Like anything even
mildly successful, bootleggers will be there with cheap copies to pawn
off to Joe Average who can't tell the difference because "that cover sure
is purty". Admittedly they can be fun collectibles, so we reach into the
bottom of the barrel and see what's worth bringing up.
Entertainment released unauthorised DVDs of the trilogy right in Canada
and the USA in Walmart, the centre of all saintly consumerism. They're
just plain video rips, which provides one solid point - as part one comes
from the original VHS, it's uncut. Unknowingly, this five dollar bargain
bin disc achieved what not one but two different Anchor Bay DVDs were
able to. Even so, it's a rip from the inferior Video Treasures VHS so
they didn't even get that right. The covers are whacky and inaccurate,
but garish and collectible. Apart from questionable legalities, these
are popping up everywhere and appear to be cheap entry points into the
films for new fans.
Bootleg Barrel Rating: 8/10
one has all the ingredients for a prime bootleg, because it's not ripped
off artwork, but a brand new (to my knowledge) painted cover that is so
nice that you'd forget it's a bootleg. Almost. Then there's the fact that
false advertising touted it as being Uncut, when it is apparently just
the usual cut DVD rip. But we can forgive them for their trespasses.
a too shabby attempt by Video World of Germany, as it uses the superior
UK Nightmare Vacation cover art, but the back cover extension is a hastily
chopped off version of the original, moody NV2 back slick - because obviously,
they could only use the part of the cover that didn't have English writing
on it (learnt that at Bootleggers 101). Merged with the proper title,
it's an almost passable attempt, though the spine needs work.
green is something different, but just doesn't gel with me. What is Angela,
an Alien? Screen Power could have used any color. Any color. But
green? No way, hosay. And what are Freddy and Jason doing on the cover
when it is clearly the cover for (and referring to) SC2. Can someone buy
these boys a clue? Extra points go to pissing off any number of people
by ripping off the Michael Simpson Behind The Scenes footage.
cover on this, actually it's my friend Giles's cover. See, when we were
puting together the International Cover Galleries for the US DVDs, Anchor
Bay needed a high resolution scan of the original SC3 to use for their
cover art and insert. We scanned in Giles' box since he kept it mint condition
- and knew every mark, every spec, every dot on that cover - so when we
saw this German bootleg, we had to laugh since close up it's clearly his
scanned cover. So they've used a scan of a scan, essentially. The ironic
thing is, they went and put their URL on the image so no one "steals"
it. Simply priceless. As for everything else, it's yet another rip from