[The DVD

Edited by J. Jordan Burke

Written by Readers Like You
Last Updated on 4 Sept. 2007

So you think everything's already been released on DVD? Our readers disagree — and here's our running list of "Missing in Action" DVDs to prove it. The following are 871 titles that have yet to be released on DVD, discs that are sadly out of print, and platters that we would like to see re-mastered or updated. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out how to add your favorites!

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23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
Van Johnson and Vera Miles star in this cool thriller directed by Henry Hathaway.

55 Days at Peking (1963)
Rumored to be released by The Weinstein Company in mid-2007.

99 River Street (1953)
Tough film noir with John Payne. Directed by Phil Karlson. United Artists.

101 Dalmatians (1961)
Originally released as part of Disney's "Limited Issue" series in 1999, now part of their Platinum Collection, which means it won't re-appear on DVD for several years, and even then only for a limited time.

711 Ocean Drive (1950)
Edmond O'Brien stars as a telephone worker who sets up a hugely successful betting operation in this slick film noir. Distributed by Columbia Pictures.

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Ridley Scott's epic retelling of the famous voyage to America, with Gerard Depardieu as Christopher Columbus. Rumors are that Paramount could release this for its 15th anniversary in 2007.

1984 (1956)
The 1956 version of George Orwell's classic novel, directed by Michael Anderson, has never appeared on home video. Columbia Pictures originally produced the title, but reportedly Orwell's widow was dissatisfied with the final product.

$ (1971)
Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn star in Richard Brooks' heist comedy. Also known as Dollars; the film rights reside with Sony.

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Criterion made a splash on DVD with John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln starring Henry Fonda. Raymond Massey stars in this well-regarded tale of the man before he would be president. This will be available from Warner by 2009, if not sooner.

An Act of Love (Un acte d'amour) (1953)
Anatole Litvak directs Kirk Douglas in this terrific post-World War II love story.

The Admirable Crichton (U.S. title: Paradise Lagoon) (1957)
Kenneth More stars in this adaptation of James M. Barrie's satire of the British class system; Lewis Gilbert directs.

The Adventures of Gerard (1970)
Jerzy Skolimowski's madcap take on Conan Doyle's Napoleonic hero, the inspiration for George Macdonald Fraser's Harry Flashman.

After the Shock (1990)
Gripping account of the Loma Prieta Earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 1989. However, this telefilm cut too close to bone too soon. The rights reside with Paramount.

The African Queen
Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn star in the John Huston classic, and the rights are owned by Fox. No release date announced yet in Region 1, but a Region 2 disc from Carlton Home Entertainment features a clean transfer and a commentary track from cinematographer Jack Cardiff. Easily one of our top-five MIA discs stateside. Current reports indicate that Paramount is restoring the film negative.

Against All Flags (1952)
A fantastic swashbuckler film set in the 16th century starring Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, and Anthony Quinn.

The Alamo (1960)
Like Gettysburg, it's out on DVD, but only in a truncated 162-minute version. The roadshow version, which ran for 193 minutes (plus musical interlude) is available only on VHS and Laserdisc.

Alamo Bay (1985)
Texas fishermen at odds with Vietnamese immigrants. Little seen drama by Louis Malle. Tri-Star.

Alfred the Great (1969)
David Hemmings stars as Britain's first King, and featuring the film debut of Ian McKellen.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)
A popular sword-and-turban adventure from the golden age.

All Fall Down (1962)
William Inge drama directed by John Frankenheimer. Warren Beatty plays the caddish older brother of Brandon De Wilde. Angela Lansbury and Karl Malden play their parents. Eva Marie Saint plays one of the women who falls under the Beatty spell. An MGM/UA release.

All This and Heaven Too (1940)

Alligator (1980)
A tiny pet alligator, named Ramone, is flushed into the sewer where it grows and grows. Scary and laugh-out-loud funny. Due from Lionsgate on Sept. 18.

Alone in the Dark (1982)
Donald Pleasence is the target of psychopathic Martin Landau and his partner Jack Palance in this horror thriller. An early New Line Cinema picture.

America, America (1976)

The Amsterdam Kill (1977)
Robert Mitchum plays a washed-up police officer hired by the DEA to help plug a security leak in Amsterdam. Co-starring Bradford Dillman, Richard Egan, and Leslie Nielsen. Released by Columbia Pictures and Golden Harvest.

The Anderson Tapes (1971)
Sidney Lumet's heist flick starring Sean Connery as an ex-con putting together the elaborate robbery of a swank apartment complex. Features an early role for Christopher Walken (as "The Kid"), a pioneering electronic score by Quincy Jones, and a strikingly modern use of camera technique and framing that is an obvious precursor to the styles of Guy Ritchie and his peers. Based on the novel by Lawrence Sanders. Briefly released in Region 1 but currently out of print. Released as a PAL DVD in the UK.

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
This well liked Hal Wallis production starring Genevieve Bujold will debut from Universal on September 18, alongside 1973's Mary, Queen of Scots.

Annie Hall
Woody Allen's masterpiece was released by MGM in 1998, but a small snafu in the "subtitles" scene cries out for a re-master. Don't hold your breath.

Ansiktet (The Magician) (1958)
Ingmar Bergman's meditation on illusion starring Max von Sydow.

Anthony Adverse (1936)
A lost classic from Hollywood's golden years, starring Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, and, in an Oscar-winning role, Gale Sondergaard. Warner should restore this and give it a DVD release.

Anything Goes (1936)
Bing Crosby headlines the film adaptation of Cole Porter's musical. Universal holds the rights. The 1956 remake (also starring Bing) is out on DVD — why not the original?

The April Fools (1969)
"He has a wife. She has a husband. With so much in common they just have to fall in love." Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve star in this romantic comedy.

Arabesque (1966)
Stanley Donen's counterpart to Charade, starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren. Universal holds the rights.

Ask Any Girl (1959)
Charming comedy starring Shirley MacLaine, David Niven, and Gig Young, and directed by Charles Walters. High gloss MGM.

The Assault (De Aanslag) (1986)
A terrific Dutch World War II film from director Fons Rademakers, and winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Assault on a Queen (1966)
Frank Sinatra stars in this movie in which con men try to pull off a heist aboard the Queen Mary. A Paramount picture.

At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)

The Atomic City (1951)
This Cold War thriller starring Gene Barry is likely in cold storage at Paramount.

The Awakening (1980)
Bram Stoker adaptation featuring Egyptian locations shot by expert cinematographer Jack Cardiff and a suitably daffy performance from hambone Heston.

Baby Face Nelson (1957)
Mickey Rooney is riveting as the title anti-hero in this gangster quickie directed by the great Don Siegel. Carolyn Jones and Cedric Hardwicke (as a lush MD) offer solid support.

Baby It's You (1983)
John Sayles' fans have been waiting for years to get this underrated (and under-viewed) film on DVD.

Bachelor Flat (1962)
Frank Tashlin directed this somewhat strained comedy about a British professor (Terry Thomas) house-sitting in Malibu. Tuesday Weld is among the complications. Fox.

Background to Danger (1943)
In this WWII spy thriller from Raoul Walsh, Sydney Greenstreet plots an assassination attempt in neutral Turkey in order for the country to side with Germany. George Raft is the American who can stop him. Peter Lorre co-stars as a Russian spy. In Warner's vault.

Backlash (1955)
Western/mystery with Richard Widmark and Donna Reed. Universal.

Bandido (1956)
Robert Mitchum runs guns in Mexico. United Artists.

Barefoot in the Park (1981)
A fondly remembered theatrical rendition of Neil Simon's play starring Bess Armstrong, Richard Thomas, Barbara Barrie, and Hans Conried. Barely seen since its original run on HBO, but fans insist that it's a definitive version, in part because of the live audience, making the 1967 film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda seem nearly joyless by comparison.

Barravento (The Turning Wind) (1962)
A beautiful black-and-white Brazilian cinema novo from director Glauber Rocha.

Battle Circus (1953)
Richard Brooks' Korean War drama starring Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson may have an odd name, but it was selected after the original — M*A*S*H — was considered too confusing. An MGM production that's likely in Warner's vault.

Battle in Outer Space (1960)
The nations of the Earth unite in a common cause to fight off the alien invaders from the planet Natal. The moon has been invaded, and the Earth is next.

The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
WWII cat-and-mouse thriller set in South America; directed by Michael Powell. Available in Region 2.

Beau James (1957)
Bob Hope, in a rare dramatic role, portrays the 1920's NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker in this flavorful Melville Shavelson production. Vera Miles co-stars, as well with some cameos by Jimmy Durante and Jack Benny. Paramount.

The Bed-Sitting Room (1969)
Richard Lester's bizarre post-apocalyptic black comedy, starring Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Roy Kinnear, Harry Secombe… in other words, all of his favorite actors. Everyone wanders around a bombed-out London, and unpredictably mutate into surprising objects. United Artists released the film in the U.S. — whether MGM/UA will ever actually release it on DVD is anyone's guess.

Belles of St. Trinians (1954)
Alastair Sim and Joyce Grenfell in a knock-about farce set in a girl's school. Based on Ronald Searle's cartoon characters. British Lion.

Benefit of the Doubt (1993)
Convicted wife-murderer Donald Sutherland is released from prison to seek revenge on the daughter (Amy Irving) that helped to put him away. Paramount.

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 15-hour miniseries, set in Weimar Germany, is due in a seven-disc set from The Criterion Collection on Nov. 13.

Beware, My Lovely (1952)
Robert Ryan in the role of a psychopathic drifter; Ida Lupino plays the lonely widow who attempts to both help and escape. Despite its regrettable title, one of the most odd yet memorable of '50s flicks.

Beyond Rangoon (1995)

Beyond the Forest (1949)
Bette Davis and Joseph Cotten in this Warner potboiler.

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
There are 20 additional minutes that was shown on television for this sequel to The Poseidon Adventure.

Bhowani Junction (1956)
George Cukor directs this Anglo-Indian drama starring Ava Gardner and Stewart Granger.

The Big Fix (1978)
Richard Dreyfuss stars as modern-day (for 1978) detective Moses Wine with his two kids tagging along while he solves a case in Southern California. Funny and suspenseful.

A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
Set primarily in the back room of a western saloon, this high-stakes poker game takes many unusual twists and turns between stars Henry Fonda, Joannne Woodward, Jason Robards, Jr., Burgess Meredith, Charles Bickford, and Kevin McCarthy. Due from Warner on Nov. 6.

The Big House (1930)
The definitive prison thriller, starring Wallace Beery and produced by the legendary Irving Thalberg. This MGM production is in Warner's vault.

Big Man on Campus (1989)
A cult favorite, alternately titled The Hunchback Hairball of L.A.

The Big Sky (1952)
One of Howard Hawks' finest westerns, starring Kirk Douglas. As an independent production released by RKO title, the rights most likely reside with Warner.

The Big Parade (1925)

Bigger Than Life (1956)
Nicholas Ray directs this high-voltage medical case-study starring the impeccable James Mason. Fox handled theatrical release.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
Columbia has yet to release this Frank Capra classic starring Barbara Stanwyck, although sources say it's on the 2007 schedule.

Black Book (aka Reign of Terror) (1949)
French Revolution thriller directed by Anthony Mann. Was released in a truly terrible DVD version and needs an upgrade. Eagle-Lion.

The Black Windmill (1974)
Don Siegel returned to England, the land of his university days, to direct this slick thriller starring Michael Caine and Donald Pleasance as his annoyingly bureaucratic superior.

Blade Runner (1982)
Warner has promised a comprehensive DVD release in 2007 — including the original theatrical version. It's now due on Dec. 18 with U.S. and international theatrical versions, the "Director's Cut," the "Final Cut," and the ultra-rare "Workprint" version.

Blanche Fury (1948)
Haunting English gothic produced in muted colour by the Cineguild company founded Ronald Neame and David Lean.

Bless the Beasts & Children (1971)

Blondie (1938)
The Blondie series, starring Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake, started in 1938 and included 28 films, finishing up in 1950 with Beware of Blondie. Even this many years later, fans remain devoted. Last reported somewhere in the Sony/Columbia vault.

Blood and Roses (1960)
Roger Vadim's marvelous gothic vampire film reportedly has only had one home-video release in the U.S. from Paramount, pan-and-scan, and (adding insult to injury) six-hour SLP mode.

Blood on the Moon (1948)
A psychological western starring Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston, and Walter Brennan.

Blowing Wild (1953)
Passions run amok in a Mexican oil field. With Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Ruth Roman and Anthony Quinn. Warner.

The Blue Bird (1976)
George Cukor directs Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner, and Cicely Tyson in this children's fable.

Blue City (1986)
Paramount's film adaptation of the Ross Macdonald thriller — starring Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and David Caruso — wasn't very warmly received by critics or audiences when it was released. We wonder if this will ever see the light of day on DVD.

The Blue Dahlia (1946)
This noir isn't based on the "Black Dahlia" case, but instead was written by Raymond Chandler and concerns a military man who is accused of murdering his unfaithful wife. Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, and William Bendix star.

Blue Denim (1959)
Powerful drama from screenwriter/director Phillip Dunne that has teenage couple Brandon de Wilde and Carol Lynley facing her pregnancy and their decision to have a (then-illegal) abortion. Even more relevant today. Fox.

Bobby Deerfield (1977)

Boeing (707) Boeing (707) (1965)
Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis star in this '60s comedy.

Boom (1968)
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton co-star in a screenplay by Tennessee Williams.

Boomerang! (1947)
Fox announced this Elia Kazan noir for DVD release, but the very few that actually reached the public now go for premium prices. Fox has announced a new release in the near future.

Bordertown (1935)
Bette Davis wants Paul Muni and will do anything, including murder, to get him. Warner.

Botany Bay (1953)
A swashbuckler staring Alan Ladd, James Mason, and Cedric Hardwicke.

Bouelvard Nights (1979)

Boy on a Dolphin (1957)   
Sophia Loren is young, and wet, and devastatingly beautiful. Alan Ladd and Clifton Webb co-star.

The Boys in Company C (1978)

The Boys in the Band
The out-of-print VHS of William Friedkin's 1970 film goes for big bucks. It appears Fox still has the rights.

Boy's Night Out (1962)
A light comedy from the early '60s that reflected the changing times. James Garner, Tony Randall, and Kim Novak star.

Bramble Bush (1960)
Adultery, voyeurism and euthanasia in a New England town. Richard Burton is the star but Jack Carson, Angie Dickinson, Henry Jones, and James Dunn steal it. Warner.

Brass Target (1978)

The Brave (1997)
Johnny Depp directs and stars as an Indian freshly released from jail who gets an offer to star in his own snuff film, the money of which would greatly help his family. Also starring Marlon Brando. Reportedly, Depp's dislike of negative reviews from American critics at Cannes means he will not show the film in the United States.

Breaking Glass (1980)   
Punk rocker Hazel O'Connor rises from playing in clubs to the superstar life, only to find it's not all that glamorous. O'Connor had even written songs for the movie! Paramount has this one; probably in cold storage due to music rights.

Brewster McCloud (1970)
Robert Altman directed over a dozen movies in the 1970s, but this is the only one that's not available on DVD, although region-free editions do show up on eBay.

Broken English (1996)
Rade Serbedzija, Aleksandra Vujcic, and Julian Arahanga star in this New Zealand tale of star-crossed love between a displaced indigenous Maori and a Croatian refugee.

The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
Richard Brooks' Dostoyevsky by way of the Epstein Brothers (of Casablanca fame). Maria Schell is luminous. Also starring Yul Brynner, Maria Schell, Claire Bloom, Lee J. Cobb, Albert Salmi, William Shatner, and Richard Basehart.

The Buccaneer (1938/58)
Cecil B. DeMille's original version of this classic resides with Universal, while Anthony Quinn's remake — starring Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, E. G. Marshall, and Lorne Greene — is in the Paramount vault.

Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)

Buddy Buddy (1981)
Billy Wilder's last movie, featuring the wonderful Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. An MGM/UA release.

Bugsy Malone (1976)
Alan Parker's musical of the Roaring '20s features Jodie Foster in one of her earliest roles. Paramount holds the rights.

The Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)

The Burglar (1957)
Paul Wendkos directed this gritty drama, which stars Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield (who actually acts in this one).

Buster and Billie (1974)

Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987)
This engrossing, thorough biography of one of America's cinematic geniuses includes lots of Keaton himself reminiscing. Available on DVD in Region 2, but not on these shores.

California Dreaming (1979)
Starring Seymour Cassel, Dorothy Tristan, Dennis Christopher, and Tanya Roberts (clothed).

The California Kid (1974)
TV movie starring Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow, Michelle Phillips, and Nick Nolte. Unclear if there's ever been an official VHS release.

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
One of the most important French films of the '70s, comparable in its importance (according to critic David Thomson) to Citizen Kane. Available on DVD in Britain but not in America.

Cannery Row (1982)
A charming movie starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger that's been overlooked for far too long. Released on Laserdisc soon before the format's demise, but never on DVD. An MGM title.

