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The Perfectionist's Guide To Fantastic Video
Fantasy, Classic Monsters, Horror, Sci-Fi Bimonthly Magazine from Cincinnati ,United States
Ceased publication

- First and last issue: 1990-2017
- Fantastic cinema is the top priority but no genre is neglected.
- At the beginning there was Tim's column in Video Times and Gorezone and then in 1990 he started publishing VW.
- More details than any other edition is what characterizes VW. Usually there is a cover story with exclusive interviews and a lot of reviews.
In color, small size (A5), 80 pages magazine without any ads but with plenty to read.
- Published by Tim and Donna Lucas (Eds.)
- Website: www.videowatchdog.com

Last updated:
20 September 2021
(see recent updates)
Special thanks for this page goes to:
Scott Matheson
Garry Malvern

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CONTENTS: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 All GALLERIES: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 All

Issue 78
December 2001
Watchdog news: Universal Monsters: DVD wrap-up: Werewolf Of London/She Wolf Of London, Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman/House of Frankenstein, The Mummy's Ghost/The Mummy's Curse.
Video Tapevine: Blood: The Last Vampire, Legend Of Bruce Lee, Mio In The Land Of Faraway, Night Walker: Midnight Detective, Room 13, Tom Corbett Space Cadet Volume 2: The Asteroid Of Death, The Victim.
Dissecting Lady Frankenstein: Tim Lucas examines the various versions of Mel Welles' 1971 addition to Frankenstein lore! Read all about the two dozen cuts that Roger Corman made in the US version!
Father of Lady Frankenstein. Mel Welles interviewed: You'll be learning heaps in this exclusive Q&A with the great Mushnik - about Lady Frankenstein, Island Of The Doomed, The She Beast, and his career as a voice actor, dubbing director and all around mensch!
DVDs : Aguirre The Wrath Of God, Woyzeck, Cobra Verde, My Best Friend, The Black Cat (Il Gatto Nero), Curse Of The Vampires, Demonia, The Erotic Ghost, Fatal Frames, The Green Hornet, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, House By The Cemetery, Quills, Scars Of Dracula, Short Circuit, The Wicker Man Limited Edition, Anatomy.
Biblio Watchdog: The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld Of Filmmaker Andy Milligan.

Klaus Kinski

Issue 77
November 2001
Watchdog news: Overseas DVDs: Twin Peaks, The Kingdom, The Isle; The Prisoner DVD Mega-Set & The Complete Emma Peel DVD Mega-Set; The Bird With The Crystal Plumage.
Video Tapevine: A Nous La Liberte, La Balance, Chac - The Rain God, Diary Of A Chambermaid, The Edge Of The World, The Mystery Of Oberwald, The Serpent's Kiss, Tales Of Tomorrow Volume 3: The Evil Within, Tales Of Tomorrow Volume 4: Past Tense.
Superman: Look - up there on your home entertainment screen! It's on disc! It's Superman! And comics fan extraordinaire Kim Newman is here to review the new Christopher Reeve DVDs from Warner Home Video!
Super heroes: There's no shortage of superheroes on DVD at the moment: Witness Shane M. Dallmann on Batman (1966) and Supergirl, John Charles on The Phantom and various adventures starring The Lone Ranger, and Kim Newman on M. Night Sfyamalan's rumination on the subject, Unbreakable!
DVDs : Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Endless Night, Death On The Nile, The Mirror Crack'd, Evil Under The Sun, The Final Programme, Knives Of The Avenger, The Mummy: Ultimate Edition, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Robotech: The Macross Saga-First Contact, Somewhere In Time: Collector's Edition, Topper Returns, Crying Freeman.
Biblio Watchdog: Ten Years Of Terror: British Horror Films Of The 70s.

Issue 76
October 2001
Watchdog news: The return of Universal's classic monsters on DVD. New & improved on DVD.
Video Tapevine: Armageddon (Tin Dei Hung Sam), Dream Of Light, The Lost Jungle, Machiste In Hell, Shadow Of Chinatown, Blake Of Scotland Yard, Shaolin Popey, Shaolin Popey II: Messy Temple, Stavisky, Zero De Conduite.
Tapes from the attic: Miracle Mile, Supersonic Man.
Inside the ring with Enzo G. Castellari: Mark Wickum interviews the two-fisted director of Cold Eyes Of Fear, 1990: The Bronx Warriors, and the Italian western classic, Keoma!
Restoring Mario Bava's Planet Of The Vampires: DVD Savant Glenn Erickson details the behind-the-scenes story of how MGM meticulously restored Mario Bava's sci-fi/horror classic prior to releasing it on DVD!
DVD Spotlight: Planet Of The Vampires: Nathaniel Thompson reviews MGM's new ''Midnight Movies'' DVD!
DVDs : All That Heaven Allows, Written On The Wind, At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse, The Beast That Killed Women / The Monster Of Camp Sunshine, Blood Suckers / Blood Thirst, Computer Animation Extravaganza, Little Bytes, Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine, Dragon Inn, The Phantom Lover, Dreamscape, Fruits Of Passion, Keoma, The Princess And The Pea, The Soul Guardians, Tomie, Underdog: Collectors Edition, La Dernier Maison Sur La Gauche (The Last House On The Left).
Biblio Watchdog: The Gorehound's Guide To Splatter Films Of The 1960s And 1970s, Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema And The Art Of Entertainment.

