2010 ended up being a pretty good year for Blu-ray fans, with a slew of much loved catalogue titles seeing release, including The Back to the Future Trilogy, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, The Exorcist, Psycho, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Apocalypse Now, David Fincher's Se7en and The Bridge on the River Kwai, just to name but a few.
While it's fantastic to own these movies in a quality never before attained, there are still a massive amount of Hollywood classics, films of cultural significance and fan favourites that have yet to be released. Some will be released in the coming year, whilst others are in need of some significant restoration and expensive new transfers before they can see the light of day.
At the conclusion of 2010, I thought it would be an appropriate time to discuss and countdown the Top 20 films yet to be released to Blu-ray disc. Look for parts II, III and IV in the coming weeks!
20 - GoldenEye
Arguably the best James Bond film of the modern era, GoldenEye saw the return of the franchise hit after 6 years of absence. With the world having changed significantly in this time, audiences were slightly sceptical, but the superb casting of Pierce Brosnan as the super spy allayed any fears. With an intelligent script, top direction and high production values, GoldenEye solidified the ongoing fortunes of the franchise.
The Bond franchise has seen roughly half of the 20 odd films released to Blu-ray thus far, but unfortunately the remainders, including this, have been shelved due to MGM's financial woes and their inability to tie these releases in with a new Bond theatrical release.
19 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Frequently voted in the top few digits of the all time comedy greats, the Monty Python team's 1975 low budget epic struck a chord with audiences that lasts until this day. The Python team were quite crazy, but their no holds barred approach to film making, and off-the-grid shooting style meant that they were able to get away with quite a lot, which is why their films, and especially Holy Grail can appear so fresh and madcap, and to many the film is a classic for the resplendent musical numbers including 'Camelot' and 'The Knights of the Round Table'.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail saw a high definition restoration performed by copyright holder Sony Pictures at the turn of the century, but despite the release of another Python classic; The Life of Brian, and the odd rumour, this has not yet seen a release.