After posting our December 2012 releases to our website today, I was hit with a bit of reflection. I’ve been in the home video business a very long time. Over half my life, in fact. Through the good times, the bad and the continuous see-saw of industry ups and down, I’ve weathered the storm by running two influential companies in this crazy business. As I clicked the “Publish” button on our website control panel to add the new titles today, I was awash with relief that our 2012 was complete and our 2013 title schedule was beginning. In this day and age of easy internet piracy/downloading, illegal movie posting on YouTube, bootlegging on Ebay and mass store/distributor closings, it’s comforting to know that our little indie label is still going. Plenty of other indie labels have come and gone in a flash. Of course, how long before we hang it up is anybody’s guess. This industry changes, literally, by the day and it’s incredibly difficult to stay afloat. It has been for years now, which is why I was taken aback at what I just discovered as I went back to have a look at our Synapse/Impulse 2012 schedule. Stunned, really.
Synapse Films released more titles in 2012 than any other year in our history. Here is the list that I compiled for 2012:
SYNAPSE FILMS RELEASES FOR 2012
THOU SHALT NOT KILL… EXCEPT (BD/DVD COMBO)
RED SCORPION (BD/DVD COMBO)
42ND STREET FOREVER: BLU-RAY (BLU)
TWINS OF EVIL (BD/DVD COMBO)
TWINS OF EVIL (DVD ONLY)
FRANKENHOOKER (DVD ONLY)
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A P. GANG (BLU)
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A P. GANG (DVD)
HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR – THE COMPLETE SERIES (TV) (DVD)
BASKET CASE 3: THE PROGENY (DVD)
ASYLUM (I WANT TO BE A GANGSTER) (DVD)
THE DEFINITIVE DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD (BD/DVD COMBO)
THE DEFINITIVE DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD (DVD)
CHILLER – THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SERIES (TV) (DVD)
IMPULSE PICTURES RELEASES FOR 2012
TRUE STORY OF A WOMAN IN JAIL: SEX HELL (DVD)
SCHOOLGIRL REPORT #8 (DVD)
EROS SCHOOL: FEELS SO GOOD (DVD)
ZOOM UP: THE BEAVER BOOK GIRL (DVD)
ZOOM IN: SEX APARTMENTS (DVD)
TRUE STORY OF A WOMAN JAIL: CONTINUES (DVD)
NYMPHO DIVER: G-STRING FESTIVAL (DVD)
FEMALE TEACHER: DIRTY AFTERNOON (DVD)
SCHOOLGIRL REPORT #9 (DVD)
I LOVE IT FROM BEHIND! (DVD)
SEX HUNTER: WET TARGET (DVD)
To me, this is unbelievable. And, I have to thank all our fans for supporting us and allowing us to continue bringing great titles to market. Without all of you, we are nothing, and I just wanted to take a minute to let you all know that. I also want to thank those that have helped us with various releases. Your contributions have been invaluable to us.
And, even with that list above, 2012 will be the year we venture into even yet ANOTHER home video technology. In November or December, in conjunction with an online streaming company, Synapse Films will be starting our own internet movie channel, featuring Synapse titles, Impulse titles, and a select few independent productions that will only be available for streaming from the channel. Another big thanks goes to our friend, partner, colleague and info man Charles Fiedler for getting this going and keeping the Synapse wheels turning behind-the-scenes, along with Shade Rupe.
What will 2013 bring? At this point, we do know we have a couple surprise announcements that horror fans will love, as well as a lot of other things like HANDS OF THE RIPPER, COUNTESS DRACULA, THE VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION, MCBAIN, THE ODD ANGRY SHOT, SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS, THUNDERCRACK! and much, much more.
All things considered… not too bad for two guys in an office at the end of a noisy airport runway.
Don May, Jr. and Jerry Chandler
SYNAPSE FILMS, INC.