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1.
A Letter to Elia (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the late Elia Kazan. (60 mins.)
“ Not all of us can just up and buy a whole hundred-dollar box set just to see a documentary that follows the life and career of film director Elia Kazan and how he influenced you, Marty! ” - jzappa
 
2.
Comandante (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro. (99 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Oooohhh, socialism…So dangerous we can’t even hear the guy talk. ” - jzappa
 
3.
The Addiction (1995)
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A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood. (82 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ Nominated for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival, nominated for 2 Independent Spirit Awards, but I can’t see it, because it’s not even on DVD. ” - jzappa
 
4.
The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994 TV Movie)
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Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers... (123 mins.)
“ Maybe in a time when anti-union, a movie about a martyred union activist is not in high demand. Even though it won 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes and a SAG award. ” - jzappa
 
5.
Cousin Bobby (1992 Documentary)
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A documentary about Director Jonathan Demme's cousin, an Episcopalian minister in Harlem. (70 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ A documentary on the director’s cousin doesn’t exactly jump at distributors, granted, but when that director is Jonathan Demme, not releasing a DVD is letting a great modern filmmaker’s flexography fade away. ” - jzappa
 
6.
High Heels (1991)
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A girl's mother returns after 15 years to find her daughter has married one of her (the mother's) old boyfriends... (112 mins.)
“ Almodovar’s early work has been released on DVD in region 2, but is not available on DVD in America. ” - jzappa
 
7.
Whore (1991)
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The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man... (85 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ What a shock, branded with an NC-17 rating for its sexual content. The MPAA and theater chains also refused to release posters or advertise a film called "Whore", so for this purpose the film was re-titled "If You Can't Say It, Just See It". Russell protested his film being given such a rating when Pretty Woman got an R, on the grounds that his film showed the real hardships of being a prostitute, and the other glorified it. Needless to say Pretty Woman totally eclipsed it, permanently it seems. ” - jzappa
 
8.
The Voice of the Moon (1990)
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The amusing and entertaining adventures of a recently released mental patient and his band of misfits, discover conspiracies to concur while looking for love. (122 mins.)
“ Due in some measure to an uncompromising European optic and a refusal to entertain for its own sake, maestro Fellini’s last film became his first never to find a North American distributor. ” - jzappa
 
9.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
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The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husbands restaurant. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
“ On VHS in the 1990s, there was both the original version and the heavily cut R-rated version. On DVD there’s NOTHING. ” - jzappa
 
10.
Angelo My Love (1983)
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Angelo My Love delves into the little understood and fascinating world of New York gypsies. Using real... (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Duvall
“ Duvall spent five years on the film and many of the cast, including Angelo, did not read English. San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles commercial screenings were documented, with a Cinemax cable presentation in 1985. That’s about it. ” - jzappa
 
11.
Hanna K. (1983)
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An Israeli lawyer is defending a Palestinian charged by The Military Court System in the Israeli-Occupied Territories. It's a tough case because of a strong political background. (111 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ Played for a short time in several American cities to practically unanimous negative reviews, where it was reviewed at all, then suddenly yanked from distribution by Universal. One of them commented unofficially that while it couldn’t be confirmed that the film was eradicated due to political pressure, distributors got that it was intolerable to supporters of Israel. Costa-Gavras himself personally promoted the film in the New York Times at a cost of $50,000 after Universal declined to. They even banned him the use of advertisements. ” - jzappa
 
12.
The Challenge (1982)
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A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers. (113 mins.)
“ A re-edited version of the film called Sword of the Ninja was created for television, probably making it terrible, but no DVD! ” - jzappa
 
13.
Labyrinth of Passion (1982)
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A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran)... (100 mins.)
“ Like Almodovar’s High Heels, it’s available in Region 2 but not here. ” - jzappa
 
14.
Buddy Buddy (1981)
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During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems. (96 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ "It hurts to strike out on your last picture," said Billy Wilder about this forgotten Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau vehicle. ” - jzappa
 
