Sunday, July 31

Some interesting curiosities regarding the "uncut" version of The Horror Show (1989)

Back in the infancy of this little blog I talked about James Issac's The Horror Show (House 3) and left disappointed:

"Lance Henriksen as a detective (Lucas) stalked by the reincarnation of notorious cleaver murderer/cannibal,  Max Jenke (Brion James), he sent to the chair. The murderer returns to life through electricity (sound familiar?) and sets aim on the lawman's family. Max begins to manifest to Lucas within his own house, leading him to stab a turkey and shoot a television. When his daughter's boyfriend is found hacked up in the basement; Lucas lands in police custody. Lucas now knows what he must do realizing this is the best time for Max to seek his revenge.

This film has some crippling problems. Henriksen and James are dependable as their usual badass personas. The rest of the cast are just standard stereotypes. You can tell the violence suffered significant cuts. One example is when Max "magically" attempts to rip out of Lucas' chest from within. Henrikson is seen obviously standing behind an effects piece of his gashed torso like something crazy is about to happen, but then he suddenly stumbles out of the room. Even some kill shots look zoomed in to avoid witnessing what would undoubtedly scar the minds of little boys and girls everywhere if the MPAA didn't save them. Beyond that, the conclusion is very jumbled. Locations mysteriously shift, characters die and later appear alive with no reason, and the nature of Max's being simply doesn't make sense. It's another for the "watch once" pile, more akin to an mildly interesting failure."

I guess you can never take me at my word because I found myself hankering to revisit this "watch once, mildly interesting failure" and was presented with the chance to grab the "uncut" Japanese VHS recently. Like many late '80s slashers, The Horror Show fell under the mighty axe of an especially brutal MPAA regime who butchered the film far more than Jenke's victims. MGM/UA's tape reflects these R-rated cuts while Herald Videogram's Japanese tape and Hollywood DVD's British DVD present a "more complete" version (outlined over at Movie Censorship).

I'm hesitant to say this extended version is truly uncut due to the film's troubled production after original director David Blyth (Death Warmed Up) was shitcanned shortly into production in favor of James Issac who worked fast to right the ship. Even more curious is how the double-sided Japanese cover depicts stills not found in either version.

The collage to the left shows the second "blue plate special" severed head in the film of the only other man aware of Jenke's rebirth murdered and placed on a dinner plate. The thing is the character never once has a mustache. Maybe this was a gag crew photo? Or...?

Bonnie's bloody 18th birthday cake is pictured yet the character doesn't have a birthday on-screen (can't recall ever hearing one even mentioned). Bonnie's slaughtered boyfriend is only mentioned later as being torn in half and not shown. I'm assuming this was meant to be shown after his torso falls in front of his screaming girlfriend. The deep fried head is only in the uncut version and the last two stills are in both versions.

The front cover exhibits the biggest omission of Henriksen's Lucas pulling his chest open (to rip his own heart out?). As I originally noticed above, this scene is obviously edited in both versions as he only grips his hands on the edges of the wound before stumbling out of the room. This sequence is so sloppy that in one shot his fingers are bloodied while in the next they're perfectly clean. The meat grinder with legs dangling out next to him is only seen in the uncut version.

The still of Bonnie screaming with a knife while her mother holds her is on the flip side and again isn't depicted in either cut. Jenke had a thing for Lucas's daughter so maybe there were scenes of Bonnie also having violent hallucinations of the madman like her father? Maybe she used the knife to cut into her birthday cake only to have visions of guts beneath the frosting? Or maybe her father freaked out again?

Suffice to say The Horror Show seems to have suffered far more than what the ratings board managed to muster. It would be great to eventually see a SE DVD with detail into the production's woes, maybe even these scenes included somehow? As for the rewatch, I enjoyed this one much more, it doesn't flounder at its climax like Prison (1988) or feel desperate to create a new genre icon like Craven's Shocker (1990).

Cover A, "The Horror Show" artwork

Cover B, "House 3" artwork

Saturday, July 30

The Fog (1980) - 1981 Magnetic Video Corporation (MVC) Laser Videodisc

Found more LDs this morning with this early MVC release of John Carpenter's The Fog being the jewel!

