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Subject: ANCHOR BAY HOME ENTERTAINMENT chat
Date: July 26, 2000
Session Start: Wed Jul 26 21:00:26 2000
[RonEpstein] At the END of this chat Michael has a surprise.... He
will announce about 15 releases from Anchor Bay. So, you'll have to
hang out to find out what they are
[RonEpstein] At this time, I would like to introduce Michael
Felsher. Mike, as you know, is from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.
[Michael_Felsher] Thanks Ron, Great to be here. Hello Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by
[RonEpstein] Please, tell us what you do over at Anchor Bay
[Michael_Felsher] I am the Internet Coordinator which is really a
fancy way of saying I manage all aspects of the current website as
well as being involved in a new website which will launch this
October. Around that time I will be in charge of managing the
release schedule around the office as well.
[RonEpstein] Thanks, Mike. Alright, I know you all have questions...
[Aaron_B] Thanks for coming... any chance of seeing Flesh &
Blood, Near Dark, or WaxWorks 1 & 2 in the near future?
[Michael_Felsher] Hey Aaron. At this time we do not have any of
those titles scheduled for release...though I gotta tell ya..NEAR
DARK would be a dream!
[Larry_Fletcher] Any update on Godzilla 1985 dvd? Any possibility of
obtaining the original ultraman series that is out on dvd in Japan
right now and releasing it here?
[Michael_Felsher] Godzilla is on hold pending the acquisition of an
uncut.. May take a while, but we still plan to have it happen. Don't
have Ultraman, but thanks for the suggestion.
[Steven_Simon] Hello, thanks for joining us tonight, could you tell
us Home Theater forum members what plans your company has as far as
DTS 5.1 audio on your dvds in the future?
[Michael_Felsher] Well with DTS it is a matter of finding titles
that would benefit strongly from it...though I am sure at some point
in the near future it will be looked into.
[Ismael] I've heard many rumors that Anchorbay has the rights or
will acquire the rights for Nightbreed and The Monster Squad , is
this true? If not any chance of getting the rights to them?
[Michael_Felsher] Ismael, both of those films are ones we'd love to
get... but at this time we don't have em.
[Jacques] Thanks for coming this evening... Can you tell us what
possible extras might be included in the titles you've thus far
licenced from Miramax?
[Michael_Felsher] I can't say yet what will be on titles for next
year, however we are planning for example to get commentary on the
upcoming NIGHTWATCH which is the original film from Ole Bornedal.
Keep checking the news on the site for extras announcements on our
forthcoming titles. Thanks!
[Wade_W] Hi Michael. I don't suppose there is any word yet on the 2
DVD set of "Watcher in the Woods"? Thanks.
[Michael_Felsher] Ah Wade...man I wish I had good news,
unfortunately it's right where it has been for the past several
months. Still we have a good relationship with the licensor and we
still hope to put it out on DVD.
[MatthewChmiel] Hello, thanks for coming tonight to answer our
questions. A few months ago, rumors started coming up (this rumor
also appeared on the Anchor Bay website) that you got the DVD rights
for 'Halloween II' and 'Halloween 6'. Is this true and if it is, are
there going to be a DVD in the soon future?
[Michael_Felsher] Oh yes that rumor...the subject of many many many
many many emails. Again this one was not true and neither is with
Anchor Bay...though anything is possible and we are VERY aware of
the interest in those two films..believe it. Thank you for this
[DanPK] Are there any plans to re-release titles that have already
been done in the past with anamorphic enhancement? I am speaking in
particular about "Halloween IV"
[Michael_Felsher] Well that will be happening with some titles from
our earlier days when things were admittedly not so good. Halloween
IV isn't a candidate at this point however...though again it is
great that we can find out what titles people want to see
re-released. thanks for that.
[Lou_R] Hi Michael. Thanks for being here and thanks to AB for all
the great DVD's to date. Any chance AB will ever do a special
edition of "Return of the Living Dead" (unmatted please!)
with extras like the extended ending (or better yet the full work
print), a cast commentary (at least with Linnea Quigley), a separate
audio track, and the rumored outtakes/gag reels? And since AB is
doing "Slugs", how about "Squirm" (the unedited
[Michael_Felsher] ROTLD was another rumor title for us, but alas not
with us..though we have looked into it. Squirm, believe it or not is
[Gus_Olvera] Tell us a little about getting SUPERGIRL together.
[Michael_Felsher] jeez that would take a day or two...but to sum it
up, it was a matter of scouring the world for materials, and thanks
to the efforts of people like Scott Michael Bosco who was our
Special Projects Consultant on the film we were able to get all we
did. The discovery of the original director's cut was actually
unexpected..it was marked in film cans in Europe that said DO NOT
USE...but the film looks fantastic...I hope you like it.
[Jason_Passon] do you have any plans to ever release Halloween 3 on
dvd? Anything would be an improvement over the Goodtimes version.
