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Old 07-01-23, 01:07 PM
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Re: The Official Vinegar Syndrome Thread

Originally Posted by TomOpus
Gorgo! Gonna jump on that one.
Ditto! I ordered Gorgo and Delirium.
Old 07-04-23, 04:11 AM
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Just skimming around the VS site and noticed under ‘Retail Locations’ they’ve got Archive shops in Bridgeport, Aurora, and — coming soon — Toronto. Definitely intrigued by that, although I hope it’s not just some add-on to the location from which OCN currently dispatches Canadian orders, as that’s clear across town as far as I can tell. Still, it’s nice that a largely US-centric company is acknowledging it has a Canadian fanbase and is going the extra mile to supply it.
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OCN getting IFC is a pretty big deal, IMO.

Vinegar Syndrome's sister company OCN Distribution adds two exciting new labels to their growing consortium of companies dedicated to preserving popular, weird, wild, and obscure films on physical media. That means more Blu-rays, more 4K UHD, and yes - even more Blu-ray 3D discs coming our way!

News broke earlier this week ahead of the 4th of July holiday that exploitation label Culture Shock would be leaving the OCN Distribution partner catalog to go their own way as they expand their collection of titles. While exploitation fans may miss seeing new Culture Shock titles in the new monthly OCN releases, there's good news on the horizon. In a press release OCN Distribution details they've added two new exciting partner labels to their catalog ensuring that not only will their monthly assortment of exciting titles continue to grow, but see films earn their first-time releases on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and even new Blu-ray 3D releases!

The first big highlight of the press releases is the news that the new imprint Art Label run by Warren Xian, formally of Culture Shock releasing, will be joining the OCN Distribution collective. As the name implies, Art Label aims to expand beyond horror and exploitation titles to encompass rare, obscure, and well-known art house titles.

The next big piece of news in this press release is that independent cinema caretakers IFC Films will be joining OCN Distribution! On top of their expansive back catalog, IFC continues to give new films a shot on home video rather than letting them get lost (or deleted) in the streaming weeds. This means back catalog titles that were only issued on DVD may see their Blu-ray debuts and even some 4K UHD upgrades as new titles continue to reach physical media!

Collectors should see the first releases from both Art Label and IFC Films arrive in December!

While it may be sad to see Culture Shock leave this exciting network, it's awesome to hear they're not going away either. When we have more news about where they land and when their next releases arrive we'll let you all know. HDD has had a great time checking out their discs so we're happy and excited to see what's next in store for them. At the same time, it's impossible to hold back enthusiasm for what's coming from OCN with two new labels and current partners expanding their collections. That just means more awesome new movies, more slick exclusive slipcovers, and more money happily vanishing from our wallets every month!

For all the gory details, check out the full OCN press release below:

OCN Distribution, sister company of popular boutique genre home video label Vinegar Syndrome, is expanding its roster of Partner Labels in 2023 (and beyond) with at least two more new labels introduced in this calendar year.

Following up the addition of labels like the Australian based Umbrella and the US based XYZ Films and Film Desk in 2023 thus far, OCN Distribution is adding two more exciting labels to its consistently expanding lineup this fall, while the current lineup will continue regular releases including the first 4K UHD from Canadian International Pictures and the first 3D BD release from any of the OCN partner labels, via Dekanalog.

The first addition to the OCN roster has been years in the making and we are very excited to announce that IFC Films will be joining OCN, with extras packed upgrades of select titles, including some previously only released on DVD, alongside future UHD upgrades and new to home video releases. It’s a relationship that will build on IFC’s exquisite curation at the forefront of independent cinema both domestic and abroad, which has been cultivated for decades.

The first IFC Films release will land in December’s Partner’s Only month and its director, Alex Ross Perry, had the following to say about working with OCN on the release: "The work being done by OCN is invaluable when it comes to creating essential physical media home video releases of films that might otherwise not be given the luxury treatment. IFC's catalog is nearly unparalleled when it comes to crucial and significant independent cinema over the past few decades. The possibilities of this partnership are endless, and I am flattered that my previous work with OCN on the definitive Her Smell blu-ray - and their desire to release more of my films - has played a small role in building this relationship”.

