
    Michael Shayne films (Nolan)

    True Lies

    I forgot a few I am ashamed to admit to, including Walter Mitty, Wonder Man, Ryan's Daughter, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Circus World, Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, and, Gaslight – one of my all time favorites. Bergman and Boyer…how could I forget 'em?!?!?

  10. GOODBYE MR CHIPS—–PENNIES FROM HEAVEN—-THE BUTCHER BOY—-WRESTLING ERNEST HEMINGWAY—–SURVIVING PICASSO—–THE SHELTERING SKY—WHO'S LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?—–PLAY IT AGAIN SAM—–BIRDY—-ORDINARY PEOPLE—-STAR!—FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE—EL CID —RYANS DAUGHTER—-ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE—-DANCE WITH ME—TOYS—FAIL SAFE—RAGTIME—UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE—SAME TIME NEXT YEAR.—-CARNAL KNOWLEDGE— LOCAL HERO—-BREAKFAST ON PLUTO—SHOOT THE MOON—-YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES.—NOBODY'S FOOL—-CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD—THE CARDINAL—Warner owns 13 of these.

  11. skylark68

    Guess the three I’m surprised about outside of the obvious, ahem, (the Alamo) are 55 Days at Peking, El Cid, and Fall of the Roman Empire.

    Well, those and Ryan’s Daughter of course.

    Did someone say "Ryan's Daughter"?:thumbsup:

  12. Nick*Z

    I forgot a few I am ashamed to admit to, including Walter Mitty, Wonder Man, Ryan's Daughter, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Circus World, Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, and, Gaslight – one of my all time favorites. Bergman and Boyer…how could I forget 'em?!?!?

    trajan007

    GOODBYE MR CHIPS—–PENNIES FROM HEAVEN—-THE BUTCHER BOY—-WRESTLING ERNEST HEMINGWAY—–SURVIVING PICASSO—–THE SHELTERING SKY—WHO'S LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?—–PLAY IT AGAIN SAM—–BIRDY—-ORDINARY PEOPLE—-STAR!—FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE—EL CID —RYANS DAUGHTER—-ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE—-DANCE WITH ME—TOYS—FAIL SAFE—RAGTIME—UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE—SAME TIME NEXT YEAR.—-CARNAL KNOWLEDGE— LOCAL HERO.Warner owns 11 of these.

    Wow, that makes three votes in a row.:)
    Well, then, let's make that an even four for Ryan's Daughter.:wave-hello:

  13. Nick*Z

    I forgot a few I am ashamed to admit to, including Walter Mitty, Wonder Man, Ryan's Daughter, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Circus World, Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, and, Gaslight – one of my all time favorites. Bergman and Boyer…how could I forget 'em?!?!?

    The biggest ‘omissions‘ from your list (that closely matches mine) were Top Hat and Bringing Up Baby.

    Otherwise, it was a terrific list

  14. Billy Batson

    You missed out In Harm's Way (1965), it's the Paramount Duke I want the most. There are a lot of obvious films that you'd have thought would have been released on Blu-ray by now, but I suppose that's balanced out by the surprising releases we thought would never happen, like One-Eyed Jacks. But the catalogue releases keep on coming thick & fast. I haven't bought that many this year but that's mostly due to my appalling taste in films, I do have this feeling that next year is going to be mega…& maybe Paramount will start licensing films out to a trusted company (I'd pick Twilight Time, limited to 3000 releases & a premium price point I'd think Paramount would love all that).

    For me 'In Harm's Way' is John Wayne's best non-western film. Great cast, great film. Much rather have had this than One-Eyed Jacks!

  15. Nick*Z

    I forgot a few I am ashamed to admit to, including Walter Mitty, Wonder Man, Ryan's Daughter, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Circus World, Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, and, Gaslight – one of my all time favorites. Bergman and Boyer…how could I forget 'em?!?!?

    I've seen both Annie Get Your Gun & Walter Mitty on TV in HD looking terrific, but I'm thinking there's a LOT of older movies that have great looking HD transfers which may never be released on Blu-ray.

  16. Billy Batson

    I've seen both Annie Get Your Gun & Walter Mitty on TV in HD looking terrific, but I'm thinking there's a LOT of older movies that have great looking HD transfers which may never be released on Blu-ray.

    I fear the same. The problem here is that an HD transfer under-utilizes Blu-ray's true capacity for bit rate. Ergo, what looks good in HD can look twice as good on disc. But again, it's a remastering/cost/time management issue, and if studios see no dollar-for-dollar value in it, they won't do it. Which is why I chose to keep the dream alive on message boards like these. So long as we talk – rather than harp – about our collective interests in seeing these movies presented to us in a quality better than what is currently out there, the more likely the opportunity that some of these just might make it down the pipe line – rather than the pipe dream – and become a reality for movie lovers everywhere some day. Sooner would be better than later. I am aging rapidly!