Friday, July 29

Zombie 3 (サンゲリア2) (Sanguelia 2) (Uncut) (1988) - Tokuma Japan Video VHS

Sorry about my laziness as of late, but finally TGIF!

Wednesday, July 27

Rambo (First Blood Part II) (1985) - SUPER SERIES II - 1985(?) Pioneer LDC Japan LaserDisc

Yet another Buy It Now eBay grab that was the cheapest out of a seller's LDs. This was $13 shipped versus $25+ for other non-import, non-kick ass flicks. This release doesn't feature Pioneer's logo anywhere on the cover or disc and simply states "Manufactured by Laserdisc Corporation, Distributed by Pioneer Electronic Corporation Japan." The gold audio stickers are on the outer plastic sleeve and it's mind-boggling to think this release originally cost $100USD at the current exchange rate. Also digging around I've seen this release with a "longways" side Obi compared to this one's "corner" Obi. Japanese graphic art designers certainly have a way of making everything seem like a do-or-die must see!

Tuesday, July 26

Captures from Code Red's NIGHTMARE (1981) 30th Anniversary Edition (long entry)

I'll probably do a more in-depth follow-up, but here's some caps from Code Red's new and looooonnnng anticipated two-disc DVD set of Romano Scavolini's Nightmare (1981). The first full frame remaster from 2005 features some odd digital scratch correction that "blanks out" chunks of the picture during fast-motion (see capture #4 of the kid swinging the axe). Also on Disc 1, a better looking version from two of the best surviving prints, the original negative is gone, receives a 16x9 progressively-flagged widescreen transfer that lacks the digital correction problems of the full frame presentation. If anyone remembers the 21th Century Distribution Corp. version that surfaced in complete form on YouTube awhile ago (long since pulled down), it actually was this very '08 remaster. Both versions bear Tom Savini's credit as "Special Effects Director".

Extras for Disc 1, aside from the 2008 remaster, include commentary on the '08 version from make-up artist Cleve Hall and lead Baird Stafford, "Making a Nightmare" featurette featuring interviews with Stafford, Hall, and ex-distributor Tom Ward, and interview with make-up artist Ed French that just barely made it onto this release according to Code Red.

The second disc is where things get interesting because it features a 2011 remaster and infamous 95 minute Italian-language only, unsubtitled Scavolini interview that both sunk this release into delay hell. Mimicking Anchor Bay's Army of Darkness Bootleg Edition, the disc art is designed to look like a DVD-R with logos and Nightmare Disc 2 "handwritten" in marker. The menus have a more professional appearance than the first disc and I'd say it's obvious Code Red intends for this bonus disc to be the primary viewing experience. The years and years long wait proved for the best with each new remaster looking better. Other extras include Nightmare's theatrical trailer (no TV Spots) and several trailers for other Code Red releases (Cutthroats Nine!).

Despite this newly discovered print having its own share of damage, it looks as described on the menu "slightly better" than the previous two--noticeably sharper with grain structure peaking through at times. Savini's opening credit is absent in this version. I already had FleshWoundVideo's Deluxe Extended Edition DVD-R taken from two VHS releases and all three of Code Red's presentations blow away the picture quality of that bootleg (which runs 1:37:55). Pick this one up now and place it right next to Lustig's Maniac. Code Red deserves your support simply based on the absolute hell they went through just to release this! Finally!

2005 Remaster (Scavolini-preferred Full Frame/1:38:23 with Code Red opening/Interlaced)

2008 Remaster (1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen/1:38:14 with 21th Century logo/Progressive)

2011 Remaster (1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen/1:38:09 with 21th Century logo/Progressive)

Monday, July 25

Doing the eBay shuffle...

Has the following song 'n dance ever happened to you?

1) A few days before the auctions end, you find a guy whose obviously selling off an entire personal collection of crap. In my case, around five hundred LaserDiscs that ended in sequential order alphabetically starting around 8 p.m. EST last night. Each starting at $4.99. It's on like Donkey Kong.

2) After discovering the bounty you throw everything and anything of interest on your Watch List. And over the course of the days spent waiting you dig around eBay and the 'net whittling down the wants to the very essence of what you perceive as needing. I initially tossed about thirty discs on my list and began shedding listings left-and-right in a myriad of questions and ponderings. Do I really need another copy of this? Is the movie really worth it? This one looks a little damaged. There's other copies on eBay for not much more.

