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CLASSICS YOU'D LIKE TO SEE ON BLU-RAY


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Well film lovers, with this season's releases of The Sound of Music, White Christmas, The Night of the Hunter, The Red Shoes, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, et al on Blu-Ray it does do a lot to wet the avid collector's rabid appetite for more of the same. So here's your chance to list the classic films you'd most likely want to see get a Blu-ray release in 2011. Add to this list and make your presence and opinions known.

 

Some titles to consider:

 

The Magnificent Ambersons

Lawrence of Arabia

Marie Antoinette (1938)

The Prisoner of Zenda (1936)

The Merry Widow (1936)

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

The Guns of Navarone

Citizen Kane

Gilda

The Blue Dahlia

Touch of Evil

The Rains Came

Meet Me In St. Louis

My Fair Lady

The Ten Commandments

Easter Parade

Anastasia (1956)

The Band Wagon

55 Days at Peking

El Cid

The Fall of the Roman Empire

Cleopatra

Ben-Hur

To Catch a Thief

Sabrina

Breakfast at Tiffanys

Alfie

Red Dust

Roman Holiday

Funny Face

The Swan

Foreign Correspondent

Rebecca

Spellbound

Notorious

Rear Window

Love is a Many Splendored Thing

Two for the Road

How to Steal a Million

The Great Ziegfeld

Wilson

Maytime

Naughty Marietta

Rose Marie

Dark Victory

How to Marry a Millionaire

Niagara

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

All About Eve

All This and Heaven Too

Now Voyager

The Birds

This Is Cinerama

The Brothers Karamazov

Brigadoon

The Glass Key

To Kill a Mockingbird

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Hit the Deck

The Odd Couple

The Great Gatsby

Oliver!

Grand Hotel

Dinner at Eight

Weekend at the Waldorf

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Grand Prix

Love in the Afternoon

The Apartment

Some Like It Hot

Judgment at Nuremberg

The Children's Hour

Separate Tables

The Great Waltz

Cavalcade

Laura

Leave Her To Heaven

A Night to Remember

Tales of Hoffman

La Dolce Vita

Annie Hall

Auntie Mame

The Awful Truth

Holiday

Holiday Inn

Bringing Up Baby

High Society

Adam's Rib

Woman of the Year

The Big Sleep

The Barefoot Contessa

Dial M For Murder

Funny Girl

Gaslight

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Giant

High Noon

This is the Army

Ivanhoe

Scaramouche

Jezebel

State Fair

The King and I

Oklahoma!

Carousel

Flower Drum Song

Kiss Me Kate

The Little Foxes

Manhattan

Wife Vs. Secretary

Victor/Victoria

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This is just for starters. None of these films expect Keaton's SEVEN CHANCES, have been on DVD let alone Blu-ray. 1 and 2 most wanted are THE BIG PARADE and BEAU GESTE for me. Even over WINGS.

 

 

HIS HOUR (1924) John Gilbert, Aileen Pringle, Written by Elinor Glyn. Directed by King Vidor.

 

THE BIG PARADE (1925) John Gilbert, Renee Adoree, Directed by Vidor.

 

SEVEN CHANCES (1925) Buster Keaton.

 

A KISS FOR CINDERELLA (1925) Betty Bronson. Tom Moore. Directed by Herbert Brenon.

 

BEVERLY OF GRAUSTARK (1926) Marion Davies. Antonio Moreno.

 

WHAT PRICE GLORY? (1926) Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Dolores Del Rio. Directed by Raoul Walsh.

 

TELL IT TO THE MARINES (1926) Lon Chaney, William Haines, Eleanor Boardman. Directed by George Hill.

 

FIG LEAVES (1926) Olive Borden, George O'Brien, Phyllis Haver. Directed by Howard Hawks.

 

BEAU GESTE (1926) Ronald Colman, William Powell. Mary Brian. Directed by Brenon.

 

WINGS (1927) Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Buddy Rogers, Jobyna Ralston. Directed by William Wellman. First Best Picture Oscar Winner.

 

CHILDREN OF DIVORCE (1927) Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, Esther Ralston. Directed by Frank Lloyd and Joseph Von Sternberg.

 

OLD HEIDELBERG (1927) Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, Jean Hersholt. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

 

LILAC TIME (1928) Colleen Moore, Gary Cooper. Directed by George Fitzmaurice.

 

THE COSSACKS (1928) John Gilbert, Renee adoree, Nils Asther. Directed by George Hill, and Clarence Brown.

 

A WOMAN DISPUTED (1928) Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland.

 

WHOOPEE! (United Artists 1930) Eddie Cantor, early appearance by a Teen aged Betty Grable.

 

GOOD NEWS (1930) Bessie Love, Penny Singleton.

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Nicholas Ray's King of Kings for me. It is flawed but I still think it's the best Jesus film, if only for the sermon on the mount. The crucifixion always takes precedence in other films about Jesus but in this movie the sermon is the centerpiece. I also like how its positioned largely from the P.O.V. of a skeptic. The Roman general, alienated from his own culture, struggling to find a place in this new one, confronted with socio-political radicals. Where the film succeeds is in its fatalistic yearning for a new life, a transformational life, a rebirth. In this regard it's very much like Nicholas Ray's other films and he nails that tone and mood. Even though it isn't a strictly biblical film, to me it's the most Christian of them.

 

Also, being a 70mm SuperTechnirama film, with some of the most extraordinary cinematography, it would translate brilliantly to Blu-ray.

 

But I would also welcome seeing the DeMille version on BD.

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