THE GANG'S ALL HERE was released on laserdisc, but not VHS, and still has not been released on DVD. The original version of BEDAZZLED came out on laserdisc and VHS, but the VHS is panned and scanned, while the laserdisc is letterboxed. This one is not on DVD, though you can get the misguided remake of a few years ago. For that matter, the original BEDAZZLED soundtrack, with Cook and Moore's wonderful 60s rock send-ups, is not available on CD. If you look at the laserdisc page on ebay, some titles will say "No DVD" or "Not on DVD." These claims are not always up to date, but there are more than a few of them still.
Many music oriented feature films have never been on home video, or were available only briefly before rights issues surfaced. I don't think that there have ever been legitimate, licensed versions of the complete TAMI and TNT Show feature films for instance, though clips have surfaced over the years. For instance, The Maysles Brothers shot a brilliant documentary of the Beatles' first week in the USA, which helped to inspire A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. It was commissioned by Granada TV of Britain. The problem seems to be that, apart from the Beatles's own songs, it's filled with other hits of the period heard in the background whenever a radio is playing, which is quite often. Every one of them has to be cleared before a DVD can be issued.
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I'm curious, what are some films that were out on LD but not on DVD? Is it all just Really Old Stuff
or Really Obscure Stuff or are there more recent or famous gaps in the DVD catalog?
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