This year has seen (or will see shortly) the Blu-ray releases of numerous big-ticket catalog titles that people have long clamored to own in high definition. In September alone, we’ll get the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection, the complete ‘Indiana Jones’ series, the remaining James Bond films, and ‘Titanic’. Before the end of the year, we’ll also receive the likes of ‘E.T.’, ‘Finding Nemo’, Universal’s classic monsters, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and more. With that in mind, what “holy grail” titles are you still waiting to see released on Blu-ray?
I’ll go a little out of the norm here and pick a TV show. What’s worse is that this particular TV show might not even be able to be transferred to Blu-ray all that well considering its original source. Still, I’d love to have the complete series of ‘The X-Files’ on Blu-ray with the kind of painstaking restoration that went into ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. I’m a huge fan of television on Blu-ray, and ‘The X-Files’ is one of my favorite shows ever, so it’s only natural that I’d want the two to meet at some point. Now, I understand that ‘The X-Files’ comes from a less than desirable video source, so if there’s absolutely no way that Fox could make it happen and make it look good, then seasons 1-3 of ‘Arrested Development’ should help to ease my pain.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
I want a complete high-definition Studio Ghibli collection as much as anyone, but you and I both know that’s more or less an inevitability. For the sake of this discussion, I think I’ll stick to movies that I have little-to-no expectation will ever find their way to Blu-ray.
I’d love to see underappreciated, left-of-the-dial ’80s comedies likes ‘UHF’, ‘Return of the Killer Tomatoes’, and ‘One Crazy Summer’ get proper high-def releases. I’m one of eight people on the planet who genuinely loves ‘Josie and the Pussycats’, and maybe Universal will fill cutout bins with that movie one of these days. There aren’t nearly enough werewolves on Blu-ray, and bringing out ‘Ginger Snaps’ (heck, why not the whole trilogy while you’re at it?) would help even things out. I clearly have a taste for schlock, and the South Korean 3D ‘King Kong’ knockoff ‘A*P*E’ and the futuristic disco-musical ‘The Apple’ fill that bill.
I know that this is really general, but I wish that you could bank on TV shows that air in high-def to find their way onto Blu-ray. ‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘Community’, ‘Children’s Hospital’, ‘New Girl’, and ‘Pretty Little Liars’ (Sssshh! Don’t tell anyone I watch that!) are still heading exclusively to DVD, and that’s no fun for anybody. Oh, and I’d cheerfully open up my wallet to buy ‘Party Down’, ‘Veronica Mars’, ‘Arrested Development’, ‘A Nero Wolfe Mystery’, and ‘The Middleman’ again if they somehow scored releases on Blu-ray. I’d especially flip if ‘The Outer Limits’ could get the same otherworldly special edition treatment that ‘The Twilight Zone’ did.
I was fortunate enough to import ‘Ghost in the Shell: Innocence – Absolute Edition’ when it was first released, and thereby managed to get a copy with both Dolby TrueHD 6.1 and DTS-HD MA 6.1 tracks. Getting the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ television series is another matter. Blu-rays of the series in its original episode format (rather than the consolidated and truncated movie versions) exist, but even at a combined cost of over a $1,000 for 52 episodes, the Blu-rays don’t have English subtitles or lossless audio.
Warner Bros., I want to replace my ‘Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’ DVD with a Blu-ray that has some special features. Even the HBO First Look “Behind the Mask” EPK would be nice to have. Paramount, it’s past time for a Blu-ray of ‘Witness’. Skip the remake, and get this movie a decent Blu-ray.
As I’ve posted many times in the Roundtable now, I’m still holding my breath for a Blu-ray release of an 11-year-old catalog title: ‘Wonder Boys’. With this week’s release of ‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, I think that just about every Curtis Hanson film, save for ‘In Her Shoes’, has now hit Blu-ray. ‘Wonder Boys’ is more than deserving (and certainly more deserving than ‘In Her Shoes’, even if Shirley MacLaine is great in that). Can I please get a little 1080p Grady Tripp?!!
You know what? I honestly can’t think of anything big left on my high-definition wish list. All of the remaining hold-outs either arrived or are Blu-ray bound in 2012 – from ‘Jaws’ and ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’, to the ‘Indiana Jones’, classic Universal monsters and Alfred Hitchcock box sets. So, my mind is seriously drawing a blank right now. I guess I’ll go with the complete ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ series – although, in all honesty, I predict that’s going to be a very long wait.
M. Enois Duarte
With the ‘Indiana Jones’ collection, the Hitchcock set and the Universal monsters box set already coming, I’m having a really hard time thinking of any “holy grail” titles, except for maybe more cult material like ‘Krull’ or something. If I really think about it, I’d love to see a Hammer Horror collection. I can pick up a few scattered titles overseas and some in the States with okay transfers, but what I want are fresh new masters of all the classics in one big collection. That would be awesome. And since we’re also seeing lots of Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger lately, how about some Jason Voorhees as well? A ‘Friday the 13th’ collection would be nice too.
The last time we did this topic in early 2011, I wished for a complete ‘Twin Peaks’ collection. That’s still high on my list, even though HD streaming versions of the show (and a pretty good import Blu-ray for ‘Fire Walk With Me‘) have come available in the meantime.
Failing that, I’m also still jonesing for more Fellini in high-definition. I’ve seen the director’s masterpiece ‘La dolce vita’ a couple times in 35mm, but have refused to watch the existing sub-par DVD edition. A quality Criterion Collection restoration would convince me to finally watch the film in my own home theater.
Those are the titles we still eagerly await on Blu-ray. What are your “holy grails”? Tell us in the Comments.