Canon City (1948)

Captain Lightfoot (1955)
Douglas Sirk's Irish swashbuckler with Rock Hudson. Universal.

The Captain's Table (1958)
John Gregson is the put-upon captain in this British sex comedy; Jack Lee directs.

The Car (1977)
James Brolin stars in a movie that also went by the title DeathMobile. Original VHS copies are reported to trade as high as $40 on eBay.

The Caretakers (1963)
Director Hall Bartlett's lurid melodrama about mental illness is mental all right. Polly Bergen's crack-up in a movie theater may be the high point — or low point, depending on one's point of view. The cast — Joan Crawford, Robert Stack, Janis Paige, Constance Ford — invites curiosity. Nice Elmer Bernstein score. MGM/UA.

Carmen (1983)
Carlos Saura's fascinating flamenco version of Bizet's opera has yet to be issued on an NTSC Region 1 DVD.

Carmen (1984)
Alternately titled Bizet's Carmen, and considered by some to be the greatest opera movie ever. Available on disc in Region 2.

Cash on Demand (1961)
A minor non-horror classic from Hammer Films with Peter Cushing and Andre Morrell in a superb cat-and-mouse bank-heist scenario.

Castaway (1986)
Nic Roeg's best film of the last 20 years is a gender-clashing tale of misogynist Oliver Reed meeting his match in Amanda Donohoe on a primitive island paradise.

The Catered Affair (1956)

Cavalcade (1933)
Are we ever going to see this Best Picture winner from Fox on DVD?

Centennial (1978)
Epic miniseries starring William Atherton, Raymond Burr, Sharon Gless, Robert Conrad, Richard Crenna, Timothy Dalton, Andy Griffith, Merle Haggard, and … Richard Chamberlain (did you doubt it?)

Centennial Summer (1946)

The Challenge (1982)
John Frankenheimer's martial arts film has Scott Glenn and Toshiro Mifune starring with a screenplay co-written by John Sayles.

Champion (1949)
Kirk Douglas stars in this well-liked boxing movie.

The Chapman Report (1962)
Jane Fonda, Shelley Winters, Claire Bloom, and Glynis Johns as the subjects of a Kinsey-like sex survey. A Zanuck-produced Warner Bros. picture, based on the Irving Wallace potboiler. Definitely a camp treat.

Chimes at Midnight (1965)
One of the best movies Orson Welles ever made, and with zero budget. Terrific Shakespeare adaptation with Welles as Falstaff. The soundtrack is in a sorry state, so subtitles would be welcome.

China Beach (1988-91)
Fans want ABC-TV's popular Vietnam hospital series on DVD.

China Gate (1957)
Weird Sam Fuller war drama set in Vietnam. With Angie Dickinson and Nat King Cole (!). Fox.

El Cid (1961)
The Weinstein Company has announced this Anthony Mann epic for a mid-2007 release. Fingers crossed. Imported versions are available on DVD, and The Criterion Collection released a Laserdisc.

Circus World (1964)

The Citadel (1938)
Robert Donat stars in this classic look at the medical profession. The legendary King Vidor directs. An MGM picture; resides in the confines of the Warner vaults.

Citizens Band (1977)
Jonathan Demme's slice of Americana, starring Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, and Demme regular Charles Napier. Paramount has released a VHS, why not DVD?

City of Sadness (1989)
Hou Hsiao-Hsien has earned an increasing reputation as one of the world's leading filmmakers. This movie, about postwar terror in Taiwan, won the 1989 Golden Lion award at Venice.

Cluny Brown (1946)

Cobra Woman (1944)
Robert Siodmak directs this little-seen camp classic.

Cockleshell Heroes (1954)
WWII heroism with Jose Ferrer — who also directed — and Trevor Howard. Sony.

A Cold Night's Death (1973)
One of the better early 1970s made-for-TV movies, about two researchers in the Arctic, starring Robert Culp. Sometimes listed as The Chill Factor, but originally aired as A Cold Night's Death.

Colorado Territory (1949)
Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, and Henry Hull star.

Colors (1988)
MGM has released a DVD of Dennis Hopper's L.A. cop drama, but it's the 120-min. version. If you want the extended cut of the film (which runs 130 min.), you'll have to pay more for the VHS.

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
A taut Cold War thriller from director Joseph Sargeant as American and Soviet computers controlling each country's nuclear missiles take over. Released on Laserdisc in widescreen (as a two set with Silent Running), but only on DVD in pan-and-scan.

Comanche Station (1960)
Stars "Mr. Western" himself, Randolph Scott, plus Nancy Gates and Claude Akins.

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Robert Altman's film takes a look at the fanfare of actor James Dean. The rights likely reside with Paramount.

Come Fill the Cup (1950)
James Cagney, Gig Young, and Raymond Massey in the world of alcoholic newspapermen.

Comfort and Joy (1984)
This Scottish film was Bill Forsyth's follow up to "Local Hero". It has been released on DVD in England, but not in the United States.

The Competition (1980)

Compromising Positions (1985)
Interesting black comedy about women plotting to kill their dentist. Susan Sarandon is excellent, but watch for the acid-tongued Judith Ivey. A Paramount picture.

The Confession (L' Aveu) (1970)
This Costa-Gravas drama starring Yves Montand and Simone Sigornet is rare — quite rare indeed. We are unaware of any home video release, while theatrical distribution in the U.S. was handled by Paramount.

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Peter Greenaway's avant garde thriller is out of print on DVD and trades online for big money.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
Directed by Wilfred Lucas and Rowland Lee, and starring Robert Donat, Elissa Landi and Louis Calhern. Arguably the definitive version of the Dumas novel.

Cousin Cousine (1975)
A very popular French comedy that earned three Oscar nominations and served as the basis for the American remake Cousins. At the moment it's only found on VHS.

The Covered Wagon (1923)
This silent film launched the Western genre. A Paramount title.

Craig's Wife (1936)
Sony holds the rights to this well-regarded melodrama starring Rosalind Russell, John Boles, and Billie Burke.

Crimewave (1985)
Directed by Sam Raimi and produced by the Coen Brothers, who have virtually disowned the picture. Not on DVD, but all-region imports are available on eBay.

The Criminal Code (1931)
Where is this Howard Hawks noir masterpiece starring Walter Huston and Boris Karloff?

Crisis (1950)
Surgeon Cary Grant must decide whether or not to save ruthless South American dictator Jose Ferrer in this overlooked Richard Brooks thriller.

The Crowd (1928)

The Crucible (Les Sorcieres de Salem) (1957)
Often overlooked compared to its American counterpart, this French version of Arthur Miller's noted play is terrific in every sense of the word. Simone Sigornet and Yves Montand are excellent as the troubled couple during the Salem witch trials. Criterion should get their hands on this.

Cruising (1980)
William Friedkin's controversial film starring Al Pacino as a cop who goes undercover in New York's gay scene will street from Warner on Sept. 25.

Crusoe (1989)
Aidan Quinn stars; directed by Caleb Deschanel. Released theatrically by Island Pictures.

Cry Terror (1958)
Neat, gritty thriller directed by Andrew L Stone. The fine cast includes James Mason, Rod Steiger, Angie Dickinson, and Inger Stevens. MGM.

Cry Wolf (1947)
Errol Flynn stars with Barbara Stanwyck in one of his few non-swashbuckling roles, here as a sinister brother guarding a family secret. Briefly released on VHS; likely in the Warner vault.

Cul-de-sac (1966)
One of Roman Polanski's early, amazing movies, made right after Repulsion.

D.O.A. (1980)
Lech Kowalski's fly-on-the-wall documentary on the rise and fall of British punk rock is perhaps the most significant film about music not yet on DVD. Portions of Kowalski's Sex Pistols footage can be seen in Julien Temple's 2000 The Filth and the Fury, but true aficionados of the birth of punk are hoping to get this one digital. Music rights likely will keep its bootleg status active for a while yet. Reportedly issued at least twice on VHS in the United States.

Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Joan Crawford is torn between Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews. Smart soap, directed by Otto Preminger. Rumored to be in prep for a DVD release by Fox.

The Damned (1963)
Are radioactive children trapped in a secret government experiment? Heck yes! A Hammer release in the UK, with Columbia handling US theatrical distribution.

Dangerous (1935)
Bette Davis, who received her first Oscar for this movie, portrays an alcoholic actress who, after rehabilitation, becomes more dangerous than before her bout with the bottle. Surprisingly, Warner has yet to release this on DVD.

Daniel (1983)
Harrowing Sidney Lumet adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel about the title character's (played by Timothy Hutton) search of the truth of his parents' past. Great performances by Lindsay Crouse and Mandy Patinkin stand out in this film.

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)
Delbert Mann directs from the play by William Inge. The cast includes Robert Preston, Dorothy McGuire and Eve Arden.

Dark City (1950)
William Dieterle's noir features Charlton Heston in one of his first roles. Has the unrelated 1998 film put this in cold storage indefinitely?

The Dark Mirror (1946)
Olivia De Havilland plays twin sisters; Richard Long co-stars.

Dark of the Sun (1968)
"A strike force of crack mercenaries fight the hottest battles in all the blazing fury of today's strife-torn Congo." One of Rod Taylor's best films. Co-starring Yvette Mimieux and Jim Brown. Also known as The Mercenaries. Watch for a DVD release from Warner in 2007.

Darker Than Amber (1970)
What was to have been the first in a series on the private detective Travis McGee — Rod Taylor is excellent as McGee, and there is an absolutely blistering fight scene between him and William Smith. The original theatrical distributor may have been National General.

Day of the Triffids (1963)
Superior sci-fi based on John Wyndham's novel. Released on Laserdisc in a nice widescreen version but botched on DVD with an off-color, pan-and-scan print. An upgrade, please. Allied Artists.

The Day the Clown Cried
Are you kidding? Hollywood legend insists that this unreleased 1972 Holocaust death-camp "comedy" starring Jerry Lewis will never see the light of day. Rumor has it the sole completed film print resides in a safe, and Lewis is the man who holds the key.

Days of Glory (1944)
Gregory Peck makes his film debut in this WWII action/drama. An RKO production that is within the Warner vaults.

The Dead (1987)
John Huston's final film, a brilliant adaptation of the James Joyce novella.

Deadline – U.S.A. (1952)
A great newspaper drama from Richard Brooks that pits Humphrey Bogart against gangster Martin Cabel. In the Fox vault.

The Deadly Affair (1967)
Sidney Lumet directs this adaptation of a gloomy John Le Carré mystery; the fine cast includes James Mason, Simone Signoret and Lynn Redgrave. In the Sony vault.

Death of a Salesman (1951)
Fredric March is fantastic as Willy Loman in Laslo Benedek's film adaptation of Arthur Miller's play. The TV versions are out on DVD — why not this one?

Decision at Sundown (1957)
Randolph Scott tracks down the man responsible for his wife's suicide. The bleakest and most disturbing of Budd Boetticher's westerns. Columbia.

Dedee (aka Dedee d'Anvers) (1948)
A French import that made Simone Signoret an international star.

The Deep (1977)
Nearly an hour (53 minutes to be exact) of extra footage was tacked on to Peter Yates' underwater horror-adventure flick when it was shown on TV. A DVD of this extra footage would be welcome. (Notably, this extended cut was available on Laserdisc back in the '90s, but it's now out of print, naturally).

Defiance (1980)
Jan-Michael Vincent, Art Carney, Theresa Saldana, and Danny Aiello star.

Le Doulos ("The Finger Man") (1962)
Jean Paul Belmondo in the first of Jean Pierre Melville's cool noirs. Janus.

A Demon in My View (1991)
Anthony Perkins, in one of his final film roles, plays a London serial killer who tries to live a normal life. Also known as The Man Next Door.

Denver & Rio Grande (1952)
Byron Haskin's offbeat western looks at rival railroad owners Edmond O'Brien and Sterling Hayden fighting to get a foothold of the West. The train collision climax is unforgettable.

Desert Fury (1947)
Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, John Hokiak, Mary Astor, and Wendell Corey in the original desert noir.

Desire (aka Woman) (1946)
A prostitute returns to her village. Amazingly frank for its time. Directed by Roberto Rossellini.

Destination Gobi (1953)
Richard Widmark stars in a Robert Wise actioner set during the World War II. Fox.

The Devils (1971)
Director Ken Russell's odd but interesting film starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, available from Warner in a cropped VHS version. An all-region DVD import from Britain (non-anamorphic widescreen) is available in Canada (or at least reportedly was at one time), listed as the uncut U.K version and with 70 min. of supplements, including scenes cut before the U.K. theatrical release.

The Devil's Disciple (1959)
Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Laurence Olivier star in a battle of wits (of George Bernard Shaw's making) that takes place during The American Revolution.

Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)
Carrie Snodgress, the insecure wife of pompous, self-centered social-climber Richard Benjamin, copes with her emotionally abusive relationship by having an affair with writer Frank Langella, who enjoys belittling and using her. A quirky look at '70s-era Manhattan intelligentsia, with a very early Alice Cooper performance.

The Docks of New York (1928)
Josef von Sternberg's silent film masterpiece. Paramount holds the rights.

Don't Give Up the Ship (1958)
One of Jerry Lewis's funniest films — he plays an admiral trying to find a lost ship he had served on during WWII. Good wholesome fun. Paramount.

Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
Glenn Ford shows off his comic prowess in this fun comedy about WWII officers setting up a clubhouse on shore. MGM, but now with Warner.

Don't Make Waves (1967)
A decade after they collaborated on The Sweet Smell of Success, director Alexander Mackendrick and star Tony Curtis reunited for this strange but engaging misfire. Throw in an eye-popping appearance by Sharon Tate, a title tune by The Byrds, and some mesmerizing widescreen compositions, and it all raises the question: Why isn't this on DVD?

Dopplegänger (1969)
An astronaut journeys to a planet in the same orbit as Earth, but on the opposite side of the sun, where he finds a parallel, mirror Earth. Created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson ("Thunderbirds," "Space 1999," et. al.).

Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)
Good sea adventure starring Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, and Dean Stockwell.

Downhill Racer (1969)
Robert Redford and Gene Hackman star in this classic ski film that's yet to arrive on DVD. An independent production, distributed theatrically by Paramount.

Dr. Syn, alias the Scarecrow (1964)
This British Disney film was slated for release on DVD some time ago, and immediately became a hot preorder item on Amazon. Unfortunately, Disney had a change of heart and pulled the title from its release schedule. With a huge cult following, its lack of appearance on DVD is shameful.

Dream Wife (1953)
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in this popular romance. An MGM title, currently with Warner.

Drowning by Numbers (1988)
Another Peter Greenaway favorite available in non-USA PAL version only. Maybe one of his more accessible movies too, and it's fun to play along and find all the numbers.

Duet for One (1986)
Julie Andrews portrays a world-renowned violinist stricken with multiple sclerosis.

The Earrings of Madame de… (1953)
Criterion reportedly is prepping this title for a Max Ophuls box-set release in 2007 or 2008. Available in Region 2.

Earthquake (1974)
Sure, Universal has recently released a DVD for Mark Robson's disaster movie, but it's just the theatrical version with the original "Sensurround" audio track. The TV version, running 160 minutes, is still MIA on DVD. However, a DVD release for this version is unlikely in the near future.

Easy Living (1937)

Edge of the City (1957)
Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes, Jack Warden, and Ruby Dee in Martin Ritt's first feature. A slice of that wonderful kind of grown-up stuff that came out of now-extinct live TV drama.

The Egyptian (1954)
Jean Simmons stars in this epic of ancient Egypt. A Fox title.

Eight Iron Men (1953)
Lee Marvin heads a cast of tormented soldiers in WWII Italy. Sony/Columbia's got this one.

Electric Dreams (1984)
Reportedly, Warner Home Video's rights to this title have expired. No release information available.

Elvis (2005)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is enough of a name by now for this TV biopic to earn a DVD release. Fans claim it's the most accurate filmed version of Elvis Presley's life story, clocking in at well over three hours.

Eminent Domain (1991)

Enchanted April (1991)

The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
Robert Young plays a disfigured ex-soldier who arrives at a magic cottage and meets a troubled girl (Dorothy McGuire) in this popular romance.

Endless Love (1981)
Why the heck isn't this on DVD? Originally a PolyGram title, the rights apparently are now with the MGM library.

Enigma (1982)
Taut Cold War thriller starring Martin Sheen and directed by Jeannot Szwarc. Unavailable on Region 1 DVD, while fans can pick up a copy on Region 2.

Ensign Pulver (1964)
The sequel to Mister Roberts is worth a look, even though Robert Walker is no Jack Lemmon, and director Joshua Logan is no John Ford. In Warner's vault.

Era Notte a Roma (aka Blackout in Rome) (1960)
An Italian woman shelters three Allied soldiers during WWII. Cut by more than 45 minutes for its marginal American release. The uncut version is a knock-out. Directed by Roberto Rossellini.