[Michael_Felsher] Yeah that one is not with us, though again we'd
love to do it. I always thought that film never got any respect. The
Rodney Dangerfield of the Halloween Series.
[Louis-Olivier] Do you have plan to release the other disc from the
Halloween limited edition as a stand alone like you did with army of
darkness? or better yet re-release the entire set?
[Michael_Felsher] Currently we are not planning to rerelease the
Limited Edition of Halloween or a separate release of the TV Version
on DVD..though a release of the TV version on VHS is most likely
going to happen next year.
[Frank_Sesma] Good evening and thank you very much for chatting with
us tonight !!! I was wondering what the chances are that you could
do a definitive release of at least one of Director Peter Jackson's
films "Braindead" (known in the U.S. as "Dead Alive").
While the U.S. "uncut" release is 97 min.'s, unfortunately
the most uncut version exists only on the 107minute R2 PAL dvd
released in Germany by Laser Paradise. If you need any information
on what's been cut, there's a detailed summary here:
[Michael_Felsher] Frank that's another one that I love too. The
rights lie in the states with Trimark, but thank you for the support
for such a release. We'll look into it...
[TerryW] DO you think you'll release obscure Argento titles like La
Porta Sul Buio or Le Cinque Giornate? Will Suspiria be a 2 disc set
or limited tin?
[Michael_Felsher] Titles like FIVE DAYS have been discussed but
isn't likely unfortunately due to some outside factors. Actually at
this time we are planning both a single disc and a limited edition
tin of SUSPIRIA for next May!
[Chris_Peltier] Do you plan to start up a Wim Wenders Collection?
[Michael_Felsher] Chris, that has been looked into and hopefully
something will happen..though at this time there isn't anything
scheduled. Thanks...A Wenders fan here too!
[JakeMinn] I was wondering if you can aquire Umbeto Lenzi's
Nightmare City and Eaten Alive... Rugero Deodato's House by the edge
of the park and Ultimo mondo canibale.. Lamberto Bava's A blade in
the Dark.. Michele Soavi's Del amorte Delamore..Too many to suggest!
Finaly will Zombie and demons get anamorphic transfers?
[Michael_Felsher] Whew..good list man!! Those are certainly films we
will investigate, if we haven't already. Demons isn't due for a
reissue at this time, though we will have Zombie back out in late
2001. The current DVD is beind discontinued at the end of the month.
[andrewking] The Spaghetti Westen 'A Bullet For The General' has two
enhlish language dubs - which for the DVD?
[Michael_Felsher] We haven't gone into production on that title
yet..it's going to be released along with KEOMA, COMPANAROS, and
TEXAS ADDIO next July..if at all possible the original language
tracks will be used. Good question, thanks
[GregStaten] One film I'd love to see on DVD that sounds right up
your alley is Laurie Anderson's HOME OF THE BRAVE. The film was
released on laserdisc by (I believe) Lumivision (not sure - I have
the Japanese import LD). Any chance???
[Michael_Felsher] Not sure who owns that one, but I will definately
pass the info along.
[Brook_K] Can you tell me your plans for A BetterTomorrow I&II
and will you be able to acquire the rights to other non-Winstar Woo
titles like Bullet in the Head?
[Michael_Felsher] We are hoping to get John Woo involved in the
releases, however we haven't been able to get with him yet. He is
currently involved in his next film. The releases are now scheduled
for early 2001 and we will have the best looking and sounding
TOMORROWs in any case. Bullet in the Head is being looked into.
[WayneReibold] Does Anchor Bay have the rights to Elvira: Mistress
of the Dark??? If so, do you have any guesstimate of a time frame it
would be released? Would the disc include any deleted scenes,
commentary by Cassandra Peterson, anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital
5.1 soundtrack, etc.?
[Michael_Felsher] Ah the lovely ELVIRA. Yes we do! We are looking at
a Spring 2001 release. Extras and specs are being investigated
currently. Ms. Petersen if you are out there, we would love to have
ya on the disc!
[JasonSeaver] I noticed the other day that my "Jeeves &
Wooster" tapes were distributed by Anchor Bay. Do you have the
rights to those on DVD, and if so, what's the holdup? :)
[Michael_Felsher] I do not believe those will be coming out on DVD
from us, though I will look into it.
[BruceW] Since Anchor Bay has got the rights to such titles as "Army
of Darkness" and other universal titles is it possible that you
can get rights from Universal to titles that need s.e treatment such
as Hard Target ,Childs Play sequels, and Darkman etc.?
[Michael_Felsher] We have a terrific relationship with Universal and
we will continue to work with them on many movies we hope. Currently
none of those have been acquired by Anchor Bay though.
[Sean_Carlson] What are the plans for the DVDs of George Romero's
The Crazies and Season of the Witch?
[Michael_Felsher] hehe..Sean funny you mention that I was just
discussing those at the office today. We hope to do THE CRAZIES
soon, though we don't have a date set for it. SEASON may take
longer...but we are the biggest Romero fans there can be so we are
gonna do our best :)
[BillPowell] Any interest at AB for George Hamilton films esp: "Zorro,
the Gay Blade" and "Love at First Bite"? Tks! -
[Michael_Felsher] Oh lots of interest...however both are with other
studios...MGM and Fox I believe. Thanks for the suggestion.
