After 27 years and 183 issues, Video Watchdog ceased publication with their May/June 2016 issue. Editor Tim Lucas wrote columns for Video Times, Gorezone and Fangoria before launching Video Watchdog in 1990. Subtitled “The Perfectionist Guide to Fantastic Video,” Video Watchdog’s niche was reviewing, often in great depth, home video releases. Presumably ‘Fantastic’ is a nod to fantastique, or genre films in the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy realms, which was their focus, though they certainly didn’t limit themselves to these genres. Reviewing a video release meant grading out the technical specs and presentation of the video and audio, but it also meant writing about the history of the film; whether it had been retiled, edited for foreign release, restored, etc. The video releases also served as an occasion for their talented and ridiculously knowledgeable writers to offer critical readings and historical context concerning the filmmakers, the directors, writers, producers, and actors. Issues often featured lengthy interviews with the personalities and creative minds behind these beloved, though largely overlooked, or marginalized films. They reviewed thousands of films (click here for an index) and leave behind an amazing and entertaining resource. The SVA Library has 159 of the 183 issues:

missing no. 80 & nos.108-110
The cover of WatchdoG Magazine featuring several animated monsters.
The front cover of no. 123 (Dec/Jan/Feb 2006). "In this Charlie Largent creation, Mr. Hyde, Fu Manchu, the Phantom of the Opera and Frankenstein's Monster step out of the pages of literature in the Warner Bros. cartoon 'Have You Got Any Castles? (1938), much to the shock of Bugs Bunny (as he appears in 1955's 'Hyde and Hare')--both included in LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION, VOLUME 2!" 

The back cover of WatchdoG magazine, featuring various Duck Twacy villains including Snake Eyes, Hammerhead, Pickle Puss, and Neon Noodle.

The back cover of no. 123 (Dec/Jan/Feb 2006). “Snake Eyes, Hammerhead, Pickle Puss, Neon Noodle, and other Duck Twacy villains loom in Warner’s “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery.”

 Left: image of a monster and a woman. Right: The table of contents for WatchdoG.