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The following is a complete
transcript of the on-line chat with Michael Felsher of Anchor Bay Home
Entertainment, held on Tuesday, September 18th on
Home Theater Forum. Thanks to Ron Epstein, Parker Clack and the staff the
HTF for all their hard work, and for providing the transcript for all to read.
Subject: ANCHOR BAY HOME VIDEO chat
Date: September 18, 2001
[RonEpstein] Good Evening everyone. Thanks so much for coming here tonight.
Parker and I wish to thank all of you who have supported HTF. At this time it is
our pleasure to welcome Michael Felsher of Anchor Bay Home Video. Hi, Michael!
[MichaelFelsher] Hello Ron...Hello Everyone, thanks for coming
[RonEpstein] Is your position at AB still that of Internet Coordinator? If so,
remind everyone what you do
[MichaelFelsher] Yes it is, and I also do many many other activities here at
the office. There is always enough to do these days! Before we get started...I
want to make an announcement concerning our recent DVD of OPERA if I may?
[MichaelFelsher] We have been receiving many reports of widespread problems
with the OPERA DVD releases that came out on the 11th. We have posted
information on our recall and replacement of the defective discs at
http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/opera We apologize for any inconvienience
this has caused.
[RonEpstein] It's a good thing we got that posted and out of the way. Thanks,
Michael. Okay, I am sure all of you have questions, so let's get to it!
[MattSmith] Are there any plans to re-release Phenomena as a Special or Limited
Edition with more features?
[MichaelFelsher] Hello Matt, currently we don't have plans for a re-release of
PHENOMENA, though it is a possibility in the future.
[MatthewChmiel] Hello Michael. Thanks for coming tonight. I'd like to know if
Anchor Bay has gotten the video rights for Sleepless (Dario Argento's latest
film) and if you have gotten the rights, do you have a release date planned?
[MichaelFelsher] Matthew, we would certainly like to carry that one, but as of
right now, we don't currently have the rights to SLEEPLESS.
[JeffKleist] First off, Anchor Bay rocks! My big question is whether or not you
have looked into asking Disney if you could rescue some of Miyazaki's titles
from rodent oppression. Also, I still will buy Warning Sign in a heartbeat
should you ever aquire it!
[MichaelFelsher] Well Jeff those titles are ones we get asked about a lot,
though at this time we don't have plans for them. And thanks for the compliment!
[JacobRubinstein] I see that you are releasing a SE of Beastmaster movie. Any
plans for a SE of Beastmaster 2? or a release of Beastmaster 2 (non SE)?
[MichaelFelsher] Our SE of BEASTMASTER which will be THX Approved with DTS 6.1 &
Dolby EX sound will be out on Oct 23rd, however we don't currently have the
rights to BEASTMASTER 2. Expect a commentary from Don Coscarelli on BEASTMASTER!
[WesRay] Hello Michael. Any plans for Anchor Bay to release Night of the Creeps
or The Hills Have Eyes? Any chance of getting the rights to them?
[MichaelFelsher] Wes, those two rank very high on our list of desired titles,
but as of now they are unavailable. I love both of those films (especially
CREEPS with the original ending)
[JohnHenry] Have you considered releasing the 80's slasher film SILENT SCREAM
starring Barbara Steele, Yvonne DeCarlo and Cameron Mitchell? It was released on
VHS by Video Treasures which I believe is owned by Anchor Bay.
[MichaelFelsher] That movie has been mentioned before. Video Treasures was a
former incarnation of our company, however many of those titles are no longer
available through us.. SILENT SCREAM is one of them, but there is always the
possibility of us releasing it in the future
[Andrew] First off, I love you guys! Army of Darkness is my favorite DVD! Quick
question. With that link you just gave us for the OPERA recall, it seems that we
don't need to return the original disc to get a copy of the new one. Wouldn't
that allow people who don't own it to get it without paying? It seems you can
lose a lot of money that way. How do you keep track of that?
[MichaelFelsher] We took that into account Andrew, and we will be keeping a
close eye on that potential problem. This was determined the best and most
efficient way of handling this situation, and also caused the least amount of
extra work for the consumers affected.
[MagnusA] I just saw that "What Have They Done to Solange?" isn't on
the list of future releases any longer. Has it been pulled or just pushed
[MichaelFelsher] Unfortunately the decision was made not to proceed with that
title. Sometimes there are situations which cause titles to be delayed or
sometimes not released. I try to keep that IN THE FUTURE page maintained often
to reflect any changes.
