Blu-ray’s Most Wanted

Posted by James Segars on July 7, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, Studios

While the Holidays and Black Friday are still a ways off, we thought it necessary to chef up a list of our most wanted Blu-ray catalog titles, you know, in case any Studios were looking for ideas… wink, wink.

Why post a wish list now? Well, the way we see it, now is as good a time as any. With less than six months ’till the close of ’08, there is still an ample amount of time to re-master/re-encode any of the following titles, assuming they aren’t already working on them.

As you may notice, we’re going for titles that might seem a bit more eclectic than you might expect, so feel free to add your top five in the comments below. Remember, we’re going for titles that you wouldn’t necessarily expect the studios to “fast track.” After all, it is a wish list, right?

At any rate, without further ado, here is our love letter to the studios, from the staff. Our top five most wanted catalog titles are:

  1. Aliens (1986) needs to include the Special Edition and Theatrical Cut presented via Seamless Branching, DTS-MA 5.1, and all Quadrilogy Special Features. Additionally, a BonusView with James Cameron would be phenomenal.
  2. City of God presented in DTS-MA 24bit 5.1 and should include all of the features from the Brasilian special edition release and more.
  3. American Beauty is in dire need of an upgrade over the lackluster “Awards Edition.” Again, DTS-MA 5.1, and a BonusView with Sam Mendes/Alan Ball should be no-brainer seeing as how this film garnered much praise and is poised to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2009.
  4. Solaris (2002) is a masterfully composed film, and as such deserves nothing less than the finest video presentation available. Enough said.
  5. La Dolce Vita should be remastered meticulously and flawlessly, ala Casablanca, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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26 Responses to “Blu-ray’s Most Wanted”

  1. webdev511 on July 7th, 2008 7:25 am

    Shawshank Redemption please.

    Warner has been “promising” it since 2006, but I will forgive them if they roll it out for Christmas.

  2. Mehar Gill on July 7th, 2008 7:56 am

    The Great Escape, I think the anniversary of the event is coming up soon so it would be kind of timely.

  3. Justin Sluss on July 7th, 2008 8:03 am

    James knows this and I’ll say it here… I’m all for “American Beauty” coming to Blu-ray Disc but you have to keep in mind it’s a DreamWorks film… with the current issue between Speilberg and Paramount trying to leave Paramount I don’t think this will likely be a candidate sadly for release on BD.

  4. Mehar Gill on July 7th, 2008 8:23 am

    Spielberg was actually leaning towards Universal, so they will likely be the candidate to publish Dreamworks products. Universal is pretty good with there releases, and during the format war they did release a variety of genres, not just the ones that give the “wow” factor.

  5. Sariena on July 7th, 2008 8:37 am

    Shawshank has November release date, per HDD, so lets hope they stick with it.

    Heat, Silence of the Lambs, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Hours, Aliens, please!

  6. Robert on July 7th, 2008 8:50 am

    WSell, the list of catalogs would be way different for me. I’d start with The Sound of Music, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, Auntie Mame, The King and I, E.T., Poltergeist, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Exodus, Grease and Indiana Jones.

  7. Jerome on July 7th, 2008 8:53 am

    Here is my top 5:
    1. Band of Brothers
    2. Bravehart
    3. Lord of the Rings
    4. Saving Private Ryan
    5. Indiana Jones (all movies)

  8. The Guardian on July 7th, 2008 9:15 am

    Jerome your top 5 is very similar to my top 5, except instead of Band of Brothers I would put the Lion King. However that is most likely already scheduled for some far in the future date, so it doesn’t really count, so I would have to say Jurassic Park.

  9. DavidB on July 7th, 2008 9:45 am

    Wow Jerome, between you and webdev five movies I would buy immediately on their Blu-ray release:
    Band of Brothers
    Lord of the Rings (all three)
    Saving Private Ryan
    Shawshank Redemption

    Talk about a suite of “demo” grade material if done right…

    Apocalypse Now (Complete Dossier Edition) would be nice too.

  10. Bigdmelt12 on July 7th, 2008 10:13 am

    dont worry jerome and all others i read somewhere band of brothers is already planned. I would like to see star wars out there somewhere.

    If saving private ryan came out i would prob go buy a blu ray player and that movie same day

  11. Roger Cassell on July 7th, 2008 11:17 am

    I’d be happy with Star Trek TOS Season 2. The HD-DVD Season One was great!

  12. Mehar Gill on July 7th, 2008 12:19 pm

    Star Trek TOS Season 2 has already been confirmed to be a regular restored DVD.

  13. James Segars on July 7th, 2008 12:26 pm

    Definitely got some good additions to the rolling list thus far!

    Let’s keep them coming guys!

  14. Norman Frizzle on July 7th, 2008 12:57 pm

    Bravo, Rovert: Deep catalgue is for me, too!

    Let me add Can-Can, Li’l Abner, Bells Are Ringing, Seven Year Itch, Love Me or Leave Me, Billy Rose’s Jumbo, Pillow Talk, Silk Stockings, Funny Face and Around the World in 80 Days.

