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Lists of unavailable films

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The first article was written in 2014, and it is still pretty accurate. It ranges in films from the silent era through the 1980s. The second list has more modern films listed, but still goes back to the 1930s for some of its content.

https://nypost.com/2014/06/18/64-clips-of-movies-you-cant-find-on-dvd/

Summary of the 64 films unavailable in 2014:

Greed (1924)                
The Crowd (1928)          
The Greene Murder Case (1929)       
Dynamite (1929)         

A House Divided (1931)           
Daughter of the Dragon (1931)         
Sherlock Holmes (1932)                              
Once In a Lifetime (1932)           
Call Her Savage (1932)          
Letty Lynton (1932)           
A Man's Castle (1933)           
Story of Temple Drake (1933)       
I Am Suzanne (1933)            
Viva Villa (1934)           
So Red The Rose (1935)       
Red Salute (1935)           
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1937)    
The Moon's Our Home (1936)        
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)    
7th Heaven (1937)           
High, Wide and Handsome (1937)    
The Road Back (1937)           
The Hurricane (1937)
Boy Meets Girl (1938)           
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)      
Five Came Back (1939)           

They Knew What they Wanted(1940)
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Hellzapoppin (1941)
Sea Wolf (1941)               
Forever and a Day (1943)       
Dixie (1943)
Christmas Holiday(1944)          
Lady In the Dark (1944)          
Home Sweet Homicide (1946)       
Margie (1946)             
Centennial Summer (1946)
To Each His Own (1946)           
Song of the South (1946)
Great Gatsby (1949)           
Beyond The Forest (1949)      

Deadline USA (1952)            
The lusty Men (1952)            
Crimson Pirate (1952)            
So Big (1953)
First Traveling Saleslady (1957)
Beau James (1957)
Raintree County (1958)

The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)
The Great Imposter (1961)       
World of Brothers Grimm (1962)
Freud (1962)
Circus World (1964)
Naked Runner (1967)

Taking Off (1971)
Play It as It Lays (1972)
92 in the Shade (1975)              
Movie Movie (1978)
Looking for Mr Goodbar (1977)
Fedora (1978)                  

Little Darlings (1980)
The Keep (1983)
Nothing Lasts forever (1984)
Glass Menagerie (1987)

 

https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/films-dvd/

 

Addiitional films I can think of that are unavailable:

Trial of Mary Dugan (1929)/(1957)        RIGHTS PROBLEMS
Ceiling Zero (1936)                             RIGHTS PROBLEMS
The Blue Veil (1951)                            RIGHTS PROBLEMS
Come Fill The Cup (1952)                     RIGHTS PROBLEMS
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)            OOP WARNER GANGSTERS VOL 1/NOT SEEN ON TCM SINCE 2009
Never Steal Anything Small (1959)        WAS ON VHS
All The Way Home (1962)                
Mona Lisa (1986)                                WAS ON CRITERION
Young Poisoners Handbook (1994)       OUT O PRINT
Road To Wellville (1995)                       OUT OF PRINT

 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, calvinnme said:

World of Brothers Grimm (1962)

("Wonderful" World, thank you...My one obsessive holy-grail-of-disk.)

Unfortunately, Grimm seems to be hostage to Warner's stubbornness and DVD's early-00's insistence on "only the best":  While the original was Cinerama, a theatrical print (with some converted "squash" in wide scenes) did play the small-towns and revival matinees; that's the one shown on TCM, and the one that was released on MGM/UA VHS.  But Warner said it was "unfit" for DVD, and that they wanted to restore the original; unfortunately, there's some industry debate about whether the three original Cinerama sections are still in any condition to be restored--The latest restoration played a film festival about six years ago, and the jury's still out.  And even if the original three-screen print could be restored, Warner has no idea how to market it:  They tried "Smilebox" conversion with How the West Was Won, the audience was confused, and Warner, being Warner, never got back on the horse.  😞

And since Movie Movie has been available on Blu/DVD since '16, I'll just add my other obsessive Holy Grail of disk to the list, Electric Dreams (1985) bemil-movie-317588501.jpg

One of the most imaginative and infectious soundtrack-musicals of the 80's (it's methadone for Xanadu fans 😄 ), and released overseas, but mired in North American music-rights limbo for its Culture Club songs.

