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Lost Ed Wood Film Unearthed

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the b-movie-bliss dept.

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BayBlade writes "It seems a lost Ed Wood film, Necromania was recovered recently, and can now be ordered on DVD. Reuters goes into more depth."

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Picasso? (5, Insightful)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659311)

Considered the worst film maker of all time, Ed Wood

I guess as soon as we start watching the movie, we will know if it's a genuine Ed Wood masterpiece :)

But like Picasso's (note I'm not really comparing Plabo to Ed) paintings, sometimes it takes a different era to appreciate them, especially when the person's dead.

Re:Picasso? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659346)

"But like Picasso's (note I'm not really comparing Plabo to Ed) paintings, sometimes it takes a different era to appreciate them, especially when the person's dead."

What are you talking about? Picasso was the first artist in a very long time to be acknowledged and paid well for his work.

Re:Picasso? (4, Insightful)

TrentL (761772) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659387)

But like Picasso's (note I'm not really comparing Plabo to Ed) paintings, sometimes it takes a different era to appreciate them, especially when the person's dead.

Picasso was famous when he was alive.

My problem with the Ed Wood criticism is that he is so *NOT* the worst filmmaker of all time. His movies are watchable. They induce an emotion (usually laughter), and therefor they are art. Campy art, but art. "Worst filmmaker" should be a title reserved for directors who make truly boring, un-interesting films.

Re:Picasso? (4, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659577)

"Worst filmmaker" should be a title reserved for directors who make truly boring, un-interesting films.

Like Lucas' recent work.

Re:Picasso? (5, Insightful)

colmore (56499) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659648)

It depends on what you mean by bad. Ed's movies are technically worse than just about any director you will ever find who tried to make freature films.

Sure I'd take one of Ed's movies over say... Pearl Harbor any day. But that's because Pearl Harbor wasn't bad, it was mediocre. But Pearl Harbor was much closer to what you'd be taught how to do in film school.

Ed's movies are amazing. It's like a kid who gets a 0 on the SAT. There's one of two things going on there. Either he knows what he's doing and making mistakes on purpose, or he's misreading the test in some fundamental way, and has no clue what's going on. Ed was either in on the joke, or he was not just inept, but posessed a fundamental misunderstanding of what movies are supposed to be.

The first option seems more likely, but watch a few of his films and you start to wonder.

If you watch 70s horror movies, or schlock kung fu action movies, or Troma, or other B movies that know that they're B movies, you don't see what you see in an Ed Wood film. Modern directors study old B movies for inspiration, just look at Tarantino. B movies have bad actors reading bad lines and working with shitty special effects on no budget, but they're at least filmed proficiently, given their resources. Watch most B movies and you're generally watching an OK filming of a bad movie. Ed Wood not only has bad actors, bad writing, bad effects, and no budget, he also has TERRIBLE pacing, camerawork thats so bad its uncomfortable, long silent pauses, and many many other unnerving problems. He gets so many things wrong it boggles the mind.

They're more than so bad they're good. They're so bad they're past good and enter the territory of the head-scratchingly bizarre.

Re:Picasso? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659897)

They're more than so bad they're good. They're so bad they're past good and enter the territory of the head-scratchingly bizarre.

sounds like a certain haughty French-looking Massachusetts senator, who by the way served in Vietnam. if it takes that much noodling to figure out whether it's viable, it probably sucks. a lot.

I'd rather watch Plan 9 then Star Wars 2. (4, Funny)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659665)

Signifigantly more entertaining.

Re:Picasso? (2, Funny)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659699)

Like the last 2 Star Wars films? *ducks*

not meant to be a flame, hoping for a laugh.

Re:Picasso? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659720)

"Worst filmmaker" should be a title reserved for directors who make truly boring, un-interesting films

I have a candidate: George W. Lucas!

I know I will be moderated down here, but starting as an AC at 0 I can not fall too much deeper...

Re:Picasso? (2, Informative)

gamgee5273 (410326) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659776)

That is true. "Worst filmmaker" should go to things like Manos: Hands of Fate. That is not a watchable movie, even in MST3K form...

Re:Picasso? (2, Insightful)

eviltypeguy (521224) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659887)

Obviously you've never seen Cave Dwellers or Eeegah :)

Re:Picasso? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659432)

sometimes it takes a different era to appreciate them, especially when the person's dead.

The human race will have evolved several times over by that time

Re:Picasso? tsarkon reports WHITE POWER (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659481)

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Re:Picasso? tsarkon reports WHITE POWER (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659515)

Is this true?