Issue 75
September 2001
Watchdog news: Sleep no more: Argento's Nonhosonno comes to DVD; The Burning; The Living Head.
Video Tapevine: Un Chien Andalou/Land Without Bread, Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne, The Death Duel Of Kung Fu, Dirty Kung Fu, Flash Future Kung Fu, War Of The Shaolin Temple, The Elusive Pimpernel, Kimba The White Lion Vol. 4: Pretender To The Throne, Kimba The White Lion Vol. 5: Trapped, Nightwatch, The Nun, Women Of The Prehistoric Planet.
Lost no more! The restorations of Willis O'Brien's The Lost World: Stephen R. Bissette delves into the production history of the first full-lenth dinosaur movie, and compares the recent George Eastman House restoration to the more recent David Shepard restoration now available on home video from Image Entertainment! Including dozens of rare photos!
Finding The Lost World: Ace interviewer Tom Weaver gets the story of The Lost World's restoration straight from the gentleman responsible, David Shepard!
DVDs : Angel's Wild Women, Blood And Ghastly Horror, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, I Spit On Your Corpse, Satan's Sadists, Black Narcissus, The Boneyard, The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie, Free Enterprice, Nosferatu, The Puppet Films Of Jiri Trnka/The Emperor's Nightingale, Real Time: Siege At Lucas Street Market, Shadow Of The Vampire, Six Days In Roswell.
Biblio Watchdog: Bold! Daring! Shocking! True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959. The Films Of John Carpenter.

Issue 74
August 2001
Watchdog news: New DVD releases and updates: Don't Look Now, The Flesh And The Fiends, Terror In The Midnight Sun, Double Suicide, The Intruder, Sci-Fi Fighters.
Video Tapevine: Blood Surf, Herdsmen Of The Sun, Leon Morin Priest, The Finger Man, The Samurai, Le Coup De Grace, Oasis Of The Zombies, Orloff And The Invisible Man, La Tumba De Los Muertos Vivientes, Zombie Lake.
Tapes from the attic: Counter Destroyer, Diamond Ninja Force, Ninja The Violent Forcerer, Vampire Raiders Ninja Queen, Zombie vs Ninja.
A venomous flower: Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz: Universal's new DVD of Hitchcock's underrated Cold War thriller restores quite a bit of previously unavailable footage, but in this article, Hitchcock At Work author Bill Krohn finds compelling evidence to suggest that the restoration is not yet complete!
Dial DVD for Hitchcock Part 2: Tim Lucas, Nathaniel Thompson and Kim Newman review the rest of Universal's ''Alfred Hitchcock Collection'' as well as four volumes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Image Entertainment's A Talk With Alfred Hitchcock! (The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, Family Plot)
DVDs : Destiny, The Fall Of The House Of Usher, Pit And The Pendulum, ''X'' The Man with The X-Ray Eyes, From Dusk Til Dawn, Hellraiser, The Long Night, Redline, Spaceways, Teenage Gang Debs / Teen-age Strangler, Twisted, The Violent Years / Girl Gang.
Biblio Watchdog: See No Evil: Banned Films and Video Controversy, Fleshpot: Cinema's sexual Myth Makers & Taboo Breakers.

Issue 73
July 2001
Watchdog news: The rise and fall of Mexican horror on DVD: The Bloody Vampire, The Brainiac, Bring Me The Vampire, Samson In The Wax Museum, Samson vs. The Vampire Women, The World Of The Vampires.
Video Tapevine: The Beast Must Die, Blair Witch 2: The Book Of Shadows, The Massacre Of The Burkittsville 7: The Blair Witch Legacy, Die Screaming Marianne, More, Maitresse, The Whispering Shadow, The Phantom Creeps.
The man who fell from Liberty: Norman Lloyd interviewed: He appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur and Spellbound before becoming a producer and director of TV's Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Norman Lloyd talks to Tom Weaver about his long and happy affiliation with the Master of Suspense!
Dial DVD for Hitchcock: Tim Lucas, Nathaniel Thompson and Kim Newman review some of the latest releases in Universal Pictures Home Video ''Alfred Hitchcock Collection'' DVD series (Saboteur, Shadow Of A Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry) and The Criterion Collection's restored version of The 39 Steps!
DVDs : Bedazzled, Beyond The Clouds, Dancer In The Dark, The Defilers / Scum Of The Earth, Eva / Eve, Go Go Second Time Virgin, Ecstasy Of The Angels, Interview With The Vampire, Mantis In Lace, Mother's Day, Repo Man.
Biblio Watchdog: Wes Craven: The Art Of Horror, Screams & Nightmares The Films Of Wes Craven.

