Masters of Cinema has posted a terrific feature about important films currently unavailable on DVD. No permalink, as far as I can see–instead, go to the page and click on “Unavailable?” in the upper right-hand corner. In addition to Nick Wrigley’s mainbar story, you’ll find a sidebar-to-end-all-sidebars, described as follows:
In late 2003 we asked a number of our favourite film critics, restorers, authors, curators and scholars for their lists of “most wanted films on DVD”. The idea here, six years into the format’s life, is to catch a glimpse of what the next six years could hold if these dreams were realised. Here are their responses….
Now, that’s my idea of a “list piece.” Read, ponder, and note the mysterious absence of anything by Budd Boetticher–though Nicholas Ray does get his due. (Did you know, by the way, that Ninotchka and The Grapes of Wrath aren’t available on DVD? Yikes!)