Vinegar Syndrome - New Genre Label

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  1. satans-sadists

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    Went to The Archive and was able to procure the Spookies slip with the original artwork signed by like 10 folks from the cast and crew! A very nice surprise! A had a quick chat with all of them - all very cool and apparently from the area like Fairfield and Westchester counties.

    I also grabbed The Amity Boxset, which is absolutely beautiful - surprised there’s so many copies left, Berserker, Pledge Night and Christmas Evil slip.

    Always a fun time at The Archive - hope everyone gets a chance to visit it one day.

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    That is very cool. Reminds me of my days of going to conventions and getting autographs.
     
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    Will not be adding to my VS order; I hit up a bunch of record stores yesterday and today and seriously overspent (got some great stuff though, so totally worth it).
     
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    It sounds like there's a coupon code easter egg hidden on Let My Puppets Come.

    https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?p=17116610#post17116610

    https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?p=17116739#post17116739

    https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?p=17116980#post17116980
     
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    All right! Time to go to Blu-Ray.com's forum for the annual meltdown 'cuz someone doesn't have their discs yet.
     
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    I should go over there to taunt them, because I already received a shipping notification this morning.
     
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    Folks are posting about getting theirs already. I got mine earlier today--but just the label creation, nothing's shipped out yet.
     
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    Well they are behind the eight ball as Arrow shipped my order today. Since they're stateside VS and Severin should have already shipped mine. ;)

    I did put in my VS order real early as I was worried Splatter University would sell out. But then a few days later I threw in the Christmas Evil slip cover. I wonder if you put in a later order like that you get bumped back? Probably not.

    There's a lot of different ways the shipping at VS can go. But they probably do the pre-orders from a month ago first. And of those I was pretty late in the game because as a pre-order I wasn't really thinking of trying to get in first like you do on Black Friday.

    But then again Fright-Rags already sent my order so come on VS what's the dealio?!? :p
     
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    There are two proven ways to go to the front of the line, so to speak, with Vinegar Syndrome. Three if you include going to the storefront in Connecticut.

    Get a yearly subscription, or buy outside of their 50% off sale.

    Of course, both of those options are substantially more expensive. You want cheap discs? Fine, but you'll get your order when it's good and ready.
     
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    And even though this consistently makes me a back of the line person, I support this policy. They should take care of their best customers first. Priority service is a perk, and perks should cost money. I wish all small retailers handled things in this manner.
     
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    Same here, man.

    I gotta find this old ad from a music magazine (I kept it 'cuz there's an interview with my old band where they publicly slag my guitar playing....great bunch of guys, them). It's a drawing of a waitress with a tray of something, shooting a nasty look behind her and says "You'll get your order when it's good and ready!"

    Would make a great meme today, and VS should make it their home page image.
     
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    Plus, VS ships quickly. Even during their massive sales, orders will be done shipping in just over a week, two at the most. The company is nothing if not organized. Their customer service is top-notch, as well.
     
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    I've been waiting two and half years for a Dorado Jess Franco blu-ray so this is nothing to complain about. :D
     
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    While we wait for our discs, I wanted to ask these questions of the subscribers:

    How often do you watch movies at home in general?
    What percentage of those movies are VS titles?
    How often do you RE-watch VS titles?
    (Be honest here) If you had RENTED some of those movies or streamed them first, would you still purchase them?
    How many unwatched VS movies do you have?

    (I first posted this over at DVDTalk.com). Don't take this as criticism; I certainly see merits in being a subscriber. Obviously getting stuff immediately, not worrying about out-of-stock, and the big one, not having to research the movies. You just get everything, and watch it when you want. You might find a hidden gem in a movie that didn't interest you by its description and probably wouldn't have bought single.
    But it's still a lot of money, and those questions are the reason I don't subscribe. For me (and again, this is ME, you might feel differently), the perks aren't enough to justify the cost. For one thing, with my life schedule I'm lucky to watch 1-3 movies a week. Since VS releases about 3-4 a month, a large percentage of my movie viewing would be their movies. While I do enjoy their movies, I enjoy other ones too, and I feel that a VS subscription would cut into that. Also, I feel I'd have to rewatch at least some in order to justify the cost. And I don't have the time to watch them once let alone multiple times. Even at half price, a one-watch movie is $16-17 per viewing, and that's not economical in a hobby that's not economical to begin with. Plus, there's the fact that I've gotten a lot of bums from VS. Like, if I'd rented Dominque from Netflix, I'd give it two stars, drop it in the mailbox, and never think about it again. Even ones I like (Snapshot is probably my favorite title so far) have only been spun once.