Issue 72
June 2001
Watchdog news: Monte Hellman's Iguana, The Vampire Lovers, The Complete Superman Collection.
Video Tapevine: Eyes Without A Face, Fantasia 2000, Fists And Guts, The Shaolin Drunken Monk, The Warrior From Shaolin, The Glass Ceiling, Invasion Of The Bee Girls, Princess Mononoke, A Quiet Place In The Country, Supernova, The Tales Of Hoffmann, Time Flies.
2+2=5: Dusan Makavajev and the mysteries of cinema: Richard Harland Smith looks at six new tapes from Facets Video by Dusan Makevajev, Yugoslavia's leading director of bizarre cinema!
Frank Herbert's Dune: How does the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries stack up against David Lynch's 1984 feature version? You'll find out when Stephen R. Bissette reviews John Harrison's epic, three part remake.
DVDs : The Blob (1958), Beware The Blob (1971), Blobermouth, Bloody Pit Of Horror, Frankenstein's Castle Of Freaks, Bluebeard, Brain Dead, Cockfighter, The Dead Zone, Evil Dead Trap, Fiend Without A Face, Iguana, The Man From Planet X, The Pirates Of Capri, Teenage Monster, Titan A.E. Special Edition, Treasure Island, Unspeakable, Vengeance.
Biblio Watchdog: French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror And Pulp Fiction A Guide To Cinema, Television, Radio, Animation, Comic Books and Literature, Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age Of British Horror Films 1956-1976.

Issue 71
May 2001
Watchdog news: First Spaceship on Venus, Black Christmas, Rabid.
Video Tapevine: Behind Locked Doors, Strange Impersonation, Blowback: Love & Death, Buck Rogers, Challenge Of Death, The Leg Fighters, The Day Of The Beast, Frightmare, General Idi Amin Dada: No One Can Run Faster Than A Rifle Bullet, Revenge Of The Sun Demon, The Shaolin Invincibles, The Super Ninja, Silent Shakespeare: Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, The Sopranos: The Complete First Season, The St. Francisville Experiment, Zero Woman: The Accused, Zero Woman: The Hunted.
Godzilla 2000: Shane M. Dallmann reviews Toho's 23rd Gojira movie - and the first to play in American theaters since 1985.
The man behind Godzilla 2000 Michael Schlesinger interviewed: Shane M. Dallmann and Tim Lucas interview the unbilled writer/director/producer of the American version of Godzilla 2000, that rare variant which actually improves upon the original.
DVDs : Autopsy (1973), Black Tight Killers, Blackmale (1999), Les Bonnes Femmes, The Brain From Planet Arous, Cold Harvest, Erotica Japan, Castle Orgies, Lustful Revenge, Sugar: Howling Of Angel, The Exorcist: The Version You Have Never Seen, Forgotten City, Joy House, Manhunter: Limited Edition, Pit Stop, Radar Men From The Moon, Teaserama, Varietease, Teenage Doll, The Wild Angels, Wax Mask (1997).
Biblio Watchdog: Hitchcock Becomes ''Hitchcock'': The British Years by Paul M. Jensen, Ridley Scott - Close Up: The Making Of His Movies by Paul M. Sammon.

Issue 70
April 2001
Watchdog news: Russian fairy tales come to disc: The Amphibian Man, Barbara The Fair With The Silken Hair, Vij.
Video Tapevine: Battlefield Earth: A Saga Of The Year 3000, The Cell, The End Of The Wicked Tiger, He Has Nothing But Kung Fu, Killer From Above, Real Kung Fu Of Shaolin, Gladiator, The Haunted Lantern, Hollow Man, The Return Of Chandu, SOS Pacific, Trans-Atlantic Tunnel, Urban Legends: Final Cut.
Don't open the door: An investigation into the Hauntings of Hill House: Nathaniel Thompson traces The Haunting from Shirley Jackson's acclaimed source novel, through Robert Wise's revered 1963 film version, to Jan de Bont's recent effects-heavy version.
DVDs : Dementia / Daughter Of Horror, Detour, A Fistful Of Trailers, Frostbiter, Immoral Tales, Independence Day, Kentucky Fried Movie, Lured Innocence, Naked Poison, The Omen: Special Edition, Perfect Blue, Rabid, Resort Massacre, Scream 3, Sisters, Slaughterhouse, The Straight Story, The Terminator.
Biblio Watchdog: Worlds To Conquer Steve Reeves An Authorized Biography by Chris LeClaire.