[Anders] Hi! Thanks for being here, for the Heathers SE, and all the other
wonderful discs. What can you tell us about when the Ealing comedies will be
released (sometime in 2002 last I heard), and have you considered liscencing
Universal's film noir (The Big Clock, Double Indemnity, etc.)? They have quite a
collection of these films, and it would make a very cool line of its own. Thanks
for your time, Michael!
[MichaelFelsher] Although those other films you mentioned are not available to
us currently, I can say that we will be releasing several Ealing Alec Guiness
Films around the middle of next year including... KIND HEARTS & CORONETS,
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB, THE LADYKILLERS, and THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT. We will
also (tentatively) offer a gift set containing those films and an exclusive
bonus DVD of CAPTAIN'S PARADISE.
[Neil_S_Bulk] Hi! Thanks for coming tonight. I was wondering if your new
edition of Highlander will contain the original soundtrack. It still exists and
has dialogue that is not in the remix.
[MichaelFelsher] Hello, currently we are beginning work on HIGHLANDER and I
will mention that to our producers. We hope to have a nice edition of that in
the Spring of next year. (THX, DTS 6.1, Dolby EX, etc)
[MarkPfeiffer] Great job on "Un Flic". Any chance of other Melville
films coming, like "Le Samurai", or getting Bunuel's "Belle de
Jour" from BV?
[MichaelFelsher] We would welcome those films. I am particularly happy about
our UN FLIC release. As of now we don't have any other Bunuel or Melville
[SteveGon] Any chance of AB acquiring the rights to The Ninth Configuration?
[MichaelFelsher] Steve, we have asked about it, and all I can say is we don't
have it planned currently. I love William Peter Blatty's work though and I would
love to see that one come out in widescreen on DVD, it's a classic!
[glennlevesque] Hi, Michael, and thanks for all, have any plans on adding a
french track on your future hammer collection titles(like prince of
darkness,rasputin and plague of the zombies) ?
[MichaelFelsher] Glad you asked that, we will be adding French tracks to some
of our upcoming releases if they are available...sometimes it is not possible to
use foreign language tracks, but whenever it is feasible to do so, we will.
[ScottWeinberg] Hi Michael. Thanks for coming! I wanted to say thanks to Anchor
Bay for releasing some great little horror movies (Hell Night, Fade to Black,
Madman, many others) that their original studios wouldn't (or couldn't) do
right. (Phenomenal job on Maniac, btw). ANYWAY, I'm wondering if you've ever
heard of a 1982 horror flick called Evilspeak. (It's been released in R2.) This
one definitely deserves to be an AB title.
[MichaelFelsher] Scott, we've inquired about that title..that's all I can say
right now. Thanks!
[Kenneth_Grimm] Michael,The Army of Darkness Limited Editions (both single and
double dvds) are selling for $80+ at places like Ebay are there any chances of a
re-release of the Army of Darkness Limited Edition, and what's the status of
Evil Dead and Bad Taste?
[MichaelFelsher] well...we aren't going to re-release the AOD 2 Disc Set,
however that doesn't mean the Director's Cut will stay unavailable though. EVIL
DEAD is on track for a February release with all the trimmings (DTS, THX, Dolby
EX), and we are really jazzed about the Book of the Dead edition which will be a
replica of the classic book from the films designed by Tom Sullivan.
[JeffKrispow] With the recent SE's of "Opera" and "Suspiria",
the discs are packaged inside large keep cases instead of the expected tins.
Does this denote a change in the future for special edition packaging?
[MichaelFelsher] Jeff, we are trying out new packaging ideas all the time (such
as the EVIL DEAD "BOOK", and the upcoming BAD TASTE LE which will be a
foldout edition ala UNBREAKABLE) We are not currently planning more tins past
HALLOWEEN 4, though more may be released eventually.
[JohnVonThaden] Has Anchor Bay increased activity in its check disc process? I
don't mean to be confrontational, but I ask because this year I've had to return
MANHUNTER, A BETTER TOMORROW and now OPERA this year for various issues. I love
a lot of the films you release and the quality you are often able to put out,
but I've never had this amount of trouble with any other company.
[MichaelFelsher] John, we are too concerned with this recent OPERA situation
and the ones you mentioned. We are investigating these problems and will do
everything we can to prevent it from occuring in the future. Sorry for any
trouble you've had.
[Ricky] Hi Mr Felsher. Thank you very much for coming tonight. You are the
masters of releasing Horror movies on DVD and I know this is a long shot but
Newline owns a title called CAMPFIRE TALES and I am pretty sure that they will
never release it on DVD. If it is not too much trouble would you mind taking a
note of that title and see what you could maybe do ? I know it is a one man
suggestion but it really is a fun movie and if you could just see if you might
be able to release it.
