I remember my mom talking about THE AMBULANCE when it was first on (it premiered on basic cable in the US). She had heard good things about it, but then didn’t have interest in it. I love how there was buzz around stuff on video back then. I only saw it because I needed a Larry Cohen movie to link (I think) and I do like Eric Roberts. THE AMBULANCE’s a nice surprise. The AMBULANCE post doesn’t get a lot of readers–it did almost okay the first year–which is disappointing. It’s under-discovered.
I always have this memory of MANHATTAN being ingloriously in the widescreen VHS section at Video Adventure. MANHATTAN did not have a “special” widescreen VHS release; it just never had a pan and scan. I didn’t see it until college (and DVD). This viewing was in the theater; MANHATTAN seems like it should be better and it never quite comes through. Just doesn’t connect. Not many readers for the MANHATTAN post. Woody Allen posts don’t get a lot of readers in general, with the MANHATTAN mid-range.
I first saw JAWS 3-D right after high school, not 3-D and in pan and scan, during an all-night JAWS marathon. I really liked JAWS 3-D, which my friends mocked. When the widescreen DVD came out in R4, I got it right away. And still liked it. This viewing was the first in a decade or so. Matt (co-host from the podcast) mocked me for liking JAWS 3-D, as he should. But I do. The JAWS 3-D post is too recent to see how it’s going to do over time, but it looks like (after a good first year), not too well.