December 2013

On January 2, 2014, Mike Vraney died of lung cancer at the obscenely young age of 56.  Mike’s name may not ring a bell but if you’re a fan of cult movies, exploitation flicks and bizarre ephemera like stag films and burlesque shows, you owe Mike a huge debt of thanks.  In 1990, Mike founded Something Weird Video, one of the first and best labels dedicated to rescuing forgotten films from the dustbin of obscurity.  Something Weird was a trailblazer in the industry.  I’d argue that Mike’s passion for these movies and the success of Something Weird helped pave the way for all the cult boutique labels to follow, including Mondo Macabro, Synapse, Blue Underground and so many others.  [Read on here…]

Published in The Bottom Shelf

Bits Latest Tweets

The Digital Bits
Today on The Bits – @Criterion’s April slate, plus new #4K #UltraHD catalog coming from @ParamountMovies & @SeverinFilms, and new catalog #Bluray titles too thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two…
The Digital Bits
Today on The Bits – @MichaelCoate’s History Legacy & Showmanship presents Empire @ 40: Remembering the Early 70MM Cut #StarWars #ESB40 #TheEmpireStrikesBack @thedigitalbits thedigitalbits.com/columns/histor…
The Digital Bits
A quick Digital Bits site update: Some routine website maintenance is underway (So pardon our dust!) thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two…