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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2012, 23:26:30 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012, 18:31:47 BST
Good drunk films list, I should've added "Slaughter High", "Pieces" and "Return of the Living Dead" as I've had great drinking days with each of them, like you say on a drunken day the best films are fast, simple, fun and blood-drenched, that seems to be the pattern with me anyway, like you say there are tons of films from just about everywhere that are worth going back to but somehow the Italians hold the monopoly on replay value, the Spanish are pretty good for that too as their films aren't too different and Indonesian films are like Italian splatter in a rural setting with exaggerated 70's kung-fu, a brilliant combination, just wish there were more of them available.

I haven't pre-ordered "Demons" but am tempted to get it if it turns out to be a good version, I'd go for the steelbook too as I'm not huge on comics anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012, 19:03:25 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012, 19:40:19 BST
Cool, I look forward to hearing your "Demons" verdict, I didn't pre-order fast enough so I'll have to pay the full £25 but I learned my lesson and pre-ordered "Return of the Living Dead" just incase the price shoots up again.

Mondo Macabro are my main source for Indonesian films with "The Devils Sword", "Mystics in Bali", "The Queen of Black Magic", "The Warrior" and "Virgins from Hell" (which comes with an hour of trailers for other Indonesian films on disc two), they also put out a double feature of "Dangerous Seductress" and "Lady Terminator" but they aren't as good as those sold individually, I got a few rare discs of other Indonesian films but they didn't work so well and were pricey so I won't bother recommending them, I just know there must be more of those films doing the rounds but I've had little luck finding any.

As to Spanish horror I'd bet I'm not too much ahead of you, the bulk of my collection are directed by Amando De Ossorio or Jess Franco or star Paul Naschy, to list a few of the best I'd say "The Blind Dead" collection, "Vengeance of the Zombies", "The Loreley's Grasp", "Horror Express", "The Hunchback of the Morgue", "Exorcism" (Jess Franco), "Werewolf Shadow", "Night of the Werewolf", "Dr Jekyll vs the Werewolf", "Vampyros Lesbos", "Eugenie: The Story of her Journey into Perversion", "A Candle for the Devil", "Bloody Moon", "Jess Franco's Dracula", "Eugenie De Sade", "Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun", "Human Beasts" and "The Cannibal Man", probably missed some of the best but I think this should do.

Speaking of which I wanted to get back into Naschy films lately and remember someone on this forum, maybe JONESY (sorry if I'm wrong) who was collecting Naschy films by the truckload a few years back, I know there is info buried somewhere in this site scattered over several topics but if its not too much trouble and if you're reading this could you list all the Naschy films you found and which versions to get, since they all have alternate cuts and some copies aren't English friendly it would save me hours of research.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012, 20:36:07 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012, 20:48:41 BST
No bother, I've been going overboard with the spending myself of late, I had some personal issues last year and feeling so low I wasn't working through my films as fast but stupidly didn't stop buying, I'll be caught back up in a month or two hopefully though, I totally recommend the Blu-ray of "Horror Express" its got tons of extra's, perfect picture quality and it is indeed region free, also you might be interested to know I found a cheap top-notch multi-region blu-ray player right here on Amazon, well if you consider £120 cheap, it is compared to what I paid last year! I really hope you like the Indonesian films, they're trashy as hell but some of the coolest and weirdest exploitation I've seen.

I didn't get the "More Brains" documentary either, I really wanted to but figured it'd be an extra in some future edition anyway, luckily I guessed right and what an edition its shaping up to be, can't wait to see the film with its original audio to see what all the fuss is about, I saw a tape as a kid once but was too young to remember how it differed from my DVD.

Posted on 1 May 2012, 22:34:58 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2012, 18:13:08 BST
Thanks for the info, I heard "Demons" has a different dub in which several entire characters and the odd line here and there are changed, as a huge fan of the dub I have thats got me slightly worried, either way I can't buy a region B blu-ray right now as my multi-regional blu-ray stopped being able to switch regions on Sunday, luckily its stuck on region A as the bulk of my HD collection is from the US but my best looking disc is my German import of "Dellamorte Dellamore" which looks a hundred times better than any of its DVD counterparts and I was looking forward to watching that again this weekend, I can't be bothered paying tons for a multi-regional again so I think in a month or two when money picks up I'll just get a regular region B blu-ray player and set up both players.

Posted on 2 May 2012, 20:39:22 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012, 18:26:06 BST
I think your plan for getting a multi-regional blu-ray player is the best way to go considering your situation, as to the German blu-ray of "Dellamorte Dellamore" all I know is my particular copy had an amazing transfer, you have to switch the audio manually but other than that it was perfect, maybe there was another German version with a bad transfer, mine was from Eightyfour Entertainment and was 1:78 anamorphic, it was a limited edition of 444 copies (such a random number!).

Posted on 3 May 2012, 19:05:15 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 16:24:44 BST
Oddly enough I got a one disc copy on blu-ray, I was going to get the three disc set but opted for the one disc, can't even remember where I got it as I wasbuying tons from amazon, ebay and diabolik all at once and it was last year, I think I spent about half a grand on DVD's that week after realising I had more money saved than I thought.