[MichaelFelsher] Ricky, we've gotten emails about that title before, and I will
definately make a note of support for it.
[Tanner] Thanks for your time. What extras are going to be on the two Sleepaway
Camp titles due out next year? Any cut scenes returned to the movies?
[MichaelFelsher] We don't have a set list of extras for SLEEPAWAY II & III
but we have every intention of having the director's commentary and possible
behind the scenes footage. Special thanks to Jeff Hayes and Michael Simpson for
their support of our releasing those films, we are looking forward to them!
[KevinFox] Sorry if this has been asked already (I joined the chat at 9:25
EDT), but will the upcoming release of Michael Nesmith's Elephant Parts differ
from the already-released version? And thanks for chatting with us.
[MichaelFelsher] Kevin, right now I don't have a list of extras for that title,
it will release next year, but we will of course be fully remastering the title
and I would expect extras on that one. It was the second laserdisc in my
family's collection nearly 20 years ago!
[stevens] Hi Michael do you have any plans on getting new rights for hammer
collection titles like vampire circus,captain chronos,twins of evil...
[MichaelFelsher] The problem with the Hammer titles is that the rights are
spread out with many different studios and companies. We will certainly release
the Hammer titles we are able to get ahold of, but those ones you mentioned are
not planned at this time.
[NeilEdwards] I am curious about the economics of DVD production. Since your
catalogue is mostly "cult" films, how many units do you consider a
successful release? How many units do you usually press, and if you sell out,
how fast do you make more? Also, how much extra does it cost to master a DVD in
anamorphic? After all, the more money you make, the more you will continue to
give us great product!
[MichaelFelsher] Although I can't give specific figures...we always apply the
same standards to mastering a title no matter if it is a cult or mainstream
film. The cost may be a little more, but our company is definately benefitting
[JosephGoodman] Godzilla 1985... whats the status?
[MichaelFelsher] Currently it is on hold unfortunately, though we do hope to be
able to release it eventually.
[MichaelFelsher] Thanks to everyone for coming...really great turnout everyone!
[ScottMuhlbaier] Thanks for chatting Michael. I started collecting AB titles
with Halloweeen and they've been increasing at a rapid pace. Suspiria is a
milestone...the sound in DTS-ES in the opening rain scene is unreal. I was
wondering about a couple of my favorite movies. "Without a Clue"
(Michael Caine comedy) and two horror movies, "American Gothic" and "Waxwork".
Both of those would be tailor-made AB releases.
[MichaelFelsher] Hi Scott, thanks for the compliments on SUSPIRIA...we are very
pleased with the reaction it has been getting from fans. Those movies you
mentioned are great ones, but alas no plans at this time.
[Fred_Krampits] Good to see you again Michael, don't know if this question was
asked but what has happened to the re-release of Zombie?
[MichaelFelsher] Fred, currently we are not able to re-master ZOMBIE as we
would have preferred to. However we are considering re-releasing the existing
DVD at a lower price. Not the ideal alternative, but we are hoping this will be
a positive one nonetheless.
[JohnSullmeyer] I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but as you might know there
is a great demand for the the DVD release of Wild at Heart. You guys had planned
on releasing it on DVD, but your rights had expired. MGM claims they don't have
the rights to it, you guys say you don't. Elite, who was going to release an
extended cut on Laserdisc no longer has the rights to it. This title is in
rights limbo !
[MichaelFelsher] We love David Lynch, and if we can ever clear the way for that
to be released we would gladly do so.
[DavidLambert] I'm curious where old discs go? Suncoast had a "special buy"
of $5 AB titles (Moonlighting, Candleshoe, etc.). Where can I get more old AB
titles (not random bin searching)? Also, any Dean Koontz-based horror coming
[MichaelFelsher] Those titles you mention were part of a special arrangement
with a customer of ours. Currently any in-print title can be ordered from any
number of our online and local retailers. No Dean Koontz horror though right
[GregSH] Hi. While working on Beastmaster with Don Coscarelli, was there any
discussion about reteaming in the future to do the Phantasm sequels (2 and 3)?
I'd love to see what Anchor Bay could do with these films.
[MichaelFelsher] Oh that subject definately came up, we've been wanting to work
with Mr. Coscarelli for a long time. Nothing burning on those films right now,
but we hope it may be possible down the road...
[DanHuey] Hi Michael! There is a lot of interest in AB obtaining the rights to
Halloween H20, and releasing a SE with anamorphic, DTS, rejected score isolated,
ect. Is there any chance of this happening?
[MichaelFelsher] There's always a chance, however we don't have anything
planned at this point. We have received a great many emails on this and the
other HALLOWEEN films.
