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Movies You Really Wish You Could Watch On DVD Or Streaming (But Can't)

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Thanks to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and every other niche streaming service, movies are available all the time. When a film disappears from one service, it simply moves to another one. Even movies that are unavailable through a streaming service are usually available on DVD. But what about the films that time has neglected? Some of the best weird movies are genuine outliers; they are understandably obscure and difficult to find. But there are also movies produced by major studios that never made it to home video.

The following movies range from sleepy, early-'70s pictures written and directed by huge stars to a forgotten Disney film. None of these titles have been officially released on DVD or through a streaming service, though.

  • What it's about: This movie was never meant to be released. Producer Bernd Eichinger teamed up with the famous B-movie impresario, Roger Corman, to make this flick for the sole purpose of retaining the film rights, which would have reverted to Marvel Comics if a feature failed to enter production by a specific date. Some fans consider this movie - which had a budget of $1 million - the most faithful film adaptation of the Fantastic Four.

    Why it hasn't been released: Sony shelved the movie despite its following, and it has never seen an official release. Bootleg VHS and DVD copies of The Fantastic Four do exist, but if you can't track down the movie, there is a documentary about the making of the film: Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four

    • Actors: Rebecca Staab, Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood, Joseph Culp, Ian Trigger
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Oley Sassone
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  • What it's about: Looking for Mr. Goodbar was a box office hit when it came out, garnering two Academy Award nominations in 1977 for Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography. Based on Judith Rossner's eponymous best-selling novel, Looking for Mr. Goodbar follows Theresa Dunn, played by Diane Keaton, as she shifts from being a pious, conservative school teacher to a risk-taker who indulges in intimate exploration and substances.

    Why it hasn't been released: Despite being a critical success, the drama never had a DVD or Blu-ray release. It's also unavailable through streaming services. There is no clear answer as to why, but some speculate Paramount is unable to obtain the necessary music licensing.

    • Actors: Richard Gere, Diane Keaton, Tom Berenger, Tuesday Weld, Brian Dennehy
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Richard Brooks
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  • Photo: American International Pictures

    What it's about: Though it's the first film in the long-running genre involving "a werewolf going through [adolescence]," it's near impossible to find. This 1957 film stars a young Michael Landon playing a rebellious teen who undergoes regression therapy and becomes a werewolf. 

    Why it hasn't been released: American International Pictures, of B-movie fame, produced the film. Some AIP movies have been released on DVD, but Teenage Werewolf is not one of them. Some fans believe the rights to this film may belong to the widow of James H. Nicholson, the company's original CEO, who has not yet sold them to a distributor. 

    • Actors: Michael Landon, Guy Williams, Dawn Richard, Whit Bissell, Yvonne Lime
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Gene Fowler, Jr.
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  • Photo: TriStar Pictures

    What it's about: Protagonist Cru Jones, a young BMX racer, risks his chance to go to college and tries to win $100,000, a new Corvette, and unparalleled fame, but a corporate plot by Mongoose bicycles stands in his way. Directed by Hal Needham, who was a professional stuntman and the director of Smokey and the Bandit, Rad has a charm that derives from the pairing of extreme stunts and '80s synthesizers.

    Though the movie was a box office dud, it quickly gained a cult following after its release on VHS and LaserDisc. In 2011, the 25th-anniversary celebration, dubbed RAD25, took place in the town the movie was filmed. Fans along with the cast and crew attended. RAD25 brought audiences together in Cochrane, Canada, for 35mm movie screenings, question and answer sessions, and bicycle tours through filming locations.

    Why it hasn't been released: Despite numerous petitions demanding a DVD release, there has been contention over the film's ownership that prevents an official release. The movie has passed through so many studios that it is unknown who owns the rights.

    • Actors: Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Bart Conner, Ray Walston, Jack Weston
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Hal Needham
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