[Chris-DVDNightmare] with the hammer titles you will be annnouncing
tonight any chane AB will be releasing Ilsa, tigres of siberia?
[Michael_Felsher] TIGRESS is currently owned by another party, which
is why it wasn't included with the other three. We are hoping to
acquire it in the near future..but nothing at this time.
[Matt_Smith] Do you have any plans to release the 1986 film Chopping
Mall aka Killbots? A commentary with Kelli Maroney and deleted
footage would be nice.
[Michael_Felsher] I believe that one is with Roger Corman's company
now. Gotta love any film with Dick Miller and Barbara
[DerekGermano] Thank you for coming tonight. I am very impressed by
the job Anchor Bay is doing on DVD, especially with the Hammer
titles. Any chance of licensing Hammer titles like THE VAMPIRE
LOVERS and HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES from MGM or THE GORGON from
COLUMBIA or HORROR OF DRACULA from Warner or CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF
and BRIDES OF DRACULA from Universal or FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER
FROM HELL from Paramount?
[Michael_Felsher] Derek glad you could make it..visit your site all
the time. Your Hammer efforts are well known and appreciated. It
seems most studios are clinging to their Hammer product very
tightly, though something could happen..you never know. HORROR OF
DRACULA would be beyond amazing...by the way stick around I will
announcing nine new Hammer acquisitions for 2001.
[Arthur] Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. I'm a big fan
of the movies you release. And often thought I was the only one who
even heard of most of them, let alone liked enough to purchase. My
question is, is there any chance of you acquiring and releasing:
Hellraiser 3, Super Fuzz, Masters of the Universe, The Pirate Movie,
or Robot Jox?
[Michael_Felsher] Well it's always a possibility. Hellraiser 3 is
one we gets lots of requests for...but at this time we do not have
plans for those films.
[Andy_Olivera] Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time to chat with us.
Just wondering is the upcoming Hellraiser/Hellbound box set will
contain the directors cuts of both films? Also, any plans for
Hellraiser 3 & 4?
[Michael_Felsher] The tin set will contain the R-Rated cut of the
first film and the the unrated edition of Hellbound. I am not sure
if Clive Barker was interested in restoring anything to the first
film or not, though he was heavily involved with the releases so its
safe to say this is what he wanted shown. By the way they both will
be THX approved.
[JonS] Do you have any plans for a Dawn of the Dead Special Edition.
A 4-disc edition would be great. All 3 cuts on septerate discs, each
disc with features that pertain to that specific cut and remastered
anamorphic video and 5.1 audio, commentaries, documentaries and a
4th disc loaded with big special features would be great. Maybe you
could even track down the legendary alternate ending. Thanks.
[Michael_Felsher] Ah DAWN...Well here's what's going on with that.
It is coming in a big special edition way in late 2001 or early
2002. We hope to include all the existing cuts of the film (i.e. the
Cannes cut, the theatrical and the European Argento cut) as well as
commentary tracks, stills, etc. Production is a long way off but it
will be worth the wait. I can also say that DAY OF THE DEAD will
receive a similar re-release treatment.
[Thomas_Hart] Thanks, I think you and Criterion as the 2 best DVD
companies out there. What are the chance of more Italian Giallo
films in the future?
[Michael_Felsher] Well we are certainly looking into more Italian
horror... We have Lamberto Bava's MACABRO coming next year as well
as The Antichrist (L'Antichristo) I am sure there will be others
[John_Koehler] Thanks for being here Mike! Val Guest's Day the Earth
Caught Fire scheduled for AB release on DVD...will it be orig aspect
ratio (Dyaliscope), and with opening/closing reels tinted red-orange
as in theatrical showings?
[Michael_Felsher] Well it will be presented in Widescreen, though I
honestly am not sure about the tinting..thanks for mentioning that I
will pass that along to our production staff... The film doesn't
come out until the middle of next year so we have plenty of time to
[Joao_B] Hi. Sometime ago, there were talks about an "Evil Dead
Box Set", which was supposed to include aditional extras not
included in the individual releases (like the "Within the Woods"
short). Is this still planned and if so, what will it include, and
when will it be released and if not, will the "Evil Dead"
dvd include the "Within the Woods" short?
[Michael_Felsher] A box set is not currently scheduled, though I
imagine one will eventually happen. Within the Woods has been
discussed more often than the weather around here, and if it is at
all possible it will come out on the THX Evil Dead (from the actual
original negative found recently in Detroit) coming in September
[Michael_Pakula] Is there any plans for a Evil Dead 1 Tin and any
possible Release date yet? Thanks
[Michael_Felsher] September 2001 is the projected date currently.
