Why isn't this on DVD?


Why hasn't the movie that contains Bette's greatest tag line-"What a dump!" ever been put on DVD? Pure camp! Wonderful! Why, the first 5 seconds of the film are enough to make any drag queen scream with delight!

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I think all of Bette Davis' films should be put on DVD. I would buy the whole lot of them!

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It is a shame. I just got done transferring a nice VHS copy to DVD-R for just such emergencies. Seems criminal that WB hasn't put this one out yet, nor is TCM showing it for this upcoming May's Bette Davis month.

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the movie has rights problems

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I haven't seen this film yet, but it does surprise me that it's not out on DVD, or rather according to Amazon the film is out on DVD, but no one seems have copies of it. If Another Man's Poison, a film in which the lovely Ms. Davis pulled every stop under the sun, has seen the light of DVD, BTF should as well, especially since it was the final movie she made whil under contract at Warner Brothers.

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Amazon has a page for it probably becuase so many searches for it, or something to that effect. I don't think it's ever been released on DVD. I figured I would find this one at my video store (which carries real videos and quite a few rarties and classics) but nope....Very dissapointing. I don't get the rights problems for this one (somebody put that in a post...do you know why?)...It was released on MGM video in 1998, right before DVDs hit big! There are quite a lot of her films that have been released on VHS but there no sight of DVDs....Bette is a legend. What's the deal. I really don't understand "Dangerous" not being available, her first AA winner!

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it says "not yet released" on amazon and from past experiences, that usually means the dvd is in production.

"I thought you were aware by now, that I'm not someone to called for like a kitchen maid."

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A DVD release is LONG overdue. I love this timeless turkey and have it on VHS.

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As someone mentioned above, "the movie has rights problems" - this was confirmed today by a contact I have at Turner, who received confirmation from his contact at Warner Home Video - his contact is "trying to work on getting the rights to BEYOND THE FOREST (currently in limbo) resolved".

This was the first I've heard about this regarding BEYOND THE FOREST. It could be something as simple as failure to renew the copyright - Warner Bros. apparently did this with LIFE WITH FATHER, and MGM failed to renew their copyrights on TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY, ROYAL WEDDING, and THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS, which is why there are terrible bargain-basement Public Domain transfers of those films floating around on VHS and DVD (though I believe Warner Home Video has resurrected ROYAL WEDDING recently).

"I don't use a pen: I write with a goose quill dipped in venom!"---Waldo Lydecker

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If this were true, there would be terrible public domain copies of BEYOND THE FOREST all over the place. There aren't. Next theory.

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Exactly. Once it hits public domain, it's available everywhere. There are several sites where you can download public domain films legally and view them on your computer or burn DVD's or video disk (plays on a computer but not a DVD player) or whatever format you want.

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This film is - and has been - on top of my DVD "wishlist" for some time now. I'm very frustrated that there seems to be no DVD release date in sight.

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Try www.ioffer.com that's where I ordered my copy. Some smart person recorded this film years ago from TV.

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I watched some clips of this movie in a documentary about King Vidor and my interest in seeing it skyrocketed. There's a soft spot in me for anything campy, and this film looks like a juicy cocktail of over-the-top hysteria and hot house sexual intrigue that makes camp so wonderful. I really wish it was on DVD.

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It's on DVD (from TCM Warner) in France. You can only buy it on the FNAC website.

It's a pressed disc (i.e. not DVD-R like the Warner Archives), encoded Region 2, with removable French subtitles. It's also in PAL.

So need to be set up with a region free player and a television that can play PAL.

The quality of the print is very good.

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thanks for that great tip - FNAC has a sale on right now... so I managed to snag this rarity for under 10 Euros - with shipping.... and you are right - it's very good print as well.

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I recently got a region 2 DVD from Amazon. It was originally released in Spain under the Spanish title "Más allá del bosque". The print quality is so-so, pretty much like a decent VHS, perfectly watchable.

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