"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

MORE ON THE MEGALON DVD DEBACLE
And Thus Spoke Media Blasters...


The following was taken from the official Media Blasters Facebook page on April 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM, PST:



Curiouser and curiouser...

(Please note that the poster of the initial inquiry to Media Blasters, makes an erroneous statement which asserts that MEGALON is slated for release "this year", and attributes that statement to me — and I never posted such a thing! To paraphrase Art Linkletter, "People say the darndest things!")

UPDATE: We've heard back from Media Blasters — now that the channels are open — and I'm asking for an official statement from them to clear the air once and for all. Stay tuned...

5 comments:

rogue evolent said...

You are such a "consumate pro" August... I really respect the way you've been handling this one!
- Jay

August Ragone said...

Jay,
Thanks!

Cheers,
August

blockhouse said...

August, last night I was was told an alternate take on your Megalon story. This one states that Elvin Feltner, owner of the then Krypton International Films, Inc. bought up the rights to Megalon years ago. There may be some truth to that as Krypton International is listed as underlying rights owner on The Mystery Science Theater 3000 collection Volume 10 put out by Rhino Home Video in 2006. Now a company called Film Chest says that in 2008, films from the film library of of Elvin Feltner, described by them as a legendary West Palm Beach Florida film collector were saved “days from being in the dumpster"according to Philip Hopkins, co-owner of Film Chest in Rockport, Massachusetts, that Film Chest now have the rights to the the Felter/Krypton archive and have started to restore and release some films. Nowhere on their websight, www.filmchest.com can I find a reference to Godzilla Vs Megalon. One other thought was that Film Chest was going to collaborate with Media Blasters to release the film, which brings the story full circle.

August Ragone said...

Blockhouse,
Interesting. Very interesting...

brownsean said...

August, you probably already know this but Blu-Ray.com posted this news blurb a few days back..."Media Blasters released news today of their upcoming Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla vs. Megalon Blu-rays." No release date yet for Megalon but D A M presumably October...