Will white people become a minority by 2025? Black people only make up 12.9% of the population so far, it seems slightly unlikely that they will grow to 50% in 20 years.

Re:Picasso? tsarkon reports WHITE POWER (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659792)

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Re:Picasso? tsarkon reports WHITE POWER (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659820)

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Re:Picasso? (0, Flamebait)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659482)

I've never watched an Ed Wood movie, but if his work is as bad as Pablo Picasso's cubism rubbish, I'd have to say he is a disgraceful filmmaker.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659312)

fp, bitches

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659317)

not quite, festering genital wart.

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659340)

more likw WP.
worse post, BITCH!

Quick! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659318)

Someone re-bury it!

Re:Quick! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659374)

In Soviet Russia, Ed Wood film buries YOU!

Re:Quick! (4, Funny)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659517)

No use. We will simply invoke Plan 9 and resurrect the dead - Long distance electrodes shot into the pineal and pituitary gland of the recently dead. That goes for movies too you know.

You don't believe us??

You see? Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid! All you of Earth are idiots!

Re:Quick! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659744)

Man I'll try about anything; but I'd never touch a pineal gland.

This has got to be the worst film ever (5, Funny)

BortQ (468164) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659320)

Uh, how bad does a film have to be before Ed Wood won't release it?

Re:This has got to be the worst film ever (5, Funny)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659449)

I heard it's Star Trek V bad ... *shudder* elderly Uhura strip tease scene

Re:This has got to be the worst film ever (2, Insightful)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659623)

But is it Phantom Menace bad?

Re:This has got to be the worst film ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659691)

I'll take an elderly Uhura over some of the obese teenage wilderbeest I see around these days, esp in the USA.

Yey (2, Funny)

Ambient_Developer (825456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659326)

Yey, now we will all have a chance to see the ALL TIME WORST porno ever. I bet this will set the bar for todays pornos.

Re:Yey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659565)

it would take a lot to make the worst porno maybe if the guy kept sticking his nose in her armpit maybe

I'm sure it's the pinnacle of the art (5, Insightful)

delirium of disorder (701392) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659329)

but plan9 will always have a warm place in the hearts of geeks.

BOR-ING! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659332)

Come on guys, let's talk about something else, like how much we hate Bill Gates, or how Apple putting DRM in their products is wonderful while simultaneously grinding our teeth at Microsoft and Real for doing the same thing!

I agree with this post. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659638)

How does this bash Micro$loth or worship Apple?

The best part is... (4, Funny)

pyrrhonist (701154) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659334)

They forgot to include that the best part about this is that it's pr0n!

The 1971 movie is a porn film documenting the sexual enlightenment of a young couple at the hands of a coven of witches.
A witch orgy! That's pure genius!

Re:The best part is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659377)

.

No it is not pr0n. It is porn. Pr0n is porn on the web.

.

Re:The best part is... (2, Funny)

Trogre (513942) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659632)

Did you say an oven full of witches?

Re:The best part is... (1)

Quasi Qubit (620828) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659728)

A coven. A coven of witches. Well, one witch in particular.

Was she an old hag with a mole, with hair growing out of it?

No-no-no, she was . . . quite beautiful.

What's the problem?

Well, admittedly, that was the best part of the night. It waspretty fuckin' cool, actually. But it was still an unnerving way to start off the night.

I simply don't understand it (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659338)

I really like plan 9 from outspace. Just was do you gays not like about it?

From Wikipedia - his legacy . . a turkey (4, Interesting)

Nomihn0 (739701) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659339)

"Evicted from his Hollywood apartment, Wood and his wife moved into the bungalow of an actor friend. Only days after the move, Ed died of a heart attack, aged 53. Posthumously, his extensive portfolio of terrible motion pictures earned him the Golden Turkey Award for being the worst director of all time."

Is that Ed Wood's equivalent of a last "hurrah"?

Re:From Wikipedia - his legacy . . a turkey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659556)

So, Gigli and Coyote Ugly are considered better films? God save us all.

you forgot (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659659)

the link: here [wikipedia.org]

this is for all those who for some strange reason havent seen at least one of this mans (awful and hillarious) movies

How is this possible? (5, Interesting)

phozz bare (720522) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659344)

The movie has an entry [imdb.com] on IMDB, with comments dating as far back as 1999.

How did these people see the movie?

phozz

Re:How is this possible? (4, Funny)

The Grey Clone (770110) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659375)

I think time travel would be the most obvious answer.

Re:How is this possible? (4, Informative)

pokka (557695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659390)

The movie has an entry on IMDB, with comments dating as far back as 1999.

