->''"It should be so simple. The technology exists to distribute old movies, and there are people out there who want to see them. And yet every movie buff has had the experience of reading up on some great film or filmmaker, then hitting the video store and discovering that for one reason or another -- rights issues, perhaps, or lack of broad public interest -- the movies they want to see are unavailable on DVD."''
-->-- '''[[Website/TheOnion The AV Club]]''', [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/noflix-23-great-movies-not-available-on-region1-dv,16754/ NoFlix: 23 great movies not available on region-1 DVD]] (eleven of those have been released since the article came out in 2008)

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* ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', quite possibly the most notorious bootleg ever circulated. Yes, it actually exists, and it might as well be the TropeCodifier. It was shown only once on television, never released to VHS, and ''never saw the light of day again''. (Un)Fortunately, [=VCRs=] were brand new and all the rage, and fans had enough advance notice of that airing (it was well-advertised), so just about everyone taped it. Five seconds on Website/{{Google}} or Bing will net you a copy. This one is also very much intentional: the film is OldShame to ''everyone associated with the franchise'' who have fought to keep it buried (in fact, the only actor involved known to have been pleased with the special was guest star Creator/BeaArthur, who is also regarded to have filmed the only good portion of the special), and only BileFascination keeps those tapes flying around. The "keep circulating the tapes" nature of this created its own meme: The most commonly circulated version includes portions of a news update in which a reporter promotes a news story about "fighting the frizzies". The makers of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' later utilized this version of the tape as the framework for the Season Three ChristmasEpisode "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics".

* A parody of ''Film/TheMatrix'' comissioned by Microsoft featuring Steve Ballmer as Neo and Bill Gates as Morpheus was shown at Comdex 2003, then shelved. It was only licensed from the production company for one showing. The beginning is available as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86j8zOsmNFE a camcorder recording]], as well as some spoilers made by those attending the showing.

* A lot of classic European movies from the 1930's through the 1950's have never been officially released on VHS ''or'' DVD in the United States. Case in point: Sara (Sarita) Montiel and Maria Felix; these two actresses are regarded worldwide as among the giants of Spanish-language cinema, but most of their classic films from the 1940's through the 1960's have never been released in the USA except by small labels which may or may not own the license to reproduce them commercially. Basically, the only way for an American fan to get ahold of these movies is to either order whatever DVD's may be available from foreign vendors (you'd better have a DVD player capable of playing discs from regions other than 1) or download them from more-or-less dodgy online sources as mentioned above.
** Very few of the films of Danielle Darrieux (one of the acknowledged ''grande dames'' of French cinema, who is still working today after a career spanning nearly 80 years) are legitimately available in the United States. The same goes for Martine Carol and Diana Dors (called, respectively, France's and Britain's answers to Marilyn Monroe during the 1950's) or the Italian bombshell Silvana Pampanini.
** Up until about three years ago, RomySchneider's ''Sissi'' trilogy (which established her as an international star and contributed hugely to the postwar revival of German film) was unavailable on DVD or VHS in its full form in the United States; those wishing to see the movies had to order them from Canadian vendors, without any guarantee of getting a version dubbed or subtitled in English. Koch Lorber finally did fill the gap, however, with a box set containing not just the three full-length films but also the edited version released in America in the 1950's and Schneider's companion piece "The Young Victoria", which had never before been released in the U.S. Several of her other 1950's PeriodPieces are still unavailable in America, however.
** Many of the movies of Italian legend Creator/GinaLollobrigida - ''La Donna Più Bella Del Mondo'' (The Most Beautiful Woman in the World), ''La morte ha fatto l'uovo'' (Death Lays An Egg, La Lollo's only excursion into the {{Giallo}} horror genre), ''Un Bellissimo Novembre'' (That Splendid November), ''Stuntman'', ''Hotel Paradiso'' (with Alec Guinness), ''Woman of Straw'' (with Sean Connery), ''Anna di Brooklyn'' (Fast and Sexy), ''La Romana'' (Woman of Rome), ''Le Infedeli'' (The Unfaithfuls) and ''Les Belles de Nuit'' (with Gerard Philippe and the aforementioned Martine Carol) have never, ever been released on DVD in the U.S.
** A significant chunk of Creator/PeterSellers' British/European-produced output still isn't available on DVD in Region 1, including these star vehicles: ''The Battle of the Sexes'', ''Only Two Can Play'', ''Waltz of the Toreadors'', ''Ghost in the Noonday Sun'', and ''Soft Beds, Hard Battles''. ''The Millionairess'' was briefly available on [=DVD=] in 1999, but it's long out of print. To make matters worse, the VHS releases of these films were mostly on independent labels and date back to the 1980s. Turner Classic Movies has occasionally aired a few of the 1960s titles, but the downtime between airings can be years.
* The notorious 1976 version of ''Theatre/TheBlueBird'', in spite of an AllStarCast headed up by Creator/ElizabethTaylor and George Cukor as director, has never had a legit video release beyond Russia (the film was a U.S./U.S.S.R. coproduction). Since late 2011 it has occasionally turned up on FX Movies, formerly Fox Movie Channel, in the morning hours.
* ''Cocksucker Blues'', the infamous Music/TheRollingStones documentary about the 1972 ''Exile On Main Street'' album tour (featuring lots of language, sex, and general mayhem). The band sued over the content of the film, and so it can't be shown in public without the director being present. (The director does hold frequent screenings.) This hasn't stopped it from being a mainstay on the bootlegging scene for many years.
** Ten minutes of excerpts from ''Cocksucker Blues'' eventually found their way into 2010's ''Stones In Exile'', but obviously it isn't anywhere near the same experience.
* ''Film/DontCryItsOnlyThunder'' wasn't popular during its initial release and is relatively unknown to this day. As such, it's only available on VHS and in limited supply.
* The Producer's Cut of ''Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers'' was this until 2014 when it was released as part of a new limited edition ''Halloween'' box set. It remains to be seen if a separate release is coming.
* The Director's Cut of ''Film/HellraiserBloodline''.
* Music/TheBeatles' documentary film ''LetItBe'' has been out of print for decades, but fans have been distributing it themselves for almost as long. The film was commissioned as a documentary about the recording of what ended up being the band's final album, but it ended up putting a spotlight on the many personal conflicts that led to their breakup. Since showing such an ugly side of The Beatles is not in the best interest of Apple Corps, the movie will probably never be released in it original form again. (This makes it an unusual example of a film that won an Academy Award -- "Best Music, Original Song Score" for 1970 -- going out of print.)
