Written by Steve Pattee
Published on Thursday, 07 February 2013 22:04
How many times have you come across something that you thought was gone forever, when in reality it was just hanging out in your attic. Imagine that feeling hundreds of times over and you could be Charles Band, who just discovered hundreds of VHS tapes when cleaning out his warehouse. And guess who reaps the benefit of this find? You do.
Because starting on Februarty 12th, he's selling them off.
From the press release:
Horror legend and home video pioneer Charles Band had been putting off his warehouse cleaning for years. But during a recent overhaul of his extensive collection of collectibles, he unwittingly resurrected a veritable treasure trove of vintage horror limited-edition VHS boxes coveted by horror fans and serious collectors. Starting February 12, fans will be able to purchase these original boxes with authentically duplicated VHS copies inside - at an incredibly reasonable price.
"Back in the '80s, I thought it would be cool to release these films in the oversize VHS boxes," explained Band. "In the short term, it was very successful - but by 1982 the trend had run its course and the titles were reduced back to regular VHS dimensions."
Band started Wizard Video in 1980, and was the first to release horror cult films such as Halloween, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and I Spit On Your Grave in the early days of home video.
"The kids who remember these oversized packages remember them fondly," Band continued. "The release of this collection is for them."
Over a span of 3-4 years, Wizard Video published eighty titles in the large-format boxes. Thirty-five years after the packaging's popularity died out, Band and his excavation team uncovered the original big VHS boxes of thirty-six of these rare titles in mint condition, between twohundred to four hundred copies per title. Each box will be hand-numbered on the spine and autographed by Charles Band and will include an authentically duplicated VHS copy of the film inside of a clamshell holder. Band estimates that very few of these rare videos are still in print - and no more than 5-10 thousand units were manufactured at the time.
Also found in the collection were original boxes of the first horror video games on the planet, from Wizard Video's sister company, Wizard Video Games. The Atari 2600 game boxes for Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Halloween will be released TBD 2013 from Full Moon. At the time of release, these titles were deemed too violent for children, and were either banned or sold by request-only, making them an extraordinarily rare find as well.
Every month beginning February 12, 4 titles will be on sale for $50/title at Wizard Video Collection.
February 12: RETURN OF THE ZOMBIES, TRAUMA, OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES, DEMONIAC
March 12: A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD, FEAR, BREEDERS, HEADLESS EYES
April 12: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, BLOOD CASTLE, MANDINGA,TORMENTOR
May 12: ZOMBIE, MONSTER HUNTER, SPACE VAMPIRES, THE SCREAMING DEAD
June 12: SS EXPERIMENT, DREAMANIAC, SAVAGE ISLAND, EROTIKILL
July 12: ZOMBIE LAKE, SPACE ZOMBIES, ZOMBIETHON, BEST OF SEX & VIOLENCE
August 12: FILMGORE, HELLTRAIN, POSSESSOR, FAMOUS T&A
September 12: THE INVISIBLE DEAD, BEAST, THE MISS NUDE AMERICA CONTEST, FIEND
October 12: FRAULEIN DEVIL, WHITE SLAVE, ESCAPE, PARASITE
Links: Wizard Video | Wizard Video on Facebook | Full Moon
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