[StevenGrahm] Why were the Paul Naschy werewolf films WEREWOLF vs. VAMPIRE
WOMAN and CURSE OF THE DEVIL delayed a full year? Are they still coming? Also,
any plans for more Naschy or other Spanish Horror films like the rest of the
BLIND DEAD movies? Oops, I mean WEREWOLF'S SHADOW.
[MichaelFelsher] For various reasons THE WEREWOLF'S SHADOW and CURSE OF THE
DEVIL were pushed back to the middle of next year, but they are definately still
coming out with (tentative) involvement from Mr. Naschy. We don't have the
rights to the other BLIND DEADs yet though.
[Dan_Brodin] First and foremost I want to thank everyone at Anchor Bay for the
quality releases that have put out. My question is has work started on
Transylvania 6-5000? If so can you fill us in on any details or rough estimate
on a release date? thanks.
[MichaelFelsher] We havent started work on it yet, but it IS coming out, most
likely late next year. Extras TBD
[michaelT] hello!,are there any other Fulci titles in the works?
[MichaelFelsher] Michael, right now we have plans for a couple of Fulci Double
Disc sets similar to our recent Dario Argento sets earlier this summer. As for
new FULCI, expect his Spaghetti Western FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE this December in
the longest version ever released to video in the world.
[Max_Yokell] First off you guys are doing a Kick ASS Job !!!! Since AB has done
such a good job getting the rights to movies from others especially the Italian
Horrors. Has AB considered Do any original theatrical Productions or maybe some
straight to DVD ;) Productions and especially in the horror/Gore Genre maybe
give some younger talent that looks up to the Italian Masters like Fulci, Bava
and Argento a chance to show what they have?
[MichaelFelsher] hehe..Max the subject of new and/or theatrical productions is
one we have been talking about for a long time. No concrete plans yet..but keep
your eyes peeled.
[BillCrosthwait] Hi, Sorry if this has been asked before. Any plans to release
or get the rights to Flash Gordon (1980) and Yor: Hunter from the future.
Thanks, Plus you guys rock!
[MichaelFelsher] Hi, we don't have those titles planned currently..though I
would love to see YOR come out...a classic if ever there was one! :)
[Joao_Bastos] Hi. Thanks for coming. I just wanted to suggest a movie that
would make an excelent release: "The Item", a '99 movie directed by
Dan Clark. I believe this movie wasn't released anywhere, not even in vhs. It
was shown in several festivals (including Sundance), and it's one of the best
movies I've seen in a long time. If you have the chance to check it out do it,
because I believe it has the potential to be a huge "cult" movie.
Check for example the Imdb and you will see I'm not the only one who loves the
movie. Check it out, it's worth it! thanks.
[MichaelFelsher] I will look into that one, thanks for bringing it up. It is
always great when fans bring unknown or unheralded films to our attention, it
really leads us down some wonderful roads.
[JustinStokes] Anchor Bay rules! Will your release of Brian Yuzna's SOCIETY
next year be the uncut version, and could you get the rights to Craven's THE
HILLS HAVE EYES?
[MichaelFelsher] Although HILLS isn't planned, we have every intention of
releasing SOCIETY uncut.
[PeterMFitzgerald] Cheers, Michael. I heard recently that MGM no longer holds
the rights to a great Brit sci-fi flick, THE UNEARTHLY STRANGER ('63), starring
John Neville (Gilliam's BARON MUNCHAUSEN, X-FILES). It is very much in the vein
of DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (great job, btw!) and the QUATERMASS films
(ditto!), so is there a decent chance of you putting it out in the near future?
Also is there a street date yet for DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE?
[MichaelFelsher] Hi Peter, I wasn't aware of that title's situation, I will
pass the information on. Hammer's DR JEKYLL is set for November 20th along with
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE.
[Thomas_Hart] Michael, thanks for coming tonight and for putting out a great
selection of obscure titles. Any chance of seeing the following obscure films:
William Castle's "Let's Kill Uncle", Dario Argento's "Trauma",
"Alligator", "Arnold" (1973), "Ms. 45" (Uncut), "The
Manitou", "The Evil" (1978), "Embryo", "The Nude
Bomb", Borowczyk's "The Beast" and Jackie Garry's "The Curse"
(Female werewolf film which can't seem to find a distributor).
[MichaelFelsher] Thomas those titles have all come up and we are actively
pursuing a couple of them..hopefully something will be announced down the line.
[JeffUlmer] Hi Michael. Any chance WHY SHOOT THE TEACHER (Canada's highest
grossing film) or THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE (with Jodie Foster
commentary) is a possibility? Really looking fporward to BAD TASTE. Please keep
the finger on the tin!