** If you get the chance to watch it via some bootleg, illegal download, or legal 1981 Magnetic Video tape or disc, you might wonder what the fuss is about. The little sniping argument between Harrison and [=McCartney=] aside--"Whatever it takes to please you, I'll do it"--it really isn't that bad.
** Music/PaulMcCartney is often asked about the film's reissue in interviews, and recent answers have him wondering himself why it hasn't been released. In [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/paul-mccartney-looks-back-the-rolling-stone-interview-w433437 a 2016 interview]] with ''Rolling Stone'', he said that he has campaigned for the film's release to the Apple Corps board, but nothing ever comes to fruition. He has no objections to a re-release of the film, even though he admits he comes off poorly in it.
* For decades, the Japanese versions of the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films were unavailable in the U.S. Thankfully, most have seen a release, but a few (mostly due to different companies holding the rights) have slipped through the cracks. Of those, most (''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'', ''Film/GodzillaVsKingGhidorah'', ''Film/GodzillaAndMothraTheBattleForEarth'', ''Film/GodzillaVsSpaceGodzilla'', and ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'') are available on [=DVD=], but dubbed into English. ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' has yet to see a DVD release in any form, and is only available dubbed on an old VHS tape that's been out-of-print since TheNineties.
** ''Film/ItalianGodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'' only got released in Italy (and reportedly Turkey as well) and is now rare there and practically nonexistent everywhere else.
* Music/DavidBowie's second leading man effort, and subsequent OldShame, ''Just a Gigolo'' (1978) has only had a Region 2 [=DVD=] release in Germany. There are legit VHS copies from the late 1980s floating around in Region 1, taken from the slightly shorter (from 105 to 98 minutes) 1981 cut United Artists Classics released in the U.S. In any case, it's unlikely that the original ''147-minute'' cut (pulled after a disastrous premiere in Germany) will ever resurface.
* Any version of ''Film/{{Nightbreed}}'' in the UK.
* The director's cut of ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' is missing a controversial but important scene. For while, it could only be found on a special edition DVD set...[[NoExportForYou in Brazil]]. And that STILL isn't the complete version of the movie, but the one that premiered at Cannes and was subsequently released in Europe. Sierro Leone's original version ran forty minutes longer. A restoration which includes about twenty minutes of additional footage premiered at Cannes and has been released on Blu-Ray (known as the Extended Director's Cut), but there's been no word about the rest of the footage.
** There also exists reports of a [[{{Bowdlerization}} heavily-edited]] American network television version, based on the director's cut and the [[MissingEpisode American theatrical cut]], that was made and first aired in the early-mid 1990s. It ran for almost three hours long (without commercials), and while retaining the non-chronological order of the director's cut, had also removed many key scenes that had violence or graphic content, as well as having all profanity and references to drugs exiled from broadcast. This version was supposedly intended as a one-off showing, and despite apparently being re-aired by local stations (and according to one source, AMC) via syndication, no copies of this cut are known to exist.
* The 1981 horror/slasher spoof ''Pandemonium'', despite its cult status, has yet to be released. VHS copies are available and in high demand.
* {{Toho}}'s original cut of ''Film/PropheciesOfNostradamus'' has never been released on home video, even in Japan, due to pressure from Hiroshima survivor's groups. Even the [[CutAndPasteTranslation heavily edited]] American version (''The Last Days of Planet Earth'') is only available on long out-of-print VHS tapes from the turn of TheNineties.
** Toho's ''Half Human'' also remains unreleased for a similar reason — Ainu rights groups considered the film's depiction of their culture offensive.
* The full-length version of Toho's 1973 disaster epic ''Nippon Chinbotsu'' (Japan Sinks), which was released in the U.S. in severely edited form as ''Tidal Wave'', has never been released in America in any format. (Not even following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which, while making the movie HarsherInHindsight, would certainly have made it of considerable topical interest). The 2006 remake has also never been released in America.
* Music/BobDylan's epic documentary/concert film/experimental drama ''Renaldo and Clara''. After the original four hour version was lambasted by critics upon its 1978 release and a two hour recut failed to stir up interest, it's been more or less kept out of circulation by Dylan, who holds the distribution rights. It did slightly better business in Europe and has been shown on TV a few times there. A multi-generation dub of a British TV broadcast of the longer version circulates among Dylan fans. A bonus DVD with two songs from the movie was included with the ''Live 1975'' Bootleg Series album, but there's never been any sign that Dylan will ever release the whole movie on DVD. It didn't help when some critics used their reviews of ''I'm Not There'' to retroactively bash ''Renaldo'', including critics who had never seen "Renaldo."
** In a similar vein to ''Let It Be'', the Dylan documentary called ''Eat The Document'' that's built from unused footage from the famous doc ''Don't Look Back''. Dylan himself edited the excess footage together. The result was considered too surreal (read: incomprehensible) for mainstream audiences, and was thus never given official release. The film will likely never see a proper release, but bootlegs are handed around madly to this day.
* ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' can only be seen as a bootleg due to MGM shelving the film a month before it was set to open (due to their financial issues). As a result, trailers and posters were all over theatres in 2008 for a film that was never released. However, strong reactions from the bootleg (taken from a festival version of the film) got the directors two studio films since the film was shelved (''Film/{{Quarantine}}'' and ''Film/{{Devil}}'').
** And it is now available legally...through Blockbuster Online. Still no DVD or Blu Ray release.
* The 1957 Civil War epic ''Raintree County'' (starring Creator/ElizabethTaylor and Creator/MontgomeryClift)[[note]]This film is well known as a TroubledProduction provoked by a near-fatal car accident that left Clift's face disfigured for the rest of his life[[/note]] has never been released in a format other than VHS and LaserDisc, though it could be seen on Turner Classic Movies from time to time. A random check on [[https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/forums/blu-ray-and-uhd.88/ Home Theater Forum]] (a website that major studios use to analyze demand for an older movie on video) shows that this film is very popular amongst the site's members. What Warner Bros. is arguing in terms of why they are holding an eventual release back is that a proper restoration is too costly, especially for a movie that only has niche appeal and would be relegated to a burn-on-demand Warner Archive Collection release.
* Creator/DavidCronenberg's feature film debut, ''Film/{{Shivers}}'' (aka ''They Came From Within'') has seen only scant and OOP video release over the years, despite Cronenberg's godlike status among horror fans and the general good success of his films (like ''Film/TheFly1986'', ''Film/{{Scanners}}'', and ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence''). It's odd that Anchor Bay released a special edition VHS, but didn't re-release it on DVD. Strange and infuriating.