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I believe I saw that The Story of Temple Drake is coming soon to the Criterion Channel.

I have seen only a small handful on that list. AMC, back in the day, did The Hurricane, To Each His Own. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Viva Villa, and The Story of Louis Pasteur. I'm sure TCM has aired some of those on the list, probably long ago. No mention of The Accused (1948) with Loretta Young. I've been looking out for that one for a long time.

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The Story of Louis Pasteur is on DVD from Warner Archive.

Angels with Dirty Faces was also available as a solo release. I bought it new at a discount store a few years ago for $3.

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The Story of Temple Drake is being released on Criterion. 

I own “Five Came Back.” I purchased it on Warner Archive.

“The Crimson Pirate” is available on Warner Archive. 

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A restored (99 minute) version of The Sea Wolf was released in 2017 by Warners Archive. It's a fine looking print.

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I have TO EACH HIS OWN on VHS but still don't think it's been released on DVD.

How about HOLD BACK THE DAWN?  I'm always searching for the DVD.

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7 minutes ago, Roy Cronin said:

How about HOLD BACK THE DAWN?  I'm always searching for the DVD.

That seems to have skipped DVD and gone on to Blu-ray.

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Another film that is unavailable is “The Perfect Specimen” with Errol Flynn and Joan Blondell. 

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3 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

The Story of Louis Pasteur is on DVD from Warner Archive.

Angels with Dirty Faces was also available as a solo release. I bought it new at a discount store a few years ago for $3.

Story of Louis Pasteur was on pressed DVD at one time - I have a copy. Angels With Dirty Faces was a regular on TCM until the end of 2009. That must be some kind of rights problem.  I have a hard copy of Angels too. Warner actually has rights problems now with three of the films Cagney made for them - Ceiling Zero, Come Fill The Cup, and Angels With Dirty Faces.

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3 hours ago, laffite said:

I believe I saw that The Story of Temple Drake is coming soon to the Criterion Channel.

I have seen only a small handful on that list. AMC, back in the day, did The Hurricane, To Each His Own. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Viva Villa, and The Story of Louis Pasteur. I'm sure TCM has aired some of those on the list, probably long ago. No mention of The Accused (1948) with Loretta Young. I've been looking out for that one for a long time.

The Hurricane was actually on Blu by Kino Lorber, but they let it go out of print. Viva Villa has gotten airings on TCM before, but there is no Archive entry for it. The Accused with Loretta Young is on DVD-R from the Universal Vault Series.

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Blast Of Silence (1961) director Alan Barron made a second feature starring Lee Grant as a NYC prostitute who takes in a runaway it has two titles Terror in the City aka Pie In the Sky (1964) also stars Richard Bray, Sylvia Miles and Roscoe Lee Brown. 

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Where is it?

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Darker Than Amber (1970)

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The best John D. McDonald - Travis McGee based film made to date that was filmed in the correct location, Florida (and Nassau) with a pretty good facsimile of the Busted Flush, starring Rod Taylor, Theodore Bikel, Susy Kendall, Jane Russel and William Smith. A great Neo Noir too by the way.

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The 3rd Voice (1960)

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A nice Noir thriller starring Edmund O'Brien, Julie London and Laraine Day.

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I am positively panting for a copy of The Black Pit of Dr. M (1959) dubbed in English. This great Mexican horror was shown dubbed in English on local television decades ago but is now considered lost. (The Spanish-language original is available).

