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Sunday, October 12, 2014

The VHS Archives: Robert Slatzer's BIGFOOT (1970)

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BIGFOOT
Robert Slatzer's Bigfoot (1970)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: World Video, Inc.
Catalog: WV-1013
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 83:26
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Robert Slatzer
Year of Release: 1970
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Stars: Joi Lansing, John Carradine, Chris Mitchum, Judy Jordan, John Mitchum, Haji
AKAs: Big Foot; Bigfoot vs. the Rock Band; Big Foot: The Biggest Monster of All Time; King Kong's Son 

Verbatim Box Synopsis
In the wilds of the rigged Northwest, humans are captured by the legendary "BigFoot". It soon becomes evident that a whole colony of these creatures exists, and that they intend to mate with their captured prey!
An exciting and dangerous manhunt ensues...
A breathtaking, surprise ending!

U.S. World Video Pictures, Inc. sleeve! 

German Video Medien Pool (VMP) sleeve,
courtesy of Video-Museum.net










A selection of promotional shots from the Cinema Arcana Archives! We own the original negatives to these photos, along with the positive proofs (which is what we scanned here). They actually offer much better views of the creatures than you find in the film itself!


Fun video promo, created and uploaded by CheezyFlicks!

Looking for Bigfoot on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. There's also a bootleg DVD from those hucksters at CheezyFlicks, if you just want to see the movie. 

Investigate more titles with Project: WORLD!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2014 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The VHS Archives: Marino Girolami's YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE HEART (1975)

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YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE HEART
Marino Girolami's La moglie vergine (1975)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Prism Entertainment Corp.
Catalog: 2815
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1985
Runtime: 97:31
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: Trailer for Beyond Erotica

About the Film
Director: Marino Girolami
Year of Release: 1975
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Edwige Fenech, Ray Lovelock, Carroll Baker, Renzo Montagnani
AKAs: Valentina; The Virgin Wife; At Last, At Last; The First Night of Marriage; Come, Let's Make Love; Man, That's the Thing!You Haven't Fixed My Virginity!

Verbatim Box Synopsis
CARROLL BAKER stars in this amusing, and amorous escapade about a honeymoon gone sour and a wild plot to "revitalize" the groom.
Baker plays mother to virgin bride Valentina and impotent new husband John.
John's uncle tempts the groom with a delectable diet of willing sex partners -- servant girls, waitresses, and even his own lover... with no success. 
Still a virgin, Valentina flees to a nudist camp, only to be tracked by her mother and husband John, who discover the answer to John's problem after a rainy night together.
In a rollicking "romantic" fiasco, husband, wife and mother embark on a colorful and "unique" honeymoon together.

U.S. Prism Entertainment sleeve!

U.K. Video Programme Distributors Limited Sleeve,
courtesy of Lovelock&Load!

German VPS Video sleeve, originally scanned by Taya! 
Be sure to visit his sitededicated to cover artist Luis Royo!

Spanish JF Films Video sleeve!

Greek Empire Video sleeve!

Greek Apollon Video sleeve (featuring images from a different film), 
courtesy of Rolfens DVD!








A selection of promotional stills, direct from the Arcana Archives!

Opening credits, complete with insanely catchy theme song,
"Tic Toc."  Uploaded by "gioburrasca"!

Looking for You've Got to Have Heart on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. Not on legit DVD, as far as I can tell. 

Investigate more titles with Project: Prism!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2014 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The VHS Archives: Ferdinando Baldi's SICILIAN CONNECTION (1972)

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SICILIAN CONNECTION
Ferdinando Baldi's Afyon oppio (1972)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Video City Productions
Catalog: None
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1986
Runtime: 96:01
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: Trailers for Mob War, Spy Story (2.35:1!), and "Air Show"

About the Film
Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Year of Release: 1972
Country of Origin: Italy / France
Stars: Ben Gazarra, Silvia Monti, Fausto Tozzi, Jess Hahn, Malisa Longo
AKAs: The Sicilian Connection, The Opium Connection, The Opium Route, For the Godfather of Sicily

Verbatim Box Synopsis
BEN GAZARRA stars in this best-ever depiction of the evil opium trade. Travel the "Opium Route" from the "Golden Triangle", across the Sahara, through Europe and on to the United States, in this non-stop, Mafia action thriller, sure to please all "gang-land" movie fans. 

U.S. Video City Productions sleeve!

UK Video Form Pictures pre-cert sleeve,
courtesy of Lovelock and Load's Jonny Redman!

