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Started by enidcoleslaw on Dec 13, 2021 12:33:58 PM
CULT MOVIES I, II, and III, by Danny Peary

These excellent books have been mentioned on here a few times recently. I encountered them at a key time in my life - old enough to know that I was becoming obsessed by movies, not old enough to see these movies (pre-video days) anywhere unless they showed up on telly. Eraserhead, Aguirre, Harold and Maude, 2001, Gun Crazy, Caged Heat... and so much more. Each movie (whether trash or masterpiece or porn... or all three?) was treated the same - complete synopsis, in-depth essay, lots of interesting stills. Peary made for a very engaging host, introducing me to all sorts of stuff I'd never heard of. I also highly recommend his "Guide for the Film Fanatic"... So - your thoughts, please...

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Heckler - 13 Dec 2021 14:11:46 (#1 of 8)

Even when I was discovering some of these movies in the age of video I had an easier time than waiting for them to turn up as a midnight showing at the local fleapit.

Obviously in the age of Pirate Bay and digital delivery I feel availability has blunted some of that hunger to see the more obscure movies and devalued the experience of reading a paragraph about a movie and probably not seeing it for a decade.

toffle - 13 Dec 2021 16:13:24 (#2 of 8)

Bollocks to that. If I hear (or read) about something that sounds interesting (and fuck knows that's a rare occurrence), it's great being able to obtain and view it at short notice, while it's fresh in my mind.

And what if you waited a decade for it, anticipating, and when you finally saw it, it just turned out to be shite?

Heckler - 13 Dec 2021 16:21:22 (#3 of 8)

just turned out to be shite?



Oh blimey most of it.

Not knocking the digital delivery, just highlighting that the experience has changed and the anticipation of finding out an obscure video nasty had been finally released was part of that experience.

I regularly watch films for free on demand on Prime that would've had me banged up in the 80's. Most of them are complete tut, there are some giallo gems out there but mostly they were low budget B Movies (which morphed into straight to video in the 80's).

widenation - 30 Dec 2021 02:07:47 (#4 of 8)

Is this a good place to ask about Vidocq (2001)? Certainly one of the first films shot purely in digital format. Impossible to stream online it would seem. I have the DVD (doesn't load on any player I've tried) and even the press kit for it, but am rendered unable to watch it in all it's glory / turnout to shite.

AlanII - 30 Dec 2021 13:58:00 (#5 of 8)

It is streamable, but best use a good VPN and antivirus software.

widenation - 31 Dec 2021 16:24:03 (#6 of 8)

I'm going to try it on an old 2007 Mac (drive still works) first!.... pain in the a*se though - especially if it's shit.

phantlers - 18 Jan 2022 20:56:05 (#7 of 8)

There is a hack to persuade a tv with built in dvd player to recognise other region discs. I have it written into the case of a US dvd I ordered from the states but I originally found it online and I'll see if I can find it again before I go home.

phantlers - 18 Jan 2022 21:03:03 (#8 of 8)

https://codesforuniversalremotes.com/dvd-player-region-code-removal-hacks/

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