THEATER FORUM CHAT with ANCHOR BAY -
July 26, 2000
At the END of this chat Michael has a surprise....He
will announce about 15 releases from Anchor Bay. So,
you'll have to hang out
to find out what they are
At this time, I would like to introduce Michael Felsher.
as you know, is from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.
Thanks Ron, Great to be here. Hello Everyone! Thanks
for stopping by
Please, tell us what you do over at Anchor Bay
I am the Internet Coordinator which is really a fancy
way of saying I
manage all aspects of the current website as well as
being involved in a new website which
will launch this October. Around that time I will be
in charge of managing the release
schedule around the office as well.
Thanks, Mike. Alright, I know you all have questions...
Thanks for coming... any chance of seeing Flesh &
Blood, Near Dark, or
WaxWorks 1 & 2 in the near future?
Hey Aaron. At this time we do not have any of those
titles scheduled for release...though I gotta tell ya..NEAR
DARK would be a dream!
Any update on Godzilla 1985 dvd? Any possibility
of obtaining the original ultraman series that is out
on dvd in Japan right now and releasing it here?
Godzilla is on hold pending the acquisition of an uncut..
a while, but we still plan to have it happen. Don't
have Ultraman, but thanks
for the suggestion.
Hello, thanks for joining us tonight, could you tell
us Home Theater forum members
what plans your company has as far as DTS 5.1 audio
on your dvds in the future?
Well with DTS it is a matter of finding titles that
would benefit strongly
from it...though I am sure at some point in the near
future it will be looked into.
I've heard many rumors that Anchorbay has the rights
or will acquire the rights for Nightbreed and The Monster
Squad , is this true? If not any chance of getting the
rights to them?
Ismael, both of those films are ones we'd love to get...
at this time we don't have em.
Thanks for coming this evening... Can you tell us
what possible extras might be included in the titles
you've thus far licenced from Miramax?
I can't say yet what will be on titles for next year,
however we are planning for
example to get commentary on the upcoming NIGHTWATCH
which is the original film
from Ole Bornedal. Keep checking the news on the site
for extras announcements on
our forthcoming titles. Thanks!
Hi Michael. I don't suppose there is any word yet
on the 2 DVD set of "Watcher in the Woods"? Thanks.
Ah Wade...man I wish I had good news, unfortunately
it's right where it has been for the past several months.
Still we have a good relationship with the licensor
and we still hope to put it out on DVD.
Hello, thanks for coming tonight to answer our questions.
A few months ago, rumors started coming up (this rumor
also appeared on the Anchor Bay website) that you got
the DVD rights for 'Halloween II' and 'Halloween 6'.
Is this true and if it is, are there going to be a DVD
in the soon future?
Oh yes that rumor...the subject of many many many many
many emails. Again this one was not true and neither
is with Anchor Bay...though anything is possible and
we are VERY aware of the interest in those two films..believe
it. Thank you for this question!
Are there any plans to re-release titles that have
already been done in the past with anamorphic enhancement?
I am speaking in particular about "Halloween IV"
Well that will be happening with some titles from our
earlier days when things were admittedly not so good.
Halloween IV isn't a candidate at this point however...though
again it is great that we can find out what titles people
want to see re-released. thanks for that.
Hi Michael. Thanks for being here and thanks to AB for
all the great DVD's to date. Any
chance AB will ever do a special edition of "Return
of the Living Dead" (unmatted
please!) with extras like the extended ending (or better
yet the full work print), a
cast commentary (at least with Linnea Quigley), a separate
audio track, and the rumored outtakes/gag
reels? And since AB is doing "Slugs", how about "Squirm"
(the unedited version)?
ROTLD was another rumor title for us, but alas not
with us..though we have looked into it. Squirm, believe
it or not is with MGM.
Tell us a little about getting SUPERGIRL together. Thanks
jeez that would take a day or two...but to sum it up,
it was a matter of
scouring the world for materials, and thanks to the
efforts of people like Scott Michael Bosco who
was our Special Projects Consultant on the film we were
able to get all we did. The
discovery of the original director's cut was actually
unexpected..it was marked in film
cans in Europe that said DO NOT USE...but the film looks
fantastic...I hope you like it.
do you have any plans to ever release Halloween 3 on
would be an improvement over the Goodtimes version.
Yeah that one is not with us, though again we'd love
to do it. I always thought that film never got any respect.
