History MissingEpisode / Film

30th Mar '18 8:47:47 PM costanton11
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* In a rarer example of a ''deliberately'' missing movie, the Disney film ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'' is more or less impossible to see through legal channels (at least in the US; it was available in a few other countries on video, including south of the border and in Europe), as Disney fears the wrath of those who might have reasonable objections to a film full of friendly, happy sharecroppers in the DeepSouth during Reconstruction. These days, it's largely remembered only because it produced the BreakawayPopHit "Zip-a-dee Doo-dah."

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* In a rarer example of a ''deliberately'' missing movie, the Disney film ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'' ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'' is more or less impossible to see through legal channels (at least in the US; it was available in a few other countries on video, including south of the border and in Europe), as Disney fears the wrath of those who might have reasonable objections to a film full of friendly, happy sharecroppers in the DeepSouth during Reconstruction. These days, it's largely remembered only because it produced the BreakawayPopHit "Zip-a-dee Doo-dah."
28th Mar '18 11:15:18 PM Acebrock
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* The surprisingly prophetic 1924 film, ''Film/TheCityWithoutJews'', which was ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin and predicted the rise of Naziism and antisemitism, was thought lost until a badly damaged copy was found in Austria in 1989 [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43569919 and a more complete copy was found in a Paris flea market in 2015]]. In its time it was surprisingly successful, but was banned due to the highly negative right-wing reaction to it (it helped the the right wing had significant influence in Austria at the time).
9th Mar '18 3:58:33 AM jormis29
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* In 1953 Disney established the Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, a division of the studio that was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin set up to allow them to distribute their own films and shorts]] independent of the other major studios. However they were still contractually obligated to release one more animated film for RKO Pictures, who up until that point had distributed all of their movies. Disney was worried about Howard Hughes' somewhat chaotic leadership of RKO, and wanted to sever their ties with the studio as soon as they could. Their solution was to quickly edit together and release a [[CompilationMovie package film]] titled ''Music Land'' (no relation to the 1935 short of the same name), which was comprised of shorts from other package films ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'' (1946) and ''Disney/MelodyTime'' (1948). Though the shorts were the same, the film included a new intro and ending, as well as new transitions between the shorts. This was technically enough to classify the film as a new movie entirely, and it allowed Disney to complete their contract with RKO two years before the release of their next animated film ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''. ''Music Land'' itself has not been released in any form since 1953, and [[{{Retcon}} it was removed]] from the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon entirely in 1985.

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* In 1953 Disney established the Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, a division of the studio that was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin set up to allow them to distribute their own films and shorts]] independent of the other major studios. However they were still contractually obligated to release one more animated film for RKO Pictures, who up until that point had distributed all of their movies. Disney was worried about Howard Hughes' somewhat chaotic leadership of RKO, and wanted to sever their ties with the studio as soon as they could. Their solution was to quickly edit together and release a [[CompilationMovie package film]] titled ''Music Land'' (no relation to [[WesternAnimation/MusicLand the 1935 short of the same name), name]]), which was comprised of shorts from other package films ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'' (1946) and ''Disney/MelodyTime'' (1948). Though the shorts were the same, the film included a new intro and ending, as well as new transitions between the shorts. This was technically enough to classify the film as a new movie entirely, and it allowed Disney to complete their contract with RKO two years before the release of their next animated film ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''. ''Music Land'' itself has not been released in any form since 1953, and [[{{Retcon}} it was removed]] from the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon entirely in 1985.
27th Feb '18 7:00:12 PM Malady
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** Before ''Music Land'', there was the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_Review_of_Walt_Disney_Cartoons Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons]]'' (1937). Released into theaters to promote ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (which was coming out later that year), the movie was another package film, but this time comprised of five Academy Award-winning SillySymphonies shorts: ''WesternAnimation/FlowersAndTrees'', ''Disney/ThreeLittlePigs'', ''The Tortoise and the Hare'', ''WesternAnimation/ThreeOrphanKittens'' and ''The Country Cousin''. Like ''Music Land'' the film had a narrator and transitions between the shorts, but unlike ''Music Land'', ''Academy Award Review'' was popular enough to be re-released into theaters in 1966, without narration and with four additional Oscar-winning shorts: ''Disney/TheOldMill'', ''FerdinandTheBull'', ''The Ugly Duckling'' and ''Lend a Paw''. Both the 1937 and 1966 cuts of the film were released on Laserdisc in Japan in 1985, the same year that the film was cut from the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon canon]] alongside ''Music Land''. It hasn't been released since then, so [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keep circulating the Laserdiscs]].

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** Before ''Music Land'', there was the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_Review_of_Walt_Disney_Cartoons Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons]]'' (1937). Released into theaters to promote ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (which was coming out later that year), the movie was another package film, but this time comprised of five Academy Award-winning SillySymphonies WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies shorts: ''WesternAnimation/FlowersAndTrees'', ''Disney/ThreeLittlePigs'', ''The Tortoise and the Hare'', ''WesternAnimation/ThreeOrphanKittens'' and ''The Country Cousin''. Like ''Music Land'' the film had a narrator and transitions between the shorts, but unlike ''Music Land'', ''Academy Award Review'' was popular enough to be re-released into theaters in 1966, without narration and with four additional Oscar-winning shorts: ''Disney/TheOldMill'', ''FerdinandTheBull'', ''WesternAnimation/FerdinandTheBull'', ''The Ugly Duckling'' and ''Lend a Paw''. Both the 1937 and 1966 cuts of the film were released on Laserdisc in Japan in 1985, the same year that the film was cut from the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon canon]] alongside ''Music Land''. It hasn't been released since then, so [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keep circulating the Laserdiscs]].
24th Feb '18 8:12:50 PM nombretomado
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* One of ElSanto's many films, ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' (''Santo in Dracula's Treasure'') (1968), had an alternate version entitled ''El Vampiro y el Sexo'' ("The Vampire and Sex"). Additional scenes featured nude or topless vampire seductresses (fortunately or unfortunately, the heroic luchador himself did not engage in any sexual activity). This version of the film, intended for more liberal audiences outside Mexico, apparently had a limited release (newspaper ads exist for showings in New York-area Spanish language theaters), then disappeared, but stills of nude vampire ladies from the "sexy" version provided evidence of its existence. It was finally discovered by the producer's grand-niece and publicly screened in Guadalajara in July 2011.

