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Monday, September 28, 2015

Cathy's Curse (1977)


Title: Cathy's Curse (Cauchemares)
Box Tagline: She has the power to terrorize.
Starring: Alan Scarfe, Randi Allen, Beverly Murray
Directed By: Eddy Matalon
Genre: Horror
Release Year: 1977
VHS Release Year: ????
Distributors: Cinema International Corporation (CIC)
Box Type: Slipcase
Catalog #: 8380
Previews/Trailers: N/A
  • There are no company identification logos or trailers prior to the feature. The movie just begins after a brief black screen. There is however, a warning screen following the credits.
  • There is no date of this release on the box or label.
  • This film has been released on VHS several times, notably from Planet Video in 1982 and Continental Video in 1985. (Source: VHSCollector.com)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

K-9000 (1991)


Title: K-9000
Box Tagline: Man's best friend. Crime's worst enemy. The dog of the future is here.
Starring: Chris Mulkey, Catherine Oxenberg, Dennis Haysbert, Judson Scott, Jerry Houser
Directed By: Kim Manners
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy (Unintentional)
Release Year: 1991
VHS Release Year: 1991
Distributors: Nova Home Video; Fries Home Video
Box Type: Slipcase
Catalog #: NO63418
Previews/Trailers: (1) Xtro II: The Second Encounter
  • Written by Steven E. de Souza, yes, the same guy who wrote Die Hard and The Running Man. 
  • Originally a 1989 pilot that failed for the FOX network.  Released on VHS in 1991.
  • Features a preview for the 1990 Jan Micheal Vincent sci-fi flick, Xtro II: The Second Encounter.
  • The Fries Home Video logo appears on the back of the box and the Fries Distribution Company ident appears after the Xtro II trailer and again after the credits. The Nova Home Video ident appears before the trailer.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Snake Eater III: His Law (1992)



Title: SNAKE EATER III...HIS LAW
Box Tagline: No rules. No system. No mercy.
Starring: Lorenzo Lamas, Minor Mustain, Tracey Cook, Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow
Directed By: George Erschbamer
Release Year: 1992
VHS Release Year: 1992
Distributor: CFP Video, Cineglobe Video Inc.
Box Type: Slipcase
Catalog #: 11264
Trailers/Previews: N/A

  • Released in 1992 by C/FP Video and as indicated by the sticker on the back box, "exclusively distributed in Canada by Cineglobe Video Inc".
  • There are no trailers/previews prior to the feature.
  • Available in both SP & EP/SLP modes.
  • Features a role by WWF Legend, Bam Bam Bigelow.
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Phantom Of The Opera (1989)

    Title: Phantom Of The Opera
    Box Tagline: N/A
    Starring: Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Bill Nighy, Alex Hyde-White, Terrence Harvey
    Directed By: Dwight H. Little
    Genre: Horror
    Release Year: 1989
    VHS Release Year: 1990
    Distributor: Columbia Pictures Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 77013
    Previews/Trailers: (1) Leatherface:Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    Captured (1999)


    Title: Captured
    Box Tagline: Evil Is In The Driver's Seat.
    Starring: Nick Mancuso, Andrew Divoff, Linda Hoffman, Seth Peterson, Michael Mahonen
    Directed By: Peter Liapis
    Genre: Thriller
    Release Year: 1998
    VHS Release Year: 1999
    Distributor: b'heivjə(r) Distribution
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 99046
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Idents(1) Warning Screen (English/French); (2) Image Organization (Logo Ident)

    Last Updated: Feb. 9, 2014

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    She (1983)

    Title: She
    Box Tagline: Sandahl Begman Tempted Conan And Now She Is Ready To Take On The World!
    Starring: Sandahl Bergman (Conan The Barbarian), David Goss (Armed Response), Quin Kessler (Modern Girls); David Brandon (Stage Fright)
    Directed By: Avi Nesher
    Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic, Sword And Sorcery
    Release Year: 1983
    VHS Release Year: 1986 (Reissue)
    Distributor: Lightning Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: LA 9925
    Previews/Trailers: (1) Yellow Hair And The Fortress Of Gold (1984); (2) The Dungeonmaster (AKA Ragewar) (1984) (These Two Trailers Follow The Feature)
    Idents/Logos: (1) A Release Of Lightning Video (Address Text Screen); (2) Warning Screen; (3) Lightning Video Logo Ident;  (4) Text Screen featuring "If You  Enjoyed This Entertainment A Preview Of Other Lightning  Video Films Appears At The End Of This Tape"; (5) MMI (Muller Media, Inc. Television Distribution Ident Logo; After the trailers that follow the feature are...(6) Text Screen with the "For More Information Write to Lightning Video..."; (7) Lightning Video Logo Ident (Closes Tape) 
    Other VHS Releases: Live Home Video (1989)