The Rodney Dangerfield of the Halloween Series.
Do you have plan to release the other disc from the
Halloween limited edition as a stand alone like you
did with army of darkness? or better yet re-release
the entire set?
Currently we are not planning to rerelease the Limited
Edition of Halloween or a separate release of the TV
Version on DVD..though a release of the TV version on
VHS is most likely going to happen next year.
Good evening and thank you very much for chatting
with us tonight !!! I was wondering what the chances
are that you could do a definitive release of at least
one of Director Peter Jackson's films "Braindead" (known
in the U.S. as "Dead Alive"). While the U.S. "uncut"
release is 97 min.'s, unfortunately the most uncut version
exists only on the 107minute R2 PAL dvd released in
Germany by Laser Paradise. If you need any information
on what's been cut, there's a detailed summary here:
Frank that's another one that I love too. The rights
lie in the states with
Trimark, but thank you for the support for such a release.
We'll look into it...
DO you think you'll release obscure Argento titles like
La Porta Sul Buio or Le
Cinque Giornate? Will Suspiria be a 2 disc set or limited
Titles like FIVE DAYS have been discussed but isn't
due to some outside factors. Actually at this time we
are planning both
a single disc and a limited edition tin of SUSPIRIA
for next May!
Do you plan to start up a Wim Wenders Collection?
Chris, that has been looked into and hopefully something
happen..though at this time there isn't anything scheduled.
Thanks...A Wenders fan here too!
I was wondering if you can aquire Umbeto Lenzi's Nightmare
and Eaten Alive... Rugero Deodato's House by the edge
of the park and Ultimo
mondo canibale.. Lamberto Bava's A blade in the Dark..
Michele Soavi's Del
amorte Delamore..Too many to suggest! Finaly will Zombie
and demons get anamorphic transfers?
Whew..good list man!! Those are certainly films
we will investigate, if we haven't already. Demons isn't
due for a reissue at this time, though we will have
out in late 2001. The current DVD is beind discontinued
at the end of the month.
The Spaghetti Westen 'A Bullet For The General' has
two enhlish language dubs
- which for the DVD?
We haven't gone into production on that title yet..it's
going to be released
along with KEOMA, COMPANAROS, and TEXAS ADDIO next July..if
at all possible
the original language tracks will be used. Good question,
One film I'd love to see on DVD that sounds right up
your alley is Laurie
Anderson's HOME OF THE BRAVE. The film was released
on laserdisc by (I believe) Lumivision
(not sure - I have the Japanese import LD). Any chance???
Not sure who owns that one, but I will definately pass
the info along.
Can you tell me your plans for A BetterTomorrow I&II
and will you be able to
acquire the rights to other non-Winstar Woo titles like
Bullet in the Head?
We are hoping to get John Woo involved in the releases,
however we haven't been able to get with him yet. He
is currently involved in his next film. The releases
are now scheduled for early 2001 and we will have the
best looking and sounding TOMORROWs in any case. Bullet
in the Head is being looked into. Thanks, Brook.
Does Anchor Bay have the rights to Elvira: Mistress
of the Dark??? If so, do you have any guesstimate of
a time frame it would be released? Would the disc include
any deleted scenes, commentary by Cassandra Peterson,
anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, etc.?
Ah the lovely ELVIRA. Yes we do! We are looking at a
Spring 2001 release. Extras and specs are being investigated
currently. Ms. Petersen if you are out there, we would
love to have ya on the disc!
I noticed the other day that my "Jeeves & Wooster"
tapes were distributed by
Anchor Bay. Do you have the rights to those on DVD,
and if so, what's the holdup? :)
I do not believe those will be coming out on DVD from
us, though I will look into it.
Since Anchor Bay has got the rights to such titles
as "Army of Darkness" and
other universal titles is it possible that you can get
rights from Universal to titles
that need s.e treatment such as Hard Target ,Childs
Play sequels, and Darkman etc.?
We have a terrific relationship with Universal and we
will continue to work with them on many movies we hope.
Currently none of those have been acquired by Anchor
What are the plans for the DVDs of George Romero's
The Crazies and Season of the Witch?
hehe..Sean funny you mention that I was just discussing
the office today. We hope to do THE CRAZIES soon, though
we don't have a date
set for it. SEASON may take longer...but we are the
biggest Romero fans there can
be so we are gonna do our best :)
Any interest at AB for George Hamilton films esp:
"Zorro, the Gay Blade" and
"Love at First Bite"? Tks! -
Oh lots of interest...however both are with other studios...MGM
Fox I believe. Thanks for the suggestion.
with the hammer titles you will be annnouncing tonight
chane AB will be releasing Ilsa, tigres of siberia?
