I found this listing for Franco's Virgin Among the Living Dead on Amazon's Marketplace last week. The odd thing is the only official stateside video release of the film before Image's DVD was an awful looking cheapie VHS from EDDE Entertainment/T-Z Video issued in 1993. I had no idea who "Careyvision Ltd." was and the EDDE tape is in a basic cardboard sleeve instead of a clamshell case. The tally was only $5.95 so I chanced it figuring at "worst" it was some bootleg. This arrived yesterday:
Awesome! It's a British VHS from 1985! It's also in excellent shape with no damage or fading to the cover art. The case is even "MADE IN ENGLAND". I go over the the BBFC's database and find this listing. 88 minute PAL runtime, probably 91-92 minutes in NTSC. The two Brit releases after this one are also cut in comparison. Though this film has a real checkered past, so it's hard to say this is uncut or what. I found a "Video Xchange" in London, seen here. I didn't try to view the tape yesterday due to severe thunderstorms, but I assumed nothing would show up since I don't have a PAL-compatible VCR.
I threw it in today not expecting much, but it played in all three of my units. I didn't tread past the credits and the only studio indicator was "Cinema Shares Ltd. Distribution". Being that a picture appeared, it has to be a NTSC video standard tape, not PAL like all British VHS and DVDs are. It's also not a dup from the EDDE VHS:
I've seen NTSC editions of European VHS releases before, but only things like documentaries, arthouse films, and performance arts stuff released by little esoteric studios. Never have I seen a horror flick released this way. Though I'm unsure exactly what's the deal. The case, cover, and tape all look and "feel" 100% vintage, so unless a bootlegger went to untold extraordinary lengths to make this (which I hightly doubt), this tape is extremely unique and immediately moves to the top spot of my collection's most valuable tape.