** British cult film label [[http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/shivers/ Arrow Films]] is releasing a new Blu-Ray of the film in the fall of 2014. (As Criterion re-released Cronenberg's watershed film ''Scanners'' in July of 2014, that bodes well for this transfer to possibly be released by them later on in the US.)
* Creator/WaltDisneyHomeVideo has quite the significant track record of alternative scenes, alternative cuts of films, or entire films never seeing the light of day following their initial release:
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'''s original theatrical version remains exclusive to theatrical prints from the original run. The 1993 Walt Disney Classics VHS and 1994 laserdisc dubbed over a body mutilation reference in "Arabian Nights" that sounded offensive to Arab viewers, so that both the lyrics and the voice sound completely different. Plus, the 2004 Platinum Edition DVD and VHS, and 2015 Diamond Edition Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD versions use a master for a cancelled IMAX re-release. While none of the visual alterations look as distracting as those made for ''Beauty and the Beast'' and ''The Lion King'' (see below), it does retain the dubbed-over version of "Arabian Nights", and removes some dialogue that sounded like a {{Mondegreen}} asking teenagers to take off their clothes.[[note]]Although some fans have re-created at least the original opening credits reel by dubbing in audio of the old lyrics, which Disney included on initial releases of the ''Aladdin'' soundtrack.[[/note]]
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'''s original theatrical cut has only received an official home video release on the 1993 Walt Disney Classics laserdisc. The reissue nine years later on VHS and DVD under the Platinum Edition series, which added the option to restore the CutSong "Human Again", lightened the colors to match the 2002 IMAX rerelease. Among other detractions, this made the Beast visible in shadow when he first appears (the original 1991 cut has the Beast completely concealed in the darkness until he has to reveal himself to Belle at the close of the first act). The Platinum Edition also worked some tweaks made for the IMAX version's soundtrack into both cuts (among other changes, the addition of the sound of the Beast destroying furniture after Belle leaves the castle). The Diamond Edition 2010 Blu-Ray and DVD undid the changes to the original cut's soundtrack, but used a darker version of the new color scheme instead of that from the premiere, and also suffered from a glitch that temporarily shows a bit of the extended version's animation in the "original" cut. The 3D version has also only come to home video only one time, as a 3D Blu-Ray[[labelnote:*]]Incidentally, this disc came closer than any other ''[=BatB=]'' DVD or BD did to matching the original colors. Since it didn't include the extended cut, it also didn't suffer from the glitch that plagued the other Diamond Edition releases.[[/labelnote]] included with some 2011 repackagings of the Diamond Edition combo pack.
** ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks''' 25th Anniversary Edition {{Recut}} received a high-definition release as an [=iTunes=] digital copy, but it disappeared from the [=iTunes=] Store when the US theatrical cut came to Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Since the Blu-Ray only presents the movie in its US theatrical cut, the only way to watch the 25th Anniversary Edition in HD would involve contacting someone fortunate enough to have downloaded it from [=iTunes=] in time. Fans who can't contact such a person have to settle for one of the Recut's [=2000s=] DVD releases. The Blu-Ray does include the scenes added to the Recut as bonus features, as well as, strangely, a Creator/DisneyChannel documentary[[labelnote:*]]previously included on the first ''Bedknobs'' DVD, the 2001 30th Anniversary Edition[[/labelnote]] about their restoration back into the film.
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'''s first VHS and [=LaserDisc=] release, as a 1991 addition to the Walt Disney Classics collection, marks the only time an official home video release had any of [[UsefulNotes/NoteWorthyDisneyStaff Deems Taylor]]'s original narration for the interstitials intact. For the 60th Anniversary Edition DVD, Disney attempted to restore the interstitials to their original length. However, since they could not find all of Deems Taylor's vocals, they ended up bringing in Creator/CoreyBurton to dub over him. The documentary included on the Classics release's Special Edition sets, ''Fantasia: The Making of a Masterpiece'', has also never appeared on any other format, due to Disney replacing it with a new documentary on the 60th Anniversary DVD. (This has also become the case for most of the documentaries Disney included on their A-list movies' Laserdiscs and VHS tapes.)
** ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' premiered in two different versions: One animated in widescreen (a first for the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon), for theaters equipped to show movies in [=CinemaScope=], and one animated in 4:3, for theaters that still only showed movies in the Academy Ratio. For the second home video release, as a 1998 addition to the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection, some copies contained the Academy version, while others presented the movie in {{Letterbox}}. Later reissues offered the movie in either widescreen only, or with a choice between widescreen and PanAndScan, apparently keeping the Academy version in the Vault for good.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' also underwent some alterations for its IMAX rerelease and home video reissues. The most easily explainable concerns a sequence where Simba flops down onto some grass, which upon impact emitted dust particles that spelled "SFX" in the night sky. Some viewers [[TheProblemWithPenIsland saw the text as]] [[InnocentInnuendo a certain other word]] and decried Disney for what they perceived them to be [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sneaking subliminal messages past the censors]]. The IMAX version removed the letters, and made many other changes (such as re-designing some crocodiles and birds in "I Just Can't To Be King", and re-animating the waterfalls in "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). All later home media releases retained these modifications, meaning the only way to see the original scenes is through an original theatrical print or a 1995 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection laserdisc.[[note]]The 1995 WDMC VHS also includes the original scenes, but unlike the theatrical print and laserdisc, the VHS print is displayed in a PanAndScan format; the same applies to the ''Beauty and the Beast'' 1992 WDC VHS.[[/note]] Additionally, if any kids of the 2000s introduced to ''TLK'' through the 2003 Platinum Edition VHS or DVD considered "The Morning Report" -- a number that didn't exist until after Sirs Elton John and Tim Rice added it to the Broadway version -- their favorite song, they'd feel disappointed to know that the 2011 Diamond Edition cut it back out of the movie, and relegated it to the extras of the 2D Blu-Ray Disc.
** ''Film/{{The Muppet Christmas Carol}}'' is widely available, its most recent release being a Blu-Ray in 2012. But most home video releases don't include the deleted "When Love is Gone" song. It was removed from the theatrical cut to director Brian Henson's strong objections, but restored for the 1993 VHS and laserdisc. The [=DVDs=] from 2002, 2005, and 2012 include the full-length cut, but it was not in widescreen -- only the theatrical cut was. The aforementioned Blu-Ray, and the Digital HD version, don't have the song at all. So the fans have to resort to circulating the old releases and screaming at Disney.
