This ongoing column originated on our Twitter feed and continues to mine for films in need of a Blu-ray release (and cite the ones that we get in the intervening period.) Follow us real time at https://twitter.com/fredsliman
The films appear in the order as featured beginning in 2018....
Where’s the Blu?: The Farmer (1977). Or VHS, laserdisc or DVDs in this rarity’s case; unseen since release!
Where’s the Blu?: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) ; third in a row rumored as possible @Criterion. I adore this Peckinpah more each viewing and, unlike most, would like to see all versions including theatrical make the cut (though long resto wins easily.)
Where’s the Blu?: California Split, one of the top Robert Altman’s still unseen on the format. It’s been rumored with
@Criterion and we surely hope it’s true, ideally in a version restored to its original state after music right issues dictated DVD edits.
Where’s the Blu?: Hud (1963) - Paul Newman has always been a favorite and this one has always been among my highest picks. Can only imagine how the sumptuous James Wong Howe b/w scope photography would stun on the format. Sadly one of too many MIA Paramounts.
Where’s the Blu?: Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), one of the most hard to fathom post-laserdisc MIA titles. Paramount again, and long said to be music rights issues; how hard and/or costly can these really be to clear anymore?
Where’s the Blu?: Tom Horn (1980), the penultimate film of Steve McQueen. An underrated, somber, beautifully filmed western, it seems a natural fit for @WarnerArchive, who would certainly do their standard superb work with it.
Where’s the Blu?: The Hunter (1980); another McQueen, this his final. Paramount licenses to a few outfits but with a silly prohibition that titles they released on DVD are off limits; this and too many others frustratingly affected. Underrated bounty hunter bio.
Where’s the Blu?: Semi-Tough (1977) - Burt Reynolds has always been an underrated personal favorite and though he made better, more popular and/or more beloved films, I find this my fave performance, a comic gem. Kristofferson, Clayburgh great as well, Hope @olivefilms has it.
Where’s the Blu?: Hustle (1975) - Another underrated Burt Reynolds, the second of his collaborations with the great Robert Aldrich. A bit maligned in its day but a true sun-baked neo noir with a terrific cast and one of his more soulful dramatic turns and always welcome Deneuve.
Where’s the Blu?: Rancho Deluxe (1975) - wry and memorable comedy from director Frank Perry and author Thomas McGuane; Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston lead great cast. MGM has the rights so any one of their licensors could bring us this gem.
Where’s the Blu?: Black Sunday (1977), terrific Frankenheimer terrorism thriller with the best of Shaw’s post-Jaws star leads. Dern and Keller aces too on this; recent respin of DVD made clear the need for upgrade but Paramount and their clause...
Where’s the Blu?: The Keep (1983), Michael Mann’s long MIA thriller. Rumored to be This Close to release awhile back; Mann, Tangerine Dream and fate itself alternately blamed for its suppression...who knows the real scoop out there?
Where’s the Blu?: The Parallax View (1974) - Paramount again and one of the great conspiracy thrillers of the golden age. Every frame is steeped in well-earned paranoia in one of Alan J. Pakula and Warren Beatty’s best.
Where’s the Blu?: Straight Time (1978), one of the most authentic low crime dramas of the 70s golden age and one of the great, atypical Hoffman performances. An in-demand title that I imagine the great @WarnerArchive has been bugged about quite a few times...
Where’s the Blu?: Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981) - one of Paul Newman’s most underrated performances, overshadowed that year by Absence of Malice. An HBO property for ages, perhaps the coming release of the similarly owned The Changeling bodes well for this.
Where’s the Blu?: Skin Deep (1989) - Blake Edwards’ last great film and one that has always been underrrated, much like the career-best work of John Ritter in the lead. The catalog of Morgan Creek is getting out, so hope to see
@ShoutFactory or another with a deal release it.
Where’s the Blu?: Ordinary People (1980) - a shocking omission from the format so far and one of the few Best Picture mias. We all know of Paramount’s issues but surprised @Criterion hasn’t made moves on this.
Where’s the Blu:? (Doing 2 today since I may be the only one who wants them) Sunset (1988), Blake Edwards’ critical and commercial old Hollywood flop. Early Willis turn doesn’t exude Tom Mix but Garner’s easy charm as Earp makes neat Hour of the Gun followup.
Where’s the Blu?: That’s Life (1986), Blake Edwards’ family project with Andrews and Lemmon. Surely rights issues holding up as this has only seen an early full frame DVD release and then MIA. Would settle for even bargain label releases for today’s Edwards duo.
Where’s the Blu?: Another duo today, 2/3 of the years later 70s masterpiece sequels. The Two Jakes (1990) was an unfairly maligned, misunderstood followup to Chinatown; while not as good it’s still a beauty to look at with some great passages and performances.
Where’s the Blu?: Texasville (1990), another of the year’s critical and commercial failures to follow masterworks. While not in the league of The Last Picture Show it deserves to be seen, preferably in the Director’s Cut only on laserdisc (finally found one the other day!)
Where’s the Blu?: The Day of the Locust (1975) - Another Paramount property in need of an upgrade; great cast, meticulous design in John Schlesinger’s divisive but important Nathaniel West adaptation.
Where's the Blu?: Bugsy (1991) - Beatty and Bening began their real life union on Barry Levinson's superb gangster bio.
Where’s the Blu?: The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), the most profitable of the films of the great Charles B. Pierce. Most of the others have happily been released and the scope photography has suffered in poor DVDs. Beloved by many, I predict a smash for whoever puts this out.
Where’s the Blu?: Wishbone Cutter aka Shadow of Chikara (1977), a seldom seen scarcity from the Howco catalog. Released on some budget labels in pan and scan, 5th generation looking versions, the scope photography (like many of the company’s Pierce films) needs proper outlet.
Where’s the Blu?: Payday (1973) - one of the unsung gems in my beloved era full of them, Rip Torn’s Maury Dann burns through the perfectly realized atmosphere of the back roads of the country music circuit; road movie meets monster movie unforgettably. @WarnerArchive hopefully.
Where’s the Blu?: Clint Countdown 1/6 - White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), nearing completion on my first poster and film collecting interest. One of his best performances in this too-little-seen spin on Huston and The African Queen.
