Today I find myself totally missing those studios & video labels of past. The ones that didn't survive the 90's when everything became part of a corporation [the beginning of the end] Here's to the little guys, and their catalogue that entertained the hell out of me in my younger days. I'll post now and again about each of these studios & labels, and I'll get lost in nostalgia. What else is new?!
I'd like to start with this guy. He didn't really make it out of the 80s, but he left some real treats behind for us. And boy did I ever love my VHS copies of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE SURE THING, THE FOG, CHILDREN OF THE CORN, AMITYVILLE II, LOSIN' IT, HUMONGOUS, ZAPPED!, PHANTASM and a bunch more. Picking up an Embassy title always meant I was in for some real fun.
Sample of Avco-Embassy/Embassy's Video offerings:
Avco-Embassy became Embassy and was bought by Norman Lear in the early 80's (which he primarily used for distribution of TV-Shows, naturally) ... During the mid 80's Lear sold Embassy to Coca-Cola and since they owned Columbia pictures at the time, the two joined forces. Eventually Coca-Cola sold Embassy to Dino De Laurentis in the late 80's who renamed it The Dino De Laurentis Group (DEG) and home video became NELSON. By the early 90's it was all over for Embassy/Nelson, and rights to their catalogue are kind of all over the place. MGM & ANCHOR BAY picking up by far most of the titles so far.