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Reply #945 on: May 29, 2021, 08:46:26 PM
I think your interests in depressing movies and different types of movies coalesce in Baby Rosemary which I learned about through the guy who runs the adult movie wing of VS, who said "One of the most downbeat and misery driven sex films out there. And I mean that as high praise."

Okay, you got me. That sounds fucking horrible:

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BABY ROSEMARY (1976):
After the death of her father, a beautiful, though sexually traumatized, young woman enters an erotic nightmare while awaiting his funeral. "Baby Rosemary" is a haunting adult film like no other.

The plot description reminds me of Through the Looking Glass (1976), which was even mentioned in Mondo Digital’s review. They also relationally referenced The Devil in Miss Jones (1973), which sounds pretty good, and a gay reimagining, The Destroying Angel (1976)

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In the envelope-pushing "Me Decade", pornography very nearly went mainstream after DEEP THROAT played to packed houses across the country and a good many porno chic films from this "Golden Age" had decent budgets, actual plot lines, and attractive stars. One such film was THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES (1973), which was considered "thinking man's porn" due to the intelligent, No Exit-esque narrative wherein a virginal suicide makes a pact with the devil to come back for a few days and earn her consignment to hell ("If you have to go to hell go for a reason", the tag line urged).

Peter de Rome's all-male XXX THE DESTROYING ANGEL is a gay version that re-"tool"s the Edgar Allan Poe yarn "William Wilson" into the story of Caswell Campbell, a conflicted seminary student who's given a three-month sabbatical to find himself and come back to God a stronger man. He straight-away gives in to lust and magic mushrooms which, of course, is just another way of saying "If you have to go to hell go for a reason".

Caswell literally "finds himself" being haunted by his dark side, a doppelganger he even has a threesome with in a cleverly staged scene. Despite the low budget and amateur acting, this is an expertly executed vision of a homosexual hell and it's dark theme is brought home through shadowy, seemingly candlelit mis-en-scène inter-cut with religious iconography. The last scene is a black attack on organized religion's denial of natural desires. The oil painting of Poe and his raven over the mantle in Caswell's apartment was also a nice touch.

The sex -and there's lots of it- is on the masochistic side and includes watersports, sex toys, and a cucumber. de Rome's wetdream-cum-nightmare is obviously very personal, the creation of a man with some interesting issues -which begs the question, who was this film intended for? Like Jonas Middleton's XXX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (made the same year), the disturbing imagery of a phantasmagorical universe would be a guaranteed "wood-killer" for the trenchcoat crowd. It's interesting to note that all three films (MISS JONES, ANGEL, LOOKING GLASS) hypnotically chant the same mantra: heaven and hell are one and the same. Life also imitated art at the time with the LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR crime.

These are excellent films made pornographically and the 1970s actually might have been on to something but, alas, AIDS and the '80s killed that party -literally- and porn went back to being smut kept behind closed doors thanks to the VHS home-video boom. THE DESTROYING ANGEL deserves to be much better-known ...and not just in jerk circles.


I added it to my existing oder. Thanks for the rec!


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Reply #946 on: May 29, 2021, 10:12:43 PM
it really is a whole other world of possibilities. Gerard Damiano is going OOP through VS all his releases are hot to the touch, Memories Within Miss Aggie is another adult movie categorized next-level. I haven't bought it yet but I'm sure I will eventually. I own his Skin Flicks, I watched and liked Let My Puppets Come on xHamster, and I bought Throat... 12 Years After just before it zeroed though it's not very good tbh

in this sale the adult movies I bought are all dvds, Showdown, Sex in the Comics, The Ribald Tales of Canterbury, and Baby Rosemary

in terms of the ground VS is occupying in the world of contemporary cinephilia, their partner label Utopia (through OCN Distribution) will be the ones who release Shiva Baby, which I saw and is solid but you know it was a bit of a cultural moment so it's considered a good score



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Reply #947 on: May 30, 2021, 03:30:09 AM
I’m optimistic about Utopia. They’re also putting out The Scary of Sixty-First later in the year. Saw the short film Shiva Baby evolved from, online, but haven't checked out the feature.

I've got Memories Wihin Miss Aggie in the current bag, and Skin Flicks and Puppets on my shelf but they haven’t made it to the player.