TIGRESS is currently owned by another party, which is
why it wasn't
included with the other three. We are hoping to acquire
it in the near future..but nothing
at this time.
Do you have any plans to release the 1986 film Chopping
Mall aka Killbots? A commentary with Kelli Maroney and
deleted footage would be nice.
I believe that one is with Roger Corman's company now.
Gotta love any film with Dick Miller and Barbara Crampton!..thanks
Thank you for coming tonight. I am very impressed by
the job Anchor Bay is doing on DVD, especially with
the Hammer titles. Any chance of licensing Hammer titles
like THE VAMPIRE LOVERS and HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
from MGM or THE GORGON from COLUMBIA or HORROR OF DRACULA
from Warner or CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF and BRIDES OF DRACULA
from Universal or FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM
HELL from Paramount?
Derek glad you could make it..visit your site all the
time. Your Hammer efforts are well known and appreciated.
It seems most studios are clinging to their Hammer product
very tightly, though something could happen..you never
know. HORROR OF DRACULA would be beyond amazing...by
the way stick around I will announcing nine new Hammer
acquisitions for 2001.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. I'm
a big fan of the movies you release. And often thought
I was the only one who even heard of most of them, let
alone liked enough to purchase. My question is, is there
any chance of you acquiring and releasing: Hellraiser
3, Super Fuzz, Masters of the Universe, The Pirate Movie,
or Robot Jox?
Well it's always a possibility. Hellraiser 3 is one
we gets lots of requests for...but at this time we do
not have plans for those films.
Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time to chat with us.
Just wondering is the upcoming Hellraiser/Hellbound
box set will contain the directors cuts of both films?
any plans for Hellraiser 3 & 4?
The tin set will contain the R-Rated cut of the first
film and the the
unrated edition of Hellbound. I am not sure if Clive
Barker was interested in restoring
anything to the first film or not, though he was heavily
involved with the
releases so its safe to say this is what he wanted shown.
By the way they both will
be THX approved.
Do you have any plans for a Dawn of the Dead Special
4-disc edition would be great. All 3 cuts on septerate
discs, each disc with features that
pertain to that specific cut and remastered anamorphic
video and 5.1 audio, commentaries, documentaries
and a 4th disc loaded with big special features would
be great. Maybe you could
even track down the legendary alternate ending. Thanks.
Ah DAWN...Well here's what's going on with that. It
is coming in a big
special edition way in late 2001 or early 2002. We hope
to include all the existing cuts of
the film (i.e. the Cannes cut, the theatrical and the
European Argento cut) as well as commentary
tracks, stills, etc. Production is a long way off but
it will be worth the wait. I
can also say that DAY OF THE DEAD will receive a similar
Thanks, I think you and Criterion as the 2 best DVD
companies out there. What
are the chance of more Italian Giallo films in the future?
Well we are certainly looking into more Italian horror...
We have Lamberto
Bava's MACABRO coming next year as well as The Antichrist
am sure there will be others too.
Thanks for being here Mike! Val Guest's Day the Earth
Caught Fire scheduled
for AB release on DVD...will it be orig aspect ratio
(Dyaliscope), and with
opening/closing reels tinted red-orange as in theatrical
Well it will be presented in Widescreen, though I honestly
am not sure
about the tinting..thanks for mentioning that I will
pass that along to our production staff... The
film doesn't come out until the middle of next year
so we have plenty of time to investigate.
Hi. Sometime ago, there were talks about an "Evil Dead
Box Set", which was supposed
to include aditional extras not included in the individual
the "Within the Woods" short). Is this still planned
and if so, what will it include, and
when will it be released and if not, will the "Evil
Dead" dvd include the "Within
the Woods" short?
A box set is not currently scheduled, though I imagine
one will eventually
happen. Within the Woods has been discussed more often
than the weather around
here, and if it is at all possible it will come out
on the THX Evil Dead (from the actual original
negative found recently in Detroit) coming in September
Is there any plans for a Evil Dead 1 Tin and any possible
Release date yet? Thanks
September 2001 is the projected date currently. And
yes there will be a tin
Hello from Paris (France). Why there's no subtitles
(at least in english) on your DVD ? Your
discs are widely distributed in Europe. And this lack
of subtitles is a problem for those who
don't understand english very well.