Where’s the Blu?: Clint Countdown 2/6 - Paint Your Wagon (1969), the costly musical adored by some, despised by others. The only non-Warner of the 6 to go, it’s part of the Paramount vortex so might be the last to check off the list.
Where’s the Blu?: Clint Countdown 3/6 - Bird (1988), the last of his directorial-only to be MIA on blu. As with 4 others,
@WarnerArchive or the regular label will be the best and likely bet.
Where’s the Blu(s)?: Clint Countdown 4-6/6 - Bronco Billy, Honkytonk Man, Pink Cadillac - A 3 in 1 to close out the few missing lead and directorial; the country/western flavored trio, all of varying degrees of success and interest. @WarnerArchive or the main label would have all. Honkytonk especially should look great.
Where’s the Blu?: A Wedding (1978) - Robert Altman is one of my completist collections and this is one of the most financially successful of the missing. Look for all the rest throughout this feature but this all-star comic gem, though not top tier, would be a great start.
Where’s the Blu?: Quintet (1979), one more Altman for now. A favorite of very few but one that I liked fairly well new and has continued to grow on me heavily of late. A blu would greatly enhance its complex visual structure and would surely excite and surprise its champions.
Where’s the Blu?: Smile (1975) - hard to believe that none with MGM deals have put this Michael Ritchie gem out yet; only a poor DVD exists (as with his great Semi-Tough.) Beauty pageant satire more timely than ever; I’ll bet @bobfreelander would enjoy seeing this one as well.
Where’s the Blu?: Save the Tiger (1973), one of Jack Lemmon’s best (he beat stiff competition for the Oscar); surprisingly little remembered to the degree it deserves. A Paramount, so who knows when/where we might finally see it?
Where’s the Blu(s)?: Murder by Death (1976) and The Cheap Detective (1978), two Neil Simon crime/noir spoof faves. The former is more beloved but I can’t show one without the other. With the care Sony takes and the deals in place I’m surprised we still lack these.
Where’s the Blu?: The White Dawn (1974) - the kickoff film in our Complete Philip Kaufman this week, the old DVD shows how the great outdoor photography would benefit. Anyone who knows us knows our Warren Oates fanaticism; look for many more of his here soon.
Where’s the Blu?: 92 in the Shade (1975), Fonda and Oates lead top cast in Frank Perry’s film of Thomas McGuane book/script. @ScorpionDVD put out a nice DVD; my big hope is for a blu with both (highly different) endings included.
Where’s the Blu?: Nickelodeon (1976), Peter Bogdanovich’s comic nod to the early days of filmmaking. Scarcely available for years until a quiet DVD release some time ago, a blu would be welcome from one of the many outfits with Sony deals.
Where’s the Blu?: The Devils (1971) is likely the most widely wished for@title among all we’ve covered so far. Many say that Warners is suppressing the uncut original; we hold out hope that one day Criterion or another licensor will prevail and deliver. More Ken Russell to come.
Where’s the Blu?: Petulia (1968) - Julie Christie and George C. Scott in top form in offbeat drama; a romance with more on its mind that began to place on all-time top lists out of nowhere a few years ago. @WarnerArchive would do it right.
Where’s the Blu?: The Music Lovers (1971), another of several Ken Russell projects in need of an upgrade. An MGM property so a number of labels could bring it out.
Where’s the Blu?: Come Back Charleston Blue (1972) - as great as it is to have the first Cambridge/St. Jacques Coffin Ed and Gravedigger saga out, the second is sorely missed. First was MGM but this is WB so @WarnerArchive seems like our best hope.
Where’s the Blu?: Too Late the Hero (1970), a lesser revived/remembered Robert Aldrich war drama with great cast; one of the old ABC properties that @KLStudioClassic has been rescuing; hopefully this one is on their radar in that arrangement.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being begins the wrap up of the Complete Philip Kaufman; one of the first films to solidify Daniel Day-Lewis’ place in films and, coinciding with our Where’s the Blu? column, long overdue an upgrade.
Where’s the Blu(s)?: We love James Caan and his terrific 1973 films would be welcome upgrades. Cinderella Liberty is a well acted, gritty romance and Slither has an awesomely odd tone all its own. Would love to see @twilighttimedvd and @WarnerArchive add these to their roster.
Where’s the Blu?: Tin Men (1987) - Barry Levinson’s Baltimore followup to Diner has fabulous performances, sharp script; great looking film needs an upgrade from ancient DVD.
Where’s the Blu?: Blume in Love (1973), one of Paul Mazursky’s best. Cast in great form, complex script and characterizations; @WarnerArchive is our hope for one of the great director’s most underrated.
Where’s the Blu?: The Gypsy Moths (1969), one of several fine Lancaster/Frankenheimer projects. Great cast and vivid atmosphere in drama about variously conflicted skydiving showmen, an MGM held by WB so @WarnerArchive would be the likely and welcome source.
Where’s the Blu?: Play It As It Lays (1972), a high point in the filmographies of Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins and Frank Perry. Inexplicably never available on any home video format, this would be a dream release for a discerning label.
Where’s the Blu?: Popeye (1980) - it was a bit of a surprise to find Altman at the helm of this big studio December release; the Paramount vortex has its hold on it for now.
Where’s the Blu?: A Perfect Couple (1979) - getting into more rarely seen and revived Altman with this offbeat romance; rare lead for valued character actor Paul Dooley; great supporting cast including always welcome Ted Neeley.
Where’s the Blu?: Countdown (1968), Robert Altman’s first big studio project. Solid astronaut drama with early Caan and Duvall leads; @WarnerArchive released a nice DVD early on and will hopefully add to the update list one day.
Where’s the Blu?: W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), another that’s never seen ANY video release; does Conny Van Dyke’s management have music rights locked down tighter than Goodbar?! Affable Burt project, one of his 4 in 1975. Somebody clear it!
Where’s the Blu?: HealtH (1980), the virtually unreleased, never on video Altman ensemble; not the success of most of the others but great cast and some good bits make it worthwhile (and its absence a thorn in completists’ sides.)
Where’s the Blu(s)?: The Altman stage adaptations Secret Honor, Streamers, Fool for Love...Beyond Therapy is available as an import but these three remain MIA. Varying degrees of success; Secret Honor is my fave but all well-acted and worthwhile.