And yes there will be a tin
[Christophe] Hello from Paris (France). Why there's no subtitles (at
least in english) on your DVD ? Your discs are widely distributed in
Europe. And this lack of subtitles is a problem for those who don't
understand english very well.
[Michael_Felsher] Engish subtitling and captioning is something we
are making a strong effort to include on our future releases. Expect
them to become much more prevalent starting with such titles as EVIL
DEAD 2, HALLOWEEN 5, SUPERGIRL, HELLRAISER and REPO MAN.
[Charlie_Largent] We appreciate all your great work. Any plans for
Don't Look Now (Roeg) and any details on the forthcoming "Candy"?
Done.We appreciate all your great work.
[Michael_Felsher] Dont Look Now we don't have, but are looking into
it... Candy has FINALLY started to come together. Expect it and a LE
Tin in February of 2001
[garyt] GODZILLA '85 was mentioned. Any plans for any other Godzilla
films, or other Japanese sci-fi?
[Michael_Felsher] Not currently no, though again not because we
[Jeff_Zahnen] How about more Fulci? (the Psychic, Lizard In A
Woman's Skin, Smugglers) and are you still releasing Opera, Sect and
Church? (all used to be on the release schedule)
[Michael_Felsher] The three Argentos you mentioned are currently in
the works, however a date cannot be announced yet. More
Fulci?...well nothing as of right now, but I would expect others to
[Dan_Huey] Is there any chance that in the future you could purchase
the rights to Halloween: H20 from Dimension and release a 2 disc
special edition like the original "Halloween"? Thanks!
[Michael_Felsher] There's always a chance, however it isn't
something that is in the works at this time.
[BlakeMonahan] love the new dvd's but what is up with Wild At Heart!
Also you should look into releasing some classic JOHN WATERS!
[Michael_Felsher] Wild at Heart isn't with us any more
unfortunately. We won't be doing the DVD. And as for John Waters,
most of his stuff is with New Line, in fact I believe they are
planning a box set.
[Tex_Walker] What extras have been decided for for the upcoming
Suspiria dvd and will it be a tin? Sorry if this has already been
[Michael_Felsher] There will be a SUSPIRIA tin along with the single
disc.. Extras are too early to determine though expect interviews,
trailers, etc and more at the very least.
[SteffM] Hello Mr.Felsher. Can you tell us what is ANCHOR BAY's
position towards multiple language tracks? Is it something we can at
last look forward to from your company in the near future? As one of
many frustrated French-Canadian DVD enthusiasts I'd certainly like
to know! Thanx for THE CAR by the way!
[Michael_Felsher] Good question. We are always open to releasing
alternate language tracks when they are available to us...there are
many factors that can prevent such a thing from happening. Since we
deal in independent and non-studio features mostly there isn't a
wealth of materials sometimes which can be a hindrance. But in some
cases we can make it happen and will continue to include optional
language tracks when they can be utilized.
[Edwin_Samuelson] Hi, Michael Great to see you. What is you stance
on regional coding and any plans for any blaxplotation classics?
Also can you us some specs on Let Sleeping Corpses Lie? and keep up
the great work
[Michael_Felsher] Well hello Eddie, glad ya made it in here.
Regional coding is only used when the licensor specifies that it be
used..otherwise we normally don't region code our DVDs..though we do
not sell direct outside of North America. As for
blaxploitation...nothing yet...yet. Let Sleeping Corpses is just on
the fringe of being announced. Should have final specs this week for
[IvanShreveJr] Any plans to release the classic 60s thrillers THE
LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER and MIRAGE to DVD? Thanks!
[Michael_Felsher] Hi Ivan.. We don't have rights to those films for
video at this time.
[Cary] First off, thanks for the great work on Argento, Fulci, and
of course, Supergirl! I'm curious if there's anything you can tell
us about the Dutch Verhoeven films and Withnail & I.
[Michael_Felsher] Well next March will see the release of some of
Mr. Verhoeven's early films such as THE FOURTH MAN, TURKISH DELIGHT,
A GIRL NAMED KATY TIPPEL, SOLDIER OF ORANGE and BUSINESS IS
BUSINESS. Mr. Verhoeven will be involved and contributing
commentaries. Withnail and I is not planned for DVD from us, check
with Criterion on that one actually.
[David-Olson] Any chance at Jodorowsky's films? Thanks!Any chance at
films by Alejandro Jodorowsky - Like El Topo, Holy Mountain or Santa
Sangre. Thanks a lot
[Michael_Felsher] Well I have put out an email to Mr. Jodorowsky to
see what the rights status of his films are...hopefully we can find
out. EL TOPO is one of our top ten requested titles. We shall see.
[Bruno_Andrade] Are there any plans on releasing any Alejandro
Jodorowsky title? Thanks.
[Michael_Felsher] hehe..Bruno check the last question's reply :)
[joelf] what episodes can we expect to see on the next Moonlighting
discs? Also, how will you be handling Crime Story? Thanks
[Michael_Felsher] There will be at least three discs (containing 3
episodes each, selected by Glenn Gordon Caron) next year. I can
confirm Big Deal on Mulberry Street and Womb With A View at this
time...look for them in the middle of 2001. Crime Story (the series)
is being looked at, however nothing scheduled yet..aside from the
pilot movie in September of this year.
