Video Gems (distributor)

From Home Video

History[edit]

Video Gems was originally formed in 1979 by Joseph Infante to distribute feature films on videocassette. Its original intent was to distribute martial arts titles and X-rated programs. In 1982, the company began expanding into financing children's programming, due to concerns surrounding the violence in martial arts programs.

In 1986, it secured an agreement with Front Row Video, an affiliate firm owned by VCL Communications that Video Gems would distribute titles over the label.

In 1987, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. An attempt to integrate the library into Celebrity Home Entertainment's catalog was planned, but the deal never happened. In 1990, the company shifted hands into United American Video Corporation, but the company closed down as a whole in 1991.

Library[edit]

1981[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break Color Released Note(s)
5005 Legacy of Blood
From Heritage Enterprises
USA 1971 90 min Uncut version R 16mm 1 N/A Color 1981 TBD
5010 Craze
From Heritage Enterprises
UK 1974 94 min Uncut version R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1981 TBD
5015 The Severed Arm
From Heritage Enterprises
USA 1973 89 min Uncut version R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1981 TBD
5020 The Slime People
From Medallion TV Enterprises
USA 1963 76 min Standard version NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1981 TBD
5025 The House of Seven Corpses
From the Peter Rodgers Organization
USA 1974 90 min Standard version PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1981 TBD
5030 Crucible of Terror
From the Peter Rodgers Organization
UK 1971 95 min Uncut version NR Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color 1981 TBD