 Japanese Toemi Video sleeve, courtesy of Vince Corkadel! 
Be sure to check out his YouTube Channel!

Danish Dansk Video Film sleeve, courtesy of Nils Markvardsen!

Original Variety ad, courtesy of Unpopped Cinema!


International trailer, uploaded by "Night of the Trailers"!

Looking for Sicilian Connection on VHS? It's not readily available. Not on DVD, either. Good luck!

Investigate more titles with Project: Video City!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2014 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The VHS Archives: Sun Chung's A FIST FULL OF TALONS (1983)

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A FIST FULL OF TALONS
Sun Chung's Hu ying (1983)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Ocean Shores Video Limited
Catalog: OS-306
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1986
Runtime: 82:32
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: Trailers for Super Power, and The Big Risk

About the Film
Director: Sun Chung
Year of Release: 1983
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Stars: Billy Chong, Whang In-Shik, Liu Hao-yi, Bai Ying
AKAs: A Fistful of Talons, Tiger Hawk, Wind Forest Fire Mountain

Verbatim Box Synopsis
A classic of the Chinese cinema! Directed by the "David Lean of China," Sun Chung, and starring the amazing Billy Chong, it has the sweep and grandeur befitting it's subject: the creation of the Republic of China. But more than just a majestic epic, it is a thrilling martial arts showcase with some of the best fights ever put to film. If you're never seen a kungfu movie, this is the one to see! If you've never liked kungfu movies, this is also the one to see. And, if you love kungfu movies, you have to see this one!

U.S. Ocean Shores Video Limited sleeve!

 U.S. Ocean Shores Video Limited sales sheet!

U.S. Ocean Shores Video Limited sales sheet;
this one features alternate artwork and plot synopsis!

Variety trade ad, promoting the film's Cannes screenings!

And its 42nd St. marquee, double-billed with Kung Fu Zombie!


A highlights compilation, uploaded by "Mimikoooooooo." Includes
the entire berserk ending, complete with kung fu eagle bisection. 

Looking for A Fist Full of Talons on VHS? The Ocean Shores tape isn't readily available, but you can get the crappy Ground Zero cheapie release if you want it. There's also a bunch of budget DVDs, including this one paired with Kung Fu Zombie

Investigate more titles with Project: Ocean Shores!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2014 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The VHS Archives: Mario Bava's BLADESTORM (1966)

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BLADESTORM
Mario Bava's I coltelli del vendicatore (1966)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mogul Communications, Inc.
Catalog: MOG1041
Box Type: Slipcase
Year of Release: 1987
Runtime: 81:02
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Mario Bava
Year of Release: 1966
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Fausto Tozzi, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Luciano Pollentin
AKAs: Knives of the Avenger, Viking Massacre, Flurry of Knives, Dagger Man, Duel with Knives, The Wrath of the Vikings, A Fistful of Knives, Rurik the Viking

Verbatim Box Synopsis
Bladestorm ... a terrifying story of brutality, horror and violence.
A powerful, emotional and violent story of war and determination, of a man's hatred as he takes on the superior firepower of the enemy.
A story of one man's burning ambition for total vengeance ... a man who will never forgive or forget.
The bloody conflict continues until Bladestorm erupts into total conflict ... a bloody war leaving death, destruction and sadistic killing in it's wake.
Nothing can stop the bloody battle as the culmination of years of hatred and vengeance finally result in a fight until death. Bladestorm will stop at nothing.

U.S. Mogul Communications, Inc. slipcase!

Friend John Grace pointed out the Bladestorm cover art is just a flipped reworking of Frank Frazetta's popular Conan the Destroyer painting from 1971. The original piece actually made news in 2010 by selling for a whopping $1.5 million!

U.S. Mega Video sleeve!

Canadian Videoline Productions, Inc. slipcase,
courtesy of Tales from the Snikt!

Spanish DGV Video sleeve!

German Spectrum glassbox cover,

German Cannon VMP sleeve!

Greek Video Alsen sleeve!

Finnish Magna Filmi sleeve, originally scanned by "giallohunter"!


U.S. theatrical trailer (printed in B&W),
uploaded by Criterion Dungeon!

Looking for Bladestorm on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. It was also released to DVD by Anchor Bay under the title Knives of the Avenger as part of their first Mario Bava Collection, and as an earlier standalone release from Image. 

Investigate more titles with Project: MOGUL!

For a look at other labels, check out The VHS Archives!

© 2013 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.