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Newsgroups: alt.cult-movies From: vonzelow@adobe.com (Jon von Zelowitz) Subject: Cult Movies FAQ Message-ID: 1993Mar16.205237.8900@adobe.com Organization: Adobe Systems Incorporated, Mountain View Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1993 20:52:37 GMT Lines: 1224 * March 1993 Edition * A while ago I said I'd try to compile a list of mail-order places for everyone's convenience. Here is an update including more recent postings. Please email or post additions, corrections, and comments relevant to the various categories. I am also interested in listing places to avoid. I intend to post this FAQ monthly, and I also plan to set this up with news.answers just as soon as I get my act together and follow the mysterious and complicated protocol (April? 1993?). As Erkka Varjo says, "When adding to list, please state which standards (i.e. NTSC/PAL-M/PAL-N/SECAM) each outlet is able to offer. That way each and every European doesn't have to write to the mail-order places in US to ask that and vice versa." Also, info on rentals and Beta/LD would be useful. Sections are: New Additions, Mail-order, Magazines, Books, Posters, Archives, Laserdisc Specialists. Page through to the next section with ^G on most newsreaders. Your friendly archivist: Jon von Zelowitz vonzelow@mv.us.adobe.com ...uunet!adobe!vonzelow ------- Subject: NEW ADDITIONS Following is text added to this FAQ since last month's posting. It is also repeated under the appropriate category below. (Archives) r.a.movies actors list (available via anonymous ftp from boulder.colorado.edu in pub/tv+movies/lists) Blade Runner FAQ posted monthly by muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au (Murray Chapman) (Mail-Order) RM Films International P.O. Box 3748 Hollywood, CA 90028 Russ Meyer had the good sense to retain rights to his films. This is rare among exploitation directors. He now sells excellent-quality video transfers at relatively high prices. Script City 8033 Sunset Blvd. PO Box 1500 Hollywood, CA 90046 (213) 871-0707 (inquiries); 1-800-676-2522 (orders only) Original scripts, including the Blade Runner script(s). ------- Subject: MAIL-ORDER Absolute Beta Video PO Box 130 Remington, VA 22734 (800) 937-2382 [(800) WE-R-BETA] (703) 439-8682 Visa, MC, Amex, Diners, check or money order. Beta. National and international mail-order sales and services. Beta Club membership is $9.95, services include customized catalog with bimonthly updates, Beta newsletter; title search through 15K currently available pieces, pre-orders for new studio releases and all ancillary accessories and VCRs. Specializes in hard-to-find prerecordeds. Flat handling and packaging fee is $3.95. Alternate Video PO Box 270797 Dallas, TX 75227 (214) 823-6030 11-6 CST Mon-Sat Visa, MC, Amex, Discover. Rentals and sales focused on African-American special-interest material, both on video and in print. Store: 837 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226. Animiego PO box 989 Wilmington, NC 28402 (919) 799-1501 [ken@uxc.cso.uiuc.edu (Ken Primer)] Barr Entertainment PO Box 7878 Irwindale, CA 91706-7878 (800) 582-2000 (818) 338-7878 (818) 814-2672 FAX 7-4 PST Mon-Fri (answering machine otherwise) Visa, MC, Amex, Discover. Mostly classic drama, romance, and comedy. Good packaging and tape quality, with features usually priced at $19.95 or below. Selection recently expanded to include other labels' offerings (eg, the Museum Without Walls series) and audio. Beta Library 836224 Promenade Station Richardson, TX 75083 (214) 233-4552 (214) 233-6329 FAX Beta. Strictly mail-order sales. Free catalog, but please ask for it by mail, be sure to include SASE. Call to hear latest additions to catalog. Blood Times Video 718-972-8082 Rare European and Asian horror, fantasy, and action films. Priced from $12-$18. Catalog is $1. (Listed in Video Magazine Oct '92) The Brauer Catalog 26 Emery Lane Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675 (800) 962-7722 (201) 391-1033 FAX Beta and LD sales. Movies, decks, blanks, etc. Film prices start at $2.95. Free catalog. Canterbury Distribution 9925 Horn Rd Sacramento, CA 95827 (800) 878-5084 (916) 364-5084 (916) 364-0216 FAX 8-5 PST Mon-Fri (machines thereafter) Visa, MC. Tapes from abroad, as well as arthouse product, documentaries, cult classics, gay and lesbian titles, performing arts, Japanese anime, and more. 3K titles from 100 labels. Captain Bijou Po Box 87 Toney, AL 35773 (205) 852-0198 Mainstream and cult sales on tape and laser, including monster movies, serials, B-pictures, westerns, animation, golden-age TV. Also posters, comic books, old radio shows, scripts, calendars, glossies, film books, collectibles, even autographs. Quarterly catalog $3, includes coupon towards first purchase. CCC Enterprises, Chinatown, NYC I know that CCC Enterprises produces most of their videos directly from laserdisc. Some of CCC Enterprises movies are duped right from awful videos and the quality is very poor. For example, I bought SWORDSMAN 2, and the copy is horrendous. CCC Enter- prises charges only $8 for these poor dubs; $15 for videos transferred from LD. - peterc Cinema City P.O. Box 1012 Muskegon, MI 49443 (616) 722-7760 [suggested by