** ''Northern Lights'', the Creator/DisneyChannel's first Original Movie back in 1997. Don’t expect it to be reaired anytime soon, as they seem to have a [[OldShame low opinion]] of the film.[[note]]It was tellingly excluded from the 100 DCOM marathon, suggesting that they [[UnPerson removed it]] [[RetCon from canon]].[[/note]] It did get a VHS release...in Canada (from Alliance Communications), but that’s long out of print and nigh impossible to track down (it fetches a pretty penny on Amazon). It was up on YouTube for a while, but the channel that posted it was terminated. Still, you can find it elsewhere online but that will require some digging.
** ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' had the deleted FinalLoveDuet "If I Never Knew You", and a reprise of it, reinstated on its 2005 10th Anniversary Edition DVD. While most reviews, and the directors, praised the emotional resonance these scenes added, the 2012 2-Movie Collection Blu-Ray and DVD cut them out again. Worse, while the Blu-Ray includes "If I Never Knew You" as a bonus feature, the reprise remains exclusive to the 10th Anniversary Edition DVD. The audio for both scenes did make it onto the Walt Disney Records Legacy Collection's 2015 re-release of the ''Pocahontas'' soundtrack (timed with the movie's 20th anniversary).
** ''Disney/TheRescuers'', while otherwise largely complete, has had a minor alteration on most of its home video releases. During Bianca and Bernard's flight across New York City, a topless woman once appeared in the background for a few frames. It was difficult to catch the woman in the theatrical release due to the film's 30-frames-per-second running time, which allowed it to slip by on the big screen. The 1992 VHS and [=LaserDisc=] used a censored print of the movie, but somehow the woman re-appeared in copies released in January 1999. After an uproar from eagle-eyed viewers, Disney recalled over three million tapes in a matter of days, and subsequently put out an issue that again removed the woman. This version has appeared in all DVD and Blu-ray releases, meaning the version with the topless woman can only be found in some videotapes and [=LaserDiscs=] put out after its 1999 return to stores, but before the recall.
** ''Film/TheSantaClause'' has a scene in the beginning of the film in which Scott Calvin sarcastically responds to a phone number given to him with the remark "1-800-SPANK-ME", which was actually being used for a phone sex hotline. This scene survives only on the original 1995 VHS and [=LaserDisc=] release; following complaints from parents about their children dialing the number and discovering the hotline, Disney changed the phrase in network TV airings to "1-800-POUND", and removed the scene completely in the following DVD/Blu-Ray releases.
** ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', since its last theater reissue in 1986, has canonically become OldShame, so the only recordings you're likely to see are rips of scratchy, faded videocassettes or the Japanese [=LaserDisc=] release (possibly with Japanese subtitles on the songs in the case of the former). You can also find British VHS cassettes from when it was on sale in the UK, though it's less likely that A) you'll find one that's in good condition and B) you'll have something to play it on. Some people have seen a bootleg DVD of the film at video game stores that also sell [=DVDs=], typically with a white case and not much of a blurb on the back. It's available online somewhere if you look closely enough. The closest Disney has come to releasing the movie themselves on DVD involves burying some clips on other programs' discs.
** ''Take Down'', the studio's first PG-rated film.[[note]]Though Disney would [[UnPerson want you to think]] it's ''Film/TheBlackHole'' that's their first, probably because, unlike ''Take Down'', Disney produced that movie.[[/note]] The copies that are seen on internet stores tend to be obscenely expensive, but that's your only hope of seeing this unknown film. It's quite possible that the situation isn't Disney's fault; it was an independent film that was released on video by another company.
** Disney's live-action 1994 remake of ''The Jungle Book'' has not been reissued on video anywhere in the world since its 2002 DVD release, which has long been out-of-print and thus very expensive to purchase. One wonders why Disney didn't bother re-releasing it to coincide with the new live-action remake.
* The fondly-remembered 1995 TV movie ''Susie Q'' has never seen a VHS or DVD release. Contrary to popular belief, it was not a Disney Channel Original Movie, though it aired on the channel frequently from 1996-2000 and Disney still owns the rights to it today.[[note]]The film was produced by Libra Pictures, which was Creator/SabanEntertainment's film production studio. It was formed to produce films for older audiences but occasionally branched out into family films like this one. Disney got all the rights to the movie after Saban sold its library and Fox Family Worldwide to them in 2001.[[/note]] It likely stopped airing because of its more mature themes, such as the title character dying in a drunk-driving car accident. It exists through torrents and bootleg DVD's of various VHS recordings of its Disney Channel broadcasts. These low-quality recordings can also be found on YouTube. It also aired on German network Super RTL in English in 2008. More bootleg DVD's were made from this broadcast which were much clearer in quality despite the movie's German title being displayed and a "Super RTL" bug present throughout. The film is sometimes made available on Disney Family Movies On-Demand, usually once a year around Halloween.
* The only way to see the original version of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' is to bootleg it. VHS copies of it have circulated for ages among animation fans and professionals. The reason for its popularity is that it is the only way to see Creator/RichardWilliams' vision in its original form: The final released versions of the film had huge changes ({{Disneyfication}} and LullDestruction, among others) due to ExecutiveMeddling. The "Recobbled Cut" surfacing on the Internet is a fan-made effort to restore the workprint to higher quality.
* The direct-to-video ''MuppetClassicTheater'' has never been released on DVD, or any format since the initial VHS release (which is of course long out of print). It can be found on the Internet, though.
* The 1988 feature-length version of MikeJittlov's ''Film/TheWizardOfSpeedAndTime''. Fans have been distributing copies of the film online since it came out. The story of how Mike got nearly immediately screwed out of the rights to his own movie is depressing. Many of the tapes have been ''n''-th hand VHS copies of an extremely-rare laserdisc copy owned by someone who was probably single-handedly keeping laserdisc repair shops in business. As of now, though, there are a couple of unofficial (but endorsed by Jittlov) high-quality DVD transfer "releases" floating around the net in download-and-burnable formats, which will hopefully allow the owner of the laserdisc to finally retire and move up to newer technology.
