Wednesday, August 12, 2009

MGM's Midnite Movies DVD's - complete list

I dig complete lists so here's another one; It's the complete listing of all films that MGM have released in their awesome Midnite Movies series. The list comes courtesy of Bill Piper of Dvdmaniacs forum and the notes in the list are his too.

These DVD's are all great and anybody interested in horror movies ought to check them out. Unfortunately some of them are way out of print (the Reptilicus DVD I mentioned in the previous post is part of this series and is sadly OOP).

Please notice:
A number of the films are released as both single film DVDs and double sided DVDs paired with another film.

I have only included the double sided DVDs, except for those instances where a film is only released as a single film DVD.

Also, four films were only released on VHS as part of the Midnite Movies series (the four films did get a DVD release but without the Midnite Movies moniker).

List and notes by Bill Piper:

Released August 27, 2002:

01: The Attic/Crawlspace
02: Deranged/Motel Hell
03: Masque Of The Red Death/Premature Burial
04: The Oblong Box/Scream And Scream Again
05: What's The Matter With Helen?/Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?

Released April 15, 2003:

06: Angel Unchained/The Cycle Savages
07: Cry Of The Banshee/Murders In The Rue Morgue
08: Invisible Invaders/Journey To The Seventh Planet
09: Muscle Beach Party/Ski Party
10: Psych-Out/The Trip

Released August 26, 2003:

11: The Comedy Of Terrors/The Raven
12: Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers
13: The Haunted Palace/Tower Of London
14: The Tomb Of Ligeia/An Evening Of Edgar Allan Poe

Released August 24, 2004 (Initially released as Best Buy exclusives):

15: The Abominable Dr. Phibes/Dr. Phibes Rises Again
16: Attack Of The Puppet People/Village Of The Giants
17: Beach Blanket Bingo/How To Stuff A Wild Bikini
18: Beach Party/Bikini Beach
19: Count Yorga Vampire/The Return Of Count Yorga
20: Empire Of The Ants/Tentacles
21: The Fall Of The House Of Usher/The Pit And The Pendulum
22: The Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow/Ghost In The Invisible Bikini
23: The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant/The Thing With Two Heads
24: Invasion Of The Star Creatures/Invasion Of The Bee Girls
25: The Land That Time Forgot/The People That Time Forgot
26: Monster That Challenged The World/It! Terror From Beyond Space
27: Strange Invaders/Invaders From Mars
28: Theater Of Blood/Madhouse
29: The Wild Angels/Hell's Belles
30: Wild In The Streets/Gas-s-s-s!

Released March 22, 2005 (Initially only available via Canadian online

31: Die Monster Die!/The Dunwich Horror
32: Fireball 500/Thunder Alley
33: Last Man On Earth/Panic In Year Zero!
34: The Mini-Skirt Mob/Chrome And Hot Leather
35: Morons From Outer Space/Alien From L.A.
36: Tales Of Terror/Twice Told Tales
37: Voodoo Island/The Four Skulls Of Jonathan Drake
38: War-Gods Of The Deep/At The Earth's Core

Released June, 2006:

39: Crystalstone/Boy and the Pirates, The
40: Fortunes of Captain Blood/Captain Pirate

Released September 11, 2007:

41: Beast Within, The/Bat People, The
42: Blueprint for Murder, A/Man in the Attic
43: Chosen Survivors/Earth Dies Screaming, The
44: Devils of Darkness/Wichcraft
45: Gorilla at Large/Mystery on Monster Island
46: House on Skull Mountain, The/Mephisto Waltz, The
47: Konga/Yongary, Monster From The Deep
48: Phantom from 10,000 Leagues/Beast With A Million Eyes, The
49: Return Of Dracula/Vampire, The
50: Tales from the Crypt/Vault of Horror

There have been 116 film titles released in the Midnite Movies line,
100 of those films are available on double-feature disks and 16
available only as single-feature disks.

The following are Midnite Movies not yet paired with another movie on
a MM double-feature disk:

01: Angry Red Planet
02: Bucket of Blood, A
03: Donovan's Brain
04: Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine
05: Food of the Gods, The
06: Frogs
07: I Bury The Living
08: Island of Dr. Moreau
09: Killer Klowns From Outer Space
10: Man From Planet X
11: Mars Needs Women
12: Pajama Party
13: Planet of The Vampires
14: Reptilicus
15: Witchfinder General
16: X - The Man With The X-Ray Eyes

EDIT: I've noticed the following four titles were ONLY part of the Midnite Movies line on VHS: Pajama Party, Frogs, A Bucket of Blood, Burn Witch Burn.
Their DVD counter parts are ordinary MGM releases that don't carry the cool MM logo on the front.

Thanks to Bill Piper for providing me with this list. Cheers mate. Also thanks to Jayson for additional info on the VHS only releases.

Request of the week: The Reptilicus Song

Alright, Fred asked for it (in the previous post's commentary section) and here it is:

The Reptilicus Song, "Tilicus", from the Danish version of the Danish/American co-production REPTILICUS.

Danish comedian Dirch Passer doing the Reptilicus song, "Tilicus", but fortunately only in the Danish version

In contradiction to common belief the American version isn't a dubbed version of the Danish film. We're actually talking two films here as they filmed it twice and released the two versions with a year in-between; The Danish film is from 1961 and the US version came out the following year. In Denmark it was also aka Dus Med Uhyret on video.

Personally, I much prefer the American version as it was made and regarded as a horror monster movie in the great tradition of, well, horror monster movies! In early 1960s Denmark that genre was virtually unknown. The Danish distributors and film makers didn't know what to do with the concept so they put Danish comedian Dirch Passer in it and turned it into a comedy monster movie.

Fred asked to see Mr. Passer's Reptilicus song and here it is but I must admit I've always loathed and despised (two words that basically mean the same) that scene from the film. In fact I could have done without Dirch Passer at all! I mean they put a kiddie song in a monster movie! What where they thinking, haha.

Needless to say, the film became the laughing stock among Danish film-goers in 1961. REPTILICUS was made by the Danish film company Saga Studios and for many years it was standard amongst all employees at Saga that if they mentioned the film by its title they had to buy a round of beer for everyone there. But, please dear reader, we're fans of trashy films and of course I don't agree with those dimwits back then. Nor should you. Ed Wood Jr. was ridiculed but his PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is a highly entertaining piece of celluloid. Today it's a cult movie and holds a dear place to fans of psychotronic cinema. A far cry from the critics who dismissed it when it came out. Personally, I think REPTILICUS is a pretty entertaining trash film and altho the US one is the better version I still watch them both from time to time.

The US version is out on DVD from MGM's Midnite Movies series on Reg. 1 DVD. The Danish version is only released in Denmark from Nordisk Film and unfortunately it's an English unfriendly release. It only comes with Danish subs. It would be cool if MGM (or someone else) would put out a double disc released with both films and all subbed in English.

Trailer for the US version:

Trailer for the Danish version:

Amazing scene from the Danish version not in the US version:

Dansevise (1963)

You didn't see that one coming, eh.