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3 films you wish had been released on dvd?

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Posted on 23 Sep 2014 12:06:08 BDT
Many missing films can be obtained from abroad, simply by googling for it's foreign movie title and looking for it on Amazon's other sites. We will always need our own personal DVD collections because none of the more obscure titles are ever going to turn up on 'Netflix' for example. I'm only entering my 'Missing in Action' list here, in the hope that some one actually looks at these sites and is spurred into tracking down these missing Classics and making them available. It is an abiding mystery to me why Michael Mann's horror classic 'The Keep' still hasn't ever been released on DVD. Also, Considering that actor David Hemmings was a huge star in the 60's, two of his movies still remain to be released on any format whatsoever. I know that you can download 'The Long Days Dying' on Amazon, but whatever became of his epic 'Alfred the Great'? After the reaction to 'Braveheart' by the Scots, maybe it was considered too political to grant the English their own historic equivalent? Similarly with the only aired once tv drama 'Coup!' About Mark Thatcher's involvement in an attempted mercenary coup in Africa. Here are my other missing movies: Cry Uncle/Super Dick. Trackdown. The Lolly-Madonna War. UTU. Wicked Wicked. Rafferty and the Gold dust Twins, and long before 'The King of Scotland' there was that infamous early video-nasty, 'Amin: The Rise and Fall'. Comedy is a peculiarly personal thing. For instance, I loved Harry Enfield's 'Celeb'. Many hated it. That could explain why it never even turns up on comedy tv channels. But there is no excuse for 'Paris' starring Alexis Sayle, and Phil Daniel's 'Outlaws' to completely vanish. Considering the amount of crap that does turn up on DVD, these two comedy/dramas were well written comedy gold. Two more comedy/dramas that have vanished, starring comedy giant Leonard Rossiter are 'Fearless Frank' and 'Le Petomane'. Both missing. How the hell does that happen? These should be on your tv at least once a year! Maybe give 'The Great Escape' a rest this Christmas, eh?

Posted on 7 Jun 2013 08:44:38 BDT
K. M. Thorpe says:
The DVD version of 'Fatherland' that is for sale has been refilmed from the video cassette version rather than it being specifically produced in DVD format. I know the movie suffered from incomprehension in the USA, but it has a number of second level stars and an interesting concept; it is certainly more worthwhile being on DVD than many movies which are. I feel the conclusion is far better handled than in the book, but that goes for all movie productions of Robert Harris's books, perhaps excepting 'The Ghost'.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 07:26:21 BDT
Chronique d'un été is now available

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 11:18:26 BDT
J. Smith says:
It might of made more sense in the original 2+ hour version but the studio forced Mann to cut it down to 90 odd minutes.

Posted on 9 May 2013 18:53:53 BDT
p mynott says:
Rivette's DUELLE - the carbon of Rivette's characteristics compressed into a 118 minute diamond, and by some margin the most striking of the Rivette films that I saw at the NFT's 2006 retrospective.
Rivette's OUT 1: SPECTRE - 255 minutes, yes, but in these days of boxed-set conoisseurship, where people think nothing of devouring the increasing literariness of high calibre TV series in multiple episodes over a short period, surprising that no enterprising distributor has tried to find a market either for this or the legendary 12-hour OUT 1: NOLI ME TANGERE. I plumped for the former during the NFT retrospective, but having seen the shorter realised (too late), I would have enormously enjoyed being that Rivetted for half a day.
Santiago's ECOUTE VOIR - which I saw once only, possibly on the BBC, in the early 80s or late 70s. Think I drowsed on occasion, which didn't help to clarify the action, but the experience has bugged me ever since. Similar remembered drowsing also occurred at some point when I watched Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood, and the discovery, when I finally got to see it again, that the highpoints of my "dreams" were all present in the film was exquisite!

Posted on 27 Apr 2013 18:43:29 BDT
Here are three animated ones that I wish had English subtitled official releases at all in any DVD region (I'm excluding more recent releases as I think it's only fair to give the studios some time to license and release the film, there are certainly numerous more recent animated films from around the world that I would like to see released on DVD here):

Angel's Egg/Tenshi no Tamago - Meditative film directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) about an abandoned town, a little girl with an egg, and a soldier. Beautiful, haunting and philosophically rich.

The King and the Mockingbird/Le Roi et L'Oiseau - Utterly charming film directed by Paul Grimault that started production in the 50s and had it's final version released in 1980, a fantasy incorporating the fairytale The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep as part of a larger story about a tyrannical king and a bird who fights against his totalitarian rule, it feels both ahead of it's time and classical, with an interesting mix of fantasy and sci-fi elements and excellent use of perspective and space, many of the scenes feel very three dimensional with great depth of field even though they do not appear to have used multi-plane cameras, Hayao Miyazaki said it was a big influence on him, the film has been released in Japan as part of the Ghibli Library and it's as good as the best Disney features from the earlier days of the company. The score is also excellent.

Son of the White Mare/Feherlofia - Hungarian film based on various myths from the culture, as in Marcell Jankovics' other works, the way the characters are designed and the way they move are integrated to a far greater extent than is the norm for animated films. A clear influence on Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack.

I could name many more films but those are three that immediately come to mind, I might try emailing the BFI and some other studios that have released older animated foreign films on DVD and ask if they've considered releasing these titles.

