The Mystery of Rampo

The Mystery of Rampo on VHS. Special Academy Edition. Starring Naoto Takenaka, Michiko Hada, Masahiro Motoki, Mikijir├┤ Hira. Directed by Kazuyoshi Okuyama. 1994.

The Mystery of Rampo on VHS. Special Academy Edition. Starring Naoto Takenaka, Michiko Hada, Masahiro Motoki, Mikijir├┤ Hira. Directed by Kazuyoshi Okuyama. 1994.

From the box:

For Your Consideration

Best Cinematography
Yasushi Sasakibara

Best Music
Akira Senju

Special Academy Edition

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Bride of the Monster

Bride of the Monster on VHS. Starring Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King, Harvey B. Dunn. Directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. 1955.

Bride of the Monster on VHS. Starring Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King, Harvey B. Dunn. Directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. 1955.

From the VHS box:

It’ll Make Your Skin Crawl!

Bela Lugosi is featured in his last speaking role as a mad scientist who tries to harness atomic energy into the creation of super beings. Together with his sidekick slave Lobo he finds a willing bride for his monster (sensitively portrayed by a rubber octopus found rotting on a back lot, without its motor) in the person of a nosey girl reporter.

Good eventually defeats evil in a hysterical chase through the marshes as Lugosi (or his stand in, looking nothing like Lugosi) is eaten alive by his own “monster.”

There are loads of laughs in store as you watch Lugosi literally wrapping the octopus’ tentacles around him, vainly trying to give the impression of life to an otherwise flabby, inactive stage prop.

The film was financed by cattle rancher Donald McCoy under two conditions: 1) that his son Tony would star in the movie and 2) that Wood would make a powerful anti-nuke statement with the film. The results of this “deal” make the movie much more hilarious, keeping the Wood legacy of stiff acting and endless pontification continuing.

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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on VHS video. Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Alan Howard, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, Cameron Rhodes, Sarah McLeod, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Sala Baker. Directed by Peter Jackson. From the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. 2001.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on VHS video. Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Alan Howard, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, Cameron Rhodes, Sarah McLeod, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Sala Baker. Directed by Peter Jackson. From the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. 2001.

From the VHS box:

With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring. Hunting Frodo are servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron, the Ring’s evil creator. If Sauron reclaims the Ring, Middle-earth is doomed.

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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on VHS. Starring  Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen. With Christopher Lee, Brad Dourif, Sean Astin, Bruce Allpress, Andy Serkis. Directed by Peter Jackson. 2002.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on VHS. Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen. With Christopher Lee, Brad Dourif, Sean Astin, Bruce Allpress, Andy Serkis. Directed by Peter Jackson. 2002.

From the VHS box:

The Fellowship has broken, but the quest to destroy the One Ring continues. Frodo and Sam must entrust their lives to Gollum if they are to find their way to Mordor. As Saruman’s army approaches, the surviving members of The Fellowship, along with people and creatures from Middle-earth, prepare for battle. The War of the Ring has begun.

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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on VHS. Starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Andy Serkis. With Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Karl Urban, John Noble, Miranda Otto, David Wenham. Directed by Peter Jackson. 2003.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on VHS. Starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Andy Serkis. With Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Karl Urban, John Noble, Miranda Otto, David Wenham. Directed by Peter Jackson. 2003.

From the VHS box:

The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest.

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Barbarella

Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy on VHS. Movie starring Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea. With Marcel Marceau, Claude Dauphin. Directed by Roger Vadim. 1968.

Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy on VHS. Starring Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O’Shea. With Marcel Marceau, Claude Dauphin. Directed by Roger Vadim. 1968.

From the VHS box:

Barbarella is marked by the same audacity and originality, fantasy, beauty and horror, cruelty and eroticism that make comic books such a favorite. The setting is the planet Lythion in the year 40,000, when Barbarella makes a forced landing while traveling through space. She acts like a female James Bond, vanquishing evil in the forms of robots and monsters. She also rewards, in an uninhibited manner, the handsome men who assist her in her adventure. Whether she is wrestling with Black Guards, the evil Queen, or the Angel Pygar, she just can’t seem to avoid losing at least part of her skin-tight space suit!

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UHF

UHF VHS cover art. Starring 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, David Bowe, Victoria Jackson. With Billy Barty, Fran Drescher, Trinidad Silva. Directed by Jay Levey. 1989.

UHF on VHS. Starring ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, David Bowe, Victoria Jackson. With Billy Barty, Fran Drescher, Trinidad Silva. Directed by Jay Levey. 1989.

From the VHS box:

It’s crazy. It’s zany. It’s hysterical. It’s TV according to “Weird Al” Yankovic.

RAIDER OF THE FALLEN ARCHES, ALMOST RAMBOW, TOWN TALK WITH GEORGE, CONAN THE LIBRARIAN, WHEEL OF FISH, GONE WITH A WHIM, GANDHI II

George Newman is a daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him from holding a steady job… until he becomes the general manager of Channel 62, a local television station his uncle wins in a poker game.

Unfortunately, the station is about one week away from bankruptcy. In a moment of desperation, George makes janitor Stanley Spadowski the star of a dull children’s show and stumbles onto a ratings goldmine… who else would treat lucky kids to a drink from a high-pressure hose? “Stanley Spadowski’s playhouse” is just weird enough to attract an audience!

Before long, endless reruns have been replaced with bizarre programming that could only have come from one place: George Newman’s unique imagination. Shows like “Wheel of Fish,” “Name That Stain,” “Conan the Librarian,” “The Wonderful World of Phlegm,” and “Raul’s Wild Kingdom,” where poodles learn to fly from third story windows!

But as Channel 62s ratings start to rise, so does the wrath of TV mogul R.J. Fletcher, who wants to buy the station and turn it into a parking lot.

Can Channel 62 come up with the money it needs to stay on the air? George Newman’s imagination is the only place to find out!

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