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Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Old 04-15-10, 06:33 AM
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Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

The dvd format is over 11 years old , and yet this has still to see a release.I wont even talk about a blu ray , we would be lucky if this even comes to dvd.This year is the 25th anniversary of the movie.If they dont release it this year, it hurts me to say this, but then theyll never release this.I have every single movie from the 80s ive ever wished for, except this.It absolutely amazes me , that we are in the dying years of the dvd format , and still no release for this.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

this along with KIDCO are on my most wanted list.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

This along with Vampire Circus and Twins of Evil are on my . . .oh, never mind.

It is odd the films that don't see the light of day. Look at African Queen, an amazing classic that was once thought of as the greatest movie ever made finally, finally, finally sees life on disc. The Legend of Billie Jean was the first hi-def movie I watched on my plasma a few years back on a Saturday afternoon.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

for the same reason that a lot of other great cinematic gems are not. money. if the studio doesn't think it will make money why release it? to make the fans happy? ha! like they would ever do a silly thing like that. but id be willing to bet we'll see it on dvd-r sometime in the near future.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

From the Billy Jean wiki;

The film's only home video release to date was on pan & scan VHS in 1985; it has yet to be released on DVD. Yeardly Smith commented on this in a recent interview; she said that she had recorded the DVD commentary in 2008 and the DVD was supposed to have been released in the summer of 2008.
It's probably likely that it is tied up in regards to rights. The intent was there for a DVD release, but what happened to it is anybody's guess.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Doesn't this have a Pat Benetar song in it? That could hold things up.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

/\ It's possible, she apparently's not a fan of the movie.

From the Billy Jean imdb trivia page

Pat Benatar states at her concerts before belting into "Invincible", "This is from the worst movie ever made."
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

I watched it recently on Netflix streaming. Such a tease though.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Like many others on this forum I have a list of DVD wants:

The Island (Michael Caine)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Green Ice
Willard (Original)
The Competition

When if ever will these titles be released to us??? One can only hope-
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

This, Electric Dreams, and Making Michael Jackson's Thriller are really the last movies on my DVD wish list.

There may be more that I cannot recall, but these would be the ones I'd run out and buy on release day.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

It's called The Legend of BILLIE Jean.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

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I watched it recently on Netflix streaming.
I'm baffled how something is available on Netflix streaming, but not DVD. Weird.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

There's a bunch of movies on services like that which aren't on DVD. What hurts the most is one of my favorites, Gas Pump Girls, part of which was filmed near where I work. I have the old Vestron laserdisc, but MGM owns the movie now and did a new 16x9 transfer which you can 'buy' on Amazon VOD and watch for free (with commercial interruption) on Hulu. There's no disc release in sight however. Same with a few older Paramount titles, including Little Darlings and Looking For Mr. Goodbar.

Just checked that Legend of Billie Jean transfer on Netflix, it's 16x9 also. So now I have a choice of watching the old VHS in 4x3 or a compressed digital transfer in 16x9- but no DVD or Blu-Ray.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Legend of Billie Jean pops up occasionally on the Encore channels, I think I caught it on Encore Action a few months ago... full screen as with everything else on Encore.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
I'm baffled how something is available on Netflix streaming, but not DVD. Weird.

Because streaming is the future of movies. Dvds will still be around for a few years, but no one can act shocked or indignant that every little movie isn't being produced in a dying format anymore.


If anyone's interested, Netflix is also streaming Looking For Mr Goodbar and I Ought To Be In Pictures.

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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Billie Jean is a pretty good despite being a very "80s" movie. I wouldn't mind to see Little Darlings on DVD too.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
I'm baffled how something is available on Netflix streaming, but not DVD. Weird.
The studio that holds the rights has to decide if there's enough demand to justify either pressing a title or releasing a DVD-R. Putting it out as a streaming video is a way to test the waters.

Ishtar, the notorious bomb with Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman (which does have a bit of a cult interest) is another one out on streaming video on Hulu but not on DVD yet).
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Add The Wild Life to the list of titles that need a DVD release.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Came on TCM a couple/few years ago. I didn't miss my chance to 'catch' it.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Originally Posted by JerryKILL View Post
Legend of Billie Jean pops up occasionally on the Encore channels, I think I caught it on Encore Action a few months ago... full screen as with everything else on Encore.
I DVR'd what was listed as The Legend of Billie Jean a few weeks ago on Encore. When I went to watch it today, it was Rambo III.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

/\ I've noticed that happening with the Encore channels lately. Not sure why, though.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

I believe this was on HDnet last year. So there would appear to be a HD transfer of this film in someone's possession.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

You could TIVO it and then you know what you could do after if you want it really bad in your collection.
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Re: Why is The Legend of Billy Jean still not on DVD !!!!!

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca View Post
You could TIVO it and then you know what you could do after if you want it really bad in your collection.
Yup I've had a nice looking copy for years from your suggestion.

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