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The Top 20 Films Unreleased on Blu-ray - Part III

With 2010 almost at a close and many more blockbuster releases of the past now transferred to Blu-ray, Ben gives a top 20 pick of movies we're left holding out for in the third of a four part series.
By: Ben Gourlay | Editorials in HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 26, 2010 7:17 am

Welcome back to the third of four parts as we countdown the Top 20 films yet to be released to Blu-ray disc. If you missed the first parts, be sure to look at them here, and be sure to look out for the final part next week!


10 - Scarface




I find Brian De Palma a bit of a hit or miss director. For every The Untouchables, there's a Mission to Mars; for every Carrie, a Black Dahlia. Despite this, Scarface is undoubtedly his best film, and it's a classic in every since of the word, and responsible for many facets of pop culture today. Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer play their parts magnificently, and for not one minute do you doubt the debauchery or horror of their characters.


Unfortunately, Scarface has never been a visually interesting film, and the film stock it was filmed on which is full of very coarse film grain, along with some challenging lightning means that striking an acceptable transfer for the high definition generation will be difficult and costly. And even more unfortunately, Universal has a poor track record of giving catalogue titles properly remastered, new transfers. What Scarface really needs is the Lowry digital treatment, but I doubt this will occur. One can only hope that the popularity of the film will incite Universal to give the film the care and attention it deserves.


9 - The Blues Brothers




Forgetting the unfortunate and ill advised 1998 sequel, the original Blues Brothers remains an outrageous and over the top action/ musical, a product of the early 1980's, but an example of a film that simply wouldn't get made today.


Universal Home Video asked Facebook fans on its official page to rate which titles they wanted to see on Blu-ray, and indeed The Blues Brothers appeared, and rated quite highly. Many of the other titles listed, including Back to the Future have since been released, so it's likely to be released sooner rather than later.


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