Engish subtitling and captioning is something we are
making a strong effort
to include on our future releases. Expect them to become
much more prevalent starting
with such titles as EVIL DEAD 2, HALLOWEEN 5, SUPERGIRL,
We appreciate all your great work. Any plans for Don't
Look Now (Roeg) and
any details on the forthcoming "Candy"? Done.We appreciate
all your great work.
Dont Look Now we don't have, but are looking into it...
has FINALLY started to come together. Expect it and
a LE Tin in February of 2001
GODZILLA '85 was mentioned. Any plans for any other
Godzilla films, or
other Japanese sci-fi?
Not currently no, though again not because we aren't
How about more Fulci? (the Psychic, Lizard In A Woman's
Skin, Smugglers) and
are you still releasing Opera, Sect and Church? (all
used to be on the release schedule)
The three Argentos you mentioned are currently in the
a date cannot be announced yet. More Fulci?...well nothing
as of right now, but
I would expect others to follow :)
Is there any chance that in the future you could purchase
to Halloween: H20 from Dimension and release a 2 disc
special edition like the
original "Halloween"? Thanks!
There's always a chance, however it isn't something
that is in
the works at this time.
love the new dvd's but what is up with Wild At Heart!
Also you should look
into releasing some classic JOHN WATERS! CHEERS!
Wild at Heart isn't with us any more unfortunately.
We won't be doing
the DVD. And as for John Waters, most of his stuff is
with New Line, in fact I
believe they are planning a box set.
What extras have been decided for for the upcoming Suspiria
dvd and will
it be a tin? Sorry if this has already been asked.
There will be a SUSPIRIA tin along with the single disc..
Extras are too early
to determine though expect interviews, trailers, etc
and more at the very least.
Hello Mr.Felsher. Can you tell us what is ANCHOR BAY's
multiple language tracks? Is it something we can at
last look forward to from your
company in the near future? As one of many frustrated
French-Canadian DVD enthusiasts
I'd certainly like to know! Thanx for THE CAR by the
Good question. We are always open to releasing alternate
tracks when they are available to us...there are many
factors that can prevent
such a thing from happening. Since we deal in independent
and non-studio features
mostly there isn't a wealth of materials sometimes which
can be a hindrance. But
in some cases we can make it happen and will continue
to include optional language tracks
when they can be utilized.
Hi, Michael Great to see you. What is you stance on
coding and any plans for any blaxplotation classics?
Also can you us some
specs on Let Sleeping Corpses Lie? and keep up the great
Well hello Eddie, glad ya made it in here. Regional
coding is only
used when the licensor specifies that it be used..otherwise
we normally don't region
code our DVDs..though we do not sell direct outside
of North America. As
for blaxploitation...nothing yet...yet. Let Sleeping
Corpses is just on the fringe of
being announced. Should have final specs this week for
Any plans to release the classic 60s thrillers THE LIST
OF ADRIAN MESSENGER and
MIRAGE to DVD? Thanks!
Hi Ivan.. We don't have rights to those films for video
at this time.
First off, thanks for the great work on Argento, Fulci,
and of course, Supergirl! I'm
curious if there's anything you can tell us about the
Dutch Verhoeven films and Withnail & I.
Well next March will see the release of some of Mr.
Verhoeven's early films such
as THE FOURTH MAN, TURKISH DELIGHT, A GIRL NAMED KATY
OF ORANGE and BUSINESS IS BUSINESS. Mr. Verhoeven will
be involved and
contributing commentaries. Withnail and I is not planned
for DVD from us, check with
Criterion on that one actually.
Any chance at Jodorowsky's films? Thanks!Any chance
at films by Alejandro
Jodorowsky - Like El Topo, Holy Mountain or Santa Sangre.
Thanks a lot
Well I have put out an email to Mr. Jodorowsky to see
what the rights status
of his films are...hopefully we can find out. EL TOPO
is one of our top ten requested
titles. We shall see..
Are there any plans on releasing any Alejandro Jodorowsky
hehe..Bruno check the last question's reply :)
what episodes can we expect to see on the next Moonlighting
how will you be handling Crime Story? Thanks
There will be at least three discs (containing 3 episodes
each, selected by
Glenn Gordon Caron) next year. I can confirm Big Deal
on Mulberry Street and Womb With
A View at this time...look for them in the middle of
2001. Crime Story (the series) is being
looked at, however nothing scheduled yet..aside from
the pilot movie in September of this year.