  17. StarDestroyer52

    And I forgot one film: The Cameraman. Hopefully, Criterion releases this since Buster Keaton also could use the Criterion treatment also.

    If I can be a bit greedy, I would also hope that Criterion would put out Spite Marriage as well so we can complete the Keaton silent features on blu. You would think that Criterion would be really keen to get its mitts on a Keaton title for its collection, and most of the "standard" ones (The General, Steamboat Bill Jr., Our Hospitality, Sherlock Jr., etc) have essentially been well-covered or at least held by Lobster, Kino, and Cohen. So that would leave the WB films. At one time Edward Sedgwick (the credited director) did have a phantom director's page on Criterion's website, and the two features do seem to be OOP. On the other hand, would Warners' infamous quality standards for blu apply to licensed titles? While most of The Cameraman survives in very good 35mm, I think that the first reel has survived only in 16mm. I hope that wouldn't be a hang-up for the film. If Criterion has The Cameraman, I hope that it would see fit to record a new score – that Arthur Barrow score doesn't support the film very well. On the other hand, the Movietone score for Spite Marriage is pretty good. I'll stop rambling and conclude by saying that The Cameraman and Spite Marriage are long overdue for blu. 🙂

  18. Well of course I'll have to add The Story of Ruth, Land of the Pharaohs, Barabbas, Salome, The Nun's Story, Come to the Stable, Hercules (also Unchained), the Mosfilm War and Peace, Derzu Uzala, Raintree County and the greatest silents of all time already restored by Photoplay.

  19. Oh and in addition to "National Velvet", I also need to second "Going My Way". The follow-up film "The Bells of St. Mary's" was released but not "Going My Way", which doesn't make any sense to me. At least it is available in HD on streaming tho, unlike National Velvet. I've long been wondering if National Velvet even still has surviving elements because the lack of love shown to this film that has an imdb rating of 7.4 is astounding.

  20. I'd love to see National Velvet as well. The current DVD is ancient, and I would love to upgrade the film on Blu-ray. WB told me on a chat here at the HTF 12 or 13 years ago that it was one of their top sellers so it seems a likely a candidate, but when was the last time WAC released a Technicolor film?

  21. It bugs me to no end that some titles get multiple releases every 6 months and some movies NEVER get a bluray or are just streaming.
    I'm no insider, I'm somebody that wants to throw money at movies. I have not bought a new bluray in over a year. It is the same old "anniversary" "limited edition" of the same old titles over and over again.
    Sure some titles are classic. I get it. But some titles are over done to the point of "ugh, great another limited edition of <insert title>…."

    So My want list is short, because I'm kind of fed up with all of movie studios.
    To Hell and Back – Audie Murphy
    The Black Hole
    Johnny Tremain

    from TV
    Baa Baa Black Sheep
    Carl Sagan's Cosmos

    See? I don't want much. But I'll probably be dead before these come out on Bluray.
    <rant mode off>
    I need a beer. LOLOL

  22. Andrew Budgell

    I'd love to see National Velvet as well. The current DVD is ancient, and I would love to upgrade the film on Blu-ray. WB told me on a chat here at the HTF 12 or 13 years ago that it was one of their top sellers so it seems a likely a candidate, but when was the last time WAC released a Technicolor film?

    Yeah, the DVD is definitely an old release. That's interesting about the chat – thanks for sharing – you'd think if it was a reasonable seller that at the very least they'd have an HD stream of it out there, let alone a Blu. Makes me wonder what the holdup is.

  23. chrislong2

    Yeah, the DVD is definitely an old release. That's interesting about the chat – thanks for sharing – you'd think if it was a reasonable seller that at the very least they'd have an HD stream of it out there, let alone a Blu. Makes me wonder what the holdup is.

    I hope it's just a case of them wanting to do it right. This three-strip Technicolor classic would look beautiful on Blu-ray! I don't think WAC has released a three-strip Technicolor film for awhile. Can anyone recall the last time?

  24. Andrew Budgell

    I hope it's just a case of them wanting to do it right. This three-strip Technicolor classic would look beautiful on Blu-ray! I don't think WAC has released a three-strip Technicolor film for awhile. Can anyone recall the last time?

    I'd like to hope so too, but considering the National Velvet DVD transfer dates to like 1997 or something like that, it's not like they haven't had time to work on it. They've clearly been busy putting their money into other films (not that that's not good), but I think it's long overdue tho now and I agree that it would look beautiful on Blu! That DVD leaves a lot to be desired. Here's hoping they get on this one as it's a movie that really deserves it.

