Wizard Video

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Wizard Video was a motion picture distribution company created by B movie veteran Charles Band, who would later go on to found Full Moon Features. They were best known for their VHS releases of Zombie 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I Spit on Your Grave. They were also well known for their detailed (and often lurid) box art, especially after their switch to the "big box" format. So popular was the label that Charles Band has begun reissuing titles (starting with 1989's Intruder) under the old Wizard Video banner.

Wizard Video is also known for creating the two Atari 2600 video games The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween under the name Wizard Video Games. However, these games were aimed at the adult market; so, because of its violent content, these games were either banned from stores or hidden behind the counter and only taken out by request. This caused the games to become rare and sales were small, causing the company to stop making video games.

The company also distributed films under the "Force Video" logo.

On February 7, 2013, Charles Band claimed to have rediscovered copies of 36 Wizard Video titles, as well as Wizard's video games, in an abandoned warehouse. 32 of the 36 films will be re-released as limited editions on a four-titles-per-month basis starting on February 12, the entire supply of the remaining 4 films was discovered to be water damaged and will not be released; the two games will be re-released at a later date.[1]

In 2014, the Wizard Video brand was re-launched as Wizard Studios[2] "to spotlight rising independent filmmakers and their cutting-edge genre pictures"[3] with the first wave of films - Virginia Obscura, Vampie, Villanelle - premiering on Band's Full Moon Features subscription-based streaming service.

List of movies released on video by Wizard Video[edit]

List of movies released by Force Video[edit]

  • 12 + 1 (a.k.a. The Thirteen Chairs) (1969)
  • Contes immoraux (a.k.a. Immoral Tales) (1974)
  • Eroi all'inferno (a.k.a. Heroes in Hell (film)) (1973)
  • Fiend (1980)
  • Filmgore (1983)
  • Hellcommandos (1968)
  • Hi-Riders (1978)
  • Isabella, duchessa dei diavoli (a.k.a. Ms. Stiletto) (1969)
  • Karzan, il favoloso uomo della jungla (a.k.a. Jungle Master) (1972)
  • Le Orme (a.k.a. Primal Impulse) (1975)
  • Les avaleuses (a.k.a. Erotic Kill) (1973)
  • Mister Zehn Prozent - Miezen und Moneten (a.k.a. The Psychopath) (1968)
  • Queen Kelly (1929)
  • Savage Island (1985)
  • Schiave bianche: violenza in Amazzonia (a.k.a. White Slave) (1985)
  • Schlock (a.k.a. Banana Monster) (1973)
  • The Single Girls (1973)
  • Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
  • Zombies (1964)
  • Zombiethon (1986)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Wizard Video Collection
  2. ^ http://www.fangoria.com/new/charles-bands-wizard-studios-unveils-first-films/ Fangoria - Charles Band's Wizard Studios Unveils First Films
  3. ^ http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/73285/wizard-studios-announces-first-3-films-vampie-virginia-obscura-and-villanelle Dread Central - Wizard Studios announces first 3 films - Vampie, Virginia Obscura and Villanelle

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