My focus continues to be on the Lost and Rare series as discussed in recent blog entries, but there is always more to discover. I now have DVDs of Lost TV Pilots and Sports Immortals in stock from our duplicator for immediate delivery. These are not only authored DVDs with menus and introductions before the films, but they have bar codes and are shrink wrapped. In short, professional in every sense. They are for sale at Movies Unlimited, Amazon.com, my lostandrare website and will shortly be offered by Alpha Video. We are looking for a sports retailer to sell Sports Immortals online.
I have a new Festival Films logo as shown above, designed by Pete Bedell, that is animated at the head of each DVD before the introduction continues into Lost and Rare Film & Video Treasures. You can view this opening at beginning of the film clip below. In fact, and I believe it's unusual, we have brief prevue films at the website of all 10 films on the first 2 DVDs.
Lost and Rare are the key words. We will include a few films each time that most fans have never seen or heard of before, like episodes of Top Secret (1954) that feature the first computer to play a role on TV. Other criteria for inclusion are TV episodes that are not out on DVD, films with better quality or more complete versions of films presumed lost for years. An example of rare TV is The Drug Pushers episode of Martin Kane Private Eye. An example of better quality is a rare Kodachrome print of a Judge Roy Bean and a more complete film is Felix in The Bone Age.
While filling early orders for Volumes 1 and 2, we are conducting a beta test to answer many questions about where we are and what comes next. We are asking questions such as...
|Lloyd Nolan as Martin Kane|
"The Dope Pushers"
One discovery last week was the need to change the name of an upcoming release. While one can't copyright a title, I had overlooked that Bruce Simon at KineVideo already had an established series called "Prehistoric TV." After ruminating a spell, Prehistoric transformed into Primeval Television, and primeval is actually a better word since it is more mysterious and does not conjure up dinosaurs or cavemen. Primeval: "...of or relating to the earliest ages."
Enjoy this opening from Top Secret that we bet you have never seen. These 12 minute stories (!) starring Gena Rowlands and Paul Stewart were designed so two could run in a half-hour segment. Here is how the computer - AMIC - is used in a typical story - The Lost Child. A grieving scientist who has recently lost her son disappears. A BSI agent phones headquarters to ask AMIC where to look. Later they ask AMIC how to restore her sanity so she can report to a conference. The answers are surprising and the resolution is quick (remember, 12 minute shows).
Many pages at the website announce "If you have a lost or rare cartoon, short, newsreel, TV show, war documentary or movie on film (except 8mm), please contact us. We may be interested in licensing your content for our series." So if you do, then please do that! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.