Incredibly Strange Film Show episode #10 of 12: This episode of the psychotronic series features a television documentary about filmmaker Ed Wood, originally broadcast 10-13-89. Interviewees include Wood's ex-wife Norma McCarthy, performers Maila Nurmi (Vampira) and Paul Marco (Kelton the Cop), and others. The BetaGems channel also has "Incredibly Strange Film Show: Doris Wishman 9-29-89," "Incredibly Strange Film Show: Tsui Hark & Stuart Gordon 10-20-89," "Incredibly Strange Film Show: Sam Raimi 9-9-88," and "Incredibly Strange Film Show: El Santo & Mexican Cinema 10-6-89."
BetaGems are culled from an archive of over 1000 beta video tapes recorded from 1983 into the 1990s. Most feature live music performances broadcast on television in San Diego CA, though there are also rarely seen commercials, comedy clips, and other material that doesn't seem to be anywhere else on Youtube or online. Most of the tapes were recorded on a Sony SL-HFT7 Super Beta Theater Hi-Fi Stereo - the same model was refurbished and is being used for these digital transfers and uploads.
In rare occasions where a BetaGems clip does appear elsewhere, we're only uploading if our own beta master is better quality or contains material not seen previously. Much footage comes from public television and public access broadcasts that the taper, who worked for a local cable TV production company in the 1980s, monitored nightly for several years. Some of the programming is strictly regional, mostly from the San Diego area.