Hi great to have you here! I really like what AB has
released! Its too bad that you wont
be doing Return of the Living Dead though. Anyway I
was wondering what that claim
another company made (dont remember the name} saying
that your version of Franco's
Ilsa the Wicked Warden being illegal and that theirs
is the 'official version'...care to
clarify? Thanks for your time!
To put it succinctly. We licensed it from the actual
company who owns
the rights to WICKED WARDEN for North American distribution
Hi. Just like to say great work on your releases thus
far, especially INFERNO. Some
I'd like to see are MY BLOODY VALENTINE uncut or maybe
THE BURNING. Any
wild chance of acquiring any of the (uncut) Friday The
13th films (though I'm sure this is futile as
Paramount doesn't seem to care)?
William, believe me...if we could do them we would.
Any chances of HALLOWEEN 2 and 3, JAWS 2 and 3-D, THE
FLASH GORDON special editions?
There's always a chance...however none of those films
are currently licensed
by Anchor Bay. Good titles though Robert
I recently heard AB has obtained the rights to the enitire
Higlander series. Is
this true and what do you have planned for any releases
Well glad you asked that so I can clarify this one.
We don't have rights
to the entire series. We will be acquiring the first
film however. A DVD release is
a ways off probably until 2002 at the earliest.
Any chance we'll see more Jodie Foster, especially Little
Girl Who Lives
Down The Lane? Or more Bardot? AB Rocks! Thanks for
all the awesome discs!
hehe..thanks Jeff. Currently there aren't any Bardots
coming up, though
like Fulci I am sure more will be in the works eventually.
As for Jodie, same situation.
I missed the very begining so hopefully this hasn't
been asked, but what is in the decision
making process for releasing 16x9 enhanced DVD's, and
is there any chance that earlier releases
make get a new treatment, specifically Tenebre
Michael, usually anamorphic is what is done with practically
on DVD from us now. There are always going to be exceptions,
but it's become the
standard. There will be 16x9 reissues of some of our
non-anamorphic titles in the future, but
that is all I can at this point.
hi. Is there any chance you could release the following
star Robert Englund): "Nightmare Cafe" (6 episodes,
produced by Wes Craven) &
"Freddy's Nightmare's (44 episodes; Tobe Hooper directed
the pilot, and Jeffrey Combs was
on one of the episodes). Thanks, and keep up the good
Good suggestions, I will pass them along, though I imagine
Line has all things Krueger :) Thanks Jose
Thanks for coming to chat with us. A second on that
request for a "Halloween
4" reissue. Will the "Hellbound SE" disc being released
4/01 be the same as
the one in the "Hellraiser" tin? Are the DVDs in the
tins going to be in keepcases?
The Hellbound Disc in both the Tin in September and
the one coming
out by itself next August will be identical. The Tins
contain a jewel case for
the DVDs instead of a keepcase (size issues)
Besides your AMAZING work with the Hammer stuff, any
other British horror like Amicus titles, as well as
Cushing and Lee titles?
With Amicus there isn't anything I can report on unfortunately,
we will have THE MANY FACES OF CHRISTOPHER LEE next
year as well as Lee's most
requested title THE WICKER MAN.
Hi, thanks for coming. Id really like to see an
Anchor Bay release of Michele
Soavis Cemetery Man (Dellamorte Dellamore). Is
it possible? And has somone
already asked if the Elite supplements will be on the
Evil Dead disc coming next
Can't comment on what will be on EVIL DEAD yet...hasn't
production yet. And as for DELLAMORTE..sadly that isn't
one we have either, but
we are investigating.
First of all, thank you for being here. Secondly, what
is the status regarding
your attempts to acquire the license to 'Nausicaa of
the Valley of the Wind'? - any
plans for any other Studio Ghibi classics??
Well unfortunately NAUSICAA will not be coming out through
Anchor Bay. That's
really all I can say about it, however we do really
appreciate the many emails and letters of support
for us trying to bring it out. We won't be pursuing
any kind of release of the cut WARRIORS
OF THE WIND either.
Is there any chance of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
coming out on DVD?
love that one, but I believe Fox is working on it.
