Friday, April 11, 2008

Billy Wilder on DVD

With the release this month of The Major and the Minor on DVD, Billy Wilder's oeuvre gets that much closer to completion on disc. In the VHS days, the only holdout was Ace in the Hole (which got the Criterion treatment on DVD). Maybe poor VHS sales are why there are still a few Wilders unreleased on DVD.

To date, 22 of Wilder's 26 films (as director) are available on (Region 1) DVD, as follows:

Mauvaise Graine (co-dir., 1933) DVD
The Major and the Minor (1942) DVD
Five Graves to Cairo (1943) VHS
Double Indemnity (1944) DVD
The Lost Weekend (1945) DVD
The Emperor Waltz (1948) DVD [with Connecticut Yankee]
A Foreign Affair (1948) VHS
Sunset Boulevard (1950) DVD
Ace in the Hole (1951) DVD
Stalag 17 (1953) DVD
Sabrina (1954) DVD
The Seven Year Itch (1955) DVD
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) DVD
Love in the Afternoon (1957) DVD
Witness for the Prosecution (1958) DVD
Some Like It Hot (1959) DVD
The Apartment (1960) DVD
One Two Three (1961) DVD
Irma La Douce (1963) DVD
Kiss Me Stupid (1964) DVD
The Fortune Cookie (1966) DVD
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) DVD
Avanti! (1972) DVD
The Front Page (1974) DVD
Fedora (1978) VHS
Buddy Buddy (1981) VHS

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