...if it was easy it wouldn't be worth doing..
Yeah, it's fun to go on the hunt for a "lost" softcore title, as long as its all in good fun. I think that this era in softcore will eventually become valued and the major titles will eventually be re-released by a scavenger company like Something Weird, perhaps Something Weird itself. They are expert at the earlier period of softcore that ended with the first legal hardcore titles of Deep Throat and Marilyn Chambers pornos. They've become amazing at finding weird-ass titles that only existed as a few copies of film -- way the hell before any home video cable.
I thought of Something Weird since they had their own hunt that had a happy ending. (http://www.somethingweird.com/cart.php?target=product&product_id=57382&substring=the+pick-up
It was for a 60's black & white "roughie" in which David Friedman and Bob Cresse played mobsters. It is a softcore, but that meant it was a gangster movie with some nudity in it -- not a medley of fake sex scenes. Here's the happy ending of their story:
As might be expected from such a personal project, David Friedman was trying to find a print of The Pick-Up for the past ten years and was constantly asking SWV head honcho Mike Vraney if he'd found it yet. Nothing gave Mike more pleasure than to close out the last century by personally escorting Dave into a dingy old film vault in Denmark and presenting him with the print used for this video. As Mike said, "It was like finding the Holy Grail!"
I gladly paid their price of $10 for the download and think its great, but I wouldn't be interested in paying an order of magnitude or two for that one title.
Eventually, the time will be right to republish softcore titles from this period, but probably not now. The current market is dominated by the "extra mile" type of thinking. That's not what "The Pick-up" delivers at all. It would be interesting to hear what Something Weird thinks. Perhaps that $1,000 offer would attract their attention and their informed answer is different from mine. It neve hurts to ask.