Thanks for being with us, and for all the excellent
work Anchor Bay does! Is
it true that Anchor Bay is going to release some Ealing
Studios comedies (starring Alec Guinness) and,
if so, can you tell us which titles and when they'll
Great question Anders...I will go ahead and tell them
to everyone now (Ron
I have many more to talk about at the end) We have...A
RUN FOR YOUR MONEY, KIND
HEARTS AND CORONETS, THE LADYKILLERS, THE LAVENDER HILL
MOB, and THE
MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT coming in 2001. Also another Guiness
for good measure... CAPTAIN'S
Apologies if this has been asked....I keep getting bumped
offline tonight! I've
heard conflicting reports about the Cassavettes films,
especially "A Woman Under the Influence" ...does
AB have it, and if so, what's the status?
We only have DVD rights to MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, the
we have are VHS only including WOMAN.
Hi, anychance of seeing Disney's Dr. Syn or Universal
Hammer's Night Creatures
from you guys? Loove your work!
Thanks vaar. Currently neither of those is coming from
Hi Mike, I just got your DVDs of QUATERMASS 2 and ABOMINABLE
SNOWMAN the other day. Does Anchor Bay have the rights/have
in getting the rights/plan to release the english-dubbed,
North American version of
the cult classic INFRA-MAN ('76-Hong Kong/Joseph Brenner
Associates, in 5.1
"Stereo INFRA-Sound"!), MONTE WALSH ('70), THE REIVERS
UNEARTHLY STRANGER ('63-British), and/or the non-Toho
sci-fi/horror film GOKE - BODY S
Dont have the rights on those titles..though we are
in the future.
Any plans to work with Criterion on a joint Halloween?
Bill, there are no plans at this time for another Halloween
for the question.
What happened to THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS special edition?
FREAKY FRIDAY? It is possible SUSPIRIA will have the
original stereo tracks included? And
will STEPFORD WIVS be remastered?
Well WATCHER is on hold unfortunately. We hope to work
licensor on a release still...We currently don't have
rights to FREAKY FRIDAY. As
for STEPFORD...We are planning a special edition re-issue
with (hopefully) interviews,
trailers, etc in 2001.
Are there any plans for episodes of Elvira's Movie Macabre
on DVD? I
don't think the originals have been seen since the 80s.
Also, is there any possibility of
you getting the rights to Xena on DVD? Thanks!
Currently it's only the ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK
film we have the
rights to..though those shows would be excellent DVD
releases. XENA is not with us either.
thanks.. any plans to release some tom selleck movies
like An Innocent Man or
other films? They are owned by Disney.
Hi Jacob. Currently we don' t have plans for those.
sorry, I missed the beginning of the chat...what is
going on with Wild At Heart?
Jason, WILD AT HEART isn't with us anymore unfortunately.
Any chance of getting Silent Night Deadly Night out?
about Black Christmas?
Well we do have SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2
(which ironically contains more footage of the first
film than new stuff). Black
Christmas (which I love too) is over at Warner Bros.
Hello Michael, I was wondering were there any available
materials for Martin
that wasn't used?? I was hoping the cut scenes from
the first cut of the movie would
be included as a supplement
Believe me if George knew where the original 3 hour
cut of the movie was
we would have done it. It's one of those unfortunate
cases where it got misplaced or
taken and has become a thing of legend. George Romero
mentions it quite often in the
commentary on MARTIN.
Is Toho studios holding out for more money? Please work
it out with
them and pass the buck over to the consumer. Believe
me, the fans don't mind paying
extra for uncut widescreen Godzilla classics.
haha...well we are gonna try our best to work it out
want to bring em out as much as you do.
Hi Michael - your studio gives wonderful treatment to
titles I thought
I'd never see on DVD! Now that Disney has warmed up
to anamorphic transfers,
is there any chance of revisiting "The Black Hole" as
a special edition? (your
company was outstanding in the way it handled the missing
audio recall on BH's 1st
pressing - other studios could learn something from
Chip thank you for the compliment, we are glad we were
able to handle
that one as smoothly as it happened as well. Any re-issue
of THE BLACK HOLE wouldn't
really be our decision, but with the licensor, but it
is something we would like to do.
What are the plans related to any future titles on the
"Dario Argento Collection"? What
special treatments are CAT O'NINE TAILS and SUSPIRIA
going to get? Will they feature
the italian soundtrack with english subs.? Thanks.
David, we will be starting on those titles soon, and
they will be as
definitive as we can make them. Argento fans would crucify
us otherwise..trust me.