You’ve definitely gone farther down this lane than I have. I never thought my cinephile adventures would take me here, but most mainstream movies are no longer showing me something I’m uncomfortable to see, and if a movie can’t hurt me why would I watch it?


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Reply #948 on: May 31, 2021, 10:54:22 AM
Well put, wilder. Cronenberg on Cronenberg cites a philosophy I adored; paraphrasing here, creating within cinema as a medium 'to show us what we can't see.'

I must witness the shimmy slide o_o

Nearly made a thread for Shiva Baby cuz one of my best friends AD'd the short and feature,and it got so much buzz. Then I saw the film...

Utopia does seem interested in distributing independent voices. That's promising, to a degree.


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Reply #949 on: June 01, 2021, 05:48:48 PM
The trailers for Cauldron’s releases today





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Reply #950 on: June 04, 2021, 08:59:37 PM
VS's new partner label is Saturn's core, which is some deep cut stuff. I'd never heard of these fucks. AGFA is most in-line in terms of scavenging the surface of the American cinematic landscape

first I got into adult movies then I got into VS in general and now I've achieved a feeling of familiarity that's followed by detachment


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Reply #952 on: June 06, 2021, 04:29:59 PM
LOL

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Reply #953 on: June 11, 2021, 06:32:50 PM
July 6, 2021

Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Sony



After a psychotic Air Force general unleashes an ingenious, foolproof and irrevocable schemesending bombers to attack the Soviet Union, the U.S. President phones the Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world.



Late 2021

Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight (1998) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Kino



A career bank robber breaks out of jail and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a US Marshall he has kidnapped.



October 5, 2021

Bill Webb’s Dirty Laundry (1987) on blu-ray from MVD Visual



A young man and his girlfriend unwittingly come into possession of a bag containing one million dollars belonging to a drug-smuggling ring. The mobsters try to catch the couple and retrieve their money.





August 31, 2021

Jacques Deray's The Gang (1977) & Three Men to Kill (1980) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group



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The Gang

In 1945, as World War Two comes to a close, five small time crooks unite to form a gang lead by the charismatic Alain Delon. After several bold robberies they become notorious as "the front-wheel drive gang." The police attempt to stop their crime spree with little success, but how long will their luck last?


Three Men to Kill

In this gritty, violent and suspenseful thriller, Delon plays Gerfaut, who comes to the aid of a man laying wounded in the road, not knowing the man has taken two bullets to the belly. Soon he becomes the target for the killers, who see him as a dangerous witness. But Gerfaut has been around the block a couple of times and he won't be so easily eliminated.






2021 TBD

Jacques Rivette’s Gang of Four (1989) on blu-ray from Kino, restored in 4K by Cohen Media Group



Intimations of conspiracy hover over a group of actors in Rivette's playful revisiting of his debut, Paris Belongs to Us. Four women share a house and study acting with a legendary performer (Bulle Ogier). Outside class, each is questioned by a mysterious investigator on the trail of a former roommate who may be involved in a criminal enterprise.





July 20, 2021

Lesley Selander's Flight to Mars (1951) on bu-ray from Film Detective, from a 4K restoration from original 35mm Cinecolor Separation Negatives



Five astronauts successfully fly to Mars where they encounter seemingly friendly and advanced inhabitants who harbor covert plans to use their ship to invade Earth.





Late 2021

Archie Mayo’s Angel on My Shoulder (1946) on blu-ray from VCI



Prominent gangster Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) lands in Hell after he is murdered by his childhood friend and business partner Smiley Williams (Hardie Albright). There he meets Nick (Claude Rains), who tries to get him to return to the living to take over the body of Judge Frederick Parker (also Muni). Kagle agrees, enticed by the prospect of seeking revenge on Smiley. But Kagel's attempts to tarnish Parker's reputation backfire, and when he finally confronts Smiley, his frustration becomes impossible to contain.





June 15, 2021

Ziegfeld Follies (1945) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



Heaven's harps and wings are nice, but what showman extraordinaire Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. wants most now that he's no longer on Earth is to put on another extravaganza. It would have the brightest stars and creative talents. The most in glamour, gams and optimism. In short, it would be like Ziegfeld Follies. With a who's who of credited and uncredited Hollywood talents, this all-star revue is heaven to fans of musicals. Fred Astaire dazzles once, twice…four numbers in all. Red Skelton reprises his funny Guzzler's Gin skit. Esther Williams swims, Lena Horne sings, and Judy Garland spoofs snobbery. There's Verdi opera and Fanny Brice vaudeville. Patter and pantomime. And The Babbitt and the Bromide, with Gene Kelly joining Astaire in their first-ever screen pairing. What a show! The man called Flo must be proud.



