Thursday, February 25, 2010
When grown men weep like little Japanese school girls
Until yesterday I was certain of two things in life.
If I didn't know anything else at least I knew these two very important facts:
1) The wild Indonesian film 5 DEADLY ANGELS was released long ago on VHS in Holland.
And: 2) There was a rumour 5 DEADLY ANGELS might have had a VHS release in the US long ago.
Needless to say the Dutch tape is more rare than getting laid at a dike slumber party. I have never found a copy! Never! Ever! (but thanks to a nice Cinehound member I have a multo wonderfullo DVD-R copy!).
Yesterday, I found an eBay seller in jolly ol'e Canaduh who had a copy of the legendary American NTSC tape!!! And it came with a mint cover!!! And a "buy now" price!!!
Obviously, after having picked my shocked body up from the floor I clicked the "buy now" button right away. And then I waited for an invoice.
Today I got an eMail from the seller saying he... accidentally... dropped... a... hand-weight... on... the... tape...!!!
(insert shocked smiley here)
Let me just repeat that: the seller dropped a weight on the tape and it smashed!!!
I must admit I was kinda hoping his line would end with something like "but don't worry the hand-weight bounced off the tape and nothing happened. I just thought I'd tell you to better the relationships between our two almost identical countries" but, well, he didn't. :-(
I spent two years looking for this tape and then the only copy I've ever come across gets smashed by a fooking hand-weight!!!!!! Check the headline again for my state of mind.
Arrr, this is so truly, insanely, bizarrely, surreal'y, terrible I keep expecting a log lady to offer me some coffee. Haha. Oh well, C'est la vie as they say in some parts of Canada. If nothing else I asked the seller if I could get the cover and so at least I'll have that to look at while I cry into my cold coffee ("cold" cos I'll be too depressed to make a fresh pot).
Below is the cover scan (courtesy of Peter from Cinehound) from the Dutch VHS.