MGM: My DVD want list (American Internation Pictures)

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  1. Eugene Esterly

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    Vampira
    Food of the Gods
    Blacula
    Blood Bath
    Blood of Dracula
    Cannibal Girls
    Blood and Lace
    Door-to-Door Maniac
    Earth vs. the Spider
    Gas-s-s-s
    Gorp
    Haunted Palace
    Horror House
    I Was a Teenage Frankenstein
    I Was a Teenage Werewolf
    Incredible Melting Man
    Jennifer the Snake Goddess
    Love at First Bite
    Maciste contro il vampiro
    Madhouse (1974 movie)
    Matango
    Burn, Witch, Burn!
    Raven
    Return of Count Yorga
    Rolling Thunder
    Scream, Blacula, Scream!
    Scream... and Die!
    Seizure
    Sugar Hill
    Tales from the Crypt (1972 movie)
    Tentacoli
    Town That Dreaded Sundown
    War of the Colossal Beast
    ¿Quién puede matar a un niño?

    Theses movies need to be released on DVD in their OAR.
     
  2. Rex Bachmann

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    Already announced by MGM/UA as "Midnight Movie" double-features are:

    (a) The Haunted Palace/Tower of London "(featuring new interviews with director Roger Corman and producer Gene Corman)"

    and

    (b) Comedy of Terrors/The Raven "(both featuring new interviews with screenwriter Richard Matheson and director Roger Corman, plus a rare promotional record featuring the voices of Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Paul Frees)".

    These and the other August 26, 2003 "Midnight Movie" releases are "presented in anamorphic widescreen . . . . [at SRP] $14.95 a pop".
     
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    Unfortunately, a few of the cool AIP titles on Eugene's list are likely outside of MGM's control:

    I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN
    I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF
    EARTH VS. THE SPIDER
    WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST
    BLOOD OF DRACULA

    These, as well as several of AIP's other 1950s films (THE SHE CREATURE, IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER, SORORITY GIRL, INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN, THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED, MACHINE GUN KELLY, THE UNDEAD, TEENAGE CAVEMAN, etc.), are currently owned by the estates of Sam Arkoff (run by his son) and James Nicholson (run by his widow, former AIP starlet Susan Hart). Unless MGM manages to license the films from these estates, they won't be releasing them on DVD any time soon, or perhaps the Arkoff and/or Nicholson estates may decide to license the films to another DVD company. Time will tell

    A few of these films (HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER, EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST and THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED) are going to debut as legit DVDs in the U.K. soon, so they may well be announced for R1 DVD release sometime in the near future, but whether this could be through MGM is not clear at this point.

    I could be wrong, but I believe that the home video rights to TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972) belong to Warner Home Video these days (ditto the sequel, VAULT OF HORROR (1973); both were previously in Fox's hands for some period of time). I seriously doubt MGM currently has them, though.

    Also, the North American rights to MATANGO (1963, a.k.a. ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE) probably have reverted to Toho Studios within the last few years (along with other Toho films imported by A.I.P., like GODZILLA VS. THE THING (1964), ATRAGON (1963), GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER (1972) and THE LOST WORLD OF SINBAD (1964)). Such has been the case with most of their other 1950s-1970s monster/sci-fi/horror films. I'd sure like to have it on a subbed & dubbed widescreen DVD, along witm many other genre Toho faves.

    As for my "A.I.P. from MGM" wish list, I would like to see these on DVD:

    ALAKAZAM THE GREAT (1961)
    BURN, WITCH, BURN! (1962)
    PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (1962)
    THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964)
    THE TIME TRAVELERS (1964)
    WILD IN THE STREETS (1968)
    UP IN THE CELLAR (1970 a.k.a. THREE IN THE CELLAR)
    THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT (1971)
    SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (1976)
    ROLLING THUNDER (1977)
     
  4. Rex Bachmann

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    To the lists provided above

    I would add

    (a) Queen of Blood (a.k.a., Planet of Blood) (AIP, 1966)
    (b) Terror from the Year 5000 (AIP, 1959).


    I would be amazed to see The Undead in a quality DVD transfer from anybody.
     
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    Eugene Esterly wrote (post #1):

     

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