    And there's the porn, of course. Now, I like porn, and I like VS porn a lot. I love some of the darker themed ones like A Woman's Torment and Memories Within Miss Aggie (looking forward to Climax of Blue Power, thanks you guys who recommended it), Dracula Sucks is an ambitious attempt at combining classic horror with porn, Blue Ice is good, Ribald Tales of Canterbury is actually somewhat faithful to the source material. But over the weekend I watched Oriental Hawaii. It's just 80 minutes of sex scenes filmed in a house in California, with stock footage of Hawaii in between the fucking. Granted, I wasn't expecting Citizen Kane, I bought it 'cuz I'd seen the lead girls in some other movies and they're damn cute, and I got to watch them fuck. I got what I expected. But yeah, it's not really even trying to be a movie. And I think that's the norm with even the porn VS selects. So I like being able to get a movie here and there in this genre, but I sure as shit don't need every release.
     
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    Honestly, I don't think the future of rental / on-demand / streaming has much of a place for older, more obscure films like Dominique or Snapshot. It doesn't seem to have much of a place for them, now, as it is.
     
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    There's a lot to answer here, and I'm not really sure where to start. I guess a quick one would be the porn titles. You can get a completest subscription that includes the porn titles, or there is a cheaper subscription for horror / exploitation only where you don't get the porn titles (but you still get the arthouse stuff like Decoder, Putney Swope, etc). I have the second subscription, so I didn't get the 10 adult releases for 2019, nor will I get the 8 for 2020. The only adult titles I've received in my time as a subscriber are Liquid Assets (which I sold as new), Memories Within Miss Aggie (which I watched once and sold at a nice profit), and 5 Years 5 Films Volume 3.

    As for my particular viewing habits, I travel a lot so I don't always have access to my collection. When I'm home and I do though, I watch a movie every night, sometimes two. It helps that I don't require a lot of sleep. So if I'm home for an entire month, my monthly VS package doesn't really eat up a lot of that. For a lot of the horror titles, this usually isn't my first encounter with them, so a lot of times if it's a movie I've seen before I don't always watch it right away.

    As for re-watching, I really don't rewatch any movie more than once a year. Usually less frequently than that. I will be doing the annual watches of Christmas Evil and Jack Frost this month, both VS titles. It all depends on the movie. I'm a bit of a completest when it comes to slasher movies, 80s horror, and regional horror in general, so even if I don't watch the movies all the time, I like having them there when I need them. I'm generally happy with most of what I get, although I'm not especially crazy about some of the Euro-horror stuff.

    Another thing to consider with the subscription is that since you automatically get the limited slipcover, they tend to retain their value. So if you get a movie you don't like, you can always sell it. With the slipcovers, it's pretty easy to recoup your $16, in fact you can probably unload it for more than that. Also, a lot of these movies are upgrades for me, so I also have the now obsolete DVD or VHS for a lot of these titles to sell off. That takes a nice dent out of the $16, and in some cases for me it has completely covered the cost.

    Also, Vinegar Syndrome sends you coupons for re-subscribing. For instance, I got $60 off my 2020 subscription for being a 2019 subscriber. So even though it looks like a lot of money (and it definitely stings spending it all at once), it typically works out to being considerably less in the long run. Especially once you factor in how much I would have spent on Vinegar Syndrome releases anyway by picking and choosing.

    It's definitely not for everyone, but for me personally, I love it!

    Amazon Prime does have a lot of obscure titles, including quite a few from the VS catalogue. As with all streaming services though, the titles come and go, so there's no guarantee anything will stay.
     
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    I agree 100%. I like collecting what I actually LIKE. Over the last several years that VS has been a player I own a sum total of 10 of their blu-rays, only 2 of which were actual blind buys (Count Dracula’s Great Love and Uninvited). As a general rule I don’t plunk down hard earned cash on a movie I’ve never seen before, so I see the subscription route to be really counter economical no matter how much you “save”. I wouldn’t feel any sort of pride about having every single release by a company regardless of merit, I’d feel like a sucker. And I say this about any company, not just VS. I like Criterion and Arrow, too, but I sure don’t need Armageddon or Waterworld on my shelf.
     
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    About Shipping: Connecticut did get hit with like 2 feet of snow after black Friday. which I am sure slowed down USPS.
     

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