How did these people see the movie?

phozz


That's because they actually discovered the movie back in 2001. They didn't try to obtain a DVD distributor until last year, but apparently some VHS copies are in circulation.

Re:How is this possible? (1, Insightful)

pokka (557695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659405)

oh, nevermind. I didn't see the "1999" part :)

Re:How is this possible? (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659802)

Discovered the movie in 2001 but they made comments on it in 1999............

Re:How is this possible? (4, Funny)

davidgunnar (158442) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659501)

There are notes in the 'alternate versions' section of the imbd page about how other versions, including the longer XXX version, had been found "recently".

So what we have here is the... [drumroll please] director's cut extended version!

How is it that a discussion of XXX films keeps coming back to words like 'longer' and 'extended'? ;-)

Re:How is this possible? (5, Interesting)

vert2712 (749612) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659552)

Because it was never lost. The film has always been available in one form or another.

Maybe this new 'lost' version has different/more hardcore material but the film was never really that hard to see. Necromania was originally a softcore feature, with hardcore inserts shot by cinematographer Ted Gorley to spice up Wood's softcore effort and make it more marketable, a very common practice in those days (Wood never actually liked to film actual hardcore scenes). As with most films of this kind, I'm sure there are tons of different edits/versions floating around, but that doesn't mean it was a "lost" film.

And anyway an hardcore version (credited to director "Don Miller") has been has been available from Alpha Blue archives for years (they sell it on VHS paired with another similar short titled Daughter of Satan). Something Weird Video also used to sell it.

The guys who announced this are trying to get mileage from to the recent DVD release of Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" -- and it looks like it worked: you think CNN and Reuters would have picked up this story otherwise?

Nothing to see, move along...

Re:How is this possible? (1)

ProdigySim (817093) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659633)

The comments on that page seem to be referring to the edited, soft-core only version of the movie. (The article mentions the DVD ships with two versions of the movie)

Perhaps the unedited version is what is new?

Wood (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659355)

"The 1971 movie is a porn film documenting the sexual enlightenment of a young couple at the hands of a coven of witches"

So this is like Blair Witch project meets Deep Throat?

Re:Wood (2, Informative)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659535)

No, that would be The Bare Wench Project [imdb.com] you're thinking of.

Re:Wood (1, Funny)

pHatidic (163975) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659646)

Is it ironic that this is a porn movie that was buried and dug up, about people having sex with other people who were buried and then dug up?

Wasn't the Blair Witch really hairy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659855)

So I'm thinking ... overnight 'furry' cult hit?

imdb (2, Informative)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659358)

imdb link [imdb.com]

edonkey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659420)

edonkey link [ed2k]

The affirming thing about Ed Wood.... (4, Insightful)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659364)

is that no matter what..he made the movies. Obviously during his time he was a positively horrible producer but he lived his dream.....

People keep saying his "masterpiece" was Plan 9 but you REALLY should see Glen or Glenda? [imdb.com] if for nothing else the mixture of Bela Lugosi and a buffalo stampede.

Re:The affirming thing about Ed Wood.... (1)

darnok (650458) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659498)

I agree - "Glen or Glenda?" is a step beyond Plan 9 in just about any direction you care to name.

Plan 9 has a distinct plot - well, several, of sorts, that don't actually mesh that well - but "Glen or Glenda?" doesn't seem to. It's one of those films that genuinely defies description

Re:The affirming thing about Ed Wood.... (1)

DeepHurtn! (773713) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659906)

Plan 9 has a distinct plot - well, several, of sorts, that don't actually mesh that well - but "Glen or Glenda?" doesn't seem to. It's one of those films that genuinely defies description

Absolutely. "Pull the string! PULL THE STRING!" I have no idea what Lugosi was supposed to be doing.

Re:The affirming thing about Ed Wood.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659504)

You know - unshakeable belief in oneself is not always a good thing, eg:

Hitler

Bush (whether you are Republican or Democrat, noone can ignore his ability to ignore his advisors because he "trusts his gut")

Any number of sub-qualified but disastrous PHBs

etc.

Re:The affirming thing about Ed Wood.... (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659610)

...and another is that he befriended Bela Lugosi when the latter had boozed himself out of a career, and gave him the last work he ever had.

rj

wood? (1)

Digitaltodd (644535) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659368)

Did he say wood? Heh heh umm.. heh

What was the name... (2, Funny)

StarKruzr (74642) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659373)

... of that Wicked porno which was along the same line as this? Modern-day woman having dreams about her past life as a witch with all kinds of lesbian sex magic and stuff.

