Something often seen on this website is the despair felt by many at films only having been released on VHS, and worse, disappearing into rare obscurity. And there are SO many films which hundreds of film geeks like us want to get our hands on: Terrorvision, Exterminator 2...to name two.
So. I was thinking, does anybody know how someone would go about buying the DVD distribution rights? And/or theatrical rights?
badmovies.org distribution company would be bad ass :P and I know many of you would be happy to stick in £20 quid if it'd see the films get a DVD release.
Step 1: Locate (all) the copyright holders. Easier said than done. To be 100% sure and professional, you'll have to hire an intellectual property lawyer.
Step 2: Negotiate. More lawyers fees. 95% chance you will have to pay them money up front.
You'll have to put up quite a bit of money up front without a sure chance of success at even getting the rights. If you are successful, there's an excellent chance of losing money on the deal.
It's also very time intensive. I've considered seriously going into film acquisition and distribution, but it would be a full time job and require serious start-up capital, with a very low chance of success.