I don’t know about you but certain titles are constantly unavailable and I can never really discover why. Yes I know some are simply “lost” – no know prints surving and O.K. probably copyright has something to do with it (but let’s face it if there’s money to be made usually the interested parties can come to some mutually agreeable decision). Sometimes I think the releasing companies are just blind to actual demand for bcertain titles by cineastes. I have lots of titles I’d love to see made available. What about you? To get you started here’s just a few of my “holy grails”. The original 30’s version of “Showboat”, De Sica’s “L’Oro di Napoli” and Hamer’s “Spider and the Fly”. Oh yeah and how about what survives of “Greed” – now there’s a release that’s potentially rife with potential “extras” on disc2!
I might be wrong about availability, but I’ve never been able to find “Johnny Guitar” or “Willie & Phil” on DVD, two films that I’d love to own.
Lol. . .Remember when I tried to get it from Barnes&Noble and they didn’t have it? Fuckin’ wankers. . .(btw, you must be shameless Wilson, you’re on The Autuers site while you’re at work)
You forgot The 32 Short Films of Glenn Gould.
Sterling Hayden and Joan Crawford in the masterful Johnny Guitar(found it on vhs at some antique store). Orson Welles the magnificent ambersons. Shit Tom i did’nt read, sorry but you beat me to johnny guitar:)
Yeah, Karen, that was a fun day. Ducking into the diner to dodge the rain, sharing gravy fries, watching the Coke shoot through your nose when that guy in the next booth dropped his Bluetooth in the clam chowder. Good times.
I guess I’m busted on the “work” thing. But it IS the day before a holiday. And I AM one of the few people in the office. And I DO get a lunch hour. Just because I prefer my Auteurs friends over their flesh-and-blood counterparts down the hall is no reason to hate.
I’d like to see DVDs of “Day of the Triffids,” “The Boys in the Band” and “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” as well.
The Magnificent Ambersons-Orson Welles’ version (of course)
Late Chrysanthemums-Mikio Naruse
Ambersons – absolutely. Leads me to other cineaste fantasy. The discovery of negs./prints of “lost” movies. The missing footage of Greed. Rogue Song (Stan n, Olly). Existing but not on d.v.d. the little seen Joseph H. Lewis classic So Dark the Night – great little noir who dunnit with a great twist. The murderer turns out to be………..!!! Anyone apart from me ever sen this little b gem?
Bigger than life and Johnny Guitar are available in Europe in decent versions, but Nicolas Ray has been a bit neglected in America.
The Magnificent Ambersons and To Sleep With Anger are at the top of my list.
Does anyone know if “The Swimmer” is available?
“Zazie” by Louis Malle, until February 09 “Simon of the Desert”, most of Rossellini’s films, “The Gospel According to St. Matthew”
Godard films: “Numero Deux”, “Allemagne 90 neuf zero”, “King Lear”, “Nouvelle Vague” – and none of his films from the Dziga Vertov Group period are available on DVD with English subtitles. There’s a Spanish box set, though, with Spanish subtitles only.
To my knowledge The Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is not available.
Hello Tom. Might use this:
92 in the Shade and Hal Hartley’s Trust are another pair of criminal omissions.
I’d like to see Peter Brook’s KING LEAR on Region 1 DVD. How about the first ‘Best Picture’ WINGS?
Here’s some I’d like to see…region1 friendly mind you…
The African Queen, Wise Blood, The Dead (John Huston)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles)
Zabriskie Point, The Mystery of Oberwald, China Kuo (Michelangelo Antonioni)
A Gentle Woman, Four Nights and a Dreamer (Robert Bresson)
The Bed Sitting Room (Richard Lester)
Face to Face, Dreams (Ingmar Bergman)
The Music Lovers, The Devils, The Boyfriend, Savage Messiah (Ken Russell)
Europa 51, Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini)
Numero Deux (Jean Luc Godard)
Notes for an African Orestes (Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Track 29, Castaway, Insignificance (Nicolas Roeg)
Private Confessions (Liv Ullmann)
Kafka (Steven Soderbergh)
Husbands, Love Streams (John Cassavetes)
ANY film by Satyajit Ray
ANY film pre 1978 by Jerzy Skolimowski
I should have mentioned Rivette. Not much in region 1. But the BFI have two great discs of ‘Paris Belongs to Us’ and ‘Celine and Julie go Boating.’ Would be great to see the uncut ‘Out1’ in some kind of box set.
Thomas H. Ince’s Human Wreckage (1923). Supposedly it’s a film that has to do with the crimes that result from drug use. Unfortunately I think the film is lost forever but from what I understand there was a heavy dose of expressionism put into the design of the film.
This one film with Crispin Glover, Rubin and Ed needs a better DVD. The only semi-legit copy one can buy is from the director. It’s a goofy little road movie with frozen cats, pyramid schemes, hallucinations, grown men who act like five-year-olds, abandoned mine shafts, Echo-People and Republicans.
‘Strange Interlude’ (1932) – Norma Shearer, Clark Gable
‘Snowed Under’ (1936) – George Brent
Abel Gance’s Napolean (both cuts), African Queen and The Dead
Abel Gance’s Napolean (both cuts)
Bertolucci’s ‘The Spider’s Stratagem’ (1970) … ‘Partner’ finally got a dvd release!
I may be biased because I see the director on a regular basis, but Talking To Strangers needs a dvd release. (And the director and Auteur listing!)
Oh yes, REMEMBER THE NIGHT, Preston Sturges’ last screenplay before he started directing. Not only is it almost as good as the great ones he directed, it is also my favorite Christmas movie.
Power and the Glory, The Dead, Magnificent Ambersons, The Silent World, The Dark Horse.
Two on top of my mind: “Hand in Hand” (1960) and “Movie, Movie” (1978).
Someone above mentioned not being able to find Satyajit Rays films. My parents (who are bengali) seem to always find them. Check in like a Patel’s video rental. haha
The Swimmer was available at one point, don’t know if it’s oop now, though.
I’d love to see the recent Greenaway and Ferrara get onto disc—at lest three or four movies each that haven’t found a US distro.
More Ozu is always nice, but we’re catching up with that (thanks criterion and eclipse).
Warhol, Bruce Conner, Michael Snow, any of the seminal 50s-00s experimental filmmakers, really.