[MichaelFelsher] Jeff, we have asked about those, especially LITTLE GIRL, but
nothing yet. Let me tell this about our BAD TASTE packaging plans...The Limited
Edition will be a foldout similar to such releases as FIGHT CLUB or UNBREAKABLE
and will have a bonus DVD with the GOOD TASTE MADE BAD TASTE DOCUMENTARY. There
will also be a 16 page booklet with interviews with three of the cast members in
the LE. The Front of the Limited Edition will have a lenticular cover which will
alternate between the classic finger pose for the alien and the peace sign. The
regular edition of BAD TASTE will come with the peace sign cover displayed, but
with the single finger cover printed on the reverse side...That way everyone can
get flipped off if they so choose :) BTW I am watching BAD TASTE right
now...this is a personal fave... Peter Jackson is the man!
[rhett] Hey Michael, first off thanks for answering our questions... Hey, I was
just wondering about the proposed SE of Prom Night. Could you tell us what
supplements are going to be on the disc, and when it is going to be released?
Also, any chance for getting the rights to The Prowler?
[MichaelFelsher] Currently we don't have plans for a new SE of PROM NIGHT,
though it could always be considered later. THE PROWLER is one we get asked
about all the time, but the rights aren't available to us at this time.
[BenMotley] Hello Michael, thanks for coming! I would just like to first thank
you and AB for their ongoing commitment to Hammer Films. The new releases are
beautiful! . Also, great work on the Wicker Man box, and thank you thank you
thank you for such a bang up job on Suspiria, and the Citizen Kane of horror,
[MichaelFelsher] Thank you Ben!
[BenMotley] As far as Hammer goes, I am very excited about Lust for a Vampire
and Dr.Jekyll and Sister Hyde. My question regarding those has been asked and
answered already, so Ill ask when can we expect Dawn of the Dead? It seems
like this keeps getting pushed back.
[MichaelFelsher] Right now we hope DAWN can be re-released late next year, but
that is tentative right now.
[SeanBateman] Well, my question was in reference to Dawn... is there any
possibility the Argento cut, Zombi, with the complete Goblin score has any
chance of being released?
[MichaelFelsher] Right now we hope we can do that, but again it is all
tentative right now.
[SeanBateman] And... is it true that Anchor Bay is backing Romero's 4th Dead
[MichaelFelsher] Sean, we don't have that in production at this time.
[JeffreyGray] Hi Michael. Are you considering a DVD of CHARLY (based on Daniel
Keyes' short story "Flowers for Algernon" and starring Cliff
[MichaelFelsher] That has been discussed Jeffrey, and I believe we will be able
to release that at some point in the near future.
[BrettHancock] Are there any plans to release Motel Hell on dvd???
[MichaelFelsher] Sorry Brett, that one is with another studio.
[Kelley_B] Thanks so much for Suspiria, WickerMan, Maniac, basically thanks for
being Anchor Bay. Ok why no Tin for Bad Taste? What makes you decided what gets
an Ultra Cool box like the Tins, and that Ultra Swank Wicker Man box? What/When
can we expect from The Evil Dead? Oh and thanks in advance for the sweet ass job
I am sure you will be doing on Bad Taste.
[MichaelFelsher] hehe...Kelley we always try to keep our options open on
packaging rather than doing one type of thing all the time. For BAD TASTE and
EVIL DEAD for example, other options rather than tins became available so we
decided to try em out. I think you will be pleased..we hope!
[Emils] Thks Michael for visiting. Any update on when more Moonlighting
episodes will be coming? Will they be in a box set? Also, is there any date on
[MichaelFelsher] We are hoping for more MOONLIGHTING next year, but I can't
give a date or specifics at this time. THE STUNT MAN will be released on
November 20th..details will be on our website this week but...expect a
commentary from Richard Rush and members of the cast, a new THX transfer with
6.1 DTS & Dolby EX sound, and the release of the acclaimed SINISTER SAGA OF
MAKING THE STUNT MAN both separately and in the Limited Edition.
[GlennMason] Now that AB has expanded into Europe, are there any plans to
extend to the Australian market. Also; glad to see that you are releasing
Brittania Hospital. Any plans for If.. and O, Lucky Man to complete the set.
[MichaelFelsher] We do have a presence in the UK now, although we don't
currently have plans for an Australian location. The other two Lindsay Anderson
films you mentioned aren't available unfortunately.