July 13, 2021

Erich von Stroheim & James Cruze’s The Great Gabbo (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration



One of Hollywood's earliest -- and most peculiar -- musicals, The Great Gabbo stars Erich von Stroheim as an egotistical ventriloquist who casts a Svengali-like spell upon an ingenue (Betty Compson), against a backdrop of singularly strange numbers (including "Icky" and the spider-and-fly-themed "Caught in a Web"). Director James Cruze (The Covered Wagon) allowed von Stroheim to endow the character with his signature flourishes, resulting in a wicked cocktail of garish stage shows and Austro-Hungarian villainy that is a diabolical delight.



July 20, 2021

Jean Renoir's La Fille de l'eau aka The Girl of the Water (1925) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



Whirlpool of Fate (1925) is Jean Renoir's debut feature, a lyrical tale of the tragic life of an orphan girl. An independent feature shot on family friend Paul Cézanne's property, La Nicotiere, it is a dreamy episodic melodrama that follows the poor girl as she endures the loss of her father, the abuse of her alcoholic uncle, and a perilous fall down a well that erases her memory and triggers surreal dreams.



July 20, 2021

Jean Renoir’s Nana (1926) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration



It is an elaborately mounted adaptation of Emile Zola's novel that tracks the doomed romances of its title character—an actress who would go on to be the most notorious courtesan of her era. When her father dies, a young girl is sent to live with her uncle. Mistreated, she runs away to lead a vagabond's life in the forest. When she is found, she becomes Nana, a fashionable actress of loose morals, becoming first the mistress of a count, and then of the Emperor's chamberlain. Nana's love affairs are set against gorgeously mounted sets designed by Claude Autant-Lara.



August 24, 2021

Bertrand Tavernier's L'horloger de Saint-Paul aka The Clockmaker of St. Paul Blu-ray (1974) on blu-ray from Kino



A Watchmaker finds out one day that his son has become a murderer. He tries to understand for whom and why.



2021 TBD

Max Ophüls’ Liebelei (1933) on blu-ray from Kino



A Viennese opera house, early in the century. In attendance are lieutenants Kaiser and Lobheimer. Two young ladies on the balcony, Mizzi and Christine, drop their opera glasses, hitting one of the officers. The Baron von Eggersdorff arrives in his box. Lobheimer leaves early for his tryst with the Baron's wife. The Baron soon arrives home, in a suspicious mood. Lobheimer rejoins Kaiser in a café with the two girls. Lobheimer soon falls for Christine... The Baroness wonders why her lover has been absent for so long; the two now part for good. But the Baron learns the secret and discovers that a key still in his wife's possession opens the lieutenant's door. He challenges Lobheimer to a duel...



September 2021

Claude Chabrol’s Bluebeard (1963) on blu-ray from Kino



Legendary French New Wave director Claude Chabrol (Les Bonnes Femmes, The Champagne Murders) brings the shocking true story of serial killer Henri Désiré Landru to the screen with Bluebeard. Landru, played with dastardly charm by Charles Denner (The Bride Wore Black), is a seemingly respectable Parisian who devises a sick and ingenious scheme to supplement his dwindling income during the First World War. First, he lures wealthy dowagers to his villa. Then, he cons them into forking over their fortunes. Finally, he kills them, chops them up and immolates the pieces. This jet-black comedy was written by acclaimed author Françoise Sagan (Bonjour Tristesse) and features a host of superb actresses including Michèle Morgan (Port of Shadows), Danielle Darrieux (The Earrings of Madame de...), Hildegard Knef (Fedora), Juliette Mayniel (Les Cousins), Stéphane Audran (The Third Lover), Catherine Rouvel (Borsalino), Françoise Lugagne (Diary of a Chambermaid) and Mary Marquet (Fellini’s Casanova).



