Vestron Video Collector's Series Discussion Thread

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  1. MorallySound

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    I just pulled up the old DVDBeaver review of the 2017 Region B locked Arrow review and compared it to a similar screengrab from the new Lionsgate Region A release from the Rock! Shock! Pop! review and can confirm they are from the same transfer:

    Arrow Region B release: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-..._blu-ray_/large/large_shivers_01_blu-ray_.jpg

    Lionsgate Region A release: http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Shivers-Blu-ray-Review/Shivers-Blu-ray-Review-03-1.jpg

    The Lionsgate main feature takes up about 20 gigs whereas the Arrow it takes up slightly more space at around 25 gigs, so the Arrow might have little better compression overall. Extras differ between each release.
     
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  3. russweiss

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    It's pretty amazing what some slipcovers are going for. I noticed that someone paid $199.00 for a Blood Hook blu-ray with the slipcover. You can buy the film without the slip for about $20.00.
     
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    Of all the slip covers you had to mention that one. Because Jim Mallon directed it has a MST3k following who snatched them up.

    I almost bought it but it was close to the Memorial Day sale so I held off. But it sold out 'round Easter when I wasn't looking. Then I learned VS had an option to ship orders with Memorial Sale items and I probably would have done that in this case.

    I'm not a slip cover guy really but in terms of resale value they're worth getting up front most times.
     
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    The Shivers blu-ray was a treat to watch. I hadn't seen the film since 1984. It holds up very well and has some really enjoyable interviews as extras. The PQ was better than I could have hoped for considering it's a low budget 1975 movie. There are also two audio commentary tracks which I didn't listen to. Considering this is still available for $10.59 from Amazon it is a must buy for site members. If all movies were available in this quality for this price I'd have triple the number of movies in my collection.
     
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    I've never trusted "crazy" Ebay transactions like that. Sellers probably recruit their cousins or best buddies to artificially raise bids at the last minute in the hopes that some sucker will outbid the fake bids and win. If the fake bid wins out, well, it's their cousin so technically they don't have to pay up. They probably even get a small "commission". I mean, come on, nobody has a couple hundred bucks lying around, at least not for a freaking slipcover.
     
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    I buy and sell on Ebay all the time and can tell you that there are tons of movies that sell for big bucks. I've seen at least 4 Blood Hook limited editions that sold for over $100.00. Vinegar Syndrome is growing in popularity and there will always be the collector's that want to fill in back titles. Two weeks ago a copy of Christmas Evil with the slip sold for $100, RAD is still selling for over that price on average (even with a new release announced), a used copy of Forgotten Gialli just sold for $150 and it was available for only $34.99 when VS had their Black Friday sale. Even titles that are still available like Beastmaster, Silent Madness, and the second volume of Forgotten Gialli are selling for about double what you can get them for direct from VS. Limited Arrow releases also command some pretty impressive prices.
     
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  9. hots4

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    There are probably people who get friends to up bids, but it's not as simple as you note. With regards to 'it's their cousin so technically they don't have to pay up' well that's certainly true, but ebay has a cost involved which is around 10% of the final amount so if an item goes for 100 dollars the seller will be paying 10 dollars commission, the only way to get this back is if you file a non payment and I'm sure ebay systems would detect if the same account's were being used in this way. If you don't file a non payment then you've lost 10 dollars. That could be quite an expensive plan if things don't go your way.

    From my experience there is an appetite for anything limited, especially boutique and horror related stuff.
     
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    Wow. I assume most of those people aren't even aware message forums exist, if they were, they wouldn't have to needlessly overspend. There's no shortage of frugality and penny pinchers on forums like Blu-ray.com, where I mostly lurk, which is where I developed the impression that most people feel that paying for movies is akin to committing a sin. I could make a small fortune selling my unwanted stuff on the 'bay. Maybe someday I'll muster the energy to make an inventory and give it a shot.
     
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    During the 90's Hong Kong films were becoming a big thing and a friend and I went to various China towns to see films. Eventually we started buying posters and lobby cards and the typical attitude from the Chinese were "why would anyone want to spend money on that?" Today those items that cost me a few dollars are selling for hundreds. I've sold a fraction of my collection on Ebay and already made way more than I ever spent. That's why I usually pick up limited genre movies. Not only do I typically want to watch them but they tend to go up in value.
     
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    I sell my old editions on eBay when I upgrade, and the horror stuff always sells. Even old VHS and DVD versions. It might take a little patience, but it will sell. Other genres... maybe not so much. If you buy the new versions for cheap enough and find a decent window to unload your old stuff, you can often upgrade for free (or close to it).

    P.S.: Yes, I have that Blood Hook slip!
     
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