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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Oh Vestron... You silly so and so.

I've been thinking about you a lot lately, Vestron. And I must say, I really miss you. You left me in the late 80's and you turned into someone else entirely. I know things change, but why'd you have to go? Did a late success in life involving some dirty dancing really change you? I know there are a lot of factors to why it ended the way it did, but can't you just come into my life again? Can't you just surprise me and say, I'm back! I'm here to stay. When I go the store, and see all your stuck-up friends like MGM, Fox and Paramount, I just wish I could just see you... Just one last time... I miss you Vestron. I really do. With Vestron, you had in your life: Alligator Amityville 3-D The Changeling China Girl Chopping Mall Class Class Of 1984 Curtains Dead & Buried Death Weekend Delinquent School Girls Dolls Dream A Little Dream The Final Terror The Flamingo Kid From Beyond The Gate Gwendoline Hollywood High The House On Sorority Row The House On The Edge Of The Park Jennifer Joysticks The Lair Of The White Worm The Last House On The Left Lifeforce The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane Mad Max Metropolis The Monster Squad Mortuary My Chauffeur Once Bitten Paperhouse Parents The Party Animal Picnic At Hanging Rock Pieces Promised Land The Purple Rose Of Cairo Re-Animator Rolling Thunder Savage Streets Sole Survivor SpaceCamp Squirm Sweet 16 Tentacles TerrorVision They All Laughed They Came From Within To Live And Die In L.A. Tomboy Up The Creek Vigilante Waxwork And a few hundred more. Factoids: Vestron, along with it's short lived subsidiary (Lightning Video) at it's greatest popularity in the 80's accounted for at least 10% of the Video Market (And Vestron International would be 2nd only to Warner Brothers overseas) That is huge for a non-major studio company as such. Sadly after some surprise hits Vestron tried to go the way of the big studios and ended up chapter 11. Vestron was acquired by LIVE Entertainment. MGM licensed a bunch of their titles and LIONSGATE would eventually go on to own most of Vestron's catalog. Sadly, many of which have never seen the light of day on DVD. Including the movie "Light Of Day".

9 comments:

Mitch said...

Awesome, Awesome post, Vestron was always my favorite VHS company as well! They covered it all, but you always knew that you get a great big fun ball o' cheese with a Vestron Video. Big Props!!

The Film Connoisseur said...

I mean, they had Terrorvision, one of the most underrated sci-fi/horror/comedies ever...I wish I could see that one again!

I NEED a Terrorvision DVD. Whoever has the rights to that should do something about it.

The Former 786 said...

Wow. I had no idea that I missed them, too.

But I do.

I really do.

Carl (ILHM) said...

So many great titles on there that have yet to get a decent release.. C'mon, wheres my Death Weekend??

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

Great post. I just reviewed Radioactive Dreams on my own blog, and devoted a paragraph to Vestron, and I included a link back to this post in it.

Cinema Du Meep said...

I'm glad Vestron is so fondly remembered...

Jay Clarke said...

I miss them too (sigh)

Don't forget Trick Or Treats!

Ty said...

Excellent Post! Vestron was such a great company.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks, TY. They really were.

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