    Last Updated: Feb. 10, 2014

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    The Manhattan Project:The Deadly Game (1986)

    Title: The Manhattan Project: The Deadly Game
    Box Tagline: N/A
    Starring: John Lithgow (Harry & The Hendersons), Cynthia Nixon (Amadeus, Sex & The City), Christopher Collet (Sleepaway Camp), Jill Eikenberry (L.A. Law), Timothy Carhart (Thelma & Louise), John Mahoney (Say Anything, Frasier)
    Directed By: Marshall Brickman
    Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
    Release Year: 1986
    VHS Release Year: 1986
    Distributor: HBO Cannon Video
    Box Type: Hard Plastic Clam shell
    Catalog #: TVA 3907
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Idents: 1.FBI Warning; 2. HBO Cannon Video; 3. Cannon; 4. Gladden Entertainment Corporation
    Other VHS Reissues: HBO Home Video (Slipcase)Republic Home Video (1998)

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Night Angel (1990)



    Title: Night Angel
    Box Tagline: An Ancient Evil Has Awakened And Lust Is Her Lifeforce...
    Starring: Isa Andersen, Linden Ashby, Debra Feuer, Helen Martin, Karen Black
    Directed By: Dominique Othenin-Girard
    Genre: Horror
    Release Year: 1990
    VHS Release Year: 1990
    Distributor: Fries Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 96000
    Previews/Trailers: Pucker Up And Bark Like A Dog (1990) (Follows the feature)

    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Swamp Thing (1982)

    Title: Swamp Thing
    Box Tagline: Science Made Him Into Monster. Loved Changed Him Even More!
    Starring: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, Dick Durock
    Directed By: Wes Craven
    Genre: Horror
    Release Year: 1982
    VHS Release Year: 1986
    Distributor: Embassy Home Entertainment
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 1605
    Previews/Trailers: N/A

  • 1986 cardboard slipcase reissued by Embassy Home Entertainment.
  • The "Gold" Embassy Home Entertainment Ident precedes the feature. The FBI warning appears after the end credits.
  • Like all North American VHS releases, this is the U.S. theatrical version without the extra footage of Adrienne Barbeau's nude bathing scene.
  • Contains no previews/trailers.
  • Other versions of Swamp thing on VHS are the original 1982 Embassy clamshell (With the white Embassy ident preceding the feature), and the 2000 MGM Movietime reissue from MGM Home Entertainment. I do not own the 2000 MGM Movietime release but I'm assuming MGM used the extended International cut that they used for the DVD release that features the longer Adrienne Barbeau nude bathing scene.
  • Last updated: Sept. 28, 2015

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Space Mutiny (1988)


    Title: Space Mutiny (A.K.A.Mutiny In Space)
    Box Tagline: There is nowhere to hide from the enemy within!
    Starring: Reb Brown, Cissy Cameron, John Philip Law, James Ryan, Cameron Mitchell
    Directed By: David Winters & Neal Sundstrom
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Release Year: 1988
    VHS Release Year: 1989
    Distributor: AIP Home Video Inc./Nova Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: A-7004
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A


  • Released in 1989 by AIP Studios and distributed exclusively in Canada by Nova Home Video.
  • Film is also known as "Mutiny In Space".
  • Gained fame from being featured on a Nov. 1997 episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
  • The space battle scenes are stock footage special effects from the 70's TV series, "Battlestar Galactica".
  • Features no trailers.
  • The Nova Home Video logo appears on the cassette sticker label but not on the box.
  • Thursday, May 09, 2013

    Conquest Of The Earth (1981)

    Title: Conquest Of The Earth
    Box Tagline: N/A
    Starring: Lorne Greene, Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Robyn Douglass, Wolfman Jack
    Directed By: Sidney Hayers, Sigmund Neufeld, Jr., Barry Crane
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Release Year: 1981
    VHS Release Year: 1982
    Distributor: MCA Videocassette Inc.
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 66041
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A

  • Released in 1982 by MCA Videocassette Inc.
  • This is an edited telefilm featuring a few minutes of new footage as well as the "Galactica 1980" episodes, "Galactica Discovers Earth" and "The Night The Cylons Ended", and the original series episode, "The Young Lords".
  • Some music was rescored for this home video version.
  • The MCA Videocassette Inc. ident precedes the feature.
  • This telefilm was reissued a few times from MCA/Universal Home Video, notably in 1988 and 1990. 
  • Like most MCA and Later Universal Home Video releases, Canadian versions featured a "MCA Videocassette Canada" sticker covering the U.S. legal info on the back of the box as to not have to manufacture new boxes for each country.
  • Wednesday, May 08, 2013