elvy] Cinema Classics PO Box 174 Village Station NY, NY 10014 (800) 925-6684 (212) 675-6594 FAX 9-8 EST every day Visa, MC, Amex, Optima, Discover, Diners, Carte Blanche. VHS and LD. Suspense, cult, science fiction, horror. Titles both obvious and obfuscated. Free search service. Shipping by UPS Second Day, or Federal Express ($5.50 additional). All tapes guaranteed. Free catalog to Maltin readers. Cinemacabre Video PO Box 10005 Baltimore, MD 21285-0005 Genre trailers, old tube, short subjects, off-center flicks, music featurettes, etc. Tapes often surprisingly well mastered, may be custom-compiled according to customers specs. Catalog is $1, refunded with first order. Concord Video 7506 N. Broadway Extension, Ste. 505 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 (800) 222 2811; (405) 840 6031; (405) 840 3960 Critics' Choice Video PO Box 549 Elk Grove Village, IL 60009-0549 (800) 367-7765 for orders (800) 544-9852 for customer service (708) 437-7298 FAX Orders taken 24 hours/7 days. Visa, MC, Amex, Optima, Discover, or order by mail via personal check or money order. VHS, LD, 8mm. Standard UPS Second Day, or overnight Federal Express delivery on the catalog's 2500 titles, with savvy Video Search Line professionals on line 9-5 CST Mon-Fri to help you find what isn't listed (900-370-6500, $1.95 first minute, .95 additional). Separate catalog, "The Movie Book", lists features only, for those uninterested in fitness, kidvid, and so forth. Discounts, closeouts, gift services, overseas shipping; Also offers books, music videos, audio nonfiction. Dark Dreams Video 2800 NE 55th, #3 Seattle, WA 98105 206-527-5311 Here's a "collector" who has a wild selection of titles, "no rights given or Implied" who has been around a while. Write for further details. He lists stuff like Go Go Go World, Ma Barkers Killer Brood, a Yank In Libya, The Quartermass Experiments, and the like. Promises all tapes done at SP on Brand name tape, with neat labels. All titles $10 + postage. Send two .29 stamps for catalog. I got a nice copy of "Spider Baby" from this guy. - judex Diamond Entertainment Corp. 1395 Manassero St Anaheim, CA 92807 (800) 966-3339 (714) 693-3399 (714) 693-3339 FAX Public-domain titles for sale at an impossible $4.99 (+ S & H). Yet, Diamond emphasizes its serious attempt at the restoration, preservation, and presentation of the finest possible surviving prints of archival movies, which are duplicated at high speed for best picture quality. Guaranteed. Dickens Videos by Mail 5325 Elkhorn Blvd, #292 Sacramento, CA 95842 (800) 228-4246 for orders (916) 331-8370 for questions (916) 331-8370 FAX Visa, MC, Amex, Discover. VHS, LD. PAL transfers. Especially hot on anime. Out of a 100K-title database, 11K titles are described in Dickens' catalog ($7.95, which includes a $7.95 coupon good on your first order). Discount Video Tapes, Inc. PO Box 7122 Burbank, CA 91510 (818) 843-3366 (800) 253-9612 FAX 9-5 PST Mon-Fri. Visa, MC. "Specializing in the rare and unusual." VHS-only sale and rental. Comedies, hard-to-find foreign, mexican horror, black cinema of 30's & 40's, westerns, serials, documentaries, silents, etc. Annual catalog is free, with periodic updates. East Asia Cinema, West Haven, CT HARDBOILED (subtitled, letterboxed) $6.99 [peterc] Eccentri-cinema One-Five Greta Street West Haven CT 06516 Eccentri-Cinema transfers almost all of their videos from 16 or 35mm. Unfortunately, this doesn't hold true for many of the Asian titles because the films are difficult to get. Their Asian masters, however, usually come from 16 or 35mm. The quality is usually excellent. Three titles I received (of about 250) are poor quality, but it is noted in the catalog that these films are rare, so the quality suffers because of lack of availability. These titles are BLAST OF THE IRON PALM, SEX AND ZEN AND THE ORGY OF SCREAMING VIXENS, and HARDBOILED. Nearly all of their videos are $15 with the exception of most of the Asian titles ($20) and the following films ... AMUCK! - $17, BLOOD AND LACE - $17, BREAKFAST AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE (uncut) - $17, SOUND OF HORROR - $17, DR. TARR'S TORTURE DUNGEON - $17, HOUSE OF WHIPCORD - $29, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST - $14, JUNGLE HOLOCAUST - $17, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD - $14, VENUS IN FURS - $22. Argento! (DEEP RED, INFERNO, BIRD OF THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, TENEBRAE, FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET, CAT O'NINE TAILS) - peterc Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee 6310 Colfax Ave N. Hollywood, CA 91606 (818) 506-4242 (818) 506-7722 1-6 PST Tue-Fri, 8:30-5 Sat. Visa, MC, Amex. Super-rare videos. Full-week ($5) and half-week ($2.50) rentals. Security deposit required. Also stocks large collection of stills and posters for sale. Newly published catalog is free. Evergreen Video Society 228 W. Houston St NY, NY 10014 (212) 691-7362 10-10 EST Mon-Fri, 12-10 Sat, 2-10 Sun. Visa, MC, Amex. European film and early American cinema. Sales and rentals in VHS. No membership fee. Over 6K films in rental stock. Accepts trade-ins; gift certificates. "Power Renters" discount program. Customers receive free quarterly