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June 18, 2013

Not on DVD

On our VHS Extravaganza episode we talk frequently about movies that exist only on VHS that aren't yet on DVD or Blu-Ray. That said, here's our top three(ish) films that need to be made available in current formats.

Rob's List
  • Pound (1970) – Robert Downey Sr.'s absurdist follow up to Putney Swope featuring many of the same cast members, including the first appearance by his son (Robert Downey Jr.) at age 5. Not even sure this was ever out on VHS because the copy I had was probably a 5th generation dub with time code running at the bottom. This is the feature between Putney Swope and Greaser's Palace and deserves a nice treatment even if only to milk people to see a super young Iron Man in action.
  • Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986) – Mike Marvin's sex comedy about a young guy heading toBusterburger University in order to get the college degree he needs to get his family's inheritance. A fun film featuring a rag tag group of misfits – a fat guy, a dork, a lady's man, a Rick James lookalike, a nun and more – who end up running a fast food joint with fun and surprising results. Featuring great performances from NFL great Dick Butkus and long-time character actor Charles Tyner. Only available on VHS as far as I know.
  • More non-Coffin Joe films from Jose Mojica Marins (1970s) – Back in Brazil, Marins was making more films even as he put his signature character, Coffin Joe, away for a time. Something Weird released many of these films such as Hellish Flesh, The End of Man and Perversion. Other Coffin Joe films such as The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe and Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind also deserve some nice DVD and Blu-Ray treatment.
Mike's List
  • Crime Wave - John Paizs's amazing color crime movie should never be mistaken for Sam Raimi's slapstick flick. This one stars Paizs as "quiet man" Steven Penny, a frustrated screenwriter who wants to create the best color crime movie ever made.
  • Move - One of the strangest movies I've ever seen Elliott Gould in, this one was based on a book by Joel Lieber and stars Gould as a paranoid writer who's plagued by a moving man.
  • God Made Man - A sadly "lost" film, Crazy Pete's God Made Man is a bizarro skit-ish comedy freak-out that skewers corporate and suburban life.

1 comment:

  1. Thank goodness for online friends. Otherwise I wouldn't have had the great opportunity of seeing John Paizs's Crime Wave: http://mykindofimages.tumblr.com/post/50788540335/images-from-john-paizs-crime-wave-1985