Sunday, February 17, 2013
MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIES PART 3
PART 3 OF 3
MOVIES MADE FOR CABLE CHANNELS.....
Cable channels didn't have to worry about censorship, so that gave them an edge when it came to nudity and violence. There are plenty of good made-for-CABLE-tv-flicks. Below are two of my favorites.
LAST SEDUCTION - This movie aired on HBO before it went into theaters. It stars Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman, Peter Berg, J.T. Walsh, and Bill Nunn.
In my opinion, Bridget Gregory is one of the most memorable femme fatales to ever appear in a movie. It was released on region one DVD by ARTISAN ( OUT OF PRINT ). FYI: They made a sequel.
ROSWELL - If I remember correctly, this movie aired on SHOWTIME. Tons of familiar faces appear in this flick. Such as, Kyle MacLachlan, Xander Berkeley, Dwight Yoakam, Charles Martin Smith, Philip Baker Hall, Martin Sheen, and many others. It also has some very cool special effects.
ROSWELL was released on region one DVD by ARTISAN ( OUT OF PRINT ).
GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE BIG SCREEN?.....
Some of the made-for-tv-movies, that aired on the FREE channels, were actually shown theatrically in other countries. DUEL is a great example.
I don't know if TRILOGY OF TERROR was ever shown theatrically, but in my opinion it was good enough.
AVAILABILITY ON HOME VIDEO.....
I don't know how many of these movies were released on VHS. However, there must be at least a hundred made-for-tv-movies available on DVD ( legit "pressed" discs, and grey-market DVD-Rs ).
I recommend you buy them on the cheap, in multi-movie packs, from companies like ECHO BRIDGE, MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT, and TGG DIRECT.
Display of TGG DIRECT single movies that were priced at ninety-six cents each ( at WALMART ). NOTE: These flicks are packaged in BLISTER PACKS... Just like HOT WHEELS!
THOMPSON'S LAST RUN ( starring Robert Mitchum 1917 – 1997, Wilford Brimley, and Susan Tyrrell 1945 - 2012 ) and SEX, LIES & OBSESSION ( starring Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin ) pictured above.
HER BEST FRIEND'S HUSBAND ( starring Cheryl Ladd and Bess Armstrong ) pictured below.
IS ANYONE PRESERVING THESE FILMS?.....
Far too many made-for-tv-movies seem to have vanished off the face of the earth.
If it wasn't for companies like MILL CREEK, ECHO BRIDGE, TGG DIRECT, and the GREY-MARKET, most of these movies would be lost forever.
I've only scratched the surface with this list. There are TONS of other movies I have not mentioned.
I just wanted to remind folks of how underrated and neglected most of these films are.
I really miss made-for-tv-movies. New ones seem to be few and far between, and that's a shame.....