[DerekMiner] I wondered, through your relationship with Universal, if you had
ever considered doing a DVD of Robert Zemeckis' first film, I Wanna Hold Your
Hand. I don't know if Universal cares much about it, since it bombed
theatrically and they licensed it away to Warner for VHS and LD. I think it's a
wonderful film and I would love to see it get some respect.
[MichaelFelsher] That is a great film, but right now we don't have plans for
[TerryW] 1st thanks for ALL of your work especially the Argento titles, Will
the within the woods short be complete on Book of the Dead Limited? Or missing
[MichaelFelsher] Right now the tenative plans is to have sections of WITHIN THE
WOODS on the DVD due to music copyright issues, but we do want to have this
lengendary short featured on our EVIL DEAD release in any way we can.
[JohnSteffens] What about Class of 1984(82) and Class of 1999(90)? and if so,
is there a possibility of both movies being UNCUT!
[MichaelFelsher] Nothing planned currently, but if we ever did release them,
they would be uncut.
[Michael_M] Hello. I wanted to know the status and any extras on the Emanuelle
In America and Silent Night Deadly Night 2 discs. They were on the schedule a
few months ago but were removed.
[MichaelFelsher] SILENT NIGHT 2 is still on hold, but it should be released
eventually. EMANUELLE IN AMERICA is on track for an early 2003 release when we
plan to have a few other EMANUELLE titles available.
[chris] thanks for taking the time to chat and give us great info...any chance
of getting the rights to peter jackson's meet the feebles?
[MichaelFelsher] Chris, all I can say is we are looking into it...that's my
favorite Jackson flick...Any film that has a drug-addicted frog whose knife
throwing act is interrupted by Vietnam flashbacks deserves our respect.
[Dave_F] Hi Michael - thanks for being here. Do you have any more plans for
John Woo and/or Hong Kong films in general? How about taking all those awful
releases from Disney (Jet Li/Jackie Chan titles among others) and making them
[MichaelFelsher] Dave, we are investigating the possibility of more Woo films
down the road, but that is all I can say right now.
[todds] Do you have the rights or can you inquire about them for the 1980
fantasy film "Hawk The Slayer" starring Jack Pallance?(I know Image
had the LD rights, but not anymore). Also, do you plane on releasing any
scifi/fantasy tv shows? Thanks!
[MichaelFelsher] As for television shows, we are looking into some of them, but
nothing yet. I will ask about HAWK THE SLAYER!
[SteveHauben] What is the Status of the Are you Being Served Movies, Any Chance
of Bad Medicine or Hamburger:The Motion Picture
[MichaelFelsher] Right now we are planning for ARE YOU BEING SERVED (the movie)
in 2003, but that is all I know right now. No plans for the others you
[arabella] Hi, love AB's work on movies of all kinds-any chance of you guys
laying hands on sixties protoslasher flick Corruption? With Cushing?
[MichaelFelsher] That's always a possibility I will ask about that
one...anything with Cushing is always worth a look.
[Phil] Hello! Any chance of AB releasing the 1986 BMX Masterpiece RAD? Also
what about the horror films: BLOOD DINER, THEY BITE, and CEMETERY HIGH. Finally,
any chance of AB releasing any Asian horror films? Oh yeah, THE FRIGHTENERS DIR.
CUT (a man can dream, right)!?!?
[MichaelFelsher] All I can say is we are investigating some of those...although
they aren't horror we are releasing the Asian action series MAD MISSION (aka
ACES GO PLACES) late next year.
[GregorMenasian] First, as everyone here knows, but it's worth stating again,
Anchor Bay rocks, especially your special and limited editions - I own at least
30 of your DVDs! There are many films I'd love to see done properly on DVD by
Anchor Bay, but this is the most important one by far: You've managed to release
great uncut DVDs of films which Miramax has the rights to but refuses to release
on DVD, and tends to only release edited versions of, so I was hoping that you
you might be able to release the full uncut New Zealand version of Peter
Jackson's HEAVENLY CREATURES in open matte 1.33:1 with matte bars via the
subtitle track (like Pioneer did on Bride of Re-Animator)? It would also be
great to also have the film in anamorphic 2.35:1 (or 1.77:1 with subtitle matte
bars), with the Miramax US edit and slightly extended UK edit available via
seamless branching for comparison with the original (perhaps with a commentary
explaining the editing decisions for the different markets). There is a huge fan
base for HEAVENLY CREATURES (and of course Peter Jackson in general) which has
been writing to Miramax directly about this unsuccessfully for a while now, so I
was hoping Anchor Bay could help.
[MichaelFelsher] Well my love for all things Peter Jackson certainly extends to
this film and I know we would jump at the chance to be a part of it, however we
don't currently have it planned. Great suggestions though.