Escapade in Japan (1957)

Europa (aka Zentropa) (1991)
This Lars von Trier title is available in Europe, while a "Region 0" disc can be found in Korea. No. Region 1 release plans have been announced.

Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
Cary Grant and Betsy Drake star.

The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Surreal, critically acclaimed Buñuel allegory about high-society guests trapped at a dinner party.

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (1976)
Telefilm flashes back to the time the author tried — and failed — to make a dent in that unforgiving town. James Costigan wrote the teleplay, Anthony Page directed, and Jason Miller is hopelessly miscast as Fitzgerald. But Tuesday Weld as Zelda is positively brilliant. Produced by ABC Circle Films.

Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte ) (1976)
Liv Ullmann sets new standards for acting in this Ingmar Bergman picture, which is rumored to be in Criterion's hands.

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle, John Ireland, Omar Sharif, and and Mel Ferrer star in this action-packed look at Rome in decline. The Weinstein Company has announced this for a mid-2007 release.

Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
John Schlesinger's adaptation of the acclaimed Thomas Hardy novel has Alan Bates, Terrence Stamp, and Peter Finch vying for the love of the beautiful Julie Christie. An MGM production that belongs to Warner.

Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
A film noir classic set in 1940s Los Angeles starring Robert Mitchum — highly acclaimed, it rivals Chinatown, but for some unknown reason it has never been released on a mainstream DVD studio label. Existing rare, obscure DVD releases sell for $200 on Amazon.com. Released theatrically by AVCO Embassy.

Farewell to Manzanar (1976)
Pat Morita, Mako, and Nobu McCarthy star in this well-regarded telefilm about a Japanese-American internment camp.

The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
Glen Ford and Broderick Crawford star in this western about a fast-draw gunslinger.

Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
Glenn Ford tries to discover the cause of a fatal air crash. Ralph Nelson directed and the cast includes Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, and Nancy Kwan. Fox.

Fear and Desire (1953)
Stanley Kubrick made his directorial debut in this low-budget film. However, only two remaining prints exist and there has been a market for bootleg copies.

Fever Pitch (1985)
A career-killing film for Ryan O'Neal and director Richard Brooks — but that doesn't mean a DVD won't happen. Released theatrically by MGM.

File on Thelma Jordan (1949)
Maybe I was just a dame and didn't know it." Barbara Stanwyck noir. Paramount.

Fire and Rain (1989)
Outstanding telefilm based on the real-life tragedy of Delta Airlines flight 191. Jerry Jameson directs, with Angie Dickinson, Tom Bosley, and David Hasselhoff starring.

First Love (1977)
William Katt, Susan Dey, John Heard, Beverly D'Angelo, Robert Loggia, and Swoosie Kurtz star in this '70s college romance.

Five Against the House (1954)
Kim Novak in a casino-heist thriller. Columbia.

Five Gates to Hell (1959)
Tacky, nasty adventure with nurses in China captured by a warlord (Neville Brand). Great fun. Fox.

Five Fingers (1952)
Entertaining tale about a famous spy. James Mason stars; Joseph L. Mankiewicz directs. A Fox title.

Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Another Billy Wilder classic that has not made it to DVD. Released by Paramount, but we suspect that Universal holds the rights.

Five Miles to Midnight (1962)
Sophia Loren and Anthony Perkins headline the cast in this Anatole Litvak potboiler. MGM/UA.

The Fixer (1968)
Alan Bates received an Oscar nomination for his performance in John Frankenheimer's adaptation of the Bernard Malamund novel. MGM released the film, but it's probably in Warner's vault.

The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
A young, Robin Hood-type archer who eventually helps a rebellion in Italy against German tyrants led by Count Ulrich, 'The Hawk', who stole his wife years earlier and later steals his son as well. Plenty of action, swashbuckling and romance starring Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo and Nick Cravat as Piccolo.

The Flim-Flam Man (1967)
George C. Scott reportedly said that his turn as double-dealing Mordecai Jones was his favorite role.

Floating Clouds (1955)
Mikio Naruse seems to be slowly joining Kurosawa, Ozu, and Mizoguchi in the list of great Japanese filmmakers. Apparently there is a French DVD edition, but there does not appear to be even an English VHS.

Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
Atmospheric Victorian thriller featuring the real-life couple of Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger.

Forever Amber (1947)

The Fortune (1975)
Starring Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, introducing Stockard Channing, and directed by Mike Nichols. Some will say it's an acquired taste, along the lines of Ishtar. Reportedly in the Sony/Columbia vault.

The Fox (1967)
Mark Rydell's highly controversial (for its time) film takes a look a two female lovers on a Canadian farm. Sandy Dennis and Anne Heywood are superb in the leading roles.

Fraulein Doktor (1969)
An exciting, large-scale European WWI espionage film based on the true story of a female double agent, starring Suzy Kendall and Capucine.

Freebie and the Bean (1974)

French Postcards (1979)

Frenchman's Creek (1944)
Great adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel by Mitchell Liesen. Starring Joan Fontaine and Basil Rathbone. A Paramount picture; the rights are with Universal.

Freud (1962)
An overlooked gem that deserves art-house classic status. Directed by John Huston and starring Montgomery Clift. Universal.

Friday the 13th: The Series (1987-90)
Fans of the Friday the 13th movie franchise might be delighted to see this TV series, even if it's unrelated to its big-screen counterparts. Should be on DVD, but we can't find it.

Friendly Fire (1979)
TV drama featuring Carol Burnett in her first dramatic role. Ned Beatty and Timothy Hutton co-star.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
Robert Mitchum stars. 'Nuff said.

From Beyond (1986)
Horror in the Re-Animator tradition, from a story by H. P. Lovecraft, directed by Stuart Gordon, and starring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton. There is an overpriced German (R2 PAL) DVD version available on Amazon, and there was word of a U.S. release in 2005/2006 including newly-found lost footage, but as of March 2007, no Region 1 DVD release.

For Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000) (1976)
Director Alain Tanner's Swiss film calls a lot into question.

Futureworld (1976)
This sequel to Westworld is well-liked by fans.

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
Cautionary political fantasy about a U.S. president (Walter Huston) following his inner voice (the angel Gabriel, no less) to solve the nation's social and political ills. Rarely seen and worth preserving on DVD.

The Games (1970)
Ryan O'Neal heads a cast of Olympic participants during the Olympics (did you doubt it for a second?). The rights reside with Fox.

Garden of Evil (1954)
Big budget western with Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark and Susan Hayward. Fox.

Garment Jungle (1957)
Director Robert Aldrich was fired from this crime drama before it was completed but enough of his work remains to make it worthwhile. Columbia.

Gas (1981)
Who says a gas shortage can't be funny? This rarely seen comedy is definitely a camp treat.

Genevive (1953)
Delightful British comedy about an antique car race. It made Kay Kendall a star. Rank/Universal.

Get Crazy (1983)
Not only is this Allan Arkush (Rock 'n' Roll High School) cult item unavailable on DVD, it's been missing on VHS since the 80's. Even worse, the soundtrack of original music has never been released on CD. Malcolm McDowell stars as "Reggie Wanker," and the rest of the cast includes Daniel Stern, Ed Begley Jr., and Lou Reed. An Embassy theatrical release, it appears to be currently in MGM's vault.

Gettysburg (1993)
It's out on DVD, but not the theatrical release, which ran 270 minutes. The only "definitive" edition appears to be a Laserdisc that came out shortly after the film's theatrical run.

Gidget (1959)
The original and best beach movie, starring Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and James Darren. Currently available only as part of a three-movie set in pan-and-scan cropped format — it needs to be released individually in its proper CinemaScope aspect ratio.

Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1975)
James Whitmore stars in the film adaptation of the one-man show about Harry S. Truman.

The Glass Key (1942)
Excellent film noir starring Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, and Alan Ladd, adapted from Dashiell Hammett's novel. Surprisingly, already available in Region 2 DVD from Universal.

Gleaming the Cube (1989)
Christian Slater stars in this '80s flick about skateboarding and murder. There are more fake DVD copies of this on eBay than legit ones, and even the fakes are expensive.

The Glittering Prizes (1976)
The British miniseries that introduced Tom Conti to American audiences.

The Goddess (1958)
Kim Stanley stars as a Monroe-like troubled movie star.

Golden Earrings (1947)

The Go-Between (1970)
Available in Region 2 as part of a four-film "Julie Christie Collection."

Godzilla 1985 (1984)   
Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

Golden Boy (1939)
Rouben Mamoulian's brilliant boxing drama in the style of Raging Bull. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Lee J. Cobb, and William Holden in his film debut. Sony has the rights.

The Gong Show Movie (1980)
Apparently never even released on VHS (or Beta, for that matter) back in the 1980s. However, bootleggers seem to have found a market for the DVD.

Goodbye Again (1960)
Romantic drama from director Anatole Litvak and starring Anthony Perkins, Ingrid Bergman, and Yves Montand. A UA production that resides with MGM.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
The 1969 musical version stars Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark, and some fans say it's the best of them all. As a post-1950 MGM title, the rights are now with Sony. MGM previously released the title on VHS. Reportedly delayed on DVD by Warner until 2008.

Gorgo (1961)
London is stomped flat in this monster romp with great special effects. A lousy DVD was released but the movie deserves much better treatment. MGM.

Gorilla at Large (1954)
Anne Bancroft, Lee J. Cobb, Lee Marvin, or anyone could be the amusement park killer in this cult noir. Due from Fox on September 11.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Il vangelo secondo Matteo) (1964)
There have been a couple of low-quality releases of Pier Paolo Pasolini's masterwork life of Jesus, but all have suffered from a terrible image transfer and dearth of supplemental material. Fans want Criterion to put together a restored version with Martin Scorsese (who has often spoken of this movie's influence on The Last Temptation of Christ) to provide a commentary.

The Great Caruso (1951)
One of the few Joe Pasternak musicals that has not made it to DVD. Warner holds the rights, while MGM has released a VHS.

The Great Lie (1941)
Bette Davis and Mary Astor star in this popular melodrama.

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
Phillip Kaufman's directorial debut, starring Cliff Robertson and Robert Duvall (as Jesse James). Available from Universal on September 25.

The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Universal's DVD is out of print and trading at premium prices.

The Great Waltz (1938)   
Hollywood operetta at its best. A film biography of composer Johann Strauss, which is also a good romantic comedy and wonderful musical that features Strauss's greatest hits. Nominated for a Best Editing Oscar and won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Far outshines the 1955 version.

The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (1997 )
A landmark documentary shown once on PBS. Possibly delayed by rights issues.

Greed (1925)
A silent masterpiece that was notoriously butchered after production — look for Erich von Stroheim's epic to be released on DVD by Warner, possibly in 2007.

Green Man (1957)
Black comedy with Alastair Sim as a bumbling hit-man. British Lion.

Green Dolphin Street (1947)
Fine MGM fluff about a rocky love triangle during 19th century New Zealand. Come for the performances of Lana Turner, Donna Reed, and Van Heflin; stay for the Oscar-winning visual effects. Apparently in Warner's vault.

Green Mansions (1959)
Audrey Hepburn and Anthony Perkins star in the story of a fortune hunter in the South American jungle who discovers a mysterious girl, confined like a bird in an extraordinary sanctuary.

The Grey Fox (1982)
Richard Farnsworth stars as a convict recently released from prison who moves to Canada and takes up train robbing. A United Artists film, released on VHS.

The Group (1966)
Sidney Lumet directed this adaptation of the best-selling Mary McCarthy novel about college friends and their trials and tribulations. Strong female cast includes Shirley Knight, Joan Hackett, Jessica Walter and — in her debut — Candice Bergen, who wrote a very funny piece about the filming for Esquire. An MGM/UA title, currently in the Warner vault.

Gunman's Walk (1958)
Rancher Van Heflin has trouble controlling his wayward son, Tab Hunter. Directed by Phil Karlson. Columbia.

Guns of Darkness (1962)

A Guy Named Joe (1943)
Enjoyable classic about dead pilot Spencer Tracy, who returns to earth to help Van Johnson romance his girlfriend Irene Dunne. Released on VHS by MGM; the DVD rights reside with Warner.

Halliday Brand (1957)
A virtually unseen B-western with Joseph Cotton. Directed by Joseph L. Lewis. Columbia.

Halloween II (1981)   
The sequel to John Carpenter's horror classic is available, but it's the theatrical version. Rick Rosenthal, the film's director, was displeased with that version and created his own "director's cut" of the film, which has been shown from time to time on television. By the way, the director's cut has less blood and gore. This version of the film was rumored to be released on DVD by Universal some time ago, but that was not the case.

Hamlet (1969)
Tony Richardson's take on the classic Shakespeare tragedy has yet to be seen on DVD. Notable for Anthony Hopkins' performance as Claudius. Sony/Columbia.

The Hand (1981)
Oliver Stone's cult horror is listed for release on September 25 from Warner.

The Hanging Tree (1959)

The Happy Ending (1969)

The Happy Years (1950)

Hard Boiled: The Criterion Collection
The last film John Woo made in Hong Kong was available from Criterion until the license to produce it ran out. Other editions are on DVD, but the Criterion disc currently trades for high money on eBay.

Harlow (1965)
Carroll Baker portrays the platinum blonde actress in this biopic of Jean Harlow. The rights are with Paramount.

Hawaii (1966)
While MGM has released Hawaii on DVD, it was a 161-minute version, and not the 189-minute roadshow version (a version which was available on VHS). How about it?

The Hawaiians (1970)

He Who Must Die (Celui Qui Doit Mourir) (1956)
Jules Dassin's film, based on a marvelous novel by Nikos Kazanzakis (The Last Temptation of Christ), is a powerful tale of villagers putting on a Passion Play who find their real lives unfolding in ways parallel to those of the characters they are playing. Criterion? Criterion? Anyone?

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
Alan Arkin is brilliant in an Oscar-nominated role as a kind hearted deaf-mute and Sandra Locke — also in an Oscar-nominated role — as the young girl he befriends in this tear-jerker based on the acclaimed Carson McCuller's novel. Surprisingly, has yet to be released on DVD by Warner, who holds the rights.

Hearts of Darkness
Perhaps the greatest film ever made about the making of a film, this captivating documentary about the production of Apocalypse Now is currently out-of-print on VHS and Laserdisc. Paramount's got the rights, but nobody knows if we'll see this one again. Some sources insist that Criterion has been lobbying to produce a DVD release for some time now.

Head Over Heels (1979)
Also known as Chilly Scenes of Winter, starring John Heard, Mary Beth Hurt, and Peter Riegert. A United Artists release.

Heart Beat (1980)
Warner owns this drama about Jack Kerouac and the beats. The great cast includes Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, and John Heard. There has been a VHS release.

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Still MIA is the international release of Peter Jackson's film in a widescreen transfer (Jackson has said in interviews that he likes the shorter international cut better). The current U.S. DVD is the longer New Zealand cut, while the shorter international release version is available in Region 1 in pan-and-scan from a Canadian company. A widescreen transfer of the international version can be had from Germany, but the title cards at the beginning and end of the film are in German.

Help! (1965)
The Beatles' second film is unaccountably out of print on DVD.

Hell's Island (1955)
A VistaVision spin on The Maltese Falcon with John Payne. Paramount.

Hellzapoppin! (1941)
A very funny Olsen & Johnson slapstick comedy. Apparently still stuck in legal limbo, which has prevented it from being seen in the U.S. for many decades.

High Road to China (1983)
A poor man's Raiders, perhaps, but still entertaining with Tom Selleck as a pilot and Bess Armstrong as a whiny socialite. A Warner title.

High Tide (1987)
Gillian Armstrong's little-seen film about a woman reconnecting with her daughter; starring Judy Davis.

His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)
Burt Lancaster in a swashbuckler, one of his "selfish bastard you can't help but like" roles. Due on Oct. 24 as part of Warner's "Burt Lancaster Signature Collection."

History Is Made at Night (1937)

Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)
Alec Guinness portrays the Nazi German leader in this engrossing film chronicling his final days. A Paramount title.

Hobson's Choice (1954)

Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
Olivia de Havilland received an Oscar nomination for her role in this classic tearjerker. Universal has the rights to this Paramount picture.

Hold That Ghost (1941)
Abbott & Costello's haunted-house riot. A&C's early, good comedy movies are conspicuously neglected on DVD.

Holocaust (1978)
An acclaimed, powerful, highly rated miniseries that introduced audiences to virtually unknown actors Meryl Streep and James Woods.

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
In spite of his jokes about it on his radio and television shows, this is Jack Benny's funniest film (with all due respect to the original To Be or Not to Be). Deserving of a restored studio DVD release.

Hot Spell (1958)
Enormously underrated drama from director Daniel Mann about the downfall of a respectable family following the husband's death. Shirley Booth, Anthony Quinn, Shirley MacLaine, Earl Holliman, and Eileen Heckart star. A Paramount picture.

Hotel Sahara (1951)
Ken Annakin's comedy starring Yvonne De Carlo and Peter Ustinov is very rare indeed — we're unaware of any home video release. A United Artists picture.