* This can extend to special features from special or collector's edition sets that aren't ported over when the movie is released on a new format. If you don't have the out-of-print older version, you'll miss out on (sometimes very important) footage and material related to the film. These include:
** Many laserdiscs from Creator/TheCriterionCollection, which contain features which haven't been released on any other medium. Notable examples include:
*** The Music/{{Madonna}} film ''Evita'', which had a director commentary, TV spots, a music video, promotional footage, documentaries, interviews and archival footage of the real Evita that were never released again. It's easily the most complete package of the film. Some of those features (but not all) are on the newly released UsefulNotes/BluRay.
*** ''Film/TheFisherKing'' was last released on DVD in 2003 (sans extras). The Criterion laserdisc had a commentary track with Terry Gilliam, deleted scenes, costume tests and a scene-by-scene analysis of the entire film using storyboards, screenplay excerpts and behind-the-scenes photos.
*** Offically rescued, as Criterion rereleased the movie on Blu Ray with a majority of the laserdisc extras.
*** The first three Film/JamesBond films (''Film/DrNo'', ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''), which had commentaries (featuring the producers and creators of the series) that were subsequently banned from every printing after their first releases because they contained an excessive number of disparaging and inflammatory remarks. (In other Bond news, [=MGM/UA's=] Ultimate Edition of ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' doesn't have all the extras from the original 2-disc release.)
*** The Orson Welles picture ''Film/{{Othello}}'' got its only true legitimate release on a Criterion Laserdisc, before Beatrice Welles, who Welles purists hold in contempt for reasons [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment most of which will not be discussed on this page]], got it pulled in favor of her own "restoration", which is a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute ''at best''. This is also the reason why this picture is unavailable on DVD even in its faux-restored version.
*** This also happens when a film's license holder takes a film away from Criterion to make their own (often inferior) DVD release. For example, Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/{{Ran}}'' was set to receive a Criterion Blu-Ray release in 2010 with new features in addition to the features on the DVD. However, its license holder requested that the Blu-Ray release be nullified and the DVD set be discontinued. They then released a Blu Ray of Ran with only a few of the DVD's special features. Fan response to the quality of the Blu Ray transfer varies, with some claiming it is inferior to the DVD release. The new home video rights holder also didn't bother to release a new DVD, making ''Ran'' one of only a few films that only has a Blu-Ray release currently in print. Thankfully, rights holders asking Criterion to pull their set off the market is rare, but its happened at least a dozen times in the past decade.
*** ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', which has a multi-commentary exploration of the title sequence, outtakes, Canadian TV spots and an isolated score that weren't included on the subsequent New Line Platinum Series edition.
*** ''She's Gotta Have It'', Spike Lee's first feature-length film, which has been released in barebones editions for years. The Criterion laserdisc version had an exclusive director's cut version, deleted scenes, commentary, outtakes, music videos, still photo galleries and tie-in TV ads. Criterion doesn't own the rights to the film, and its DVD distributor (MGM) doesn't see fit to release a special edition for it, so you'll have to hunt for anything more than the barebones release.
*** The current in-print DVD & Blu-Ray of ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' was released by MGM in 2000, but the movie had originally been released first on home video by Criterion on LaserDisc in 1994, and then on DVD in 1998. The special features are substantially different in tone between the different releases - the two commentaries from the cast and crew on the Criterion version are as themselves, while on the single commentary on MGM version, the cast do the commentary while in character. The Criterion release also has several deleted scenes, performance footage and three short promotional films which were not included on the MGM release, including most notably, the PilotMovie they shot when they were trying to secure a backer for the film.
*** The movie was also published on a pair of ''[=CD-ROMs=]'' in 1994 by Criterion's publisher, The Voyager Company, who also created enhanced [=CDs=] for other films like ''Comic Book Confidential'', ''Film/ForAllMankind'', and ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', which Criterion recently released a restored print of in 2014.
*** Criterion's [=DVD=] edition of ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'' was apparently so popular that it was one of their '''first four''' Blu-Ray releases! Both versions of the set are out of print. A 2011 Region 2 release from another company did port over some Criterion features...but ''not'' the commentary track originally recorded for the 1992 laserdisc featuring lead actor Music/DavidBowie (along with director Nicholas Roeg and co-star Buck Henry), which was the ''only'' special feature he participated in. ''And'' the first-pressing of the Criterion Blu-Ray is particularly rare, as it was in paper packaging that was eventually replaced with the now-standard clear Amaray cases once fans complained. Unopened copies can fetch $150 or more.
** The ''Franchise/{{Alien}} Anthology'' Blu-Ray set has pretty much everything and the kitchen sink in terms of extras from the previous DVD and VHS releases from the film...except for the Alternate Production Audio & Music track from the 1999 ''Alien Legacy'' DVD release of the original film, making it a valuable commodity. Also, the now-out-of-print ''Alien Saga'' DVD contains vintage featurettes from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' and uncensored screen test footage of Sigourney Weaver that weren't included on the Blu-Ray set.
* ''Long Gone'', the William Petersen Cult-Baseball Movie. Currently the film is unavailable in any format. Previously there was a DVD but it is now long out of print, and copies fetch about $200 on Amazon alone.
* ''Film/TheDevilsHairpin'' is a hard to find movie, not having a DVD release as of yet.
* MGM's 1965 film ''Joy in the Morning'' starring Richard Chamberlain and Yvette Mimieux has never seen a release on VHS, DVD, Laserdisc or any other media, anywhere in the world. Hard to believe, as the film was heavily promoted, widely released, moderately successful, and stars Chamberlain, who, as ''Film/DrKildare'', was one of TV's biggest stars at the time. Save for the occasional television airing, it has rarely been seen since. Warner Bros. once stated that the film is not cleared for distribution, so a chance for release in the near future is minimal. Some bootlegs of questionable quality and resources exist, however, your best bet is to try and catch it on Creator/TurnerClassicMovies, where it is shown every once in a while.
* Tom Schiller's only feature film, ''Film/NothingLastsForever'', has assumed near-legendary status both for being extremely rare and extremely odd (it includes Creator/BillMurray as the conductor on a bus ride to the moon, Creator/LaurenTom as an alien, and a political coup by the Manhattan Port Authority - all rendered with pseudo-1930s stylings). For unclear reasons, it received only a limited cinema release and has never been available on video or DVD. However, Creator/TurnerClassicMovies screened it in January 2015, and in light of that speculation about a legitimate release has picked up.
* At the end of the 1980s, the home video market collapsed due to an overabundance of low-quality product, resulting in the collapse of many independent VHS companies along with their libraries, some substantial and hosting many sought-after cult items. While a few of these libraries have been purchased (such as Media Home Entertainment and Vestron Video), more often than not the new parent companies will simply clamp down on the rights and keep potentially successful cult films out of circulation for unknown reasons (looking at YOU, Lionsgate).