  25. Basically I’d like to see everything that hasn’t been released released, from the silents, old studio films, short films, independent cinema and the vast library of international cinema.

    Though I must admit I’m shocked at some of the films that haven’t yet debuted on Blu Ray, in particular, films from the major studios. Ordinary People being a good example. I don’t care for the film myself and wouldn’t buy it but there is no doubt Paramount would make a reasonable return on that one. Ditto the unreleased John Hughes & James Cameron films.

  26. Ordinary People either needs a restoration or is being held back for a 40th anniversary edition, that's the only reason it's not out yet. Mary Tyler Moore's death must have brought the matter up with someone somewhere at Paramount.

    At least with Looking for Mr. Goodbar, you have the music rights issue to contend with as why it disappeared from view.

  27. I would love to see many of the films listed here; particularly the musicals and the John Wayne vehicles. I would add Lord Jim; The Victors and Wee Willie Winkie. Of course I must echo the perennial request for Ryan’s Daughter!

  28. I might as well throw out a few more titles:

    The Wedding March (1928) – this is one of those silent classics that seems to have fallen through the cracks. While it did have a VHS release from Paramount in the 1980s, it has never been released on DVD or blu. There have been rumors for the past decade that Criterion has licensed the title, and the Kino rep did confirm that Kino did ask for it but was told that it had already been licensed. In any case, the film has had a 35mm restoration by the Library of Congress and while it isn't perfect, it should suffice for a decent Lonesome-style blu. Also, there are three music scores already recorded for the film – the 1928 Movietone track, the 1980s Gaylord Carter Wurlitzer score, and the Photoplay Carl Davis orchestral track. Get with it, Criterion!

    Beau James (1957) – one of the handful of films that Bob Hope did that are more dramatic that his usual comedic offerings. Hope does very well in crafting a sympathetic image of the ethically challenged but still surprisingly honest Mayor Jimmy Walker, and he is still able to pull off his signature one-liners. I'm sure that this Vista-Vision film would look great in high definition. I'm not sure who owns this film- Paramount or Bob Hope's production company. I've also heard that music rights may be holding the film back.

    Bernadine (1957) – if a DVD or blu-ray release isn't in the cards, can we at least get a new widescreen master to play on TV instead of that old and tired pan-and-scan master? Fox? Twilight Time?

    The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) – historically accurate? Definitely not. Light-hearted and entertaining? You bet. A nice Technicolor sampling of the great Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

    The Cockeyed Miracle – a funny and poignant film starring Frank Morgan and Keenan Wynn as father and son ghosts (but not in the way you may think). This film has never even had a DVD release. As an MGM film, this movie would be under the Warner/WAC banner, and I hope that at some point the WAC will get to it.

  29. Great choices from Arthur Powell (above). I'd add another Bob Hope film: THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS. I've
    always had a sneaking suspicion that with these films, Bob was trying to match his ROAD movies partner
    Bing Crosby as an Oscar winner. And two that I keep plugging away for: Noel Coward's THE SCOUNDREL
    and Disney's TALL TALE with Patrick Swayze, which is still available only as a pan and scan DVD.

  30. PODER

    Great choices from Arthur Powell (above). I'd add another Bob Hope film: THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS. I've
    always had a sneaking suspicion that with these films, Bob was trying to match his ROAD movies partner
    Bing Crosby as an Oscar winner. And two that I keep plugging away for: Noel Coward's THE SCOUNDREL
    and Disney's TALL TALE with Patrick Swayze, which is still available only as a pan and scan DVD.

    The Seven Little Foys is a must because the old DVD of this Vista-Vision film is full frame! Have there been any rumblings about Kino tackling the film? That company has been putting out some of Bob Hope's personally produced films.

  31. There’s so many it hurts to think about. Then there are the hundreds of classic titles that at least have some kind of HD release in Europe that have never seen the light of day here.

    Warner has a great number of films that cry out for BD that are themselves already from out of print DVDs still based around Laserdisc prepped materials such as The Thin Mans, the Tarzans and the Lewton horrors. (I’m hoping WAC does all of these at some point.) The Shop Around The Corner is another must.
    Then there are the Flynn films, the other Bogarts, Gunga Din, classic animated titles and I could go on and on. This is only one studio as an example but least they keep a steady stream going in both studio and archive releases which is far better than others.

    The most overdue would be the large format films like Ryan’s Daughter and El Cid. The former isn’t available in HD and the latter only has lackluster issues outside of the lone DVD and Criterion Laserdisc.

