August Pushing For Older Films Not On Digital

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While a site like JustWatch.com does a good job at telling you which particular streaming service might have a title you’re looking for, It also highlights how many key films have yet make the jump. In fact it seems as home entertainment made the transition from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray and now to streaming, plenty of older films have been left behind in the process.

Big Fish” and “Go” screen writer John August recently experienced this frustration and has chosen to channel it into a campaign to get some of those stragglers released digitally on at least one of the services such as iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu or Vudu.

August has begun crowdsourcing a document called ‘Missing Movies’ on his official site which so far lists over 370 entries from 1970 until today that aren’t available for rental, purchase, or streaming.

Amongst the titles are “The Boys in the Band,” “Myra Breckinridge,” “Le Mans,” “The Devils,” “Pink Flamingos,” “Equus,” “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” “Northern Lights,” “The Prisoner of Zenda,” “Caligula,” “All That Jazz” and “The Rose” from the 1970s.

From the 1980s there’s the likes of “The Abyss,” “Willow,” “The Cannonball Run,” “To Live and Die in LA,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “The Beastmaster,” “Eddie and the Cruisers,” “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” “The Fourth Protocol,” “Skin Deep,” “The Cotton Club,” “King Solomon’s Mines,” “Cocoon,” and “Hamburger Hill”.

Finally there’s “True Lies,” “Ransom,” “Wild at Heart,” “Aladdin,” “Dogma,” “Spice World,” “Nuns on the Run,” “Diabolique,” “Kiss of Death,” and “One Fine Day” from the 1990s, and “Apocalypto” and “The Pledge” from the 2000s. When it comes to films made after 1997, the representation is pretty good with almost everything available. As the years go back, the percentage of unavailable titles rises fast.

August says a fast way to see titles like these making the jump would be to talk to directors with films on the list and encourage them to get their movies released digitally – the cost is minimal as it doesn’t require disc manufactue or packaging, and it cuts down on piracy which is the avenue most seem to turn to for titles unavailable digitally.

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