Hi-love your stuff-Hammer questions Scars of Draculae(my
Sherlock Holmes movies..love you guys!
Well thank you...by the way SCARS is coming in 2001.
its gone 4am, aggh! Whats the current attitude towards
the Hammer collection
for the future
Robert we have more Hammers coming next year...there
will be nine
more at least for 2001. Titles at the end of the chat
Love your stuff. is there any chance you can include
Sam Raimi's Within
the Wood on your upcoming release of "The Evil Dead"?
Honestly Scott if can be included it will be.
Are you guys going to release Willow on dvd? What about
episodes? and what is your plans for dts I hope it isn't
wait and see. Last
i checked Willow is in limbo.
Well on DTS it is something we are discussing, but nothing
this point. Willow isn't with us, and I am not sure
who has it..in any case that would be a
Lucasfilm decision. We have several more Moonlighting
episodes planned for late Spring of 2001.
One of the films you have that I'm really looking forward
to is REPO MAN. Any
chance of releasing other Alex Cox films, especially
HIGHWAY PATROLMAN (EL PATRUELLO)?
Oh absolutely Greg, Mr. Cox has already completed work
on STRAIGHT TO HELL, DEATH
AND THE COMPASS and THREE BUSINESSMEN for us to be released
Any chance of "Crimewave" by Sam Raimi & the Coen
ah Jason, we would love to, but alas we don't have it
at this time.
what about nightbreed? I know that clive is working
on the hellraiser films with you.
Nightbreed is also a title we and Clive have spoken
about, but it is owned by
another company. Hopefully in the future we can work
Why was House by the Cemetery delayed? And will it be
a tin also? Thanks
for putting all my films ahem.. I mean all of Lucio
Fulci's films out in a great transfer.
hehe Well Fulci...HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY was delayed
to secure the best elements possible for the release.
It is on track now and will come
out next Spring.
Hi again. Real quickly I'll just mention that I think
there's another horror film
that's greatly deserving of your attention: The 30 min.
film "Aftermath" directed by Nacho Cerdà released
in 1993 in Spain (info: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0159241).
It's a totally wordless film with
gorgeous cinematography and swelling haunting classical
music that depicts and explores the
depravity of a mortician one late-night. Since it is
so short, maybe you could put Nacho
Cerdà's other two shorts 1.Awakening, The (1990)
and 2.Génesis (1998) on there =) Thanks
again tonight and 4 taking the time for answering extra
questions !!! =)
Frank, excellent suggestion again. I will bring it up!
Any plans for Disney's Escape to witch mountain or return
from Witch Mountain? How
about animated films like The last unicorn, Vampire
Hunter D or return of the king?
Currently we don't have anything pending on those titles...though
is a personal fave of mine too.
What can you tell us about the DVD to Midnight Madness?
Although it has not gone into production yet, it will
be released in
late spring of 2001 and in Widescreen.
Any news on Four Flies On Grey Velvet or the Hammer
by you (Shatter, Flesh & Blood, Robin Hood)
FOUR FLIES (currently our most requested title) is being
nothing currently. The non-DVD Hammers you mentioned
WILL come out on DVD at
some point, though I don't have dates yet...probably
2001 early 2002.
Very kind of you to stay around Michael. Any chances:
"April Fool's Day", "The
Burning" (uncut), "From Beyond" (would be a great followup
to "Re-Animator" for you!), "The
Howling", "Let's Scare Jessica to Death", "My Bloody
Valentine" (uncut). Thanks again!
All of those are with other studios..though they have
been inquired about..so
we will see.
you mentioned that you have a great relationship with
Universal, any chance of getting
The Frighteners with the extra footage that the LD had?
That one is completely Universal's call. But we would
LOVE to do it
Hi. Can you please do us horror fans a favor: can you
House on the Left & Killer Klowns from Outer Space
from MGM and do the SE they deserve?
Jose...If it were up to us..you wouldn't have to ask.
I am looking forward
to seeing what MGM does with the films though, they
are great movies.
Hopefully this isn't too difficult a question: What
exactly are the "parameters"
of your license with Universal? I realize Universal
will do their most famous/popular
stuff themselves, but I was surprised when you had to
nix an earlier
request in this chat for Universal's MIRAGE and LIST
OF ADRIAN MESSENGER. I
would assume that extends to other Universal catalog
gems like GAMBIT ('66), ARABESQUE
('66), NIGHT WALKER ('64), MURDER HE SAYS.
