Films & TV movies on VHS & Betamax that have yet to receive DVD, Blu-ray, VOD etc. releases

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Films & TV movies on VHS & Betamax that have yet to receive DVD, Blu-ray, VOD etc. releases

Let's create a comprehensive list of feature films and TV movies that have received official VHS & Betamax releases but have still not yet received releases on DVD, Blu-ray and other newer formats. This could be due to legal reasons, controversy or lack of interest.

This will be a great way for collectors, as well as new people looking to collect rare films, to know what to seek and keep hold instead of throw out into the trash. This list won't include films that have only become available on later formats in select regions instead of worldwide, skipped DVD or Blu-ray but available on VOD (iTunes, Netflix etc.), unofficial transfers to later formats, or that have never received a home media release to begin with.

*Dead Solid Perfect

*The Empty Beach

*The Hunters of the Golden Cobra

*Look Who's Toxic

*Sloane

*Song of the South

*So Red the Rose

*Stoogemania aka Party Stooge

*Surrender (1987)

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This can be a little tricky given that Ebay sellers and dubious websites sometimes make unofficial DVDs. Still here are some that seem to never have made it to DVD:

*Hunters of the Golden Cobra
*Sloane
*The Empty Beach

Those are the ones in my scans folder, but they didn't make it before the submissions died. Probably a lot more in my collection, particularly when you focus on the Australian movies (I'm surprised that this website shows many made it to the US in the first place).

I didn't think that Ghosts... of the Civil Dead had made it to DVD, but it looks like it got a release in 2003 which is now demanding significant money on Ebay.

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Cursed (AKA: The Ungodly Power)Runaway DreamsPower GamesDemon in the BottleDeath ForceAssault PlatoonHammerhead (1987)Honor BoundFinal Cut (Lights, Cameras, Murder!)Look Who's ToxicDemon WarriorBlack Snow (1990)Medium Straight (1988)Open Fire (David Carradine)Just to name a few.

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What also muddles this topic are movies that were released in multipacks but never got an official standalone DVD or Bluray release (Legend of Billie Jean is an example).  Not only are there some scarce Australian titles but there are many Canadian productions that fit the not yet on DVD bill, 2 off the top of my head:

The Terry Fox Story (though it also got a release on CED and possibly laserdisc in the 1980s)

Paperback Hero

There is another movie that apparently has been released on 2 titles, only one of the title made it on DVD, the other not, the VHS title that garners decent money goes by:

Don't Tell Her Its Me (retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story starring Steve Guttenberg) but the DVD goes by The Boyfriend School

 

Another Steve Guttenberg movie that was never released on DVD (possibly because of Randy Newman music rights):

Surrender


Two 80s films that will never be released because of music rights:

Dudes

The Wild Life (similar to Fast Times at Ridgemont High yet that has been released on all formats known to man, go figure)

 

This is a really neat topic, I hope we can add more to this list.

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Trespasses (1986)/Demonsoul (1995)/Born Killer (1990)/The Thirteenth Year (1999)/Brain Smasher: A Love Story (1993), at least in Region 1/Ellos trajeron la violencia (1989)/At Home with the Webbers (1993)/Invincible Kung Fu (1979)/Utilities (1983)/One Night Only (1986)/The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)/The Assassination Game, aka Crisis in the Kremlin: The Last Days of the Soviet Union (1992)/G. Whilliker! (1993)/Abduction (1975)/Bedroom Eyes (1984)/Dark River: A Father's Revenge, or Incident at Dark River (1989/Most AIP Studios films/Destroyer (1988)/Donner Pass: The Road to Survival (1978)/East of Kilimanjaro (1962)/Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn (1989)/Heartbreakers (1985)/Grim Prairie Tales (1990)/Josh and S.A.M. (1993)/Killing 'em Softly (1982)/Dragonworld (1994)/Magic Island (1995)/Midnight Cabaret (1990)/Memphis (1990)/Mutator (1989)/Nukie (1987)/Nightstick (1987)/Little Ninjas (1990)/Paternity (1981)/Penitentiary III (1987)/Pipe Dreams (1976)/Raw Courage (1983)

All from my personal collection.

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@sweesus-smasher The Star Wars Holiday Special never received an actual official VHS, DVD or Blu-ray release to my knowledge (not counting the animated Boba Fett segment which did officially make its way to Blu-ray), only reproduction VHS copies were made of the original TV broadcast so I wouldn't count it.

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To Smash: Bedroom Eyes has a DVD in Canada from an outfit called Thinkfilm. While Dragonworld remains unavailable on region 1 DVD, DVDs have surfaced in Germany and Australia. The Webbers surfaced to Netflix once but I'm not sure if they still have it. Destroyer got a Blu-Ray from Scream Factory not terribly long ago, as a double bill with Edge of Sanity.
 
To Chandler: Actually, Dudes has already been released to Blu-Ray from Shout Factory as of last October. And Legend of Billie Jean does have official standalone releases.

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@JSpartan1989 and Barmouth:

My bad, guys. At least I got some of those right, didn't I? This list would've been more accurate 5-10 years ago. 

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True, haha.

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That is interesting about Dudes JSpartan, the VHS still commands a decent amount, then again I'm not surprised since alot of people prefer DVD over Bluray which is perplexing they would only release it on Bluray...but anyways.

Found that Legend of Billie Jean had not 1 but TWO standalone releases, one by Sony, another by the dreaded Mill Creek, or as I call it, dollar store DVD rack.  Interestingly, the original VHS release is worth a lot more than either of those.

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Though from what I understand, Mill Creek's DVD and Blu of Billie Jean isn't so dreaded, mainly because it features an Audio Commentary and trailer. :D