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Which Top 250 Films Aren't On Blu-ray?

By Garth Franklin Saturday April 16th 2011 04:14AM

While some prefer the more prestigious albeit Hollywood-centric A.F.I. Top 100 Films List, the IMDb's "Top 250 Films of All Time" is considered a solid general list of the cinematic classics that stand the test of time alongside some well-received recent fare.

With the Blu-ray format hitting its official five year anniversary in June, there still seems to be quite a few cinematic masterpieces that have yet to hit the format. While picking up an old classic on Blu from Amazon recently, "All About Eve", I pondered how many films on that Top 250 list hadn't made the high-definition jump yet. So I set about coming up with this list.

A few hours of analysis later and the result was surprising. Around one-third have yet to make the jump to Blu-ray anywhere in the world. Another two dozen are only for sale in certain international territories including the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada - with quite a few of those of questionable quality.

One big positive came out of assembling this list though. The clear majority that have already made the jump to Blu-ray have done so in well-restored and well-reviewed editions. It seems once a film becomes available, it's usually treated the right way. There are exceptions though (cough "Patton" cough).

So let us get to it shall we, what titles will we hopefully be seeing on Blu-ray in coming years. Below is the list split it into four sections - unavailable titles with no proposed or specific release date, titles available only from international sellers, pre-order titles not out yet but with specific release dates set, and titles currently available to buy on Blu-ray:

UNAVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY

6 - "Schindler's List" (1993)
7 - "12 Angry Men" (1957)
21 - "Rear Window" (1954)
22 - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
31 - "Sunset Boulevard" (1950)
37 - "Citizen Kane" (1941)
45 - "Vertigo" (1958)
47 - "Spirited Away" (2001)
53 - "Double Indemnity" (1944)
54 - "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962)
59 - "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)
68 - "Chinatown" (1974)
74 - "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)
78 - "Singin' in the Rain” (1952)
92 - "The Apartment" (1960)
98 - "The Sting" (1973)
102 - "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)
104 - "On the Waterfront" (1954)
106 - "Rebecca" (1940)
108 - "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)
111 - "The Great Escape" (1963)
112 - "Princess Mononoke" (1997)
115 - "Jaws" (1975)
124 - "Touch of Evil" (1958)
128 - "Grave of the Fireflies" (1988)
129 - "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957)
130 - "Wild Strawberries" (1957)
134 - "The Lion King" (1994)
135 - "The Big Lebowski" (1998)
136 - "Annie Hall" (1977)
138 - "Strangers on a Train" (1951)
140 - "It Happened One Night" (1934)
141 - "High Noon" (1952)
149 - "Notorious" (1946)
156 - "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940)
157 - "A Separation" (2011)
160 - "The Big Sleep" (1946)
168 - "Finding Nemo" (2003)
174 - "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)
186 - "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988)
187 - "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961)
197 - "The Killing" (1956)
198 - "The Battle of Algiers" (1966)
199 - "La Strada" (1954)
201 - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966)
205 - "Dial M for Murder" (1954)
206 - "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)
208 - "Stalag 17" (1953)
209 - "Persona" (1966)
211 - "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928)
212 - "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949)
217 - "Ed Wood" (1994)
224 - "Manhattan" (1979)
225 - "Rosemary's Baby" (1968)
226 - "Festen" (1998)
229 - "Roman Holiday" (1953)
231 - "Howl's Moving Castle" (2004)
232 - "Nights of Cabiria" (1957)
234 - "His Girl Friday" (1940)
236 - "Duck Soup" (1933)
238 - "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962)
239 - "Rope" (1948)
240 - "The Philadelphia Story" (1940)
241 - "Harvey" (1950)
242 - "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944)
243 - "Sleuth" (1972)
246 - "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring" (2003)
250 - "In the Mood for Love" (2000)

ONLY INTERNATIONAL IMPORTS AVAILABLE

5 - "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
18 - "City of God" (2002)
51 - "The Pianist" (2002)
52 - "City Lights" (1931)
69 - "Life Is Beautiful" (1997)
80 - "Rashomon” (1950)
86 - "Bicycle Thieves" (1948)
93 - "Downfall" (2004)
101 - "The Elephant Man" (1980)
132 - "The Deer Hunter" (1978)
154 - "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" (1927)
155 - "The Gold Rush" (1925)
162 - "Amores perros" (2000)
167 - "The Kid" (1921)
169 - "Ikiru" (1952)
193 - "Good Will Hunting" (1997)
213 - "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930)
214 - "Fanny and Alexander" (1982)
228 - "Infernal Affairs" (2002)
245 - "Three Colors: Red" (1994)
248 - "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" (1986)

AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON

11 - "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
16 - "Star Wars" (1977)
20 - "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)
63 - "Das Boot" (1981)
81 - "Some Like It Hot" (1959)
87 - "The Great Dictator" (1940)
107 - "Return of the Jedi" (1983)
143 - "Platoon" (1986)
153 - "Scarface" (1983)
159 - "Ben-Hur" (1959)
183 - "Les Diaboliques" (1955)
196 - "The Hustler" (1961)
221 - "Barry Lyndon" (1975)

