This is a big one for me - a real cult fave that is not, to put it mildly, for everyone. David Cronenberg's Crash. It's never been released anywhere on bluray, well, not only are Turbine in Germany changing that but they're doing it in 4K as well!
Freaks (1932) After Hours (1985) Death to Smoochy (2002)
And on a related note, can we please get Dawn of the Dead back in print in Region A? You need to take out a second mortgage to buy Anchor Bay's decade-plus old release on eBay. Even Arrow's version is OOP now.
The guy who owns both Dawn and Martin is quite infamous in demanding insane money to licence it. It's not been feasible for anyone to pay it BUT Second Sight in the UK have a deal for both titles to come out next year and not just that, Dawn at least will also been on UHD (which of course also means it'll be region free) - I'd imagine some US distributor must have gone in on that deal with them just as Severin and Second Sight did on The Changeling so keep your eyes open on news about a very, very big deluxe Dawn set in the new year.
Well, 4 months on, we now know just how deluxe that Dawn Of The Dead set will be. SEVEN DISCS. Four blus, three CDs. 150 page book, the novelisation.. stacked doesn't even begin to cover it!
The Dawn of The Dead blu ray has been a major hole in my collection for too long. I'm glad someone is finally making a AAA release of it.
They're going to be doing Martin as well, a hole in all our Romero bluray collections and I think one of his top 3 films.
The guy that owns the rights has for about a decade (since the Arrow bluray of Dawn went OOP) had a massively unrealistic asking price for the rights to Dawn and Martin. These could have been out anytime but he was asking for so much money it would have needed a label to make an almost guaranteed loss. Thankfully the guy's lawyers talked him round and a deal was struck. Second Sight are a terrific company who take their time with releases and are massively underrated. Their releases of The Changeling and The Amazing Mr Blunden are stunning. Though Dawn will be EASILY their biggest release ever. They know it and that's why they're putting everything into it. This is the kind of care even labels like Criterion have never given one film.
To speak generally about the thread, I heard a podcast not long ago where they discussed the most wanted movies not on bluray and the reason was almost always either that there wasn't any money in releasing it after restoration costs, the rightsholders wanted too much, the rightsholder wants to wait and do it themselves but they're massively busy (see Cameron with The Abyss and True Lies or Peter Jackson with his early films) or that the film elements just weren't good enough. The message was basically "if you think of a movie that isn't on blu, there's also about 20 boutique labels that thought of it first and looked into it already".
I don't suppose anybody's seen any retailers where the 4K of The Elephant Man is still in stock and ships internationally? I forgot that it released last week, and now Amazon.co.uk lists it as both 'Currently unavailable/We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock' and notes that it's "currently unavailable for delivery to your region due to high demand" (NO KIDDING).
Blah. My own fault for forgetting about it, but still. Must have...
The new Imprint label from Australia are really doing some amazing things with blurays that have never seen release before - they've announced four for the next few months that are very, very high on my HD wants lists:
Hard Eight - Paul Thomas Anderson's first film. This has been a biggie for YEARS with Criterion long rumoured to have it. No Way To Treat A Lady - Fantastic blackly comic serial killer film with Rod Steiger and George Segal A Place In The Sun - Liz Taylor and Monty Clift at their smouldering, sexiest best. The Day Of The Locust - Underrated film about early Hollywood with Donald Sutherland and William Atherton. Sutherland's character name? Homer Simpson.
The BBC continue their upscaling of their back catalogue with Gomenghast, which was a pretty cult success in 2000. Christopher Lee thought it one of the best roles he had in his later years and it made Jonathan Rhys Meyers (and his cheekbones..) quite the star for a while. And who's that Neve McIntosh? Whatever happened to her?
This was one of the "The BBC are making big budget fantasy...do you think they might be looking at sci-fi?" shows that gave us hope about Who maybe coming back during the Wilderness Years. I remember Celia Imrie being great in it. It's got an insane cast, from Stephen Fry to Ian Richardson to Richard Griffiths - lots of UK luvvies pop up. I'd recommend it based on loose memories from 20 years ago (20!)
So, worldwide bluray debut - out September 7th. I've pre-ordered mine.
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