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* One of ElSanto's Wrestling/ElSanto's many films, ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' (''Santo in Dracula's Treasure'') (1968), had an alternate version entitled ''El Vampiro y el Sexo'' ("The Vampire and Sex"). Additional scenes featured nude or topless vampire seductresses (fortunately or unfortunately, the heroic luchador himself did not engage in any sexual activity). This version of the film, intended for more liberal audiences outside Mexico, apparently had a limited release (newspaper ads exist for showings in New York-area Spanish language theaters), then disappeared, but stills of nude vampire ladies from the "sexy" version provided evidence of its existence. It was finally discovered by the producer's grand-niece and publicly screened in Guadalajara in July 2011.
17th Feb '18 2:15:29 AM nombretomado
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** The 1959 film version of ''PorgyAndBess'' is probably the most prominent title in this state of limbo.

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** The 1959 film version of ''PorgyAndBess'' ''Theatre/PorgyAndBess'' is probably the most prominent title in this state of limbo.
12th Feb '18 6:09:12 PM JamieMoon
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* The [[Film/FlowersInTheAttic 1987 film adaptation of]] ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' originally ended with [[spoiler:Malcolm Foxworth still being alive for Corrine's wedding, and the grandmother attempting to kill the remaining Dollanganger children with a knife only for John the caretaker to perform a HeroicSacrifice and allow the children to be free]]. The studio cut the original ending and filmed a new one without the film's director, which pleased neither critics or fans. For years the only parts of the original ending to have surfaced were photos, but in 2018 it was announced that Arrow Video would be releasing the film on blu-ray with the original ending as a bonus feature. Unfortunately, [[NoExportForYou it will be exclusive to the UK]] and as of this writing there is no confirmation for a stateside release.
11th Feb '18 10:36:16 AM SmokestackJones
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** Also from Welles' filmography is ''Film/ChimesAtMidnight'' (also called ''Falstaff''), a 1965 adaptation of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] "Henry IV" plays focusing on the character of Sir John Falstaff. The film was little-seen on release, and for many years, the only way to obtain a DVD in English-language markets was to import from such countries as Spain or Brazil (the Brazilian version received a boost in popularity thanks to Creator/RogerEbert publicizing its availability in a "Great Movies" column on the film). A British DVD release finally hit retailers in late February 2011.

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** Also from Welles' filmography is ''Film/ChimesAtMidnight'' (also called ''Falstaff''), a 1965 adaptation of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] "Henry IV" plays focusing on the character of Sir John Falstaff. The film was little-seen on release, and for many years, the only way to obtain a DVD in English-language markets was to import from such countries as Spain or Brazil (the Brazilian version received a boost in popularity thanks to Creator/RogerEbert publicizing its availability in a "Great Movies" column on the film). A British DVD release finally hit retailers in late February 2011.2011 and an American release (by Criterion) in 2016.
6th Feb '18 10:26:13 PM Twentington
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** It hardly helps that nitrate-based film stock (used until 1951) is notorious for its chemical instability and flammability--[[http://fan.tcm.com/blogpost/vault-and-nitrate-fires-a-history film vault fires]] have destroyed the last known copies of many films. (Most of Theda Bara's career was burned up in a 1937 vault fire.) Also, the film stock contained enough silver to give studios a financial incentive to send "useless" and dangerous old negatives and prints for rendering. And the way many of the films were copied for distribution - with an optical printer - means that each pass to create a new copy actually destroyed the original negatives somewhat. That's why a lot of the movies from this period (if they're not just impossible to find) are pretty bad copies. You could only get about a thousand copies out of one set of original negatives.

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** It hardly helps that nitrate-based film stock (used until 1951) is notorious for its chemical instability and flammability--[[http://fan.tcm.com/blogpost/vault-and-nitrate-fires-a-history flammability-- film vault fires]] fires have destroyed the last known copies of many films. (Most of Theda Bara's career was burned up in a 1937 vault fire.) Also, the film stock contained enough silver to give studios a financial incentive to send "useless" and dangerous old negatives and prints for rendering. And the way many of the films were copied for distribution - with an optical printer - means that each pass to create a new copy actually destroyed the original negatives somewhat. That's why a lot of the movies from this period (if they're not just impossible to find) are pretty bad copies. You could only get about a thousand copies out of one set of original negatives.
5th Feb '18 9:16:22 AM JamesAustin
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* Some of Creator/KevinSpacey's last projects, including ''Gore'', a biopic about Gore Vidal, might never be released as a result of the Great Hollywood Sex Scandal of 2017, which has severely compromised him.

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* Some of Creator/KevinSpacey's last projects, including ''Gore'', a biopic about Gore Vidal, Creator/GoreVidal, might never be released as a result of being hit with sexual misconduct accusations as part of the Great Hollywood Sex Scandal of 2017, which has severely compromised him.Weinstein effect in 2017.
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