Video Watchdog is no longer being printed and distributed to
retailers and subscribers worldwide. When the print issues run out, they will
not be reprinted. But the digital versions will always be in print.
Here are just a few of the benefits that come with digital
The Price is Right! – Digital is easily downloadable,
and with our crazy business
plan, each new issue is absolutely free while
it is new! Now we can introduce unlimited numbers of film and
home video lovers into our pages, instantly and without cost, removing
all price and distribution barriers between the reader, our product
and its message.
Searchable! – Each Digital Edition is fully
searchable so readers can find what they need quickly. Once the
complete VW Digital Archive is unveiled, our Flash version will also
allow you to search across all editions, through hundreds of articles
and thousands of reviews!
Bonus Content! – While our print edition is limited
to 80 pages, a digital Watchdog is limitless! It can include
exclusive bonus content — extended articles, additional reviews, and
more advertising than we can accommodate in print at a fraction of the
cost. We can also add to our back issues over time, and your copies
will be automatically updated — reinvigorating 27 years of
material into a living, growing, active body of work!
Interactive! – Face it. Digital is cool! Click and
watch a film clip, see pictures morph into each other in a slide show,
tap thumbnail graphics to see extra stills, play music, and see your
own video letters appear in our pages! Now you can interact with
Video Watchdog like you never have before!
Portable & Space-saving! – Read or play the issues
anywhere, with or without an internet connection. You can choose to
download the video content or stream it later to save space. We
estimate 186 issues to be under 10 gig when streamed. Run out of space?
Delete and download again any time. It's in the cloud.
Beautiful! – It's a real pleasure to see the editions
on a big computer monitor but we think you'll love it on a tablet.
Zoom in or out, change to portrait or landscape, highlight text, mark
your place with bookmarks, and scroll through thumbnail views to find
your pages. The photos are high resolution, too. But best of all, it
still looks exactly like the print version!
See VIDEO WATCHDOG come alive now!
What are Joe Dante,
Leonard Maltin and Robert Tinnell so excited about?
Video Watchdog launched its first Digital Edition with issue
#175 in October 2013 and the response from around the world has been
amazing! Check out the current
issue! It's free! See what all the excitement's about!
Tim and Donna Lucas, Editor and
Publisher of Video Watchdog, with a selection of the 186 back issues
included in the Digital Archive. This project was funded by readers
Video Watchdog Magazine has held true to its
description as "The Perfectionist's Guide to Fantastic Video" since
its first issue appeared on newsstands in June of 1990. It started out
as a column written by critic Tim Lucas for three other magazines —
Video Times, Overview and Gorezone — before becoming a publication in
its own right. It was in these columns that Tim "pretty much invented
video reviewing as a genre distinct from movie reviewing," according
to New York Times critic Dave Kehr.
The magazine was conceived by Tim's wife Donna, then a computer
software specialist and instructor with a background in graphic
design. Though Video Watchdog is most identified with Tim's eye
for alternative versions, missing scenes and other movie minutiae,
Donna wears every corporate hat that he doesn't. Every one of its 175
issues, two Signature Editions and two Special Editions, and Tim's
acclaimed mammoth biography Mario Bava — All the Colors of the Dark
has been designed, published and shipped by Donna out of their
Each glossy, 80-page issue of Video Watchdog boasts articles
and reviews written by the field's most noted critics, authors,
thinkers and educators. In its nearly quarter-century history,
Video Watchdog has won the acclaim of such filmmakers as Martin
Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, and Quentin Tarantino,
as well as those other distinguished gentlemen featured in our
video above. It has also
become the most awarded publishing imprint of its kind, recognized
with the International Horror Guild Award, the Independent Book
Publishers Award, the Saturn Award for Special Achievement, and a
record-number 15 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award wins, including Tim
and Donna's 2010 induction into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame.
This is the legacy we are making digitally available to everyone.