* When a Director's Cut of a film is released, the older theatrical release of the film is taken out of circulation, regarded as inferior version by the distributor(s) and director. Sometimes this can anger fans, and only recently have DVD companies wised up and included both versions on new DVD releases. An awful lot of movies, though, still have theatrical versions that have been left in the dust without the consent of fans.
** The original theatrical cuts of the ''StarWars Trilogy'' have flirted with this on many occasions. For a period of time between 1997 and 2006, VHS and DVD sets of the "Special Edition" trilogy were the only official releases on the market (with the 1995 "Faces" VHS set proudly boasting that it was the last release for the original films). The theatrical cuts came back into circulation for a limited time in 2006 as part of a (barely-advertised) set, which included a non-anamorphic laserdisc port (which was thrown in with the Special Edition cuts). The release of the Complete Saga Blu-Ray boxset has also knocked those sets out of circulation, so the theatrical cuts are once again unavailable unless you resort to the (highly active) fan community.
** George Lucas also hasn't done the same for the theatrical version of ''Film/THX1138'', his debut feature.
** This was the case for many years with Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/BladeRunner'', as the theatrical version's VHS was steadily rising in price for collectors. However, with the release of the Final Cut box set, all the cuts of his masterpiece are together at last.
** UK and Australian releases of ''Film/PicnicAtHangingRock'' have included both the director's cut and the theatrical version, but US releases from TheCriterionCollection have only included the director's cut (to the frustration of some fans).
* The 1959 film version of ''PorgyAndBess'' has not been in release since the early 1970s. Sam Goldwyn leased the film rights for only 15 years, and renegotiating them with the Gershwin and Heyward estates has proved impossible.
* The 2006 film version of ''Literature/ArseneLupin'', starring Kristin Scott Thomas as the FemmeFatale who interacts with the title character, has never been released in the U.S. for unknown reasons. However, Warner Brothers did release the movie on DVD in Canada with English subtitles.
* F.W. Murnau's silent arthouse classic ''Film/{{Sunrise}}'' (which won Best Picture, back when there were two Best Picture categories) was only available through mail-order in the United States. That release went out of print and commands a pretty penny on eBay and Amazon. The only places that it is in print are in two box sets (one is a box set of early Oscar winners from Fox Studios which despite costing under $30 is still pretty hard to come by. The second is a handsome set of films by Murnau and Frank Borzage...which commands a price of ''over $200''), or a 2009 Blu-Ray from [[http://eurekavideo.co.uk/moc/catalogue/sunrise/ Eureka Entertainment]] (part of their 'Masters Of Cinema' line). An interested viewer might be better off tracking it down on Creator/TurnerClassicMovies these days. Fans had to wait until 2014 for the first wide-release home video version of the film in the United States: A well-regarded Blu-Ray[=/=]DVD combo set that made ''Sunrise'' one of the first silent films to ever be released in a high definition restoration.
** This is not uncommon with silent films in general. Some films get poor-quality DVD distributions, others never see the light of day. Some of these films are also registered with the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry. Good luck finding ''Film/TheWind'' or ''Film/TheCrowd'' on a format that isn't Laser Disc or VHS.
* Infamous 1973 Turkish film ''3 Dev Adam'' (''Film/ThreeBigMen''), which features Spider-Man as a sadistic villain. It would be lost entirely were it not for someone who had the hindsight to record it when it was repeated on TV some time in the 80s. Unfortunately the video has degraded both visually and audibly as might be expected for a home recording of that vintage. There have been DVD releases, but they are all made from this recording.
* Most prints of Creator/BruceLee's first film ''Film/TheBigBoss'' are missing several scenes that were in the original Mandarin version shown in theaters in 1971. Whilst some scenes were cut for being violent there are others which were removed for seemingly no reason, such as some which were featured in some of the film's trailers. Apparently the uncut version still exists, circulates amongst collectors and was even touted for an official release at one point, but nobody knows for sure.
* The SurrealHorror film ''Paper House'' is another victim of Lionsgate's apathetic attitude towards 1980s films, but it is available on DVD in the UK.
* ''That Night'', a little-seen but acclaimed 1993 comedy with Juliette Lewis, C. Thomas Howell and a young Creator/ElizaDushku (in her film debut) about a girl's romance told from the point of view of her neighbor, a 10 year-old wanting to know what love is. The film was released on VHS but is out-of-print and Warner Bros. has no plans to release it on DVD.
* A modern adaptation of ''Theatre/RichardIII'', produced by and starring David Carradine, has its own wiki article and [=IMDb=] page ... but good luck finding anything else about it, let alone a copy, digital or not.
* No DVD releases of ''Film/ThatLadyInErmine'' outside of Europe.
* ''Dragonworld'' was only released on VHS by Paramount Home Video in the `90s and ''never'' released on DVD. It's so obscure, ThisVeryWiki doesn't yet have a page for it. The same goes for all of the Moonbeam titles; current rights holder Full Moon seems to reissue ''PuppetMaster'' every few years but continues to screw their family-friendly Moonbeam line. It's especially daunting given that Courtland Mead (a.k.a. [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Gus Griswald]]) is a main character.
* The 1981 Polish arthouse horror flick ''Film/{{Possession}}'' is rather hard to find, having only been released on an out-of-print DVD by Anchor Bay and a Blu-Ray in the UK by [[http://www.secondsightfilms.co.uk/cat.php?a=223&p=-1714 Second Sight]] (a label that specializes in cult films) in the fall of 2013.
* The 1996 HBO film ''Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny'' has never been released on DVD in Region 1, although a fairly rare Region 2 DVD and an even rarer VHS version do exist. The film stars Creator/AlanRickman in the wonderful scene-chewing titular role. It also features Creator/IanMcKellen and Greta Scacchi in solid performances as Nicholas II and Alexandra as well as some excellent cinematography.
* The infamously terrible threequel ''Film/AddamsFamilyReunion'', starring Tim Curry and Daryl Hannah as Gomez and Morticia, as well as some of the most appalling CGI work to see commercial release, has never been released outside of VHS -- which, admittedly, can be found for dirt cheap in thrift stores and bookstores that still stock VHS tapes. There was an unofficial release in Brazil, that even put in a box set with the other movies by ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' (which wouldn't happen officially: that one was from Warner, the ones with Raul Julia by Paramount).
