Cult Epics blu rays

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  1. horrorlover

    horrorlover Active Member

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    why can't cult Epics seem to do a blu ray correctly? I just read the review for Stay As You Are, a blu ray I had been anticipating getting for a few months since I saw it first announced, but now I read the blu ray review and the blu ray isn't even sourced from an HD source, it's from a SD source, and not even a GOOD SD source, so what the hell is even the point of putting it on blu ray. And this is not the first time Cult Epics has screwed up their blu rays, they totally screwed up their Bettie Page blu ray, they cropped off the top of Bettie Pages head in all the loops included on the blu ray, they made loops from the 1950's into 16X9 format. They must be retarded, she has not head or feet. Total rip off of a blu ray, and so I have stopped buying their blu rays after that fiasco, but I did want Stay as you Are, and also I've read reviews of all their Tinto Brass films, and they refuse to release those in the correct aspect ratio for some reason. I can not understand them. Do they purposely do this stuff just to annoy people that would LIKE to buy their products, it's like they want to give you a reason NOT to buy their items, because I would LIKE to buy their movies, but I DON'T, because I don't like being ripped off.
     
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    then you should be glad that their announced MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH got cancelled, as I was dreading it would be horrid, so thanks God it didn't come to light.
     
  3. Myron Breck

    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    Oh, Jesus, THANK GOD it was cancelled! It's such a great, weird little movie and it deserves better than Cult Epics to release it.
     
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    I have run into this guy at local record shops around town. He is always trying to unload boxes of cult epics blu-rays and DVD's. Dude comes off like a shaky high energy strung out drug addict. I asked one time while shopping who is he? I was told he runs some small distribution company. Not sure if the guy is the owner of cult epics but he comes of like a whacko. Sort of like crazy Bill's nephew, maybe they are family related? Anyway yeah I have seen him several times with boxes full of cult epics movies. :nervous:
     
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    I have a really nice rip of Massacre At Central High, possibly sourced from a film print. However, there's about four or five scenes where they spliced in hardcore porn (you can tell it's coming up because the PQ drops drastically). It's a little disconcerting, since the rest of the movie feels like an After School Special.
     
  6. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    Yeah I have that same rip, but without the porn scenes spliced in.
     
  7. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    All the Cult Epics discs I own I have no qualms about. Nekromantik 1 & 2, Death Bed - all stellar releases as far as quality and content. I know the case of Stay As You Are, having read the DVDBeaver review a week or so ago, being well below standards for quality for its presentation - but blame could be on the licensor or provider of the source they were given and not necessarily Cult Epics, and maybe that's all they had to work from. While I can't confirm who's at fault, this is a possibility.
     
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    f.ramses sociopath

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    Why would it be the fault of anyone other than Cult Epics that Cult Epics decided to proceed with a BD release that they did not have suitable materials for?
     
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    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    Do we know why it got cancelled? Did the rights holder decide to license it to someone else?
     
  10. crikan

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    It's disappointing that they crop their Tinto Brass relases but I still highly recommend them. The properly framed DVDs look like shit and Brass' films are all about the visuals. The current BD's are the best we have for now. And FTR, Arrow's Brass films are cropped as well.

    Until someone else starts releasing Brass' films I'll gladly give Cult Epics all the pub and love I can give.
     
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    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Depends on the paperwork and the situation - this is just to the wind, but it could have been a situation where contracts were signed and money had been spent, and then when masters were to be delivered this source became the only option if promised materials or what should have been used became non-existent or unavailable. And if they were binded by contract to still release the title, they have to use what they were given or what was available. I don't know the details obviously, but this is one possible scenario.
     
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    f.ramses sociopath

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    I thought that you were getting at something like that, but it is baffling how someone who can come up with thousands of dollars to license a movie in the first place could be dumb enough to put themselves in a situation where the only thing they can do if they get unsuitable materials is proceed with the release anyway. That's why I think it is the fault of the label even if what you said is the case. I guess we'll never really know anyway but sometimes I wonder about things like this...
     
  13. horrorlover

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    how can you HIGHLY recommend films that are in the wrong aspect ratio, this is 2015, these films are purposely in the wrong aspect ratio, just to fit a 16X9 TV, this isn't 1989 when VHS were cropped just to fit a 4X3 TV, people buying blu rays today, especially cult films, know about aspect ratios and know all movies are not filmed in 16X9, and know some films are 1.66:1 2.35:1, etc. so there is no reason for a modern day release of any film to be in the wrong aspect ratio, so whatever aspect ratio a film was meant to be seen in is how it should be seen on blu ray, not adjusted to fit on someones TV just because it'll fill the screen, that's what they did with VHS, and that was one of the great things about the new DVD era, was getting films in their OAR. If the films such as the Brass films were clearly meant to be shown 1.66:1 why are they being released 1.78:1, I don't care if Arrow is doing it too, I'm not buying Arrow's version either. But if I were going to buy between Cult Epics and Arrow I'd always go with Arrow, they are not total fuck ups like Cult Epics. Cult Epics released the Brass films 6 times on DVD or some shit, never uncut, on blu ray, still some are cut, but so are the arrow, I know, yeah whatever, but still not the fully uncut versions. I guess they are saving that for their 12th blu ray version.
     
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    ^^I do care quite a bit about seeing films in the correct AR. I've made numerous cropped rips so I can see films the way they were intended. That said, I'm not going to deny myself the opportunity to see some amazing films just because their releases are incorrectly framed. I greatly enjoyed all of the Brass BD's despite them being slightly cropped. It's not ideal but the films weren't ruined. You're only hurting yourself by being such a stickler for OAR.
     
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    I'm not hurting myself, I've seen the films before, I'm just not going to buy them, I've seen them on DVD. See with worldwide DVD and blu ray players, you don't have to buy the crap release from your own country, you can buy the best release from anywhere in the world, you don't have to buy the shitty dvd release from cult epics.
     
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    Ya, I buy from all over the world and the best versions of CHEEKY, FRIVOLOUS LOLA, ALL LADIES DO OT and THE KEY are Cult Epics and Arrow BDs. The worldwide DVDs look like shit by comparison.
     
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    I rather not fund cult epics, it only further encourages them to release shitty quality version of blu rays, if people buy a shitty quality blu ray, companies think okay I can get away this and they keep releasing shit quality stuff, because they know no one cares if it's good quality or not. I mean Cult Epics will sell many copies of Stay as You Are on blu ray, because peoples will think OOH blu ray much better than DVD, but it's no better at all, that's a fucking sleazy thing to do to release a dvd quality blu ray and just call it HD.
     
  18. Angelman

    Angelman OCD Blu Ray Collector

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    Cult Epics started an Indiegogo campaign to put out some films on Blu but... I hate to say it... it's an easy pass for me. All the stuff they are teasing is not up my alley at all. Beyond "Death Bed", "Angst" and the Jorg B stuff, none of their output does it for me at all. I'm pretty good about supporting these because I believe in having these films cleaned up before it starts to get harder to do so. But deep cut euro softcore just ain't my thing.

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cult-epics-video-book#/
     
  19. horrorlover

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    no way would I support an Indiegogo campaign by Cult Epics, there is no telling how horrible the finished product would be, I would only buy something from Cult Epics after I have read reviews. They are bound to screw up the releases in some major way.
     
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    Angelman OCD Blu Ray Collector

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    I had read some reasonably positive reviews of their horror stuff... What did they screw up?
     

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