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"'''Elite Entertainment''', founded in 1993, was initially created to fill a void in the laserdisc community. At the time it was clear that HORROR/SCI-FI titles were not getting any "special" treatment. No deleted scenes. No "lost" footage. Not even a theatrical trailer. It was evident that if we wanted to see a "Special Edition" of our favorite HORROR/SCI-FI films, we were going to have to do it ourselves. Our premiere LD release was a "Special Collector's Edition" of George A. Romero's original 1968 classic "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD." For this very important project, we enlisted the help of Lucasfilm's THX program. The result was a laserdisc release that was nominated for two 1995 Laserdisc Awards." —[http://www.elitedisc.com/ http://www.elitedisc.com/], 2008-01-17.
 
"'''Elite Entertainment''', founded in 1993, was initially created to fill a void in the laserdisc community. At the time it was clear that HORROR/SCI-FI titles were not getting any "special" treatment. No deleted scenes. No "lost" footage. Not even a theatrical trailer. It was evident that if we wanted to see a "Special Edition" of our favorite HORROR/SCI-FI films, we were going to have to do it ourselves. Our premiere LD release was a "Special Collector's Edition" of George A. Romero's original 1968 classic "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD." For this very important project, we enlisted the help of Lucasfilm's THX program. The result was a laserdisc release that was nominated for two 1995 Laserdisc Awards." —[http://www.elitedisc.com/ http://www.elitedisc.com/], 2008-01-17.

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"Elite Entertainment, founded in 1993, was initially created to fill a void in the laserdisc community. At the time it was clear that HORROR/SCI-FI titles were not getting any "special" treatment. No deleted scenes. No "lost" footage. Not even a theatrical trailer. It was evident that if we wanted to see a "Special Edition" of our favorite HORROR/SCI-FI films, we were going to have to do it ourselves. Our premiere LD release was a "Special Collector's Edition" of George A. Romero's original 1968 classic "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD." For this very important project, we enlisted the help of Lucasfilm's THX program. The result was a laserdisc release that was nominated for two 1995 Laserdisc Awards." —http://www.elitedisc.com/, 2008-01-17.

Elite Entertainment is run by Vini Bancalari who, while working as a laserdisc distributor, had Don May, Jr. as a regular customer. He explains in an interview with Monsters At Play that they "would spend a lot of time on the phone talking about horror films and complaining that no one takes these films seriously enough to release a full fledged "special edition" of any of the classics. I guess one day we just decided to give it a shot ourselves." Don May, Jr. went on to found Synapse Films.

In mid-2006, Elite Entertainment announced a collaboration with The Horror Channel to release Shadow Falls, "the first-ever online horror series", as well as the three-part documentary "Creature Features: Greatest Movie Monsters" (consisting of "The Beasts", "The Machines", and "The Dead"). In late 2007, they started distributing Heartland Horrors, a Horror Channel original series of 10- to 25-minute short films.

Unanswered questions

  • Is there any rhyme or reason to the numbering used on product numbers?
  • Why the change in product number (from EE#### to ELT-DV-####)?
  • Amazon reports Elite Entertainment released "It Happened in Paradise" on VHS?
  • Was the Ulli Lommel collection a DVD or an LD? EE says DVD, LDDB says LD.
  • When a disc has multiple UPCs, does it get a new EE code?

Release index

This index attempts to be as complete as possible. mailto:morbus@disobey.com with corrections.
A visual gallery of all the covers (fronts, backs, inserts, etc.) we've been able to obtain follows.

A number of releases have a listed product code in the form of ELT-DV-####, per their website. The EE-#### form came first (at least as far back as 1998, when they were releasing laserdiscs). In the case of the Night of the Living Dead Special Collector's Edition, it was first listed (in 1998) as EE1116, but is now listed as ELT-DV-1116. In cases where both product codes were demonstrably used, this table prefers the EE-#### format, to ease sorting. This index has been compiled based on information available at Elite Entertainment's official site (past and present), Amazon, The Cinema Laser (once Elite Entertainment's internet home), the LaserDisc database, IMDb, and the BIG DVD List.

