The Greatest DVDs Never Made

Want to buy that film-lover on your list The Magnificent Ambersons or The African Queen? Sorry, neither are available on DVD--at least not officially. Last year the rest of the Marx Brothers comedies and the great Astaire and Rogers musicals finally made it to DVD. So did La Dolce Vita, which had been involved in a legal dispute. And it took Warner Brothers several years to catch up but last year they finally released White Heat, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Meet Me in St. Louis. Here are a few others I'm still waiting for: Johnny Guitar, Penny Serenade, Night on Earth, La Ronde (1950), Man in the Wilderness and Exterminating Angel. So what's on your most-wanted list?


There are also some movies that have been released on DVD, but are very hard to find these days. I'd love to get my hands on a copy of the Criterion Collection's release of John Woo's The Killer. The library has it on VHS and it was also released on DVD before the Criterion version came out, but I've never seen the Criterion version with the director's commentary and deleted scenes.

I just found my #1 most-wanted on eBay after nearly 5 years of looking ... The Divine Ryans, based on the book by Wayne Johnston. It was never (to my knowledge) released on DVD -- and only barely on VHS.

Pete Postlethwaite and Mary Walsh star in the story, which concerns one of the meanest families, and one of the sweetest father-son relationships, of any story I've ever read or watched.

The scenery was beautiful -- and one of the main reasons I wanted to see the movie -- but in all honesty, the book was better.

Well, of course, I'd like to see the rest of the Astaire-Rogers musicals! Last summer they only released 5. However, next August, Warners will release the rest.