update. Facets Multimedia 1517 W. Fullerton Chicago, IL 60614 (800) 331-6197 Free "sampler catalog". Facets Video 1517 W. Fullerton Ave Chicago, IL 60614 (800) 331-6197 (312) 281-9075 (312) 929-5437 FAX 8:30-9 CST Mon-Fri Visa, MC, or prepay by mail with check. Sales and rentals. Hefty showing of independent American cinema, plus foreign, fine arts, instructional. Various membership deals. It's $7.95 for the 12th annual edition of their tabloid-size video catalog, then you're on the mailing list for future announcements. Far East Flix 59-25 67th Avenue Ridgewood, Queens, NY, 11385 Their $3 catalog is exclusively Japanese animation/live action, Chinese action and horror. The fall/winter '92 catalog states : all videos are excellent to mint quality! Most titles are directly recorded off of Laser Disc! The only time we use Pre-Records are when a particular title is Only available on Tape! We record in SP mode only and all titles are recorded in HI-FI Stereo (if available)!. We use only the best in video equipment and record to High Quality Cassettes ONLY! Their catalog is 34 pages long and most titles run from $16 to $20. Asian titles run $18 each. Update #1 suppliment has HARD-BOILED for $22, FULL CONTACT for $15, and Police Story 3 (Super Cop) for $15. They even have the David Chang/Ti Lung flick that I've been searching for years : The Deadly Duo. If the quality is what they say ... this might be an excellent new source !!! [Eric Tend eric@hpams0c.ptp.hp.com] Festival Films 2841 Irving Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612) 870-4744 (612) 874-8520 FAX 9-5 CST Mon-Fri. Visa, MC. Sales only of VHS, laser, even 16mm. Connoisseur collection of international cinema is wide in range and usually low in price. $2 catalog (fee applies to initial buy). Film Threat Video PO Box 3170, dept FT Los Angeles, CA 90078-3170 Foothill Video PO Box 547 Tujunga, CA 91043-0547 (818) 353-8591 8-5 PST Mon-Fri. Visa, MC; no COD. Accentuates serials (silents have piano scores), as well as westerns, films from overseas, and features. 3000 titles. Quality varies, but Foothill tries to obtain the best available masters, and stands by its product. All titles presumed to be in public domain. Sales only; five-day return privilege. Hollywood's Attic 800-3-OLDIES Vintage westerns, serials, and silent films. Buy 2 get 1 free. $3 for catalog. (Listed in Video Magazine Oct '92) Home Film Festival PO Box 2032 Scranton, PA 18501 (800) 258-3456 (717) 344-3810 FAX Visa, MC. Notable foreign, American independent and cult films, with sales and rentals through the mail or UPS, your choice. Three-night rental starts when you receive your order. Rentals range from $4.50-$6 per tape, plus round-trip postage, with discounts on more than one tape per shipment. 1800 rental titles. Sales discount of 10% with membership ($10/yr, includes book-sized program guide, and six updates). Fast delivery. Seasonal specials. Gift certificates available for both memberships and rentals. No minimum number of movies, no deposit required. In business for nine years and now serving over 12K members nationwide. Home Video Express PO Box 404 Clarks Summit, PA 18411 (800) 822-8820 (717) 344-3810 FAX 8-9 EST Mon-Fri, 12-6 Sat. Visa, MC. Sales only of blockbusters, children's, foreign, special interest, and so forth. Cross-referenced catalog (in tiny type) listing 17K entries in stock is $5.95 ($5 refundable towards first purchase). Home Vision 10 Craig Rd Acton, MA 01720 (800) 262-8600 Exclusive Powell and Pressburger titles. Also sells British travelogs, documentaries, and TV series; classics gleaned from several labels; concert and dance performances; family product; and--their strongest suit--opera by the ton. Fast shipping, 24-hour credit card orders by phone. Visa, MC, Amex, Discover. A cool collection of international stuff the others don't have. International Film & Video 991 First Ave NY, NY 10022 (212) 826-8848 (212) 308-2008 (212) 750-8846 FAX 8-10 EST Mon-Thu, 8-11 Fri, 10-11 Sat, 12-10 Sun. Visa, MC, Amex. Sales and rentals. All formats, all systems, including PAL, SECAM, and NTSC. International was first in America to publish a film catalog indexed by country, director, and actor, a feat now duplicated in their computers, to assist call-in completists. Their finders service unearths unommon titles. In-store and mail-order inventory numbers 14K. Full deposit requested on rentals; free membership. Rental rates: $2.75/day (+ S & H); $10 for the week. JARS Video Collectibles PO Box 113 Little Neck, NY 11363 (718) 456-0663 -- Evenings Only (7:30pm to 10:30pm) $4 for "giant catalog". "Specializing in Martial Arts Movies, Animation, Science Fiction and Westerns. Largest Collection of Kung Fu Movies In The World. Also, We Have A Video Rental Club Thru The Mail And We Buy New And Used Pre-Recorded Video Tapes." --from ad in MAMA #23 Catalog is $4 and features a stupendous assortment of Asian movies, martial arts, Japanimation, and spaghetti Westerns. Will also rent movies. Very high prices for movies and for rent-by-mail. (Listed in Video Magazine Oct '92) Ken Crane's 14260 Beach Blvd Westminster, CA 92683 (800) 624-3078 (714) 892-2283 (714) 892-8369 7-9 PST Mon-Fri, 10-6 Sat, 12-5 Sun. Visa, MC, Amex, Optima, Discover, COD. Largest