[IanCollazo] Hi great to have you here! I really like what AB has
released! Its too bad that you wont be doing Return of the Living
Dead though. Anyway I was wondering what that claim another company
made (dont remember the name} saying that your version of Franco's
Ilsa the Wicked Warden being illegal and that theirs is the
'official version'...care to clarify? Thanks for your time!
[Michael_Felsher] To put it succinctly. We licensed it from the
actual company who owns the rights to WICKED WARDEN for North
American distribution only.
[william] Hi. Just like to say great work on your releases thus far,
especially INFERNO. Some I'd like to see are MY BLOODY VALENTINE
uncut or maybe THE BURNING. Any wild chance of acquiring any of the
(uncut) Friday The 13th films (though I'm sure this is futile as
Paramount doesn't seem to care)?
[Michael_Felsher] William, believe me...if we could do them we
[Robert_John] Any chances of HALLOWEEN 2 and 3, JAWS 2 and 3-D, THE
FUNHOUSE and FLASH GORDON special editions?
[Michael_Felsher] There's always a chance...however none of those
films are currently licensed by Anchor Bay. Good titles though
[JustinLane] I recently heard AB has obtained the rights to the
enitire Higlander series. Is this true and what do you have planned
for any releases if so?
[Michael_Felsher] Well glad you asked that so I can clarify this
one. We don't have rights to the entire series. We will be acquiring
the first film however. A DVD release is a ways off probably until
2002 at the earliest.
[JeffUlmer] Any chance we'll see more Jodie Foster, especially
Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane? Or more Bardot? AB Rocks!
Thanks for all the awesome discs!
[Michael_Felsher] hehe..thanks Jeff. Currently there aren't any
Bardots coming up, though like Fulci I am sure more will be in the
works eventually. As for Jodie, same situation.
[MichaelGuillory] I missed the very begining so hopefully this
hasn't been asked, but what is in the decision making process for
releasing 16x9 enhanced DVD's, and is there any chance that earlier
releases make get a new treatment, specifically Tenebre
[Michael_Felsher] Michael, usually anamorphic is what is done with
practically every release on DVD from us now. There are always going
to be exceptions, but it's become the standard. There will be 16x9
reissues of some of our non-anamorphic titles in the future, but
that is all I can at this point.
[Jose_Bastos] hi. Is there any chance you could release the
following tv-series (both star Robert Englund): "Nightmare Cafe"
(6 episodes, produced by Wes Craven) & "Freddy's
Nightmare's (44 episodes; Tobe Hooper directed the pilot, and
Jeffrey Combs was on one of the episodes). Thanks, and keep up the
[Michael_Felsher] Good suggestions, I will pass them along, though I
imagine New Line has all things Krueger :) Thanks Jose
[emil_stoica] Thanks for coming to chat with us. A second on that
request for a "Halloween 4" reissue. Will the "Hellbound
SE" disc being released 4/01 be the same as the one in the "Hellraiser"
tin? Are the DVDs in the tins going to be in keepcases?
[Michael_Felsher] The Hellbound Disc in both the Tin in September
and the one coming out by itself next August will be identical. The
Tins contain a jewel case for the DVDs instead of a keepcase (size
[George_Reis] Besides your AMAZING work with the Hammer stuff, any
chance for other British horror like Amicus titles, as well as
Cushing and Lee titles?
[Michael_Felsher] With Amicus there isn't anything I can report on
unfortunately, but we will have THE MANY FACES OF CHRISTOPHER LEE
next year as well as Lee's most requested title THE WICKER MAN.
[Tim] Hi, thanks for coming. Id really like to see an Anchor
Bay release of Michele Soavis Cemetery Man (Dellamorte
Dellamore). Is it possible? And has somone already asked if the
Elite supplements will be on the Evil Dead disc coming next year?
[Michael_Felsher] Can't comment on what will be on EVIL DEAD
yet...hasn't gone into production yet. And as for DELLAMORTE..sadly
that isn't one we have either, but we are investigating.
[Dave] First of all, thank you for being here. Secondly, what is the
status regarding your attempts to acquire the license to 'Nausicaa
of the Valley of the Wind'? - any plans for any other Studio Ghibi
[Michael_Felsher] Well unfortunately NAUSICAA will not be coming out
through Anchor Bay. That's really all I can say about it, however we
do really appreciate the many emails and letters of support for us
trying to bring it out. We won't be pursuing any kind of release of
the cut WARRIORS OF THE WIND either.
[ChrisG] Is there any chance of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
coming out on DVD?
[Michael_Felsher] love that one, but I believe Fox is working on it.
