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Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 17/4/2014 7:25:04 PM   
Padraic Coffey

 

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What are some films which you feel are long overdue for a Region 2 DVD release?

Here are I few that I find baffling weren't released on DVD in the UK and Ireland.

Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) [It was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars the same year as Jaws and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for God's sake!]

Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967) [Hugely influential on the likes of The Killer, Drive and Leon]

The Blob (Chuck Russell, 1988) [Not very good as a film, but the special effects are great, and it was written by Frank Darabont. Also the VHS was everywhere when I was young.]

The Keep (Michael Man, 1983) [Collectively, Mann's films have grossed over a billion dollars, so why not release this sophomore effort?]

Any other examples?
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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 17/4/2014 7:47:55 PM   
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THE KEEP does show up every once in a while on Film4, if you're a UK viewer keep an eye out... bloody love that film. Also quite fond of THE BLOB, one of my fave late 80's horror films, can't Arrow do a fancy Blu release of that one, like they've done on so many 80's films?

The one I really want to watch again is a French film from the early 90's called SAVAGE NIGHTS... saw it once on channel 4 back in the day, loved it... there is a crappy version with foreign subtitles on Youtube, but I'm resisiting it, I'd rather see a lovely new print spinning on my BluRay player... can't believe a film with so much critical acclaim is pretty much forgotten abut nowadays...

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 17/4/2014 10:29:16 PM   
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Le Samourai is easy to get hold of though http://www.amazon.co.uk/Le-Samourai-DVD-Alain-Delon/dp/B003YUOYR8

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 18/4/2014 1:04:53 AM   
Padraic Coffey

 

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THE KEEP does show up every once in a while on Film4, if you're a UK viewer keep an eye out... bloody love that film. Also quite fond of THE BLOB, one of my fave late 80's horror films, can't Arrow do a fancy Blu release of that one, like they've done on so many 80's films?

The one I really want to watch again is a French film from the early 90's called SAVAGE NIGHTS... saw it once on channel 4 back in the day, loved it... there is a crappy version with foreign subtitles on Youtube, but I'm resisiting it, I'd rather see a lovely new print spinning on my BluRay player... can't believe a film with so much critical acclaim is pretty much forgotten abut nowadays...


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ORIGINAL: rich

Le Samourai is easy to get hold of though http://www.amazon.co.uk/Le-Samourai-DVD-Alain-Delon/dp/B003YUOYR8


True, both films are accessible (The Keep is also on US Netflix), but neither have ever been released on DVD in the UK/Ireland. My question is, why?

Another conspicuous example:

Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967) [Its remake, Payback, has never been out of print on DVD to the best of my knowledge, so why not the original? Especially considering John Boorman is an English director.]

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 18/4/2014 1:40:33 AM   
rich


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Well Criterion doesn't operate in the UK so that suggests the problem is the distributor. The first Addams Family movie was missing here for a long time, I think that's been released though now. Like everything, it depends on which company owns the rights to sell it here. You get films that are released under a certain label and then the company goes under, and then it's out of print indefinitely. Someone out there is deciding where the demand for these are and saying that R2 is not a good market.

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 18/4/2014 8:47:53 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Padraic Coffey

What are some films which you feel are long overdue for a Region 2 DVD release?

Here are I few that I find baffling weren't released on DVD in the UK and Ireland.

Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) [It was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars the same year as Jaws and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for God's sake!]

Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967) [Hugely influential on the likes of The Killer, Drive and Leon]

The Blob (Chuck Russell, 1988) [Not very good as a film, but the special effects are great, and it was written by Frank Darabont. Also the VHS was everywhere when I was young.]The Keep (Michael Man, 1983) [Collectively, Mann's films have grossed over a billion dollars, so why not release this sophomore effort?]

Any other examples?


I would like the 1958 Steve McQueen Version of the Blob as well.

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 18/4/2014 7:19:55 PM   
BudBaxter

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Padraic Coffey

True, both films are accessible (The Keep is also on US Netflix), but neither have ever been released on DVD in the UK/Ireland. My question is, why?




The Keep has never been released anywhere in the world on DVD or Blu. So it's not just us.

It could be down to the rights to the Tangerine Dream score. There's also an ongoing rumour that Michael Mann wants to release his original 3 hour cut. We can only hope. I'd like the theatrical version as well though. Love The Keep. It's flawed, but it's awesome.




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Le Samourai is easy to get hold of though http://www.amazon.co.uk/Le-Samourai-DVD-Alain-Delon/dp/B003YUOYR8


Why would you want a Korean bootleg of the Criterion disc?

