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EXCL: Charles Band addresses “Wizard” Big Box VHS accusations

Today, a video went viral via vhscollector.com that accused iconic genre film maverick Charles Band of fraud. Recently Band had claimed he discovered a wealth of collectible big box VHS boxes from his landmark, now defunct Wizard Video label. For $50, the Full Moon Pictures maven has been selling these pristine boxes with a duplicated VHS of the specific film in a sturdy clamshell case, signed and numbered.

The video below however, claims otherwise, accusing Band of reprinting his classic boxes with the intent to mislead and fraud the existing, and healthy, Wizard Video fanbase. As a collector myself and an ardent admirer of Band’s legacy and chutzpah, I called the man himself up, allowing him to respond to the charges

Here then, in its entirety, is his voicemail response to me (above). Real or not? Band’s claims are absolutely palatable. I chose to believe him. And either way, these big box Wizard’s are indeed a thing of bulky, garish beauty…

 

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Chris Alexander
Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.
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