Only the Sony Can Play…Columbia The 70s

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Like Universal, Sony has leasing multiple deals with Criterion, Twilight Time, Mill Creek , Grindhouse Releasing and Shout! Most surprisng is Sony itself releasing catalog titles on Blu lately such as Robin and Marian. below are 70s Columbia films . NOV are titles that never reached even VHS in the U.S. ; VHS are films only released in that format and NOB were released only on DVD. Fun to speculate which titles will go with which company. Who would have thought The Swimmer, for instance,would have gone to Grindhouse Releasing? Boldface are those films that seem important

1970:

Land Raiders (NOB)
The Looking Glass War (NOB)
Loving (NOB)
The Liberation of L.B. Jones (NOB)
Riverrun (NOV)
Getting Straight (NOB)
Watermelon Man (NOB)
A Walk in the Spring Rain (NOB)
You Cant Win Em All (VHS) as Soldier of Fortune
R.P.M. (NOB)
The Executioner (NOB)
The Mind of Mr. Soames (NOB)
I Never Sang For My Father (NOB)
Cromwell (NOB)
The Owl and the Pussycat (NOB)
I Walk the Line (NOB)
Husbands (NOB)
There’s a Girl in My Soup (NOB)
Take a Girl Like You (NOB)
The Lady in a Car With Glasses (NOV)

1971
The Reckoning (NOV)
Doctors Wives (NOB)
The Pursuit of Happiness (NOB)
The Buttercup Chain (NOB)
Brother John (NOB)
A Severed Head (NOB)
Flight of the Doves (NOB)
Summertree (NOB)
A Man Called Sledge (NOB)
Man and Boy (NOB)
The Horseman (NOB)
The Go Between (NOV)
The Brotherhood of Satan (NOB)
Fools’ Parade (NOV)
The Love Machine (NOB)
Creatures the World Forgot (NOB)
See No Evil (NOB)
The Last Rebel (NOV)
Fragment of Fear (NOB)
Welcome to the Club (NOV)
A Safe Place (NOB)
Bless the Beasts and the (NOB)
Children
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Happy Birthday Wanda June (NOV)

1972
J.W. Coop (NOB)
Glass Houses (NOV )
Cisco Pike (NOB)
To Find a Man (NOB)
Gumshoe (NOB)
Buck and the Preacher (NOB)
Brians Song (NOB)
Stand Up and Be Counted (NOV)
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (NOB)
The Burglars (NOB)
Butterflies Are Free (NOB)
Pope Joan (VHS)
Young Winston (NOB)
Dirty Little Billy (NOB)

1973
Black Gunn (NOB)
Shamus (NOB)
A Reflection of Fear (NOB)
The Creeping Flesh (NOB)
Godspell (NOB)
Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me(NOV)
Love and Pain and the Whole (NOB)
Damn Thing
Let The Good Times Roll (NOV)
The Hireling (NOB)
40 Carats (NOB)
Summer Wishes, Winter (NOB)
Dreams

1974
Crazy Joe (NOV)
Thomasine and Bushrod (NOB)
The Lords of Flatbush (NOB)
The Take (NOV)
The Gravy Train (NOV)
For Petes Sake (NOB)
Birds Do It,Bees Do It (NOV)
California Split (NOB)
Buster and Billie (VHS)

Open Season (VHS) as Recon Game
Confessions of a Window (NOV)
Cleaner

1975
Lies My Father Told Me (NOV)
The Night Caller (NOV)
Aaron Loves Angela (VHS)
The Black Bird (VHS)

1976
Jack and the Beanstalk (NOB)
Countdown at Kusini (NOV)
The Stranger and the (VHS)
Gunfighter
Baby Blue Marine (NOB)
Drive In (NOB)
The Last Woman (NOV)
Nickelodeon (NOB)