Where’s the Blu?: O.C. and Stiggs (1987) - continuing our Altman wrapup with one of his least seen/discussed/remembered. Great cast, some funny bits; an MGM property that seems like a perfect olivefilms release.
Where’s the Blu?: Ready to Wear [Pret-a-Porter] (1994) - probably the messiest of Altman’s ensemble pieces but the terrific cast has its moments. The current DVDs are substandard and an upgrade would be welcome.
Where’s the Blu?: Kansas City (1996) - in the final stretch of the Altmans with this rather offbeat drama; a superb, rare later Harry Belafonte performance its most memorable asset.
Where's the Blu?: Dr. T and the Women (2000) - Another hit and miss Altman ensemble with opportunities for most of its cast to make a mark or two.
Where's the Blu?: The Company (2003) - Altman's penultimate film; ballet themed drama with solid work from the leads.
Where's the Blu?: A Prairie Home Companion (2006) - Altman's final film had another great ensemble in spin on long-running radio favorite.
Where’s the Blu?: The Deadly Companions (1961) - having just completed one fave director, now for another: Peckinpah’s debut and the only other besides Pat & Billy (covered early on) to be bluless. Challenging elements may be an issue but hope for 100% one day.
Where’s the Blu?: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Scorsese’s great Oscar winner for star and sitcom spawner. BFI raised excitement last year with release news that turned out to be only a DVD. Hoping @WarnerArchive has this and their others of his under consideration.
Where’s the Blu?: The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), an important earlier work for stars and director and Oscar winner for Linda Hunt, this has been a surprising omission in the format and in demand for years.
Where's the Blu(s)?: The Abyss (1989) & True Lies (1994)- Two of the most in demand Blus are the MIA James Camerons; no end in sight to his continued postponement to work on them for release.
Where’s the Blu?: Abby (1974), William Girdler’s spin on exorcism with fine cast; successful until a legal challenge by WB largely pushed it out of view. Possibly free of those constraints now, a video premiere in the format would be welcome.
Where’s the Blu?: Affliction (1998) - another fave director down to 1/2 dozen to go toward completion, Paul Schrader’s superbly acted film won Coburn an Oscar and should have Nolte (the Life is Beaut year). Good bit of his work being released lately, hope all make it soon.
Where’s the Blu?: Paul Schrader countdown continues with his missing late 80s films, Light of Day and Patty Hearst. Light hasn’t even seen a domestic DVD release (could the dreaded music rights be at play?) and Patty might be imperiled by the recently quashed-by-subject project.
Where’s the Blu?: The Walker (2007), the last of our Paul Schraders and a great and little seen lead for Woody Harrelson; great supporting cast. Very lightly released but worth a look.
Where’s the Blu?: Crazy Joe (1974) - the recent news of Peter Boyle’s Joe on the way reminds of the years long desire for this gangster drama. Never on any format that I’ve found (but briefly on Crackle!), it’s got a great cast and another vivid portrayal from the star.
Where’s the Blu?: North Dallas Forty (1979) - from Nick Nolte’s early star run, one of his greatest performances in arguably the best football film; caustically funny but often dark and uncompromising, another awaiting the lifting of the Paramount “already on DVD” clause.
Where’s the Blu?: The Ruling Class (1972), the best of a number of MIA Peter O’Toole films. Surprised it has not yet hit the format anywhere internationally. @Criterion did a nice for its day DVD and hopefully will upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: Citizens Band (1977), another Demme/LeMat teaming and one never on DVD so the irksome Paramount rule should not have impeded its release with the labels handling them. Maybe the same apathy that regrettably accompanied its first release keeps it still MIA.
Where’s the Blu(s)?: Burt Reynolds’ Paramount string; of the two romantic comedies, Starting Over is a gem and Paternity is..not; always had fondness for the maligned Rough Cut. Latter two never on DVD, not bound by “the rule” so why haven’t @olivefilms or @KLStudioClassic brought by now?
Where’s the Blu?: The Ritz (1976) - Terence McNally adapted his hit play, Richard Lester directed in best farcical mode; great cast in what would be a nice upgrade from @WarnerArchive
Where’s the Blu?: The Night of the Iguana (1964), another play adaptation we’d like from the Warner catalog. Tennessee Williams, John Huston, Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, Grayson Hall, sumptuous b/w photography...what’s not to love!?
Where’s the Blu?: Marooned (1969) - a space exploration saga from the height of the era; expensive project with terrific cast, not particularly beloved by the masses but often worthwhile. Thought one of the many with Sony access would have released it by now.
Where’s the Blu?: Justine (1969) - little remembered despite wealth of talent on both sides of camera, this Fox film got one of their dreaded Archive issues with 1.33:1 out of 2.35:1 showing up onscreen! Seems perfect for the adventurous @twilighttimedvd
Where's the Blu?: The Red Tent (1971) - Great cast in expensive international co-production; a domestic Paramount release.
Where’s the Blu?: Foul Play (1978) - one of Paramount’s three big hits that summer and one of Goldie Hawn’s best star vehicles; light Hitchcock homage introduced Chevy Chase to a steady run of his own over the next two decades. Only Grease of the trio out, next up the third.
Where’s the Blu?: Heaven Can Wait (1978), third of Paramount’s summer smashes. A critical smash in addition with a slew of award nominations; it exists, like so many others, in ancient DVDs. Many collectors are awaiting a change in their licensing policies to acquire favorites.
Where’s the Blu(s)?: two Michael Crawfords from his starring run directed by Michael Winner - The Jokers (1967) a caper w/Oliver Reed htf on DVD; The Games (1969) the victim of another awful pan&scan Fox Archive 1.33:1 bastardization of a scope film. Love to own both on blu.
Where’s the Blu(s)?: two Peter O'Tooles; Great Catherine (1968) has been almost forgotten, never on video; Murphy’s War has been available on other formats from VHS to DVD for years.
Where’s the Blu?: The Longest Yard (1974), one of Burt Reynolds’ big early star hits. Surprised this didn’t make it early on but Paramount...also holding its ‘05 remake with Burt in support; would take both but the Aldrich original is the gem.
