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18th Apr '17 3:05:36 PM thelivingtoad
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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' also failed at the box office despite some critical acclaim. Most of its success came from the fact that Ted Turner (who owned Castle Rock Entertainment at the time, and thus owned the rights to the film) loved the movie, and he made sure it was run almost every weekend on TNT and TBS. The film slowly picked up a fanbase from these airings, and its now considered one of the best films of all time. Even before the television rescue, it was also Vindicated by Video: since it got many UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations (including Best Picture) and was already available in VHS at the time, a lot of people decided to rent it.

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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' also failed at the box office despite some critical acclaim. Most of its success came from the fact that Ted Turner (who owned Castle Rock Entertainment at the time, and thus owned the rights to the film) loved the movie, and he made sure it was run aired on his TNT and TBS networks almost every weekend on TNT and TBS.for years. The film slowly picked up a fanbase from these airings, and its now considered one of the best films of all time. Even before the television rescue, it was also Vindicated by Video: since it got many UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations (including Best Picture) and was already available in VHS at the time, a lot of people decided to rent it.
18th Apr '17 3:04:46 PM thelivingtoad
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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' also failed at the box office despite some critical acclaim. Most of its success came from the fact that Ted Turner (who owned Castle Rock Entertainment at the time, and thus owned the rights to the film) loved this movie and made sure it was run almost every weekend on TNT and TBS and it slowly picked up a fanbase and is now considered one of the finest films of all time. (It's been #1 on the Website/IMDb Top 250 for years.) Even before the television rescue, it was also Vindicated by Video: since it got many UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations (including Best Picture) and was already available in VHS at the time, a lot of people decided to rent it.

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* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' also failed at the box office despite some critical acclaim. Most of its success came from the fact that Ted Turner (who owned Castle Rock Entertainment at the time, and thus owned the rights to the film) loved this movie the movie, and he made sure it was run almost every weekend on TNT and TBS and it TBS. The film slowly picked up a fanbase from these airings, and is its now considered one of the finest best films of all time. (It's been #1 on the Website/IMDb Top 250 for years.) Even before the television rescue, it was also Vindicated by Video: since it got many UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations (including Best Picture) and was already available in VHS at the time, a lot of people decided to rent it.
14th Apr '17 7:57:45 PM Kadorhal
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* ''Film/BladeRunner'''s theatrical release was on the last weekend of July 1982, a now-legendary [[SummerBlockbuster summer of blockbusters]], most in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror vein (''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' was king, but it was also the year of ''Star Trek II'' and ''Poltergeist''. Trailing stories of its lengthy TroubledProduction, it premiered to disappointing reviews that did, however, mention its visual splendor but found everything else moribund. It did poorly, but thanks to this trope and home video it was seen as one of the decade's most influential films by the end of the 1980s.
* ''Film/BloodRayne'' made less than $4 million at the box office WORLDWIDE against its $25 million production budget - yet its near-immediate release to airings on Creator/{{Syfy}} (and better-than-expected DVD sales) exposed it to bad-movie connoisseurs and justified two direct-to-video sequels.

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* ''Film/BladeRunner'''s theatrical release was on the last weekend of July 1982, a now-legendary [[SummerBlockbuster summer of blockbusters]], most in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror vein (''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' was king, but it was also the year of ''Star Trek II'' ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and ''Poltergeist''.''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''). Trailing stories of its lengthy TroubledProduction, it premiered to disappointing reviews that did, however, mention its visual splendor but found everything else moribund. It did poorly, but thanks to this trope and home video it was seen as one of the decade's most influential films by the end of the 1980s.
* ''Film/BloodRayne'' made less than $4 million at the box office WORLDWIDE ''worldwide'', against its $25 million production budget - yet its near-immediate release to airings on Creator/{{Syfy}} (and better-than-expected DVD sales) exposed it to bad-movie connoisseurs and justified two direct-to-video sequels.



* [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Steven Spielberg's]] ''Film/{{Hook}}'' did make a nice profit, but poor reviews and being outcompeted by Disney's ''[[Disney/BeautyandtheBeast Beauty and the Beast]]'' gave the film a rather bad reputation. It has become much better received on cable.

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* [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Steven Spielberg's]] Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Film/{{Hook}}'' did make a nice profit, but poor reviews and being outcompeted by Disney's ''[[Disney/BeautyandtheBeast Beauty and the Beast]]'' ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' gave the film a rather bad reputation. It has become much better received on cable.
5th Apr '17 1:40:53 AM Doug86
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}''. Ironically, it didn't have to be this way. The movie got such an amazing reception by test audiences that Orion Studios decided to put it in direct competition with other movies in the summer of 1989, which included Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'' and ''HoneyIShrunkTheKids''. ''UHF'' ultimately got lost in this shuffle. As Al would sing in the commentary, [[CreatorKiller "Orion! Orion! Is bankrupt now!"]].

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}''. Ironically, it didn't have to be this way. The movie got such an amazing reception by test audiences that Orion Studios decided to put it in direct competition with other movies in the summer of 1989, which included Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'' and ''HoneyIShrunkTheKids''.''''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''. ''UHF'' ultimately got lost in this shuffle. As Al would sing in the commentary, [[CreatorKiller "Orion! Orion! Is bankrupt now!"]].
4th Apr '17 8:25:09 PM SergeantLuke
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* Unlike many other classic comedies, the films starring the team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey were not shown on television during the Baby Boomer generation, which resulted in virtually no one having any clue who they were after Woolsey's untimely death in 1938. In the '80s and '90s, stations like TCM and AMC began to show Wheeler and Woolsey's movies for the first time in decades -- if it weren't for cable, Wheeler and Woolsey's films would've been completely forgotten decades ago. OK, so they're still not very well-known at all, but among vintage film/comedy fans, Bert n' Bob have a very small but very loyal following, so this trope definitely counts despite the fact that they remain obscure to the general public.

