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Top 250 Films Not On Blu-ray, Volume II

By Garth Franklin Sunday November 20th 2011 01:06AM
Top 250 Films Not On Blu-ray, Volume II

Seven months ago I came up with the idea of looking at how far the Blu-ray format had progressed in one particular way in the five years it had been around. That way? The HD upgrades of all the films on the IMDb's "Top 250 Films of All Time" list.

Yes there are lists with more critical value out there, but the IMDB's remains a solid list of cinematic classics that have stood the test of time mixed in with more recent notable efforts.

At the time of the first list back in April (see Volume I here), 81 movies had yet to make the jump to Blu-ray anywhere in the world.

In the past six months, a combination of the IMDB's list itself being updated and this being a good year for cinematic classics has resulted in a sizeable dent being made into the previous hold outs.

As of mid-November that list of 81 titles has shrunk to just 54. In fact in the Top 100 titles alone only 16 films of have yet to get the HD upgrade including two classics each from Spielberg, Miyazaki and Hitchcock (all three filmmakers have several more unreleased as yet across the Top 250).

So let us get to it shall we, what titles should we be demanding to see on Blu-ray in coming years and which ones are already out that we should look up. Below is the list split it into three sections - presently unavailable titles, titles available only from international sellers, and titles currently available to buy on Blu-ray:

Some films on the 'Unavailable' list will likely make the jump next year (most notably the Indy trilogy) but until dates are announced nothing is certain as these releases can often hit unexpected delays.

UNAVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY

7 - "Schindler's List" (1993)
22 - "Rear Window" (1954)
23 - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
32 - "Sunset Boulevard" (1950)
45 - "Spirited Away" (2001)
46 - "Vertigo" (1958)
54 - "Double Indemnity" (1944)
58 - "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962)
60 - "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)
71 - "Chinatown" (1974)
75 - "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)
83 - "Singin' in the Rain” (1952)
92 - "The Apartment" (1960)
96 - "The Sting" (1973)
99 - "Princess Mononoke" (1997)
100 - "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)
102 - "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989)
106 - "On the Waterfront" (1954)
108 - "Rebecca" (1940)
109 - "The Great Escape" (1963)
112 - "Grave of the Fireflies" (1988)
122 - "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957)
126 - "Jaws" (1975)
128 - "Wild Strawberries" (1957)
137 - "It Happened One Night" (1934)
138 - "Annie Hall" (1977)
140 - "Strangers on a Train" (1951)
145 - "High Noon" (1952)
156 - "Notorious" (1946)
158 - "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940)
170 - "Finding Nemo" (2003)
173 - "The Big Sleep" (1946)
174 - "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)
184 - "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988)
185 - "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961)
198 - "Dial M for Murder" (1954)
199 - "Persona" (1966)
202 - "La Strada" (1954)
203 - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966)
208 - "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)
209 - "Stalag 17" (1953)
210 - "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928)
220 - "Nights of Cabiria" (1957)
223 - "Rosemary's Baby" (1968)
228 - "Roman Holiday" (1953)
229 - "Festen" (1998)
233 - "Ed Wood" (1994)
234 - "Rope" (1948)
235 - "Manhattan" (1979)
236 - "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962)
241 - "Stalker" (1979)
244 - "Sleuth" (1972)
248 - "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring" (2003)
250 - "Nosferatu" (1922)

ONLY INTERNATIONAL IMPORTS AVAILABLE

47 - "City Lights" (1931)
51 - "The Pianist" (2002)
77 - "Rashomon” (1950)
86 - "Bicycle Thieves" (1948)
94 - "Downfall" (2004)
101 - "The Elephant Man" (1980)
129 - "Touch of Evil" (1958)
134 - "The Deer Hunter" (1978)
147 - "Ikiru" (1952)
150 - "The Gold Rush" (1925)
151 - "A Separation" (2011)
154 - "The Kid" (1921)
160 - "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" (1927)
163 - "Amores perros" (2000)
212 - "Howl's Moving Castle" (2004)
214 - "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949)
217 - "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930)
242 - "Tokyo Story" (1953)

