Favorite 80s Video Company

Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by Hellbilly, Jun 9, 2003.

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  1. Media Home Entertainment

    17 vote(s)
    23.9%
  2. TWE

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Wizard Video

    7 vote(s)
    9.9%
  4. Vestron Video

    33 vote(s)
    46.5%
  5. Lightning Video

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  6. Embassy

    2 vote(s)
    2.8%
  7. Thorn EMI

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Republic

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  9. Academy

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. MCEG Virgin

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Key Video

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Vista Video

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. United Video

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  14. Charter Entertainment

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  15. Sony Video

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Prism

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  17. I.V.E.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Thriller Video

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  19. Continental Video

    2 vote(s)
    2.8%
  20. others

    4 vote(s)
    5.6%
  1. fattyjoe37

    fattyjoe37 Well-Known Member

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    I voted for Media, but it's followed closely by Vestron.
     
  2. Chad

    Chad Member

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    In no particular order:

    Wizard
    Vestron
    Embassy
     
  3. bwana the clown

    bwana the clown Supreme Ruler Of Sados

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    Yeah! Palace Explosive in particular! (none of that arty farty Palace Academy crap). I used to have a huge collection of ex-rental tapes and devoted the top shelf to my PE titles (they looked real nice too).

    And it was always fun to see what trailers were on them. I can still to this day recite word for word the trailers for Night Of The Zombies, Madman, and The House On Sorority Row because of Palace Explosive.
     
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    Does anyone know the full list of titles that Palace Explosive released ? I have tried googling but nothing shows up. I remember buying 2 tapes new back in the early 80's, on Beta format. Bloodsucking Freaks and I Spit On Your Grave. Wish I still had them, but stupidly traded them a few years later for some other stuff which I can't even recall.
     
  5. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    Media first, Vestron second and a nice appreciation for the previously mentioned Paragon who brought me "Funeral Home", "Gates of Hell" and otherz.
     
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    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

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    Vestron for me - too many awesome memories. Media is a close second, then Lightning.
     
  7. Shlockjock81

    Shlockjock81 New Member

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    I had to go with Media on this one. I still remember the first times I rented Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. I was about 10 or 11 (still a chicken-shit and sorta new to horror at the time), and I can almost remember the smell of those silver-labeled vhs tapes as I pried them out of their cases; almost too terrified to put them in my VHS player.

    I'm surprised I'm not seeing any love for Continental on here. Scalps! Nightmare! The Slayer! Terror on Tape!!
     
  8. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Tie between Lightning and Vestron (voted for Lightening though), although there are so many great home video labels. T'was a glorious time for horror films to be seen and discovered.
     
  9. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    I just don't know, guys. :joshua:
     
  10. evildeadfan123

    evildeadfan123 Sam & Dean Winchester

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    So many good ones. I remember Continental and their box cover art for Color Me Blood Red, which was the first movie I saw of Hershell Gordon Lewis, and now, I currently own The Blood Trilogy on Blu-Ray, A Taste of Blood, Something Weird, Wizard of Gore, The Gore Gore Girls, Gruesome Twosome. I sure miss all of them from the 80s. If it wasn't for these companies, we never would have seen any of the good Italian Horror, and other Horror movies in the 80s, so then we could watch these movies, and year's later purchase them on DVD, then upgrade to Blu-Ray.
     
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    evildeadfan123 Sam & Dean Winchester

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    I forgot She Devils on Wheels. The only thing about the 80s, was some of the direct-to-video horror films, might have been chessy, at least they were actual makeup effects and not CGI effects, which most low budget horror film makers are resorting to know. Maybe that's why I'm a fan of some 60s horror, but especially 70s and 80s horror.
     
  12. Hellbilly

    Hellbilly Active Member

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    :eek:

    Too bad they still went under years later. I miss browsing video stores and checking out their latest releases. Wish I still had that Vestron Video mini-catalogue/booklet they put out in the mid-80s. I've googled and checked e-bay over the years but its like it never existed.
     
  13. Dobby

    Dobby Well-Known Member

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    Damn folks why no love for continental? That is the only company l vaguely can even remember.
     
  14. CPT HOOK

    CPT HOOK Well-Known Member

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    Looking at my VHS collection, I voted for Prism. Then again, that's probably because so many of those never made it to DVD.

    Prior to DVD, I probably would have said Media.
     
  15. Dobby

    Dobby Well-Known Member

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    Actually some of prism movies made it to DVD. Like Dominique is dead among many others can be found in cheap movie packs. Most of which were released by bci several years ago.
     
  16. CPT HOOK

    CPT HOOK Well-Known Member

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    Yes, several of them have made it to DVD. Cheerleader Camp, Blood Hook, There's Nothing Out There, Hell High, Bloody Birthday, etc.

    But there are still a bunch that haven't. Just looking through my VHS shelf:

    Shallow Grave
    Iced
    Berserker
    Last Dance
    Bikini Island
    Junior
    Master Blaster
    Demon Wind
    Open House
    Phantom Of The Ritz



    Virgin Vision also released a lot of really fun stuff. Also AIP (Action International Pictures), who released a lot of awful guilty pleasures that I love.
     

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