[AndersRunestad] Thanks for being with us, and for all the excellent
work Anchor Bay does! Is it true that Anchor Bay is going to release
some Ealing Studios comedies (starring Alec Guinness) and, if so,
can you tell us which titles and when they'll be coming?
[Michael_Felsher] Great question Anders...I will go ahead and tell
them to everyone now (Ron I have many more to talk about at the end)
We have...A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY, KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS, THE
LADYKILLERS, THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, and THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT
coming in 2001. Also another Guiness for good measure... CAPTAIN'S
[PatrickL] Apologies if this has been asked....I keep getting bumped
offline tonight! I've heard conflicting reports about the
Cassavettes films, especially "A Woman Under the Influence"
...does AB have it, and if so, what's the status?
[Michael_Felsher] We only have DVD rights to MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ,
the other Cassavetes we have are VHS only including WOMAN.
[vaar] Hi, anychance of seeing Disney's Dr. Syn or Universal
Hammer's Night Creatures from you guys? Loove your work!
[Michael_Felsher] Thanks vaar. Currently neither of those is coming
from Anchor Bay.
[PeterMFitzgerald] Hi Mike, I just got your DVDs of QUATERMASS 2 and
ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN the other day. Does Anchor Bay have the
rights/have interest in getting the rights/plan to release the
english-dubbed, North American version of the cult classic INFRA-MAN
('76-Hong Kong/Joseph Brenner Associates, in 5.1 "Stereo
INFRA-Sound"!), MONTE WALSH ('70), THE REIVERS ('69), THE
UNEARTHLY STRANGER ('63-British), and/or the non-Toho sci-fi/horror
film GOKE - BODY S
[Michael_Felsher] Dont have the rights on those titles..though we
are interested.. maybe in the future.
[Bill_Ackerman] Any plans to work with Criterion on a joint
Halloween? With commentary....
[Michael_Felsher] Bill, there are no plans at this time for another
Halloween release. Thanks for the question.
[Chuck_Pennington] What happened to THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS special
edition? And FREAKY FRIDAY? It is possible SUSPIRIA will have the
original stereo tracks included? And will STEPFORD WIVS be
[Michael_Felsher] Well WATCHER is on hold unfortunately. We hope to
work with the licensor on a release still...We currently don't have
rights to FREAKY FRIDAY. As for STEPFORD...We are planning a special
edition re-issue with (hopefully) interviews, trailers, etc in 2001.
[DustinD] Are there any plans for episodes of Elvira's Movie Macabre
on DVD? I don't think the originals have been seen since the 80s.
Also, is there any possibility of you getting the rights to Xena on
[Michael_Felsher] Currently it's only the ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE
DARK film we have the rights to..though those shows would be
excellent DVD releases. XENA is not with us either.
[JACOB] thanks.. any plans to release some tom selleck movies like
An Innocent Man or other films? They are owned by Disney.
[Michael_Felsher] Hi Jacob. Currently we don' t have plans for
[Jason_Hughes] sorry, I missed the beginning of the chat...what is
going on with Wild At Heart?
[Michael_Felsher] Jason, WILD AT HEART isn't with us anymore
[HarryWarden] Any chance of getting Silent Night Deadly Night out?
What about Black Christmas?
[Michael_Felsher] Well we do have SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2
planned (which ironically contains more footage of the first film
than new stuff). Black Christmas (which I love too) is over at
[Michael_M] Hello Michael, I was wondering were there any available
materials for Martin that wasn't used?? I was hoping the cut scenes
from the first cut of the movie would be included as a supplement
[Michael_Felsher] Believe me if George knew where the original 3
hour cut of the movie was we would have done it. It's one of those
unfortunate cases where it got misplaced or taken and has become a
thing of legend. George Romero mentions it quite often in the
commentary on MARTIN.
[Brian_Cleary] Is Toho studios holding out for more money? Please
work it out with them and pass the buck over to the consumer.
Believe me, the fans don't mind paying extra for uncut widescreen
[Michael_Felsher] haha...well we are gonna try our best to work it
out Brian. We want to bring em out as much as you do.
[ChipNestor] Hi Michael - your studio gives wonderful treatment to
titles I thought I'd never see on DVD! Now that Disney has warmed up
to anamorphic transfers, is there any chance of revisiting "The
Black Hole" as a special edition? (your company was outstanding
in the way it handled the missing audio recall on BH's 1st pressing
- other studios could learn something from you!)
[Michael_Felsher] Chip thank you for the compliment, we are glad we
were able to handle that one as smoothly as it happened as well. Any
re-issue of THE BLACK HOLE wouldn't really be our decision, but with
the licensor, but it is something we would like to do.
[David-Sales] What are the plans related to any future titles on the
"Dario Argento Collection"? What special treatments are
CAT O'NINE TAILS and SUSPIRIA going to get? Will they feature the
italian soundtrack with english subs.? Thanks.
[Michael_Felsher] David, we will be starting on those titles soon,
and they will be as definitive as we can make them. Argento fans
would crucify us otherwise..trust me.
