by Patrick Bromley
As movie fans, we are often talking about how we are living in a Golden Age of home media, with so many obscure and cult movies getting gorgeous special edition Blu-ray releases courtesy of companies like Arrow, Vinegar Syndrome, Twilight Time, Scream Factory, Classic Flix, Kino Lorber...the list goes on. Several movies I love have recently had Blu-ray releases announced, including Vice Squad (previously near the top of my "needs a Blu-ray" list), Nemesis, The Black Cat (1934), and, most importantly, Kuffs. But there are still so many titles that remain unavailable -- many of them even on DVD. What gives?
JB made his own lists last year; you can find those here and here.
While there are obviously many more than 10 movies I want released on Blu-ray, here are just some of the titles I wish I could add to our collection:
1. Extreme Prejudice (1987, dir. Walter Hill)
Streets of Fire, this would be my favorite Walter Hill movie.
2. Martin (1978, dir. George A. Romero)
3. The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982, dir. Albert Pyun)
4. Four of the Apocalypse (1975, dir. Lucio Fulci)
Conquest or Contraband or The Silver Saddle or, most importantly, Four of the Apocalypse, his 1975 western and one of my favorites of his films, horror or otherwise. Violent, mean, and nasty, this one needs an upgrade just so it can find its long-overdue reappraisal and celebration.
5. Wuthering Heights (1939, dir. William Wyler)
6. Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993, dir. Brian Yuzna, Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko)
7. The Abyss (1989, dir. James Cameron)
8. Femme Fatale (2002, dir. Brian De Palma)
9. Trouble in Paradise (1932, dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
10. Dead Presidents (1995, dir. Allan & Albert Hughes)