Something Weird Video

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Something Weird Video
Type Private
Industry Film
Genre Exploitation
Founded 1990
Founder(s) Mike Vraney (December 29, 1957 – January 2, 2014)
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, United States
Area served Worldwide
Products VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc
Services Film distribution
Website somethingweird.com

Something Weird Video is an American film distributor company based in Seattle, Washington. They specialize in exploitation films, particularly the works of Harry Novak, Doris Wishman, David F. Friedman and Herschell Gordon Lewis. The company is named after Lewis' 1967 film Something Weird, and the logo is taken from that film's original poster art. Something Weird usually focus on B to Z movies. Something Weird has distributed well over 2,500 films to date.[1]

On January 2, 2014, the company's founder Mike Vraney died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was fifty-six years old.[2]

History[edit]

Something Weird Video was founded in 1990 by Mike Vraney in Seattle, Washington. He was inspired by his teenage job as a theater projectionist. His love for the obscure films that never made it to video prompted him to transfer hundreds of ancient reels of film to VHS and DVD. On the company website, Vraney explains the label's genesis:

In my mind, the last great genre to be scavenged were the exploitation/sexploitation films of the '30s through the '70s. After looking into this further, I realized that there were nearly 2,000 movies out there yet to be discovered. So with this for inspiration, my quest began and wouldn't you know, just out of the blue I fell into a large collection of 16 mm girlie arcade loops (which became the first compilation videos we put together). Around the same time I received an unexpected phone call that suddenly made all this real: my future and hands-down the king of sexploitation Dave Friedman was on the other end of the line. This would be the beginning of a long and fruitful friendship for both of us. Dave's films became the building blocks for our film collection and he has taught and guided me through the wonderful world of sexploitation, introducing me to his colleagues (Dan Sonney, Harry Novak, H. G. Lewis, Bob Cresse and all the other colorful characters who were involved during his heyday) and they've been eager to dive into the business again.[3]

Content[edit]

The content offered by Something Weird runs the gamut of exploitation cinema. Subgenres offered include films centering on burlesque and striptease shows, nudist exposes and features, drug and driver's education shorts, stag and peepshow loops, softcore and hardcore shorts and features, sword-and-sandal spectaculars, spaghetti westerns, TV rarities, jungle films and films featuring all-black casts.

Something Weird initially offered their product on VHS with colorful covers using the original film artwork. In 1999 they made the transition to DVD, partnering with Image Entertainment to release their titles.

Something Weird videos are available on demand to Comcast subscribers.[4] Among the series of titles within their library are "Kid's Commercials from the Golden Age of Television", "Hey Folks It's Intermission Time" and "Campy Classroom Classics". There are also several titles available for streaming on Netflix.

Something Weird also offers an line called "Sexy Shockers". These films are selected by cult film director Frank Henenlotter.[5]

Distributors of Something Weird titles include Odeon Entertainment in the UK and Siren Visual Entertainment in Australia.

Notable films to have been distributed by SWV include Basket Case, Blood Feast, The Wizard of Gore and Jail Bait.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Something Weird Video (SWV) [us]". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/950460-129/mike-vraney-founder-of-something-weird
  3. ^ "Something Weird Video -". somethingweirdvideo.com. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Something Weird Video -". somethingweirdvideo.com. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Something Weird Video - Sexy Shockers". somethingweird.com. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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