3) Despite this dumping to choose your battles wisely, you're figuring it's going to be LaserDisc Shopping Spree Starrcade 2011. The seller combines shipping and is offering free shipping on five or more LD auction wins. Do you know that means? All competitors should just go to Africa and be trampled by raging elephants.

4) As the twilight hour draws nearer during the last day, your unchanging watched auctions suddenly encounter...other fucking bidders. Dammit. Suddenly, more-and-more of the LaserDiscs are finding bidders and becoming anxious you start to question the remaining on your Watch List. Do I really need that Japanese Highlander 2: Director's Cut? That super rare A.I.P. Video laser of Demon Possessed? A slightly worn copy of John Woo's The Killer from Japan without its OBI?

5) To add insult to injury, you see a few you were interested in blow past reasonable price levels. Highlander 2 is wretched away at over $30 and Demon Possessed isn't mine at nearly $40. Dammit, that's it, time to heave the Hail Mary pass...

6) In a final scorched earth effort, you release the hounds upon the one listing you favored most all along. With steely determination and echoes of Ernest's assertion that "they're not gonna get this camp", you lay down your own insane maximum bid on one listing despite originally having such high hopes of domination. Come hell or high water, screw the bills, screw eating for the next week, I shall crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and hear the lamentation of the women!

You're damn straight I won (for much less than my max bid). And Raw Deal is called GORILLA in Japan.
How badass is that!

Sunday, July 24

Mangiati vivi! (Eaten Alive!) (1980) - 1997 EC Entertainment Dutch LaserDisc

Behold! One of all-time most wanted LDs of Umberto Lenzi's first answer to Cannibal Holocaust, Eaten Alive. Thanks to Mike Keel over at Bootleg Horror for the opportunity to grab this! I included EC's Deluxe Collector's Edition and Shriek Show's censored cover DVDs below. Nothing is on the gatefold's back for those curious.
Check out the back cover here.

Saturday, July 23

The Lost Idol (1990) - 1990 Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment VHS

From the IMDB: "After the fall of Saigon, a stranded group of US soldiers tries to make it through Cambodia to safety in Thailand. While taking refuge in an ancient abandoned temple, the men find a gold statue worth millions of dollars. They agree to hide the statue, then return to Cambodia when it is safe to do so and split the treasure. After hiding the statue, however, the lieutenant, overcome by greed, shoots his own men in order to keep it all for himself. Eight years later, the lieutenant, now a major, returns to retrieve the statue. Everything is going well until he hears about one of the soldiers he thought he killed now living as a farmer in a small Thai village. Fearing his secret will be revealed, the lieutenant must now decide how to deal with this ghost from his past."

Annnnd that synopsis is better than the reality of Philip Chalong's Thai-produced horseshit explosion The Lost Idol. Like the cover depicts, I'd like to say Erik Estrada eats beef while fucking all the ladies while throwing enough steaming lead into gookflesh to singlehandedly rekindle Vietnam...

Unfortunately for us, his character is a pansy, never even throws a grenade on-screen, and the million-miles-away-from-CHiPs actor is featured in maybe half of the total flick. A downtrodden Estrada never once gives us his affable grin and looks disinterested as if the film's shooting is disrupting a Pan-Asian vacation. That is if he's even appearing in a scene at all.

The action is pretty tepid and only picks up under its own dumb momentum as a jeep barrels through straw huts against incoming fire with a tail gunner raging back in the climax. Who is this noble warrior risking it all? Not Erik, he's too busy being huddled down behind some sandbags.  At a certain point, Estrada's character could have easily slipped off into the jungle, away from a battle he was forced to participate in under threat to his family. That's another thing, the film ends so abruptly we never have full closure to the story involving his kidnapped wife and daughter. There isn't even any end credits like by that point the film was sick of itself. The only thing the production manages to pull off really well are a few explosions featuring dummies that look spookily realistic as they flail through the air like recent videos of war in the Middle East.