15.
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981 Documentary)
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The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag... (100 mins.)
“ LAPD Chief Daryl Gates wrote a letter demanding the film not be shown again in L.A. Spheeris herself claimed to have shoplifted a VHS copy of her film from a Walmart as a paean to the spirit of it. ” - jzappa
 
16.
HealtH (1980)
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A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ This ensemble comedy was made by Lion’s Gate, which was actually Robert Altman's company. It was his last film for 20th Century Fox, which, being Fox, shelved it for over two years. Still, it showed at festivals and ran in L.A. briefly. It was broadcast on TV over the years…but has never been issued on DVD…or even home video. ” - jzappa
 
17.
Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980)
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Pepi is raped by the policeman who catches her growing marijuana in her apartment. She seeks revenge by getting his masochist wife to leave him. (82 mins.)
“ Again, Almodovar available in Region 2. The U.K even issued it as part of a collection. But the film has not been released on DVD in America. ” - jzappa
 
18.
Every Man for Himself (1980)
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An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations. (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Region 2, no Region 1. ” - jzappa
 
19.
The Human Factor (1979)
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When a leak of information in the African Section of British Intelligence is discovered security man Daintry is brought in to investigate. (115 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ The final film the great Otto Preminger helmed in his 50-year career, finance was such a plague on the project the editor even held the print hostage. ” - jzappa
 
20.
Saint Jack (1979)
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Compelling character study, revolving around Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara), an American hustler trying... (112 mins.)
“ "Saint Jack and They All Laughed were two of my best films,” said Peter Bogdanovich, “but never received the kind of distribution they should have," the film having been banned in the place where it was shot in the first place. ” - jzappa
 
21.
Fedora (1978)
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Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ It had its world premiere at Cannes in 1978 as part of a retrospective of Wilder's work. After that, it was released in only a handful of select American and European theaters with little flourish, inducing an offended Wilder to declare that the studio spent about six hundred bucks on marketing. ” - jzappa
 
22.
Renaldo and Clara (1978)
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This epic is a mass amalgamation of three separate film-types that is, contrary to popular opinion, coherent and a unified whole... (235 mins.)
Director: Bob Dylan
“ After allegedly a single showings of the original 232-minute version on European television, Dylan withdrew the film from distribution. Copies, made from recordings of that very TV broadcast, circulate among collectors, but the only parts of the movie to be released for consumers are the excerpts found on the bonus DVD of one of Dylan’s live albums. ” - jzappa
 
23.
Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978)
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An aging out of shape reporter falls for a pretty but seriously ill ballerina. (110 mins.)
“ Oddly, the first film made by John G. Avildsen after he won Best Director for Rocky is unavailable and nobody’s ever even heard of it. ” - jzappa
 
24.
Backroads (1977)
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A black and white lowlife duo drives around Australia's Outback in a stolen vehicle and finds trouble after trouble. (60 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ Opened commercially in only one cinema at the time. You would think the debut film of the director of some of the most seen action thrillers of the past twenty years would get at least a bare-bones DVD release. ” - jzappa
 
25.
The Domino Principle (1977)
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Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble... (100 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Kramer’s first stab at a thriller opened to negative reviews and lasted only two to three weeks in theaters. ” - jzappa
 
26.
The Travelling Players (1975)
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Greece 1939 - 1952 Fascist, Nazi, Communist conflict as seen through a family of travelling provincial players (230 mins.)
“ Response to this epic film was tremendously affirmative. It was immediately pronounced one of the greatest films of all time and won copious awards. Regardless, the conservative Greek government prevented it from showing at Cannes, and has yet to find a Region 1 DVD release. ” - jzappa
 
27.
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)
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W.W. is a happy-go-lucky crook who makes his living robbing gas stations through the drive-up windows... (91 mins.)
“ Another Avildsen film that has not been released on DVD or any other home video set-up. The rationale remains uncertain. ” - jzappa
 
28.
Le cinque giornate (1973)
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In the chaos of the final days of the Italian revolution a thief and a baker hook up and travel the streets of Milan witnessing the historic events, which quickly take a dark turn. (122 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Argento’s first box office flop in Italy. ” - jzappa
 
