Digitally MIA is a new Cinematical feature celebrating, remembering and drawing attention to all those orphan movies that are currently not available on DVD or Blu-Ray in the United States. Some of these movies may have once been available on VHS or Laserdisc, or available as an import or a bootleg, but an official U.S. release -- which would reach the widest audience -- remains elusive.
The movies I'm most jonesing to see this week are Fritz Lang's final two films in America, While the City Sleeps and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Both were produced at RKO Pictures, in black-and-white, in widescreen (SuperScope) and released just about four months apart. Even if you can get your hands on one of the old videotapes, you probably won't get a chance to see them letterboxed/widescreen. Dana Andrews stars in both, and I believe that both were produced with a "B" movie budget. After these movies, Lang went back Germany for the first time in over two decades; there he made his wonderful "Indian Epic," The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb (both 1959), and then The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) before packing it in and calling it a career.