Name Year Type Code URLs
A Challenge for Robin Hood 1967 LD EE4663 Amazon · IMDb
A Double Dose of Joe Bob Briggs! 2001 DVD EE2692 Amazon
A Night to Dismember 1983 DVD EE3674 Amazon · IMDb
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 LD EE3734 Amazon · IMDb
A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Collector's Edition
1984 LD EE3733 Amazon · IMDb
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge 1985 LD EE3562 Amazon · IMDb
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987 LD EE3563 Amazon · IMDb
According to Occam's Razor 1999 DVD ELT-DV-6222 Amazon · IMDb
Bava Double Feature 1995 LD EE1234 -
Baron Blood 1972 DVD EE1236 Amazon · IMDb
Boggy Creek II 1985 DVD ELT-DV-2644 Amazon · IMDb
Brick of Blood 2005 DVD  ??? Amazon
Communion 1989 DVD EE2666 Amazon · IMDb
Communion
  • Special Collector's Edition
1989 DVD EE2667 Amazon · IMDb
Creature Features Collection 2007 DVD  ??? Amazon
Curse of the Swamp Creature 1966 DVD ELT-DV-1023 Amazon · IMDb
Curse of the Voodoo
  • Release cancelled (per LDDB).
1965 LD EE8664 Amazon · IMDb
Curse of the Voodoo 1965 DVD EE8665 Amazon · IMDb
Dark Forces 1980 DVD EE0223 Amazon · IMDb
Dawn of the Dead 1978 LD EE3296 Amazon · IMDb
Dawn of the Dead
  • Collector's Edition
1978 LD EE6255 Amazon · IMDb
Day of the Dead 1985 LD EE3291 Amazon · IMDb
Don't Mess with My Sister 1985 DVD EE7478 Amazon · IMDb
Dracula: Prince of Darkness 1966 LD EE3722 Amazon · IMDb
Drive-In Discs: Volume 1 2000 DVD EE3748 Amazon
Drive-In Discs: Volume 2 2001 DVD EE3749 Amazon
Drive-In Discs: Volume 3 2003 DVD EE3850 Amazon
Eaten Alive 1977 DVD EE3181 Amazon · IMDb
Evil Dead 1981 LD EE7263 Amazon · IMDb
Evil Dead
  • CAV Gold Collector's Edition
1981 LD EE7264 Amazon · IMDb
Evil Dead
  • Special Collector's Edition
1981 DVD EE7265 Amazon · IMDb
Evil Dead II 1987 LD EE3845 Amazon · IMDb
Fear Chamber 1972 DVD ELT-DV-3327 Amazon · IMDb
Flesh Eating Mothers 1989 DVD ELT-DV-3367 Amazon · IMDb
Forest of the Dead 2007 DVD  ??? Amazon · IMDb
Frankenstein Created Woman 1967 LD EE3726 Amazon · IMDb
God Told Me To 1976 LD EE5279 Amazon · IMDb
Halloween 4-Pack 2002 DVD  ??? Amazon
Heartland Horrors
  • Season 1
2007 DVD  ??? Amazon
Horror 2002 DVD EE6666 Amazon · IMDb
Horror Hospital 1973 DVD EE4677 Amazon · IMDb
Horror Hotel 1960 LD EE0818 Amazon · IMDb
Horror Hotel 1960 DVD EE0819 Amazon · IMDb
House on Sorority Row 1983 DVD EE4678 Amazon · IMDb
Howling III 1987 DVD EE6673 Amazon · IMDb
I Spit on Your Grave 1978 LD EE7748 Amazon · IMDb
I Spit on Your Grave 1978 DVD EE7749 Amazon · IMDb
I Spit on Your Grave
  • Millennium Edition
1978 DVD EE7751 Amazon · IMDb
Inseminoid
  • Release cancelled (per LDDB).
1981 LD EE4673 Amazon · IMDb
Inseminoid 1981 DVD EE4674 Amazon · IMDb
Invaders from Mars 1986 LD EE8623 Amazon · IMDb
Jack the Ripper 1976 DVD EE5225 Amazon · IMDb
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
  • Joe Bob Briggs Presents
1966 DVD EE5227 Amazon · IMDb
Ladies of Frankenstein Double Feature 2006 DVD  ??? Amazon
Lady in White 1988 LD EE5239 Amazon · IMDb
Lady in White 1988 DVD EE5240 Amazon · IMDb
Lisa and the Devil 1973 DVD EE1233 Amazon · IMDb
Maniac 1980 LD EE1980 Amazon · IMDb
Maniac 1980 DVD EE1981 Amazon · IMDb
Maniac Cop 1988 LD EE3425 Amazon · IMDb
Maniac Cop 1988 DVD EE3426 Amazon · IMDb
Mark of the Devil 1970 LD EE6275 Amazon · IMDb
Marronnier 2004 DVD ELT-DV-6277 Amazon · IMDb
Maximum Overdrive
  • Release cancelled (per LDDB).
1986 LD EE5464 Amazon · IMDb
Monsturd 2003 DVD EE2727 Amazon · IMDb
Mutant 1984 DVD EE6882 Amazon · IMDb