[Ricky] Hi Mr Felsher. I understand Anchor Bay releases some action movies as
well. I was wondering have you ever thought about obtaining the rights to BEST
OF THE BEST and KICKBOXER 2 ?
[MichaelFelsher] We have, however those two aren't with us at this time
[Matt_Stevens] Hello! Two Roger Moore requests: The rarely seen thriller THE
MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF, and the UNCUT 144 minute version of the terrific Peter
Hunt directed SHOUT AT THE DEVIL! The U.S. version is 125 minutes. :-( Also...
The ORIGINAL soundtrack for HIGHLANDER and your Argento's are fantastic. DEEP
[MichaelFelsher] Well Matt good news on MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF..it is coming
from us next year with a commentary track with Mr. Moore himself! I will look
into the HIGHLANDER situation.
[MagnusA] Hi again! Really appreciate you doing this. Do you think that Anchor
Bay will get any real competition (with euro-horror titles, in the US) from
european companies like EC Entertainment, now that they're making most of their
releases R0/NTSC? Even though their releases are no way near AB standards, they
usually come out much earlier.
[MichaelFelsher] Well we view competition as a good thing. The more people are
interested in Euro Horror, the more they are likely to see what other titles are
out there. EC, Synapse, Media Blasters, Image, and a whole list of other
companies are doing great work and we feel that our product has benefitted from
all the options available to fans out there. If we were the only ones doing
Euro-Horror, I'd be worried LOL
[ScottMuhlbaier] Speaking of Peter Jackson....Have you looked into redoing Dead
Alive (Braindead in the UK) for the US-starved Jackson fans? That DVD left a bit
to be desired by Tri-Star--but at least it wasn't the "R" version.
[MichaelFelsher] ah Mr. Jackson again...that one would be heaven to release,
but alas it is not with us at this time.
[ScottMuhlbaier] oh...and who designed the wicker box?
[MichaelFelsher] The Wicker Box was designed by a rather talented couple of
folks here in our office. I will pass along the compliment.
[Jeff-Kleist] Will Highlander feature the Queen music videos done for the
movie? That's a #1 most wanted extra! Also, don't forget about Warning Sign :)
[MichaelFelsher] Jeff, we are looking into the music videos possible
inclusion... that came up today in fact.
[EricV] about zombie ;) you've tell us that you can't re-release it cause you
couldn't restore it as good as you would have want to... so my question is : is
it possible to at least take the old transfer and make it an anamorphic one? is
it something that can be done on the technical side? and also any ways you could
get your hands on the rights for return of the living dead?
[MichaelFelsher] Right now all I can say is that ZOMBIE can't be re-released to
our liking for a variety of reasons. This doesn't mean it wont ever happen, just
not in the near future. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD...not with us
unfortunately...we get many requests for that one.
[Dan_Brodin] nomination for Return of the Living Dead to be released. Would AB
ever considering releasing The Video Dead? This is a classic B zombie flick from
[MichaelFelsher] We asked about that one I believe a while back, but we don't
have plans for it currently.
[Ricky] Is there any plans to release MONSTER SQUAD on DVD ??
[MichaelFelsher] Not currently, but we'd love to work with Fred Dekker on that
or NIGHT OF THE CREEPS..they're great flicks.
[WesRay] I was wondering if Anchor Bay plans to obtain the rights to rare
horror films like Just Before Dawn, Deathdream, or Curtains? Also, any thoughts
on re-visiting Maximum Overdrive in a special edition (with possible King
commentary, AC/DC music videos, and the complete uncut director's cut)?
[MichaelFelsher] We are actually investigating those you mentioned..hopefully
something down the road will happen. As for MAXIMUM, we don't currently have
plans for a special edition and the uncut version could not be located for our
[ScottWeinberg] Thanks again, Michael... How about Joy Sticks? hehe
[MichaelFelsher] hehe...believe it or not that gets several requests every
other week...we're looking into it.
[glennlevesque] Is it possible for you to have the rights for some movies of
Mario Bava ? DIABOLIK ,HERCULES never release in DVD !
[MichaelFelsher] We've looked into those, but the rights are just not available
at this time. Its good to see his work getting such a widespread release on DVD
[Anders] Any chance of a release of the full, original cut of Manhunter? I know
there were some issues with the interpositive not having all the footage, but
new sources do tend to pop up.Also, is it true that more Hitchcock titles are on
[MichaelFelsher] We do have the rights to some of Hitchcock's early films
before his big US sucesses like REBECCA but no dates are set yet. As for
MANHUNTER anything is possible, however we don't have plans for another release
at this time.
