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Author Topic: The Devil's Wedding Night / Il plenilunio delle vergini (Luigi Batzella, 1973)  (Read 35895 times)

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I'm starting to think that being a cult film collector just isn't what it used to be... Seems like nowadays you need a fairly large wallet to grab the new releases.

The market is almost identical to the 'silver' bootleg market - releases limited to 1000 and they sell out straight away - usually sold at high prices. Stock might sit with retail outlets (online) for a while - but they sell out at the source very quickly. I can't believe some of the prices for the FilmArt titles, for example.

I don't collect either - but it's strange how the market has changed over the last ten years. It's still strong and we're seeing a lot of new releases, but instead of pressing up 5000 copies, now it's about 1000 and the price tag is much higher - the amount of money going around is the same, but less copies in circulation. So, a much faster turn-over for the DVD company, and less risk, but less people get the chance to buy them.

Am I right?

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I'm starting to think that being a cult film collector just isn't what it used to be... Seems like nowadays you need a fairly large wallet to grab the new releases.

The market is almost identical to the 'silver' bootleg market - releases limited to 1000 and they sell out straight away - usually sold at high prices. Stock might sit with retail outlets (online) for a while - but they sell out at the source very quickly. I can't believe some of the prices for the FilmArt titles, for example.

I don't collect either - but it's strange how the market has changed over the last ten years. It's still strong and we're seeing a lot of new releases, but instead of pressing up 5000 copies, now it's about 1000 and the price tag is much higher - the amount of money going around is the same, but less copies in circulation. So, a much faster turn-over for the DVD company, and less risk, but less people get the chance to buy them.

Am I right?

Yeah, you're pretty much on the money mate. Camera Obscura seem to be the exception wherein they'll re-issue titles when the initial run sells out, albeit in different packaging etc.

There's a shit load of examples of companies milking the market with their sales strategies though and unfortunately us poor suckers have to pander to it to get a copy of their desired physical release... I pounced on it as soon as DEVIL'S WEDDING NIGHT hit Diabolik!

We're over a barrel! The bastards have got us and our money.
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Don't fret, DjangoLi, this title hasn't sold out. You just need to wait until Diabolik get it back in. Eventually when new titles come out demand for this one will drop off and it will stay in stock at Diabolik for a few days rather than hours. So you still have a chance to grab it.

Although you are right in that Code Red are pretty much the worst company around to get stuff off. I have responded by not buying most of it.
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Sales of physical media are going the way of the dodo bird...there is only the latest big studio titles at most retail outlets.  Everything is sold online, and you have to already be obsessed to even know this stuff exists, never mind that tile XXX has just been released as a limited Blu.  Fans of the obscure genre stuff, non mainstream titles are getting reamed as a result.....so yeah, we are suckers and they have us bent over a haystack.
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