Where’s the Blu?: The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977) - the great Larry Cohen’s work has been seeing a steady stream of blu upgrades lately; hope this underrated and underseen gem is soon to come.
Where’s the Blu?: St. Ives (1976) - long a personal favorite Charles Bronson, would love an upgrade of this from @WarnerArchive. More Charlie to come...
Where’s the Blu?: Telefon (1977) - Don Siegel directed this nice sleeper agent thriller; several striking set pieces and great cast. On a current double DVD with the previous entry; another hope for @WarnerArchive rescue.
Where’s the Blu?: You Can’t Win ‘Em All (1970) - Adventure from its stars’ European years has never seen domestic disc release and others are hard to find; a debut on blu would surely fill quite a few collection holes.
Where’s the Blu?: The President’s Analyst (1967) - one of my favorite comedies and James Coburn roles; little known these days but loved by many who remember. A spirit and mad tone all its own; a Paramount that will hopefully, with tons of others, see a blu one day.
Where’s the Blu?: The Ladykillers (2004) - our Complete Coen Bros. month starts this weekend and this is the only of theirs MIA on blu; maybe soon to come in one of the Disney offshoot deals such as @KLStudioClassic? A fave, underrated Hanks role, far from nobility mode.
Where’s the Blu?: Carnal Knowledge (1971) - Part of Mike Nichols’ fab quad out of the gate (2nd next); great cast in then-controversial drama; Ann-Margret received praise for atypical turn. Seems like a possible @Criterion; shocked by now that the many MGM venues haven’t done.
Where’s the Blu?: Catch-22 (1970) - 2/2 of Mike Nichols’ four great firsts MIA thanks to the Paramount vortex. Epic cast, many memorable bits; not one of the better of the studio’s hit or miss DVDs of old so an upgrade would make a big difference.
Where’s the Blu?: Heartburn (1986) - after the previous duo and realizing how close we are to completion, the rest of the director’s filmog starting with this underrated look at marriage going south. Another Paramount, but hope ever holds.
Where’s the Blu?: The Day of the Dolphin (1973) - Mike Nichols’ do-no-wrong string ended with this oddity; has a following and quite a large dissent; one of the handful left MIA for director and star.
Where's the Blu(s)?: Regarding Henry (1991), Biloxi Blues (1988) and Gilda Live (1980) - Three more Nichols yet to see Blu release.
Where’s the Blu?: Primary Colors (1998) - Mike Nichols’ remaining few count down with this political bestseller adaptation; not a perfect win but some good bits and performances throughout.
Where’s the Blu?: Husbands (1970) - another favorite director nearing completion; this John Cassavetes classic is the best of the four left and ripe for one of the many quality labels handling Columbia.
Where’s the Blu?: Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) - Cassavetes Countdown 2/4, terrific offbeat romance for two of the vets from classic Faces. A Universal that would fit in well with those releasing their more prestigious from the era.
Where’s the Blu(s)?: the final two missing Cassavetes - Gloria (1980) and Big Trouble (1985), both Columbia so could hit from many. Former a pop success with Oscar nom for Gena, latter derided as mere work for hire; both would be welcome to complete.
Where’s the Blu?: Ragtime (1981) - reflecting on the passing of the great Milos Forman, this beauty came to immediate mind as a needed addition here. A Paramount that could be rescued by a @Criterion workaround, would be great to have this splendidly shot Doctorow adaptation.
Where’s the Blu?: Private Benjamin (1980) - a major critical and commercial hit that Warners for some reason has not yet even issued on a wide DVD domestically. The star has been treated rather poorly on blu so far; hopefully @WarnerArchive will reverse that trend with this one.
Where’s the Blu?: There’s a Girl in My Soup (1970) - Sellers and Goldie Hawn in her followup to Oscar turn in Cactus Flower; on DVD from Columbia.
Where’s the Blu?: Butterflies Are Free (1972) - Another major Goldie Hawn starring turn of the era with a supporting ; on DVD from Columbia.
Where’s the Blu?: $ (Dollars) (1971) - vastly underrated Richard Brooks caper with the stars 4 years before masterpiece Shampoo (#3 on my list); another Columbia with a fabulous Quincy Jones score. A major want list item.
Where’s the Blu?: Bootleggers (1974) - the work of Charles B. Pierce has seen a welcome uptick in recent years; with the surprising Boggy exception a lot has made it out. This one played for a whole year in Baton Rouge but is less remembered today. Rare lead for great Paul Koslo.
Where’s the Blu?: The Winds of Autumn (1976) - Probably the least known and played of Charles B. Pierce’s films during his steady run, this one has had no video releases that I have been able to find and rare TV showings. Showed a fraction of the time of the others here.
Where’s the Blu?: The Swarm (1978) - 40th anniversary of this slice of heavenly badness calls for an upgrade; terrific cast and the improved audio will make Caine’s out-of-nowhere shout line deliveries sing like fine opera. Long version, please, like DVD.
Where’s the Blu?: Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) - Caine and Irwin Allen together again; not as much fun or as huge a cast as their previous but the completists among us need them all. @WarnerArchive would be the source of this string of three.
Where’s the Blu?: When Time Ran Out (1980) - Newman and Holden brought daydreams of how comparatively great The Towering Inferno was; still need the long version, unseen since VHS, on an upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: Posse (1975) - character driven Western picked up immediate following, was a pet project for star/director/producer. Part of the already-on-DVD Paramount vortex that will hopefully run its course eventually.
Where’s the Blu?: The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) - stage hit adaptation with stars in good form; hopefully a Sony-friendly label will finally bring us the unedited dialogue at the end of the film.
Where’s the Blu?: Crash (1996) - one of the most requested blus of recent years; David Cronenberg’s film has had a group of ardent followers for years and most of his work has beat it to the format. Certain to surface in some region soon, one would at least hope.
Where’s the Blu?: Face to Face (1976) - Paramount released this Bergman in the US to massive acclaim, award noms. An Olive DVD finally broke years back, decent placeholder but needs restored blu from willing label.
Where’s the Blu?: Little Darlings (1980) - a hit in its day but one that Paramount has chosen (along with Goodbar, American Hot Wax, etc) to let music rights impede disc releases instead of spending the time and money to clear them.
