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April 17, 2011- Last House on Dead End Street (Sun Video Corp.)

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So this little "plastic movie square" here is what many consider the rarest American tape of all time. Roger Watkin's snuff masterpiece Last House on Dead End Street, released by ever-so-shitty Sun Video. The first thing that make Sun tapes so collectible is the artwork. Instead of printing actual slipcases, they just made a sticker (of the poster artwork) that they put over a generic black carton case. The sticker also wrapped around one side of the case, leaving the top, back, and other side completely bare. In some cases, they would put a small white sticker with the title of the release on the bottom flap.

 

http://sinsofcinema.com/Images/Blog/134452_192463020770174_100000194314082_796582_1789149_o.jpgAnother thing with Sun Video, every tape was a prerecord, so basically each tape was made from scratch. Apparently, there were at least 4 version released by Sun, all with the same serial number. Two cut versions with The Funhouse title card, a cut edition with the LHoDES title card, and a completely uncut LHoDES version as well. I don't have a Beta player, so I have no clue what particular version this is. Or if it's even Last House...



http://sinsofcinema.com/Images/Blog/135057_192456354104174_100000194314082_796548_5803057_o.jpgRemember what I said about the tapes being prerecords? Well my copy was originally a copy of The Real Bruce Lee (at least from what I can tell). Both LHoDES stickers on the tape have been pasted OVER another sticker for another movie.

 

 

 

Here is a picture of their catalog I found on a VHS collection group page. This will not be the last Sun Video tapeI talk about on the blog, so until then enjoy.

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