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October 30, 2014 UPDATE: FREE BLU RAY VIDEOS!
We are so excited about the success of our Kickstarter fundraiser that until TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 you can get TWO Blu-Rays for the $30 price of one! Already donated to the Kickstarter? No worries -- EVERYONE who has already pledged for a Blu-Ray will ALSO get a FREE second copy!
No need to do anything if you have already pledged or it you make a new pledge after this update -- if you pledge for a Blu-Ray then a FREE second copy will be included with your Rewards!
THANK YOU HOCKEY FANS!
The WHA Hall Of Fame recently discovered rare original 1970s WHA film and is transferring it to High Definition video — The first-ever true HD video of the World Hockey Association!
And now we need YOUR help to make it available, along with MORE THAN FOUR HOURS of our other new and restored WHA HOF video productions, as the “Best of the WHA Hall Of Fame” Blu-Ray set.
THIS IS OUR FIRST FUNDRAISER:
The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame is an independent organization of
hockey historians, journalists and former WHA coaches, players and management
who are dedicated to honoring the 1972-1979 major league.
The WHA HOF has financed privately a series of video documentaries and DVD releases, book releases, free Web sites — and created a massive media archive of restored audio, video and photos. Many of these materials are available through our web site at www.WHAhof.com
Now we need YOUR help to make the first WHA Blu-Ray disc available to the public. We have incurred the considerable cost of all of the video production and are now putting the finishing touches on the final Blu-Ray for release — so now we need to raise the funds needed to manufacture a limited edition of 1,000 Blu-Ray discs (with case, cover, and booklet).
We can manufacture this Blu-Ray ONLY if we meet our goal in FULL this month. So please don’t think, “I’ll wait until I see the Blu-Ray in a store to buy it.” This Blu-Ray will only exist if we meet our fundraising goal in this Kickstarter campaign!
And so this Kickstarter is our first-ever appeal to the public for funds.
WHAT IS ON THE BLU-RAY?
Titled “The Best Of The WHA
Hall of Fame,” the Blu-Ray includes all of our newly discovered vintage WHA film in
High Definition video, more new WHA HOF documentaries and features — plus newly
restored versions of the best from our previous DVD releases. This includes much
of our previous 2-DVD WHA Indianapolis
Racers set — which is completely sold out — and this rare content is now
available ONLY on this Blu-Ray.
The vintage 1970s film looks great on a TV -- and we have cleaned it up as much as possible for our budget -- but please understand that this 40+ year-old-film is not in perfect condition and viewers should not expect it to look as clean and perfect as HD video shot today!
This Blu-Ray features more than FOUR HOURS of our exclusive productions!
NEW: Vintage WHA Film in 16x9 widescreen High Definition:
*** 1972 - 1973 First Season WHA
*** 1973 - 1974 Chicago Cougars (rare film & features many WHA teams)
*** 1974 - 1975 Phoenix Roadrunners (features WHA Quebec playoff footage)
NEW: More WHA HOF productions (Standard
*** WHA Jets "Hotline" documentary (including our Bobby Hull interview)
*** Unreleased 1978 Gretzky WHA Racers film
*** 1972 - 1979 WHA AVCO World Trophy Finals highlights
*** More WHA promo films and highlights (features many WHA teams)
*** WHA HOF reunion and events video
Newly Restored WHA HOF productions:
*** Remembering the WHA (league documentary)
*** Gretzky, Indy & The WHA (Indianapolis Racers documentary)
*** Remembering the WHA Jets (team documentary)
*** Remembering the WHA Houston Aeros (team documentary)
*** 1978 WHA Racers Wayne Gretzky debut
*** WHA league & WHA Racers fight reels
HOW YOU CAN MAKE THE BLU-RAY POSSIBLE:
We need YOU to pledge funds
so we can manufacture the “Best of The WHA HOF” Blu-Ray set.
With a pledge of only $30 ($35 in Canada because of additional shipping costs), you will receive a copy of the finished Blu-Ray set postage-paid — this donation cost for you is MUCH LESS than the eventual retail store price for the Blu-Ray, which will be at least $50!
(And not to worry — your credit card will be charged for your pledge ONLY if we meet our full fundraising goal!)
There are various other levels of support that you can see at the right of this page, featuring many of our WHA HOF products as a bonus thank you. ANY amount of support is welcome — every dollar helps us make this Blu-Ray possible. (See below the exclusive Pat Stapleton-signed WHA HOF hockey card — one of our exclusive bonus items.)
WHAT IS A BLU-RAY, ANYWAY?
Blu-Ray is a kind of digital disc — the same size as a standard video DVD — that can hold much more video on it and also High Definition (HD) video. It is played to your TV on a Blu-Ray player (not a DVD player), and many new computers also have a Blu-Ray drive that will play the discs. The WHA HOF has several sets of its video productions available on the standard DVD format, and almost all Blu-Ray players will also play standard DVDs.
ABOUT THE WHA HOF:
The World Hockey Association simply changed major league hockey forever. Bobby Hull gave the upstart rebel league instant credibility when he signed with the Winnipeg Jets in 1972, then a flood of new talent — including for the first time highly skilled Europeans — pushed hockey to new heights. A launch pad for Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, by 1979 the WHA helped to create the modern game we enjoy today.
Journalist and filmmaker
Timothy Gassen witnessed the WHA firsthand, and in 2004 he began fervently
writing about the league and locating its surviving media. With the help of
former WHA players, coaches, staff and owners, the results became the WHA Hall
of Fame. Since 2009 the WHA HOF has conducted player reunions and fan events
throughout Canada and the USA, and now has a permanent museum home at the
United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Minnesota.
The WHA Hall of Fame also conducts exhaustive research into the league – creating new video documentaries and books that guarantee the legacy of the WHA will survive for future generations.
Risks and challenges
WHA Hall of Fame president Timothy Gassen has more than 30 years of professional experience in all phases of media production, including video production and manufacturing. We anticipate no risks for the production of the Blu-Ray set. We will submit the Blu-Ray for manufacture soon after the successful conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign. The exact delivery date to our supporters will be dependent on the schedule of the manufacturing plant. We hope to ship the finished Blu-Ray set to contributors before Christmas 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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