Nostalgia fans rejoice! The old school video label Vestron Video will be getting a chance at second life come September courtesy of Lionsgate Entertainment.
Founded in 1981 by former HBO executive Austin Owen Furst Jr., the company started distributing Time-Life videos as well as B-movies of the 1980’s. They would go on to form their own production company, in which their most famous title can be said to be the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
Sadly, the company folded in 1991 when after filing bankruptcy, was bought by LIVE Entertainment, but continued with the name until 1992. LIVE would soon become Artisan Entertainment and in 2003, LIVE merged with Lionsgate, who now are the owners of most of Vestron’s extensive film library.
Lionsgate has made the announcement this week that they will be releasing some 80’s and early 90’s B-movie horror gems on Blu-Ray under the Vestron Video label, which will give this nostalgic company new life.
The first set of titles under the resurrected Vestron Video label include the following:
- Chopping Mall (1986) – Mall workers who decide to spend a night partying in the mall go head to head with malfuctioning mall security robots.
- Blood Diner (1987) – Jackie Kong‘s homage to the classic 1963 horror gem Blood Feast.
- A double feature of Waxwork (1988) and Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1991), both starring Zack Galligan.
- C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud (1989) – Gerrit Graham stars as the titular Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller in this horror-comedy sequel.
- Return of the Living Dead III (1992) – A teen resurrects his dead girlfriend with horrific results.
Chopping Mall and Blood Diner will be getting their Blu-Ray releases on September 27, kicking off the resurrection of the Vestron Video label, followed by the others. Here’s hoping that we finally see a U.S. Blu-Ray edition of the Dutch horror action flick Amsterdamed in the future..
H/T: Bloody Disgusting