* ''The Thorn'', formerly known as ''The Divine Mr. J'', is only available as out-of-print videocassettes from Magnum Entertainment due to Bette Midler liking absolutely none of its titles, [[HairTriggerTemper and we do indeed mean absolutely none]].
* The infamous 1982 Korean War movie ''Film/{{Inchon}}'' is only available on bootlegs, another case of an AllStarCast film going missing in action (it featured Creator/LaurenceOlivier -- this was the film that named the trope MoneyDearBoy when he was asked about why he signed on -- as General Douglas [=MacArthur=], shored up by Jacqueline Bisset, David Janssen, and others). A BoxOfficeBomb comparable to ''Film/HeavensGate'', it apparently sucked so much that it was pulled from theaters as fast as it came in, and the production company -- which got most of its finances from religious leader Sun Myung Moon -- won't even give it the dignity of a home video release. The now-defunct [=GoodLife=] TV, which was owned by Moon, played the film a few times, but it has not been seen since.
** However, Music/JerryGoldsmith's score to the film was popular enough to warrant a few releases (including a special edition CD from Creator/{{Intrada}} in 2006. This was the second release of the score from the label - the first was an expanded release, the second was a 2-CD set featuring the original album presentation on one disc and the complete score on the other).
* Cult director Jim [=McBride's=] ''The Wrong Man,'' staring Creator/RosannaArquette and Jon Lithgow. It received a theatrical release in Europe, while it premiered on Showtime in America. Released once on VHS, never rereleased on dvd and not available on Netflix.
* ''It Came from Hollywood'' (1982) was a sort of proto-[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]], with popular comedians from the late '70s and early '80s (Dan Ackroyd, John Candy, Cheech and Chong, Gilda Radner) paying tribute both mockingly and lovingly to old B-movies. The one VHS release goes for a minimum of $25 on Amazon, and laserdiscs go for $50. It had a VERY, VERY brief DVD release, the ''cover'' of which is easily found online, but finding an actual copy of it generally costs (literally) thousands of dollars.
* The theatrical cut of ''Film/ScaryMovie'' contains some dialogue that makes fun of the relationship between Creator/BradPitt and Creator/GwynethPaltrow that was cut from all of the home video versions as producer Harvey Weinstein felt that the dialogue towards Paltrow was less humorous and more of an outright attack towards her (since the dialogue referred to her as a "freak"). To date, the last time a version contained this dialogue was in a late 2000 theatrical reissue (though bootlegs of the rough cut do have the dialogue).
* The 1991 film ''Film/ByTheSword'', a film about fencing and revenge, and completed in 1991, wasn't released until 1993, where it bombed horribly to a box office of just above 6 grand. The movie was then released on a VERY limited VHS run, and never released on DVD in the United States. In order to have a copy today, you would have to pay over 45 dollars for a VHS tape or DVD. It can be found on the internet, however.
* The 1999 and 2012 re-releases of ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' cut out a twenty-second scene of the Beatles repelling a Blue Meanie resurgence (leading to Ringo being reunited with the Boob) and replaced it with the long-missing scene of the Beatles discussing the situation with Sgt. Pepper's band and the "Hey Bulldog" segment. The movie was first released in 1987 on VHS and Laserdisc; anyone who still has them will have the original twenty-second sequence but they won't be able to make copies if they have the VHS, which is copy protected.
* ''The Substitute'', a 1993 movie made for the USA Network which would have been likely forgotten...if not for the fact that it contains the acting debut of Creator/MarkWahlberg (then known as Marky Mark). The film is so obscure that you can't even find it online.
* ''X Games 3-D: The Movie'', a film that holds the dubious distinction of having the worst opening[[note]]$837,216 in August 2009, worldwide gross $1,472,747[[/note]] in the history of Walt Disney Pictures, was never released on DVD or Blu-ray (though a Blu-ray 3-D release was planned) and outside of a few airings on Starz, has basically been MIA since its brief release in 2009. So if you like extreme sports, scour the pay cable listings.
* The 2004 TV movie ''Strip Search'' (starring Glenn Close and MaggieGyllenhaal and directed by Sidney Lumet) ended up this way due to HBO wanting to avoid controversy over its scathing account of the U.S. post-9/11. Not only was the film heavily cut (Lumet's original cut ran two hours, HBO cut it down to under an hour) but HBO even went out of their way to pull future airings of the film (this stance was later reversed after subscribers complained and a few more airings were scheduled).
* If for some insane reason you want to watch the infamous ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' parody movie ''Ricky 1'', look hard. The DVD release of this movie by Televista is actually a bootleg, and VHS copies of this movie are obscenely hard to find, though copies have been known to turn up with an even lower price tag than is usual for a hard-to-find title. However, it is on [=YouTube=].
* Richard Linklater's "Film/{{SubUrbia}}." The Criterion Collection was promising a release for a long time, but it's looking unlikely they'll deliver. It was available on Netflix but has since been removed. You can find it on Amazon Instant, though.
* ''Looking for Mr. Goodbar'', despite being a box office success and getting Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, has ''never'' been released on DVD nor Blu-ray, likely due to its extreme DownerEnding. Currently, VHS and laserdisc copies fetch a pretty penny on Amazon. A DVD copy has been made available on Amazon, but it's unknown if it's legit and it costs '''''$199.99'''''.
* The only way one can be able to view the original version of Creator/JohnWayne's ''Film/{{The Alamo}}'' is through the out-of-print VHS and Laserdisc releases from the early-90s and screenings on Creator/TurnerClassicMovies. DVD and Blu-Ray releases contain the commonly-seen shorter version, which was edited by a half-hour by the film's producer (Wayne's son Michael) only a few weeks after initial release to correspond with city bus schedules. In the meantime, the uncut version has fallen into disrepair and Creator/{{MGM}}, which owns the negatives, has gone through so many debt issues that there are more important things to do than financing a restoration project.
* Timothy Carey's infamous self-directed film ''The World's Greatest Sinner'' was never given an official release. The film has been broadcast a few times on TCM, from which bootlegs have circulated.
* ''Film/{{Sleuth}}'', the original 1972 version starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine has been out of print on Region 1 for some quite time, used DVD's are very expensive
* ''I Woke Up Early the Day I Died'' is a mild example. It was a film produced and starring Billy Zane based on a script Ed Wood (yes, that Ed Wood) wrote but never filmed. It only ever played at a few film festivals and was not released to the general public. Still, it's fairly easy to find it online now.
