Any news on Monster Squad?...

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  1. todd s

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    Has anything new appeared about this coming to dvd? The last we heard was that Pacific Family Entertainment was going to release it. But, as most know they are the company behind the excellent Final Countdown release [​IMG]
     
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    Perhaps you should clarify that Pacific Family Entertainment were behind the first release of The Final Countdown, which was essentially a bootleg.

    The last I heard was with an interview with the director, and he claims it's held up in rights hell.
     
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    dang, another Halloween without this gem [​IMG]
     
  4. todd s

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    Chad, I know. I was just being sarcastic. That PFE release was worse than a bootleg. [​IMG]
     
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    An entry has appeared at Amazon. Leave your email address behind to help vote. Amazon must know who's releasing this on DVD. This sign is usually good news.

    Monster Squad
     
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    No, it isn't. Amazon usually adds films to their site when they have been requested enough that they believe doing so will give them an added advantage in finding sales if/when a title is released. Films like Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Passenger" and John Frankenheimer's "Grand Prix" have had email update entries for years now.

    Trust me, I want Monster Squad as much or more than the next guy (been one of my top ten since I saw it in 1987), but we are no closer to a release now than we were when PFE jumped in. Fred Dekker (director/co-writer) discussed the matter recently explaining that there is still too much confusion as to who actually owns it, which is the response Anchor Bay gave about 4 years ago.

    Honestly, I still check every Monster Squad-related thread that appears on this site with zero expectations because I'm that desperate.
     
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    There was a rumor reported on IGN this past summer that Anchor Bay had the rights, but in a recent chat, an Anchor Bay rep said that wasn't true. Too bad.
     
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    Well then it's a good thing. It popped up last month.
     
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    Has Monster Squad ever been released in widescreen anywhere? I'm down with importing a Japanese LD if that's what it takes... tired of waiting.
     
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    I don't think so. I read an interview with the director (can't remember where) and he talked about the lack of DVD, mentioning how great the film looked lbx. Also said he had plenty of material for a special edition...
     
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    How is it possible that the director of the film than, is unaware of which studio holds rights to it?
     
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    Because a studio doesn't necessarily own the rights.

    Some guy could have willed it to his niece or something. I remember how the Hemdale auction was advertised in Premiere back in '94 or '95. If you had a few hundred thousand bucks, or maybe less, you could go and buy "Don't Tell Her It's Me." (It's just a masquerade).

    There's nothing Dekker can do if Marvin J. Himplikl of Topeka, Kansas owns it.

    Whichever site has the interview with him referenced in my post and further up, I think he talks about some of the trouble "Squad" had just getting on video through Vestron. It wasn't really a Tri-Star release or something... Someone else had it before that, I think.

    Regardless, ever since I saw the 1990s VHS release with 2.35:1 credits, I've wanted this one letterboxed... Anchor Bay UK maybe.
     
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    The Japanese laserdisc is widescreen and has been ported to DVD. [​IMG]
     
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    Find the guy who has the masters and you've found who owns the rights. [​IMG]
     
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    perhaps next Halloween [​IMG]
     
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    Anchor Bay ought to annouce that they are going to release the film on DVD, then sit back and wait for the phone to ring. This shouldn't put the DVD into production, just simply send out a message to the owner.


    Not necessisarily; the guy with the contract owns the rights. The O-neg is probably with Live/Artisan, who probably own the DVD rights.

    The UK rights might be with Optimum Releasing:
    www.optimumreleasing.com/titles.php4

    E-mail: [email protected]

    They have distributed several Vestron films on DVD in the UK.
     
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    That's the interview everyone's talking about.

    Choice excerpts:


    Spelling has since gone to Paramount, right?

    Which means we need Paramount's addresses to get something going... Where's that Martin Blythe guy?
     
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    Lost in some vault I gather still sifting around for "lost" footage for the Friday the 13th films.

    :echo:

    :Echo:
     
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    They don't.
     

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