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5 hours ago, calvinnme said:

The first article was written in 2014, and it is still pretty accurate. It ranges in films from the silent era through the 1980s. The second list has more modern films listed, but still goes back to the 1930s for some of its content.

https://nypost.com/2014/06/18/64-clips-of-movies-you-cant-find-on-dvd/

Summary of the 64 films unavailable in 2014:

 Story of Temple Drake (1933)      Criterion release coming in December       
Viva Villa (1934)      Warner Archive Release 2015.             
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1937)    Warner Archive release 2018.     
High, Wide and Handsome (1937)    Universal Vault release November 2014       
The Hurricane (1937) DVD was issued by Kino lorber, but is out of print already..... 
Five Came Back (1939)     Warner Archive Release 2015.       
Sea Wolf (1941)   Warner Archive DVD/Blu Release 2017           
Great Gatsby (1949)        Import Region-Free DVD for Sale at Movies Unlimited.       
Deadline USA (1952)      Released by Kino Lobrer on DVD/blu in 2016.      
The lusty Men (1952)    Warner Archive Release November 2014; no longer available at Amazon but is on many other websites (WB, TCM, Movies Unlimited, Critics Choice) for sale.        
Crimson Pirate (1952)    Warner Archive Release 2018        
So Big (1953) Import Region-Free DVD for Sale at Movies Unlimited.
Circus World (1964)  Import Region-Free DVD for Sale at Movies Unlimited.             
Movie Movie (1978) Kino Lorber DVD/Blu 2016.
Fedora (1978)     Olive DVD/Blu October 2014           

 

https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/films-dvd/

 

Addiitional films I can think of that are unavailable:
The Blue Veil (1951)                            (Imported region free DVD for sale at Movies Unlimited)
All The Way Home (1962)            (this one is streaming for a fee on Amazon, either to buy or rent....)    
 

 

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Angel's Flight (1965)

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Another Neo Noir about a serial killer stalking Bunker Hill starring Indus Arthur, William Thourlby 
Warren J. Kemmerling, Michael Fox, and Rue McClanahan. 

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Siesta (1987)

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A Fantasy Neo Noir starring Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones, Jodie Foster   and Martin Sheen.

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Delusion (1991)

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A Film Soleil Neo Noir one of those desert set sun baked Noirs starring Jim Metzler, Jennifer Rubin, Kyle Secor, and Jerry Orbach.

Also

Date with Death (1959)

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Film Noir starring  Gerald Mohr, Liz Renay, Robert Clarke 

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Some others  that are not on DVD or Blu-Ray (some are in streaming):
The Royal Family of Broadway (1930)
The Big Pond (1930)
The Dark Angel (1935)
Roseanna McCoy (1949)
The Mating Season (1951)
I Want You (1951)
Beware My Lovely (1952)
The Rat Race (1960, streaming for free currently at Amazon)
The Pleasure of His Company (1961)
My Six Loves (1963)
Penelope (1966, airing on TCM this week)
Angel in My Pocket (1969)
The Happy Ending (1969)
Limbo (1972)
Citizens Band/Handle with Care (1977)
Daniel (1983)
Compromising Positions (1985)
Macaroni (1985)
Zelly and Me (1988)

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And Ask any Girl (1959) and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out (1968) have evaporated into thin air. Despite being MGM, neither has been on TCM and they have not been seen since 90s VHS releases.

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The Wrong Man (1993)

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Another Film Soleil Mexican set Neo Noir that's a great companion piece to Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, stars Rosanna Arquette, Kevin Anderson, John Lithgow, Ernesto Laguardia and Robert Harper. 

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2 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

Blast Of Silence (1961) director Alan Barron made a second feature starring Lee Grant as a NYC prostitute who takes in a runaway it has two titles Terror in the City aka Pie In the Sky (1964) also stars Richard Bray, Sylvia Miles and Roscoe Lee Brown. 

Terror in the City Poster

Where is it?

I don't know but I wish someone would find it. I love Blast of Silence (if that's the one you're referring to). I've rented it at least twice from Netflix DVD mailing service but I see it is not currently available. I scanned my history and see that I last rented it in May 2015.

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58 minutes ago, laffite said:

I don't know but I wish someone would find it. I love Blast of Silence (if that's the one you're referring to). I've rented it at least twice from Netflix DVD mailing service but I see it is not currently available. I scanned my history and see that I last rented it in May 2015.

Blast Of Silence has a Criterion DVD. It's Terror In The City that's missing in action

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