[Harold_Gervais] Hi-love your stuff-Hammer questions Scars of
Draculae(my fav).. Cushing Sherlock Holmes movies..love you guys!
[Michael_Felsher] Well thank you...by the way SCARS is coming in
[Robert] its gone 4am, aggh! Whats the current attitude towards the
Hammer collection for the future
[Michael_Felsher] Robert we have more Hammers coming next
year...there will be nine more at least for 2001. Titles at the end
of the chat :)
[ScottDill] Love your stuff. is there any chance you can include Sam
Raimi's Within the Wood on your upcoming release of "The Evil
[Michael_Felsher] Honestly Scott if can be included it will be.
[Shane_Martin] Are you guys going to release Willow on dvd? What
about more moonlighting episodes? and what is your plans for dts I
hope it isn't wait and see. Last i checked Willow is in limbo.
[Michael_Felsher] Well on DTS it is something we are discussing, but
nothing definite at this point. Willow isn't with us, and I am not
sure who has it..in any case that would be a Lucasfilm decision. We
have several more Moonlighting episodes planned for late Spring of
[GregStaten] One of the films you have that I'm really looking
forward to is REPO MAN. Any chance of releasing other Alex Cox
films, especially HIGHWAY PATROLMAN (EL PATRUELLO)?
[Michael_Felsher] Oh absolutely Greg, Mr. Cox has already completed
work on STRAIGHT TO HELL, DEATH AND THE COMPASS and THREE
BUSINESSMEN for us to be released next March.
[JasonSeaver] Any chance of "Crimewave" by Sam Raimi &
the Coen Brothers?
Michael_Felsher] ah Jason, we would love to, but alas we don't have
it at this time.
[JACOB] what about nightbreed? I know that clive is working on the
hellraiser films with you.
[Michael_Felsher] Nightbreed is also a title we and Clive have
spoken about, but it is owned by another company. Hopefully in the
future we can work something out.
[Fulci] Why was House by the Cemetery delayed? And will it be a tin
also? Thanks for putting all my films ahem.. I mean all of Lucio
Fulci's films out in a great transfer.
[Michael_Felsher] hehe Well Fulci...HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY was
delayed in order to secure the best elements possible for the
release. It is on track now and will come out next Spring.
[Frank_Sesma] Hi again. Real quickly I'll just mention that I think
there's another horror film that's greatly deserving of your
attention: The 30 min. film "Aftermath" directed by Nacho
Cerdà released in 1993 in Spain (info:
http://us.imdb.com/Title?0159241). It's a totally wordless film with
gorgeous cinematography and swelling haunting classical music that
depicts and explores the depravity of a mortician one late-night.
Since it is so short, maybe you could put Nacho Cerdà's other
two shorts 1.Awakening, The (1990) and 2.Génesis (1998) on
there =) Thanks again tonight and 4 taking the time for answering
extra questions !!! =)
[Michael_Felsher] Frank, excellent suggestion again. I will bring it
[Arthur] Any plans for Disney's Escape to witch mountain or return
from Witch Mountain? How about animated films like The last unicorn,
Vampire Hunter D or return of the king?
[Michael_Felsher] Currently we don't have anything pending on those
titles...though ESCAPE is a personal fave of mine too.
[Sean_Carlson] What can you tell us about the DVD to Midnight
[Michael_Felsher] Although it has not gone into production yet, it
will be released in late spring of 2001 and in Widescreen.
[Jeff_Zahnen] Any news on Four Flies On Grey Velvet or the Hammer
non-DVD releases by you (Shatter, Flesh & Blood, Robin Hood)
[Michael_Felsher] FOUR FLIES (currently our most requested title) is
being investigated... but nothing currently. The non-DVD Hammers you
mentioned WILL come out on DVD at some point, though I don't have
dates yet...probably 2001 early 2002.
[Lou_R] Very kind of you to stay around Michael. Any chances: "April
Fool's Day", "The Burning" (uncut), "From Beyond"
(would be a great followup to "Re-Animator" for you!), "The
Howling", "Let's Scare Jessica to Death", "My
Bloody Valentine" (uncut). Thanks again!
[Michael_Felsher] All of those are with other studios..though they
have been inquired about..so we will see.
[Ismael] you mentioned that you have a great relationship with
Universal, any chance of getting The Frighteners with the extra
footage that the LD had?
[Michael_Felsher] That one is completely Universal's call. But we
would LOVE to do it
[Jose_Bastos] Hi. Can you please do us horror fans a favor: can you
buy Last House on the Left & Killer Klowns from Outer Space from
MGM and do the SE they deserve?
[Michael_Felsher] Jose...If it were up to us..you wouldn't have to
ask. I am looking forward to seeing what MGM does with the films
though, they are great movies.
