FEBRUARY 11 VHS HISTORY LEASON : MISCELLANEOUS VHS COMPANIES
CITY LIGHTS HOME VIDEO - Before there was PM Entertainment, founders Richard Pepin and Joseph Merhi released their earliest films on the City Lights label. See how they started......
MIDNIGHT VIDEO/SELECT-A-TAPE - Midnight Video (a sub-label for adult video label Wonderful World Of Video) only released nine big-box tapes before disappearing, but the nine films were eye-openers in their day. There were four Andy Milligan films (BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS; TORTURE DUNGEON; THE MAN WITH 2 HEADS; THE RATS ARE COMING THE WEREWOLVES ARE HERE), three H.G. Lewis films (GRUESOME TWOSOME; WIZARD OF GORE; GORE GORE GIRLS) and one strange rarity (MICROWAVE MASSACRE). All these films demand big bucks today in the collectors market.
SHAPIRO GLICKENHAUS ENTERTAINMENT (SGE) - Label started by producer Leonard Shapiro and director James Glickenhaus to distribute low-budget action and horror films. Eventually taken over by MCA Universal in the early 90's.
SONY VIDEO SOFTWARE COMPANY (SVS) - While the majority of Sony's tapes were music videos from their vast catalogue of artists (A Flock Of Seagulls, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Devo and many others), they also released a handful of interesting genre titles, mainly Austrailian thrillers (VICIOUS), homegrown horrors (HONEYMOON HORROR), DTV action (NIGHT WARS) and sex comedies (SUMMER JOB). Most of their genre titles have yet to obtain a DVD release, so look for them on VHS on eBay.
SOUTHGATE ENTERTAINMENT - An independent distributor that released mainly action and horror films. Noted for releasing uncut versions of Michele Soavi's THE CHURCH and Dario Argento's TERROR AT THE OPERA.