Film Chest has released this on Blu and laughably, Nathaniel @ Mondo Digital prefers it to the MGM HD version.
I am not sure what NT was smoking when he wrote this, if he has a copy of the HD broadcast there is no way the Blu comes out on top.
I matched a few caps from his review. see what you think.
THE TERROR and DEMENTIA 13 are reportedly in an odd category: both are considered public domain in the US. MGM possesses mint-quality vault elements for both titles, but MGM refuses to market those elements due to the fact that MGM doesn't own the actual copyright to those films.
This seems like a Catch-22 situation to me. However, the above has been stated by an MGM spokesperson over on the DVD forum board.
MGM at least has a nice HD TERROR that runs on cable, no such luck for 13.
They seem to have rights for TV but not home video so no incentive to remaster the movies.
GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE is another one.
I still don't get it. If the films are indeed public domain, why would "home video rights" be a problem of any kind?
The only exception I can imagine would be the case of the film elements being stored with MGM by someone like Roger Corman or Francis Ford Coppola.
I mention Coppola and Corman because, according to the MGM spokesperson, MGM also has the rare D-13 prolog footage which opened DEMENTIA 13, which is missing from most prints of the film. I haven't seen that prolog segment since 1963.