Given that DVD will be have around for 16 years or so in 2014 it's interesting to highlight the films that still remain unreleased. There are all sorts of reasons why these films remain unreleased and hopefully some of them will see the light on home video during the coming year.
I'll go through some of the titles via director or studio:
Edward Yang - With the exception of Yi Yi and The Terrorizers much of his work remains unreleased. There is however a good chance that A Brighter Summer Day will be released this year after a restoration by the World Cinema Foundation.
Lino Brocka - Most of his work remains missing in action however Manila in the Claw of Brightness (regarded by many as his greatest film) is likely to be finally released thanks to a recent restoration by the World Cinema Foundation.
Alain Resnais - Providence has recently been resorted and a French release is due sometime in 2014 which will hopefully be followed by an American/English release. No sign yet though of Smoking/No Smoking outside of France. Je t'aime je t'aime has been restored and released on DVD in France but no signs of an English friendly release to date.
Robert Altman - Olive Films will be releasing Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmie Dean, Jimmie Dean soon. That pretty much only leaves Health which deserves more then a crappy Fox Archives release.
King Vidor - Warners finally released a beautiful print of The Big Parade in 2013. Though I'm not a great fan of the film and bought a copy in the hope that sales may encourage Warners to let the likes of Vidor's The Crowd out of the darkness along with other silent classics such as The Wind, Greed and The Scarlet Letter that all deserve more then a token DVD-R release.
Jean Eustache - His only two feature films The Mother and the Whore and My Little Loves along with all of Eustache's short remain unreleased as his son who holds the rights is asking for a price that no distributor is prepared to pay.
Nagisa Oshima - Still a number of his best films remain unreleased including The Ceremony, Boy, Death by Hanging and Diary of a Shinjuku Thief.
Satyajit Ray - Slowly but surely Ray's films are making their make to home video. The two most notable titles still missing are Kanchenjungha & Days and Nights in the Forest amongst some lesser known works.
Abbas Kiarostami - Most notably Life, and Nothing More... and Through the Olive Trees remain missing in action, though I did read something recently that they may surface soon.
Costa-Gavras - The Sleeping Car Murders, Shock Troops, The Confession, State of Siege, Special Section, Claire de femme, Hanna K. Hopefully some of these will receive the 'Criterion' treatment like Z and Missing.
Francesco Rosi - Italy's hidden master. Never mentioned in the same breath as Fellini, Visconti, Pasolini, etc but for my money he is every bit a brilliant as they are. Still missing Illustrious Corpses, The Mattei Affair, More Than a Miracle, The Magliari, Chronicle of a Death Foretold. And Three Brothers & Christ Stopped at Eboli deserved far better then the crappy video quality transfers currently offered by US distributors.
Luchino Visconti - The Stranger remains unreleased and is likely to remain that way due to rights issues.
Vittorio De Sica - Two Women is in desperate need of restoration and proper release rather then the endless bootleg releases. What gives?
Manoel de Oliveira - Much of his work from the 1960's to 1980's remains unreleased which is a shame given that this period is apparently when he completed his best work. I had the privilege in 2012 to attend a screening of a resorted Doomed Love, which is ripe for release.
Rainer Warner Fassbinder - Still missing Nora Helmer & Jail Bait. Olive will finally release the restored The Stationmaster's Wife this year and hopefully someone will release a decent print of Lili Marleen.
Wim Wenders - Still missing is The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty at the Penalty Kick. I regret not getting a box set from Asia which contained this but I live in hope this will turn up.
Jacques Rivette - The Nun, Up Down Fragile and a restored Celine and Julie Go Boating would be nice editions.
Francois Truffaut - Whilst I think all of his work is available a number of the films need reissue in proper widescreen editions as opposed to letterboxed 4x3. The French are releasing a restored blu ray of Day For Night, but no English subtitles will be provided.
Jean-Luc Godard - Whilst most of his work has been released some of his video work remains unreleased, most notably Soft and Hard.
Tsai Ming-liang - While all of his feature films have been released the earlier ones were in disappointing prints. A re-release of early titles would be much welcomed.
Aleksandr Sokurow - Taurus, Days of Eclipse, Mournful Unconcern and The Lonely Voice of Man all awaiting English friendly releases.
To be continued.....
“Those Koreans. They’re so suspicious, you know, ever since Hiroshima.” Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) from American Horror Story: Season One