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 18/4/2014 8:16:04 PM   
Mister Coe

 

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Hmmm, THE KEEP without that awesome Tangerine Dream score? Particuarly the bit when the solders try and tug the silver cross out of the wall?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fsus3oE8ko

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 18/4/2014 11:09:17 PM   
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Why would you want a Korean bootleg of the Criterion disc?


I don't know anything about it. Let me know know get on with Amazon on that.

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 19/4/2014 1:20:24 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Mister Coe

Hmmm, THE KEEP without that awesome Tangerine Dream score? Particuarly the bit when the solders try and tug the silver cross out of the wall?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fsus3oE8ko


Can't just be the score? I don't think that was a massive reason or the delay with Sorceror and that's finally arriving soon.

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 19/4/2014 6:25:00 PM   
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This reminds me of The Video Dead, which I have wanted to rewatch for years, doesn't seem to get shown on UK TV and (to my knowledge) hasn't been released on DVD. It's finally been given a BD release, but Region 1 only, and my player is region-locked

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 23/4/2014 9:44:13 AM   
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Amazon have DVD copies of The Keep apparently but at $90.00 Australian ( 50 Pounds ) I'll wait for another release ( hopefully the Director's Cut mentioned above ).

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_8?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=the+keep+scott+glenn&sprefix=the+keep%2Cmovies-tv%2C882

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 25/4/2014 11:09:08 AM   
BudBaxter

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Padraic Coffey

What are some films which you feel are long overdue for a Region 2 DVD release?

Here are I few that I find baffling weren't released on DVD in the UK and Ireland.

Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) [It was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars the same year as Jaws and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for God's sake!]




Coming out May 26th from Masters of Cinema

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nashville-Masters-Cinema-Format-Blu-ray/dp/B00I5QVT2O/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1398420474&sr=1-2&keywords=nashville

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 25/4/2014 11:11:55 AM   
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ORIGINAL: hozay

Amazon have DVD copies of The Keep apparently but at $90.00 Australian ( 50 Pounds ) I'll wait for another release ( hopefully the Director's Cut mentioned above ).

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_8?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=the+keep+scott+glenn&sprefix=the+keep%2Cmovies-tv%2C882


I guarantee that's not an official release.

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 25/4/2014 11:16:45 AM   
Padraic Coffey

 

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ORIGINAL: BudBaxter


quote:

ORIGINAL: Padraic Coffey

What are some films which you feel are long overdue for a Region 2 DVD release?

Here are I few that I find baffling weren't released on DVD in the UK and Ireland.

Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) [It was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars the same year as Jaws and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for God's sake!]




Coming out May 26th from Masters of Cinema

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nashville-Masters-Cinema-Format-Blu-ray/dp/B00I5QVT2O/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1398420474&sr=1-2&keywords=nashville


Cheers for the heads up! I actually had someone pick up a DVD of Nashville in the US a while back, but glad it's getting a release on this side of the Atlantic, à la The Conformist.

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 25/4/2014 5:25:58 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Padraic Coffey

What are some films which you feel are long overdue for a Region 2 DVD release?

Here are I few that I find baffling weren't released on DVD in the UK and Ireland.

Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975) [It was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars the same year as Jaws and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for God's sake!]

Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967) [Hugely influential on the likes of The Killer, Drive and Leon]

The Blob (Chuck Russell, 1988) [Not very good as a film, but the special effects are great, and it was written by Frank Darabont. Also the VHS was everywhere when I was young.]The Keep (Michael Man, 1983) [Collectively, Mann's films have grossed over a billion dollars, so why not release this sophomore effort?]

Any other examples?


I would like the 1958 Steve McQueen Version of the Blob as well.

The Principal - Christopher Cain 1987 Thriller with James Belushi, Louis Gossett Jr, Rae Dawn Chong





You can get The Principal from amazon. I bought it a few years ago.

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 7/5/2014 10:40:27 AM   
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You cant get Dudes with John Cryer on dvd either !
The Keep has been tied up in legal argument for years now, don't know why really , I know the author F. Paul Wilson did not like the movie and there were legal issues over the soundtrack but surely Paramount own the rights so could release it if they wanted to ???

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RE: Films conspicuously absent from DVD - 8/5/2014 3:59:15 PM   
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ORIGINAL: From_Hell

This reminds me of The Video Dead, which I have wanted to rewatch for years, doesn't seem to get shown on UK TV and (to my knowledge) hasn't been released on DVD. It's finally been given a BD release, but Region 1 only, and my player is region-locked

If it makes you feel better I saw it a few years back and it's really not very good, not even as a "so bad it's good" type film.

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