    And one can pine away for the supposed lost causes like The Alamo roadshow version, Raintree County etc. that are stuck on Laserdisc, VHS and random TCM airings.

  32. There's a shocking amount of early Peter Sellers films still awaiting a Blu-ray release, & I think his best films were in b/w, here's four I'd love:

    The Naked Truth (1957)
    Two-Way Stretch (1960)
    Only Two Can Play (1962)
    The Wrong Arm Of The Law (1963)

  33. chrislong2

    I'd like to hope so too, but considering the National Velvet DVD transfer dates to like 1997 or something like that, it's not like they haven't had time to work on it. They've clearly been busy putting their money into other films (not that that's not good), but I think it's long overdue tho now and I agree that it would look beautiful on Blu! That DVD leaves a lot to be desired. Here's hoping they get on this one as it's a movie that really deserves it.

    There were several major 'restoration' efforts done during the old LaserDisc era – and advertised as such under the old MGM/UA LaserDisc banner. It is from these masters that Warner's National Velvet's DVD copy was struck…also, Show Boat, The Harvey Girls, Good News, The Pirate, Summer Stock and Bathing Beauty. While virtually all of these except The Pirate managed to look good to stellar in transferring over to DVD (not sure what happened on The Pirate, but the DVD is muddy/grainy and riddled in edge enhancement – badly done) virtually none have been given the necessary hand-holding TLC for upgrade to Blu-ray. Inspection of these 'dated' and pre-digital restoration efforts would be necessary first, but I can't see that enough time has passed as yet to create even more differential shrinkage of these then 'newly re-aligned 3-strip Technicolor negatives.

    Could be wrong about this. But these should be 'almost' ready to go, requiring a NEW 2 or 4K scan to amplify their original Technicolor luster. But I still think at least half – if not more of the 'heavy lifting' has already been done on these deep catalog titles. Ditto for Till the Clouds Roll By and Words & Music.

    There are also some deep catalog titles that deserve marginal clean-up, but I think would look otherwise fabulous on Blu – including Stewart Granger's Scaramouche, High Society, Royal Wedding, The Belle of New York, The Toast of New Orleans, Holiday in Mexico, Easy to Love, Dangerous When Wet, The Three Musketeers (1948), Wonder Man, Yolanda and the Thief, and, I Love Melvin.

    The real fiascoes are as follows: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, That Midnight Kiss – horrendous mis-registration, The Student Prince, Million Dollar Mermaid, That Forsyte Woman, Small Town Girl, Two Weeks With Love, Three Smart Girls, Ziegfeld Follies – major clean-up and color correction, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – where to begin?!?

    And we haven't even scratched the surface of the many memorable B&W's that ought to have come to Blu by now: Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Marie Antoinette (1938), The Valley of Decision, The White Cliffs of Dover, Gaslight, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Boom Town, Idiot's Delight, Honky Tonk, Dinner at Eight, Wife Vs. Secretary, The Merry Widow, Broadway Melody of 1940, Swing Time, Top Hat, Random Harvest, Week-end at the Waldorf, Love Finds Andy Hardy, The Gay Divorcee, Greed, Waterloo Bridge, Personal Property, A Yank at Oxford, The Thin Man (and its sequels), Babes in Arms/on Broadway, Strike Up The Band, Girl Crazy, Tarzan: The Ape Man, Johnny Eager, Johnny Belinda, For Me and My Gal, Broadway Melody of 1936/38, In This Our Life, Now Voyager, All This and Heaven Too, Flamingo Road, A Woman's Face, I Love You Again, The Great Ziegfeld, Ziegfeld Girl, When Ladies Meet, Romeo and Juliet.

    Most of these were given quality DVD releases with minor imperfections. Warner remastering seemed to have a compression problem with minor edge effects on a lot of these. But the problem was only intermittent, as in, say, Gaslight's main titles – looking awful, but the movie otherwise looking pretty solid, Zenda – a very 'dirty' print, Now Voyager – Bette Davis' polka-dot dress shimmers – uncontrollably, A Woman's Face – edge effects around virtually every horizontal or vertically straight object. But Warner proved it was up to the challenges and invested in preserving Hollywood's heritage in optimal condition. Case in point: Marie Antoinette's LaserDisc had several glaring instances of haloing that were virtually eradicated when that title made the leap to DVD in a pristine presentation that still holds up among standard def releases. So, remastering it in hi-def should not be a costly endeavor outside of the actual scan process.

    Whatever. No shortage of goodies. And WAC's most recent announcement of The Sea Hawk coming to Blu warms my heart. I find it encouraging that maybe some of the other deep catalog titles mentioned herein are perhaps also 'on their way' sooner than any of us may think. We'll see. Hope springs eternal.

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