[PeterMFitzgerald] Hopefully this isn't too difficult a question:
What exactly are the "parameters" of your license with
Universal? I realize Universal will do their most famous/popular
stuff themselves, but I was surprised when you had to nix an earlier
request in this chat for Universal's MIRAGE and LIST OF ADRIAN
MESSENGER. I would assume that extends to other Universal catalog
gems like GAMBIT ('66), ARABESQUE ('66), NIGHT WALKER ('64), MURDER
[Michael_Felsher] I can't discuss specifics of a licensing agreement
but it really comes down to what a studio is willing to let another
company do...any studio. It's complicated. However we have an
excellent relationship with Universal and they have been great to
us, and we hope we've done well by them. We WILL continue to work
[Aaron_B] Any plans for Spellbinder (with Tim Daly and Kelly
Preston) or The Keep?
[Michael_Felsher] Not currently Aaron. Though since you mention THE
KEEP, I will say that Michael Mann's MANHUNTER is set for February
with a THX approved version planned of the theatrical, and if we can
track down suitable elements, the longer RED DRAGON TV cut as well
[Robert] The sun is now begining to rise outside my window! What can
you tell us about the Wicker Man release for next year. Its been a
long time coming, and I can't wait. Aside from the unlikely event of
finding extra footage, what else will be on the release to wet our
[Michael_Felsher] Robert, we are going to do EVERYTHING possible we
can to get the longest cut we can. There will be at least a 16x9
remastering of the version already known to all fans WICKER...plus
if we can create a long version we might treat it as we did the 2
Disc LD of SUPERGIRL. In any case, we intend to make it the best
WICKER MAN we can.
[Chris_M] I don't know if this was asked as I arrived late, but what
are your plans for Highlander: the 3 movies and the TV series?
Especially The first movie! :-)
[Michael_Felsher] We only have rights to the first film and a DVD
won't come for quite a while...probably 2002.
============ A N N O U N C E M E N T S ===============
[RonEpstein] Well, this was a record chat with (it looks like) 100
questions answered! Before I give the floor to Michael...I want to
thank Ned Vogler for doing a great job behind the scenes. And now...
I'll let Michael Felsher do the talking. He has some
[Michael_Felsher] Ron, first off thanks for hosting this chat. I
have had a great time and we hope to do it again before Halloween.
[RonEpstein] Consider it done
[Michael_Felsher] Now...I am going to run through a list of titles
that I wanted to announce exclusively here on Home Theater Forum All
will be in 2001/2002, and will be on the Anchor Bay DVD Website
Schedule by next week. Here goes...and Ron..it's quite a bit more
than 15. I hope we have a transcript! :)
* We have four Agatha Christie films coming. DEATH ON THE NILE, THE
MIRROR CRACK'D, EVIL UNDER THE SUN, and ENDLESS NIGHT .
* There will be the CARRY ON series of films (i.e. CARRY ON
CONSTABLE, TEACHER, etc.)
* The TV movies of such British shows as ARE YOU BEING SERVED and
STEPTOE AND SON
* The comedy/dramas A KIND OF LOVING, THE FAMILY WAY, and SPRING AND
* The 1948 Robert Donat THE WINSLOW BOY as well as two other Donat
THE MAGIC BOX and LEASE OF LIFE
* Joe Orton's ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE and LOOT
* The Disco classic CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC
* Neil Diamond's THE JAZZ SINGER
* The rare Dr. Who films, DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS and INVASION EARTH
* The Ealing comedies such as PASSPORT TO PIMLICO and HUE AND CRY
* Many early Hitchcock efforts such as NUMBER SEVENTEEN and
* The Joseph Losey films ACCIDENT, THE SERVANT, and THE CONCRETE
* Robert Duvall in TENDER MERCIES
* CROSS CREEK, PLENTY, FRANCES, and the 120 min BAD BOYS starring
* The horror films, THEATRE OF DEATH, DARK EYES OF LONDON and CIRCUS
* The classic 1945 DEAD OF NIGHT
* ZOLTAN HOUND OF DRACULA!!!
* Several WWII films including THE SHIP THAT DIED OF SHAME, and THE
* Akira Kurosawas RAN (2002)
* John Schlesinger's HONKY TONK FREEWAY
* Ken Russell's FRENCH DRESSING
* BRITTANIA HOSPITAL
* Alastair Sims THE GREEN MAN
* THE FRIGHTENED CITY
....and many others to be announced next week...but at last the nine
* BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB
* DEMONS OF THE MIND
* SCARS OF DRACULA (commentary by Christopher Lee and Roy Ward
* TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER
* FEAR IN THE NIGHT
* LUST FOR A VAMPIRE
* DR. JEYKLL AND SISTER HYDE
* STRAIGHT ON TIL MORNING
* and finally HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN
[RonEpstein] ....take a breather
Michael, we are honored you chose to announce all of this on Home
Theater Forum's chat this evening.
[Michael_Felsher] happy to do it. Thanks to everyone for coming out
and if any of you are in Chicago this weekend check out Mr. George
Romero at the Gene Siskel Film Center where he will present his new
[RonEpstein] Michael, this was a superb chat, Thank You
Session Close: Wed Jul 26 23:52:11 2000
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