Midnight Legacy to cater to cult collectors.
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.