Houdini (1953)
Tony Curtis stars as the famous escape artist in this autobiographical film.

House of Secrets (1956)
British-made thriller directed by Guy Green about a counterfeit ring. A solid mystery, and stars include Michael Craig, Nigel Patrick, and Brenda De Banzie.

The House of Seven Gables (1940)
Great thriller from Hollywood's golden years, with seven brothers in line for an inheritance. Apparently, one brother wants it a lot more. Vincent Price is in top form. Universal.

The House Without a Christmas Tree (1971)
A TV Christmas favorite, starring Jason Robards. Paramount will deliver this to DVD on October 16.

Housekeeping (1987)
Christine Lahti stars; directed by Bill Forsyth. A Columbia release.

How I Won the War (1967)
Richard Lester's film starring Michael Crawford and John Lennon was slated for DVD release many, many years ago, but nothing has been heard since.

How To Murder a Rich Uncle (1958)
British black comedy that stars and was directed by Nigel Patrick. Sublime cast includes Charles Coburn, Wendy Hiller, and Katie Johnson from The Ladykillers. Columbia.

Howard the Duck (1986)
Yes. People really do ask for this.

Human Desire (1954)
Frtitz Lang's sweaty love triangle with Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford. Columbia.

Hurricane (1979)
Dino De Laurentiis' big budget remake of John Ford's classic disaster movie featuring an all-star cast with Mia Farrow, Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robards, Trevor Howard, and Max von Sydow. Is this MIA on DVD because of its disastrous failure at the box office? Paramount has released a VHS, but no disc.

Hurry Sundown (1967)
Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, and Faye Dunaway star in Otto Preminger's southern-fried melodrama. Paramount.

Husbands (1970)
John Cassavetes' well-regarded drama co-starring Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara is currently in Sony's vault.

I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)

I'd Rather Be Rich (1964)

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
A requested Susan Hayward classic by readers, now due on Nov. 6 from Warner.

In Name Only (1939)
Barely released on video, let alone DVD, and yet a big favorite of Cary Grant fans. The A-list cast include co-stars Carole Lombard, Kay Francis, and Charles Coburn.

Inchon (1981)
Laurence Olivier stars as Gen. Douglas MacArthur in this Korean War movie, which features Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Gazzara, Toshiro Mifune, and Richard Roundtree.

The Incredible Sarah (1976)   
Interesting biopic of the great actress Sarah Bernhardt, portrayed by Glenda Jackson. Directed by Richard Fleischer, with a nice score by Elmer Bernstein. Universal.

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Jack Arnold's signature special-effects triumph in this film starring Grant Williams. A Universal title.

Inferno (1953)   
Robert Ryan, a very wealthy man, is left to die in the desert by his adulterous wife Rhonda Fleming. Convincing desert sequences steal it here. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, and originally in 3-D. Warner.

The Innocent (1976)
Visconti's swan song, and a return to the literary elegance of The Leopard.

Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Critics be damned! Robert Redford plays a bisexual, Christopher Plummer is the villain, Roddy McDowall is his assistant, Natalie Wood totally goes crazy — and anything with Ruth Gordon is a must-see.

Inside Moves (1980)
Richard Donner directs this offbeat, original, compelling, funny film. Released on VHS by CBS/Fox.

An Inspector Calls (1954)
Alastair Sim stars as an inspector looking into the suicide of a young girl in an upper-class English home, who apparently is unknown to the family… or is she?…

International Velvet (1978)
The sequel to National Velvet, starring Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer and Anthony Hopkins, and directed by Byran Forbes.

Intruder in the Dust (1949)
Filmed in Oxford, Mississippi from the Faulkner novel directed by Clarence Brown with Claude Jarman, Jr., the child actor featured in The Yearling (1946) and Juano Hernandez.

Intruders (1992)
Emmy-nominated miniseries about alien abductions starring Richard Crenna and Mare Winningham.

The Ipcress File (1965)
Other Harry Palmer films are on DVD — why not the original? Out of print in Region 1, but reportedly back in print in Region 2.

Iron Mistress (1953)
Alan Ladd as Jim Bowie and Virginia Mayo as a bad belle. Warner Brothers.

The 1988 film starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep currently is out of print on VHS. A Vestron release, this one likely is in MGM's hands.

Isadora (1968) )
One of Vanessa Redgrave's greatest performances, and Oscar-nominated. With James Fox and Jason Robards, directed by Karel Reisz.

Ishtar (1987)
Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman star in a film that has become a legendary flop. Written and directed by Elaine May, the multi-million dollar comedy was doomed from the start due to bad press and bad reviews. Fans insist that it's an acquired taste and offers one of the best performances by Charles Grodin, as well as purposefully bad songs by Paul Williams. A Sony/Columbia theatrical release.

The Island (1980)
Michael Caine stars in this tale of modern-day pirates.

Island of Lost Souls (1933)
A horror classic starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi.

It Happened One Christmas (1977)
A made-for-TV Christmas movie that has never been released on DVD. Reportedly hard to find even on VHS.

It Happens Every Spring (1949)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
MGM has released two DVDs, but both are of the general release version and not the roadshow version. This version has been shown often on TCM. Robert A. Harris and James Katz are reported to be undertaking a restoration of the film to bring it back to its original roadshow condition — but it's anyone's guess if a DVD of this version will ever be seen and, if so, when.

It's a Wonderful World (1939)
Claudette Colbert and Jimmy Stewart star.

Jade (1995)
Still MIA is William Freidkin's extended cut of this erotic thriller. Originally running at 95 minutes when released to theaters, Friedkin then added 12 minutes of footage for this version. But, for now, Paramount has not released a DVD of the director's cut.

Jamilya (1969)
An incredibly beautiful Soviet film, with love story set in Kirghizia.

Janis (1974)
Not so much a documentary as a collection of performance and interview clips of the late Janis Joplin, written and directed by Howard Alk. Released on VHS as recently as 1991; a double-LP soundtrack album released back in 1974 has never been released on CD in the U.S.

The Jayhawkers (1959)
Jeff Chandler and Fess Parker square off in this "Bleeding Kansas"-era western. Paramount has the rights.

The Jazz Singer (1927)
The first "talkie" will arrive on DVD for its 80th anniversary from Warner on Oct. 16 in a three-disc set loaded with early sound-film rarities.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
This landmark film, about a housewife who supports herself by prostitution, was released on DVD in Europe, but it's unavailable on either DVD or VHS in the United States.

The Jerky Boys (1995)   
When two unemployed telephone pranksters decide to use their vocal "talents" to impersonate a Chicago mob boss and curry favor with organized crime in New York, the trouble begins. It isn't long before Johnny and Kamal (the "Jerky Boys" of crank-call fame) are wanted by the local mafia, the police, and their neighbor.

Jigsaw (1968)
Harry Guardino and Bradford Dillman headline James Goldstone's amnesia thriller with LSD undercurrents. Remade from Mirage (1965), would make a nice double bill. Universal.

Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Dalton Trumbo's acclaimed World War I drama starring Timothy Bottoms. Not available in Region 1, but fans can get a copy from Region 2.

Johnny Guitar (1954)
The great female-dominated western directed by Nicholas Ray, with Joan Crawford and a wonderfully nasty Mercedes McCambridge, and Sterling Hayden as the guy they compete for. Ernest Borgnine and John Carradine in supporting roles.

The Joker Is Wild (1957)
This Charles Vidor musical starring Frank Sinatra and Mitzi Gaynor has never even earned a VHS release.

The Jokers (1967)
British black comedy, directed by Michael Winner, starring Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford as two anti-establishment brothers who end up stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. Reportedly never even released on VHS.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Hal Bartlett's movie, featuring a soundtrack by Neil Diamond, is due from Paramount on Oct. 2.

Le Jour Se Leve (1939)
One of Marcel Carné's greatest films, and starring Jean Gabin and Arletty. Why hasn't Criterion released this?

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)
A mirror-image earth is discovered in this sci-fi starring Roy Thinnes and Patrick Wymark.

Journey Into Fear (1943)
Another Orson Welles classic. Reportedly due for release by Warner in 2008, alongside The Magnificent Ambersons.

The Jungle Book
Originally released as part of Disney's "Limited Issue" series in 1999, now part of their Platinum Collection, which means it won't re-appear on DVD for several years, and even then only for a limited time.

One of the best movies ever made about a mountain isn't in wide release on DVD yet. Paramount owns the distribution rights, but no date has been announced. However, Lions Gate Films Corp. has distributed K2 on DVD exclusively in Canada.

Karen Sisco (2003)
The short-lived TV series starring Carla Gugnio ran for just seven episodes on ABC-TV, with three more on the USA Network in reruns. Fans say they'd like a DVD release.

Kafka (1991)
Steven Soderbergh's 1991 indie starring Jeremy Irons is curiously absent on DVD. At the moment, it doesn't look like any studio holds the video rights, but it's on DVD in Region 2.

Kaos (1984)
Italian movie based on stories by Pirandello. Variable, but some parts are classic.

The Keep (1983)
Michael Mann's gothic horror film stars Scott Glenn as a soldier assigned to guard a fortress that hides a dark secret. A DVD release reportedly was planned by Paramount in 2004, but did not happen. Also notorious for being butchered in post-production — a new, fuller cut would be welcome.

Ken Park (2002)

Kent State (1981)
Based on the true story of the student protests at Kent State University in Ohio. This film focuses on the four students who were killed when the National Guard attempted to quell the riots that began on May 4, 1970, after President Nixon announced that American troops would begin bombing the heretofore neutral country of Cambodia.

Kes (1969)
An abused teenager finds purpose in his bleak life by training a falcon. Heartbreaking and definitely not a kid's movie. Directed by Ken Loach. United Artists. Available in Region 2 and 4, but not in Region 1.

Key Witness (1960)
A tough Phil Karlson melodrama wherein Jeffrey Hunter and family are terrorized by the likes of Dennis Hopper and Susan Harrison. An MGM/UA release.

The Killer: The Criterion Collection
Released by Criterion and then withdrawn, this hard-to-find John Woo/Chow Yun Fat action flick goes for big money on eBay.

Killdozer (1974)
DVD Journal readers want to see a low-budget horror flick about a tractor possessed by aliens, starring Clint Walker and Robert Urich? Yesssss!

Killer is Loose (1956)
Suspenseful revenge thriller with Wendell Corey and Rhonda Fleming. Directed by Budd Boetticher. United Artists.

King of the Hill (1993)

Kings of the Road (1976)
Wim Wenders' film about two travelers was a winner at Cannes. Available on DVD in Europe, but not in Region 1.

Kiss of the Spider Woman
Based on Manuel Puig's fascinating novel, this Latin American prison drama features great performances from William Hurt and Raul Julia. At last report, producer David Weisman owns the film, and after the home-video rights bounced around for 15 years, they have reverted back to him. Plans for an independent DVD release have yet to materialize.

Kitty (1945)
Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland star in this Mitchell Leisen film.

The Kremlin Letter (1970)
Incredibly dark and cynical espionage drama directed by John Huston. The nominal star is Patrick O'Neal, but the ones to remember are Max Von Sydow and George Sanders (who dons drag!). In the Fox lockup.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981)
Diane Lane and Laura Dern start a punk band! Reportedly, only one print survives. Never released theatrically or on home video, which means only late-night cable fans have caught a glimpse of this one. Quite possibly in Paramount's vault, but we would not be surprised if music rights have kept it on cold storage for some time.

Lassiter (1984)
Tom Selleck, stars as jewel thief Nick Lassiter, who's been strong-armed by the Yanks and Brits to steal Nazi diamonds from a German agent. Also starring Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton, and Bob Hoskins. A Warner Bros./Golden Harvest release.

The Last Command (1928)
Emil Jannings won the first Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as a Russian officer who leaves for Hollywood following the Russian Revolution. Another Josef von Sternberg masterpiece that has made it to VHS but hasn't made the leap to DVD. Paramount holds the rights.

The Last Days of Disco (1998)
Released on DVD after its theatrical run but currently out of print and selling for $90 or better online. Criterion has released director Whit Stillman's first picture, Metropolitan, which means they might pick up the rights to this one as well.

The Last Embrace (1979)
Off-beat thriller directed by Jonathan Demme. The cast includes Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin and Demme (and Russ Meyer) favorite Charles Napier. MGM/UA.

The Last Emperor (1987)   
Recounting the last years of China's Ching Dynasty through flashbacks and fast-forwards, Bernardo Bertoloucci's drama won nine Oscars. The lavish epic charts the transformation of Pu Yi — who ascended the throne at age 3 — from coddled aristocrat to enlightened insurgent to ordinary citizen. With the help of his Scottish tutor, the young emperor learns about the world outside the palace walls. Peter O'Toole stars.

Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Fans are still waiting for a Region 1 release.

The Last Flight (1931)
The best film ever to capture the postwar malaise of The Lost Generation, written by Fay Wray's husband John Monk Saunders (Wings) and directed by German fillmmaker William Dieterle in his English-language debut.

The Last Hunt (1956)
Set in the late 19th century with a cast that includes Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Debra Paget, and Lloyd Nolan.

The Last Movie (1971)
Dennis Hopper's less-successful attempt at recapturing the atmosphere of Easy Rider, and it does have its fans (yes, they're out there). Universal holds the rights.

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Michael Mann's historical adaptation has arrived on DVD in a "Director's Expanded Edition," but some fans would also like to see the original theatrical version get its due on disc as well. How about it, Fox?

The Last Run (1971)
Begun by John Huston but finished by action specialist Richard Fleischer, this European gangster film features a solid lead in George C. Scott and stunning photography by Sven Nykvist.

The Last Safari (1967)
Stewart Granger stars as a hunter obsessed with tracking and killing an elephant in the savannahs of Africa. Directed by Henry Hathaway; released by Paramount.

Last Summer (1969)
A disturbing study of adolescent angst, directed by Frank Perry, starring Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, Bruce Davison, and Cathy Burns.

The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson star in this romantic drama from director Richard Brooks. Several public domain releases can be found, but they are mainly poor in quality. Certainly a film of this caliber deserves better treatment.

Last Year at Marienbad (1962)

The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
An entertaining western starring Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark, directed by John Sturges.

The League of Gentlemen (1960)
Crackerjack heist thriller from the UK with old pros like Jack Hawkins and Nigel Patrick. Directed by Basil Dearden.

The Left Hand of God (1955)
Humphrey Bogart, in one of his last big performances, plays a priest caught in wartime China. Directed by Edward Dmytryk. A 20th Century Fox title.

Let It Be
The 1970 documentary chronicling the demise of The Beatles appears to be owned by the band themselves, but for some reason it has not been released on home video by them. Previous videotapes from United Artists can approach $100 on eBay; Laserdiscs often clear $300 or more.

Let's Get Lost (1988)
Bruce Weber's fascinating documentary on jazz trumpeter Chet Baker and his struggle with drug addiction. Independently released in France and the U.S.

Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948)
The gorgeous masterpiece directed by Max Ophuls, starring an extraordinary Joan Fontaine and a strong performance from Louis Jourdan.

Life With Father (1947)
A classic starring Irene Dunne, William Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, and Zasu Pitts. Available on DVD from several public-domain vendors, but fans complain of sub-part transfers. A film and cast of this caliber really deserve better treatment.

Light in the Piazza (1962)
Olivia de Havilland fans will be happy to hear that Warner is expected to release this sometime in 2008.

The Lineup (1958)
An early action classic from director Don Siegel featuring a showcase performance from Eli Wallach on the wrong side of the law.

The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
Mystery with George C. Scott and cameos from the likes of Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra. John Huston directs. Universal.

Little Boy Lost (1953)
Extremely rare drama starring Bing Crosby. A Paramount release.

Little Darlings (1982)
Matt Dillon, Tatum O'Neal, and Kristy McNichol star.

The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)
Robert Redford and Michael J. Pollard star as motorcycle racers, with music by Carl Perkins. Is this MIA because Robert Redford hates it? Apparently never released on home video.

A Little Night Music (1977)

Little Shop of Horrors (first edition)
Currently on the street in its second edition from Warner, but the first edition, which contains a rare alternate ending, still trades for big bucks on eBay.

The Loch Ness Horror (1981)   
An increasing number of people are dying mysterious deaths in the dark waters of Loch Ness, victims of the famous monster. But what other mysteries does the loch hold? What about the monster's egg, and the insane scientist who'll do anything to exploit it? What secrets does the sunken Nazi plane near the monster's layer hold, and why will the military do anything to cover it up?

The Lodger (1944)
Alain Silver reportedly has recorded an audio commentary for this popular request by readers. Now projected for release by Fox on Oct. 9.

Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

The Lonely Lady (1983)
One of the worst movies ever made? Yes. Do some of our readers want it on DVD? Abso-frickin-loutely!

Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Richard Brooks's grim take on the singles bar scene featured a very game Diane Keaton as star. Richard Gere grabbed attention for his little dance clad in a jock strap. Tuesday Weld received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her turn as Keaton's ditsy sister. Reportedly in prep by Paramount for a 30th Anniversary DVD release.

