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Actor Tim Curry, now semi-retired, has appeared in movies that fall on every point of the quality spectrum.
Depending on the audience, he’s most likely to be noted for portraying Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show or the Plaza Hotel concierge in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. However, those aren’t his only films, and two of the most obscure are among the best.
Pass The Ammo (1988), a comedy co-starring Annie Potts, depicts a Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker-type couple operating a sham TV ministry. Production just barely predated the PTL scandal.
Blue Money (1985), a British made-for-TV movie, is equally outrageous, and equally hilarious. It allows us to laugh at horror. Mr. Curry portrays a taxicab driver and aspiring musician who has some weird life experiences.
I had heard of neither one of these films when I rented them on VHS during the 1990s. Then I was hooked. It was easy enough to find a copy of Pass The Ammo to buy, but Blue Money was out of reach. You can understand my panic when the rental tape broke in my VCR the second or third time I borrowed it. Fortunately, the tape wasn’t mangled and the store manager was able to repair it.
I don’t own a VCR anymore, and have bought DVD editions of some of the best films I used to own on tape. However, there are no online listings for Pass The Ammo or Blue Money on DVD.
I’m sure the issue is money. Although the quality of each film is first rate, people who own the rights to these productions don’t see sales potential.
Is it cost efficient to make obscure video available on services such as Google Play? How do consumers lobby for something like this?
Update: Today I learned that Blue Money will be released on a Region 2 DVD in the United Kingdom in September. It’s listed for preorder on Amazon’s U.K. site and they will ship this item to U.S. addresses. You must have Region 2 or region neutral equipment to view DVDs made in the U.K. (In the United States, most DVD equipment is compatible with Region 1.) Special thanks to @NotTheTimCurry on Twitter!