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 81 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 21:18 
Started by Inspector Tanzi - Last post by Inspector Tanzi
Let us know what the PQ is like when you do. I was going to say that it probably isn't worth upgrading, but the blu pretty cheap. Cheers  :'(
Watched it this evening, not too bad a transfer considering what these films look like a lot of the time, bit scratchy here and and there. Got that regular Eurocine colour look to it.

 82 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 21:16 
Started by Funktion - Last post by Funktion
Out of curiosity, but does anyone else watch the Italian TV series Il commissario Montalbano (Inspector Montalbano, as it's know in English)?

For those unfamiliar with the series, it started back in the late 90's, and its feature length episodes are based on a series of books by Italian writer Andrea Camilleri.

It's a very accessible show, that combines police work/mystery plots, some humour, a very likeable cast, and in true Italian fashion, some lovely locations and even lovelier women.  :D

Fans of Italian genre cinema may occasionally find some elements that may seem straight out of a giallo, although again, the series is very accessible, so it doesn't feature very graphic violence (but it does feature the occasional nudity).

Despite that, it's a very enjoyable show. Well shot, lovely locations, good acting, and the length of the episodes (some reaching almost 2 hours) allows for the stories to develop in a leisurely pace that I find very "comforting".


 83 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 19:12 
Started by Inspector Tanzi - Last post by Funktion
All assets of the Avala Film, co-producer of the movie, which include 370,000m2 of land, 21,500m2 of ruined studios and office spaces in Belgrade and the vault with more of 200 features was sold for 8 million euros in 2015. The concern was expressed that "movie rights will fall into the hands of those not willing to use them, meaning such films might never be seen again". Now, the buyer wants to build a huge complex worth several hundred million euros on this land but it is still waiting for someone else to pay for the digitization.

BTW, the recent critic of the movie in the Serbian:
https://crippledcorner.blogspot.com/2020/07/poslednji-obracun.html
Thanks for the info, djvaso.  ;)

It's always disappointing to see how some people treat film as something totally disposable.
Unbelievably, it's relatively frequent to hear about negatives of genre films (especially indie exploitation films) being thrown away in the US by labs and storage spaces. Just a few months ago, I read about someone who ended up rescuing a few negatives from a dumpster on the back of a lab (the reels of one of the films ended up irrevocably damaged in the process, since the cans were open, inside a garbage container, in the sun).

If the current owners have no interest in doing anything, or monetizing those films, at least they should consider parting with them for a minimal fee.
I'm sure the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana would be more than happy to store and preserve these films.

 84 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 17:54 
Started by Inspector Tanzi - Last post by djvaso
All assets of the Avala Film, co-producer of the movie, which include 370,000m2 of land, 21,500m2 of ruined studios and office spaces in Belgrade and the vault with more of 200 features was sold for 8 million euros in 2015. The concern was expressed that "movie rights will fall into the hands of those not willing to use them, meaning such films might never be seen again". Now, the buyer wants to build a huge complex worth several hundred million euros on this land but it is still waiting for someone else to pay for the digitization.

BTW, the recent critic of the movie in the Serbian:
https://crippledcorner.blogspot.com/2020/07/poslednji-obracun.html

 85 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 17:44 
Started by the blob - Last post by Inspector Tanzi
The Libertine is an enjoyable enough film, will be upgrading my old DVD.

 86 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 17:15 
Started by Funktion - Last post by Funktion
I'm a sucker for trailer compilations. :'(

There's something about those short reels of exciting bits and cool voice overs, put together to entice people (or, like many film trailers frequently did, to basically con them by misrepresenting the advertised film :-\), that really appeals to me.
Some feature alternate angles or footage. Some don't even feature a second of actual film footage, and are an entirely separate piece by itself!

The Blu-Ray format is great for these compilations, since it allows for not only better quality, but with more storage capacity the number of trailers included in some of these releases is simply staggering.

Here are some of the currently available trailer compilations:

Drive-In Delirium series (Umbrella Entertainment, Australia):

Drive-In Delirium: '60s and '70s Savagery


Drive-In Delirium: Maximum '80s Overdrive


Drive-In Delirium: The New Batch

   
Drive-In Delirium: With a Vengeance

   
Drive-In Delirium: Dead By Dawn


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Trailer Trauma Series (Garagehouse Pictures, USA):
   
Trailer Trauma

   
Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama

   
Trailer Trauma 3: '80s Horror-Thon


Trailer Trauma 4: Television Trauma (TV spots)

   
Trailer Trauma V: 70s Action Attack


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Kung Fu Trailers of Fury series (Severin, USA):

Kung Fu Trailers of Fury


Return of Kung Fu Trailers of Fury


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Others:

Trailer War (Drafthouse Films, USA)


42nd Street Forever (Synapse Films, USA)


Exhumed Films: 20 Years of Terror (Exhumed Films, USA)


Trashploitation (SRS Cinema, USA)


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Worth mentioning:

The Electric Boogaloo & Machete Maidens Unleashed! Blu-Ray (Umbrella Entertainment, Australia) includes nearly 2 hours of trailers for various Cannon films, and over 1 hour of various films shot in the Philippines.


The Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Blu-Ray (Umbrella Entertainment, Australia) includes a trailer reel with a whooping 185 minutes of Ozploitation trailers.

 87 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 15:06 
Started by bruce holecheck - Last post by Funktion
Jumping straight from a post about a VHS release, to one about a HD Blu-Ray release (:-\), the film was released on Blu-ray in the UK by Odeon, and it even includes a bunch of special features.

I recently bought a copy, and it's a healthy upgrade from past releases I owned.


 88 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 14:13 
Started by Funktion - Last post by Funktion
Earlier this year, the Filmoteca Española made available online a "lost" Jess Franco film, Vaya luna de miel, which was never released to the cinemas, and whose whereabouts were unknown for almost 40 years.

The film, a light comedy/adventure loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold-Bug, is a bit of an unusual entry is his filmography, and if it wasn't for Lina Romay prancing around naked (or close to it) it could almost pass as a kids flick.  :-\
It's good fun.

The film remains available on Vimeo, with English subtitles.
Since there's no planned Blu-Ray release (apparently, there are some rights issues that may prevent one from happening any time soon) it's well worth a look.

You can find it here:




Also, the Filmoteca Española has a PDF with information about the film, its restoration, poster art, and more, here:

https://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/dam/jcr:4779b6e3-7742-4504-84b3-d33e072054a2/el-dor--en-casa---vaya-luna-de-miel--de-jes-s-franco.pdf

 89 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 13:59 
Started by the blob - Last post by MarcMorris
That's very decent of you, thanks  ::)

 90 
 on: 17 Aug 2020 - 13:50 
Started by the blob - Last post by Funktion
To "remove the cobwebs" and update this thread a bit, Nucleus Films has released a few titles since the last post that are well worth a look.

To headline things, their crowdfunded releases of Death Laid an Egg and Lady Frankenstein saw the light of day, and deserve a spot in the collection of every fan of Euro Cult cinema:



They released a couple of recent productions on Blu-Ray:



And, they released some very good editions of Ghost Story (1974), and Death Ship, the later their most recent release:



Their next release, coming next month, will be La matriarca (aka The Libertine):


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