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Since their beginning in the early fifties, our Parents have shown the world how to successfully market "THE MOVIE".
Our Parents are, of course, ROADSHOW DISTRIBUTORS, Australia's largest theatrical distributor/importer, and VILLAGE THEATRES, the second largest cinema chain in Australia.
Now we have taken our twenty years of movie EXPERIENCE in entertaining Australian audiences into a new and exciting field—ROADSHOW HOME VIDEO.
We offer you the ultimate package in HOME ENTERTAINMENT, and a continuing future supply of multi million dollar Australian and overseas movies.
ROADSHOW HOME VIDEO, a new dimension in the home entertainment market.
—Announcement seen on some early releases
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Welcome to Roadshow Home Video. Before the movie, we'd like to show you previews of some of our films.

This is it, the house that Max built. Roadshow Home Video is an Australian home video company, and a subsidiary of Village Roadshow Corporation.

It began life in 1982 as the largest independent home video releasing company in Australasia, based in New South Wales. Its first offerings, on May 10, 1982, were a blend of 20 Australian and international titles, including homegrown science fiction action film Mad Max, X-rated Insatiable, graphically scary horror film The Never Dead, driving film King Of The Mountain, and the king of Body Horror and asploding heads itself, Scanners. Apart from titles from Roadshow and sister studio Greater Union, the firm also released titles from Orion Pictures, Embassy Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, New World Pictures, Carolco Pictures, Virgin Vision, and Producers Sales Organization, among others. It was also the Australian distributor of titles from Walt Disney Home Video.

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Crisis struck in the mid-'80s when the ACB decided to implement the brilliant idea suggested by the BBFC to deal with Video Nasties on their own home turf and require home video releases to be certified separately from cinematic releases. As this was a lot of work to implement, even higher-profile independents like Roadshow were severely affected, and numerous titles, including The Never Dead, went out of print overnight. It's also no coincidence that Roadshow released fewer titles at a time around that time than they used to.

Towards the end of 1985, Roadshow adopted a new identity in the form of several V's gathered together, and this carried over to their cinematic distribution and home video units, as well as its new television (Roadshow Television) and film production (Village Roadshow Pictures) units. In 1988, they celebrated Australia's bicentennial by releasing the Aussie Six-Pack, a commemorative re-release of six classic Australian movies (Mad Max, Gallipoli, Far East, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Rebel, and Stone).

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The company still operates today, distributing not just its own titles but also those from The BBC, Fremantle Media, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. (mainly co-productions with Village Roadshow), and others.

For more movie previews, keep watching after the end of this film.

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    May 10, 1982 (1st wave) 
20 titles were released on May 10, 1982, the national debut of Roadshow Home Video.

  • Atlantic City
    From Canadian Film Development Corporation
    Available in North America through Paramount Home Video
  • The Best of the First New York Erotic Film Festival
    Available in North America through Wizard Video
  • Butterfly
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Vestron Video
  • Caligula
    Back cover advertises Insatiable and Montenegro
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Vestron Video
  • A Change Of Seasons
    Back cover advertises Endless Love and ''King of the Mountain
    Available in North America through Magnetic Video Corporation
  • Deadly Blessing
    Back cover advertises Scanners and A Force of One
    From PolyGram Pictures
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Embassy Home Entertainment
  • Death Ship
    Back cover advertises Butterfly and Little Lord Fauntleroy
    From Embassy Pictures
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Embassy Home Entertainment
  • Endless Love
    Back cover advertises A Change of Seasons and King of the Mountain
    From PolyGram Pictures
    Available in North America through MCA Videocassette, Inc.
  • A Force Of One
    Back cover advertises Deadly Blessing and Scanners
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Media Home Entertainment
  • High Rolling
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Vestron Video
  • Insatiable
    Available in North America through Caballero Control Corporation Home Video
  • King Of The Mountain
    From PolyGram Pictures
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Embassy Home Entertainment
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by U.S.A. Home Video
  • Mad Max
    Features trailers for Insatiable, Dead & Buried, Nightmares, and The Wanderers
    Back cover advertises The Never Dead and King of the Mountain
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Vestron Video
    One of few titles to preserve the opening Roadshow Distributors logo, and one of few titles to use the opening announcement quoted at the top of the page
  • Montenegro
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Thorn EMI Video
  • The Never Dead
    Features trailers for Deadly Blessing, Scanners, and Felicity
    Back cover advertises Scanners and King of the Mountain
    [—From Embassy Pictures