September 2021

Claude Chabrol’s Blue Panther (1965) on blu-ray from Kino



French New Wave legend Claude Chabrol, the director of Le Boucher, The Third Lover, Line of Demarcation and L’Enfer, took a turn into the Eurospy genre with this ’60s-chic romp. On a train bound for Switzerland, a secret agent (Roger Hanin, Breathless, Code Name: Tiger) entrusts Marie-Chantal (Marie Laforêt, Purple Noon, The Girl with the Golden Eyes) with a jewel in the shape of a panther with ruby eyes. Unbeknownst to her, this jewel contains a virus powerful enough to destroy all humankind. The fiendish Doctor Kha (Akim Tamiroff, Touch of Evil, Alphaville) is just one among many spies from different nations trying to get their hands on the panther. But the cool-as-ice Marie-Chantal will evade all attacks by sheer female cunning, and shows panther-like qualities in dealing with her male—and female—foes. Francisco Rabal (L’Eclisse), Serge Reggiani (Le Doulos), Charles Denner (Bluebeard) and Stéphane Audran (Les Biches) lead the star-studded supporting cast in this colorful spoof of international espionage capers.



August 10, 2021

George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun (1951) on blu-ray from Paramount, from a new 4K restoration



George Eastman is a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite. But a factory girl with a dark secret threatens Eastman's professional and romantic prospects. Consumed with fear and desire, Eastman is ultimately driven to a desperate act of passion that unravels his world forever.



August 10, 2021

Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975) on blu-ray from Paramount, from a new 4K restoration



The lives of 24 major characters interweave during five days in the country music capital of the world.



August 31, 2021

Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone (1976) on blu-ray from Paramount, from a new 4K restoration



Set in 1929 New York City, BUGSY MALONE captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers—all portrayed by child actors. As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster leads a talented cast. Parker's sharp script, combined with the music and lyrics of Paul Williams (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE) makes for an irresistible satire that's truly one-of-a-kind.



August 16, 2021

David Greene’s The People Next Door (1970) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK), also coming in July from Scorpion Releasing



Comfortable New York suburbanites Arthur and Gerrie Mason discover one night that their seemingly perfect 16-year old daughter, Maxie has been tripping on LSD.



September 20, 2021

Columbia Noir #4 (1948-1947) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



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Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)

After evidence surfaces of an information leak at a major nuclear lab, FBI Agent Dan O'Hara (Dennis O'Keefe) pairs up with Scotland Yard Detective Philip Grayson (Louis Hayward) to track down those responsible. An investigation of the scientists, including the enigmatic beauty Dr. Toni Neva (Louise Allbritton), leads the agents to a Communist Party spy operation in San Francisco, which they must shut down before sensitive state secrets are handed over to the wrong people. Directed by Gordon Douglas.


Walk East on Beacon! (1952)

FBI agent James Belden (George Murphy) is tasked with finding and bringing down a communist spy ring operating in Boston. After an anonymous tip, Belden and his agents tail a man who leads them to various suspects, as they try to determine how far the espionage reaches. Meanwhile, the spies force a scientist (Finlay Currie) to divulge secret information by holding his son hostage. As the investigation continues, it seems the Russian agent Alexi Laschenkov (Karel Stepanek) might be behind it all. Directed by Alfred L. Werker.


Pushover (1954)

In the wake of a bank heist, Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) is part of a team of cops assigned to recover the stolen $200,000. They stake out the apartment of Lona McLane (Kim Novak), the girlfriend of the one of the robbers, and before long Paul and Lona begin a steamy affair. Lona persuades Paul to kill her boyfriend so that the two of them can escape with the money, but, in order to pull it off, Paul first has to trick his boss and fellow detectives. Directed by Richard Quine.


A Bullet Is Waiting (1954)

Storms trap a Utah sheriff (Stephen McNally) and his prisoner (Rory Calhoun) in a coastal cabin with a professor's daughter (Jean Simmons). Directed by John Farrow.


Chicago Syndicate (1955)

An ex-military accountant is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the mob in Chicago in an attempt to break open the rackets. To complicate his job, two women stand in his way, each with their own agenda. Directed by Fred F. Sears.


The Brothers Rico (1957)

Former Mafia bookkeeper Eddie Rico (Richard Conte) has decided to go straight and lives with his wife in Florida, where they plan to adopt a child. However, his brothers, Johnny (James Darren) and Gino (Paul Picerni), still work for his ex-boss, Sid Kubik (Larry Gates) -- and, when Eddie finds out their lives are in danger, he tries to re-establish his connection to the world he thought he had left behind. But when one of his brothers is killed, Eddie realizes that he may be next. Directed by Phil Karlson.



