I've been purchasing Tim Lucas' Video Watchdog right from the very first issue. I was browsing the shelves in London's Forbidden Planet when I spied a magazine cover and immediately knew this was a publication that had only previously existed in my dreams. After handing over the dosh, I sat down in a nearby pub and devoured the entire contents in one sitting. Tim's 'How To Read A Franco Film' was (and still is) a particular delight, and from then on I was hooked. Over the years, I've collected around 98% of the issues - only missing a handful when money was tight or my suppliers screwed up - and still fully intend to subscribe when cash flow permits. I've done the VW book, the special editions and, of course, Tim and Donna's magnificent Bava book which I pre-ordered and was particularly moved by Tim's decision to print a list of patrons in the finished product. If you have yet to purchase this astonishing tribute, I can promise you it's worth every penny and more. In fact, it still seems more of a gift than a purchase and let me also say that the organisation regarding packing and dispatch to me here in the UK was nothing less than customer service of the very highest order.
Tim has recently announced details of the latest issue (#144) which is now at the printers. Contents include a Dabbs Greer interview, Tim's full length review of Zulawski's THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO LOVE and Doug Winter reviewing a feature film for the first time in his Audio Watchdog column. Here, Anton Corbijn's magnificent CONTROL comes under the spotlight and he'll be writing about the music of Joy Division in the very next issue.