Site created 12/15/97.
page created: 10/16/98
Dave's Video: The Laser Place -
Studio City, CA - 10/15/98
Laser hosted yet another great 'meet and greet' event last night, at
their store in Studio City. The guest this time was
Exorcist director William
Friedkin. Dave and Linda Lukas have been sponsoring these events for
many years now, and the terrific thing about it, is that a portion
of the sales proceeds get donated to a charity of the guest's
other nice thing about events like these, of course, is that film
fans get an opportunity to meet some of the people responsible for
their favorite films. And dozens of fans were in attendance last
night, some lining up hours early for the chance to meet Mr.
Friedkin himself was extremely cordial - truly a gentleman. He
greeted everyone personally, and took a few moments to shake hands
and chat with each person in line. The line was quite long, but he
stayed late to make sure that everyone who had waited got their
chance to visit with him, and receive an autographed laserdisc or
When I spoke with him, he told me that he was very excited about
the new 25th Anniversary DVD release. Mr. Friedkin was personally
involved in nearly every aspect of the disc's preparation, including
recording a brand new audio commentary track for the title.
Thanks to the efforts of Garrett Lee of Image Entertainment, and
the kindness of the folks at Warner Home Video, those in line were
allowed to purchase the DVD's Snapper case (for this single event
only), in advance of release date, so that they could be autographed
by the director. The DVD has been delayed until the end of November,
and those who purchased the case will have to return for the actual
disc then. Rest assured that the new DVD will be loaded with extra
features - it should blow the previous release out of the water.
asked about my work here on The Digital
Bits, Mr. Friedkin was even kind enough to tell me that
he's going to check it out personally. Given how genuine he seems to
be, I have no doubt that he will (so if you do happen to read this,
Mr. Friedkin, you have my thanks - I'm truly honored).
The other fun thing about the event last night, was the chance to
meet a number regular Bits
readers. Several people came up to me to introduce themselves.
Unfortunately, it's almost impossible for me to respond to the
torrent of e-mail I receive daily (although I do read it all), so I
really do appreciate the opportunity to meet people in person.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to say hello.
Of course, it would be remiss of me not to mention my fellow DVD
cohort-in-crime Peter Bracke (of The
DVD File). He's a great guy, and works as hard as anyone I
know (Pete, I'm still blown away that you managed to update your
page, despite having your car stolen!). You all know what I look
like from my VSDA reports, but I know that a lot of Peter's readers
are dying to see a picture of him. He's been reluctant to show his
face over on his own site, so I managed to convince him to join me
in a quick digital snapshot (which you'll find by scrolling down)...
so I managed to convince him to take the shot - I didn't say he had
allowed his face to be shown! You'll just have to trust me, when I
say that that IS Peter on the left. Hey, I gave it the old college
try... take it up with him!
Thanks to everyone who made last night's event possible. As they
say, a good time was had by all.