It's a damn shame The Lost Idol was chosen for North American video distribution with so many better awesomely bad jungle brawlers currently MIA on any format stateside. The print has an unusual amount of rough damage with every segment splice for something from the late '80s. Like Estrada was sucked into a timewarp back to the '70s to experience what his career would have been without the smash hit biker cop television series. Otherwise, SGE Home Video's VHS is decent with trailers for the infinitely more interesting Basket Case 2 and Frankenhooker. Skip this one unless you're a trash action maniac, or better yet, seek out Enzo G. Castellari's spirited Lightblast (1985) with an equally spirited Estrada.

Friday, July 22

I gotta tell ya guys...

...experiencing heat tantamount to Christina Lindberg's crotch after a night at the disco really puts a damper on my mind's ability to muster much thought in these evening hours. So I'm sorry if my recent entries have been uneven. On days like this, the only thing I wanna do is crash in front of my tiny 13" CRT and watch a tape or two. Currently entertaining my daylight hellfire malaise is this video of some Italian trash called Cross of the Seven Jewels from 1987. I need to track this down pronto, especially after reading David Z's account...

Thursday, July 21

Mr. Vampire (Geung si sin sang) (1985) - 1986 Golden Harvest Ltd./Rainbow Audio VHS

Another fresh eBay arrival of Ricky Lau's jiangshi (hopping vampire) horror comedy classic.

Wednesday, July 20

Video: Weekend LaserDisc Haul


Tuesday, July 19

A new force to be reckoned with...

Jim Mickle and Nick Damici's Mulberry Street has several factors working against it. An unappealing title. Video marketing both domestic and abroad that indicates yet another low budget zombie romp. A non-existent budget of around a measly sixty grand. A really shitty trailer that doesn't represent the style of the film at all. Finally, being part of Lionsgate's 8 Films to Die For series, which getting down to brass tax, consists mostly of horror that couldn't quite cut the mustard as standalones. To be honest, I had zero interest in ever seeing this and only bought the DVD after finding it for two bucks over the weekend.

But like I should have done, disregard all those negative waves, man. This is one of the best independent no-budget American horror films I've seen in quite some time. Amazingly, I have no gripes or quibbles about any aspect of this yarn of a rat-born infection turning residents of one of the most famous streets in Manhattan into rampaging mutant members of the very species scampering underfoot.

There's a genuine feeling running through Mulberry Street of director/writer Mickle and writer/lead Damici wanting to get even the smallest of details right. This is so welcoming because it bucks one of the most annoying trends in indie horror. Of course, time and money are always tight, but too often tiny details are let go leaving an impression filmmakers just settling for good enough. Such examples can be seen over-and-over in the three million dollar Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet which I grilled a few weeks ago. A lazy piece of garbage next to this piece with a fraction of the budget. Rammbock: Berlin Undead also doesn't have Mulberry's chops.       

In contrast, Mickle and Damici aren't afraid to get their hands dirty and this only bolsters excellent lived-in performances and streetwise directorial style seldom seen in the genre. There's real craftsmanship in Mulberry Street and it's far more than to be expected from something about crazed rat people for the cost of a nice new car. Track this down now, it's definitely worth owning, and I can't wait to see Stake Land. There might still be hope for American Horror...

Monday, July 18

Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1974) / The Mad Butcher (1971) - 1983 BFV Home Video VHS

It came from eBay! Been pining for this early Best Film & Video clamshell for quite some time!

Sunday, July 17

Insidious is a sign of health in modern horror...

That's the best way of putting this latest scare tactic from James Wan and Leigh Whannell that repudiates the "torture porn" trend they helped perpetuate with the Saw cycle in favor of PG-13 mood 'n gloom. To put the plot in a nutshell you've probably already heard, the young son of a couple who recently moved is possessed by something insidious while tripping the light fantastic on the astral plane. Now it's up to his parents to first realize the extent of trouble their comatose son is in and then find an answer to guiding him back into our dimension.

Horror fans will quickly realize the bulk of what Insidious, shot as "The Astral", offers isn't new ground. Drips and drabs of such classics like The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and The Changeling are brought into the duo's arsenal along with a sense they're not done mining the creepiness of turn-of-the-century spirits haunting the present as previously seen in their Dead Silence in 2007.