29.
Child's Play (1972)
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At an exclusive boys' school, a new gym teacher is drawn into a feud between two older instructors, and he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems. (100 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Presumably enough because of a much more popular 1988 film that copped the same name, this dramatic thriller, yet another buried Sidney Lumet film, has never been available on home video in the United States in any format. ” - jzappa
 
30.
Young Winston (1972)
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This historical drama is an account of the early life of the future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Simon Ward)... (157 mins.)
“ The full uncensored version of the film is currently unavailable on DVD. ” - jzappa
 
31.
Out 1 (1971)
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"Out 1" is a very precise picture of post May '68 malaise - when Utopian dreams of a new society had crashed and burned... (729 mins.)
“ First shown as a work in progress in France, few people have seen the full-length version, restored in Germany in 1990, retrospectives, yadda yadda, but home entertainment format seems to be intimidated by its 12-hour running time, which financially precluded any serious attempt to shoot the whole film on 35 mm. ” - jzappa
 
32.
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)
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Georgie Soloway, a pop hit love song writer who cannot love, himself, or others. He spends his days with various women flying his plane... (108 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
“ Although the film has been released on videotape, this young Dustin Hoffman vehicle has not been released on DVD and is not carried by any major film rental service. ” - jzappa
 
33.
All These Women (1964)
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The pretentious critic Cornelius is writing a biography on a famous cellist and to do some research he goes to stay in his house for a few days... (80 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ One of the few comedy films ever made by Bergman and his first film to be shot in color, you would think Criterion would perpetuate its love fest with him by cranking this one out. ” - jzappa
 
34.
The Cool World (1963)
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Filmmaker Shirley Clarke ("The Connection") directs this powerful, stark semi-documentary look at the... (105 mins.)
Director: Shirley Clarke
“ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, but not selected for showing people by making it available. ” - jzappa
 
35.
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
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Producer Walter Wanger, who had just been released from a prison term after shooting a man he believed was having an affair with his wife... (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ Initially banned. Might have something to do with its circulation issues. ” - jzappa
 
36.
Phantom Lady (1944)
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A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife. (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ For such an influential installment in film noir by one of the original Expressionist Hollywood émigré to spawn it, it’s particularly odd that the closest you can get to it on DVD seems to be an episode of CSI where there’s a scene at a movie house. ” - jzappa
 
37.
The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)
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Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer. (84 mins.)
“ Inglourious Basterds should have kick-started a new Clouzot distribution campaign but evidently not. Go figure. ” - jzappa
 
38.
Nazi Agent (1942)
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A story of German-born identical twins (both played by Veidt), one a loyal American and the other, a Nazi official... (83 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
“ The earliest and latest sections of Dassin’s flexography are not circulated nearly as much as they should in the post-DVD age. ” - jzappa
 
39.
The Spy in Black (1939)
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A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet. (82 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ This looks like a job for Criterion! ” - jzappa
 
40.
You and Me (1938)
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An altruistic department-store owner hires ex-convicts in order to give them a second chance at life. Unfortunately, one of the convicts he hires recruits two of his fellow ex-convicts in a plan to rob the store. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Maybe if Paramount hadn’t sold it for TV, it could’ve put it out by now. ” - jzappa
 
41.
Craig's Wife (1936)
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A domineering woman marries a wealthy man for his money, and then uses her position to further her own ambitions for money and power. (73 mins.)
Director: Dorothy Arzner
“ Scorsese’s probably got a print in his attic. ” - jzappa
 
42.
Honor Among Lovers (1931)
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Jerry Stafford, a businessman, is in love with his secretary but she deserts him for another man. When she realizes her mistake, she goes back to him. Doris Brown is her girlfriend who is in love with a man named Monty Dunn. (75 mins.)
Director: Dorothy Arzner
“ One day we will be a post-feminist society and we’ll want to see the work of American cinema’s first studio-era female director, and Universal will have to release its stranglehold. ” - jzappa