laserdisc mail-order/retail supply house in the US, boasting "We stock every title available", as well as "fastest availability on new titles" with most orders shipped the same day--with free UPS Ground shipping to the lower 48. Plus 10% discount on all titles. Free catalog comes out twice a year, followed by bimonthly updates. Loonic Video 2022 Taraval St, #6427 San Francisco, CA 94116 (415) 526-5681 Wild and eclectic collection of inexpensive obscurities, concentrating on camp, old comedy shorts, cartoons, horror and sci-fi, even antique British serials. $1 for the catalog. Marshall Discount Service PO Box 328 Trenton, MI 48183 (313) 671-5483 9:30-5 EST Mon-Fri. Visa, MC. $10 ($15 international) for index of 30K movies. LD list is $7 ($11 international). New mailers arrive every six to eight weeks after you order. Staggering inventory, all new, factory-sealed, guaranteed. Imported tapes and discs, otherwise unfindable. Masters of Martial Arts 21839 S Avalon Bl #194 Carson, CA 90745 (213) 834-6656 (213) 834-1250 FAX $2 for "color catalog" "Mail Order, Entertainment Videos, Authentic Styles, Classic Kung Fu, Rent By Mail" --from ad in MAMA #23 Mondo Video 154 Big Spring Circle Cookeville, TN 38501 Send $21.95 (postage included) for the Crimes of the Future/Stereo videotape. The quality is decent. [curt@virginia.edu (Curt Tsui)] Movies Unlimited 6736 Castor Ave Philadelphia, PA 19149 (800) 523-0823 (215) 722-8398 (215) 725-3683 FAX 24-hour order line. Visa, MC, Amex, Discover. The country's largest video dispenser by volume and the definitive source for practically every currently available video in (and sometimes out of) print. 650-page catalog displays 25K titles, $7.95 (+ $3 S & H), of which $5 applies to first order of $25 or more. Separate LD list, $1. NYUE Enterprises, Inc. 61-A Walker St New York, NY 10013 (212) 619-0800; (212) 226-3544 FAX Hong Kong films, distributor for NE USA. I have ordered about 200 movies from NYUE, and about 12 - 15 I sent back. Sometimes the very top portion of the picture will not track. The result is an annoying wiggle in the top part of the frame. Sometimes the catalog indicates that the movie is sub-titled when it isn't. Overall, I have been pleased, and the service is EXCELLENT! NYUE dupes all of their films, but the quality is usually pretty good. - peterc Ocean Shores Video Hang Lung Center #2103-6, Paterson St. Hong Kong 5-77-9325 Laserdiscs! Ormond Films 2925 Sharon Hill Circle Nashville, TN 37215 The Ormonds made some cool exploitation flicks in the 50's and 60's. I sent for The Monster and the Stripper ("See: The monster beat a man to death with his own arm!") and White Lightnin' Road ("Ruby wanted a bang-up wedding so her pappy used his shotgun!"). $24.95 each + $3 shipping. They also have a list of bible pictures (!) and a few other wierd things. I'll let you know how it turns out when I receive the videos. [Jon von Zelowitz] Pan-Asia Video, Inc. 2630 Bayshore Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94134 (415) 333-8888; (415) 586-1793 FAX Hong Kong films. P. Riggs 6226 Darnell Houston, Tx. 77074-7416 Try these guys. They list Vampire circus, and pretty much all of the others [Hammer productions] as being available for $22.50 + $2.50 p & h. Now advertising more "Eurosleaze" than before, but I bet he can still get those Hammer flicks on request. Each tape comes in a deluxe slipcover, with original theatrical Art, and 20 minutes of Trailers. [donnell@shark.micro.umn.edu (Judex)] PBS Viewfinders (900) 860-9301 6-6 Mon-Fri. $2/first, $1/additional minute. (3m average). Los Angeles PBS station KCET operates this search service, providing answers on availability, price, and distributor from their incredibly comprehensive list of more than 80K video titles. Sometimes they can even order for you. Search fees are billed to your phone. Phoenix Distributors 6253 Hollywood Blvd, #818 Hollywood, CA 90028 (800) 356-4386 (213) 469-0553 (213) 469-7041 FAX 9-5 PST Mon-Fri. Visa, MC. Company acquires product largely from defunct labels, particularly promoting horrors and classics, usually in VHS but with Beta offered when available. Has a new line of non-hardcore gay-themed features. Produces films under the Donna Michelle banner. Free mailing list, whose contents vary during the year. Customers are invited to leave their rosters of special requests to be researched. POLART: Sarasota, FL (813) 378-9393 The guy I talked to there was very nice but couldn't get any of the obscure 60s and 70s sci-fi flicks I was looking for... :-( I don't know if they're worth noting in the video list? (He said they carry about 300 Polish films if I remember correctly.) [sybase!sql!eprice@Sun.COM (Ed Price)] Rhino Video Info/address, anyone? RM Films International P.O. Box 3748 Hollywood, CA 90028 Russ Meyer had the good sense to retain rights to his films. This is rare among exploitation directors. He now sells excellent-quality video transfers at relatively high prices. Science Fiction Continuum PO Box 154 Colonia, NJ 07067 (800) 232-6002 9-7 EST Mon-Fri. Visa, MC, Amex. SF, fantasy, and horror. VHS and LD. Catalog $1. Script City 8033 Sunset Blvd. PO Box 1500 Hollywood, CA 90046 (213) 871-0707 (inquiries); 1-800-676-2522 (orders only) Original