I can't discuss specifics of a licensing agreement but
it really comes
down to what a studio is willing to let another company
do...any studio. It's
complicated. However we have an excellent relationship
with Universal and they have
been great to us, and we hope we've done well by them.
We WILL continue to work together.
Any plans for Spellbinder (with Tim Daly and Kelly Preston)
or The Keep?
Not currently Aaron. Though since you mention THE KEEP,
I will say that
Michael Mann's MANHUNTER is set for February with a
THX approved version planned
of the theatrical, and if we can track down suitable
elements, the longer RED
DRAGON TV cut as well DONE.
The sun is now begining to rise outside my window! What
can you tell us about the
Wicker Man release for next year. Its been a long time
coming, and I can't wait. Aside
from the unlikely event of finding extra footage, what
else will be on the release to wet
our appetite? Thanks.
Robert, we are going to do EVERYTHING possible we can
to get the
longest cut we can. There will be at least a 16x9 remastering
of the version already known
to all fans WICKER...plus if we can create a long version
we might treat it as we
did the 2 Disc LD of SUPERGIRL. In any case, we intend
to make it the best WICKER
MAN we can.
I don't know if this was asked as I arrived late, but
what are your plans for Highlander:
the 3 movies and the TV series? Especially The first
We only have rights to the first film and a DVD won't
quite a while...probably 2002.
A N N O U N C E M E N T S ===============
Well, this was a record chat with (it looks like) 100
questions answered! Before
I give the floor to Michael...I want to thank Ned Vogler
for doing a great job behind the
scenes. And now... I'll let Michael Felsher do the talking.
He has some announcements...
Ron, first off thanks for hosting this chat. I have
had a great time and
we hope to do it again before Halloween.
Consider it done
Now...I am going to run through a list of titles that
I wanted to announce exclusively
here on Home Theater Forum All will be in 2001/2002,
and will be on the Anchor
Bay DVD Website Schedule by next week. Here goes...and
Ron..it's quite a bit more than
15. I hope we have a transcript! :)
have four Agatha Christie films coming. DEATH ON THE
NILE, THE MIRROR CRACK'D, EVIL
UNDER THE SUN, and ENDLESS NIGHT .
will be the CARRY ON series of films (i.e. CARRY ON
CONSTABLE, TEACHER, etc.)
TV movies of such British shows as ARE YOU BEING SERVED
and STEPTOE AND SON
comedy/dramas A KIND OF LOVING, THE FAMILY WAY, and
SPRING AND PORT WINE
1948 Robert Donat THE WINSLOW BOY as well as two other
Donat starrers THE
MAGIC BOX and LEASE OF LIFE
Orton's ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE and LOOT
Disco classic CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC
Diamond's THE JAZZ SINGER
rare Dr. Who films, DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS and INVASION
EARTH 2150 A.D.
Ealing comedies such as PASSPORT TO PIMLICO and HUE
AND CRY and others
early Hitchcock efforts such as NUMBER SEVENTEEN and
Joseph Losey films ACCIDENT, THE SERVANT, and THE CONCRETE
Duvall in TENDER MERCIES
CREEK, PLENTY, FRANCES, and the 120 min BAD BOYS starring
horror films, THEATRE OF DEATH, DARK EYES OF LONDON
and CIRCUS OF HORRORS
classic 1945 DEAD OF NIGHT
HOUND OF DRACULA!!!
WWII films including THE SHIP THAT DIED OF SHAME, and
THE CRUEL SEA
Kurosawas RAN (2002)
Schlesinger's HONKY TONK FREEWAY
Russell's FRENCH DRESSING
Sims THE GREEN MAN
many others to be announced next week...but at last
the nine Hammer Titles
FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB
OF THE MIND
OF DRACULA (commentary by Christopher Lee and Roy Ward
THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER
IN THE NIGHT
FOR A VAMPIRE
JEYKLL AND SISTER HYDE
ON TIL MORNING
finally HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN
....take a breather Michael,
we are honored you chose to announce all of this on
Home Theater Forum's chat this evening.
happy to do it. Thanks to everyone for coming out and
if any of you are in Chicago this
weekend check out Mr. George Romero at the Gene Siskel
Film Center where he will present his new
Michael, this was a superb chat, Thank You
2000 Home Theater Forum.