Friday, January 8

Pre-order the House of the Devil VHS/DVD Combo

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I first noticed this awesome news tidbit at Zombie DON'T Run and it's being reported all over originally arriving via Dread Central (front/back/tape pics at the link). Dark Sky Films have sent out promo copies of The House of the Devil on VHS in a retro clamshell case! They even went as far as to emulate Gorgon Video's usual clamshell art design and release the film through Gorgon since MPI act as the owner and distributor of both studios. Can you say fucking awesome? EDIT: I see Amazon just threw up a picture of the bundle on their listing! The VHS is indeed from Gorgon Video/MPI!

Most articles don't mention that Amazon has a DVD/VHS "promo bundle" up for pre-order the same day the DVD and Blu-ray editions are sent to bow. Here's the non-affiliate Amazon link, buried in the e-tailer's VHS section. $33 plus shipping might seem high, but geez, just look at that damn thing! Hell, I'm contemplating pre-ordering two copies myself. I imagine the highish price is from the VHS production cost as most replicators have long since abandoned the dead format. Reminiscent of Cheap Trick's latest, "The Latest", being produced in a special 8-Track limited edition for $30 as only one place in the world was still able to produce that even deader format. Also as an aside notice how the back of the HotD VHS features a UPC, it seems funny a true promotional item would feature a barcode. Perhaps this VHS edition will be a special Best Buy promo and/or sold at little independent music/movie shops as well...

Here's Gorgon/MPI's clamshell VHS cover of Mario Bava's Bay of Blood (Twitch of the Death Nerve). Notice the overall similar layout, the back cover's CAUTION blurb, and the "Color/R" and "Approx. runtime" placement. The HotD cassette's face label also has Gorgon's logo and a logo/title/Color/runtime/FBI warning placement that matches the old clamshell tapes. Awesome!

9 comments:

James said...

That's a fantastic idea! I adore that House of the Devil artwork - perfect for those old clamshell VHS boxes.

Fear Finder said...

Holy fuck! Jayson you're a fuckin' god!

Anthony1138 said...

What an awesome idea. If only the VHS came with the BD too.

btw... that Bay of Blood VHS has one of the best covers EVER.

J. Astro said...

Verrrrry cool tip, m'man! Thanks for the heads-up!

MrJeffery said...

such a cool idea. i enjoyed the film.

DWizard said...

Man, I wish they had a VHS / BluRay bundle... that'd be sweet.

I was a huge Gorgon Video nut back in tha day(still am, actually - who can forget that Panic cover?), so don't think this isn't tempting me, but I'm strapped for cash due to the addictions and such. It's f'n tempting. But I don't think I'll go through with it. You can dedicate your extra copy to me though, if you wish, or unless that first sentence I wrote comes to be. Who knows. Still haven't seen the film, but want to.

Jayson said...

Amazon just lowered the price from $33 to $25. Just a few bucks more than the DVD alone...

Scandy Tangerine Man said...

Incredible. Thanks for the tip, Jayson!

Jay Clarke said...

I KNOW! This is batshit loco awesome, isn't it?!!!

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