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Alpha Video
TypePrivate
IndustryMotion picture video production
Founded1986; 35 years ago (1986)
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Jerry Greene, President
Melissa Greene-Anderson, EVP & GM
ProductsDVDs
OwnerThe Greene family
Websitehttp://www.oldies.com

Alpha Video (also known as Alpha Home Entertainment) is an entertainment company, based near Philadelphia, that specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of public domain movies and TV shows on DVD. Alpha Video releases approximately 30 new DVD titles monthly and has over 3,500 DVDs in their active catalog, including hundreds of rare films and TV shows from Hollywood's past.

With 600+ DVDs of TV shows in active distribution, industry publication DVD Release Report ranks Alpha Video #3 in their ranking of the "Top 20 Sources for TV Series on DVD Through the Period Ending December 31, 2009," behind Warner Home Video (733 releases) and Paramount Home Entertainment (666 releases).[1] With over 1,461 theatrical releases available, the same publication ranks Alpha Video #2 in the "Top 20 Sources for Theatrical Catalog on DVD," just behind Warner Home Video (1,609 releases).[2]

The company is privately held, and owned by Collectables Records founder Jerry Greene. Alpha Video is one of a group of companies, including Collectables Records, Gotham Distributing Corporation and the e-commerce website OLDIES.com, owned and operated by Jerry Greene and the Greene family.

Alpha New Cinema

In 2004, Alpha Video introduced Alpha New Cinema, an imprint "whose goal is to present eclectic, interesting and unusual contemporary motion pictures and television productions." Notables releases from Alpha New Cinema include the Charlie Gracie documentary, Fabulous! An Intimate Portrait of a Rock Pioneer, Mark Redfield's The Death of Poe, Terror in the Tropics with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, and several films by Ed Wood veteran Conrad Brooks.

Release of Ted V. Mikels' catalog on DVD

In 2007, Alpha Video released the catalog of filmmaker Ted V. Mikels, many titles of which had previously been available from Image Entertainment, under the Alpha New Cinema imprint. Titles released include 10 Violent Women, The Doll Squad, The Corpse Grinders, The Corpse Grinders II, Girl in Gold Boots and Blood Orgy of the She Devils. Later that year, Alpha released the Ted V. Mikel's Signature Collection, a six-DVD box set which contains those six titles and is autographed by Mikels. In 2008, the company released Mark of the Astro-Zombies, the sequel to Mikels' The Astro-Zombies, on DVD.

Notable releases

The Merv Griffin Show: 40 of The Most Interesting People of Our Time

In 2006, Alpha Video partnered with Merv Griffin to release a 3-DVD box set of interviews from The Merv Griffin Show entitled The Merv Griffin Show: 40 of The Most Interesting People of Our Time. This set contained one DVD of "Hollywood Legend" interviews, including Orson Welles, Ingrid Bergman, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Roy Rogers, Grace Kelly and John Wayne. The second DVD contained interviews with comedians, including Jack Benny, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Carl Reiner, Richard Pryor, George Burns, Jay Leno and George Carlin. The final DVD in the set contained interviews with "Extraordinary Guests" such as Walter Cronkite, Robert F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and Martin Luther King Jr.

Feature films

Exploitation films

Movie serials

Short subjects

Silent films

Television shows

References

  1. ^ "DVD / Blu-ray Release Report" (PDF). DVD Release Report: 40. December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-13.[dead link]
  2. ^ "DVD / Blu-ray Release Report" (PDF). DVD Release Report: 34. December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-13.[dead link]

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