Before the real reason for this post, a little history. I first became aware of the writing of Tim Lucas via his column published in Gorezone magazine, by far the highlight of that particular publication. When I became aware the column was to be fleshed out into a full magazine I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. I distinctly remember buying the first issue from my local comic book store, it was the day prior to my final family holiday. A holiday I was too old for and found particularly tiresome, indeed the thing that got me through that week was my spanking new copy of the first ever issue of Video Watchdog. I didn't want to be at the beach with my parents, I wanted to be out searching for rare cuts of the Jess Franco movies I was reading about in my new found bible. Of course it's not that easy to find even common cuts of Jess Franco movies in the English seaside town of Skegness! I thought I did particularly well to find a cut VHS of Lucio Fulci's The Naples Connection, under the title of The Smuggler considering my location.
I read that first issue cover to cover at least three times that week, and it instilled in me something that is still true to this day about the magazine, even if you think a particular issue may not be of interest to you, you're invariably wrong once you start to read it. The amount of movies VW turned me on to in it's early days, those dark pre internet days especially, is incredible, but even with the internet overload of today, I'm still reading about exciting movies to track down thanks to the magazine. Even on the rare occasion I haven't liked a movie championed by one of the many contributors, rarely if ever, have they not been at least interesting enough to be worth viewing. Since starting this blog, I've been lucky enough to have contact with a few of the magazine's writers including John Charles and Mark F. Berry, leaving me quite starstruck!
Back to the original reason for the post, I have purchased and devoured every single issue of Video Watchdog since that very first one, except for issue 127 from Oct/Nov 2006. Over the years I've obtained my copies in a variety of ways, from shops, mail order, subscriptions etc. The time I really needed to be subscribed however I wasn't. I can't even really remember now why I couldn't get issue 127, I think it was a problem with the printer and that barely enough copies were produced, whatever, all I knew was I was missing an issue and I couldn't even get it from the publisher! So I've waited almost 6 years to actually get hold of a copy and eventually when one turned up on ebay, it was mine. Today it arrived and somehow the thrill of finally getting my hands on it was similar to picking up that very first issue all those years ago!
Just as an aside, I'd love for the magazine to have a digital variant as well as the printed copy, as much as I love to hold the physical issue, with the financial pressures many are under, I can't help thinking a cheaper, digital version would help to increase sales, as well as the fact if ever a magazine was suited to variants, it's this one.