Lost Highway (1997)
It isn't David Lynch's best film, but an official Region 1 release on DVD is needed with the standard non-chapter version favored by Lynch, 5.1 audio, and an updated print.

Lost Horizon (1973)
Columbia's remake of this Frank Capra (as a musical, no less) was released on Laserdisc, but a DVD has never seen the light of day.

Love & Human Remains (1993)
Canadian indie film starring Thomas Gibson, directed by Denys Arcand, based on the Brad Fraser play "Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love." Amazon lists a French (R2 PAL) DVD version, but no Region 1 DVD release.

Love is My Profession (aka En Cas de Malheur) (1958)
French icons Jean Gabin and Brigitte Bardot in Georges Simenon's sordid novel. Columbia (via Kingsley International).

Love Me Tonight (1932)
One of the greatest musicals of all time, directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. Universal has released a VHS, while a public domain DVD is out there.

Love With the Proper Stranger (1963)
Excellent love story between Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen. A Pakula-Mulligan Production that is sitting in the Paramount film library.

The Luck of the Irish (1948)
Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, and Cecil Kellaway star in a fable that's simple, charming, entertaining, and very Irish — St. Patrick's answer to Miracle on 34th Street.

Lucky Lady (1975)
Directed by Stanley Donen and starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli, and Burt Reynolds, this one had a troubled production, but there's a good film amongst the mistakes. A quickly shot new ending means there must be an old original ending out there for inclusion on the extras. Theatrically released by 20th Century Fox.

Ludwig (1972)
A film of baroque madness about the crazy Bavarian King. Visconti's most extravagant folly.

Lure of the Wilderness (1952)
Fox picture starring Jeffrey Hunter, Jean Peters, Walter Brennan, Constance Smith. Beautiful photography.

M (1951)
Remade from Fritz Lang's classic masterpiece, and largely unseen today. Columbia.

MacArthur (1977)
Universal has released this biopic on DVD, but it's the 130-min. theatrical version and not the 144-min. original version previously shown before the cuts were made. Will this version ever be seen on DVD? How about it, Universal?

Mack the Knife (1991)
English version of Threepenny Opera starring Raul Julia, Richard Harris, and Roger Daltrey. Directed by Menahem Golan.

The Macomber Affair (1947)
A big-game hunter takes a rich American couple on an African safari. Directed by Zoltan Korda, starring Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, and Robert Preston.

The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Barbara Stanwyck stars opposite Henry Fonda as a dizzy debutante who stumbles on to a murder. With the help of her equally nutty friends, she sets out to solve the crime before she becomes the next victim. An RKO release.

Madam Satan (1930)
A rare Cecil B. DeMille classic that he produced for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Probably in the Warner lockup.

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
A Hard Day's Night it's not, but Beatles fans still want to see this improvised, influential, psychedelic series of vignettes of the Fab Four touring the English countryside with busload of eccentrics.

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Orson Welles' follow-up to Citizen Kane. On VHS from Turner, Warner currently has the rights. Rumored to be in prep for a 2008 release.

Magnificent Obsession (1935/1954)
Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Barbara Rush, Agnes Morehead, Otto Kruger star in the 1954 remake, which would make a nice double bill with the original. Both Universal.

The Major and The Minor (1942)
Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland star.

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
A Leo McCarey classic starring Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi.

Mala Noche (1985)
Gus Van Sant's feature debut will arrive from The Criterion Collection on Oct. 9.

The Man Between (1953)
The setting is Berlin — the conflicted protagonist is James Mason. Another pairing of Mason with director Carol Reed after their spectacular Odd Man Out. Warner Home Video handled the VHS release.

Man Facing Southeast (Hombre mirando al sudeste) (1986)
A fascinating Argentine film about the boundaries of sanity.

Man from Del Rio (1956)
Anthony Quinn plays fast gun Dave Robles in probably the first serious American western with a Latino playing a Latino in the lead role.

Man Hunt (1941)
Directed by Fritz Lang, starring Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, and George Sanders. A riveting noir war thriller about an English adventurer who tries to kill Hitler, with Sanders as a detestable Nazi villain.

The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Man of the West (1958)
Gary Cooper stars in this Anthony Mann picture, which UA dumped into second-string theaters but today is considered a masterpiece and predecessor to Unforgiven and A History of Violence. On DVD in Region 2 from MGM.

Man on a Tightrope (1953)
Elia Kazan's Commie-bashing drama with Fredric March and Gloria Grahame. Fox.

The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
Burt Reynolds, Sarah Miles, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden, George Hamilton, and Bo Hopkins star.

The Man Who Wasn't There (1983)
No, not the black-and-white Coen Brothers film, but an identically titled 3-D Steve Guttenberg vehicle about a man who discovers, in an incredibly unoriginal cinematic concept, how to make himself invisible. Released on VHS by Paramount, but apparently forgotten today — its major selling point upon theatrical release was the promise of a 3-D Porky's-esque naked-girls-in-the-shower scene.

Man Without a Star (1955)
Kirk Douglas and Claire Trevor in a barbed-wire western. Universal.

Masada (1981)
The complete epic miniseries starring Peter O'Toole will debut on September 11.

The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre star in this slick film noir directed by Jean Negulesco. Located in the Warner vault.

Matewan (1987)
Why was this John Sayles modern classic (Oscar nominated for Haskell Wexler's cinematography) released in a poorly produced pan-and-scan version? The transfer reportedly is also used in Canada, where confusion is caused by the Canadian package, which states the movie is in widescreen. Some of our readers say it just ain't so, while others insist that it indeed is widescreen. Are there two versions in Canada?

The Mating Game (1959)
Tony Randall is at his finest in this hilarious movie, which features co-stars Debbie Reynolds and Paul Douglas.

The Mating Season (1951)
Thelma Ritter and Gene Tierney are excellent in this delightful Mitchell Liesen comedy. Paramount should get off the stick for this one.

Me, Natalie (1969)
Patty Duke won a Golden Globe award for her starring performance in a film that also features James Farentino, Elsa Lanchester, and Martin Balsam. But the most noteworthy piece of casting was that of Al Pacino in a bit part — his big-screen debut. Released by an outfit called National General and, unfortunately, been rarely screened since its initial theatrical run — not on television, and never on U.S. home video (although it apparently appeared on VHS in Japan in 1989, with Japanese subtitles).

The Member of the Wedding (1952)
The Stanley Kramer-Fred Zinnemann production of the Broadway play features Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, and Brandon de Wilde. Due on Oct. 9 as part of Sony's Stanley Kramer Collection.

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
Probably the most famous film to come out of Cuba.

The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
Frightening occult film about Alan Alda, who comes in contact with Satanists after meeting dying pianist Curt Jurgens. Co-starring Jacqueline Bisset. Due from Fox on Sept. 11.

Merrill's Marauders (1962)
This WWII catalog title features Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Claude Akins, and Andrew Duggan.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Nagisa Oshima's eccentric, complex, demanding drama about battle of wills between Japanese and British leaders in World War II POW camp. The picture's astute cultural observations and acclaimed performances by David Bowie and Tom Conti ensure it remains a popular, if little-seen, request. Currently available in Region 2.

The Merry Widow (1934)

Midnight (1939)
Charles Brackett, Edwin Justus Mayer, Franz Schulz, and Billy Wilder earned writing credits for this Paris-based comedy starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, and John Barrymore. An official VHS release appears to have come from Universal, while at least two public-domain DVDs are out there.

Midnight Lace (1960)
A woman-in-peril drama starring Doris Day and directed by David Miller (Sudden Fear), given a full-gloss treatment by Ross Hunter. Universal.

The Midnight Man (1974)
Offbeat whodunit about a college security guard trying to solve a co-ed's murder on campus. Burt Lancaster stars (and also directs!). Universal.

A Midwinter's Tale (1995)

Ministry of Fear (1944)
This film version of Graham Greene's novel has Ray Milland in WWII London after two years in an asylum. He soon becomes entangled in one peril after another. Originally with Paramount, the film resides in Universal's vault.

Mirage (1965)
Edward Dmytryk's amnesia tale starring Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, and Walter Matthau appears to be in cold storage at Universal.

The Mob (1951)
This film noir starring Broderick Crawford has been a crowd-pleaser at revival screenings, but Columbia hasn't released a VHS or DVD.

Monsieur Hire (1989)
Director Patrice LeConte delivers a creepy, well-made French film. On the street in Region 2.

Monte Walsh (1970)

The Moon is Blue (1953)
Otto Preminger's risque comedy that defied the Production Code. William Holden stars.

The Moon is Down (1943)
John Steinbeck's novel come to life in this film version starring Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Travers, and Lee J. Cobb. 20th Century Fox.

Moonfleet (1955)
An eerie Fritz Lang thriller about Stewart Granger, who ascends to power while the fortunes of those around him dwindle. On the threshold between a swashbuckler and gothic horror. MGM distributed the film, but Warner holds the rights.

The Mother and the Whore (1973)
Winner of two prizes at Cannes, described as My Dinner with Andre on the scale of Lawrence of Arabia. Released on VHS by New Yorker, but not on DVD.

The Mountain (1956)
Edward Dmytryk's VistaVision adventure is about brothers Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner squabbling over the fate of a crashed airplane. A Paramount Picture.

The Mudlark (1951)
Irene Dunne stars as Queen Victoria, with Alec Guiness as Disraeli. A Fox release.

The Music Lovers (1970)
Ken Russell's film about the life of the Russian composer Tchaikovsky (Richard Chamberlain), specifically his struggles with homosexuality and his imprudent marriage to a nymphomaniac (Glenda Jackson). Notably, made before stories of Tchaikovsky's enforced suicide surfaced. An MGM VHS tape is long out of print.

My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Sure, Paramount has released a DVD, but not the uncut version. Famous for having gory shots chopped out of the theatrical release to avoid an 'X' rating, the missing footage reportedly resides with film producer John Dunning, who would like to see an extended cut on disc.

My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Richard Burton steals the spotlight from Olivia de Havilland in Nunnally Johnson's adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel. Fox owns the rights.

My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Currently out-of-print and expensive on eBay — but Criterion reportedly plans to release this title in their upcoming "Eclipse series" (a release has yet to be announced).

My Foolish Heart (1949)

My Name is Julia Ross (1945)
A young woman is held captive by a psychopath and his demented mother. No-budget thriller became a sleeper hit. Directed by Joseph L. Lewis. Columbia.

My Sister Eileen (1942)
Rosalind Russell got her first Oscar nomination for this classic comedy about the adventures of two sisters in Greenwich Village during the 1930s, but it never has earned an official release on VHS. Has Columbia's 1955 musical remake (issued on VHS and DVD) kept this one indefinitely on the shelf?

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
Not available on DVD since 1999, the movie based on the cult TV show is in dire need of another release. There is an unauthorized special edition on eBay with deleted scenes, but no official DVD is in print. A Gramercy release.

Naked Alibi (1954)
Film noir with Sterling Hayden and Gloria Grahame. Universal.

The Naked and the Dead (1958)
Norman Mailer's war novel with Aldo Ray. RKO/Warner.

The Naked Prey (1966)
Cornel Wilde directs and acts in this impressive adventure through Africa. Still, no word of a DVD release from Paramount, who holds the rights.

The Naked Edge (1961)
Michael Anderson thriller that features Gary Cooper in his final performance. Co-starring Deborah Kerr. United Artists.

Neil Young: Human Highway (1982)
Neil Young, Dean Stockwell, Russell Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper, Sally Kirkland, and Devo (yes, Devo) star in this little-seen post-apocalyptic romp, co-directed by Stockwell and Young. A very bizarre comedy, but it's hard to resist Young and Devo on screen together. Last spotted in the Warner vault.

Never Too Late (1965)

Never Too Young To Die (1986)
Noteworthy only for the casting of Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons as Velvet Von Ragner, a drag queen, while co-stars include John Stamos, George Lazenby, and Vanity.

The New Age (1994)

A New Leaf (1971)
Elaine May debuted as a director and also starred in this picture. According to some, the film was butchered by Paramount executive Robert Evans after completion. The edited version is out on VHS but now out of print.

Nickelodeon (1976)
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich as a paean to the silent era. Starring Ryan O'Neal and Burt Reynolds, the first half is an excellent slapstick comedy about a group of would-be filmmakers. The second half drags some, but builds to a nice sentimental ending. We're told that Sony/Columbia owns it.

Night Must Fall (1964)
Albert Finney excels as a psychopath in Karel Reisz's thriller. Also MIA on DVD is the original version of Night Must Fall, filmed in 1937 with Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell. Both Warner.

The Night My Number Came Up (1955)

Night of the Eagle (aka Burn, Witch, Burn) (1962)

The Night of the Grizzly (1966)

Night on Earth (1991)
Jim Jarmusch's collection of stories arrives from Criterion on Sept. 18.

Night People (1962)
Gregory Peck and Broderick Crawford star in this Cold War CinemaScope thriller, directed by Nunnally Johnson.

The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
William Friedkin's comedy takes a look at a rebellious Amish girl (Britt Ekland) who wants to be a dancer and ends up inventing the striptease. Co-starring Jason Robards, with a script by Norman Lear. A United Artists title, likely in MGM's vault.

Night Train to Munich (1940)
Hitchcock-style thriller from Carol Reed. Rex Harrison and Paul Henreid star. Sharply scripted and stylishly photographed. Fox.

Night Watch (1973)

Nightwing (1979)
Arthur Hiller directs this chiller about killer bats living in a sacred Indian reservation in New Mexico. Along the lines of the ecological thriller Prophecy (released the same year). Columbia holds the rights.

Nijinsky (1980)
Terrific biopic about the famed Russian ballet dancer and his homosexual relationship with his manager. Stylishly directed by Herbert Ross, with a great performance by Alan Bates. Paramount's got this one.

No Highway in the Sky (1951)

No Love for Johnnie (1961)
Peter Finch is in top form in the part of a politician whose ambitions have led him to leave behind everything in life that was meaningful to him. The first-rate supporting cast includes Donald Pleasence, Oliver Reed, Stanley Holloway, and Dennis Price.

No Time for Sergeants (1958)
Remember this wartime comedy with Andy Griffith? Warner has this in their vault.

Norman, Is That You? (1977)
Early gay-themed comedy starring Redd Foxx, Dennis Dugan, Michael Warren, and Pearl Bailey. Directed by George Schlatter.

El Norte (1983)

North (1994)
Rob Reiner's movie starring Elijah Wood didn't wow critics or fans. We're wondering if it will ever see the light of day on DVD.

North West Mounted Police (1940)
Gary Cooper stars in this Technicolor adventure from Cecil B DeMille. Paramount distributed the film, but Universal holds the rights. One of the top requested missing DVDs (according to the TCM database at www.tcmdb.com).

Northwest Passage (1940)
Spencer Tracy is the leader of Roger's Rangers in this story set in 1759 during the French-Indian War. Also starring Robert Young and Walter Brennan.

Not as a Stranger (1955)
Acclaimed director Stanley Kramer made his debut as a director in this highly acclaimed drama/comedy. However, MGM has not released a DVD.

Not of this Earth (1956)

Nothing But the Best (1964)
Dandy satire about British society with Alan Bates as a young cad on the rise. Clive Donner directed, and the co-stars include the magnificent Denholm Elliott.

O Lucky Man! (1973)
Lindsay Anderson's cult musical and sequel to If… is expected to arrive from Warner on Oct. 23, 2007.

Odd Man Out (1948)
Previously released on DVD, now out of print, this is one of the three great masterpieces by Carol Reed, and features a powerful performance by James Mason. Now that Criterion has released Reed's The Fallen Idol and delivered a new version of The Third Man, can't they come out with a new release of this dark, brooding, but profoundly humanist film?

Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

The Offence (1972)
No Region 1 edition of this Sidney Lumet film has been released, but we expect it would retain the British spelling. Also, Sean Connery goes bloody nuts.

Oklahoma Crude (1973)
George C. Scott, Faye Dunaway, and Jack Palance star in Stanley Kramer's last real big production. A Columbia picture.

Omar Khayyam (1957)
Paramount's beautifully lavished William Dieterle film in VistaVision about the 11th Century Persian poet and his life, loves, and adventures.

On Borrowed Time (1939)
Lionel Barrymore stars in a charming fantasy about a man who traps "death" in an apple tree so he can buy time to secure his orphaned grandson's future. An MGM release, likely in Warner's vault.

On the Double (1961)
Danny Kaye is mistaken for a British colonel in this Melville Shavelson comedy. Last reported in Paramount's vault.

Once Is Not Enough (1975)
Guy Green's film adaptation of the Jacqueline Susann best-seller features a great cast including Kirk Douglas, David Janssen, George Hamilton, Melina Mercouri, and Brenda Vaccaro in an Oscar-nominated role. A definite camp treat. Paramount.

The One That Got Away (1958)
A jaw-dropping British film about a captured WWII German P.O.W. who repeatedly escapes from Allied custody. Hardy Kruger stars as the charming and sympathetic protagonist.

