I have been very pleased with the VCI releases that I have purchased so far, and I generally like this type of thread, so since I had some free time available today, I decided to browse through the catalogue, and compile a list of things that I might be interested in getting in the future.
These are obviously not recommendations, since I do not own the discs, but they might give an idea of the kinds of films that VCI specializes in, and, as always, it would be great to hear from anyone who owns any of these titles, both with respect to the films themselves and the quality of the DVDs (I have omitted titles already mentioned in this and the Allan Dwan threads):
To begin with some of the better know titles in the catalogue, VCI offers a 2-disc special edition with a wealth of extras of Lloyd Bacon's The Fighting Sullivans
â€“ often mentioned as the film (based on a true story) that inspired Saving Private Ryan. They have a lavish edition of The Great Train Robbery
with many extras including several other silent films. And, John Ford's December 7th
is available with additional footage. There is a release of Albert Lewin's The Moon and the Sixpence
based on Maugham's novel on the life of Gaugain. And, there is a special edition of Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace
that includes commentary with Tim Lucas and a number of other extra features.
Film Noir â€“ the real poverty row kind â€“ is a favorite stable for VCI, and they have some really exotic titles like the six volumes in the Forgotten Noir
series directed by such people as William Berke, Sam Newfield, William Beudine and Richard Vernon. There is a Western Film Noir
double feature. Also, there are two double features â€“ The Scar/The Limping Man
and The Chase/Bury Me Dead
. There is also a whole series of Hammer Noir
double features. And, finally, in addition to the Anthony Mann titles already mentioned by Schreck, another early Mann noir -- The Great Flamarion
â€“ starring none other than Erich von Stroheim is also available.
Hundreds and hundreds of westerns, mostly programmers and series, but here are a couple that caught my eye: The Tall Texan
by Elmo Williams and starring Lloyd Bridges and Lee J. Cobb, released with a respectable amount of extras. Also by Elmo Williams -- The Cowboy
, a documentary about real cowboys in the '50s, the DVD has commentaries with some of the cowboys in the film and a number of other extras. And, a couple of other ones with credits of various interest:High Lonesome
; Find a Place to Die
and The Young Land
They also have some cartoon collections that sound more than promising â€“ lots of content at $10-$20 a pop, and, at least in the case of Alice, the transfers are advertised to be directly from original 35mm nitrate negatives: Alice In Cartoonland
, Somewhere In Dreamland
, Popeye: 75th Anniversary Collection
(no longer available from VCI's own site).
There are two recent DVD releases of â€˜60s sexploitation flicks that sound like they could be fun: 3 Nuts In Search of a Bolt
and Promises! Promises!
starring Mamie Van Doren and Jayne Mansfield, respectively, and including â€œuncensored on-the-set photosâ€