Someone must have it in for swashbucklers. Or possibly for films with Oliver Reed and Charlton Heston, for how else do you explain the fact that the classic 1973 version of The Three Musketeers and its equally brilliant (1974) sequel are unavailable on DVD, let alone in Blue Ray format? Go ahead, try and order them through Netflix. Or the terrific 1990 TNT version of Treasure Island with Christopher Lee, Christian Bale and, yes, Oliver Reed again as Billy Bones and Charlton Heston as "the seafaring man with one leg". Then there's Topsy Turvey, a terrific costume flick from 1999, and if you have tossed your old VHS machine you are are fresh out of luck 'cause it never went to disc.
These are not obscure B movies from the black and white era. They are not films that appeal only to film snobs. Actually, with the possible exception of Topsy Turvey, they have a decidedly broad appeal as action adventure romps. Whereas the triad of Pirates of the Caribbean amount to little more than lurching, soulless, CG exploitation, these films are truly buried treasures. There is some hope for Oliver Reed, as Royal Flash came out at long last on DVD, but this is an exception and certainly not the rule.
So what other movies are out there lost on video and shamefully denied their disc debut? Who do you want to see on DVD?
More: (6/15/2008): Alert reader Jeanne discovers that the Musketeer Movies were released together on DVD and are available as The Complete Musketeers! Also that Topsy Turvey had a brief DVD run but is now out of print. .