How many of your favourite movies are on the 50th anniversary of their release?
Posted On July 5, 2021
It’s a tricky question to answer, because films tend to be released in a limited time, and that’s what it takes to make an anniversary list.
That said, the first film to be announced as a 50th Anniversary Edition of a film that’s already been out for 50 years is The Day After Tomorrow (1974), which was released on the first Friday of May.
There are also two films from the 1950s and 1960s that are on there, but the biggest draw is the first appearance of The Phantom of the Opera (1964), which is the only film that had not previously been released in Australia.
There were also four films released as Special Releases on the anniversary of release, including The Man from Utopia (1971) and The Man Who Fell to Earth (1970).
There’s also the first ever special edition release of The Godfather, released in 1984.
While The Day after Tomorrow is still the most popular of the bunch, The Phantom is in the company of other films that were released as 50th birthday films in Australia: The Man with the Golden Gun (1964) is the best known.
There’s The Night Before Christmas (1956), which the government deemed a birthday film and therefore banned in 1969.
And The Man With the Golden Pen (1969), which, thanks to the internet, has been widely viewed as the best-selling Christmas film of all time.
The fact that a film can be released on a 50-year anniversary means that there are a lot of great films that didn’t get a chance to go out on a big screen in the 50 years between their release and now.
Here are 10 films that you probably never heard of when they were released.
A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980) and Apocalypse Now (1979) The original A Clockwork Red, A Clockwork Green and A Clockwork Yellow were released on 25 May 1971 and 26 May 1979 respectively.
A Clockwork Orange, which was directed by Stanley Kubrick, was released in 1971.
The film tells the story of the events leading up to the first bombing of London in 1968, and explores the effects of drugs and alcohol on society.
It also looks at the impact of the Vietnam War on the lives of its characters, including the use of cocaine, LSD and heroin.
The plot of A Clockwork Blue is set in 1962 and features a young man who goes to university, where he meets the beautiful but rebellious actress played by Sharon Stone, and is soon drawn into a plot that threatens to kill him.
He goes on to graduate from university, becoming a police officer, a detective and a soldier.
He is sent to Vietnam to investigate the death of his wife, who was killed by a drug dealer.
He discovers the truth about her death, but it ends up making him a target for the Vietcong.
In 1980, The Shining, directed by John Carpenter, tells the tale of a man who discovers that his beloved daughter has been abducted by a strange, evil woman named Margaret, who has been working for the FBI.
She wants to take him to a secret government base in Colorado where she will destroy him, and the rest of humanity.
Apocalypse Now, also directed by Carpenter, was a 1971 western that takes place on a desert island where a cult has taken over the government and is intent on torturing the survivors and their children.
And finally, in 1979, the Man with a Golden Pen tells the tragic story of an American man whose father was murdered by the Chinese government in 1937 and who must go on a mission to reclaim his father’s legacy.
The Man who Fell to Heaven (1957), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) The first movie to be called a 50 Year Anniversary release is the original, The Man and the Girl (1954).
It follows the life of a young American soldier who comes home from World War II to find his mother has been taken by the Japanese and sold to a Japanese slave ring.
He soon discovers that the young girl who has brought his mother back to America is actually a Japanese spy and that her mother was actually the real traitor.
The movie is based on the novel by H.G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau by Charles Bukowski and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
It was also the subject of a BBC TV documentary series in 1976.
There are some differences between the film released on February 2, 2021 and the film that was released 50 years ago.
Firstly, the film is still available to watch on YouTube.
It’s also available to stream on DVD from the VHS label, and it’s available on digital download from the iTunes store.
Also, it’s the only movie to have never been released outside Australia.
The Day Before Tomorrow (1975), The Godmother (1978) and