20 Movies That Should Be on Blu-ray

1) The Big Lebowski: The dude abides, but not on Blu-ray. This is also the last time all of Tara Reid's parts looked human, so I'm sure she'd appreciate the memento. We know it's already been transferred; it was already on HD DVD. So who's letting this aggression stand?

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2) Star Wars Trilogy: There's no argument here, is there? If there is, you might be in the wrong place.

3) Lord of the Rings Extended Version: The theatrical release is available, but for the true LOTR fan there's no substitute for the 683 minute extended version. That's almost 130 extra minutes of orc-smashing!

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4) Indiana Jones Trilogy: This pretty much sums up the entire problem: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has been out on Blu-ray for over a year while the original trilogy gets passed over. At least give us Raiders and Last Crusade—pretty sure no one would notice if you slipped in a DVD of Temple of Doom.

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5) Saving Private Ryan: The most realistic war movie ever made, and Blu-ray features can help fill in the historical context to the mayhem.

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6) Conan the Barbarian: Arnold's first leading role (unless you count the Schwarzeneggeriffic documentary Pumping Iron, which could use an upgrade of its own) deserves better than a little girly man DVD release.

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7) Spirited Away: Ghibli Studio, which made Spirited Away as well as Howl's Moving Castle and more recently Ponyo, has Blu-ray versions available in other countries but is woefully underrepresented on Blu-ray in the US.

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8) Alien Quadrilogy: Alien and Aliens, mostly, but us Charles S Dutton fans have a soft spot for the third as well.

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9) Back to the Future Trilogy: 1.21 gigawatts. 88 miles per hour. 1080 lines?

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10) Finding Nemo: Come on, Pixar. Cars is on Blu-ray but this isn't? The Incredibles, too.

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11) Jurassic Park: For some people it was the velociraptors. For others it was the T-Rex. But Jeff Goldbum making it out alive is the thing that really gave me nightmares.

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12) Lawrence of Arabia: This was one of the movies Sony chose to demonstrate the power of Blu-ray with way back in 2006. So why not release it already?

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13) Singin' in the Rain: They don't all have to be action and adventure. There's plenty of upbeat classics that deserve the Blu-ray treatment as well.

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14) The Royal Tenenbaums: So far Bottle Rocket is the only Wes Anderson on Blu-ray, and I'd argue this would translate the best of what's left.

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15) Mad Max/Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Three movies enter, one movie lives (on Blu): Road Warrior is available, but the original Mad Max and Beyond Thunderdome are languishing in standard def.

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16) Miller's Crossing: There's a lot of Coen brothers missing from the Blu-ray catalog (including our number one pick), but this is them at their must coherent and visually lush.

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17) Time Bandits: This is available in Europe, but has yet to reach the US. Honestly, put this and Brazil on the list; I just want more Terry Gilliam on Blu-ray.

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18) The Ten Commandments: Moses can part the Red friggin Sea, but Paramount can't handle this one simple film-to-digital transfer?

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19) Bad News Bears: The best sports comedy not available on Blu-ray. Also, anyone else keep forgetting how un-PC this movie can be? That Tanner Boyle's got some mouth on him.

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20) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Everybody needs a seasonal pick, and mine's this Burl Ives classic.

To see our picks for 10 movies that shouldn't go on Blu-ray, click here.

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