I'm surprised the Samurai films aren't on BD yet, I though Criterion might have released them but maybe not. And Spirited Away, yes, I'm very surprised I haven't seen many Studio Ghibli films release on Blu - I bet they are in Japan! Wow, no True Lies? But they have Commando and The Running Man, not to mention the Eraser/Collateral Damage doulble feature. That's a real shame.
I'm waiting for Where the Heart Is and Erin Brockovich - my wife's two favorite movies. There was something I was waiting for but it's just escaped me...It will return..
But Don Knotts movies, besides The Private Eyes, I can't wait for those!
I'm sure it has already been mentioned but why no Abyss on Blu? Has James Cameron ever mentioned this before?
Yep, over a dozen times but thanks for keeping the dream alive.
Last year the rumors had it coming out in 2012, now the rumors push it back to next year.
And in other news, this would normally go in The Rumor Mill, but it's easier to just post it here: We've been checking with our industry sources and have confirmed that 20th Century Fox is definitely planning to bring director James Cameron's The Abyss and True Lies to Blu-ray at long last. Sources tell us that the hope is to do a big promotion with the titles sometime next year. Why the wait? Cameron is a pretty busy guy these days, so these things take time. (Hey, when was the last time you tried diving to the deepest point in the ocean?) Nevertheless, rest assured that the two long-awaited films are definitely coming to Blu in the not-too-distant future.
I noticed that the 1925 silent version of Phantom of the Opera (featuring Lon Chaney, Sr.) was released a few months ago on Blu by Image Entertainment, and look forward to checking that out. (Official AVS Review in case anyone interested may have missed it back in Nov.)
I'd also love to see the TCM reconstruction of Chaney's London After Midnight released on Blu.
+1 on The Abyss, and also a higher quality xfer of T2.
I haven't been too impressed with the xfer quality on Cameron's older films so far (e.g. T2, Aliens), so hopefully he can up his game on future releases. If it takes a bit longer to get them done right, so be it.
If the HD transfers were halfway decent, I'd probably pick up alot of these on BD beginning with the Corman/Poe pictures, the AI/Amicus Burroughs pics, and Hammer films. Don't recall seeing any of these in the BD sections at the usually places though.
Are any of these available yet on Blu, or possibly in the works?
I believe ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU is in the works but the only one that I can tell you for sure that's available right now is WITCHFINDER GENERAL with Vincent Price.
WITCHFINDER GENERAL is a UK import...I got it from amazon.uk about 10 days ago. The feature itself plays fine in North America as do the HD special features. Be aware, however, that the SD extras are in PAL and won't play here.
The Midnite Movies were a pretty impressive series and I'd love to see a whole lot more of them (I've got about 80% of that list on DVD).
Merci for the reply Dex. And needless to say I agree 100% with your last comment. I also own quite a few of these on DVD, and certainly wouldn't mind addin a few HD editions as well. So a heads-up on any other future releases would be most welcome (from anyone).
Here's what I need to complete what I consider my "essentials"-
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
High Plains Drifter
The Last Detail
A complete set of Tex Avery cartoons
and I wouldn't mind a completely restored and remastered The Good The Bad and The Ugly