* Any film starring Rolf Harris is very unlikely to get a home release or re-release after he was charged on child sex offenses.
* The original Canadian version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rock And Rule}}'', which featured a different voice actor for one of the leads along with a few extended scenes, was never released on DVD. Neither was the soundtrack. There are fan edits using transfers from the VHS release that recreate the film, but they are of varying quality.
* The non-Three Stooges Columbia short subject comedies not starring Creator/BusterKeaton or solo members of Film/TheThreeStooges (which have seen DVD releases) are only available through private collectors (and even then, not all the shorts are available).
* Creator/KarelZeman's work has been stuck in circulate-the-tapes limbo for a long time, although the recent Czech DVD releases approved by the Zeman family and produced by Prague's Karel Zeman Museum are beginning to change matters some. The English-speaking world still hasn't gotten its own proper DVD releases of most of the films, however.
* ''The House Of The Wolf Man'' doesn't seem to currently have any legal channels through which it can be watched, other than buying a $50 used DVD off Amazon.
* ''The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm'', a George Pal superproduction that was one of only two non-documentary films shot in the specialty Cinerama format, has never had a DVD release. While Turner Classic Movies occasionally airs it, it is shown only in a letterbox format which distorts the wraparound imagery; while other Cinerama documentaries and ''How the West Was Won'' have had restorations that include special "smilebox" formatting to correct this issue, ''Wonderful World'' hasn't been so lucky as yet.
* 3D films get this a lot in their original versions, unfortunately. For example, the left eye of ''Spacehunter: Adventure in the Forbidden Zone'' has never been officially released to the public by itself, only the right eye. ''Film/FridayThe13thPartIII'' was a bit luckier, though; both the left eye and the right eye have seen release individually in some form.
* The original version of ''Welcome to 18'' may never see the light of day again due to [=JoAnn=] Willette using an ethnic slur at one point in the film, resulting in many of her scenes being removed from current prints by the copyright holder, Green Griffin, decades later. That she's presently entangled in a copyright dispute with Green Griffin over piracy of that very film only makes it a sure deal.
* The original theatrical version of ''Million Dollar Mystery''. Originally created as part of a contest on the part of Gladlock bags, the original cut supposedly featured direct allusions to said contest and clues to where the studio had hidden a cash prize (which turned out to be in the Statue of Liberty's nostrils), complete with rules and regulations at the very end. During the transition to home video, many of those allusions were cut and the ending was even revised. Good luck finding the theatrical version now (the soundtrack album at least came with contest clues).
* The original theatrical cut of ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' (which featured the [[DoingInTheWizard infamous origin]] that the eponymous Highlander was really an alien from the Planet Zeist) has never been released on DVD in the United States, though a Region 2 French DVD of this cut was released. A longer cut released in some foreign countries has ''never'' been available on DVD or Blu-Ray; it includes some key footage later reinstated in the Director's Cut, as well as an alternate ending not seen in any other version.
* The 1998 film ''Conquest'' is nigh-impossible to find online.
* Good luck trying to find a copy of ''Theatre/TwilightLosAngeles'' (a cinematic adaptation, produced for ''Great Performances'', of not just a one-woman show about the Los Angeles Riots of '92 but also a work that caused a minor controversy involving custom titles on ThisVeryWiki--long story). It was only released ''once''--on VHS, in 2001. With rebroadcasts in 2012 and 2015, you'd think PBS would have the sense to re-release it on DVD by now.
* ''Film/WhereTheBuffaloRoam'' a film starring Creator/BillMurray as writer Creator/HunterSThompson (made many years before Creator/JohnnyDepp [[Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas would take the role]]) is technically available on DVD- but if you want to hear the original Neil Young soundtrack, expect to track down an old VHS copy. Anchor Bay replaced the music with generic 80's synth on the DVD due to music licensing issues.
* A handful of Robert Altman movies are very difficult to find on video, if not impossible. His extraordinary 1972 horror film ''Images'' never got proper theatrical distribution in the U.S. and was long thought lost until MGM printed a DVD of it in 2003 (which is now OOP and very expensive). That's a tremendous success, however, compared to his 1980 satire ''HEALTH'' which has never seen a video release of any kind in any country.
* ''Eyes of Fire'', an amazing 1983 horror film set in colonial America about a religious splinter cell trekking into the wilderness only to encounter a powerful forest witch, was almost totally ignored during its theatrical run and didn't fare much better when released on VHS in the late 80's by Vestron Video. Aside from a suspicious Brazilian DVD there's been no reprint on video for over 25 years and Lionsgate, the company that bought out Vestron Video's library, has yet to reissue the film in any form.
* A number of William Friedkin films have had minimal releases over the years, outside of VHS. His 1987 crime drama ''Rampage'' has only received a DVD release in Poland, and the director's cut of ''Jade'' only ever saw a VHS release (it is, however, available on Amazon Video and VUDU).
* ''Boom!''—a poorly-received big-screen adaptation of TennesseeWilliams' play ''The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore'' starring ElizabethTaylor and Richard Burton, and directed by Joseph Losey—was "buried" in a VHS release by MGM just as DVD was becoming the dominant home-video format.
* ''Zatoichi's Pilgrimage'' (#14) is apparently not available on DVD (at least in region 1) because the rights are separate from the rest of the series.
* ''We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll'', a documentary by Penelope Spheeris, has never seen a home video release. The reason is entirely due to music rights clearances.
* ''Superstar: The [[Music/{{Carpenters}} Karen Carpenter]] Story'' is a short biographical film unique in that all the people shown in the film are played by Barbie dolls. However, despite being a CultClassic, it has not seen an official release on DVD or VHS, and was blacklisted from distribution by Richard Carpenter. He sued the creators over the film’s unlicensed usage of his group’s music, and was unflattered by claims the film made (among other things, the movie claimed he went gay). Fortunately, you can see it on [=YouTube=] and Vimeo.
* ''The Adventures of Hajji Baba'' is not available on DVD, Blu-Ray, or any streaming services in most of the world since it's limited VHS release from the late 80s and an out of print MGM DVD release in Spain. But it is occasionally shown on FXM Retro and TCM.
* Despite having critical acclaim, an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in Richard Farnsworth and directed by Creator/DavidLynch, ''Film/TheStraightStory'' has been not seen a Blu-Ray release in the U.S. and Europe, aside from a Japanese release by Paramount, since it's out of print on DVD for unknown reasons.
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