Night of the Living Dead 1968 LD EE1115 Amazon · IMDb
Night of the Living Dead
  • Collector's Edition
1968 LD EE1114 Amazon · IMDb
Night of the Living Dead
  • Millennium Edition
1968 DVD EE1117 Amazon · IMDb
Night of the Living Dead
  • Special Collector's Edition
1968 DVD EE1116 Amazon · IMDb
Patrick 1978 DVD EE5225 Amazon · IMDb
People from Space 1999 DVD EE7367 Amazon · IMDb
Popcorn 1991 DVD EE7672 Amazon · IMDb
Prehistoric Women 1967 LD EE7734 Amazon · IMDb
Prom Night 1980 LD EE7766 Amazon · IMDb
Psychic Killer
  • Release cancelled (per LDDB).
1975 LD EE7792 Amazon · IMDb
Psychic Killer 1975 DVD EE7793 Amazon · IMDb
Puphedz: The Tattle-Tale Heart 2002 DVD EE7877 Amazon · IMDb
Q the Winged Serpent 1982 LD EE9464 Amazon · IMDb
Quatermass and the Pit 1967 LD EE7487 Amazon · IMDb
Rasputin: The Mad Monk 1966 LD EE7277 Amazon · IMDb
Re-Animator 1985 LD EE4323 Amazon · IMDb
Re-Animator
  • Millennium Edition
1985 DVD EE4326 Amazon · IMDb
Re-Animator
  • Special Edition
1985 DVD EE4324 Amazon · IMDb
Savage Harvest 2 2006 DVD  ??? Amazon · IMDb
Shadow Falls
  • Volume 1
2006 DVD  ??? Amazon · IMDb
Sights, Frights, and Tights 2003 DVD  ??? Amazon
Splatter University 1984 DVD EE7752 Amazon · IMDb
Strange Behavior 1981 DVD EE2342 Amazon · IMDb
Syngenor 1990 DVD EE4253 Amazon · IMDb
That Little Monster 1994 DVD EE4673 Amazon · IMDb
The Aussie Horror Collection 2003 DVD  ??? Amazon
The Aussie Horror Collection 2 2004 DVD EE2878 Amazon
The British Horror Collection 2004 DVD  ??? Amazon
The Devil Rides Out 1968 LD EE3384 Amazon · IMDb
The Drive-In Discs Collection
  • Drive-In Discs Volume 1, 2, and 3.
2003 DVD  ??? Amazon
The Double-D Avenger
  • Joe Bob Briggs Presents
2001 DVD EE8487 Amazon · IMDb
The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Rock 'N Roll Musical 2003 DVD  ??? Amazon · IMDb
The Fearmakers Collection 2007 DVD  ??? Amazon · IMDb
The Incubus 1981 DVD EE2277 Amazon · IMDb
The Janitor 2003 DVD ELT-DV-2532 Amazon · IMDb
The Lost Continent 1968 LD EE5678 Amazon · IMDb
The Masterworks of the German Horror Cinema 1999 DVD EE4376 Amazon
The Mummy's Shroud 1967 LD EE6866 Amazon · IMDb
The Plague of the Zombies 1966 LD EE7524 Amazon · IMDb
The Reptile 1966 LD EE7378 Amazon · IMDb
The Return of Captain Invincible 1983 DVD EE7625 Amazon · IMDb
The Return of the Evil Dead 1973 DVD EE8663 Amazon · IMDb
The Severed Head Network 2000 DVD  ??? Amazon · IMDb
The Stepford Wives 1975 LD EE9433 Amazon · IMDb
The Suckling 1990 DVD ELT-DV-7825 Amazon · IMDb
The Sweet Revenge Double Feature 2004 DVD EE8305 Amazon
The Ultimate Revenge 2-Pack 2002 DVD  ??? Amazon
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 LD EE0123 Amazon · IMDb
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986 LD EE8622 Amazon · IMDb
The Vengeance of She 1968 LD EE8364 Amazon · IMDb
The Viking Queen 1967 LD EE8454 Amazon · IMDb
The Witches 1966 LD EE9482 Amazon · IMDb
Thirst 1979 DVD EE8267 Amazon · IMDb
Tombs of the Blind Dead 1971 LD EE8662 Amazon · IMDb
Tower of Evil 1972 DVD EE8683 Amazon · IMDb
Ulli Lommel Collection -  ??? EE8554 -
Uncle Sam 1997 LD EE7261 Amazon · IMDb
Uncle Sam 1997 DVD EE7262 Amazon · IMDb
Uzumaki 2000 DVD EE0825 Amazon · IMDb
Wild at Heart
  • Release cancelled (per LDDB).
1990 LD EE9453 Amazon · IMDb

DVD release gallery

If you've found an image that belongs here, mailto:morbus@disobey.com.
We're always looking for higher-quality non-watermarked versions as well.

LD release gallery

If you've found an image that belongs here, mailto:morbus@disobey.com.
We're always looking for higher-quality non-watermarked versions as well.