    Available in North America through Magnetic Video Corporation
    Opening Avco Embassy logo, with original music, is preserved on this release
  • Scanners
    Features trailers for Insatiable, The Never Dead, King of the Mountain, and Alvin Purple
    Back cover advertises The Never Dead and Endless Love
    From Embassy Pictures and Canadian Film Development Corporation
    Available in North America through 20th Century-Fox Video
  • SexWorld
    Available in North America through Essex Video
  • Somebody Killed Her Husband
    Back cover advertises Love at First Bite and When a Stranger Calls
    From Melvin Simon Productions
    Not available in North America
  • When a Stranger Calls
    Back cover advertises The Never Dead and Atlantic City
    From Melvin Simon Productions
    Available in North America through Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment

    July 1982 (2nd wave) 
  • Bedroom Mazurka
    Features trailers for Alvin Purple, Deadly Blessing, and Love at First Bite
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Something Weird Video
  • Dead & Buried
    Features trailers for Love at First Bite, The Wanderers, and Puberty Blues
    Back cover advertises Scanners and Deadly Blessing
    From Producers Sales Organization
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Vestron Video
  • Love at First Bite
    From Orion Pictures and Melvin Simon Productions
    Available in North America through Warner Home Video
  • The Wanderers
    Features trailers for High Rolling, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, and Endless Love
    Back cover advertises Mad Max and Nightmares
    From Orion Pictures
    Available in North America through Warner Home Video

    September 1982 (3rd wave) 
  • Alvin Purple
    Available in North America through New World Video
  • Felicity
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Media Home Entertainment
  • Nightmares
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by VidAmerica
  • Puberty Blues
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by MCA Home Video

    October 1982 (4th wave) 
By this point, the total number of releases is 37.

    December 1982 (5th wave) 
This is the last batch to use the original version of its onscreen graphic, with red text.

  • Blood Beach
    Back cover advertises Gallipoli and Nightmares
  • Gallipoli
    First release to use the "yellow text" version of its onscreen graphic; no voiceover is heard on this release
    Available in North America through Paramount Home Video
  • In Praise Of Older Women
    From Embassy Pictures
    Available in North America through Magnetic Video Corporation
  • The Octagon
  • The Pursuit Of DB Cooper
    Back cover advertises The Octagon and Gallipoli
    From PolyGram Pictures

    January 1983 
  • Far East
  • Megaforce
    In stereo
    One of few titles to preserve the original Roadshow Distributors logo
    Available in North America through 20th Century-Fox Video
  • The Rolling Stones: Time Is On Our Side
    In stereo

    February 1983 
  • The Beastmaster
    Back cover advertises The Octagon and The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper
    In stereo

    March 1983 
  • Battletruck
    Back cover advertises The Last of the Knucklemen and Young Doctors in Love
  • Starflight One
  • Wacko
    Back cover advertises Gregory's Girl and Starflight One

[[folder:April 1983]]

  • Blow Out
    Back cover advertises Halloween II and King of the Gypsies
    In stereo
  • The Brinks Job
  • The Fifth Musketeer
    The last release to use the original "red text" version of the opening graphic, and one of few releases to use the opening announcement quoted at the top of the page
  • Halloween II
    In stereo
    Available in North America through MCA Videocassette, Inc.
  • Kill Squad
    Back cover advertises A Force of One and The Octagon
  • Mother Lode
    Back cover advertises Blow Out and The Brink's Job
  • Running on Empty
    In stereo
  • Venom
    In stereo

    May 1983 
  • Class of 1984
  • Frightmare
  • Inseminoid
    Features trailers for Class of 1984, The Shootist, Frightmare, and Mephisto at the start, and for Cannonball, Battletruck, The Wanderers, and The Secret Policeman's Other Ball at the end
    Back cover advertises Frightmare and Class of 1984
  • Mephisto
    Not available in North America as of release, would later be issued by Thorn EMI Video
  • Priest Of Love
  • Summer Lovers
    In stereo
  • Young Doctors in Love
    Back cover advertises Summer Lovers and The Fifth Musketeer
    From ABC Motion Pictures

    June 1983 

    July 1983 
  • Cannonball
    Back cover advertises Inseminoid and Class of 1984
  • The Dismissal
  • Pink Motel
    Back cover advertises Kiss of the Tarantula and Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

    August 1983 
By this point, 90 titles are on the market.

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