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Several readers note that they would like to see a non-public domain release of this Marlon Brando film on DVD — Paramount could make that happen.

One Trick Pony (1980)
Paul Simon's fans tend to prefer the music to the script and would like to get this one with 5.1 audio. This one's a straight-up Warner Home Video title, but music-rights may be the reason why it's MIA — Warner's VHS appears to be out of print.

The Oscar (1966)
Some say it's right up there with Valley of the Dolls as a camp classic. Stephen Boyd offers one of the most overdone performances ever committed to film, and other stars include Tony Bennett, Elke Sommer, Milton Berle, and cameos galore!

The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
Marilyn Hassett and Beau Bridges star in this tearjerker about a young skiier who is paralyzed by a terrible accident.

The Other Side of the Wind (1972)
Orson Welles' unfinished film has finally been completed, by Peter Bogdanovich (who acts in the film), after 35 years of troubled production. The finished film will debut in theaters sometime in 2008. The DVD will most certainly follow, but it's unclear who will handle the DVD distribution.

Our Man in Havana (1960)
Carol Reed directs another Graham Greene venture, this time set in Cuba with Alec Guinness. Noel Coward makes a brief appearance in bowler hat and pinstripe suit as the haughtiest of spymasters. A Sony title, available in Region 2.

Our Mother's House (1967)
A family of motherless kids is invaded by their sleazy, long-gone father. With Dirk Bogarde. Directed by Jack Clayton. Nice score by Georges Delerue. MGM.

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
Starring Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, and Agnes Moorehead.

Out 1 (1971)
Jacques Rivette's legendary film runs 12 hours, 40 minutes, but it's been screened quite a bit recently in major cities like New York and Chicago, so there may be the possibility of a DVD release.

Outcast of the Islands (1952)
An excellent adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel that highlights the work of Carol Reed at his peak. The cast is superb as well, but the movie rarely sees the light of day anymore.

The Outfit (1973)
Like John Boorman's Point Blank, this MGM release is based on one of Richard Stark's "Parker" novels. Robert Duvall, Karen Black, and Joe Don Baker star, but Robert Ryan's the chief heavy. A VHS arrived as recently as 1996.

The Outrage (1964)
America's answer to Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, starring Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, William Shatner, Edward G. Robinson, and directed by Martin Ritt. An MGM title; likely in the Warner vault.

The Painted Veil (1934)
This Greta Garbo film was rumored to arrive as a DVD extra alongside the 2006 remake starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, but such was not the case.

Paper Lion (1968)
Alan Alda, Lauren Hutton, and Alex Karras star in a film based on George Plimpton's book about his experiences as an honorary member of the Detroit Lions football team.

The Paradine Case (1947)
A forgotten suspense classic from Alfred Hitchcock. Previously on DVD from Anchor Bay, but — unlike three other films Hitchcock made for David O. Selznick — never produced on DVD by The Criterion Collection.

The Park is Mine (1985)
Tommy Lee Jones captures Central Park in this great telefilm. Need we say anything more?

Patty Hearst (1988)
Paul Schrader's film starring Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, and Ving Rhames is only available on a Region 2 DVD. Ignored when it was originally released, although with good performances, and it makes a terrific companion piece to Robert Stone's documentary Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst.

Payment on Demand (1951)

Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)
…in which, well, Penn & Teller get killed, has apparently fallen off the face of the home entertainment planet for some reason — unless you want to watch one of the VCDs that's floating around on eBay. Previously on VHS from Warner.

The Perfect Weapon (1991)
Starring Jeff Speakman, this martial-arts fan favorite has never been on DVD. It is also out of print on VHS and Laserdisc. It can be picked up on eBay, but even the VHS goes for around $15.

Personal Best (1982)

Phantom Lady (1944)
Feverish film noir with Ella Rains trying to free her framed husband. Directed by Robert Siodmak. Universal.

Phase IV (1974)
Attack of the Tiny Ants! Come on! This is a terrific movie, with some of the spookiest ant shots ever. The ant funeral is unforgettable!

The Phenix City Story (1955)
Tough, nasty, acclaimed docu-drama about small town corruption in the '50s. An Allied Artists theatrical release.

Phobia (1980)
John Huston's only attempt at psychological horror deals with the mysterious deaths of patients with phobias. Is it the doctor (Paul Michael Glaser)… or someone else? The film rights belong to Paramount.

Phone Call From a Stranger (1952)
Jean Negulesco's highly regarded drama features Gary Merrill as a lawyer who becomes connected with the lives of the passengers on his airplane flight, among them being Bette Davis and Shelley Winters. Fox has this in their vault.

Pirates of Penzance (1983)
Film version of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, with Linda Ronstadt, Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, and Rex Smith. A stage version is available on DVD (without Lansbury), but the movie version is not available on DVD.

Pitfall (1948)
Suspenseful noir with Dick Powell blackmailed by Raymond Burr over an affair that could destroy his ideal postwar family.

P.J. (1968)
"Gun in one hand… Woman in the other!" George Peppard and the gorgeous Gayle Hunnicutt star in this private-eye thriller. Co-stars Raymond Burr.

Plain Clothes (1988)
Arliss Howard, Suzy Amis, George Wendt, Diane Ladd, Abe Vigoda, and Robert Stack star in a funny movie about an undercover cop who goes back to high school.

Play It As It Lays (1972)
Adaptation of the Joan Didion novel starring Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins, and a really strong piece on '60s-'70s L.A. and the movie biz milieu. Universal should get off the stick.

Players (1979)   
Tennis player Dean Paul Martin must choose between his devotion for the game and his budding love for the beautiful Ali MacGraw in this romantic drama. A Paramount picture.

Playing for Time (1980)
A well-regarded TV drama starring Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, and Viveca Lindfors that takes place in a Nazi concentration camp, where women are ordered to form a symphony orchestra.

The Pleasure Seekers (1964)
Jean Negulesco remade his own Three Coins in the Fountain under this title. Starring Carol Lynley, Ann-Margret, and Gene Tierney. A 20th Century Fox title.

Pony Express (1953)
Another Charlton Heston favorite — this one a Western about the origins of the Pony Express (surprising, huh?). Paramount.

Popeye Doyle (1986)
Ed O'Neill portrays the tough detective in this telefilm sequel to The French Connection.

Porgy and Bess
Otto Preminger's controversial 1959 musical starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge was quietly shelved in the early 1960s, but it has recently made a revival on college campuses. A Goldwyn title, MGM holds the rights — but a DVD release is unlikely in the near future.

The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)
Shirley MacLaine stars in this frightening film that deals with soul possession (as the title suggests). Along the lines of The Exorcist; only more dark and disturbing. The rights reside with Paramount.

Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
Oddball black comedy from the once-in-a-lifetime filmmaking team of straightlaced "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and French sex-farce purveyor Roger Vadim. Sleazy fun, with a parade of young things put to shame by an Angie Dickinson so sexy you could almost imagine co-star Rock Hudson switching teams.

Priest of Love (1981)
Ian McKellen as D.H. Lawrence, Janet Suzman as his wife, and Ava Gardner as his American patron. Directed by Christoher Miles. Filmways.

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)
B-film auteur Larry Cohen's masterpiece, a salacious exposé of the infamous FBI puppetmaster. Featuring Broderick Crawford at his most gluttonous, and Cohen's most star-studded supporting cast including Jose Ferrer, Rip Torn, Dan Dailey, June Havoc, Celeste Holm, Lloyd Nolan, and Michael Parks.

The Prize (1963)
Ernest Lehman essentially jettisons Irving Wallace's lurid potboiler and aims for a thriller with laughs. It's a pale echo of his North By Northwest screenplay, but it offers its diversions, even if Paul Newman is no Cary Grant and director Mark Robson is no Hitchcock. An MGM/UA theatrical release, currently on Warner's '08 slate.

Promise Her Anything (1965)
Warren Beatty stars in this hilarious romantic comedy by Arthur Hiller (Silver Streak). An independent production, released by Paramount.

Prospero's Books
Peter Greenaway's 1991 film starring John Gielgud has been released on VHS by Allied Artists Entertainment, but no DVD is in sight.

The Proud and Profane (1956)
William Holden and Deborah Kerr headline this WWII drama about the after-effects of war. Paramount.

Providence (1977)
A scathing, surreal, and brilliantly witty family drama of infidelity and mortality, told through a dying author's alcohol-soaked flashbacks. Dirk Bogarde's part seems tailor-made for him, and it's easily the best performance of his entire career. Directed by Alain Resnais (Hiroshima, Mon Amour), also starring John Gielgud, Ellen Burstyn, and David Warner.

PT-109 (1963)
Cliff Robertson stars as JFK during the infamous attack on his PT boat during WWII. Warner apparently holds the rights to this one.

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
The first, and some say the finest, in the "Quatermass" series. An experimental rocket ship returns to earth with two crewmen missing and the third slowly being transformed into… what? A sci-fi classic, owned by MGM/UA. On VHS but not on DVD … why?

A Queen Is Crowned (1953)
Laurence Olivier narrates the coronation of Elizabeth II. The only official record of the event, and only on VHS.

Quo Vadis (1951)
It won't be until 2008 before this Roman epic will see the light of day on DVD from Warner Home Video. Reportedly undergoing restoration for an Easter release.

Rachel, Rachel (1968)
Paul Newman directs Joanne Woodward in this powerful drama. Warner is rumored to have this planned for sometime in 2007 or 2008.

Raid (1954)
Confederate soldiers invade a New England town. Based on fact, with Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, and Lee Marvin. Fox.

Raintree County (1957)
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift star in this Civil War-era epic directed by Edward Dymtryk. Warner is expected to release the roadshow version for the film's 50th anniversary in 2007.

Rancho Notorious (1952)
Marlene Dietrich and Arthur Kennedy star in Fritz Lang's tale of murder, hate, and revenge. This classic resides with Columbia.

Rapa Nui (1994)
Kevin Reynolds' Polynesian epic is available on DVD in Europe, and has been for a while. Why not in Region 1?

Rasputin and the Empress (1932)
MGM's retelling of the mad monk's plot against Imperial Russia. The only film that all three Barrymore siblings (Ethel, John, and Lionel) starred in together. The rights reside with Warner Bros.

Rebecca (1940)
If you have this on DVD, consider yourself fortunate — the Anchor Bay and Criterion editions are currently out of print and go for top-dollar.

Red Alert (1977)
This highly acclaimed TV movie is about the sabotage of a nuclear plant, a precursor to The China Syndrome. Paramount's got this one.

Red Dust (1932)
Gable and Harlow in Southeast Asia. Gable reprised his role in the tamer Mogambo.

Red Sky at Morning (1971)
James Goldstone's picture is a real crowd-pleaser at revival screenings, even though Universal apparently has never released it on home video.

The Red Tent (1969)
Paramount has released a DVD of the real-life story of the ill-fated Umberto Nobile expedition in 1928, but it is the 121-minute version and not the 195 minute version. The longer version is probably in Italian or Russian, so subtitles would be welcome if that is the case.

The Reflecting Skin (1990)
This dark and twisted little seen gem starring Viggo Mortensen needs a DVD outing in Region 1 — for now, fans are picking up a Japanese edition.

Reflections of Murder (1974)
Way better than average telefilm, though still not up to its source material (Henri-Georges Clouzot's scarifying Diaboliques). Filmed in the Pacific Northwest with Tuesday Weld, Joan Hackett, and Sam Waterston as the husband who must be dealt with. Directed by John Badham a few years before he went on to Saturday Night Fever.

Remember My Name (1978)
Ex-con (Geraldine Chaplin) gets revenge on her ex-husband (Anthony Perkins). Blues soundtrack by Alberta Hunter. Was Columbia at some point.

Resurrection (1980)
Ellen Burstyn earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an ordinary woman who discovers she has the extraordinary power to heal the sick. Is the gift from God, or is it something else? A Universal release.

Revolution (1985)
A cinematic disaster that nearly sent Al Pacino into retirement — he would not return to the screen for four years. On VHS from Warner; currently on DVD in Region 2.

Rhapsody (1954)

Rich in Love (1993)
Starring Albert Finney and Jill Clayburgh, directed by Bruce Beresford. An MGM title.

Rich Man Poor Man (1976)
The greatest TV miniseries ever, starring Nick Nolte and just about everybody else that had a SAG card back then. Mysteriously, already on DVD in Region 2.

Ride Lonesome (1959)
The best of the critically acclaimed Randolph Scott-Budd Boetticher westerns, it now plays regularly on cable but has been unavaiable on home video since a short-lived 1990 VHS version of questionable provenance.

Rings on Her Fingers (1942)
Great romantic comedy starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney. Fox.

Rio Conchos (1964)
Surprisingly good western with Richard Boone and Edmond O'Brien. Fox.

Riot (1969)
Gene Hackman, in one of his early roles, gives a great performance as a prisoner with nothing to lose. Paramount holds the rights.

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1959)
Top-notch gangster yarn, directed by Budd Boetticher. Released on Laserdisc but not DVD. Warner Brothers.

The Ritz (1976)
Extremely funny stage-to-screen comedy set in a gay bathhouse, starring Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Treat Williams, and F. Murray Abraham. Directed by Richard Lester, from the play by Terrence McNally.

Road House (1948)
In 2005, Fox promoted a DVD release as part of its film noir series. Where is it?

Roadracers (1994)
Robert Rodriguez's first studio directed film. Scheduled to be released on DVD in December 2005, at the last minute it failed to arrive. No new date has been given. It can be picked up on VHS or Laserdisc. An all-region version exists on auction sites, but without special features.

Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
The Criterion Collection will add this cult favorite to its lineup on Sept. 25.

Rolling Thunder (1977)
William Devane stars in this post-Vietnam War cult classic. Fans want a comprehensive DVD put together with Quentin Tarantino (who has cited this as one of his favorite films) to provide a commentary track.

Roman Scandals (1933)
Eddie Cantor's funniest flick boasts some truly outstanding dance numbers directed by Busby Berkely — and a young, platinum blonde Lucille ball as one of "The Goldwyn Girls."

La Ronde (1950)

Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
The follow-up to TV's great cultural phenomenon and highly acclaimed by critics, although it garnered much lower Nielsen ratings than its predecessor. Many big stars, including James Earl Jones, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and an astonishing single-scene cameo by Marlon Brando in what many consider his last great performance. Due from Warner Home Video on Oct. 9

Reuben, Reuben (1983)
It earned Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Tom Conti) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Julius J. Epstein), but this neglected minor classic isn't available anywhere.

Rosebud (1975)
Peter O'Toole stars in this guilty pleasure from Otto Preminger about a detective trying to rescue five millionaire daughters kidnapped by the PLO from their yacht. Richard Attenborough, Raf Vallone, and Isabelle Huppert co-star, while Kim Cattrall makes her acting debut. MGM/UA.

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

Run for the Sun (1955)
Richard Widmark and Jane Greer star in British version of The Most Dangerous Game. United Artists.

Run of the Arrow (1957)
Raw, brutal and intense from director Sam Fuller. Rod Steiger stars.

The Runner (Davandeh) (1985)
From Iranian director Amir Naderi.

Running Wild (1927)
Ah yes! This is a great silent comedy featuring W.C. Fields at his best. No DVD, but a VHS featuring a Wurlitzer organ score by Gaylord Carter is available.

Russian Doll (2001)
Australian release from 2001 starring Hugo Weaving, which deserves a second look after his success in The Matrix.

S.O.S. Titanic (1979)
This superb TV movie starring Helen Mirren, Cloris Leachman, David Janssen, David Warner, and Susan St. James is nearly as good as A Night To Remember and the first color Titanic movie, but it's only available on DVD in the butchered 102-minute international theatrical release version, which suffers from bad editing and terrible continuity. Where is the full 140-min. version originally shown on ABC-TV and cable?

Saint Joan (1957)
Otto Preminger's re-telling of the story of Joan of Arc, with Jean Seberg and Richard Widmark. A United Artists production that's likely in MGM's hands.

Salo: The Criterion Collection
Only available for a few months from Criterion, now out-of-print and very collectable.

Salome (1953)
Rita Hayworth dances for Charles Laughton in Columbia's Technicolor sword-and-sandal epic. Stewart Granger and the great Dame Judith Anderson co-star.

The Salzburg Connection (1972)
An American comes into possession of a list of former Nazi collaborators in this highly underrated thriller. Fox has this in their vault.

Samson and Delilah (1949)
Will Paramount release Cecil B. DeMille's Biblical epic starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr, or are the rumors just wishful thinking?

Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
Cy Endfield and Stanley Baker, who brought us Zulu, made this wonderfully unique adventure/drama with an outstanding cast lead by Stuart Whitman.

Santa Sangre (1989)
Alejandro Jodorwsky's surreal, horror-cult classic. Available in non-USA PAL version only.

Satantango (1994)
Bela Tarr's film was supposed to be released by Facets in November 2006, but it never was. Available from Artifical Eye in Region 2.

