I can think of so many movies I would love to see but can't, because they're not available on DVD right now. One movie I've wanted to see for years is Slither -- no, not the 2006 horror film, but the quirky 1972 film starring James Caan, written by W.D. Richter. However, it's not on DVD, I don't think it's something Turner Classic Movies would show and aging VHS copies are tough to find.

Austin filmmaker Nick Robinson has reminded me of another option for watching hard-to-find films: Start collecting 16mm prints and get a projector to view them from the comfort of home. Robinson recently posted a short personal documentary, Celluloiphilia, to YouTube (see the embedded video after the jump). In Celluloiphilia, he discusses the first 16mm print he ever bought, the 1973 movie Who? starting Elliot Gould. The clips he shows from the print have that reddish look found in color prints that haven't aged well, but I've seen a lot of movies in theaters that looked like that. When a movie is rare enough, you don't care about a little red or a few splices if it means you're actually getting to see the movie.
categories Movies, Cinematical