There were some seriously yummy chicks in that movie, but I can't find it anymore.

Of course, now I'm going to have to buy Ed's movie and see just how much Wood it produces.

Re:What was the name... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659421)

Vengeance, starring Jewel Denyle. Posted AC for obvious reasons.

Re:What was the name... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659520)

I don't know what you're talking about, but I do know that everyone in the circus takes showers together.

Spellbound (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659664)


Look for Temptress and Devin Lane.

Dichotomy. (4, Funny)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659381)

So, the worst filmmaker in history left a PORNO movie which never saw daylight until now. I honestly don't know if i want to see it desperately or steer away from it completely.

He might have made lousy movies, but porn is porn!

Re:Dichotomy. (2, Funny)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659543)

You can't have bad porn if the cast is good.

Re:Dichotomy. (4, Funny)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659710)

porn is porn!

That's what I thought, so I clicked a few random things of a p2p network to download, a few years ago.

Had to burn my HD in a holy, cleansing fire on consecrated ground with the blessing of the Goddess. You can't simply delete EVIL.

Dear Ed Wood (1)

Letter (634816) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659382)

Dear Ed Wood,

I found your link [imdb.com] .

Yours,
Modip Insightful.

Quotes (5, Interesting)

FiReaNGeL (312636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659391)

It's actually a sad story... the guy had to turn to pr0n industry at some point, because nobody wanted to fund him anymore (I'm sure you can guess why). Here's some quotes from the Reuters article :

"Struggling to find backers for more mainstream work, Wood turned to smut in the 1960s, making a string of films and "loops" -- short porn flicks shown in coin-operated booths -- up until his death in 1978."

"This is an old film. It's in the '70s, they're hairy, they don't look the way we are used to now,"

"He says "Necromania" displays Wood's wit and style and he points to a scene where the main character Danny is struggling to untangle a pair of red pajama bottoms to put them on."

You KNOW you want to see it! :) There's a trend developing here in Quebec (since about 2 years) where dumb (absurd and bad) humor = good humor... Is it the same way everywhere else? Let's hope it won't spread to movies...

The movie also include for fans of Ed :
That film shows the making of Wood's most famous film -- "Plan 9 From Outer Space" from 1956 -- in which actors screw up their lines and "special effects" include pie tins for flying saucers.

Re:Quotes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659464)

There's a trend developing here in Quebec (since about 2 years) where dumb (absurd and bad) humor = good humor... Is it the same way everywhere else? Let's hope it won't spread to movies...

I, for one, hope it won't spread to Slashdot! Wouldn't want that, now would we?

Re:Quotes (1)

Muhammar (659468) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659507)

There's a trend developing here in Quebec (since about 2 years) where dumb (absurd and bad) humor = good humor... Is it the same way everywhere else?

By everywhere else - do you actualy mean the rest of Canada?

seriously, I have friends that do collect lame and unfunny humor - and the stuff can be pretty hillarious

Re:Quotes (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659540)


It's actually a sad story... the guy had to turn to pr0n industry at some point, because nobody wanted to fund him anymore (I'm sure you can guess why)

He tried so hard for so long, putting his heart into something that he believed in (angora sweater fetishes aside) and never made it into the Hollywood system. At least now his films are well known if only for extreme badness. Plan 9 from Outer Space is widely considered to be the worst film ever.

I always think of Russ Meyer [imdb.com] (who died just recently) for some reason when I hear Ed Wood's name.

Re:Quotes (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659690)

Plan 9 from Outer Space is widely considered to be the worst film ever.

Well, actually, designated as such by the noted film intellectual Michael Medved back in his pre-Religious Right days. Today, I imagine he'd give that honor to a picture with more hooters in it.

rj

I love when slashdot covers porno... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659394)

First suicide girls, now this. kewl...

We need a new slashdot category (5, Funny)

sowdog81 (739008) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659401)

Seems we're getting more porn related stories. Thats a good thing if you're in doubt.

slashdot is dying? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659567)

I think it is just a cheap grab for more hits. Thus, there can be only one conclusion slashdot is dying.

Re:slashdot is dying? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659716)

Well I won't believe it until Netcraft confirms it...

Re:We need a new slashdot category (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659753)

I hope the logo will not be goatse.cx...

Wow (1)

igzat (817053) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659435)

You can find just about anything on eBay. Not if they'd only start selling some good freebase. LOL

This DVD is revisionist bullshit! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659474)

In the original version the dude comes first.

