Midnight Legacy to cater to cult collectors.

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Midnight Legacy to cater to cult collectors.
***UPDATE*** It seems that I was a bit ahead of myself when I proclaimed that ML would cater to collectors worldwide as Amazon doesn't ship this title outside the US. But I know that this is something that ML did not intend on and are working on the issue so the problem is with Amazon tech. Hopefully international customers can order it soon.

Since the dawn of the DVD many smaller film distributers have tried to cater to the growing collectors market of obscure cult films and now more than ever it is easier to find that rare celluloid gem that you have only read about but have been unable to get your hands on. Companies like Anchor Bay, Synapse, Dark Sky and Arrow Films have been doing a great job over the years to bring their customers the finest presentations of these films they can offer. Now a new player is emerging, Midnight Legacy that aims to bring even more obscure titles to the front but make every edition super rare and super sweet in terms of quality. The first film out of their gates is a film I didn't even knew existed until a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for odd stuff to screen at my local cinematheque but seeing how the Italians used more famous films to cash on it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise. Alien 2: On Earth is a low budget horror film that hoped to cash in on the Alien crase but due to budget restrains planted their story on earth, mostly in a cave, in the dark.
But what Midnight Legacy wants to do is to present their films on Blu Ray in top quality, so much so that they were told that today's players might not handle the bit rate they wanted on their discs.
Alien 2: On Earth is released in 30.000 copies and each release will have a Criterion-esque spine number for all you collectors out there.
Midnight Legacy have not released any info regarding their future releases yet but from what they say they will nurture every release like it's their flat faced oval baby. Hopefully they will continue on because many of these companies come and go as the marked is very limited and sometimes hard to crack.
You can order Alien 2: On Earth on Amazon and check out the interview with ML head honcho Dolph Chiarino over at DoBlu.com where you can also take a look at screen shots from their restoration.

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Ard VijnDecember 1, 2010 8:22 AM

Ugh, love the sentiment but the film is quite awful. Its main redeeming factor is that it is unrelentingly gory.

Good luck with the high bitrate, which will make most of the effects and stock Italian army footage look ludicrous. On VHS the image quality was so bad that it made it hard to judge the effects on quality. On crisp BluRay though... hm.

Nevertheless this film is so nicely dated that it counts as an historical document. This actually played in Dutch cinemas and the poster scared the crap out of me as a kid (take that, "Sint"!).
Damn... now I'm tempted despite myself. LOL!

Anyway: I wish Midnight Legacy all the best and I'll be very interested to see what future titles they plan on releasing.

Ard VijnDecember 1, 2010 8:45 AM

Oh har-de-har, very funny.

They release the disc regionfree (good) but their single online vendor refuses to ship this title to The Netherlands (bad).
Great, so much for "worldwide"...

I don't understand companies targeting a niche audience, and then excluding a big part of that same niche audience through limitations on the distribution channel.
And I'm not referring to the fact that this is a limited edition of 30.000 only, actually a smart move because it fixes the production costs and gives this title a collector's market value even if the movie itself may not be that good.

But making the BluRay regionfree and then have their only distributor block whole regions from buying the title doesn't seem to make much sense.

J HurtadoDecember 1, 2010 9:35 AM

Something tells me that 30,000 will be more than enough.

Kurt HalfyardDecember 1, 2010 10:39 AM

not that I'm an obsessive collector or anything, but maybe a bit ill advised to release a sequel (of sorts) as SPINE #1? And flat out top bitrate seems weird, doesn't variable bit rate seem more appropriate from a technical standpoint (there is a big difference between a title card screen, and a screen of lots of action).

Furthmore, I hope that they can unearth a few more unsung classics like WHO CAN KILL A CHILD, out of european vaults and obscurity...

SwarezDecember 1, 2010 10:52 AM

Shit, you are right. Seems like it's US only for the moment.
Diabolik DVD also had some for sale but they are out of stock already.

SwarezDecember 1, 2010 11:46 AM

Picked up a copy through Ebay, from a seller linked from ML's site.

J HurtadoDecember 1, 2010 1:09 PM

Dark Sky has Who Can Kill A Child, and it is still in print, not on Blu-ray, though.

Kurt HalfyardDecember 1, 2010 9:31 PM

I own Who Can Kill a Child, but when I 'discovered it' about 4 years ago, it blew my mind that this wasn't a mainstream horror classic. I want any label to dig up more movies like that one. I think I have some grey-market pre-DarkSky release of the film...

Ard VijnDecember 1, 2010 9:44 PM

By the way, that Dutch trailer of "Alien 2" was mercilessly hackled in a film program a few years back because it keeps repeating the director's (fake) name several times. Check it, it's absurd!