1977
Fun With Dick and Jane (NOB)
The Farmer (NOV)
You Light Up My Life (NOB)

1978
Remember My Name (NOV)
The Amsterdam Kill (VHS)
Caseys Shadow (NOB)
Silver Bears (VHS)
Warlords of Atlantis (NOV)
If Ever I See You Again (VHS)
The Cheap Detective (NOB)
Eyes of Laura Mars (NOB) 
Somebody Killed Her (NOV)
Husband
California Suite (NOB)

1979
Ice Castles (NOB)
When You Comin Back (NOV)
Red Ryder?
The Fifth Musketeer (VHS)
Hanover Street (NOB)
Ravagers (NOV)
Just You and Me Kid (NOB)
Lost and Found (NOB)
The Villain (NOB)
Hot Stuff (NOB)
No Sex Please, We’re (NOV)
British
The National Health (NOV)
Skatetown USA (NOV)
Chapter Two (NOB)

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29 Comments

  1. I think I've heard of maybe 2 of all these movies.

    Gotta wonder, at this point in time, how many consumers are even out there demanding this kind of stuff, especially on disc? I can't imagine it being at all profitable to clean these up and stamp the discs.

  2. David Weicker

    I’m curious about your criteria for ‘important’ films. It seems random (or personal).

    I would have definitely had Brian’s Song in bold (among others)

    Yes. Random and looking at the choices…personal. Brians Song is great and although it received a theatrical release it is at its core a TV Movie that wouldnt gain much from Bluray upgrade

  3. How many of these are still under the thumb of the Music Rights Monster? Looking at that list I can guess that the music in Let the Good Times Roll was only cleared for theatrical release if it's never gotten a video in any format. Stand Up and Be Counted was where the Helen Reddy song "I Am Woman" was first introduced; the song outlived the movie. Skatetown USA is in the same boat.

    Louis Letizia

    Yes. Random and looking at the choices…personal. Brians Song is great and although it received a theatrical release it is at its core a TV Movie that wouldnt gain much from Bluray upgrade

    It was shot on 35mm film. The existing DVD is almost 20 years old and looked decent then (I haven't watched it in years), so it probably would look better in Blu-ray.

  4. @MatthewA is correct. Skatetown USA (1979) is in music rights jail. I’ve been requesting this title for quite a while now.

    @Louis Letizia, you should have boldfaced this title due to the fact it featured Patrick Swayze in his first major role.

    The only way to see this now is if you’re lucky enough to have a avant-garde Theater house near you that would be willing to check out a 35mm print from Sony or whomever. I’ve been requesting this from the Enzian Theater in Orlando but no luck.

    There is that crummy bootleg DVD out there but I’d stay away from that nowadays.

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  5. JQuintana

    I think I've heard of maybe 2 of all these movies.

    Gotta wonder, at this point in time, how many consumers are even out there demanding this kind of stuff, especially on disc? I can't imagine it being at all profitable to clean these up and stamp the discs.

    This I would not brag about 🙂

  6. Besides EYES OF LAURA MARS and THE ANDERSON TAPES a number of these are available from the UK via Indicator, so, if not Region A already, perhaps they'll migrate here. THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN is available in the US.

  7. JQuintana

    HaHa!

    I'm betting 3/4 of the members here are in the same boat I am.

    I have seen 49 of the titles on this list…many of them in the theatre in their original release. Of the 49, I own copies of 16 of the movies. Some on standard DVDs and others from TV showings. (Turner Classic Movies aired LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL once a few years back).

  8. JQuintana

    HaHa! I'm betting 3/4 of the members here are in the same boat I am.

    Anyone remotely film savvy would know the majority of those titles even if they've never seen them. I've heard of every one of those films and seen 62 of them. But I do agree with you that interest (not to mention profitability) on 50% (at least) of those titles are nil.

  9. JQuintana

    I think I've heard of maybe 2 of all these movies.

    Gotta wonder, at this point in time, how many consumers are even out there demanding this kind of stuff, especially on disc? I can't imagine it being at all profitable to clean these up and stamp the discs.

    Time to familiarize yourself. There are many gems to be found and should be discovered if you are seriously a fan of film.

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