LOL mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659606)

I'm sorry, but that is fucking hillarious.

And Now (5, Interesting)

Ossadagowah (452169) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659500)

We must summon Best Brains and reform the MST3K crewe for one final mission ... after they finish with Battlefield Earth.

Re:And Now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659886)

In that case, you'll never see them again. God help us if they had gone for the *book* instead.

Porno huh? (3, Funny)

Intocabile (532593) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659512)

Got Wood?

And the reason of the post? (0, Troll)

KZigurs (638781) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659534)

Would it be because of the huge fan base of him in /. or because of the original and impresively artistic content of the work revealed?

Need some Wood?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659619)

Worst movie maker of all time? Not hardly. (4, Interesting)

rumblin'rabbit (711865) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659630)

The measure of a movie maker is not the quality of the final product, but the quality divided by the budget. Did the producer get the the money up on the screen? By this standard, Ed Wood was one of the best movie makers of all time.

Many modern producers couldn't have breakfast for less than $7,000. The man was a genius.

Also mentioned in the New Yorker (1)

bubba451 (779167) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659636)

This was also mentioned recently in New Yorker's Talk of the Town [newyorker.com]

Fleshbot (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659645)

Note that Fleshbot [fleshbot.com] , referenced in the story as a "pornography Web site" is actually a blog-style compilation of the best (or at least most interesting) porn from around the Web. It's updated on a daily basis and provides three RSS feeds (straight, gay, or everything).
I have no connection with the site, but appreciate it. Posting AC, unfortunately, because my /. alias has a few too many connections to my real life.

Irony (4, Funny)

Savatte (111615) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659681)

A story about a porno, and at the bottom of the slashdot page, I see a quote that says "what is the sound of one hand clapping?"

This has been available on VHS for a long time (4, Informative)

vert2712 (749612) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659683)

The DVD version may be new, but it's been out on VHS [alphabluearchives.com] for quite a while...

Undead Wood (5, Interesting)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659733)

Who owns the copyright on this movie? Wood died 26 years ago. These movies were discovered rotting in an LA warehouse. Largely ignored in his lifetime, Wood's audience has created much of the "value" of these films by perpetuating a subculture around them. There's no mention of any copyright holders in the story, even in the story of the people who discovered these copies that are being copied and distributed on DVD - all people who never even knew Wood, or participated in the "life" of these movies until after they were left for dead. If I get a $20 DVD, can't I just set it up on an MPG stream for anyone who wants to pay bandwidth costs like me?

Unearthed, or downloaded? (3, Insightful)

Mr. Cancelled (572486) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659748)

On a hunch, I popped open a copy of eMule and typed "Necromania" in a search (actually, I'm lazy... I copied & pasted it from the story using my mouse, but I digress...)

The results were for 100+ sources for "Necromania (E D Wood Jr 1971) VHS-Rip by Davide-466.avi". I'm not saying anyone's lying, or that the copy on emule is even the same thing (we all know it probably is, but whatever...), but the story seems to indicate that this guy went through a lot of time and effort to locate "the" copy. And I quote...

Rudolph Grey, author of a biography of the director, and a fellow Ed Wood enthusiast, movie distributor Alexander Kogan, unearthed "Necromania" in a warehouse in Los Angeles after more than 15 years of detective work.

I'm guessing the guy coulda saved a lotta time if he'd just looked on a p2p service. While it's probably not as nice as the master he found hopfully is, it doesn't appear that this movie was ever truly lost, as the article leads you to believe.

Re:Unearthed, or downloaded? (1)

iabervon (1971) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659879)

Obviously, there's going to be a certain loss of quality...

Obviously, there's going to be a certain loss of fidelity if you make a DVD from a rip of a VHS tape. Chances are that they found a copy closer to the original than was previously available.

Re:Unearthed, or downloaded? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659914)

For all you know, he's the guy who released it to the pirate community. Probably took 15 years to figure out who owned the copyright on the movie so that a DVD could be released.

Plan 9 is OK .. (2, Funny)

nels_tomlinson (106413) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659749)

Plan 9 [wikipedia.org] can't be all bad: they named an operating system [bell-labs.com] after it.

Re:Plan 9 is OK .. (1)

sinnfeiner1916 (793749) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659791)

they also named one after Eunuchs. What is your point?

Re:Plan 9 is OK .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10659924)

They also exhumed one called "FreeBSD", but the corpse smelled so bad they put it back.

Ed's Dead (0, Troll)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#10659772)

Who needs softcore? Where's the vampire lesbian Pr0n 9 From Outer Space to download?
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