The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition 😃
That should’ve been the first example cited. 😃
Maybe this thread should be made into a sticky because of the obvious value as a reference point.
Interesting list here: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/films-dvd/
The chronologically re-edited versions of The Godfather films (Epic & Trilogy).
None Shall Escape - an Oscar nominee that was released in 1944 and is one of the first films to explore the topic of Nazi atrocities. It’s been shown on TCM and regularly on Film4 and the latter airing contains the post-2004 S.P.H.E logo at the end, which indicates that Sony has supplied it in recent years (meaning it’s something they’ve looked at and it’s ready to go onto DVD/Blu-Ray) but there’s no legal home video release of any kind.
Dancing in the Street (known in the US as “WGBH” Rock & Roll), a fantastic PBS/WGBH and BBC production that charts the history of Rock & Roll, right up to House and Hip-Hop. It will probably never receive a re-release on any modern video format because of the negotiations and royalties involved for re-licensing the music that was used.
Seasons 3 to 6 of HBO’s Dream On. They had UK VHS releases but don’t appear to be listed anywhere. The entire run was also shown on British TV during the earlier 2000s but only the first two seasons have made it onto DVD.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Special Longer Version). Robert Wise’s director’s edition from 2001 is different from the SLV that was available on VHS, Beta, LD, VHD and even VideoCD and used for network television broadcasts but never surfaced on DVD. Wise loathed it, along with the theatrical release so he was probably glad.
Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid - can be found on VHS and LD but no there’s no DVD, let alone Blu-Ray and the version shown on UK TV is cut to ribbons.
Zooman (1995), caught it once on TV but the only home video release appears to be VHS.
Split Image (1982), has popped up on TV in the past and was released on VHS and CED but nothing since.
Brothers (1977) - a thinly disguised biopic of “Soledad Brother”, George Jackson. Again, popped up on TV a couple of times and was released on VHS but nothing since.
Hors La Vie - managed to (luckily) catch this once on British TV in the 90s. Despite being highly acclaimed and often shown in recent years at film festivals around the world, along with the announcement in 2013 of a complete box set of Maroun Bagdadi’s work, there is strangely no DVD/Blu-Ray release.
The theatrical release of Explorers, distinguished by an early scene featuring the lead characters walking to school (and is included on the re-edited DVD as a deleted scene) has received an HDTV airing in recent years but nothing on home video beyond the 80s UK copies.
Ron Howard’s director’s cut of Ransom was issued on LD but hasn’t made it onto DVD or Blu-Ray.