Where’s the Blu?: Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975) - great cast in road movie MIA since VHS. Still with WB so hope
@WarnerArchive tackles it. Along with same year Lucky Lady, novelization collectors are privy to a far darker original ending than ended up onscreen.
Where’s the Blu?: Brass Target (1978) - great cast (incl. one of the occasional Cassavetes leads) in what-if WW2 caper; @WarnerArchive has a nice DVD that would make a good upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: Sitting Target (1972) - Oliver Reed on the rampage in one of the fine, gritty British crime dramas to see US release by MGM in the day; another @WarnerArchive DVD that would make a good upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: Lone Star (1996) - out of a pool of MIA John Sayles, this highlight of his later work has great cast (career best Chris Cooper), compelling story, surprising turns. Last on Warners, hopefully @WarnerArchive or another in the opened up field is looking.
Where’s the Blu?: Birth (2004) - Jonathan Glazer has made three terrific features and this one favorite is still missing on blu; a must for rescue by a discerning label.
Where’s the Blu?: The Brink’s Job (1978) - a handsome Friedkin production based on real-life heist; fabulous cast and period flavor. A Universal release property.
Where’s the Blu?: Deal of the Century (1983) - a Friedkin critical and commercial misfire; played a bit better on our last showing than remembered. A potential Warner Archive release.
Where’s the Blu?: Rampage (1987) - Friedkin’s shelved, reworked, barely released serial killer drama has been erratic on all video forms; discs of any region scarce. A Blu containing both incarnations would be a gem for collections of the director.
Where’s the Blu?: Blue Chips (1994) - Friedkin’s basketball drama is part of the Paramount holdings hopefully to be released from the already on DVD rule.
Where’s the Blu?: Nobody’s Fool (1994) - the greatest of the Paul Newman performances yet to hit the format; love to have them all and hopefully this will see release from the Paramount hold eventually.
Where’s the Blu?: Frances (1982) - our Jessica Lange double tonight brings to mind that both are in need; great production design and period flavor cry out for an upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: Sweet Dreams (1985) - our Karel Reisz fest this month has to settle for antique DVD of one of Jessica Lange’s best; tonight’s double with Frances still great but would flourish on blu.
Where’s the Blu?: The Gambler (1974) - our Karel Reisz fest reminds what a sterling James Caan performance this is, one of his very best. Sorvino tops in great supporting cast. A Paramount; maybe one day...
Where’s the Blu?: The Candidate (1972) - hot on the heels of the just announced The Hot Rock, the last MIA of 3 great 1972 Redford films. Michael Ritchie’s political classic has great cast, sharp script; one of the best of the class. A hope from @WarnerArchive.
Where’s the Blu?: Prince of the City (1981) - one of Sidney Lumet’s great NYC corruption dramas. A notably in demand from @WarnerArchive, hopefully it will see release soon. More MIA Lumet to come...
Where’s the Blu?: Nevada Smith (1966) - one of the handful of Steve McQueens still missing; part of the Paramount vortex in need of liberation.
Where’s the Blu?: The Black Cat [Demons 6: De Profundis] (1989) - Luigi Cozzi’s loose Suspiria/Inferno followup has been nearly impossible to find on video over the years; messy but interesting and certainly in need of a release.
Where’s the Blu?: The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977) - Marty Feldman’s Foreign Legion parody had great cast, many memorable gags. A Universal that has been scarcely released on domestic DVD, an upgrade would be nice.
Where’s the Blu?: The Bedford Incident (1965) - James B. Harris directed only 5 films, the first of which is this terrific Cold War submarine thriller. Superb b/w photography cries out for upgrade from one of the several fine labels with Sony deals.
Where’s the Blu?: Fast Walking (1982) - the second of 3 MIA James B. Harris films; pitch black prison comedy with 1 of 2 great roles James Woods did for director. The late, great, still missed Tim McIntire has one of his best roles; @WarnerArchive did DVD so maybe an upgrade...
Where’s the Blu?: Boiling Point (1993) - last film to date of James B. Harris and despite indifferent reception an underrated procedural with a superbly stacked cast to the smallest roles. An old full frame Warner DVD in US; import yielded at least widescreen but hope for a blu.
Nick Nolte toplines the final double of our Complete Karel Reisz, beginning with Everybody Wins; scripted by Arthur Miller from his earlier play. A critical bust dumped into January release. Good cast does its best; also an entry in our Where’s The Blu? column.
Where’s the Blu?: The Mountain Men (1980) - Heston and Keith bring years of western cred to late-cycle project helmed by former’s son. Gorgeous photography didn’t even get a widescreen US DVD (had to import); a Sony dealing outfit could finally give debut it deserves.
Where’s the Blu?: The Big Easy (1987) - though many LA locals picked at Quaid’s accent choice, it was refreshingly atypical; his onscreen charisma never more palpable and chemistry with Barkin immense. Script full of offbeat wit, memorable turns. A major want from lacking DVDs.
Where’s the Blu?: Stakeout (1987) - another crime/romance summer 87 sleeper hit; inexplicably, the sequel is readily available while superior first languishes. Part of a solid string for Dreyfuss at Touchstone that couple of years; all need upgrades.
Where’s the Blu?: Sweet and Lowdown (1999) - one of the few Woody Allen films unreleased on blu anywhere in the world. A great Sean Penn turn; score and the usual superb period design would benefit from the upgrade. Still with Sony so there are several possibilities.
Where’s the Blu?: The Other Side of Midnight (1977) - 70s Soap #1 from our New Year string; dour summer release swept away by studio’s Star Wars, big budget adaptation has old times sake followers but not the fun of most others of the type. Nice score and photography for format.
Where’s the Blu?: Sidney Sheldon’s Bloodline (1979) - 70s Soap #2 is another adaptation; bigger cast, better cheap thrills than the previous. A Paramount that has not had domestic DVD release so not prone to their silly clause; critically roasted but absence still curious.
Where’s the Blu?: The Adventurers (1970) - 70s Soap #3 moves to the pen of Harold Robbins; epic length with sex, violence, international political intrigue; a hit in its day but not well remembered; great score and technical work would benefit from blu, but for Paramount.