To their credit, the fine line between pandering to hollow chair jumping is straddled extremely well as a genuine build settles. It's still very much a popcorn horror flick, so much of the family drama never fully bakes, the couple's two other young kids just sorta disappear, and pains are taken with explaination, "it's not the house that's haunted" (no shit?), to the destruction of a more subtle nuance that could have seen Insidious busting through that mainstream genre ceiling into something with classic status potential. Job one is to be frightening, and this one succeeds in the short term, but it's not something like, say...David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. Despite myself being the farthest thing from an affluent, accomplished middle-aged gynecologist with an identical twin, something very unsettling remains for quite sometime after the credits roll. Wan's film only leaves you wondering if the whole out-of-body experience deal is real or not.

The demon gunning for the boy's eternal soul suffers from overexposure. The millisecond fragments witnessed early and illustration from a medium's description are far more effective than seeing what ultimately looks like Darth Maul's shorter brother with hooves in plain view.

The other, slightly more innocuous spirits of the limbo realm dubbed "The Further" are very reminiscent of the waxy figures in Willie Malone's The House on Haunted Hill update (an aspect also picked up in J. Astro's thoughts over at Screen Grab!). Maybe I'm hard to please, but neither spooked me much afterward stumbling around downstairs in the dark. My vision of hell's forever wraith is approximated best by the art of Francis Bacon ("Figure with Meat" detail to the right). Place those visions onto film and CNN would be reporting of thirteen-year-olds having heart attacks in crowded theaters. Some lipstick wearing prick with armor rings from Hot Topic and gothic drag queens? Guys, you could have easily done better. Shit, ever see the drawings in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?

Still, for all of Insidious's rough patches, sticking to a PG-13 and turning out so well received both critically and financially deserves praise. The flourishes and tangents indulged in the last reel feel more bold, and have a hard-to-place '80s flare, than compensation toward those bored with the bumps in the night. It's another step in showing the mainstream is willing to enjoy a better tonal balance in their date night horror diet over self-imposed limb torture or Milla J. doing gunfire-flavored backflips while killing CG-mouthed 3D. If this trend continues, I'm unsure where the end destination is, but we're definitely getting there.

Saturday, July 16

Need some help identifying this crazy ass action figure...

What in the hell is this bulging puss creature with a defecating, errr...face? (it's awesome, BTW)

Friday, July 15

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988) - 1992 Midnite Movies Hawaiian(?) VHS

The more I dig around to find details on this VHS of Fred Olen Ray's career masterstroke, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, the odder it becomes. Midnite Movies released tapes in the Netherlands that found their way throughout Europe. The Abomination was catalog #MM01 and Ozone: Attack of the Redneck Zombies was #MM02. This tape is "MM003" (extra zero?); the only problem is there's no dual Dutch/English text on the back (just English), no ratings stickers, and the tape is NTSC (or playable in North American decks).

The large clamshell coverart actually resembles the British Colourbox clamshell art, seen here at, with many subtle differences. The back has the most interesting alterations. The box with the BBFC18 rating instead has Midnite Movies' howling wolf logo. The Colourbox square logo to that box's right is missing. The copyright information in the bottom right hand on the Midnite Movies edition corner lacks Fred Olen Ray's name after "COPYRIGHT © 1988". The Colourbox has a "PACKAGING COPYRIGHT" of 1988 while the MM states 1992.

Otherwise, the MM back is identical save for "Special Uncut Edition" in pink replacing "Colourbox Presents..." across the top edge. Also the UK VHS as well as Camp Motion Picture's 1988 US VHS begin with "Camp Motion Pictures in Association with..."  before "American-Independent Presents" on the front cover's bottom credits. As you can see, the Camp Motion mention is completely absent on this Midnite Movies front cover. Strangely enough the tape opens with their logo just like the official CMP release. I'm only saying this release is Hawaiian because it arrived from an eBay seller based in the sparsely-populated Makawao. Seems funny such a thing would be there of all places to begin with...  

So why no proper scan? The original case had some nasty dried mold which I carefully cleaned from the paper before chucking that case in the trash. The replacement case has a enforced spine making every cover removal risky, it was hard enough inserting, so I'm not going to tempt fate. I have no idea what the deal is on this one's origins, but it's a pretty badass bootleg if that's the case!          