  15. John Chandler on July 7th, 2008 12:58 pm

    Wagner’s Ring, The Lighthorsemen, Tous les matins du Monde, Z, Gandhi, BBCs Blue Planet. Lets spread the opportunity around a bit. Too much excessive and really nasty violence in todays crop

  16. Mehar Gill on July 7th, 2008 1:54 pm
  17. Tim on July 7th, 2008 3:05 pm

    5. The Incredibles
    4. Lord Of The Rings Collection (Extended Cuts)
    3. Star Trek Movie Collection
    2. Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection
    1. Star Wars Saga: I – VI (all 6 films; all previous bonus material; 1080p DTS-MA 5.1 re-masters of the Original versions of IV, V and VI; new Director’s Cut for each prequel to make them less goofy; the original working print of Star Wars; all deleted and extended scenes, PIP commentary on all 6 films and so on). Lucasfilm: I would pay way too much money for this, as would millions of other fools with money to burn. Make this happen, your gods demand it!

  18. freudguy on July 7th, 2008 6:22 pm

    @Mehar Gill

    But not Blu-Ray yet. I believe that was the point.

  19. Andy Frank on July 7th, 2008 9:23 pm

    1. Armageddon
    2. True Lies
    3. STAR TREK – First Contact
    4. The Gauntlett
    5. The Island ( Scarlet Johansson ) I Know its available from Amazon UK site,but I want a US Version.

  20. The Guardian on July 8th, 2008 5:53 am

    Originally Posted By John ChandlerWagner’s Ring, The Lighthorsemen, Tous les matins du Monde, Z, Gandhi, BBCs Blue Planet. Lets spread the opportunity around a bit. Too much excessive and really nasty violence in todays crop

    The Ring cycle would be amazing if done properly! That’d be a few discs though :)

    Blue Planet is already out, and has been for quite a long time too…

  21. James Segars on July 8th, 2008 7:39 am

    @Tim – I love the detailed Star Wars requests. That’s the kinda descriptions that will potentially help the studios the most — assuming you all want more than a theatrical trailer attached to your discs listed above. ;)

  22. Tim on July 8th, 2008 1:03 pm

    Originally Posted By James Segars@Tim – I love the detailed Star Wars requests. That’s the kinda descriptions that will potentially help the studios the most — assuming you all want more than a theatrical trailer attached to your discs listed above. ;)

    Heh, alright, here are the details for the the others:

    Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection

    - All four movies completely (re)mastered in 1080p, DTS-MA 5.1
    - All previous bonus features from the DVD’s in HD (this SD crap for docs and featurettes has to stop, please)
    - Extensive behind the scenes features on each film (beyond what is already out there)
    - Commentary tracks on each feature that include some combination of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford and other various cast & crew
    - PIP commentary on each feature

    Star Trek Movie Collection

    - Available as a set or individually (w/ bonus disc)
    - Commentary on each feature w/ directors, producers, writers and actors
    - Bonus disc for each feature w/ documentary’s, featurettes and behind the scenes in HD
    Exclusive material for the box set:
    - A massive introspective on the series, the movies and the influence of Star Trek in pop culture
    - Select episodes that provide back story to the movies presented in HD if possible (pretty sure TNG and DS9 were filmed on tape)
    - A huge documentary featuring the main actors from each series
    - A “look to the future” documentary that shows where both humanity and the Star Trek universe is heading

    LOTR Trilogy:

    - All 3 films totally remastered in 1080p, DTS-MA 5.1
    - Both the theatrical and directors cut versions of the films (seamless branching)
    - An exclusive “Alternate Cut” of each film to show another possible direction the trilogy could have taken
    - All previous special features presented in HD (for the love of crap!)
    - Exclusive behind the scenes look at The Hobbit (a la that box set that came our prior to King Kong)
    - Retrospective documentary from the cast and crew: How the movies affected their lives, careers and where they are now.
    - A New Zealand Documentary that shows us more of the cities and countryside that provided the backdrop for this epic trilogy

    The Incredibles:

    All I want is a 1080p, DTS-MA 5.1 version of the 2 disc DVD that came out previously, but if they threw in some PIP tracks I would be totally cool with that.

    On top of all of this, each set should include your standard theatrical trailers, still photos, movie posters, and all the other “lesser features” that round out a decent release.

  23. Ruben on July 9th, 2008 12:35 am

    That all sounds very nice… Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars – very nice… I’d buy them without too much doubt ;-) …. BUT… would’nt it be nice to see a classic like Jurassic Park on HD, nicely restored on 1080p with DTS-MA 5.1

    That’s a movie that’s defnitely on my wish-list!

  24. jason on July 10th, 2008 12:22 pm

    LOTR extended Trilogy remains my most anticipated title, by far.

  25. Steven on July 17th, 2008 4:59 pm

    1. Gigli
    2. Shes All That
    3. Nutty Professor 3
    4. Princess Bride
    5. Event Horizon

  26. Sebastian on October 24th, 2009 8:46 am

    @John Chandler – Id’ love to see the Met production of Wagner’s Ring on blu… there’s a production out on blu now but hasn’t received great reviews. Also, been waiting for blu-rays of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Penelope” forever, but doesn’t look like either are gonna happen any time soon.

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