Issue 69
March 2001
Watchdog news: DVD new releases of two Soledad Miranda's classics: Vampyros Lesbos & She Killed In Ecstasy; Mario Bava's DVDs: The Whip And The Body, Hercules, Hercules Unchained.
Video Tapevine: Beowulf, The Deadly Sword, The Last Duel, The Shaolin Brothers, The Dunwich Horror, Heavy Metal 2000, Hellraiser:Inferno, Komodo, Octopus, My Son The Vampire, The Sinister Monk, The Watcher In The Attic.
Tapes from the attic: The Legend Of Spider Forest, The Pyx.
Beach Party Tonight: Tim Lucas pays tribute to American International's ''other'' great series on the occasion of MGM Home Entertainment's DVD release of four ''Beach Party'' movies: Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party and How to Stuff A Wild Bikini.
DVDs : And Then There Were None, City Of The Living Dead, The Exorcist III, The Gruesome Twosome, Kwaidan, Nekromantik, Pitch Black, Seven Days In May, Fail Safe, She Devils On Wheels, The Shooting, Ride In The Whirlwind, The Stuff, A Taste Of Blood, Touch Of Evil, X-Men, I Am A Nymphomaniac, I Am Frigid... Why?, Pussy Talk.
Biblio Watchdog: Vampire Over London: Bela Lugosi In Britain.

Issue 68
February 2001
Watchdog news: Catching up with Jess Franco: Lust For Frankenstein, Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula, Vampire Blues, Red Silk.
Video Tapevine: The Baby, The Hot The Cool And The Vicious, Magnificent Fist, 99 Cycling Swords, The 72 Desperate Rebels, Rich and Famous, Tragic Hero, They Saved Hitler's Brain.
For VW's eyes only: The Living Daylights work print exposed: Dan Gale examines a rare artifact - a bootleg work print of Timothy Dalton's 007 debut, The Living Daylights - and describes the film that might have been.
Box sets are forever: The rest of Bond on DVD: Accepting a task that would have daunted many a top agent, Nathaniel Thompson reviews the entire contents of the second and third James Bond 007 DVD box sets from MGM - and also the latest Bond adventure, The World Is Not Enough!
DVDs : A Bucket of Blood, Dinosaurus, Edward Scissorhands, Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41, First Spaceship on Venus, Guts of a Beauty, Insomnia, Martin, Knightriders, Never Say Never Again, Organ, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tales from the Gimli Hospital, Careful, The Undertaker And His Pals, What Have they Done To Your Daughters?
Biblio Watchdog: The Haunted Screen Ghosts in Literature and Film by Lee Kovacs.

Issue 67
January 2001
Watchdog news: Creature from the Black Lagoon music, DVDs: Evil Dead 2, Plan 9 from Outer Space, The Curious Dr. Humpp, Green Snake, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Trancers.
Video Tapevine: Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, The Blood Beast Terror, Condemned To Live, Computer Animation Marvels, Infinity's Child, The Invincible Kung Fu Trio, The New Game, Secret of the Chinese Kung Fu, The Six Directions of Boxing, Journey to the Center of Time, The Ogre, Rip Roaring Riley, Tomb Of Torture, Velocity Trap.
Tapes from the attic: A Bell from Hell, Pieces.
Four for the Filmgroup: Monte Hellman's TV Expansions: Brad Stevens delves into Monte Hellman's earliest work as a film director: the scenes he wrote and filmed to pad four of Roger Corman's Filmgroup productions (Beast from Haunted Cave, Ski Troop Attack, Last Woman on Earth and Creature from the Haunted Sea) for TV! Plus information on a surprise fifth TV expansion!
DVDs : Bad Girls Go to Hell/Another Day Another Man, Blaze Starr Goes Nudist, Deadly Weapons, Double Agent 73, Nude on the Moon, The Bone Crushing Kid, Eagle's Claw, 18 Secrets of Kung Fu, Emperor of Shaolin Kung Fu, Yoga and Kung Fu Girl, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, Dragonheart: A New Beginning, The Fly (1986)/The Fly II (1989), Magnolia, The Ninth Gate, Planet of the Apes: The Evolution, The Tempest, A Canterbury Tale, A Matter of Life and Death.
Biblio Watchdog: Roger Corman by Beverly Gray, Forgotten Horrors: The Definitive Edition by G. Turner & M. Price.

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