10 Movies That Deserve Blu-ray Release

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In this tech-savvy modern era of digital pleasure, it’s surprising to find idle movies exposed, some of which are unlikely to see the light of day. Negatives are lost or destroyed, rights, licensing and distribution problems pose many problems, and sometimes studios don’t believe in releasing films that have been bombed at the box office or are now out of print. This does not only apply to theatrical releases.

TV movies get name changes and all kinds of edits are made as the studios seem almost to expect people not to remember the differences from TV, Betamax, VHS and other media formats. This remains a problem for movies and TV shows that manage to find their place on physical media or streaming services. Regardless of the reasons studios have to persevere, these films rightly deserve a spot in our Blu-ray collections.

1st Hunter (1994)

Chasers, directed by the late Dennis Hopper, is an underrated comedy from 1994 starring Tom Berenger, Erika Eleniak and William McNamara. The day before his release, Eddie is tasked with escorting a Navy prisoner with a chief petty officer whose temperament and patience prove to be much shorter than the journey itself.

Chasers is fun and has a personable cast, but it didn’t go well during its theatrical release. A Snap-Case DVD was released around 2000-2001, but like other Tom Berenger films, it has since been sold out.

2. House arrest (1996)

With an impressive cast, House Arrest is a whimsical comedy from 1996 that has largely been forgotten since its release. Grover (Kyle Howard) struggles with the idea that his parents (Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Pollak) will split up. This, of course, leads to him and his sister locking them up in their basement and it doesn’t take long for other people to get involved.

House arrest isn’t the kind of movie anyone would watch and think, “This deserves an award.” The performances are good, it’s properly staged, and it’s pointless entertainment that was intentionally created for that purpose. That is, if Sharknado is allowed Blu-ray release, why not house arrest?

3. Mermaids (1990)

A surprising entry for the fact that despite the star power of Cher, Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins and Christina Ricci, Mermaids is still underrated. This coming-of-age dramedy, based on the 1986 novel, portrays the life of a conflicted and confused young woman in the early 1960s.

Sure, a movie called Mermaids probably wouldn’t be very interesting – and Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid (which debuted just a year earlier) is probably the first thing that springs to mind – but it’s an entertaining film full of great performances .

4. Soap Dish (1991)

Another comedy with a great cast, Soapdish satirical exploration of the behind-the-scenes drama of juggling performance and family life while maintaining professionalism in a soap opera career. Soapdish is worth a look, not least because of the appearances by Sally Field and Robert Downey Jr.

Soap operas are notoriously cheesy and often try pitifully to combine absurdity and realism, rarely ever satisfactorily. Soapdish addresses this by creating dramatic personal issues for the characters’ personal lives that dwarf the drama their characters face on their show.

5. Helter Skelter (1976)

There are now a number of other films called Helter Skelter. However, the 1976 television movie is still the best version of events from 1969 through the early 1970s. It’s creepy, effective, and Steve Railsback’s portrayal of Charles Manson is terrifyingly accurate. There’s definitely no shortage of Manson content, but it’s just amazing that this adaptation of Helter Skelter isn’t on Blu-ray.

If you’ve never seen it before and scoff at the effectiveness of a televised movie, Helter Skelter is going to completely surprise you and likely defy your expectations – by far. It covers so much of the notorious murders and trial without sparing on the details.

6th summer school (1987)

I remember the first time my parents showed me the summer school: It’s a great 1987 comedy with Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley. Mark’s character, Mr. Shoop, is involved in teaching an advanced English course, which is a kind of test in itself for a casual fitness trainer.

The cast is personable, their characters all have different personalities – of course, Dave and Chainsaw (Gary Riley and Dean Cameron) are two that horror fans like me notice. A Summer School Blu-ray release would be absolutely welcome, especially if it includes EG Daily’s Mind Over Matter music video.

7. See Spot Run (2001)

Longing for the airy, kitschy feel-good comedies of the early 2000s? I understand this wholeheartedly and this is why See Spot Run deserves a Blu-ray release. Yes, some of the comedies are out of date, but even so, it’s hilarious and very fast-paced, and you’ll likely want to buy a dog afterward.

David Arquette is fresh from Scream 3, Ready to Rumble and his time at WCW, which makes See Spot Run a slight change of pace. He is supported by Angus T. Jones, Michael Clarke and Paul Sorvino. You wouldn’t believe the above talents would be a good match, but what follows is pure fun.

8. The Pacifier (2005)

It’s usually older Disney movies that don’t get decent physical media releases, but the 2005 pacifier is surprisingly lacking. Two versions of the DVD have been released: one in full screen and the other in widescreen. Vin Diesel plays a veteran Navy SEAL hired to babysit while searching for a secret project.

The concept is pretty simple: the tough guy can fight and lead missions, but he can’t change a diaper successfully. If it looks a little like Three Men and a Baby, rest assured that it really isn’t. The pacifier is fun, heartwarming, and has a great soundtrack.

9. The Midnight Hour (1985)

The Midnight Hour is a television film that debuted on November 1, 1985. It received a VHS release ages ago, but not an official DVD release; although, to be honest, it’s booted online and the full movie has been released on YouTube. Midnight Hour is a long-sought Halloween film about a city curse that revives the dead and, of course, all hell breaks loose.

The midnight hour will certainly make the “Best of Halloween” list despite its initial lack of appreciation compared to Hocus Pocus. It has since found an audience, and a Blu-ray release makes perfect sense. My request? Please keep The Smiths’ How Soon is Now? in it, or no deal.

10. Buster and Billie (1974)

Buster and Billie is a mid-1970s drama set in 1948. Jan-Michael Vincent and Joan Goodfellow play the main characters who, as they gradually fall in love, spend practically every waking moment together. The trailer and plot are spoiler heavy (they usually are) but this has an atmosphere of Road House meets The Outsiders meets Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

Without giving too much away, Buster and Billie is an intrepid film with ample power and direction. It’s not Romeo and Juliet, but the transition of the story from act first to third is reminiscent of a familiar urgency. Aside from waiting for a Blu-Ray release, I’m surprised that Buster and Billie haven’t been remade yet.

Personally, I believe that virtually every film should be released on physical media, largely because it is historical, in the sense that some of what has been captured on film is the concepts, mentality, and ideals of previous generations.

Film expires and gets weathered, especially when it sits in dusty boxes in studios or gets lost in safes. Preserving the original content is important, and while many of the films selected aren’t exactly The Godfather, they deserve proper Blu-ray release.

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