The Satan Bug (1965)
A great thriller from director John Sturges and author Alistair MacLean, starring George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Ann Francis, and Dana Andrews. Released on Laserdisc with an isolated music and effects track.

Saturn 3 (1980)
Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel headlined this sci-fi movie (directed by Stanley Donen), although Farrah Fawcett was the star attraction at the time. Artisan's DVD edition is out of print.

Savage Innocents (1961)   
Anthony Quinn and Peter O'Toole star in this Nicholas Ray picture.

Scorned and Swindled (1984)
Offbeat telefilm about a woman taken in by a con man, who goes in pursuit of the con man. Paul Wendkos directs. Cast includes Tuesday Weld, Peter Coyote, and Keith Carradine.

The Sea Gull (1968)
Sidney Lumet directed this adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play, and the lovely cast includes James Mason, Vanessa Redgrave, and Simone Signoret. Warner.

The Sea Wolf (1941)
Directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Edward G. Robertson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, and more. A definitive version of the Jack London novel with great performances across the board.

The Search (1947)
Fred Zinnemann's beloved postwar drama starring Montgomery Clift.

The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)   
VistaVision drama, based on true events, about housewife Teresa Wright who reveals to be another person in another life through hypnotism. Paramount.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)
Walter Matthau is a movie star who has Anne Jackson as his call girl who really is the wife of Patrick O'Neal. This overlooked George Axelrod comedy is in the Fox library.

The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1968)
Robert Crichton's novel becomes a likeable comedy from Stanley Kramer about a town that hides tons and tons of wine from the Nazis. Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani give great performances, while Hardy Kruger steals the spotlight as a sadistic Nazi. MGM/UA.

Secret of the Incas (1954)
A well-liked Charlton Heston adventure about a treasure hunter looking for a vast fortune hidden within the Peruvian jungles. Directed by Jerry Hopper. Paramount.

The Sender (1982)   
Bone chilling thriller about mentally ill patient, known as "The Sender" (Zeljko Ivanek), who can transmit nightmares into other people's minds mentally. Heart-stopping thrills and hair-raising moments along the way. Paramount.

A Separate Peace (1973)
This excellent film adaptation of John Knowles' novel has seen a VHS release but a DVD release hasn't happened. Paramount might make that happen.

September 30, 1955 (1977)
Richard Thomas, Dennis Quaid, and Tom Hulce star in offbeat look at how a group of adolescents are affected on the day that their idol, James Dean, is reported dead in a car crash.

September Affair (1950)

Serenade (1956)

Serial (1980)
A satire of the moonglow decade that was the 1970s, this 1980 release cut a little too close to the bone a little too soon. Martin Mull, Bill Macy, and a leather-clad Christopher Lee star.

Seven Waves Away (aka, Abandon Ship!) (1957)
Tyrone Power must make life and death decisions aboard a life-raft, with survivors dying one by one. A Sony title, on VHS from Columbia.

The Seventh Cross (1944)
Jessica Tandy make her film debut here, alongside Spencer Tracy and Hume Cronyn.

The Seventh Veil (1945)

Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, and Lauren Bacall headline the cast on this one.

Shadow of the Hawk (1976)

Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
The IRA battles the Black and Tans. James Cagney in another ferocious turn, and the cast includes Don Murray, Glynis Johns, and an early performance from Richard Harris. Directed by Michael Anderson. MGM/UA.

Shanghai Express (1932)
Will Criterion release Josef von Sternberg's classic starring Marlene Dietrich, or are the rumors just wishful thinking?

The Sheepman (1958)
Lovely comedy-western directed by George Marshall and starring Glenn Ford and Shirley MacLaine. An MGM release, now with Warner.

She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Spike Lee's low-budget breakthrough has yet to arrive on DVD.

Shoot the Moon
One of Alan Parker's finest films, with great performances by Albert Finney and Diane Keaton. An MGM release, due from Warner on Nov. 6.

The Shout (1978)
Haunting version of the Robert Graves story, featuring Alan Bates in his most creepy role.

Show Boat (1936)
Frankenstein director James Whale's groundbreaking musical starring Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Paul Robeson, and Hattie McDaniel. A Turner property, acquired in 1999 by Warner from MGM. The 80th anniversary of the theatrical production, in 2007, could see the 1929, 1936, and 1951 films on new DVDs. However, latest reports indicate Warner has delayed release of the title until 2008

Sidekicks (1992)
This fun Chuck Norris flick has yet to see a DVD release of any kind. It can be found on VHS and Laserdisc.

Sidewalk Stories (1989)
A lyrical, touching, near-silent black-and-white film written, directed by, and starring Charles Lane.

The Silence of the Lambs: The Criterion Collection (1991)
If you got your hands on Criterion's DVD of Jonathan Demme's tour-de-force thriller, consider yourself lucky. It's now out of print, and while a lot of the same features resurfaced on MGM's DVD, Criterion's has a commentary track by Demme, Jodie Foster, screenwriter Ted Tally, and an FBI agent. If you want it, you'll have to pay extra money on eBay.

Silence of the North (1981)

Simba (1955)
Hard-hitting British film about the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya during the 1950s. Dapper Dirk Bogarde is drawn into the conflict, witnessing scenes of shocking brutality that had obvious emotional resonance for Irish director Brian Desmond Hurst.

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
This Preston Sturges and Harold Lloyd collaboration — expanded from the closing scene of Lloyd's silent classic The Freshman — resulted in this title and Lloyd's alternate cut Mad Wednesday.

The Sin of Madelon Cauldet (1932)
Helen Hayes won an Oscar for her portrayal of a woman who turns to stealing and prostitution in order to send her son to medical school. In Warner's vault; previously on VHS from MGM/UA.

Sinful Davey (1969)
Young John Hurt stars as Scottish highwayman in John Huston's stab at a Tom Jones-like tale.

Sitting Pretty (1948)
In Walter Lang's comedy, Robert Young and Maureen O'Hara play a young couple looking for a babysitter to move in and look over their three boys. The result is pure delight. Fox.

Sitting Target (1972)
Brutal action with Brit badboys Oliver Reed and Ian McShane in a tale of unrelenting vengeance.

Skidoo (1968)
Otto Preminger's infamous — and largely unseen — comedy that features Jackie Gleason on an LSD trip. Paramount.

The Skull (1967)
Peter Cushing stars in this bone-chilling movie from a story by Robert Bloch (the novelist behind Psycho).

Slapstick of a Different Kind (1982)
This sci-fi comedy is based on a novel by Kurt Vonnegut and features Jerry Lewis and Madeline Kahn in dual roles as wealthy, respected parents who give birth to two gigantic, and ugly twins. The appalled parents try to keep them hidden away for they do not know that their "children" are really alien ambassadors who have come to help make the Earth a better place.

A Slender Thread (1965)
Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, and Telly Savalas are terrific in the hospital drama that marked the debut of director Sydney Pollack. Paramount has this in their vault.

Sleuth (1972)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz's classic mystery starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine likely will turn up on DVD when Kenneth Branagh's remake reaches theaters in 2008.

Slither (1973)
Where's the loot? Very funny movie with James Caan, Peter Boyle, and Sally Kellerman. MGM.

The Small Back Room (1949)
Powell and Pressburger's most underrated film, which tells the nail-biting story of an alcoholic bomb-disposal expert whose love-life might be more tempermental than the unexploded munitions he must defuse.

The Sniper (1952)
Edward Dmytryk's tense B-list crime thriller has served the basis for most of today's suspense movies. Released theatrically by Columbia. Rumored to be in prep for a DVD release.

So Fine (1981)
Remember this comedy about see-through jeans starring Ryan O'Neal and Jack Warden? Directed by Andrew Bergman.

So This Is Love (1952)
Kathryn Grayson portrays Grace Moore in this Warner Bros. film.

So This is New York (1948)
A lost Stanley Kramer gem, directed by Richard Fleischer. MGM probably has this.

Soldier in the Rain (1963)
A career army-sergeant seems content with being a bachelor living on camp grounds, but a younger sergeant, who idolizes him, tries to convince him to find a woman and a life outside the military. Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen, and Tuesday Weld star.

A Soldier's Sweetheart (1998)
Based from Tim O'Brien's short story "The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong," the film version is basically a straightforward retelling of it with great effect. Kiefer Sutherland is good (although miscast) as Rat Kiley. So far, only a VHS copy has surfaced from Paramount.

Something of Value (1957)
Drama set around the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya during the 1950s; adapted by Richard Brooks from the Robert Ruark novel, and starring Rock Hudson, Sidney Poitier, and Wendy Hiller. MGM, and most likely in the Warner vault.

Song of the South (1946)
A holy grail for Disney fans, the film has been quietly filed away by the Mouse House for fear that any current release would meet with accusations of political incorrectness. Still, Laserdiscs go for top dollar on eBay, and rumors swirl. The latest one, in early 2006, was dismissed when Disney CEO Robert A. Iger reportedly said he had recently screened the film and decided against any new release.

A Song to Remember (1945)
A 1945 Columbia picture in vivid Technicolor starring the handsome Cornel Wilde as Chopin and Merle Oberon as George Sand.

Some Came Running (1958)
Where is this handsomely produced classic, starring no less than Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin and a great supporting cast? Directed by Vincente Minnelli.

Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)
An excellent, enormously underrated film based on the Ken Kesey book and directed by Paul Newman, co-starring Henry Fonda and Lee Remick.

Sons and Lovers (1960)
Jack Cardiff directs this adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel, and the terrific cast includs Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell, and Wendy Hiller. Freddie Francis's stunning B&W cinematography won an Oscar. Fox.

Sorcerer (1977)
Why is this William Friedkin adventure, based on Henri-Georges Clouzot's Wages of Fear, only available in a poor pan-and-scan edition?

The Sound and the Fury (1959)
Joanne Woodward and Yul Brynner star in Martin Ritt's adaptation of the acclaimed William Faulkner novel. It hasn't been released on VHS or DVD, which means that film buffs have, at least, caught a glimpse of this on TV. Released by Twentieth Century Fox.

Sounder (1972)
This highly acclaimed Martin Ritt film has yet to see a mainstream release. Fox holds this title in their hands.

Spellbound (1945)
Alfred Hitchcock's classic of mental illness and amnesia is out of print from Criterion and goes for high prices. Previously on DVD from Anchor Bay.

Split Second (1953)
Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, and Stephen McNally are among those stranded in ghost town set for an A-bomb test. Directed by Dick Powell. RKO.

The Squeeze (1977)
Stacey Keach stars in this London-based detective film. Warner released a VHS several years ago, but no DVD.

Stagecoach (1966)
"These Were the Ten Who Fought Indians, Outlaws, and Each Other as They Rode to Greatness on the Stagecoach to Cheyenne!" Ann-Margret, Red Buttons, Mike Connors, Alex Cord, Bing Crosby, Robert Cummings, Van Heflin, Slim Pickens, Stefanie Powers and Keenan Wynn star in this remake of the John Ford classic.

Staircase (1969)
Stanley Donen unveils the dark side of homosexuality in this drama. Rex Harrison and Richard Burton play the leads. Charles Dyer scripted the movie based from his own experiences. Fox holds the rights.

The Stalking Moon (1968)
An Army scout helps a white woman and her half-breed son escape an Apache husband and father in this exciting western. Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, and Robert Forster star.

The State of Things (1982)
One of Wim Wenders' most personal movies, and one of the best movies ever about filmmaking. If you haven't seen it, try it. Slow and haunting.

Static (1986)

The Stepfather (1987)
Trashy but well made '80s slasher film featuring a terrific, anti-"Father Knows Best" role by Terry O'Quinn ("Alias," "Lost," "Millennium").

The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)
Alan J. Pakula (The Parallax View, Klute) made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the John Nichols novel. It also has Liza Minnelli in one of her best performances. Paramount holds the rights to this one.

Still of the Night (1982)
Robert Benton's 1982 homage to Hitchcock with Meryl Streep, Roy Scheider, and Jessica Tandy. Hasn't really had a major video presence since its initial VHS and Laserdisc release by CBS/FOX 25 years ago. With a cast like that it's a film that should be available.

Storm Center (1956)

The Strange One (1957)
Based on the play End As a Man and starring — in his debut — Ben Gazzara as an extremely nasty cadet named Jocko de Paris. Directed by Jack Garfein. Among the featured players is a very young George Peppard.

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Jim Jarmusch's second feature is due to arrive from Criterion on Sept 18.

The Stranger's Hand (1954)
Third Man alumni Trevor Howard and Alida Valli co-star again in this forgotten Graham Greene espionage tale filmed in Italy.

The Stranglers of Bombay (1960)
Political correctness be damned — Hammer horror fans demand it on DVD!

Strategic Air Command (1955)
James Stewart is called into action to fly dangerous missions during WWII in this film. (As it happens, Stewart did serve as a bomber pilot during the war.) Paramount.

The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

Student Bodies (1981)
Spoof of the Halloween films, with laughs and screams splattered throughout. Paramount.

The Student Prince (1954)

SubUrbia (1992)
Richard Linklater's flick about slackers hanging out in front of a store. Great movie, but no DVD. Released on VHS and Laserdisc.

Such Good Friends (1971)
Otto Preminger tries black comedy with uneven results. Elaine May had a hand in adapting the Lois Gould novel. Dyan Cannon stars.

Suez (1938)
Film version of how the Suez Canal came into existence, directed by Allan Dwan and starring Tyrone Power and Loretta Young. Fox.

Summer and Smoke (1961)
Geraldine Page received an Oscar nomination for her role in this screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play. Paramount holds the rights to this one.

Summer Holiday (1948)
Mickey Rooney stars in this overlooked musical from Rouben Mamoulian. Warner has the rights, while MGM/UA has released a VHS.

A Summer Story (1988)

A Summer to Remember (1961)
Set on a Soviet collective farm; a moving story of a young boy forming a close relationship with his stepfather.

Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Fox musical featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Milton Berle, Dorothy Dandridge, and the amazing Nicholas Brothers. The companion movie, Orchestra Wives, reached DVD in 2006.

Surviving Picasso (1996)
Bravo performance from Anthony Hopkins. One of the last features from director James Ivory still not on DVD. A Warner release.

Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

Switching Channels (1988)
Burt Reynolds, Kathleen Turner, and Christopher Reeve dared to star in this remake of The Front Page (which also was the source for His Girl Friday, the crown jewel of screwball). So far, nobody's dared to release it on DVD.

Sword of Lancelot (1963)
Also known as Lancelot and Guinevere and available on public domain labels, but this spectacular, literate version of the Knights of the Round Table deserves to be seen in full widescreen. Directed by and starring Cornel Wilde.

The Tarnished Angels (1957)
An adaptation of William Faulkner's Pylon that reunited the Written on the Wind team of director Douglas Sirk and stars Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone.

A Taste of Honey (1961)

Tattoo (1981)
Bruce Dern and Maud Adams star in this twisted guilty pleasure about an "artist'" who holds a model captive. A Fox theatrical relesae.

Taxi (1953)
Dan Dailey stars as a New York cabbie searching for Irish lass Constance Smith's missing husband. This Fox title is so rare that it's possible no print survives.

Tea for Two (1950)

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)
One of director Otto Preminger's best late works is a faithful adaptation of Marjorie Kellogg's novel. Liza Minnelli give another great performance in this film with a musical score by folk singer Pete Seeger. Paramount.

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
This turn-of-the-century western is based on true events. Written and directed by the great, blacklisted Abraham Polonsky, with Robert Redford on board, its meanings go much deeper that its plot. Also starring Robert Blake, Katharine Ross, Susan Clark, and Barry Sullivan.

Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Great documentary about horror films; hosted by Donald Pleasence and Nancy Allen. It can be found on VHS, but it's now out of print. Universal has the rights, but we wouldn't be surprised if certain movie rights have kept it in cold storage for some time.

They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)
Odd mystery that has James Garner on the trail of dobermans who might be responsible for a murder he is investigating. Cast includes Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook, Edmond O'Brien, June Allyson, Harry Guardino, and Arthur O'Connell. MGM/UA.

They Shall Have Music (1939)
A Samuel Goldwyn production starring Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, and Walter Brennan.

The Thief of Paris (Le Vouler) (1969)
Jean Paul Belmondo as a 19th century burglar. Directed by Louis Malle. United Artists.

This Above All (1942)
Anatole Litvak directs Joan Fontaine and Tyrone Power in this adaptation of the novel by Eric Knight. Resides in Fox's vault.

This Is Spinal Tap: The Criterion Collection
Fans of this cult comedy who got their hands on the Criterion DVD should be very happy, because that edition has been discontinued due to the liquidation of the PolyGram library. Without MGM's permission, Criterion can't re-issue their packed-with-extras disc, but you can still get it on eBay — for $100.00 or more. Meanwhile, MGM released their own special edition of Spinal Tap on DVD in 2000 with the same hour of deleted scenes on the Criterion disc, but it has a new commentary by "the band." Criterion's two commentary tracks remain out of print, and probably never will resurface.

Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1968)
Ken Annakin's spin-off of Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, focused on a car race across Europe. Not as good as its predecessor, but worth watching for Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. The rights are with Paramount.

Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)
Starring Frank Langella, Tom Hulce, Glynnis O'Connor, and Jerry Stiller — very hard to find.

A Thousand Clowns (1965)

Threepenny Opera (1931)
The original version ("Die Dreigroschenoper"), in German, directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and starring Lotte Lenya (with text by Bertolt Brecht and score by Kurt Weill) will arrive from The Criterion Collection on Sept. 25.

Tiger Bay (1959)
Crime thriller from J. Lee Thompson starring Horst Bucholz and Hayley Mills.

Timecop (1994)
Are we ever going to see Jean-Claude Van Damme's best film in a widescreen DVD release?

To Each His Own (1946)

To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Fifty years before Stephen Gaghan won an Oscar for writing Traffic (from the previous miniseries "Traffik"), Jay Richard Kennedy and Sidney Buchman wrote this globetrotting drug-conspiracy film starring Dick Powell. Directed by Robert Stevenson, and likely in the Columbia vault — although the screenwriters are listed a co-producers as well.

Tobruk (1967)
World War II drama starring Rock Hudson, George Peppard, Nigel Green, Guy Stockwell, and Jack Watson.

Tomorrow is Forever (1946)
A seven-year-old Natalie Wood stars opposite Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent, and Richard Long.

Tonight We Sing (1953)

Top Gun (1955)
Interesting Western starring Sterling Hayden as a gunslinger trying to warn a town about a raid by marauders. MGM/UA.

Tortilla Flat (1941)
Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, and John Garfield star in this adaptation of John Steinbeck's acclaimed novel. Theatrically released by MGM; Warner holds the rights.

Touch of Evil
Re-cut in 1998 with Orson Welles' own notes as a guideline and theatrically released, and Universal now has a DVD edition on the street. The original movie? Until somebody declares that the re-cut sucks and the original is better (years from now, but it could happen), there's too much buzz over the "special edition" to allow the original to surface anytime, anywhere. If you want the original, buy the VHS or Laserdisc now before it's deep-sixed.

Tough Guys (1986)
Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas star in this fun '80s lark, which surprisingly has not earned a DVD release.

Tovarich (1937)
Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer star in this comedy from director Anatole Litvak.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1977)
Texas rangers hunt down a hooded serial killer terrorizing the town of Texarkana. Loosely based on true events. Theatrically released by American International; it's probably in the MGM/Fox vault.

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)
The very first western to be filmed in three-strip technicolor was directed by Henry Hathaway and stars Fred MacMurray, Sylvia Sidney, and Henry Fonda. Distributed by Paramount, but the rights reside with Universal. A likely candidate for Universal's Studio Classics DVD line.

The Trap (1966)
Rita Tushingham pulls off the impossible feat of stealing an entire movie from the great Oliver Reed… without ever uttering a word.

Trapeze (1956)
Circus drama directed by Carol Reed. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis are the daring men on the flying trapeze vying for the affections of Gina Lollobrigida. MGM has released a Region 2 DVD; has yet to reach the American coastlines.

The Traveling Executioner (1970)
Stacy Keach travels the south with his assistant, Bud Cort, going from prison to prison servicing their needs with his newly invented electric chair. Great '70s black comedy.

The Travelling Players (1975)
Theo Angelopoulos' most important film, about modern Greek history as seen by a theatrical troupe. Released on New Yorker VHS, but not on DVD.

Treasure Island (1990)
This version of the classic children's story is widely regarded as one of the best pirate movies ever. Stars include Charlton Heston as Long John Silver and Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins, who are joined by Oliver Reed and Christopher Lee. A Turner Network Television production, most likely in Warner's vault.

Triple Cross (1966)
Christopher Plummer at his best in this WW2 spy thriller. With Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, and Yul Brynner.

Trust (1990)
Hal Hartley's well-liked comedy starring Adrienne Shelly and Martin Donovan.

The Truth (1961)
Brigitte Bardot stars in Henri-Georges Cluzot's crime-of-passion drama. Would make a great Critereon title. Columbia (via Kingsley International).

The Turning Point (1952)
William Dieterle's brooding noir starring Edmond O'Brien and William Holden, from a story by Horace McCoy. Paramount's got this one.

Twilight Zone: The Movie
A popular reader request, now due from Warner on Oct. 9.

Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

Twin Peaks
The first season has arrived from Artisan, but not with the series pilot — which reportedly is in release in Region 2. However, it now looks that Paramount will release a "Gold Box" collection of Peaks to include two versions of the pilot and both seasons on Oct. 30.

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Anchor Bay's DVD release is out of print and currently trades for big money. Watch for a new edition to arrive from The Criterion Collection in the near future.

Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
Vincente Minnelli's sequel to The Bad and the Beautiful starring Kirk Douglas and Edward G. Robinson. Likely in the Warner vault.

Two Weeks with Love (1950)
Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban star in this popular MGM musical, which is still available on VHS.

Ulzana's Raid (1972)
One of Robert Aldrich's appreciated but overlooked films, it was released briefly by Universal on DVD, but now out of print.

Under the Volcano (1984)
One of John Huston's best works of his late career, Albert Finney is superb as an alcoholic in Mexico. Watch for a Criterion Collection edition to arrive on Oct. 23.

Unico (1981)
Many children of the '70s and '80s probably have remnants of this Japanese cartoon permanently lodged somewhere in their brains. A little unicorn is sent into exile by the gods, where he meets an obnoxious little devil named Beezil and a cat who sings songs about wanting to become a witch. Directed by Tezuka, but extremely rare, even on VHS. The English dub was shown a lot on the Disney Channel in the early to mid-'80s.

The Uninvited (1944)
A classic ghost story set in England, starring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, and Donald Crisp. Previously released on VHS by Universal.

Unholy Rollers (1972)
Out of print on HBO VHS, this wonderfully satirical look at a minor roller-derby league delivers the goods for exploitation fans. Any DVD release should have the original rock soundtrack, which has only been accessible in 35mm theatrical prints, probably due to music rights. Martin Scorsese was the supervising editor.

The Unseen (1945)
Paramount's (and director Lewis Allen's) follow-up to The Uninvited. Universal has the rights. Would make a great double-feature with its predecessor.

Untamed (1955)
African adventure wth Tryone Power and Susan Hayward. Fox.

Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Warner has announced a DVD for this Sandy Dennis film for release on Nov. 6.

Variety Girl (1947)
Huge all-star musical comedy with Gary Cooper, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, and just about everyone who was under contract with Paramount at that time. No real deep thinking here; just fun. Universal has this in their vault.

Vengeance Valley (1951)
Burt Lancaster and Robert Walker lock horns in this tough western. Most of the DVDs available are of poor quality, however. In need of a restoration and a special edition release. Since it's an older MGM picture, Warner could make it happen.

Verboten! (1959)
Another strange one by Sam Fuller set in postwar Germany. Columbia.

Vibes (1988)
Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Goldblum, Peter Falk, and Julian Sands star in this comedy about psychics who go to Ecuador under the false pretense of locating a missing person. Likely a Sony title.

The Victors (1963)
This one from director Carl Foreman was pulled from the theaters just weeks after its premiere and nearly ruined by a re-cut which hacked out over 20 minutes of footage. Where is the long-awaited 175-min. original version? Was the brutally excised footage saved?

A View from the Bridge (1961)
AKA Vu du pont — a tragic and controversial drama, adapted by Sydney Lumet from Arthur Miller's play. Apparently a U.S.-and-foreign financed film, which might account for its sheer inaccessibility. Well regarded by the few who have seen it.

Viva Villa! (1934)   
A grand western, starring Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa, chronicling his rise to leader of the Mexican Revolution. Some historical inaccuracies, but mostly true to history. Warner has the rights, while a VHS was released by MGM/UA.

Violent Saturday (1955)
Peyton Place meets crime thriller, starring Victor Mature and a terrific supporting cast including Lee Marvin, Stephen McNally, Ernest Borgnine, and Sylvia Sidney. Fox.

The Virgin Queen (1955)
Alain Silver reportedly has recorded a commentary for an upcoming DVD release.

Virginia City (1940)
This early western features Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart, Miriam Hopkins, and Alan Hale.

Visions of Eight (1973)
Excellent sports documentary, with eight directors, about the events of the 1972 Olympics at Munich. Out of the eight directors, John Schlesinger's segment stands out. One that deserves a Criterion edition DVD.

Viva Zapata! (1952)
A foreign DVD release of Elia Kazan's classic starring Marlon Brando can be found on the Web, but a definitive Region 1 version has yet to arrive. This one's still in Fox's vault.

A Voice in the Wind (1944)

Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Based on real-life events prior to WWII, Stuart Rosenberg's film boasts an all-star cast with a brooding Oscar-nominated score by Lalo Schifrin. Released briefly on DVD in Region 1 by Artisan, but now out of print and going for high prices on eBay. An AVCO Embassy release; likely in the MGM/Sony vault.

Voyage Surprise (1947)
A seriously charming French film from Jacques and Pierre Prévert.

Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952)

Wake Me When It's Over (1960)
Delightful comedy starring Ernie Kovacs and Jack Warden.

War of the Buttons (1994)
Warring factions of Irish kids, with escalating pranks, rival leaders, and parents who try to rein them in. Only released on VHS and now OOP. A Warner title.

Waterloo (1970)
Sergei Bondarchuk's magnificent retelling of the battle that ended Napoleon's empire in the year of 1815. Rod Steiger plays Napoleon and Christopher Plummer portrays the Duke of Wellington, but the battle sequences steal the spotlight. Criterion, anyone?

Waterworld (1995)
Fans of this Kevin Costner epic (yes, they're out there) note that an extended version with an additional 40 min. of footage has been shown on TV.

We Are All Murderers (Nous sommes tous des assassins) (1952)

The Wedding March (1928)
Another silent masterpiece from Erich von Stroheim. Unavailable on DVD, so get the VHS from Paramount before it's deep-sixed.

Wee Geordie (1955)
Enchanting romantic comedy set in Scotland with Alastair Sim and Bill Travers; Frank Launder directs.

Welcome to L.A. (1977)
City of one-night stands. Directed by Alan Rudolph. United Artists.

Westbound (1959)
This Randolph Scott/Budd Boetticher western has seemingly vanished. Warner Brothers.

The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
Arthur Hiller directs James Garner and Lee Remick.

When Hell Broke Loose (1958)
Charles Bronson stars in this WWII thriller about a plot to kill Gen. Eisenhower.

When the Wind Blows (1986)

When Strangers Marry (1944)
Compelling B-film noir directed by a young William Castle and featuring early roles for Robert Mitchum and Kim Hunter.

When Time Ran Out… (1980)
With the recent releases of his fellow box-office bombs The Swarm and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, the time might be right for disaster master Irwin Allen's last theatrical film to see the light of day on DVD.

When You Comin' Back Red Ryder? (1979)
A great cult classic starring Marjoe Gortner as a deranged Vietnam vet who psychologically terrorizes a group of people at a remote diner in New Mexico. Also starring Candy Clark, Peter Firth, Lee Grant, Hal Linden, and Pat Hingle.

Where Love Has Gone (1964)
Director Edward Dmytryk and screenwriter John Michael Hayes (The Carpertbaggers) re-teamed for this film adaptation of Harold Robbins' novel. Bette Davis and Susan Hayward star. Allegedly based off of the real-life murder of Lana Turner's lover in 1958. A Embassy picture; released by Paramount.

Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
A lovely character piece about a young girl and a man on the run. Hayley Mills and Alan Bates star; Bryan Forbes directed. Available in Region 2.

Whistling in the Dark (1941)
Red Skelton excels in the first of three "Whistling" films, followed by Whistling in Dixie (1942) and Whistling in Brooklyn (1943).

The White Buffalo (1977)
Charles Bronson stars as aging folk hero Wild Bill Hickok, who obsessively hunts a legendary creature.

The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Irene Dunne stars in this powerful drama about the life of a war hero. Warner has this in their vault, while MGM/UA released a VHS.

White of the Eye (1987)
Eccentric horror from Donald Cammell about a serial killer murdering women as part of an Indian ritual in Arizona. Fans of Demon Seed (another Cammell favorite) should like this. The rights reside with Paramount.

White Tower (1950)
Picturesque Swiss Alps locations are the main attraction for this mountain climbing adventure directed by former cinematographer Ted Tetzlaff.

Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)
Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Harris star in this Fox title. Directed by Ulu Grosbard, screenplay by Herb Gardner.

Who Will Love My Children? (1983)

Wild is the Wind (1957)
Legendary director George Cukor directs this western with Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani in Oscar-nominated performances.

The Wild North (1952)
Stewart Granger, Wendell Corey, and Cyd Charisse star in this chase adventure, that not surprisingly takes place in the wild north country.

Wild Reeds (1994)
This lyrical André Téchiné film has gone out of print. Could Criterion or another quality distributor provide a new release?

Wild Rovers (1971)
"They were damned good cowboys, until they robbed a bank." Directed by Blake Edwards with a great Jerry Goldsmith score. William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, and Karl Malden star.

Wild River (1960)
Why does Fox let this sit in their vault? A lost masterpiece from Elia Kazan starring Montgomery Clift.

Willard (1971)
Bruce Davison and Ernest Borgnine star in the original version of this film.

Wilson (1944)
Alexander Knox portrays our 28th President in this impressive biopic. Fox has this title in their vault.

Wings (1927)
The only silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture has been released on VHS but not on DVD. Why?

Wise Blood (1979)
This brilliant John Huston comedy-drama is another film that may have been underwritten by foreign investors. Reportedly once available on MCA VHS, but it's unclear who actually owns the rights.

With a Song in My Heart (1952)
Fox has this Susan Hayward favorite listed for release on Nov. 6.

A Woman Called Golda (1982)
Ingrid Bergman's last major work, for which she won an Emmy. So far, no word from Paramount, who reportedly holds the rights.

The Woman Chaser (1998)
Patrick Warburton stars in this black-and-white adaptation of Charles Willeford's pulpy L.A. noir about a twisted would-be auteur. Directed by Robinson Devor (Police Beat, Zoo.)

The Wonder Years (1988-94)
The pilot and Christmas episodes were released on DVD years ago, but now are hard to find and go for big money on eBay and Amazon. The full series has not been released due to the studio not securing the music rights.

The World According to Garp (1982)
Some fans insist that Warner's 2001 DVD release has terrible audio and the wrong aspect ratio, not to mention a complete lack of supplements. And was a line from the theatrical version edited to avoid a lawsuit with a major car company, as some claim? A two-disc anniversary edition appears in order.

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

The Wrong Box (1966)
A black comedy directed by Bryan Forbes and starring Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and many others. Two elderly brothers are the last survivors of a tontine (essentially a lifelong lottery, with the proceeds going to the last to die). Based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Columbia released the film, while a Sony VHS tape is out of print.

WUSA (1970)
Where is this Paramount picture, starring no less than Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Perkins, and Laurence Harvey, and directed by Stuart Rosenberg?

Wuthering Heights (1939)
Briefly available on DVD — now going for much higher prices on eBay.

W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975))
An overlooked Burt Reynolds gem co-starring Art Carney and directed by John G. Avildsen, whose next film would be Rocky.

Yellow Submarine (1968)
The Beatles, at the height of their popularity, made this cartoon of a land that is taken over by the Blue Meanies. They are recruited by an escapee to come and bring joy (and music) back to the land. The cartoons are psychedelic, and much care was taken to have the walks and mannerisms of the individual Beatles cartoons animations their original inspirations.

Yellowstone Kelly (1959)
Clint Walker stars as a trapper plying his trade in Indian territory in the 1870s. Good action movie.

Yentl (1983)
MGM distributed this title, but we suspect we'll see a DVD when star/director/co-writer/co-producer Barbra Streisand says we will. How about it, Babs?

Young Bess (1953)
Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton, and Kay Walsh star.

Young Cassidy (1965)
The early life of Sean O'Casey, starring Rod Taylor, Julie Christie, Maggie Smith, and Edith Evans. Jack Cardiff directs. MGM/UA.

The Young Savages (1961)
Burt Lancaster stars in this John Frankenheimer picture. A United Artists theatrical release.

Young Tom Edison (1940)
Released by MGM, starring Mickey Rooney. Also MIA is the follow-up Edison, The Man starring Spencer Tracy.

Young Winston (1972)
Richard Attenborough directs an all-star cast in this Churchill biopic, featuring Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Ian Holm, and Anthony Hopkins. It's likely in Sony's vault.

You're a Big Boy Now (1966)

Zabriskie Point (1970)
Michelangelo Antonioni's fascinating, pretentious, often wondrously beautiful meditation on the counter-cultural revolution in America. MGM/UA.

Zazie in the Metro (1960)

Zeppelin (1971)

Zero Population Growth (1972)   
Frightening futuristic vision of a dystopian Earth that disallows the birth of children. The couple of Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin are the only hope for a future at all. This film must of had some profound effect on later movies dealing with this subject matter, most recently Children of Men. Paramount.

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