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Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« 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
Crime Boss
Street Law
Revolver
Confessions of a Police Captain
Death Rage

BIG GUNS COLLECTION
Big Guns
Violent Professionals
The Long Arm of the Godfather
Magnum Cop
Emergency Squad

MAFIA KINGPIN COLLECTION
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.
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #1 on: 11 Sep 2009 - 14:43 »

Yeah, i saw these, cheap looking white covers, nothing to get excited about i'd say.
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #4 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
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #5 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
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #6 on: 12 Sep 2009 - 08:25 »

Am I right in thinking these are bootlegs?
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #7 on: 12 Sep 2009 - 10:20 »

I would say so, mate.
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #8 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...
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #9 on: 12 Sep 2009 - 18:10 »

STREET LAW is owned by Media Trade and REVOLVER by Movietime. I've not heard of AIM Group.
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #10 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.

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.

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« Reply #11 on: 12 Sep 2009 - 18:26 »

I remember now. Many of their titles are in fact owned by other companies.
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #12 on: 01 Jan 2010 - 14:15 »

Did anybody pick any of these up? Any reports on quality etc?
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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #13 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

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Re: Pop Flix ( US [budget] )
« Reply #14 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.
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