Also launching in December’s Partner’s Only month will be brand new imprint Art Label, run by Warren Xian, formerly of Culture Shock Releasing which will operate without Xian going forward. As many OCN fans are aware, Culture Shock Releasing will be parting ways with OCN this summer and will seek alternative means of distribution. Xian had the following to say about staying with OCN and forming his own label: “With Art Label, I am excited to broaden the horizons of what I was doing with Culture Shock Releasing. We will be expanding beyond horror and exploitation into past and present art house cinema, from the deep fringe to the well known. Working with OCN has been very liberating, allowing me to focus my energy on acquiring more titles and gathering more bonus material for each release, and I am delighted to be continuing that relationship.”

OCN is very excited about these two new partner labels, and more labels to come in 2024! This fall will be a banner season for OCN Distribution, with an average of 15 releases per month from September through December and that will only increase going into the following year, which will contain even more surprises, including never before on disc titles, unexpected UHD upgrades, comprehensive filmmaker box sets and more!
https://www.highdefdigest.com/news/s...w-labels/47958
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Re: The Official Vinegar Syndrome Thread

I wonder if IFC will be subject to the same restrictions as other OCN partner labels, where they're limited to a single title a month.
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Curious about the 3D title from Dekanalog. That label's titles are from all over the place. I've watched a ton of IFC movies over the years, most acquired on the cheap via Big Lots, Hamilton Books, etc. Not sure I've ever kept one, though. Time will tell . . .
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From the Summer Subscribes week sale I have bought Six String Samurai. I'm looking forward to tomorrow as they will have a select group of 4k movies for $18.
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Old 07-17-23, 10:26 AM
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The LE of Undefeatable has about 250 copies left. Wow. That is pretty crazy.

A Blade in the Dark just went under 1,000.
Old 07-20-23, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by dex14
The LE of Undefeatable has about 250 copies left. Wow. That is pretty crazy.
Thanks for the heads up!

I was going to wait for the next sale but decided to pick-up the LE of Undefeatable and the LE of Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby.

Undefeatable LE is currently at 192 copies and SE is at 344 copies.
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Wow. If only people knew what they were getting with UNDEFEATABLE rather than just jumping because the numbers are running low. But that’s truly VS’s magic, and I’ve fallen for it myself on occasion. The only silver lining is that the resale value invariably gets me my money back and then some.
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Originally Posted by Brian T
Wow. If only people knew what they were getting with UNDEFEATABLE rather than just jumping because the numbers are running low. But that’s truly VS’s magic.
I've known for years what I'm getting into with that particular film
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Originally Posted by asianxcore
I've known for years what I'm getting into with that particular film
I’d wager you’re in the minority of people going in with prior experience. But I’ll admit the reviews of the release itself are solid. More VS magic!

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I’ll tell ya. The movie is complete trash, but it’s stylish trash. Speaking of Showgirls. I saw it once, didn’t care for it, but this new release looks great and it sure is dazzling. Not as disappointed as I thought I’d be. Yet to check out extras.
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Undefeatable is on Tubi TV so I think I'll give it a watch that way first.
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Old 07-24-23, 12:44 PM
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I just got my halfway to Black Friday order and the Showgirls discs were in there. I can only assume they're the corrected ones (blu & UHD). It was just in a plastic sleeve.

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Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson
I just got my flash pre-order and the Showgirls discs were in there. I can only assume they're the corrected ones (blu & UHD). It was just in a plastic sleeve.
If corrected discs are available, VS has not shipped any to existing owners as promised yet.
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Well, they sent me 2 Showgirls discs in a plastic sleeve (1 UHD/1 blu). They were in between other cases.
I'm not sure why they would send me 2 loose discs when I already got Showgirls set in June.
And actually, this was the halfway to Blackfriday order, I already got my flash pre-order back in June.



