Saturday, 29 January 2011

Presenting: VHS Quest

I know E-Film Blog is about to get very busy with Cinema Strange, but this feature is too tempting to pass up. VHS Quest is neatly summed up by its title, but there are a few specifics that need to be ironed out. The feature will be a series of reviews for titles that aren't currently available on DVD in the UK (R2). In some cases, they can be sourced - it's just that the company doesn't actually produce them anymore, so any DVD copies you can scrounge will be from independent sellers, and usually at an incredibly unreasonable price. Therefore, they justify an entry on VHS Quest, as that will be the easiest way to locate that particular movie. Some films in the list aren't available, to my knowledge, on any format in any region - for example, the 1991 Western Clearcut (Ryszard Bugajski), which I picked up today for just 25p. The short list below is merely a taster, as this feature will exist as long as I'm still writing and there are video tapes to be found. There may be long gaps between reviews, depending on what I can find, but rest assured - there'll always be something of interest on the VHS Quest. So, for starters (alphabetically)...

3:15 - A Time To Die (Larry Gross, 1986)
A Breed Apart (Philippe Mora, 1984)
A Return To Salem's Lot (Larry Cohen, 1987)
Action Jackson (Craig R. Baxley, 1988)
The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr. (Bryan Spicer, 1993)
Almost Heroes (Christopher Guest, 1998)
Angel Of Fury (Ackyl Anwari, 1992)
Babes In Toyland (Clive Donner, 1986)
Backflash (Philip J. Jones, 2002)
The Bedroom Window (Curtis Hanson, 1987)
The Being (Jackie Kong, 1983)
The Believers (John Schlesinger, 1987)
Billy The Kid (William A. Graham, 1989)
The Bite (aka Curse II) (Frederico Prosperi, 1989)
Bitter Harvest (Duane Clark, 1993)
Blind Fury (Phillip Noyce, 1989)
Bloody New Year (Norman J. Warren, 1987)
Body Count (Ruggero Deodato, 1987)
Cat And Mouse (Daniel Petrie, 1974)
Charlotte (aka La jeune fille assassinée) (Roger Vadim, 1974)
Chinatown Kid (Cheh Chang, 1977)
Cut And Run (Ruggero Deodato, 1985)
Cyclo (Xich lo) (Anh Hung Tran, 1995)
Dark Angel (aka I Come In Peace) (Craig R. Baxley, 1990)
Dead-End Drive In (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1986)
Deathstalker And The Warriors From Hell (Alfonso Corona, 1988)
Death Of A Snowman (Christopher Rowley, 1978)
Death Vengeance (aka Fighting Back) (Lewis Teague, 1982)
Dragon Lord (Jackie Chan, 1982)
Everyone Says I Love You (Woody Allen, 1996)
Fallen Angels (Wong Kar Wai, 1995)
Female Vampire (aka Erotic Kill) (Jesus Franco, 1973)
The Final Jeopardy (Michael Pressman, 1985)
The First Power (Robert Resnikoff, 1990)
Freedom Road (Ján Kadár, 1979)
Full Eclipse (Anthony Hickox, 1993)
Galaxy Of Terror (Bruce D. Clark, 1981)
Ghost Story (John Irvin, 1981)
Hawkeye (George Chung, 1988)
Hot Pursuit (Willem van Batenburg, 1983)
The Iron Triangle (Eric Weston, 1989)
J'embrasse Pas (André Téchiné, 1991)
Killzone (David A. Prior, 1985)
Knight Moves (Carl Schenkel, 1992)
The Lair Of The White Worm (Ken Russell, 1988)
The Last Electric Knight (James Fargo, 1986) / 2½ Dads (Tony Bill, 1986)
The Legacy (Richard Marguand, 1978)
The Little Dragons (Curtis Hanson, 1979)
Love, Cheat & Steal (William Curran, 1993)
Magic Cop (Qu mo jing cha) (Tung Wei, 1990)
Necropolis (Bruce Hickey, 1987)
Nine Deaths Of The Ninja (Emmett Alston, 1985)
Orgy Of The Dead (Stephen C. Apostolof, 1965)
Power 98 (Jaime Hellman, 1996)
The Principal (Christopher Cain, 1987)
Prison On Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
Rage And Honor (Terence H. Winkless, 1992)
Resort To Kill (aka Immortal Combat) (Dan Neira, 1994)
Return Of The Living Dead 3 (Brian Yuzna, 1993)
The Revenge Of Al Capone (Michael Pressman, 1989)
Ring Of The Musketeers (John Paragon, 1992)
Roadhouse 66 (John Mark Robinson, 1985)
Rooftops (Robert Wise, 1989)
Salome's Last Dance (Ken Russell, 1988)
Sandinista (aka One Man Out) (Michael Kennedy, 1989)
Sewage Baby (Francis Teri, 1990)
Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992)
Spyder (Joe Mari Avellana, 1988)
The Stand-In (Tay Garnett, 1937)
The Stone Killer (Michael Winner, 1973)
Straight Time (Ulu Grosbard, 1978)
Sword Of The Bushido (Adrian Carr, 1990)
Technosapiens (aka Shadow Warriors) (Lamar Card, 1995)
Thursday's Game (Robert Moore, 1974)
Truckers (Jackie Cockle, Chris Taylor, Francis Vose, 1992)
Twice Under (Dean Crow, 1990)
The Uninvited (Greydon Clark, 1988)
Venom (Piers Haggard, 1981)
Warrior Queen (Chuck Vincent, 1987)
Waxwork II: Lost In Time (Anthony Hickox, 1992)
Wedlock (Lewis Teague, 1991)
Whore (Ken Russell, 1991)
Wild Search (Ringo Lam, 1989)
Zachariah (George Englund, 1971)

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