NOW AVAILABLE IN U.S. STORES & ON AMAZON

1 - "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
2 - "The Godfather" (1972)
3 - "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
4 - "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966)
8 - "Inception" (2010)
9 - "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)
10 - "The Dark Knight" (2008)
12 - "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003)
13 - "The Seven Samurai" (1954)
14 - "Fight Club" (1999)
15 - "Goodfellas" (1990)
17 - "Casablanca" (1942)
19 - "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)
23 - "The Matrix" (1999)
24 - "Psycho" (1960)
25 - "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
26 - "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
27 - "Se7en" (1995)
28 - "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
29 - "Memento" (2000)
30 - "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002)
32 - "Forrest Gump" (1994)
33 - "Toy Story 3" (2010)
34 - "Léon: The Professional" (1994)
35 - "Dr. Strangelove" (1964)
36 - "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
38 - "American History X" (1998)
39 - "North by Northwest" (1959)
40 - "American Beauty" (1999)
41 - "Taxi Driver" (1976)
42 - "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991)
43 - "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)
44 - "Alien" (1979)
46 - "Amélie" (2001)
48 - "The Shining" (1980)
49 - "WALL·E" (2008)
50 - "Paths of Glory" (1957)
55 - "M" (1931)
56 - "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
57 - "The Lives of Others" (2006)
58 - "The Departed" (2006)
60 - "Aliens" (1986)
61 - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
62 - "Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
64 - "Reservoir Dogs" (1992)
65 - "The Third Man" (1949)
66 - "Modern Times" (1936)
67 - "L.A. Confidential" (1997)
70 - "Back to the Future" (1985)
71 - "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948)
72 - "The Prestige" (2006)
73 - "Black Swan" (2010)
75 - "Cinema Paradiso" (1988)
76 - "Raging Bull" (1980)
77 - "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006)
79 - "The Green Mile" (1999)
82 - "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984)
83 - "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
84 - "Amadeus" (1984)
85 - "All About Eve" (1950)
88 - "Full Metal Jacket" (1987)
89 - "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
90 - "Braveheart" (1995)
91 - "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)
94 - "Gladiator" (2000)
95 - "Metropolis" (1927)
96 - "Up" (2009)
97 - "Gran Torino" (2008)
99 - "Unforgiven" (1992)
100 - "Oldboy" (2003)
103 - "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)
105 - "The King's Speech" (2010)
109 - "Sin City" (2005)
110 - "Die Hard" (1988)
113 - "Batman Begins" (2005)
114 - "The Seventh Seal" (1957)
116 - "Blade Runner" (1982)
117 - "Fargo" (1996)
118 - "The General" (1926)
119 - "Hotel Rwanda" (2004)
120 - "Heat" (1995)
121 - "No Country for Old Men" (2007)
122 - "For a Few Dollars More" (1965)
123 - "Yojimbo" (1961)
125 - "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008)
126 - "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
127 - "Ran" (1985)
131 - "Snatch" (2000)
133 - "The Sixth Sense" (1999)
137 - "Cool Hand Luke" (1967)
139 - "Donnie Darko" (2001)
142 - "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (2003)
144 - "District 9" (2009)
145 - "Toy Story" (1995)
146 - "Into the Wild" (2007)
147 - "There Will Be Blood" (2007)
148 - "Million Dollar Baby" (2004)
150 - "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
151 - "Trainspotting" (1996)
152 - "Gone with the Wind" (1939)
158 - "Groundhog Day" (1993)
161 - "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)
163 - "The Graduate" (1967)
164 - "Life of Brian" (1979)
165 - "Avatar" (2009)
166 - "The Wrestler" (2008)
170 - "The Terminator" (1984)
171 - "The Wages of Fear" (1953)
172 - "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)
173 - "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007)
175 - "The Secret in Their Eyes" (2009)
176 - "Casino" (1995)
177 - "The Thing" (1982)
178 - "Stand by Me" (1986)
179 - "Twelve Monkeys" (1995)
180 - "V for Vendetta" (2006)
181 - "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975)
182 - "How to Train Your Dragon" (2010)
184 - "Gandhi" (1982)
185 - "Ratatouille" (2007)
188 - "8½" (1963)
189 - "The Night of the Hunter" (1955)
190 - "The Social Network" (2010)
191 - "The Princess Bride" (1987)
192 - "Star Trek" (2009)
194 - "Network" (1976)
195 - "The 400 Blows" (1959)
200 - "The Incredibles" (2004)
202 - "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007)
203 - "The Exorcist" (1973)
204 - "The Wild Bunch" (1969)
207 - "In Bruges" (2008)
210 - "Mary and Max" (2009)
215 - "Rocky" (1976)
216 - "Let the Right One In" (2008)
218 - "Children of Men" (2006)
219 - "Big Fish" (2003)
220 - "Magnolia" (1999)
222 - "Mystic River" (2003)
223 - "The Truman Show" (1998)
227 - "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004)
230 - "Patton" (1970)
233 - "Sherlock Jr." (1924)
235 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003)
237 - "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006)
244 - "Monsters, Inc." (2001)
247 - "Beauty and the Beast" (1991)
249 - "Rain Man" (1984)

What films are missing from the list that you think deserve the full restoration and HD treatment? Which of the ones that haven't made the jump yet should come next? Please leave your thoughts below.

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