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Discussion in 'General' started by MorallySound, Sep 12, 2012.
wasn't it around Valentine's Day?
Yep, that sounds right!
Yeah, looks like the Valentine's Day smut sale will be a regular thing. So it's wise not to fill your cart with porn on Black Friday since there will be a sale for it in just two months.
They used to run a free international shipping promotion on Friday the 13ths, but I don't recall if they still do that or not.
I bought about 10 titles this year. Probably pick up at least 6-8 more. All at pretty fair prices. So you can see how having 54 titles would not suit my personal needs. Paying over $16(not far above), I can pick and chose. Personally, I rarely ever paid for shipping. There's titles they released this year I wouldn't pay under $10 for, so I factor that in as well.
And yes. You can sell the ones you don't want. People always bring that up. Curious, I would like to know how many do these people really sell each year? Is it one or 2 titles? 20+ titles?
I sell a lot on Ebay but not specifically movies. Foremost I am a collector and I've kept all my Vinegar Syndrome blu-rays. Other than adult output I have nearly every VS limited edition.
Yeah, after Russ' post last week, I took a look at the VS output from November of last year (starting with Beastmaster) and up to Flesh for Frankenstein. I saw there were 12 titles I either bought or was interested in (and some were adult titles like Summer Camp Girls...so that would mean I'd need a full subscription and not just the horror/exploitation option). Even rounding it up to 15, that's still not worth the subscription price for me.
But hey, everyone is free to do whatever works for them. I still buy a shit ton of VS titles every year, probably about $3-400 worth. It's been a while since math class, but I still believe that's less than $870. So cherry picking the titles gives me the movies I want (even if the price per title is a bit higher, no argument there) for a decent amount of money, and with no need to go through the hassle of re-selling titles I don't want.
Yeah, this is such a cyclical discussion that seems to come up every time Vinegar Syndrome announces new titles.
If you're not super into these movies and only buy a handful a year, why would you even be tempted by the subscription? Don't do it. It would be financially irresponsible. And if people do subscribe, enjoy, and feel they are getting their money's worth, why is that a problem? It's not your money.
As for the ones I sell off, I used to sell off the adult titles back when you were required to get those in your subscription. I got over $100 each for the 5 Films 5 Years Erotica sets. The ones with slips like Miss Aggie went for about $50. Since you can now opt out of the adult titles, I hardly sell any. And Vinegar Syndrome rarely announces anything that I'm not at least interested in. These are the kind of movies I enjoy and want in my collection. Most of what I end up selling are the old VHS and DVD versions of these movies that Vinegar Syndrome has now made obsolete. I got $80 for Olive's old Ticks blu-ray. Selling off my Shallow Grave VHS and Code Red's Terminal Island blu-ray paid for themselves. I do this with every cult label though, not just Vinegar Syndrome. Horror titles on any format are generally the easiest to unload.
If I bought a subscription, I'd be perpetually trying to rid myself of 90% of the titles Vinegar Syndrome release. I'm only interested in keeping movies that I'd want to watch again, and having to deal with selling them (especially on eBay) and hoping to break even is simply not worth the hassle and headache to me. Like, AT ALL. And most of their films eventually appear on streaming apps that I already pay money for. Even if the movies break down to $6 a title you're still talking about a ridiculous price for what basically amounts to a rental charge.
I love Vinegar Syndrome and will support them when I can, but I'm not going to break the bank to do so.
Oh, then as a collector...definitely absolutely the subscriber package is for you. You will be saving a lot per year. Meanwhile getting quality made releases for your collection.
Will be buying Ticks,Creature and blades in December!
Over the past three days I watched all three movies from the Forgotten Gialli Volume 2 set. All of the films had nice transfers with Girl in Room 2A being especially vibrant and The French Sex Murders being the worst mostly due to print damage. The only film I had seen previously was The French Sex Murders which I saw on Mondo Macabro's DVD release back in 2008. All three feature violence and nudity which is typically for 70's gialli. The French Sex Murders was the winner for most beautiful cast. Evelyne Kraft was stunning in it. Anita Ekberg's hair was massive. Barbara Bouchet unfortunately wasn't given much screen time and Rosalba Neri is always a welcome sight. The most surprising scene from any of the films was in My Dear Killer. This was the only one that didn't give language options. It was Italian only. Anyway, there is a completely unnecessary (and illegal?) scene thrown in about halfway through of a completely nude girl who looked to be about 10 years old. This film had the least amount of nudity of the three but had this full frontal scene for some reason. If this were filmed today I would imagine the filmmakers would be going to jail. All the titles have some extras and overall this is a fantastic set from VS. If you somehow missed the huge limited release edition you should certainly pick up the standard set when you get the chance.
Picked up Auntie lees meat pies at my record store cool to see Karen black and Michael berryman in the movie but overall it was just OK.
My Dear Killer is the only one I've watched from this set, and even though I'd seen it before I really enjoyed it. As for the scene you mention, yeah, I was more than a little put-off by it, but that's my American sensibilities. Europeans are more open to it. Like if you ever watch the Czechoslovakian movie Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (and you should), the pre-teen lead actress' mom was on set the whole time. She had no problem with the kid doing a nude scene, but then raised a big stink over a dream sequence where she's depicted as a witch and getting burned at the stake. Just different attitudes, dude.
I haven't seen Valerie and Her Week of Wonders yet but do have the Criterion and Second Run blu-rays. Europeans are more tolerant of nudity but that scene wasn't needed for the storyline. One of the extras featured an interview where it said the girl's mother was on set and they did the take in one shot so she was only nude for a few minutes. Just didn't seem to be needed to me.