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)
5 - "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
6 - "12 Angry Men" (1957)
8 - "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)
9 - "The Dark Knight" (2008)
10 - "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003)
11 - "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
12 - "Inception" (2010)
13 - "Fight Club" (1999)
14 - "Seven Samurai" (1954)
15 - "Goodfellas" (1990)
16 - "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)
17 - "Star Wars" (1977)
18 - "City of God" (2002)
19 - "Casablanca" (1942)
20 - "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968)
21 - "The Matrix" (1999)
24 - "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
25 - "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
26 - "Psycho" (1960)
27 - "Se7en" (1995)
28 - "Forrest Gump" (1994)
29 - "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002)
30 - "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
31 - "Memento" (2000)
33 - "Léon: The Professional" (1994)
34 - "Dr. Strangelove" (1964)
35 - "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
36 - "American History X" (1998)
37 - "North by Northwest" (1959)
38 - "Citizen Kane" (1941)
39 - "Toy Story 3" (2010)
40 - "American Beauty" (1999)
41 - "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991)
42 - "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)
43 - "Taxi Driver" (1976)
44 - "Alien" (1979)
48 - "The Shining" (1980)
49 - "Paths of Glory" (1957)
50 - "Amélie" (2001)
52 - "M" (1931)
53 - "WALL·E" (2008)
55 - "The Departed" (2006)
56 - "The Lives of Others" (2006)
57 - "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
59 - "Aliens" (1986)
61 - "Modern Times" (1936)
62 - "Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
63 - "Life Is Beautiful" (1997)
64 - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
65 - "Das Boot" (1981)
66 - "Back to the Future" (1985)
67 - "Reservoir Dogs" (1992)
68 - "The Third Man" (1949)
69 - "L.A. Confidential" (1997)
70 - "The Prestige" (2006)
72 - "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948)
73 - "Cinema Paradiso" (1988)
74 - "The Green Mile" (1999)
76 - "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984)
78 - "The Great Dictator" (1940)
79 - "Raging Bull" (1980)
80 - "Amadeus" (1984)
81 - "Full Metal Jacket" (1987)
82 - "Some Like It Hot" (1959)
84 - "Gladiator" (2000)
85 - "All About Eve" (1950)
87 - "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006)
88 - "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
89 - "Braveheart" (1995)
90 - "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
91 - "Metropolis" (1927)
93 - "Oldboy" (2003)
95 - "Unforgiven" (1992)
97 - "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)
98 - "Return of the Jedi" (1983)
103 - "Gran Torino" (2008)
104 - "Up" (2009)
105 - "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)
107 - "Die Hard" (1988)
110 - "The Seventh Seal" (1957)
111 - "Batman Begins" (2005)
113 - "The Lion King" (1994)
114 - "Sin City" (2005)
115 - "Yojimbo" (1961)
116 - "Heat" (1995)
117 - "For a Few Dollars More" (1965)
118 - "The General" (1926)
119 - "Blade Runner" (1982)
120 - "Fargo" (1996)
121 - "Black Swan" (2010)
123 - "Snatch" (2000)
124 - "Ran" (1985)
125 - "The King's Speech" (2010)
127 - "Hotel Rwanda" (2004)
130 - "No Country for Old Men" (2007)
131 - "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
132 - "The Big Lebowski" (1998)
133 - "Toy Story" (1995)
135 - "The Sixth Sense" (1999)
136 - "Cool Hand Luke" (1967)
139 - "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (2003)
141 - "Scarface" (1983)
142 - "Drive" (2011)
143 - "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008)
144 - "Platoon" (1986)
146 - "Donnie Darko" (2001)
148 - "Into the Wild" (2007)
149 - "Trainspotting" (1996)
152 - "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
153 - "The Wages of Fear" (1953)
155 - "Million Dollar Baby" (2004)
157 - "Gone with the Wind" (1939)
159 - "There Will Be Blood" (2007)
161 - "The Secret in Their Eyes" (2009)
162 - "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)
164 - "Groundhog Day" (1993)
165 - "The Thing" (1982)
166 - "Life of Brian" (1979)
167 - "Casino" (1995)
168 - "Ben-Hur" (1959)
169 - "District 9" (2009)
171 - "The Graduate" (1967)
172 - "The Terminator" (1984)
175 - "Les Diaboliques" (1955)
176 - "Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows: Part Two" (2011) 177 - "Stand by Me" (1986)
178 - "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)
179 - "How to Train Your Dragon" (2010)
180 - "V for Vendetta" (2006)
181 - "Twelve Monkeys" (1995)
182 - "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007)
183 - "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975)
186 - "Good Will Hunting" (1997)
187 - "Gandhi" (1982)
188 - "Network" (1976)
189 - "The Wrestler" (2008)
190 - "The Night of the Hunter" (1955)
191 - "The Battle of Algiers" (1966)
192 - "The 400 Blows" (1959)
193 - "Mary and Max" (2009)
194 - "8½" (1963)
195 - "Ratatouille" (2007)
196 - "The Princess Bride" (1987)
197 - "The Killing" (1956)
200 - "The Hustler" (1961)
201 - "Avatar" (2009)
204 - "The Exorcist" (1973)
205 - "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007)
206 - "Star Trek" (2009)
207 - "The Wild Bunch" (1969)
211 - "Fanny and Alexander" (1982)
213 - "Barry Lyndon" (1975)
215 - "Rocky" (1976)
216 - "The Truman Show" (1998)
218 - "Sherlock Jr." (1924)
219 - "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" (2010)
221 - "Mystic River" (2003)
222 - "The Incredibles" (2004)
224 - "In Bruges" (2008)
225 - "Let the Right One In" (2008)
226 - "Infernal Affairs" (2002)
227 - "Magnolia" (1999)
230 - "Big Fish" (2003)
231 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003)
232 - "The Social Network" (2010)
237 - "Ip Man" (2008)
238 - "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
239 - "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004)
240 - "Shutter Island" (2010)
243 - "Children of Men" (2006)
245 - "Monsters, Inc." (2001)
246 - "Patton" (1970)
247 - "Rain Man" (1984)
249 - "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (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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