Where’s the Blu?: The Betsy (1978) - 70s Soap #4 and our 2nd Harold Robbins and a guilty pleasure for years; super cast (Olivier’s most WTF role ever) and auto-world intrigue. One of John Barry’s most underrated scores. @WarnerArchive finally did wide DVD but blu would be nice.
Where’s the Blu?: The Greek Tycoon (1978) - 70s Soap #5; they dared pull the “any similarities” card with this one; great cast led by energetic Quinn turn. Has been treated horribly on video with only a full frame DVD so far; nice scenery and leasing would do a blu justice.
Where’s the Blu?: Eyes of Fire (1983) - a unique and atmospheric horror; some of us who remember it fondly were struck by tonal similarities to The Witch. Spottily released over a few years (I saw in 85) and not since VHS; rumored to be with Vestron line (hoping...)
Where’s the Blu?: The Formula (1980) - not particularly well received at Christmas release, still a good thriller with powerhouse cast. Part of a WB Brando DVD set, @WarnerArchive could make the solid photography its best as always.
Where’s the Blu?: The Big Bus (1976) - though not universally beloved, a devoted following has existed for years for this disaster parody; good and game cast, many memorable gags; a Paramount.
Where's the Blu?: The Squeeze (1978) - Lee Van Cleef toplined a good cast in Antonio Margheriti crime caper.
Where's the Blu?: The Perfect Killer (1977) - Lesser released of the Lee Van Cleef string of Italian crime.
Where's the Blu?: Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (1973) - Lee Van Cleef and Tony Lo Bianco in solid Italian crime drama; odd video release history with confusing reworking/retitling.
Where's the Blu?: The Bad News Bears (1976) - Classic comedy has been another glaring Paramount absence.
Where's the Blu?: The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) - First sequel (minus original star duo, retaining others) to hit original.
Where's the Blu?: The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (1978) - Third and final in original series; lackluster but needed for completists.
Where’s the Blu?: Fever Pitch (1985) - our long awaited Richard Brooks festival is a few months off but already excited. His last film, this much maligned but interesting gambling drama hasn’t been released since VHS. Maybe an MGM friendly label will come through.
Where’s the Blu?: Wrong is Right (1982) - Richard Brooks’ penultimate film didn’t fare much better than the final but was still of value and its media/political themes might play even better now. Fantastic cast; needs a Sony outfit to the rescue.
Where’s the Blu?: W.C. Fields and Me (1976) - Harder to find of the two Universal bios of the year; both imperfect but worth seeing; Steiger gives his all as usual. Hopefully a studio friendly outfit will dust these off one of these days.
Where’s the Blu?: Gable and Lombard (1976) - first of two Universal Old Hollywood bios released that year; critically panned but a win for Clayburgh fans; at least on DVD unlike the next.
Where’s the Blu?: The Killer Inside Me (1976) - we’re lucky to have many of the great works of Stacy Keach (Happy Birthday!) out but a few remain elusive; none more than this Jim Thompson adaptation that only got a pan/scan off label DVD release. Underrated, underseen, worthy.
Where’s the Blu?: End of the Road (1970) - not many had a more fearless plunge into film lead territory than Stacy Keach in ‘70; this and Executioner immediately identified him as the unique presence he remains today. This one also has nice DVD but upgrade would be appreciated.
Where’s the Blu?: The Traveling Executioner (1970) - one of the two wonderful oddities from Keach’s first year of leads; @WarnerArchive brought us a DVD after years of unseen status and for that we are grateful but an upgrade would be great.
Where’s the Blu?: The Dion Brothers (1974) - aka The Gravy Train, this one has managed to remain entirely MIA on video; a Columbia release at the time, maybe a rights rabbit hole exists. Well acted by Keach and Forrest and needs a debut.
Where’s the Blu?: Eleven Harrowhouse (1974) - a little seen Fox release and a rare Charles Grodin lead; great supporting cast in subtle caper; kudos to @leehighmarmoset for this recommendation.
Where’s the Blu?: Pretty Baby (1978) - If Paramount won’t bring Pretty in Pink, this Louis Malle, controversial even new, likely in lightning/lottery range. Great looking production with one of the best ragtime/blues scores, release in Malle’s home territory prob the only chance.
Where’s the Blu?: Lipstick (1976) - Another controversial Paramount of the day; fine cast in rape revenge drama of the type that was mostly in drive-ins and grindhouses. Critical knives were razor sharp, boxoffice fell quickly after initial flurry.
Where’s the Blu?: Farewell to the King (1989) - occasionally we do a title despite it being out in another region if said to be lacking; this fits the bill and a quality release of this massively underrated John Milius adventure would be most welcome.
Where’s the Blu?: Over the Edge (1979) - one of the great youth in trouble films and indifferently released in its day (check out the later poster that looked to spin as horror ala The Children); @WarnerArchive would be highly thanked for an upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: Borderline (1980) - One of the few later Bronson vehicles missing on the format; solid action drama with good supporting cast including early Ed Harris turn. Another one Shout botched with full-frame transfer on DVD; would be nice to see an upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: Love and Bullets (1979) - a troubled production released to little business; DVDs of various quality have been released worldwide, many (including Shout’s US) botched full-frame. The many Bronson collections of the world need this one in a definitive edition.
Where’s the Blu?: P.J. (1967) - one of the harder to see George Peppard leads; memorably dark private eye mystery with great supporting cast. Unreleased even on VHS, this would be a great unearthing.
Where’s the Blu?: Newman’s Law (1974) - much of George Peppard’s starring run has been neglected on disc; this one, unseen since VHS and from the golden age of 70s crime, would be most welcome.
Where’s the Blu?: Five Days From Home (1978) - George Peppard’s sole directorial effort; Louisiana shot pet project. Another never released to video and a debut would be great.
Where's the Blu?: The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972) - Peppard topped good cast in thriller; DVD is out of print and scarce.
Where's the Blu?: One More Train to Rob (1971) - A lively Peppard western from Universal, holder of most of his hard to find films; only DVD is non-US; noever released in any format in the US.
Where’s the Blu(s)?: The Tom Jones followups - with the ‘63 classic finally out in sterling new US & UK editions, Joseph Andrews (1977) (Tony Richardson again helms; caught in the Paramount web) and The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976) (unseen since VHS) would make nice companions.
