What’s your favorite classic movie?

Classic movies are enjoying a huge comeback lately, both on DVD/Blu-ray and in cinemas. Many may not even realize there was a time when, after you saw a movie at a theater, there was no opportunity to watch it again unless it aired on TV, often with scenes cut out to make way for commercials. And if you missed the TV showing, you were out of luck. There were no VCRs, no DVDs, no online streaming, no pay-per-view.

That changed in the late 1970s when VCRs became available (at approximately $2,000), but pre-recorded movies were pretty pricey at over $100 each. The prices dropped a few years later and in the late 1990s, DVDs began to take over. You couldn’t record your favorite shows on them, but that’s what PVRs are for, right?

Now we can enjoy movies at home at affordable prices. Several studios are restoring and releasing classic films, including Universal Studios, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. They’re releasing a wide assortment to celebrate this milestone — from the 1930 Best Picture Oscar winner All Quiet on the Western Front, to the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird and even the 1985 favorite Back to the Future. They come with extras fans will appreciate, including reproductions of script excerpts, press clippings, movie stills, actor biographies, storyboards, posters, lobby cards, theatrical trailers, Academy Award acceptance speech footage, interviews with the stars and more.

Do you have a favorite classic film? Did you buy it on DVD or see it in the theatre recently? Or are you still waiting for it to be released for home viewing? Tell us below:

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  1. Jason • March 21, 2012 @ 5:25 PM

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

  2. frank • March 21, 2012 @ 8:46 PM

    the godfather part one,there is no equal…..enough said

  3. Olive • March 21, 2012 @ 9:25 PM

    I love Gone With The Wind, so thats my pick

  4. Joan • March 21, 2012 @ 10:49 PM

    To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s my favourite movie and my favourite book and has been since I was a kid.

  5. Jane • March 22, 2012 @ 11:27 AM

    Why isn’t Psycho on this list?? Such a classic!

  6. judy bonthron • March 22, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

    Dr. Zhivago. Everything about it is beautiful. But you should watch it on TV.

  7. judy bonthron • March 22, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

    Dr. Zhivago. Everything about it is beautiful. But you should never watch it on TV- it
    needs the big screen.

  8. bob • March 22, 2012 @ 11:55 AM

    All The Presidents Men

  9. Lorraine Danielson • March 22, 2012 @ 12:18 PM

    Hands down! Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman. No matter how the “authorities” tried to break his spirit, he always outsmarted and outwitted them almost to the end. Wonderful movie! Great actors!

  10. Debbie • March 22, 2012 @ 1:15 PM

    Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing. It is a great movie from the 70’s starring Maggie Smith and Timothy Bottoms – older woman, younger man scenario. Full of subtle comedy and a wonderful story!

  11. Jules Roberts • March 22, 2012 @ 1:20 PM

    The Big Sleep and Network come to mind.
    Good call on Godfather as well.
    Also, Sunset Boulevard, Lawrence of Arabia, Wizard of Oz, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 12 Angry Men, A Night at the Opera.
    Ack, too many.

  12. Markymark • March 23, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

    Halloween. Hands down. Carpenter was the man.

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