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11-09-2002, 07:41 PM
Media Home Entertainment Laserdiscs?
To the point.....does anybody have any laserdiscs from the long defunct Media label from the 80's? Does anybody even know if Media released laserdisc counterparts to their regular VHS/Beta catalog? I was going through my old VHS collection the other day, compared it to my laserdisc collection, and I just realized that I had never seen any laserdiscs from Media...which I thought was kind of odd since Media was a huge player in the home video market back in the day.......
11-09-2002, 07:56 PM
Dang.....as soon as I post.....lo and behold....what do I find on Ebay....<img src="http://www.alex1951.com/dvd/014381505368.JPG"> ...:) ;) ..
....now the question is.......is THIS actually Media? Is it Image using a former Media title? Dang the plot thickens.....
You also see the 'Image Entertainment' label on that LD, right? Image was distributing lasers since the 80's. My Waxwork LD has an Image Entertainment label, and I believe it was also through Media (or maybe it's my Return of the Living Dead 2 LD).
I believe Media was just another one of the smaller studios. I think they were bought my Live, which was then bought/acquired by Artisan. The same thing happens today. Look at Dreamworks - their movies aren't often distributed by a larger studio. Man, you should have seen the LD jacket for Saving Private Ryan. There were all sorts of studio labels on that thing.
11-09-2002, 11:31 PM
I think that Image was just the LD pressing company, based on the fact that several of my LD's were released by other companies (Ed Wood by Buena Vista, Clerks by Miramax, In the Mouth of Madness and The Fog by New Line, and Two Evil Eyes by Media to name a few), but were pressed by Image. Then again, I could be mistaken about Image pressing the LD's, perhaps they were just a distributer, as Dave suggests. As to Media's 80's VHS catalog being ported to LD, I'm not sure if all of their releases got the LD treatment, but I've seen some of their titles on LD (Day of the Dead comes to mind, as Media were the first company to release it on VHS & LD domestically in 86).
I don't think Image ever pressed their own lasers. I think they always had them pressed in Japan. So yeah, Image was essentially a middle man. Studios were never all that interested in releasing their own lasers, except Sony (a nightmare - their pressing plant was shit and is known as the source for many of the rotters out there). Warner and Fox released their own at one time, but it didn't last long. And while studios never cared much for laser, they'd gladly collection the checks from Image and Pioneer.
11-15-2002, 09:09 AM
Thanks for the input guys! I have been concentrating on finding more old Media titles through newsgroups, auction listings, and so on. It seems that mostly the major Media titles (ala the NOES series) were released domestically. I did find 2 newsgroup messages of people claiming to have Japanese lasers of SLEEPAWAY CAMP.......kinda interesting..........
How's this for a Blast from the Past! I had forgotten all about this artwork!
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