VDO Movie Source In The UK: sendit.com (formerly Blackstar)

Everyone American I know who was addicted to lots of programming from the BBC used to use this pretty good source for PAL VHS videos and PAL DVDs back when it was Blackstar (blackstar.co.uk) — they would happily ship things to the USA. Now it goes by the name sendit.com and it seems many of their prices are still pretty fair

You can search on VDO movies at the following link:


Supposedly they will hunt rare videos for you, but since I’ve never sendit.com or it’s predecessor Blackstar, I don’t know how good they are at it. They do offer that service for ‘Guy’ and ‘Naked Tango’ though so that’s a possibility for you European VDO fans.

I was surprised to see how many VDO DVDs have been deleted in the UK. The VHS tape deletions are not that big a surprise but wow – deleting DVDs?

They do have pics up for the Thumbsucker DVD (I think the UK version is getting a nicer cover than what we got here) that will come out in March and also for the Season 2 LOCI DVDs which are set to come out in the UK in November.

Updates: New Stuff Being Added

I promise I’m not ignoring my blog here, I just have a ton of housekeeping at other sites to do to make all of The Vault projects make more sense

First of all, I have finally gotten all of The Vault’s CD Soundtracks photographed, scanned & uploaded (in chronological order) to flickr.com. They are visible at:


Second I am struggling a bit with uploading videos for ‘Strange Days’ to youtube.com (it is the weekend after all so everyone and his or her dog is online there watching or uploading video). Keep visiting the Virtual Screening Room at


Wait til you hear what VDO dubbed into German sounds like! What a gas!

Third I am editing old posts here at the blog to add eyecandy to them – the hard to get movies series is almost done and hopefully the pictures from that series are helping VDO fans find their flicks! There will be more to come in this series, I promise (probably next up will be ‘Naked Tango’, followed by ‘Household Saints’)

Fourth I am scanning in still more images from all kinds of stuff you won’t believe (this alone is going to keep The Vault busy for months). For example, just this morning, I got a package from Japan and I’m floored by what I ordered sight unseen – the stuff that came is so unbelievably cool and I can hardly wait to share my finds! I wish I could read Kanji and speak Japanese (I really want to do a filmography for VDO in Japanese here)

Fifth I have added an English language filmography page to which I plan on adding images of the relevant US DVDs VDO fans should be looking for. I will cover everything else that is not on a Region 1 DVD someplace, I promise. And you for sure can expect to see German and French filmography pages very soon.

Sixth you might have noticed that the links lists in my blogroll keep getting longer & longer – I hope you find many of them to be handy. I especially like pointing people to the official sites of entertainment professionals. When I find something, it gets added. And now that I can make as many sets for photos as I want to, links to whole segements of The Vault’s collection can get added.

Finally there are organizational things I am currently doing with my physical collection that I work on when I am not online (it’s a bit more disorganized than I would like and I need to address that with some sorting and filing). Oh and I also take time out to watch and read stuff and talk to friends plus I do boring stuff like sleep and eat.

Anyhow, it’s time for me to get back to work!

The Oscars: Congratulations To Robert Altman!!

Music ‘Pipeline’ by The Alan Parsons Project (it’s a smart sophisticated instrumental that I think suits Altman’s body of work)

Well the Oscar nominations list just got published and the one thing that caught my eye is that Robert Altman (who had the good sense to cast VDO as the victim, the snubbed and snarky screenwriter David Kahane in his brilliant Hollywood satire ‘The Player’) is getting an honorary Oscar (presumably for his brilliant body of work). No director I know of uses sound better than Altman so this award is well-deserved.

Other than that I’m rooting for ‘Good Night & Good Luck’ over ‘Brokeback Mountain’ as Best Picture.

Congratulations Robert Altman — you really deserve it (you’re right up there in my pantheon of great directors like Fritz Lang, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, and Sidney Lumet — Sidney won the honorary Oscar last year)

Stuff To Read: Two Articles on VDO Films from GreenCine

It is wonderful to see GreenCine doing so well. Despite the fact that NetFlix is more famous for doing DVD rentals by mail, GreenCine stocks *interesting* movies, not whatever the home video divisions of the majors are currently shoving down the throats of home video audiences (who curiously enough weren’t all that enthralled by the same stuff that was in theaters just a few months ago).

GreenCine also has interesting articles to read at its site — I’ll refer you to two:

1) From an article on Brad Anderson, director of the movie ‘Happy Accidents’ with Marisa Tomei and VDO

“And I was lucky to get people like Marisa Tomei, who is a great comedic actress as well as a good dramatic actress, and [VDO], giving him a part that was a little unconventional”.


2) From an article on Mike Mills, director of the movie ‘Thumbsucker’ with VDO, Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Keanu Reeves, Kelli Garner, Vince Vaughn, & Ben Bratt.

“[VDO], just his body… this 6-foot-5, big hulking body that can’t tiptoe into a room. I remember we did one scene where he enters, I’m like, “Vincent, you’re just storming down the hallway. Can you enter more quietly?” He’s like, “Mike, I’m 259 pounds, I’m six-five, I don’t tiptoe. I can’t.” I was like, “Oh, that’s Mike Cobb.” Vincent has a huge heart. Vincent is actually a very soft spoken, sweet, sweet person who’s also a bull. That’s Mike! That’s what I’m looking for when I meet them. Can they be that? Acting-wise, I can’t tell… I don’t know”.