scripts, including the Blade Runner script(s). Sight & Sound 27 Jones Rd Waltham, MA 02154 (617) 894-8633; (617) 894-9329 FAX Laserdiscs. Will special-order Japanese imports. Sinister Cinema PO Box 4369 Medford, OR 97501-0168 (503) 773-6860 $2 for catalog 9-4 PST Mon-Fri (or answering machine) Visa, MC ($1 service charge). Cult stuff. Flat $16.95 (+ S & H). Makes a sincere effort to acquire the best prints of known and obscure sci-fi, horror, sword and sandal, serials, westerns, jungle adventures, silents, and shlock. Most popular item is drive-in double features, shown as originally distributed, including intermission graphics. Nearly 1000 titles. VHS or Beta. Catalog is free to Maltin readers. Something Weird Video PO Box 33664 Seattle, WA 98133 (206) 361-3759 Catalog is $3. Specializing in horror & mysteries from the 30s to the 60s and 50s & 60s exploitation films. All titles $20. Dave Friedman sexploitation and others. State with signature that you are 18 or older. Streamline Pictures PO box 691418 W Hollywood, CA 90069 [ken@uxc.cso.uiuc.edu (Ken Primer)] Tamarelle's International Films 11101-A E. 53rd St Denver, CO 80239 (800) 356-3577 (800) 621-1333 (303) 373-4583 FAX (515) 254-7021 FAX 8:30-5:30 Mon-Fri. Visa, MC. Specializing in US sales of new and old films from around the globe. Six informed, informative mailers per year. US Manga Corp 301 West 53rd st. Suite 13e New York, NY 10019 (212)977-7456 [ken@uxc.cso.uiuc.edu (Ken Primer)] US Renditions 1123 Dominguez Street unit k Carson, California 90746 (213) 604-9701 [ken@uxc.cso.uiuc.edu (Ken Primer)] Value Video International PO Box 22565 Denver, CO 80222 (303) 757-4820 New and used VHS tapes for sale starting at $4.95, with an appeal towards collectors and clubs. Also in the market to buy used videos. Catalog is $1. Video Connection 1-800-365-0449 No catalog but can get any video currently available, and at a discount. Buy 12, get one free. (Listed in Video Magazine Oct '92) Video Dimensions 212-929-6135 Classic TV shows, mondo, Westerns, and foreign films. $13-$20 per tape. (Listed in Video Magazine Oct '92) Video Koop Center Beijersweg 18 1093 KR Amsterdam-Oost, Holland BTW, many of those 'video nasties' of UK are available in Holland (or is it Netherlands in English). PAL. [rtpo@jyu.fi (Risto 'Rise' Pohjonen)] Video Search of Miami Box 16-1917 Miami, FL 33116 (305) 387-6807 Video Search of Miami dupes all of their videos, and the quality is generally very poor. Don't waste your money if you can find the titles elsewhere. Also, you don't get packaging ... just the regular video- cassette box (from Certron or some other low-quality videotape). I am, however, very impressed by their catalog. They have some nearly impossible-to-find titles like THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1970), DEMONIA, a rare Lucio Fulci film, CRAZY BLOOD, and much more. The cost of all of their videos is $25 plus a one-time charge of $10 ... a bit steep for dupes! - peterc The Video Catalog PO Box 64428 St. Paul, MN 55164-0428 (800) 733-2232 (800) 733-6656 (612) 659-4320 FAX Customer service 9-6 CST Mon-Fri. Order any time. Visa, MC, Amex, Optima, Discover. VHS only. Low-priced performing arts, TV, kideo, family, travel, nature, health, instructional, documentary, international, and classic tapes, particularly strong in British comedy and drama. Video City Productions 4266 Broadway Oakland, CA 94611 (510) 428-0202 (510) 654-7802 FAX Call 9-5 PST Mon-Fri. Visa, MC. VHS sales only. Beta by special order. Aviation videos. $3 catalog, updated irregularly. Video Dimensions 530 W. 23rd St NY, NY 10011 (212) 929-6135 10-5:30 EST Mon-Fri. Checks and money orders only. Strictly mail-order, and now in its 15th year of spotlighting curiosities and collectibles. Classics, foreign films, B-westerns, TV shows, bloopers, and animation come from Video Dimensions' own source material. Coming soon: their new "Mondo Movies" catalog, listing experimental, avant-garde, schlock, and exploitation tapes. Company invites its clientele to "experience the weirdness and the wonder yourself". Special attention given to those films that require letterboxing. Free catalog. Video Finders 1770 N. Highland Ave, #721 Los Angeles, CA 90028 Search service and order service. VF locates hard-to-find movies (pre-1970 only) and can even get them for you. 5 searchs for $5, plus SASE. Requests by mail only. Video Library 7157 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, PA 19119 (800) 669-7157 (215) 248-1514 9-9 EST, 7 days. Visa, MC, Amex, Optima, Discover. National mail-order rentals gleaned from a 12K title offering. Rent cassettes, LDs, Nintendo, audiobooks, etc. via UPS with a reusable shipper allowing convenient mailbox returns. Reservation system for immediately unavailable titles. Greatest strengths in cult movies, in considerable out-of-printers, and in a knowledgeable search service. Rental rate: $5 for 3 nights; books on tape 75 cents per night. Call for latest additions to catalog ($8.95 including shipping for their 400-page catalog and two 1992 supplements). Video Oyster 62 Pearl St NY, NY 10004 (212) 480-2440 Personal check, money order, COD by UPS. Finds, buys, trades, and sells rare videos, supplying both video stores and consumers. Publishers "Pearls" collectors' magazine ($30 for ten issues, published as soon as Norman fills up an issue), and he performs searches, too. The best source for determining current availability on tapes long vanished from the scene (like Disney "moratorium" titles or long-forgotten releases on long-dead labels). Circulates a want list of movies he's looking for. Mail-order sales only. Orders taken 24 hours/7 days. Video Specialist International 182 Jackson St Dallas, PA 18612 (800) 458-1810 (717) 675-0227 9am-midnight EST, 7 days. Visa, MC, checks, money orders. Involves itself in digging up lost films, many exclusive to VSI, and currently released at the rate of one vanished title per month. Similar to Sinister Cinema's scope, but with a substantially different library, VSI should appeal to the same kind of enthusiast. Most titles are priced at an average of $14.95. $3 catalog. Video Vault 1015 Wisconsin Ave Washington, DC 20007 (800) 828-5866 (800) VAULT-66 (202) 625-0605 11-9 EST Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, 12-6 Sun. Sales and rentals, specializing in cult. Catalogs $3, refundable with membership ($15 one year or $24.95 lifetime). Members' newsletter comes out every other month. Search service. Credit card security deposit (Visa, MC, Amex, Optima). Video Yesteryear Box C Sandy Hook, CT 06482 (800) 243-0987 (203) 426-2574 (203) 797-0819 FAX 9-9 EST Mon-Fri. Visa, MC, Amex, Optima, Discover, Diners, Carte Blanche. Thick catalog describing many titles of divergent interest. Classic silent and sound films on video, plus rare live TV, even vintage stag. Videos by Mail PO Box 1515 Whitney, TX 76692 (800) 245-4996 (817) 694-4865 FAX 10-8 CST Mon-Sat. Rent/buy. $25 annual fee for rental club (starting with two free movies) plus credit deposit (Visa, MC, Amex, Discover). Each rental is then $5 (+ S & H), with three-night rentals counted from the time you receive them, and with return label and postage included in the shipment. Sales by credit card charges over the phone or through the mail (please enclose check or money order). Illustrated catalog is $5, with an accent on cult, independent, and international film. White Dragon Video 46 Tweedrock Crescent, West Hill Ontario, M1E 415 Canada Mentioned as source for Asian videos in Video Watchdog. Whole Toon Catalog PO Box 369, Dept LM Issaquah, WA 98027 (206) 391-8747 (206) 391-9064 FAX 9-6 PST Mon-Fri, 10-5 Sat. Visa, MC, Discover. Hundreds of animated programs for sale, including imports and real obscurities. Books, posters, cartoon memorabilia. Catalog is $2. World Video & Supply, Inc. 150 Executive Park Blve., Suite 1600 San Francisco, CA 94134 (415) 468-6218; (415) 468-1381 FAX Hong Kong films. Worldshop 3665 29th St Grand Rapids, MI 49512 (800) 530-9055 (616) 957-1046 MODEM Visa, MC, Amex, Discover, Diners. 8-7 EST Mon-Sat Use the always-awake computer line to place orders through your PC. Furthermore, through the modem, movie previews may be called up for presentation on your computer screen. Using a 9K-title catalog, Worldshop invites orders for VHS, Beta, LD, PAL, and SECAM. Company services international clients as well. No membership fee involved. Customers also receive a free in-home database to file their own video libraries. Worldshop promises a floppy freebie to all Maltin readers. So say you read Maltin. ;-) ------- Subject: MAGAZINES Craig Ledbetter, PO Box 5367, Kingwood, TX 77325 for a year's subscription, send cash, check, or money order for: $15 European Trash Cinema; $15 Asian Trash Cinema; $25 both "Monster International" magazine. Kronos Productions, MPO Box 67, Oberlin, OH 44074-0067. Issue #2 also had lots of coverage of Mexican monster movies, and what seemed to me to be a very impressive Santo filmography. Limited quantities of issue #1 are still available for $3.50, plus $1.00 for postage and handling (check or money order -- no cash, please) to that address. For Mexico and Canada please add $1.25 and overseas please add $3.00. It doesn't mention subscriptions anywhere that I've noticed. But I assume you can get #2 the same way as #1 (the cover price is $3.50). [Ed Price] Psychotronic Video, 151 First Ave, Dept. PV, New York NY 10003 6-issue (quarterly) subscription $20 USA, $22 Canada, airmail $45, OZ/Asia $50 money orders payable to Michael Weldon VIDEO WATCHDOG-expensive digest, but is very thorough-includes retitlings, frame by frame differnces in different cuts of films, retrospectives SHOCK CINEMA-excellent fanzine-reviews of obscure films, b films etc. ------- Subject: BOOKS Re/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films, edited by V. Vale and Andrea Juno. ISBN 0-940642-09-3. Re/Search, 20 Romolo #B, SF CA 94133. Andrea Juno and Boyd Rice (Re/Search 10: Incredibly Strange Films) are ARTISTS: they go out of their way in their quest for unusual stimulation and take great delight in discovering gems overlooked by the common horde. I'm not saying any one approach is "right," just trying to sum up attitudes toward the material. It's an interesting experience to read all three reviews of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" for instance . . . _The Deep Red Horror Handbook_ Chas. Balun, ed. Fantaco Books 1989 ISBN 0-938782-12-6 Order through Starlog Press