Euro Cult Movie Forum => Blu-ray/DVD Company release archive => Topic started by: MikeMalloy on 11 Sep 2009 - 14:35

Title: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: MikeMalloy on 11 Sep 2009 - 14:35
Pop Flix has released three new crime collections, but unlike most R1 budget mafia packages, these are not *just* the same old MISTER SCARFACEs and CRIME BOSSes mixed in with US public-domain mafia movies, these are all strictly 100% eurocrime films, including stuff you don't typically see in budget sets. (I can only imagine these were "licensed" from AIM Group; I wonder if there's any conflict with Blue Underground titles appearing on these sets):

CRIME BOSS COLLECTION (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ID093U/ref=s9_simz_gw_s0_p74_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=15M3802XJBNTFJCWF60Z&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939031&pf_rd_i=507846)
Crime Boss
Street Law
Revolver
Confessions of a Police Captain
Death Rage

BIG GUNS COLLECTION (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Guns-Collection-Alain-Delon/dp/B002ID095S/ref=pd_sim_d_2)
Big Guns
Violent Professionals
The Long Arm of the Godfather
Magnum Cop
Emergency Squad

MAFIA KINGPIN COLLECTION (http://www.amazon.com/Mafia-Kingpin-Collection-Jack-Palance/dp/B002ID0976/ref=pd_bxgy_d_img_b)
Mister Scarface
The Cop in Blue Jeans
The Cynic, The Rat & The Fist
Rome Armed to the Teeth
Violent Naples

Since these last three Lenzi/Merli titles are widescreen, I'm guessing they're sourced from the Alfa Digital discs.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 11 Sep 2009 - 14:43
Yeah, i saw these, cheap looking white covers, nothing to get excited about i'd say.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: MikeMalloy on 11 Sep 2009 - 14:48
Yeah, i saw these, cheap looking white covers, nothing to get excited about i'd say.

Yeah, except that instead of the typical Brentwood-type collections, where Eurocrime movies are mixed in with standard US public domain crap like DEATH COLLECTOR (FAMILY ENFORCER) and MOB WAR, these are, for the first time I've ever seen, budget collections that are 100% Eurocrime.

So they're good recommendations for the more casual fan looking for a genre starter set.

I just wondered why they don't play to the niche by putting "eurocrime" or "italian crime" somewhere in the titles of the collections? As is, they're just competing against the countless other generic mafia PD sets.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Paul on 11 Sep 2009 - 14:51


I just wondered why they don't play to the niche by putting "eurocrime" or "italian crime" somewhere in the titles of the collections? As is, they're just competing against the countless other generic mafia PD sets.


I would imagine that they think those that know about EuroCrime flicks will know the films. Putting reference to the films' Euro or Italian origins on the covers may put of casual buyers that don't but foreign films. That's probably why, I reckon.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: MikeMalloy on 11 Sep 2009 - 14:54
I would imagine that they think those that know about EuroCrime flicks will know the films. Putting reference to the films' Euro or Italian origins on the covers may put of casual buyers that don't but foreign films. That's probably why, I reckon.

If there weren't already a trillion other R1 mafia budget sets, I'd totally agree!  ;D
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Ben Cobb on 11 Sep 2009 - 17:30
Yeah, i saw these, cheap looking white covers, nothing to get excited about i'd say.

Dull covers for sure but for under $7 a pop, they're a steal
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Jonny on 12 Sep 2009 - 08:25
Am I right in thinking these are bootlegs?
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Paul on 12 Sep 2009 - 10:20
I would say so, mate.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: MikeMalloy on 12 Sep 2009 - 17:06
Am I right in thinking these are bootlegs?

Well, I think all of the U.S. rights to these titles are listed as being owned by AIM Group -- even STREET LAW and REVOLVER, which are already out in the U.S. from Blue Underground. So if Pop Flix licensed from AIM, it's legit in that sense, but what AIM's claim is to these titles, I don't know...
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: MarcMorris on 12 Sep 2009 - 18:10
STREET LAW is owned by Media Trade and REVOLVER by Movietime. I've not heard of AIM Group.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: MikeMalloy on 12 Sep 2009 - 18:20
STREET LAW is owned by Media Trade and REVOLVER by Movietime. I've not heard of AIM Group.


Funny; I thought we talked about AIM Group over on its thread (http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=2048.0).

The U.S. Library of Congress shows the U.S. rights holder for a lot of these titles to be the AIM Group. As you may know, the U.S. came late to the Berne Convention, so we're slightly out of step with the rest of the world. I think some of these films fell into a PD-style limbo here, and AIM Group made some kind of claim on them, however nebulous.

Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: MarcMorris on 12 Sep 2009 - 18:26
I remember now. Many of their titles are in fact owned by other companies.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: MarcMorris on 01 Jan 2010 - 14:15
Did anybody pick any of these up? Any reports on quality etc?
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: drmiaow on 01 Jan 2010 - 14:58
Did anybody pick any of these up? Any reports on quality etc?


Pop Flix get a mention on this thread in AVManiacs...

http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showthread.php?t=7847&page=19

Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: broonage on 07 Jan 2010 - 18:58
I got two of the sets today.

They look pretty decent for the price! I have already a few of the flicks but great for filling in gaps.

I'll report soon once i get them cracked open.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Mr White on 21 Feb 2011 - 21:26
i've just ordered these for about £3 each plus post. If i remember i'll get some screencaps when they arrive.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: broonage on 22 Feb 2011 - 08:06
I forgot to report.

Cheap as chips, but as I said, good way to fill the gaps. Quality is a mix, some are great, some not so great.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: HBK on 24 Feb 2011 - 14:10
i've just ordered these for about £3 each plus post. If i remember i'll get some screencaps when they arrive.

Where did you order these ?
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Garbage Can on 25 Feb 2011 - 13:40
I have the Mafia Kingpins set: $8 well spent  ::) High quality versions of Violent Naples, CR&F, Cop in Blue Jeans and Master Touch make this well worth it. I did notice that the letter boxing partially covers up the translation subtitles during the "Italian newspaper headline" scenes...
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Mr White on 26 Feb 2011 - 23:40
i've just ordered these for about £3 each plus post. If i remember i'll get some screencaps when they arrive.

Where did you order these ?

'twas Amazon, click this link...[amazondvd]Pop Flix[/amazondvd]  :'(
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: vaultkeeper on 12 Mar 2011 - 20:03
I am about to order the Mafia Kingpin set, i heard though that some sets contains Rome Armed to the Teeth and some sets include The Master Touch instead, whats the reason for all this? I usually hate these American cheapo semi bootleg boxsets, they are mostly filled with awfully cropped and censored VHS-rips, but according to some reviews, some movies from the Mafia Kingpin set is in very good quality. Costs only 2.5 pounds on amazon, cant be too bad.
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: vaultkeeper on 24 Mar 2011 - 09:36
I can confirm that following movies are in widescreen:

Violent Naples
The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist
The Master Touch
Big Guns
Violent Professionals
Long arm of the Godfather
Emergency Squad

And i can confirm that following movies are in cropped fullscreen VHSRIP:
The Cop in Blue Jeans
Magnum Cop
Title: Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
Post by: Mr White on 08 May 2011 - 21:46
Skimmed through a few of these and the only ropey print up to now was for 'STREET LAW. Its still very watchable, mind. Just not as sharp as the others.