Where’s the Blu?: Nightflyers (1987) - critically roasted sci-fi has been MIA for most of the post-VHS era; even George R.R. Martin source couldn’t muster a GOT prompted spin (new series pending though); has its fans who’d appreciate a blu.
Where’s the Blu?: Moonrunners (1975) - for all of the Dukes of Hazzard following over the years, the virtually unknown status of this less comic inspiration for the series with many similarities is surprising. Released by UA originally, rights may be the reason no one has done.
Where’s the Blu?: Alex & the Gypsy (1976) - Jack Lemmon fans have been lucky overall but a few holes exist; this little remembered romance was MIA for years on any format then dumped on full frame Fox Archive disaster DVD. A blu awaits...
Where’s the Blu?: Bringing Out The Dead (1999) - an inexplicable absence given director and star. In-demand title should rattle even Paramount’s apathetic cage if not the attention of @criterion, who seem to have the way around their silly “already on DVD” licensor caveat.
Where’s the Blu?: Bad Company (1972) - a string of the decade’s Jeff Bridges holdouts we haven’t yet covered starts with this Robert Benton western; has had small but devoted following since new; stuck in the Paramount mud due to existing DVD. Great photography needs an upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: Hearts of the West (1975) - terrific cast, old western moviemaking setting, great offbeat style. Another period piece with photography that would benefit from upgrade. @WarnerArchive gave us a nice DVD, hope a bump is in the future.
Where’s the Blu?: Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978) - Jeff Bridges second billed in one of Farrah Fawcett's few post-Angels big screen leads; rarely revived in recent years.
Where’s the Blu?: Winter Kills (1979) - Epic cast, some insane turns and passages in William Richert’s adaptation of Richard Condon book, conspiracy thriller steeped in dark comedy. A good DVD adorns our shelf but would upgrade gladly.
Where’s the Blu?: The American Success Company (1980) - Jeff Bridges/William Richert’s followup to Winter Kills is less known, has been harder to find on video.
Where’s the Blu?: Big Leaguer (1953) - closing on completing the great Robert Aldrich, an early MGM project. Thanks to
@WarnerArchive for our DVD; maybe an upgrade one day.
Where’s the Blu?: Apache (1954) - one of the biggest Aldrich titles still MIA and with a quickly filling star filmog on blu and MGM being widely licensed, all seems aligned for an inevitable release unless there are unknown rights issues.
Where’s the Blu?: Autumn Leaves (1956) - Aldrich’s first move into female lead territory, which he’d fruitfully alternate with muscular action throughout his career. In a htf Crawford DVD box, a Sony licensor could deliver.
Where’s the Blu?: The Angry Hills (1959) - a lesser remembered Mitchum and one of the Aldrichs missing for years; thanks to the great @WarnerArchive for the DVD rescue, perhaps a blu one day for we RA completionists.
Where’s the Blu:? Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) - Aldrich tackled this one the same year as his breakout hit Baby Jane; hard to find even a good DVD (Fox Archive bungled with a full frame again) and a blu would be a welcome addition.
Where’s the Blu?: 4 for Texas (1963) - Robert Aldrich did this comic western project for Warners after Baby Jane; exists in the Rat Pack DVD box but an upgrade would be nice.
Where’s the Blu?: The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) - Aldrich’s return to south of good fortune Hollywood figures is even more mad in its own unique way than Baby Jane; another we have @WarnerArchive to thank for a DVD but still hope to complete the filmography on blu.
Where’s the Blu?: The Choirboys (1977) - the most maligned film in Aldrich’s career is one of my bigger wish list items; as a fan of the source material and its author, this admittedly has its flaws but also a great cast and a better than credited attempt.
Where’s the Blu:? The Frisco Kid (1979) - Aldrich’s penultimate film was a summer boxoffice flop despite a solid pair of stars, one of whom had excelled in comic western, the other in rapid rise. With much of their work out on the format, hopefully it will see a blu release.
Where’s the Blu?: ...All the Marbles (1981) - The last Robert Aldrich film and another underperforming boxoffice player; female wrestling pic has good cast to carry it; might not be a rush for @WarnerArchive to upgrade but would be appreciated.
Where’s the Blu?: Crossroads (1986) - counting down another favorite director with only 3 to go to competition. Walter Hill’s atypical blues-themed road movie has has a following over the years; surprising this Sony film hasn’t seen release yet.
Where’s the Blu ?: Undisputed (2002) - the final of 3 missing Walter Hills on the format. Solid cast, lean script in his preferred old style for prison-boxing drama. Hope to complete the director’s filmography with these; so close...
Where’s the Blu?: Another 48 Hrs. (1990) - Walter Hill’s sequel had little of the critical or commercial fortune of predecessor, still a surprising absence on blu. Paramount clause has certainly stifled likely licensors.
Where’s the Blu?: Heat (1987) - one of the theatrical flops that started the regrettable decline of Burt Reynolds’ high draw years; many fans of his action side have come to embrace it, rough edges and all. All DVDs have been bargain label disasters...overdue (and LionsGate).
Where’s the Blu?: Rent-A-Cop (1988) - Stick needs a US, Malone is out, Heat a post back, now the next to last of 80’s action to sink Burt further into boxoffice misfortune. A bit of a mess but we completist fans of the stars need it. Had to import a htf wide DVD from Germany.
Where’s the Blu ?: Take the High Ground (1953) - Richard Widmark and Richard Brooks were a strong combination in war drama; out on DVD from @warnerarchive.
Where’s the Blu ?: The Brothers Karamazov (1958) - Handsome MGM Richard Brooks adaptation; out on DVD from @warnerarchive.
Where’s the Blu?: The Last Tycoon (1976) - Elia Karan’s final film from unfinished Fitzgerald work has great cast, beautiful production; not the masterpiece it should have been but worthwhile and overdue for upgrade. Another in the Paramount hold.
Where’s the Blu?: The MIAs from one of our favorite star’s lead run begin with Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) - one of a couple of Coburn capers of the era. A Columbia property that could come from a few sources easily.
Where’s the Blu?: Waterhole No. 3 (1967) - a comic Western from Paramount the same year as Coburn’s also needed masterwork The President’s Analyst, sharing offbeat sense of humor despite different settings. A TV staple for years, too little known now.