This UHD is different than the one in the box I got in June.
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Old 07-25-23, 04:31 PM
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Nice. Hoping my replacements come soon. I don’t have any other pending orders though.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 26, 2023
https://support.vinegarsyndrome.com/...release-287420

A Home Video Merger of Epic Proportion!

Bridgeport, Connecticut - Vinegar Syndrome is excited to announce an exclusive distribution partnership with legendary NYC-based exploitation and sexploitation producer and distributor, Distribpix Inc.

This partnership will bring Distribpix’s extensive catalog of close to 300 feature films to Home Video, including countless never on disc titles as well as classic exploitation films from genre masters such as Michael and Roberta Findlay, the Amero Brothers, Joe Sarno, Chuck Vincent, Radley Metzger, Ron Sullivan, and Shaun Costello, among dozens more. Additionally, Distribpix’s unprecedented archive of key 1960s and early 70s exploitation rarities, many of which have been completely unavailable since the VHS and early DVD era, will at last be making their return to disc, all newly restored and presented in the type of deluxe, collector-centric editions that both Distribpix and Vinegar Syndrome are known for creating.

Vinegar Syndrome co-founder Joe Rubin, in describing the collaboration said, “Vinegar Syndrome and Distribpix have worked together before Vinegar Syndrome existed. This venture has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more excited to be working on preserving, restoring and releasing this collection. So many of the best and most significant sexploitation and early hardcore features were produced by Distribpix and it is an honor to finally be able to consider them part of the Vinegar Syndrome family.”

Head of Distribpix Inc, Steven Morowitz responded “The gang at Vinegar Syndrome is wonderful; they opened their doors and welcomed me into their family. I am honored and grateful for this opportunity and together we are going to produce some absolutely amazing packages. Vinegar Syndrome is the best at what they do, from the highest quality restorations, to top-notch physical releases, so this really is a perfect match and the best spot for Distribpix. Our companies not only thrive on excellent restorations and releasing, but there is a major emphasis on film preservation and archiving, which was equally attractive to me.”

While schedule specifics are still being worked out, Radley Metzger and Gerard Kikoine’s, The Tale of Tiffany Lust (1981), starring Veronica Hart, Vanessa Del Rio, Desiree Cousteau, Samantha Fox, George Payne, and Dominique St Clair, will be making its world 4K UHD and Blu-Ray debut late this summer, while Michael Findlay’s notorious Flesh Trilogy is being prepared for a Blu-Ray release this fall, in partnership with Something Weird Video. Additionally, the Command Cinema line which has been distributed by Distribpix for the last several years will also be joining the Distribpix/Vinegar Syndrome family and will see both Blu-Ray and 4K debuts of producer/director, Cecil Howard’s acclaimed erotica.

This monumental merger coincides with the launch of Mélusine, a new online marketplace for premium home video editions of sexploitation and hardcore cinema primarily produced during both genres’ golden ages: the early 1960s through the late 1980s. In addition to serving as the new retail home for Command Cinema, several other brandings will be launched:

Mélusine, which will serve as the flagship brand, will offer deluxe 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo pack editions of some of the landmark works in hardcore theatrical features, with an emphasis on works by the genre’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

Quality X, the name of which pays homage to what was one of the most esteemed early home video distributors of erotic entertainment, will offer single film Blu-ray editions of standout and hidden gem theatrical hardcore features from around the globe.

Distribpix itself will become home to all things sexploitation, pulling from both Vinegar Syndrome and Distribpix’s vast libraries and ranging from the earliest nudie cuties all the way through the tail end of theatrical softcore. Releases will be single, double and triple feature Blu-rays.

Finally, Vinegar Syndrome’s acclaimed hardcore feature branding, Peekarama, will continue to offer double feature Blu-rays of hardcore films in all genres.

In keeping with Vinegar Syndrome and Distribpix’s focus on film preservation, releases under all branding will meet the highest standards in presentation quality and the most comprehensive available extras.