or Fantaco Enterprises, 21 Central Ave., Albany NY 12210 _The Official Splatter Movie Guide_ _John McCarty's Official Splatter Movie Guide, Volume II_ John McCarty (duh!) St. Martin's Press 1992 (vol 2) ISBN 0-312-02958-6 (vol 1) & 0-312-07046-2 _The Phantom's Ultimate Video Guide_ The Phantom of the Movies Dell Publishing (Trade Paperbacks) 1989 ISBN 0-440-50212-8 _Nightmare Movies: A Critical History of the Horror Movie from 1968_ (The New Edition) Kim Newman Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd. 1988 ISBN 0-7475-0295-1 All of these are in paperback; the Newman book may have been released in hardcover at some time, but I've only seen it in paper. The first three are mostly devoted to short reviews of zillions of films, which will at least give you a notion of the content, if not of their artistic merit and actual scariness (which of course is a pretty subjective thing anyway). _Nightmare Movies_ is more a history of the genre, and is divided into chapters according to basic themes (e.g. zombie flicks, psychos, vampires, basically bizarre, etc.); the author sticks to films since 1960 or so, and the edition I have goes up to 1988. Even if you don't wind up finding any gems, they're all quite entertaining to read. - mvburke@silver.ucs.indiana.edu (mary virginia burke) For a good history of this kind of stuff, you can also try "Splatter Movies" by John McCarty. It's a good overview of the history of the genre. Also good by him is his history of cinematic madmen, "Psychos". I just wish that these had better bindings, because the dang things keep falling apart on me after about a year, whether I read them or not. The cover comes off, and then pages start to fall out. AARRGGHH! - judex Am I the only one with _The Phantom's Guide to Video_ ? This is an excellent book on B grade, Z grade and cult films from a new york newspaper critic. I'll try to bring in the details on it. - shiv@bnr.ca (Shiv Naimpally) The _Video Watchdog Book_ is now available. My brother bought it at Psychotronic Video in NYC, and read me a good deal of the chapter (yes, an entire chapter) on Dario Argento over the phone! :-) For anyone that actually cared about the extensive discussion of the various atrocities committed by American distributors or whatever, GET THIS BOOK. Acutally, for anyone at all who is interested in getting films on video, GET THIS BOOK... wildman@athena.mit.edu (Timothy Worsley) Official Splatter Movie Guide pts 1 and 2 by John Mcarty (a lot of horror but also many off the wall films as well) plus his book Splatter movies Guide for the Film Fanatic-by Danny Peary as well (has all types but reviews include Russ Myer films, John Waters films-its abit old) SHOCK VALUE-John Waters autobiography-includes interviews with Russ Meyer and HG Lewis Cult Movies Cult Movies II Cult Movies III, by Danny Peary Peary also has a great book called CULT MOVIE STARS... One of the best filmography sources around... [peterme@ocf.berkeley.edu (Peter Merholz)] part of REVIEW: Cult Movies, by Danny Peary Cult Movies is an interesting read; full of information, anecdotes, serious review. It covers a wide range of films touching upon most major film-genres. Those purchasing this book and expecting to find synopsis' and reviews of cheapie SF and slasher films will be disappointed. Peary's emphasis is on "Art" films and movie classics like "Casablanca" or "The Searchers". In this age of *Fast-food Video* people tend to forget the more classical definition of Cult Movies which encompassed films which developed a devoted, basically word-of-mouth following long after their initial release. These are not films which get wide exposure in theatres (with some exceptions) but ones that went on to develop their second-wind in art and revival houses. [k206027@smog.DKRZ-Hamburg.DE (Matt Marchese)] The 50 Worst Films of All Time The Golden Turkey Awards Son of the Golden Turkey Awards, by Harry and Michael Medved The Medveds seem to have a "Gosh! Wow! Movies!" attitude that is alternately frustrating and endearing. I guess if I had to pick labels, the Medveds are REVIEWERS: they tell you whether or not they liked a particular movie and not much else; Danny Peary (_Cult Movies_) is a CRITIC: he will not only review the film, but also place it within a historical and artistic context, and, whether or not he likes it, he will give credit where (and if) credit is due; Midnight Movies by J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Da Capo Press/Plenum Publishing. ISBN 0-306-80433-6. As long as I'm mentioning books for the Cult Movie Library I'll restate my recommendation for Hoberman and Rosenbaum's _Midnight Movies_. It's not so much reviews as a look at the reasons why people go to cult movies and how the whole phenomenon of midnight movies got started. From: stame@emunix.emich.edu (Stewart Tame) And for books that give you that "Cult Flavor" without necessarily being about cult films, I recommend: The Hollywood Hall of Shame, also by the Medveds and Hollywood Babylon, by Kenneth Anger. Joe Bob Goes To The Drive In Vol. 1 and 2 The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies by Phil Hardy. Harper & Row, ISBN 0-06-096146-5. Large format 400-page book with lots of excellent stills, and reviews (chronologically arranged) of many, many films. Mostly US & European. Goes back to silent films, and up to 1984 (in the edition I have). Reviews are 1-10 paragraphs, depending on the "importance" of the film. They are generally interesting, and try to explain significance or innovations in the films, as well as comparing similar films. Good effort to list directors, producers, stars, etc. Video Trash & Treasures Vol 1 and 2 by L.A. Morse These are small cheap paperbacks with no movies posters or stills. The books are collections of short (1 paragraph) movie reviews, organized by genre (he calls them "festivals"), with a short essay on each genre. The quality of the writing is very high (Morse is a mystery writer, though I am not familar with his books) and very funny. While he reviews only mainstream 'B's, the PC crowd will find much to be righteously offended by. But if you like the kind of movies that seem to get mentioned on this newsgroup, you'll enjoy the text. [andy@meefun.autodesk.com (Andrew Purshottam)] ------- Subject: POSTERS Cinemonde Posters 1932-F Polk St San Francisco, CA 94109 Jerry Ohlinger's Movie Material Store, Inc. 242 W 14th St NY, NY 10011 (212) 989-0869 The Third Planet Inc. 5334 Yonge St #154 North York, Ontario Canada M2N 6M2 (416) 727-4887 - ae815@yfn.ysu.edu (Marc Queen) ------- Subject: ARCHIVES r.a.movies actors list (available via anonymous ftp from boulder.colorado.edu in pub/tv+movies/lists) Blade Runner FAQ posted monthly by muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au (Murray Chapman) Laserdisc Archive: From: rjn@FC.HP.COM (Bob Niland) Subject: Re: Laser disc sources wanted Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1992 16:17:15 GMT Organization: Hewlett-Packard/WSY Ft.Collins,CO,USA LD#00: Index of Articles on Laser Video Disc (LD) 24 Sep 92 I have the following available from my archives. You may request any of these at any time. Recent copies are also available for anonymous ftp on: princeton.edu (, directory pub/Video/Niland) and bobcat.bbn.com (, wsmr-simtel20.army.mil ( nic.funet.fi (, Finland, dir: /pub/culture/tv+film/laserdisc) If you are unable to ftp, you are probably not logged in on an "open subnet" machine at your site. I am not the admistrator of these ftp sites. "bobcat" is a 286/16. If ftp performance is unacceptable, try "princeton", "wsmr-simtel20" or send an email request. ____ Note If you fail to include one or two known-valid email addresses in your email request, I cannot guarantee you will receive anything. Do not rely on the return path of your request being usable. ____ Timeliness: This index and the listed articles are available on other networks and BBS's on which I have no access. If the date in the upper right hand corner of this index is over 30 days old, you almost certainly have an out of date copy of the index. If your copy of the index is out of date, one of more articles on your network/BBS are probably also out of date, and completely new articles are probably absent altogether. I always send the latest version of any requested article(s). Please ask for an updated index when requesting an article. All articles are flatfile ASCII (no HP ROMAN8 eurochars) and fit in 80 columns. Caution: some are over 65 Kbytes long and the complete set is around 500 Kbytes. If you have an antique or AppleLink mailer, please advise and I will send 25K splits. Feel free to request articles by number. ------- Subject: LASERDISC SPECIALISTS Many of these were posted by Shiv Naimpally from Video Magazine Oct '92. CEBA Video 301-292-6670 Ken Crane's 800-624-3078 (In CA 800-626-1768) The Laser Beam Starship Audio-Industries 605 Utterback Store Rd. Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 430-8692, (703) 450-5780 (Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri 11am-6pm) Laserdisc Hotline: (703) 430-0330 message listing recent releases in stock Fax server: (703) 430-6657 delivers 10-20 pages of updates They claim to be the "Planet's Largest Laser Disc Catalog!" Over 8000 titles, includes 573 Price Reductions & 1136 "Out of Print" titles. Among the listing codes given for discs: type of audio/video format, aspect ratio of wide screen pressings, publishing studio or company and actual manufacturer/pressing plant of the disc. Starship claims to have 85% of the titles actually on the shelf. The catalog includes movies, short films, music, classical, comedy, educational, games, sports titles as well as 8" laser video discs and 5" CD-video singles. They also apparently pack their own "generic high quality S-VHS compatible tape" costing less than brand name tapes. The standard discount off list price is 10%. At 10+ discs it goes to 15% and at 20+ discs you get 20%. Overseas shipment is available via UPS Int'l Air. A "No Time Limit" warranty is available through Starship on defective discs. [chipg@access.digex.com 76376,3147 chipg@inet.com] Laser Craze 1-800-828-DISC 617-338-9820 Laser Perceptions 1-415-753-2016 Laser Video West 310-479-4069 Laserdisc Fan Club 800-322-2285 SEM Video Products 800-247-6644 718-645-1663 Sight & Sound 1-617-894-8633 Tewksbury Audio & Video 908-832-9064 Then of course there is Columbia House: Columbia House Laserdisc Club 800-538-2233 ------- The End...or is it?