Where’s the Blu?: Duffy (1968) - another Coburn Columbia caper, great cast, settings and photography would benefit from an upgrade from one of the many Sony-friendly outfits.
Where’s the Blu?: The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970) - Sidney Lumet adaptation of Tennessee Williams featured some game acting from small but great cast; @WarnerArchive gave us a great DVD but an upgrade would be welcome in our Coburn, Lumet collections.
Where’s the Blu?: The Honkers (1972) - another Coburn completely MIA on all video formats over the years; surely rights issues must be the culprit for this UA release that should be an MGM holding. One of 4 worthwhile rodeo films of its year, a debut would be most welcome.
Where’s the Blu?: The Carey Treatment (1972) - smooth Coburn star turn in Blake Edwards’ hospital mystery; thanks to our beloved @WarnerArchive for our DVD but we would enjoy an upgrade one day.
Where’s the Blu?: The Last of Sheila (1973) - an in-demand title for which @WarnerArchive has surely received its share of requests; fabulous cast in Anthony Perkins/Stephen Sondheim scripted mystery from steady director Herbert Ross.
Where’s the Blu?: The Baltimore Bullet (1980) - one of the last of Coburn’s big screen leads from his peak star period; engaging turn as always in pool hustling comedy. Treated shakily on video over the years with only htf imports widescreen, a proper debut would be exciting.
Where’s the Blu?: The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) - finishing the MIAs of another fave, this was Steve McQueen’s 2nd lead after The Blob. Released by UA but seemingly public domain for years.
Where’s the Blu?: The Honeymoon Machine (1961) - McQueen’s first big studio topliner, military comedy with solid cast. Another MGM release that @WarnerArchive has given us a nice DVD of and would make a nice bump up.
Where’s the Blu?: Hell Is For Heroes (1962) - a superb Don Siegel war drama with McQueen heading a superb cast. This one falls under the “already on DVD” Paramount limit on labels who would have certainly done it by now if possible.
Where’s the Blu?: The War Lover (1962) - McQueen continued in the military genre with this memorable edgy role; surprised that one of the many Columbia friendly outfits hasn’t tackled yet.
Where’s the Blu?: Soldier in the Rain (1963) - still in military (if not battle) mode, McQueen and Gleason played off each other well in comedy/drama. @WarnerArchive has a DVD out and will hopefully upgrade one of these days.
Where’s the Blu?: An Enemy of the People (1977) - barely released Ibsen passion project for McQueen; another @WarnerArchive release for the upgrade stack.
Where’s the Blu?: The Silver Chalice (1954) - Paul Newman rundown begins with biblical spectacle debut. Early Cinemascope project is on DVD from Warners.
Where’s the Blu?: Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) - Newman had a hit with Rocky Graziano bio; early Steve McQueen appearance. On DVD from Warners.
Where’s the Blu?: The Rack (1956) - Newman was solid as always in military courtoom drama. On DVD from Warners.
Where’s the Blu?: Until They Sail (1957) - Newman was surrounded by wealth of talent in drama, on DVD from Warner Archive.
Where’s the Blu?: The Helen Morgan Story (1957) - Newman was in support of toplined Ann Blyth in biopic, on DVD from Warner Archive.
Where’s the Blu?: The Left Handed Gun (1958) - the great Arthur Penn made feature directorial debut with character driven Billy the Kid drama. Another potential @WarnerArchive release.
Where’s the Blu?: Rally Round the Flag, Boys (1958) - it was a busy banner year for Newman and this one is probably least remembered; one of two with Woodward that year and would make a nice release from a Fox dealing label.
Where’s the Blu?: The Young Philadelphians (1959) - Newman led this solid drama; many don’t remember that Robert Vaughn pulled an Oscar nom or that it was for this film. Likewise nominated B/W cinematography would shine from
Where’s the Blu?: Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man (1962) - Newman has small role in lesser remembered, handsome and well cast production; a Fox property that could appear from a few outlets.
Where’s the Blu?: A New Kind of Love (1963) - the less remembered of two Paramount MIAs of its year (Hud still in our top 5); bubbly romantic comedy for husband and wife team by then several films into a wonderful string.
Where’s the Blu(s)?: two Newman MGM projects given nice DVDs by WB; solid talents in both though not critically or commercially successful. The Outrage respun Rashomon in rare misfire from Ritt/PN teamups; Lady L an occasional Ustinov directorial.
Where’s the Blu?: The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968) - Newman military comedy was a TV staple for years, less remembered in recent years; seems like a good release for the new @KLStudioClassic Universal run that has this column excited.
Where’s the Blu?: Pocket Money (1972) - Newman teamed with Lee Marvin for this Malick-scripted low-key oddity; not the classic it could have been but worth seeking out and would be a welcome @WarnerArchive upgrade.
Where’s the Blu?: The Mackintosh Man (1973) - a flop for Newman, good support and John Huston the year after Judge Roy Bean; as in ‘69 his Redford smash at year end made it a distant memory. WB did a good DVD in his set but we’d bite on a bump up.
Where’s the Blu?: Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) - Newman’s Manhattan Project drama was an underperformer for Paramount in fall release, who now have it tucked away out of reach with all their other “already on DVD” titles.
Where’s the Blu?: Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990) - Newman and Woodward’s final turn together onscreen; last with HBO and ripe for upgrade..
Where’s the Blu?: Twilight (1998) - no sparkling vampires here, just Newman heading a fabulous cast in smooth, underrated neo-noirish exercise from Robert Benton. Paramount, so...
Where’s the Blu(s)?: - on the 40th anniv. of the great Hooper, we tackle the MIAs of another fave, Burt Reynolds. Several have already featured here but the remaining begin with the three oldest theatricals (Angel Baby, Armored Command and Operation CIA), all presumably Warners (good DVDs on two.)
Where's the Blu?: - Impasse (1969) - A little remembered Early Burt Reynolds topliner with the great Anne Francis co-leading; MGM Limited put out a DVD.
Where’s the Blu?: Skullduggery (1970) - the early Burt lead days continue with this adventure, a TV staple for years like many Universals and now out of sight. A small following has requested it of various outfits, sadly the latest with a U deal shot it down. Maybe one day...