UPDATE - 03/09/13
If you’re interested in my Clive Barker’s A-Z Of Horror DVD Box-Set DVD it’s complete**, see the following website page first, which has a proper writeup of the completed DVD project;
This is a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, but I’ve only recently got hold of source footage of sufficient quality as to make it worth doing.
I remembered Clive Barker’s A-Z Of Horror fondly when it was on TV in 1997. I recorded it at the time, but didn’t keep the recording for too long, and regretted it. Around 2005, I found a US bootleg DVD website selling copies of the complete series and I bought a copy. The quality wasn’t great with the 4h 59m 49s of NTSC VHS source footage compressed in to 4.8GB over two discs (Disc 1 was 2h 15m 38s @ 2.2GB and Disc 2 was 2h 44m 11s @ 2.6GB). If that wasn’t enough, the source footage itself looked 3rd generation VHS, and the credits for some of the episodes were truncated. This set did however have around 40mins of the Exorcist documentary ‘The Fear of God: 25 Years from The Exorcist’ which played after Episode 2, although it abruptly ends mid-way though (presumably at the end of the source VHS tape).
Some years later on the 18th of July 2012, I got in touch with an US IMDB forum posted who mentioned having a copy of the series. I set up a trade, and received a copy from him on the 29th of August 2012. The quality of this set was far better. Not only did it look like it was taken from first generation source footage with every episode playing complete from start to finish including credits, with the 4h 19m 14s of PAL source footage compressed in to 17.5GB, split across six single layer DVD-Rs. It was only after getting it, that I realized that this set was transferred by Meedermow (small world!).
Anyway, after getting Meedermow’s okay to re-package his set with proper artwork, I’ve designed a DVD cover and disc art. I’m still tweaking it, but this is the artwork I’m working on.
Clive Barker’s A-Z Of Horror DVD Artwork - DVD Cover (6462px by 4352px - 600dpi)
Clive Barker’s A-Z Of Horror Disc Art (2741px by 2734px - 600dpi)
As with my previous project; The Mary Whitehouse Experience Box-Set, I will also be adding in BBC2 idents to play before each episode to add to the nostalgia factor (I’ll have to see if between the old set and this new set, I can salvage enough of the BBC2 intro-voiceover to put one on each episode), and maybe a few other promos and bit & pieces too. I’ll have to see what I can find.
If anyone has anything they think would be useful as a little extra to add to this set (late-90s BBC2 promos for horror films or cult shows maybe?) then please get in touch.
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