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* Unlike many other classic comedies, A zig-zagged example: The UniversalHorror movies ''were'' extremely successful in their own era of the films starring 1930s and 40s... but it would also be hard to deny that the team true height of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey were not shown on their popularity was the mid-1950s through the early 70s, when the success of the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_Theater Shock Theater]]'' television during the Baby Boomer generation, which package sent them into every American kid's home, and resulted in virtually no one having any clue who they were after Woolsey's untimely death in 1938. In a huge slew of new memorabilia, including ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famous_Monsters_of_Filmland Famous Monsters of Filmland]]'' magazine, [[http://www.jeffs60s.com/auroramodels.php the '80s Aurora monster kits]], and '90s, stations like TCM and AMC began to show Wheeler and Woolsey's movies for the first time in decades -- if it weren't for cable, Wheeler and Woolsey's films would've been completely forgotten decades ago. OK, so they're still not very well-known at all, but among vintage film/comedy fans, Bert n' Bob have a very small but very loyal following, so this trope definitely counts despite the fact that they remain obscure to the general public.immortal "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOFCQ2bfmHw Monster Mash]]".
11th Mar '17 9:28:00 PM jharrison3051
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* ''Film/Clue'' bombed at the box office, partly due to its multiple endings. However, VHS and cable showings (with all the endings) helped rescue it from obscurity.

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* ''Film/Clue'' ''Film/{{Clue}}'' bombed at the box office, partly due to its multiple endings. However, VHS and cable showings (with all the endings) helped rescue it from obscurity.obscurity.
* [[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekly&id=donniedarko.htm Barely anyone]] saw ''Film/DonnieDarko'' during its four week, limited release theatrical run, but it became a cult hit once it hit DVD and strong sales led to a theatrical reissue and extended cut.
22nd Jan '17 9:56:10 AM rjd1922
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* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' suffered from poor critical and commercial reception upon its first release in 1995, thanks to a poor marketing campaign and it coming out near the end of the Super Nintendo's life cycle. However, the game slowly picked up a cult following through emulation and this trope really came into effect when Nintendo finally granted the game an official re-release on the Wii U Virtual Console, of which audiences and critics were much more appreciative. MarthDebutedInSmashBros is also partially responsible, as more than a few gamers were related to the quirky world of Mother through the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series.
* On a smaller scale ''VideoGame/{{Pulseman}}'' also counts since not many people knew about it before it was on the Wii Virtual Console. Being created by ''[[Creator/GameFreak Gamefreak]]'' is also enough to spark some curiosity from those wanting to see how they were before the they created a certain world-famous Mon series.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'' suffered from poor critical and commercial reception upon its first release in 1995, thanks to a poor marketing campaign and it coming out near the end of the Super Nintendo's life cycle. However, the game slowly picked up a cult following through emulation and this trope really came into effect when Nintendo finally granted the game an official re-release on the Wii U Virtual Console, UsefulNotes/WiiU UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole, of which audiences and critics were much more appreciative. MarthDebutedInSmashBros is also partially responsible, as more than a few gamers were related to the quirky world of Mother ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' through the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series.
* On a smaller scale ''VideoGame/{{Pulseman}}'' also counts since not many people knew about it before it was on the Wii UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} Virtual Console. Being created by ''[[Creator/GameFreak Gamefreak]]'' ''Creator/GameFreak'' is also enough to spark some curiosity from those wanting to see how they were before the they created a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} certain world-famous Mon series.world-famous]] {{Mon}} [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} series]].
12th Jan '17 12:48:24 AM PaulA
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* ''Film/FlashGordon'': Its popularity in America was due in part to airings on HBO.

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* ''Film/FlashGordon'': ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'': Its popularity in America was due in part to airings on HBO.
20th Nov '16 2:02:06 AM the_paper
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* ''Anime/SouseiNoAquarion'' is a comparatively rare example of Vindicated By ''Theme Song'' - despite being helmed by Macross creator Shoji Kawamori, the series largely flew under the radar until 2007, when the usage of its ''Creator/YokoKanno''-penned opening song in a pachinko game commercial catapulted the song to triple platinum status and Aquarion itself back into the limelight, leading to first an OAV series and later the 2012 TV continuation Aquarion EVOL.

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* ''Anime/SouseiNoAquarion'' ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'' is a comparatively rare example of Vindicated By ''Theme Song'' - despite being helmed by Macross creator Shoji Kawamori, the series largely flew under the radar until 2007, when the usage of its ''Creator/YokoKanno''-penned Creator/YokoKanno-penned opening song in a pachinko game commercial catapulted the song to triple platinum status and Aquarion itself back into the limelight, leading to first an OAV series and later the 2012 TV continuation Aquarion EVOL.
20th Nov '16 2:00:57 AM the_paper
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* ''Anime/SouseiNoAquarion'' is a comparatively rare example of Vindicated By ''Theme Song'' - despite being helmed by Macross creator Shoji Kawamori, the series largely flew under the radar until 2007, when the usage of its ''Creator/YokoKanno''-penned opening song in a pachinko game commercial catapulted the song to triple platinum status and Aquarion itself back into the limelight, leading to first an OAV series and later the 2012 TV continuation Aquarion EVOL.
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