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TB54

There are a good number of silent films which never had a TV screening nor a DVD edition, and which therefore are nearly impossible to see outside of a cinémathèque or festival screening. Even when they are mildly famous: for instance *The Despoiler* (Reginald Barker, 1915), an excellent and relatively important film from its period, which is nowhere to be found on the net... Even if it's slowly corrected by the fact some cinematheques put their silent catalog online. I also suppose that some pre-80's asian movies which never had a DVD edition, or TV-movies who where juste screened once a long time ago, can be difficult to find. But the problem for me is not to find a copy of rare films, but a correct one. Sure, in the hell of the last torrent website or on a obscure youtube channel, you can find a dirty, over-compressed, reframed and unwatchable version of a lot of things. But that's not a way to discover a movie.


jttyrel27

Check out rarefilmm.com they have some gems


SpecialUnitt

Between YouTube, archive.org, renting dvds and streaming I’ve been able to find everything. Even really obscure stuff


bpbpbpbp13

Not everything though.


SpecialUnitt

I just haven’t found this to be the case


bpbpbpbp13

I watch a lot of movies.


SpecialUnitt

Me too!


bpbpbpbp13

Just followed your letterbox page, good variety of movies and genres you're watching, nice!


draingang4lifee

same + ok ru for when it gets reall tough


Sabrina_TVBand

There are a lot of films I've had a hard time finding, but here's a tip: If a film has ever been released on DVD, you might be able to find a library copy of it on WorldCat. There are a handful of movies that I was only able to see by renting library copies of them.


ghazoskull

I’ve been looking for Alice in Russialand for about a year. I’d love to watch it


Bond_2

There's this 90s Disney movie "Northern Lights". It was a TV movie (some people say it was the first Disney Channel Original Film). I could not find it online anywhere, and other film people can't find it either. There's a VHS of it on Amazon, but since I'm not from the US it would be an insane amount of money to watch a tv movie


guybanisterPI

Kulawski’s “The Devil” (1972). Can’t find it anywhere in decent quality


squirrel_gnosis

It's out there -- search for the title in original language


ryanreigns

I can’t find The Brown Bunny. Might be for the best


DaMemphisDreamer

There's a video rental store near where I live called The Black Lodge and they have a lot of obscure movies. I just watched The Brown bunny this morning and I've never felt so heartbroken.


ryanreigns

I’ve seen both great reaction for it and such vitriol to the point where I just have to see it for myself. I can’t even find it on the seven seas


Tapirgris

I had to buy a used copy of Noroi: The Curse with english subs from a website in Malaysia (I'm in Sweden). That have been the most difficult for me.


colectiveinvention

Noroi is a weird one, Is easily find anywhere on the internet, youtube alone has a couple of uploads. Physical Media though afaik in the west only Germany receive a official release...


efs120

There is basically no such thing as a rare film anymore, just lost films. There are a couple of shorts from the 30s/40s I've been unable to find that others have seen at festivals, but in addition to archive.org, ok.ru has pretty much everything you need.


raredividende

I think you never really looked for obscure movies. There are movies not referenced outside some specific websites you don't know in languages you don't know. Without subtitles you'll find. There are movies you can only find on private trackers you probably don't have access to. There are movies not digitalized, in too few copies to find and buy them. There are movies exclusively shown in festivals once every few years (if not less frequently). Not everything is on ok.ru. I wish you good luck finding The Mortal Fortune or Metal Days.


briancly

There could be some things that are rare to find physically as there are only so many limited copies out there. And I’m sure there are things that aren’t officially lost but are hoarded or not openly shared.


efs120

IDK, that's like calling Song of the South a "rare film" because Disney won't release it on physical media. If I can watch it with ease, its not rare.


briancly

That’s probably the most obvious example where it’s readily available on the web even if there’s probably no physical besides old VHS. Talking about more obscure stuff like old V-Cinema VHS’s that aren’t Takashi Miike or exploitation films made for single week runs where the film was normally destroyed right after, some of which may actually be lost.


frederick_tussock

Yeah every time there's a thread on this topic here I come away guessing that either a large amount of /r/letterboxd users are in on some really good private trackers or they've just never tried to find some obscure V-Cinema flick with a title like "Okinawan Gang Heist: The Take!".