Wednesday, July 13

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) - 1991 RCA/Columbia Pictures Promotional VHS

Found this one this past weekend at a yard sale and almost didn't even pick it up since this sequel is so common. Promotional rental screeners are like the red-headed stepchildren of VHS collecting. Some ascribed rather crazy value to them, but collectors know most are usually just poor quality versions of a final product. This one's not too special and it doesn't help that Freddy's Dead is mostly awful. The last sliver of demented relish in killing from Freddy in The Dream Child totally gives way to a kid tested, mother approved cereal box version of the slasher icon. Played for laughs with the worst "cold lasagna mask" Krueger make-up of the series. The best thing about Freddy's Dead is its truly excellent trailer.

There's a rental marketing segment in front of the film running down the quotes and cast description on the back cover. A buy six, get the seventh free deal is detailed for video stores. Each copy cost a whopping $90, makes you wonder just how many rentals that would take just to break even if buying seven at nearly $550. There's also a trailer for the 1988 Pet Shop Boys musical It Couldn't Happen Here included for some reason.

The version of Freddy's Dead here is identical to the regular theatrical cut with none of the TV scenes or 3D conclusion. Unlike many screeners, the tape is in SP and New Line's "Not For Rent or Resale" screen tag only briefly appears every twenty minutes or so.

Tuesday, July 12

Follow-up: The Devils Japanese Bootleg and thoughts on the flick...

Originally I was going to pop this into the comments section on the initial entry about this shady boot, but since this has garnered healthy attention, a follow-up is in order. Before anything else, thanks must go to Jack J. over at the always informative En lejemorder ser tilbage for spreading the word on his several blogs and video-related forums. Thanks again!

In short, the deception of the outer packaging carries through on the tape. Even when rewinding the VHS all the way to the leader, there is nothing but clean video black before the feature begins. No flickering, rolls, or blue screens that might indicate the starting of a recording from another source (like a DVD player). There's nothing but black, Tokuma Video's logo, Japanese title screen, and then the film starts. There's zero "digitalness" or other anomalies to indicate something is amiss throughout The Devil's ninety minutes. Just like the Japanese VHS, the film is presented in dubbed English, a murky widescreen ratio, and has Japanese subtitles in the bottom black bar with English opening credits. 

After the credits, there's two Japanese text screens and blackness until the end of the cassette. The tape is also a T-105, so there's very little left on the reel after the standard play-recorded film ends. You'd think a sloppier bootlegger might have been lazy and used a lengthier blank or a faster (and poorer) recording speed. Nope, not here, just like the real thing.

As for the Taiwanese The Devils (on-screen title: The Devil), it's in-line with early '80s Hong Kong slimers such as Centipede Horror (1984) and Calamity of Snakes (1983). Basically an excuse to gross out audiences with actors spitting up green bile and real live slithery creatures from their mouths in violent, leeringly shot death sequences. The "other" stuff comprising the ambling plot is mostly a chore, not helped by an annoying boy nicknamed "Ding-Dong" acting as comic relief, to get to the next wormy regurgitation.

A deceivingly suave con artist, dubbed in English with a British accent (?!), weds the daughter of a wealthy Inn owner in order to, well, it's obvious. After the honeymoon bliss ends; the man reveals himself to be a real asshole, steals all the assets, and provokes his wife's father into a fatal coronary amidst a heated confrontation. Now its up to the mystic auntie of the family to place a disastrous hex on the murderer, but she's first visited by the mutilated spectre of a girl that's been haunting the man...

Despite the presence of worms, snakes, and eels as the agents of internal doom, The Devil mostly reminded me of the much more recent Art of the Devil (2004). Like that Thai exercise in gore, the wafer-like exposition is bathed in a sunny, ever-idyllic representation of contemporary living. Upon night fall, things detour into a harsh contrast of grisly body melts, poisonings, and stake burnings. Then we're back to an almost IKEA catalog photo of life, even when the con man is revealed in all his filthy glory. It's not a hidden classic; however, it's an interesting early snapsnot of what scared audiences in the Far East. Gorehounds might be disappointed as the disgusting downfalls only count for four sequences out of the runtime.

I'm awaiting a reply from the U.S.-based eBay seller on the tape, but I might end up keeping it. The amount paid for the tape equals about what one would pay for a DVD-R copy anyway. And of course this is a much cooler bootleg than a simple disc and it's provided a wealth of information that'll hopefully help others as well. Although things would be MUCH different if I paid around the top end of what the real VHS usually commands...
. you dare tread upon the staircase?

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