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Do books on directors help get their movies on DVD?


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#1 of 1 Mark Edward Heuck

Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted August 30 2005 - 01:18 AM

There has been lots of verified and unverified talk about Anchor Bay reissuing a batch of Mario Bava films, and it seems to me that there is an unofficial plan to time it to the release of Tim Lucas' long-awaited tome on Bava ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK. Obviously, this is not a book that's going to burn up the New York Times chart (though in a perfect world, it would), but it is safe to say that if the book sells well it sends a message to Anchor Bay that there are Bava fans out there with disposable income.
Do the studios pay attention to publishing in such a manner as to have releases ready when a book is released? I'm beginning to think that maybe the best way to get some favorite unreleased titles out there is to have a book about them as a bully pulpit. For example, I'm seriously thinking about writing a book on Peter Collinson just to try forcing some of his hard-to-see films onto DVD, especially his four unreleased Paramount titles (THE PENTHOUSE, UP THE JUNCTION, THE LONG DAYS DYING, and INNOCENT BYSTANDERS).
"As I looked back over my life, I realized that I enjoyed nothing--not art, not sex--more than going to the movies." -- Gore Vidal