Posted on 7 May 2012, 00:43:51 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012, 18:21:34 BST
Yeah I know, I try not to go ballistic like that very often but every now and then I end up with lots more money than I need then I look into all my old lists of films I never got round to buying meaning only to grab what I assume to be the best of the bunch, sometimes in my overzealous glee though I end up with much more than anticipated, you'd think I would learn but I never do. Sorry to hear about the player not working right, hope when you do get a new one it works fine, I'll have to get a region B blu-ray player but its not too urgent as I've only got a few region B blu-rays, I bet the upcoming "Return of the Living Dead" will be region coded, if so I'll want to get the player before the release date.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012, 19:30:41 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012, 19:46:50 BST
Whether you get a blu-ray player or just a DVD player would largely depend on your buying habits I'd imagine, most US companies aren't too bad with region coding but Shriek Show, Criterion and Anchor Bay are notorious for it, if you intend to get blu-rays from any of those three the all region blu-ray player is a must.

I know what you mean with getting carried away, I never take films out of the basket unless I suspect a better version is going to be available elsewhere, like you I'm pretty big on horror and general exploitation so I imagine our collections would have lots of similarites, I've never bought 100 films in a month I don't think, mind you last year I ended up buying about 50 a month three months in a row, I'm such a film junkie.... and a booze junkie.... and a junk food junkie, I never do things in half measures!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012, 20:13:43 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012, 20:46:34 BST
I agree about getting the multi region blu-ray player, it'll probably save you some money in the long run and sooner or later you'll definitely find yourself in need of a region A release.

My collection is around the same number as yours, I keep a list for god knows what reason (OCD?) so I know its officially 2668 right now, I know my tastes are pretty obscure and my mainstream ventures are few and far between but I bet we do have hundreds of the same films, I wouldn't dare guess how much its cost me but half my income for about nine years sounds right, like you I still want so much more so hopefully I'll still be buying as an old man if my liver lets me last as long, my drinking is definitely excessive as is my eating but I'm a thrillseeker and I try to just do what I feel like doing instead of worrying about whats healthy or normal.

Posted on 8 May 2012, 21:09:05 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012, 21:32:58 BST
I've been meaning to rearrange my collection for over a month but its such a chore with so many films, as to numbers I do include any TV series but only as one number per series, that probably counts for 50-100 of the numbers, I can't stand the thought of downloads, I like being able to physically own my films instead of just owning data that might be wiped if the harddrive goes faulty, the current format feels more permanent and I can't see many cult films getting decent transfers once you can only download them, I'm 25 at present and like you I'll probably have no room left for films soon enough, funny you should mention it as my perfect day involves loads of junkfood (peanuts and pizza are almost always involved), a silly amount of beers (12-16 pints of McEwan's Export) and some good horrors, often I make the first two films new films possibly even plot driven then as incoherence sets in I move onto the simple violent stuff, like you I'm pretty perky and like my life, I was depressed for about a year and a half which really was horrible but for some odd reason I just got over it suddenly in January and am mostly back to normal except the over-eating which hasn't went away yet, I plan to work on that after my two weeks off work in July which will be one huge movie binge, as for the drinking I've no intention of cutting down, I'm just too damn stupid for that!

Posted on 8 May 2012, 22:24:13 BST
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Posted on 9 May 2012, 12:36:02 BST
L. A. Prince says:
Really great reading these posts..I'm not so guilty about the amount of films I've got now!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012, 18:56:19 BST
I re-organise my collection two or three times a year so it doesn't take as long, still takes over an hour sometimes though, I gave a bunch of my favourite directors their own sections but as I'm always adding more of their films its a nightmare keeping them in order. I haven't watched "Turkey Shoot" in almost a year so its definitely due, that interview drives me nuts, the woman is such a stuck up snob, that might just be my most despised interview of all time though I've got plenty of little things that drive me up the wall in DVD extra's. I think we're very like-minded in our lifestyle, odd as I figured no-one else would actually spend their life sitting about getting hammered whilst watching exploitation films. I'm usually quite comfortable with my lifestyle and happy enough and as it happens the great depression as I call it was a one off, typically that dirty little four letter word was behind it all, love... an emotion I wish I could have surgically removed! People get the wrong idea about me too, I suppose many people couldn't be happy living a fairly solitary lifestyle so they figure I couldn't either, in all fairness I do have friends and socialise so I'm not a total hermit but to be honest I could be happy completely alone if I wanted to be, I guess its just hard for people to accept a lifestyle they can't relate to personally.

Great to see you enjoying the conversation L. A. Prince, feel free to join in.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012, 20:10:27 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012, 20:51:11 BST
I get the feeling Lynda Stoner has a very strong notion of good taste and dismisses anything outside of that, she was very dismissive of the idea of less popular films gaining a small following and seemed to even dislike the concept of cult classics in general, god I hate people like that. I know what you mean regarding couples who think you're unhappy because you're single, to be frank I'd be quite happy to settle down if I found someone who accepted me for who I was but in the meantime its no skin off my nose, the single life has its perks too. I'm quite lucky in the sense that my brother has similar tastes to me in films so we hang out two or three times a week and have a yap, sometimes drink too and stick on a film. Your collection is pretty massive, you must be the only guy I know aside from myself who topped the 2000 mark, by the way do you have "Gutterballs"? I only mention it as its practically the ultimate slasher to watch with a few beers, its sleazy, bloody, fun and fast, it was made recently but feels like a proper 80's slasher, like a long lost video nasty, if you haven't seen it yet you must track it down.
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