While his name may be unfamiliar to many, Jay Douglas’ contributions to our beloved horror DVD community certainly aren’t. Jay was truly a pioneer and his work at Anchor Bay in the late 90s helped bring so many classic and underrepresented horror and cult titles to the masses. While I loved horror movies as a kid growing up in the 80s, DVD was really my first introduction to the world of horror that existed just outside the mainstream. Anchor Bay’s output during the time that Jay was at the helm exposed me to so many directors and films that I never knew existed. And films that I knew and loved from VHS and cable were suddenly seen in a new light with stunning widescreen transfers and a wealth of bonus features. It was that newfound love and appreciation for those shiny plastic discs that brought me to HorrorDVDs.com originally and eventually helped shape my career. Fortunately, I had the honor of meeting Jay about 15 years ago and we stayed in contact ever since. We would talk every couple weeks and my face would always light up when I’d pick up the phone and hear his voice. Jay was so humble and always so kind. He loved film and couldn’t wait to talk about the newest titles coming from CAV and the many labels he represented - labels like Synapse, Severin, Grindhouse and Mondo Macabro. I was heartbroken to hear that Jay passed away suddenly this morning. I wish I could talk to him one more time to tell him just how much I admire him, respect him and appreciate his friendship. Since I can’t do that, I instead wanted to take the time to remember him here on HorrorDVDs. Without Jay, I don’t know if I would be the horror fan that I am today. His legacy will live on forever through all of those shiny plastic discs that we all know and love. Rest In Peace, Jay.