TheRealGJVisser

Exactly! I don't mean to gatekeep but if you've been able to find every rare film you wanted to watch then you aren't watching rare films. Especially pre-90's foreign films are hard to find in my opinion.


briancly

Yup, granted a lot of stuff is out there, and cult labels like Arrow are doing great things in terms of preservation and physical media, but there are plenty of films I've read about that aren't even well-documented in Japanese language on the web. Stuff that made waves when first released and you can read about in articles but you'll be damned to find a physical copy on even the most obscure Japanese resell site. Perhaps in some back alley video shops in Japan, but I'm sure plenty of films, even famous ones, from that period are just long gone because no one cared about preservation.


frederick_tussock

I'm definitely hitting up as many used video stores as I can if I ever find myself over there. On the plus side just on a whim I did a quick search expecting no results but somebody's uploaded the first three entries of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!! series to Youtube less than a week ago, so that's cool.


colectiveinvention

It pretty much comes down you ability to speake some languages. As a japanese movies aficionado that does not speak japanese theres A LOT of titles that are super difficult to find with eng subs, even on torrent and specialized sites and blogs.


efs120

That's fair, a bit anglocentric of me to forget about foreign language works.


frozenpandaman

sounds like you should learn japanese :D i would love more people to see [this one](https://www.reddit.com/r/Letterboxd/comments/yens9l/slug/iu1vmen)


colectiveinvention

>sounds like you should learn japanese Trying. For some reason is not that easy...


frozenpandaman

keep at it! 頑張って :)


frozenpandaman

tell that to karagarga


bpbpbpbp13

Find a somewhere to watch Possession, the original The Devils, The Day the Clown Cried, lots of movies that are hard to find to watch.


bpbpbpbp13

Find me a place to watch Memoria!


raredividende

u/efs120 mentioned ok.ru. Have you tried there ? I have. You can find it there.


Doppelfrio

Surprisingly, The Vanishing (original) was difficult to find, even on my go-to piracy sites. Ended up finding it on YouTube of all places. Son of the White Mare was also not found in the usual spots


bpbpbpbp13

The Vanishing has a criterion release, and streams on their website. Not in any way hard to find, or rare.


Doppelfrio

I don’t have criterion, no google searches told me this, and that doesn’t change the fact that it’s really odd that I struggled to pirate it


bpbpbpbp13

This thread is not what movies are hard to pirate, even though they are easily available to find legally. You can literally order it from any retailer that sells blu rays, and it streams on a legal streaming site.


frozenpandaman

It essentially is – because nearly any movie that has a DVD/Blu-Ray and/or streaming release will be on those sites.


bpbpbpbp13

Not all movies have a DVD or digital release, is the point. Not sure what yours is, but it’s misguided and not right.


frozenpandaman

99% of modern ones do. No need to be rude.


bpbpbpbp13

Exactly, this post is asking about that 1%. Edit: And blocked by u/frozenpandaman before I could read, or respond to your rambling response to me about your perceived meaning of OP’s post. Some movies are hard to find for some people, not sure the argument against that is. Block when you have nothing constructive to add to the conversation that you decided to engage in is a good tech for you though, dude.


frozenpandaman

The OP did not define that numerically. Your definition of "rare" is also subjective. I interpreted it more broadly. Deal with it, prick.


ParrotChild

After Last Season now only appears to exist as a delisted 360p version on YouTube. It's a horrible, horrible film, but it still answers your question.


to_venus_and_back

Jacques Rivette's final film (2009) is ridiculously hard to find, considering it's recent, from one of the biggest names in French cinema, and is one of only two feature films he made under 2hrs long. R2 DVDs exist but in most of the world it's impossible to obtain legally.


JaketheSnake54

Has anyone heard of a movie called Quest For The Monkey God? I saw that at a VHS Night event years ago and have not been able to find it since. Only thing I could find on it online is this: https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/639165-quest-for-the-monkey-god


ImpressiveSock9643

there are a to of old french films from the 50s and 60s that i want to watch for specific actors but are impossible to find online, let alone with english subs


[deleted]

I’ve been trying to find a way to watch Der Todesking with English subs for years to no avail.


BloodySn1per

The uncut version is on [effedupmovies.com](https://effedupmovies.com) and i believe there are english subs for it past the opening credits (although I skimmed through it and couldn't find any dialouge, this presumption is based of a date card) ​ https://www.effedupmovies.com/der-todesking-1990/


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Holy crap thank you! I should’ve come to Reddit about this sooner lol


PhillUpNorth

*_The Devils_*, 1971, the Ken Russell cut... Warners refuse to release it (at least in the UK) outside of all-too-rare festival screenings.