    Battlestar Galactica: The Magnificent Warriors (1978)

    Title: Battlestar Galactica: The Magnificent Warriors
    Box Tagline: N/A
    Starring: Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch, Lorne Greene, Noah Hathaway, Brett Somers, Rance Howard
    Directed By: Christian I. Nyby II
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Release Year: 1978
    VHS Release Year: 1991
    Distributor: MCA/Universal Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 80236
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A

  • Released in 1991 by MCA/Universal Home Video.
  • Features "The Magnificent Warriors", episode 8 of the 1978-79 TV series, "Battlestar Galactica", which originally aired November 12, 1978.
  • This is one of the most comedic and lighthearted episodes of the original series, mainly due to Brett Somers as Siress Belloby. Somers was a regular on the game show, Match Game.
  • The MCA Home Video ident precedes the feature.

  • Last updated: Feb. 9, 2014

    Tuesday, May 07, 2013

    Battlestar Galactica: The Lost Warrior (1978)


    Title: Battlestar Galactica: The Lost Warrior
    Box Tagline: N/A
    Starring: Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch, Lorne Greene, Johnny Timko, Katherine Cannon, Rex Cutter
    Directed By: Rod Holcomb
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Release Year: 1978
    VHS Release Year: 1990
    Distributor: MCA/Universal Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 80235
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A


  • Released in 1990 by MCA/Universal Home Video.
  • Features "The Lost Warrior", episode 4 of the 1978-79 TV series, "Battlestar Galactica", which originally aired October 8, 1978.
  • Although it has many flaws, this episode is memorable with fans of the original series.
  • The MCA Home Video ident precedes the feature.


  • Last Updated: Nov. 16, 2014

    Monday, May 06, 2013

    Battlestar Galactica: The Long Patrol (1978)



    Title: Battlestar Galactica: The Long Patrol 
    Box Tagline: N/A
    Starring: Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch, Lorne Greene, Maren Jensen, Ian Abercrombie
    Directed By: Chris Nyby (Christian I. Nyby II)
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Release Year: 1978
    VHS Release Year: 1991
    Distributor: MCA/Universal Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 80233
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A


  • Released in 1991 by MCA/Universal Home Video.
  • Features "The Long Patrol", episode 5 of the 1978-79 TV series, "Battlestar Galactica", which originally aired October 15, 1978.
  • Along with "The Lost Warrior" and "The Hand Of God", this is one of the most popular episodes of the series.
  • The MCA/Universal Home Video ident precedes the episode.
  • Sunday, May 05, 2013

    Battlestar Galactica (1978)



    Title: Battlestar Galactica
    Box Tagline: N/A
    Starring: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Rick Springfield, John Colicos, Jane Seymour
    Directed By: Richard A. Colla, Alan Levi
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Release Year: 1978
    VHS Release Year: 1985
    Distributor: MCA Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 66011
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A

  • Released by MCA Home Video in 1985.
  • The MCA Home Video ident precedes the feature.
  • This is the 2 hour, 5 minute "Theatrical" version and does not have the epilogue in which Baltar is spared by the Cylons, that scene leads into the TV series. This version features the death of Baltar. The "TV" version with the Baltar scenes, and others added was broadcast as part of the TV series, in 1978 as "Saga Of A Star World".
  • Contains no trailers.


  • Title: Battlestar Galactica
    Box Tagline: N/A
    Starring: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Rick Springfield, John Colicos, Jane Seymour
    Directed By: Richard A. Colla, Alan Levi
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Release Year: 1978
    VHS Release Year: 1990
    Distributor: MCA/Universal Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 66011
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A

  • Reissued by MCA/Uiversal Home Video in 1990.
  • The MCA/Universal ident precedes the feature.
  • Contains No Trailers.
  • Like the 1985 release, this reissue is the "Theatrical" version.
  • Saturday, May 04, 2013

    Instant Justice (1986)

    Title: Instant Justice
    Box Tagline: The boldest, brashest, All-American movie this side of basic training.
    Starring: Michael Pare, Tawny Kitaen, Charles Napier, Peter Crook
    Directed By: Craig T. Rumar
    Genre: Action
    Release Year: 1986
    VHS Release Year: 1987
    Distributor: Warner Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 11672
    Previews/Trailers: U.S. (Over The Top (1987), Lethal Weapon (1987)); Canada (N/A)
    Extras: N/A

  • Canadian version Released in 1987 by Warner Home Video.
  • Although the boxes for both countries appear to be the same, the U.S. release contains trailers for "Over The Top" and "Lethal Weapon", the Canadian release features no trailers.
  • The U.S. release features the WB ident prior to the feature, the Canadian release does not feature the ident.