Posted on 15 Mar 2013 13:42:53 GMT
DaveyBoy says:
I have the Squeeze - stacy Keach is brilliant but the rest of the cast are as well, including Freddie Starr.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2013 11:45:44 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2013 18:08:17 GMT
No, thats the German , Michael Hanneke film

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2013 04:23:57 GMT
Kamil Othman says:
Jonas Who will be 25 in the Year 2000 has been released (with English subtitles) in France as a double bill with Tanner's later "The Middle of the World". Grab it while you can

Posted on 23 Jan 2013 09:47:12 GMT
byekitty says:
have to say re the keep it seemed to me that huge portions had been edited out of it thus making it somewhat incomprehensible have read elsewhere that michael manns original cut ran to around 3 hours but studio excecs to a hatchet to it not sure if this is true but the mess of a film i saw seemed to support this

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2013 09:22:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jan 2013 09:23:38 GMT
obviously because it is 'a superb film with a stellar cast'. variety is the spice of life.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2013 09:06:31 GMT
byekitty says:
the keep was on film 4 recently and having read the book was curious so watched it i have to say even having read the book it was almost incomprehensible not sure why anyone would want to own it

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 13:10:52 GMT
godzilla78 says:
The Keep (Michael Mann) however there are plenty of rumours that he hates it! Based on the Paul F wilson book, nazi's being picked off by a supernatural force in a Romanian keep within the Carpathian mountains. The film is a child of the 1980's with plenty of smoke and light effects but a superb film with a stellar cast (Ian McKellan, Gabriel Byrne, Jurgen Prochnow and Scott Glen).

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 07:21:29 GMT
Robert SMITH says:
I remember seeing BOF on 16mm in the 1970s but not sure if have seen it in tv schedules. THEMROC was on Channel 4 (English tv) in the 1980s and has been put out on VHS. Surprised if not on dvd as recall it being very funny, with Michel Piccoli giving it has all! I know nothing about THE KEEP, though, and have only seen two or three Michael Mann films.

Posted on 17 Jan 2013 20:38:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013 20:43:07 GMT
Bof! (Claude Faraldo)
Themroc (also Faraldo)
The Keep (Michael Mann)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 18:50:53 GMT
Robert SMITH says:
Just looked on Youtube and someone's uploaded TEN SECONDS TO HELL. Lasts 93m so equivalent to 97m cinema running time. A few mins of SECTION SPECIALE out there, plus 8m of NOON WINE, which is better than none!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 10:16:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013 10:17:21 GMT
2739 says:
Thank you for your reply - am almost envious for your seeing Section speciale, hope i will also get a chance to see it sometime... i could have named some other Gavras movies (Compartement Tueuers for example) but if i was limited to only three - Section was a higher priority -- as for Ten Seconds to Hell - i saw it on some satellite channel - but it was heavily cut version (alas, the only available also) - of some 88? minutes or so - with some 20 minutes missing ... i guess it would remain only a dream of ever seeing it complete...
Like you - i also discovered Noon wine by reading som Peckinpah book - and then i found out it was his first collaboration with Jerry Fielding - and i was done for - neither comments about this being best Peckinpah are completely blameless for this - but i think it is more due for this being unavailable for so long then actually being best...nevertheless i would like to see it and have it if possible

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 09:44:04 GMT
Robert SMITH says:
I remember seeing SECTION SPECIALE on BBC-tv in the late 1970s, I think. And seem to recall TEN SECONDS TO HELL being on within a few years either side of Costa-Gavras' film. Home video was fairly new then, so not sure what your chances are on those. Not seen them since. And have only heard of NOON WINE through a book on Peckinpah so you'll have to hope some enterprising distributor unearths it... Don't recall it being in the Peckinpah season at London's National Film Theatre when I was a member in the olden days. Mind you, THE DEADLY COMPANIONS has since been put out so good luck!

Posted on 17 Jan 2013 07:34:13 GMT
2739 says:
Robert Aldrich's TEN SECONDS TO HELL
Sam Peckinpah's NOON WINE
Costa Gavras - Section Speciale

Posted on 16 Jan 2013 00:34:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2013 00:35:57 GMT
I saw Neil Brand accompany Safety Last as well and I bought it in the Harold Lloyd Definitive Collection; just thinking of that scene in Hot Water, where the turkey he won in the raffle is eating the celery out of his pocket makes me laugh.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 18:59:37 GMT
Robert SMITH says:
Dear Cat, I remember THE MIRACLE being shown on ITV (British) in the early 1970s as I saw all or part of it on a b/w set. Before home video though so no idea of your chances there. Can't recall it being shown since. No idea on others though have heard of DIANE.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 09:22:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2013 09:28:46 GMT
Cat says:
"The Miracle" with Carroll Baker and Roger Moore
"Diane" with Lana Turner
"Over the Brooklyn Bridge" with Margaux Hemingway

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 08:22:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2013 19:04:45 GMT
Robert SMITH says:
Very nice! Have seen some of these at what was the NFT, but my viewing of late (lack of sufficient funds and time) has been local or on dvd. SAFETY LAST is due to show at the King's Theatre Southsea soon, but showings of older films I've attended there have unfortunately been in widescreen and sometimes with bad sound. May give it a go... And forgot THE MAN WHO LAUGHS has recently become available with its original soundtrack. Music quality uneven, but image very good - better than the copy I saw at the NFT in the late 1970s. Should've put that on my list, too as a splendid film...

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 00:26:18 GMT
i adored Hindle Wakes! I saw Neil Brand provide accompaniment in Heaton Park as well as The Lodger, I Was Born, But, The General, Pandora's Box, The Man Who Laughs, One Week, Liberty and a couple of others i can't think of at the moment.
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