LawrenceA

Best Picture Blu Rays

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Since the 1980's, I've had a collection of all of the winners of the best Picture Oscar, first on VHS (I had about 60% of them), then on DVD (100%) and over the last several years I've slowly traded those for Blu Rays whenever they've become available, and at a price I'm willing to pay for them. That being said, there are several Best Pictures that have yet to receive a Region 1 Blu Ray edition. These include:

  • The Broadway Melody (1929)
  • Cimarron (1931)
  • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
  • The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
  • Going My Way (1944)
  • The Lost Weekend (1945)
  • Hamlet (1948)
  • The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
  • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
  • A Man for All Seasons (1966)
  • Oliver! (1968)
  • Ordinary People (1980)

Tom Jones (1963) will have a Blu Ray edition from Criterion this coming February. All the King's Men (1949) has a Twilight Time Blu Ray, but it's terribly overpriced and lacks bonus features, so I haven't picked that one up yet. I'm curious how many more of these that have not come out yet ever will. 

This was inspired by my watching my DVD of The Great Ziegfeld again and noticing how much it needs a remastering and cleanup. 

Edit: It looks like there are Region 1 Twilight Time Blu Rays of both A Man for All Seasons and Oliver!, both wildly overpriced.

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On 11/5/2018 at 11:36 AM, LawrenceA said:

It appears that Oliver! (1968) will be released on Region 1 Blu-ray on December 11th.

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Are you going to get it? I thought you despise musicals? Or is Oliver! one of the ones you enjoy?

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Just now, Gershwin fan said:

Are you going to get it? I thought you despise musicals? Or is Oliver! one of the ones you enjoy?

I'll probably get it eventually, if the price is low enough. You're right, I don't like musicals, but I will watch, and even re-watch, movies that I don't normally like, for one reason or another (a performer that I like, a director I like, or in this case, it's a best picture winner, and I'll rewatch those every once in a while). I also have Sound of MusicWest Side StoryChicago, and all of the other musicals that have won best picture.

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A buddy of mine has some kind of emotional disability and apparently he only ever watches any movie one-time- only; he never-ever goes back for a second viewing. This floored me when he first divulged it. The guy has no 'favorite' movies. He doesn't get any emotional impact at all, from watching films. He views them with complete clinical detachment like watching a newsreel. He might crack a slight smile occasionally, but he never weeps or shudders or anything. Horrible.

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On 11/15/2018 at 8:28 AM, Sgt_Markoff said:

A buddy of mine has some kind of emotional disability and apparently he only ever watches any movie one-time- only; he never-ever goes back for a second viewing. This floored me when he first divulged it. The guy has no 'favorite' movies. He doesn't get any emotional impact at all, from watching films. He views them with complete clinical detachment like watching a newsreel. He might crack a slight smile occasionally, but he never weeps or shudders or anything. Horrible.

And he is still your buddy?? Yeah, that woulda been a deal breaker for me. 

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I tend to forget how astounding his dysfunction is. Imagine, never experiencing that sensation of "affectionately meeting an old friend" when you run across a movie that once moved you or touched you. Imagine never holding it in your heart until the next time you see it again. Imagine never having your life affected by a film.

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On 11/13/2018 at 9:19 PM, LawrenceA said:

I'll probably get it eventually, if the price is low enough. You're right, I don't like musicals, but I will watch, and even re-watch, movies that I don't normally like, for one reason or another (a performer that I like, a director I like, or in this case, it's a best picture winner, and I'll rewatch those every once in a while). I also have Sound of MusicWest Side StoryChicago, and all of the other musicals that have won best picture.

So how many from the list in your first post did you end up buying in 2018?

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12 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

So how many from the list in your first post did you end up buying in 2018?

Funny you should ask, as I ended up receiving Oliver! as a Christmas present. A family member recalled me mentioning it and got it for me.

I also bought the Criterion Tom Jones when it came out.

None of the others from that original post have been released on Blu-ray yet.

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3 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

Funny you should ask, as I ended up receiving Oliver! as a Christmas present. A family member recalled me mentioning it and got it for me.

I also bought the Criterion Tom Jones when it came out.

None of the others from that original post have been released on Blu-ray yet.

Nice! Are you getting Blu-Rays of the newest Best Picture winners also? I'm sure those are pricier.

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I have them all, so far. I'm not sure what will happen if Roma wins. Most Netflix movies have not been released on disc. However, if Roma does win Best Picture, odds are they will release it on disc at some point, I would think. Either way, I still have a Netflix membership so I can watch it whenever I wish that way.

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