[Neil_S_Bulk] Hello again. What are the chances of AB revisiting The Black Hole
and doing a new anamorphic transfer for it? And while you're at it, why not make
it a full blown special edition as well?
[MichaelFelsher] Oh that is one we would love to revisit...it is something we
hope to do in the future if possible.
[Ricky] Is there any plans for a HALLOWEEN 6 : SE with the cut footage and was
a Prom Night : SE planned then scrapped because it was announced at DVDfile.com?
[MichaelFelsher] Don't have the rights to HALLOWEEN 6, though we would gladly
welcome the chance to take it on. PROM NIGHT was never planned for a re-release
as far as I know.
[TerryW] Cat O'Nine Tails is a fantastic release (where did you find those
radio interviews?) but in a previous chat here you said it would have English
Subs (with Italian track) and 5.1 sound. What happened there? And with your
obvious direction into DTS-land will you ever consider revisiting the
near-perfect Deep Red and maybe fix the end credit sequence?
[MichaelFelsher] Sometimes our early plans for releases are changed when
elements are not available for certain elements like a 5.1 mix. We did plan that
for CAT initially, but it wasn't able to be done. As for a re-release of DEEP
RED in DTS, no plans currently.
[JustinStokes] Do you have any plans to release Pupi Avati's THE HOUSE WITH
WINDOWS THAT LAUGHED? Also, will your release of THE INITIATION next year have
[MichaelFelsher] No plans for LAUGHED though that is a interesting film I will
ask about...THE INITIATION will have a new 16x9 transfer and a trailer I
[Joao_Bastos] Can you please update us (a little more) regarding the
re-releases of "Re-animator", "Dawn of the dead", "Day
of the dead" & "Evil Dead" (what extras are you planning to
include/release dates; will the "Elite dvd" extras included on Evil
Dead )? Also, when will you be pressing more copies of the "Blind Dead"
double feature dvd, and the "Zombie" & "Prom Night" dvds
(since you don't have any current plans for a SE)? I can't find them anywhere..
Also: you need to re-release "Sleepaway Camp" UNCUT. Since you're
planning to release a box set with all 3 movies, that's a great chance to
include the uncut version, to make it the "ultimate" box set for the
[MichaelFelsher] All I can say is that currently we aren't able to release
another version of the original SLEEPAWAY. But we hope you will be happy with
the release of the sequels and the box set, we will do our best to make them
[JohnHenry] How come all the extra features that were on Anchor Bay's previous
VHS release of ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK didn't make it onto the new DVD?
Also, will you release her new film ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS?
[MichaelFelsher] Extras weren't available for the DVD due to a couple of
issues, however if we can revisit ELVIRA later with a SE we would consider it.
We don't have plans for Elvira's HILLS right now...hmm maybe I should rephrase
[RonEpstein] Okay, that does it. Before I thank our guest, I need to thank Ned
Vogler for Moderating, and my partner, Parker Clack for his help tonight. Thank
You, Michael, for being here with us. I understand you have some product
[MichaelFelsher] Just a couple of things I want to mention yes...
[MichaelFelsher] For those of you wondering about our upcoming WATCHER IN THE
WOODS DVD I would like to say that it is due in the 1st Quarter of 2002 with DTS
& Dolby EX tracks and possibly THX Certification. There will be other extras
[MichaelFelsher] Look for more Dolby EX sound on such titles as STAGEFRIGHT,
THE CHURCH, THE JAZZ SINGER, CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC and more. JAZZ & CAN'T are
also planned to have DTS 6.1 tracks as well.
[MichaelFelsher] For horror fans 2002 will see the release of Umberto Lenzi's
NIGHTMARE CITY and Brian Yuzna's SOCIETY as well as Tobe Hooper's SPONTANEOUS
[MichaelFelsher] The first entries in our Wim Wenders collection will come
later next year.. THE AMERICAN FRIEND, TRICK OF LIGHT, and NICK'S FILM.
[MichaelFelsher] and finally...we will be releasing two films from director
Roland Emmerich the original full-length version of MAKING CONTACT and THE
NOAH'S ARK PRINCIPLE.
[MichaelFelsher] We hope to have several more BIG announcements by the end of
this year. Thanks Ron, and everyone at Home Theater Forum for having me back.
And thanks to all of you for coming tonight.
[RonEpstein] Michael, will THE JAZZ SINGER be a remastered video transfer?
[MichaelFelsher] Oh yes it will be a new anamorphic transfer
[RonEpstein] Great! Time to upgrade! Thanks, Michael, for taking an interest in
our forum and its members. We will have you back soon.
[ParkerClack] Thanks for coming bye Mike.
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