  • Last Edited: Feb. 9, 2014

    Friday, May 03, 2013

    Shadow Warriors: Assault On Death Mountain (1999)


    Box Tagline: Every job has it's price. Even revenge.
    Starring: Terry "Hulk" Hogan, Shannon Tweed, Carl Weathers, Martin Kove, Lisa Schrage
    Directed By: Jon Cassar
    Genre: Action
    Release Year: 1999
    VHS Release Year: 1999
    Distributor: Alliance Atlantis
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: ARV 2790
    Previews/Trailers: eXistenZ (1999) 
    Extras: N/A

  • Released by Alliance Atlantis in Canada in 1999. 
  • Features the theatrical trailer for eXistenZ starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law.
  • Made for TV film which originally aired on TNT.
  • Also known as "Assault On Death Mountain".
  • Even though this is the second TV film featuring the Mike McBride character and his Special Ops team, for some reason, the U.S. version was released on VHS and DVD in 2000 as "Shadow Warriors" and it's 1997 precursor, "Assault On Devil's Island" with Billy Drago, was released as "Shadow Warriors 2" in 2001 from Spartan Home Entertainment.
  • Thursday, May 02, 2013

    Blindside (1987)



    Title: Blindside 
    Box Tagline: First, he was paid to watch her. Now he'd pay any price to have her.
    Starring: Harvey Keitel, Lori Hallier, Lolita Davidovich, Michael Rudder
    Directed By: Paul Lynch
    Genre: Suspense/Thriller
    Release Year: 1987
    VHS Release Year: 1988
    Distributor: Charter Entertainment
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 90237
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A

  • Released by Charter Entertainment in the U.S. in 1988. 
  • The Canadian VHS was released by Norstar Home Video in 1987.
  • There are no trailers on this release.
  • As of this writing, this film is not yet available on Region 1 DVD.
  • IMDB has ths film listed as being released in 1986 but the end credits copyright states 1987.
  • Features an early role from Lolita Davidovich.
  • Wednesday, May 01, 2013

    The Sweater (1980)



    Title: The Sweater
    Box Tagline: Based On The Popular Story By Roch Carrier
    Starring: Roch Carrier (Narration)
    Directed By: Sheldon Cohen
    Genre: Animation, Educational, Children
    Release Year: 1980
    VHS Release Year: 1997
    Distributor: National Film Board Of Canada Home Video
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: H0180079
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A

  • Released in Canada in 1997 by NFB (National Film Board Of Canada Home Video).
  • Due to the short's educational significance, there are several versions of this animated short released on VHS throughout the 80's and 90's, in English and French single format with various covers and in compilation sets from The National Film Board Of Canada (NFB). It was also released several times on DVD throughout the 2000's.
  • The short can be found on the compilation VHS tapes: 
  • "Canadian literature : short stories Vol. 1" (1980)
    "Roch Carrier: Storyteller Supreme" (Excerpts only) (1991)
    "Speaking Of Canada" (1992)
    "Five Transformations" (1991)
    "A Christmas Gift" (1980)
    "50 for 50: Vol. 1, Cassette 4: Children's Choice" (1989)

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    The Lords Of Magick (1988)


    Title: The Lords Of Magick 
    Box Tagline: An evil sorcerer has captured the beautiful princess...To free her, two brothers join forces in the adventure of a lifetime. They are...The Lords Of Magick
    Starring: Jarrett Parker, Mark Gauthier, Brendan Dillon Jr., David Snow, Ruth Zakarian
    Directed By: David Marsh
    Genre: Fantasy
    Release Year: 1988
    VHS Release Year: 1989
    Distributor: Prism Entertainment
    Country of VHS release: USA, Canada
    Box Type: Slipcase
    Catalog #: 6651
    Previews/Trailers: N/A
    Extras: N/A
    • Direct-to-video and also shot on video released in 1989 by Prism Entertainment.
    • A perfect example of misleading cover art. Great cover, terrible movie.
    • The box art probably cost more than the movie itself.
    •  Some copies feature a trailer for "Face Of The Enemy" (1989).  The copy I have doesn't feature any trailers.
    • Gained a bit of  notoriety when it was reviewed on an episode of  The Spoony Experiment in 2011.
    • Not surprisingly, as of this writing, this movie is not available on region 1 DVD.