July 19, 2021

Michael Powell’s Honeymoon (1959) on blu-ray from Network (UK)



Kit and Anna, a rich and happy couple, are touring sunny Spain in an open-top Bentley on their fabulous honeymoon. But Anna is a prima ballerina who has forgone her career for marriage – a situation that the fiery Spanish dancer Antonio finds intolerable!



July 12, 2021

Márta Mészáros' Örökbefogadás aka Adoption (1975) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK)



Single factory worker Kata, 43, wants to have a child with her long-time secret lover, a married man called Joska. He doesn't like the idea. Kata befriends teenage schoolgirl Anna, abandoned by her parents at the age of six. Anna runs away from the local children's home and moves in with Kata so that she can keep on seeing her boyfriend Sanyi. Kata goes to see Anna's parents and persuades them to give the young lovers their permission to marry. Through Anna, Kata becomes interested in neglected children and decides to adopt a baby from the children's home.





August 25, 2021

Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy (1989) on blu-ray from Imprint (Australia)



A realistic road movie about a drug addict, his 'family', and their inevitable decline into crime.


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Reply #954 on: June 12, 2021, 12:40:53 AM
ummm necessary sounding

July 13, 2021

Erich von Stroheim & James Cruze’s The Great Gabbo (1929) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration



One of Hollywood's earliest -- and most peculiar -- musicals, The Great Gabbo stars Erich von Stroheim as an egotistical ventriloquist who casts a Svengali-like spell upon an ingenue (Betty Compson), against a backdrop of singularly strange numbers (including "Icky" and the spider-and-fly-themed "Caught in a Web"). Director James Cruze (The Covered Wagon) allowed von Stroheim to endow the character with his signature flourishes, resulting in a wicked cocktail of garish stage shows and Austro-Hungarian villainy that is a diabolical delight.


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Reply #955 on: June 15, 2021, 02:36:30 AM
my biggest get as a collector (and I’m not a collector I’m a hoarder) was that Wild Boys slip. that slip is so fire the regular edition has sold out at vs, amazon, diabolik. i never even heard of a slip so fire the movie benefits. i got 1 of 600 on that, although the lowest count for a slip is the Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets at 500. But it ain’t as pretty

I got LA Wars which I know you did, too, wilder. we both slept on Action USA but whatever. did you Martial Law? I didn’t Martial Law and I led the countdown to its sell out. did you Vice Academy? I slept on that and he’s maybe like one of those true bad directors they support but it does have a sexual cover so I woulda bought it

this is fun to me


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Reply #956 on: June 15, 2021, 07:24:53 PM
I'm not into box opening videos but I adore sale photos. looking at what everyone else bought lets you learn about them and also validates your own decisions. this is my internet-friend jeff's photo and I think it's a cutie photo. he is not a hoarder, he is a collector. this is a photo from a seasoned collector receiving his newest goods. special appreciation for the fanned-out legacy slips



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Reply #957 on: June 16, 2021, 02:09:02 AM
now keep in mind we're people purchasing movies instead of stocks or real estate and we're all basically failing at life together, some more than others, all people who post on a fb vs group. honestly, one guy the other day called us daily visitors losers and, I did, I felt a little hurt. so don't go thinking this is showing off a better life. this, really, is an absurd life. and I have a crush on it

this is an example of a pre-sale purchase arriving, and the person is excited because they have movies to watch while waiting for their sale order to arrive



some people, shall we say, know a little more about having some fun. these pjs are famous in vs land, I own them too, they're from the movie Don't Panic



some people somehow amass a large order that's a million miles away from what my large order would be



and I think, wow lame, and then of course, somehow of course, a lame joke happens right under that picture too



I fucking just die of laughter from people like this person, who is like "I am sorry my order wasn't bigger, next time I'll have a bigger order" lmao it's a tough life, lots of competition, out there in the world of movie collecting





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Reply #958 on: June 16, 2021, 12:44:32 PM
All of y'all lucky as heck. My one VS remains Tammy and the T-Rex, and Knife + Heart on Altered Innocence. lol


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Reply #959 on: June 16, 2021, 02:02:28 PM
this guy's daughter told him it looks like a waste of money (he's holding the pj movie)