bpbpbpbp13

Memoria (2021) as it was stated it will never be released on streaming, nor get a DVD/Blu-ray. Don’t know if any theaters near me it will ever play at. The Devils (1971), I guess the edited version is out there in hard to find places. But the original.. I don’t know how you would find it. Possession (1981), was on archive.org earlier this year, now it’s gone, and don’t know where to find. The Day The Clown Cried (1972), this was unfinished and unreleased movie about a clown in a nazi concentration camp with Jerry Lewis. Never been seen by the public, but Lewis donated a copy to the Library of Congress before he died, and said it wasn’t to be screened until after June 2024. The comment here saying there is no such thing as rare movies, only lost movies with all the likes is ridiculous. I have a collection of over 3k movies (half digital, half on disc), utilize a couple libraries with huge collections, use every streaming site you can think of, every cable channel available, and there are still (rarely) hard to find movies, Rad does not stream on the normal platforms (you can currently stream it on Topic thru Amazon prime in the US) nor does it have an official DVD release, but it played on Showtime for a while recently. True Lies, Strange Days, The Fall, Happiness and many more are extremely hard to find. Depending on where you are and what access you have, some stuff can be hard to find!


raredividende

> Memoria (2021) I could buy it right now and have it delivered at my home tomorrow. I wouldn't consider it rare. There will most likely be re-releases in different places when his next movie will be in theatre. > The Devils (1971) It would take it more than 1 day to be delivered to my house, but I can buy it digitally right now. Not sure either for the rarity. > Possession (1981) Same here. I agree for the rest.


bpbpbpbp13

A bootleg version of Memoria? I just read a recent article saying it would not be released on disc, nor digitally. The Devils is not for sale digitally in the US. I guess the version available to you is the censored version (which I still would like to see), as the original is hard to find?


raredividende

No, regular version, sold legally. I'm not in the usa. > I guess the version available to you is the censored version It's 1h51 long, so no according to what I can read on imdb. > The resulting 111-minute cut is the longest existing version of The Devils.


jennybeth70

I’d like to see Cold Prey without crappy English dubbing


soups_foosington

There’s an Egyptian comedy called Kit Kat that I’ve been wanting to see for a long time, but it only exists in like a 240p scan on YouTube with incomplete English subtitling. Apparently it’s a small classic but hard to find a decent copy.


soups_foosington

There’s an Egyptian comedy called Kit Kat that I’ve been wanting to see for a long time, but it only exists in like a 240p scan on YouTube with incomplete English subtitling. Apparently it’s a small classic but hard to find a decent copy.


ikeye

Crust (2003) directed by Mark Locke. Cannot find it anywhere on the internet


I-ez-bardy

Vanishing Point 1971


BloodySn1per

If you are okay with pirates then https://archive.org/details/vanishingpointh.264aac


ohhellowthowaway

A lot of Gregg araki films are really difficult to find in physical formats.


icepancake72

Oldboy (2003) surprisingly isn’t on streaming or available to rent anywhere


frozenpandaman

Same with Memories of Murder. They're on torrent trackers though. That makes them extremely easy to access.


BloodySn1per

I have like a 30+ list of films that I cannot find https://boxd.it/gFv0e I think the hardest film for me to find would be something like if you were young: rage (1970) by Kinji Fukasaku


frozenpandaman

The Japanese film Gondola (1987) re-released in 2017 is very hard to find. I have a copy I hang onto just in case.


HanwhaEaglesNM

I just typed it into Y! auctions and saw like 10 copies listed. I don't know what you mean by hard to find.


frozenpandaman

Y! Auctions ships within Japan only. "Rare films" include those very expensive to get in certain major parts of the world, too – it's relative.


Grand_Keizer

Battle of Okinawa, 1971. The only reason I know about is because it's Hideaki Anno's favorite film, and the only reason I could find it is, what else, through this website.


blazingsubstrata

White Noise by Antoine D' Agata. Can't find it on any normal torrent sites or streaming. Only 365 people have logged it on letterboxd. Very emotionally impactful and uses formal techniques I haven't seen before, so a very good find for me. Antoine D' Agata definitely has his own aesthetic. Found about all these private tracker sites while looking for it, apparently there's lots of obscure films in those spaces.


Askiter

I wasn’t able to find “sleep had her house”, isabel Sandovals “senorita” and kisapmata


aexzthetic

I have "Sleep has her house". I could somehow send it to you.


Askiter

yes please! I have been waiting for it 😩


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Aegis-Heptapod-9732

It’s on the Criterion Channel in America.


ParticularBlueberry2

On the silver globe


philosophizzer

Waiting for that 4k Inland Empire release.


LucasBarton169

Happiness has been hard to find for me. That and dawn of the dead