The union between the two companies will produce the widest and most diverse catalog of exploitation, sexploitation and classic hardcore features, available on disc anywhere in the world.
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I try to limit my purchases on the vintage erotica movies VS has put out but it's fun to know a bit about a part of film history that no one talks about. Seems like this will be a change for the better.
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Funny, got an email from VS and the subject line was "Your item has shipped." So I thought, what did I order from VS?" Opened the email and it was Gorgo that shipped. lol
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Mélusine Launch - FAQ

#1. What is Mélusine?

Mélusine is the sister company of world renowned genre film preservationists and distributors, Vinegar Syndrome and is the premier home for the sexier side of exploitation cinema. From the earliest days of nudie cuties all the way through the last gasps of big budget theatrical hardcore, our ever expanding catalog of hundreds of acclaimed, classic, rare, under-seen, forgotten, and soon to be rediscovered feature films presents the widest and most diverse selection of X-rated entertainment available anywhere on disc. All of our releases are meticulously restored from the best available film elements, most often their original camera negatives, and come packaged in Vinegar Syndrome's unparalleled high quality packaging.


#2. Why remove the sexploitation & "adult" titles from VinegarSyndrome.com?

By separating these films, we will not only be able to streamline the checkout process on the VS website, we will also be more than doubling the number of sex films released on home video, including adding more diverse film selections into the mix.


#3. Can I place orders on both sites and combine shipping?

Yes! Place your order on the VS site as normal, then select the free "Add to my Vinegar Syndrome order" shipping option on the Mélusine site. Please note: We will NOT have a free shipping option to combine a Vinegar Syndrome order with an existing Mélusine order, so if you plan on ordering off both sites, please do so on Vinegar Syndrome first.


#4. I'm a current VS Subscriber, what do I need to know?

Everything will pretty much remain the same. You will continue to receive your exclusive 50% off SRP discounts on titles that are released during your Subscribership, as well as receive free shipping on all orders placed on Melusine.com.


#5. Will I need to create a Mélusine account?

Yes! If you have an existing account with Vinegar Syndrome you will automatically be sent an email with a Mélusine account activation link. Note: Please be sure that all account details match for each site (email, primary shipping address, etc).


#6. Will VS branded sex titles be discontinued?

Hardcore, and some soft, titles that were released with the VS branding (inclusive of all older Peekarama titles, standalone releases, and some Drive-In Collection films) will be phased out. For example: once a sex film with a VS catalog number sells out, its VS edition will be OOP. Select titles will eventually be re-pressed on the new site. Due to this, all VS branded sex titles are currently 50% off SRP.


#7. What studios and brands will be featured?

In addition to increasing our hardcore and sexploitation output, several other labels will be joining this new website.

Mélusine will serve as the flagship brand, will offer deluxe 4K UHD/Blu-ray editions of some of the landmark works in hardcore theatrical features, with an emphasis on works by the genre’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

Quality X, the name of which pays homage to what was one of the most esteemed early home video distributors of erotic entertainment, will offer single film Blu-ray editions of standout and hidden gem theatrical hardcore features from around the globe.

Distribpix will be home to all things sexploitation, pulling from both Vinegar Syndrome and Distribpix’ vast libraries and ranging from the earliest nudie cuties all the way through the tail end of theatrical softcore. Releases will be single, double and triple feature Blu-rays.

Peekarama will continue to offer double feature Blu-rays of hardcore features of all types.

Command Cinema, Altered Innocence, Pulse Video and several others will be featured as well.


#8. Can I earn and redeem VS Media Club points on the Mélusine website?

Yes! VSMC points will be earned and redeemable on both sites. Exclusive Mélusine rewards products will be added in the coming months.


#9. Can I still review products on Mélusine and receive VSMC points?

Yes! We hope to have the same system up and running on Mélusine where customers will be asked to review products they have purchased.


#10. I have a specific question that was not answered here.

Contact us via our Help Center or send us an email at [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.
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I try to limit my purchases on the vintage erotica movies VS has put out but it's fun to know a bit about a part of film history that no one talks about. Seems like this will be a change for the better.
If you haven’t heard it, I’d recommend THE RIALTO REPORT podcast, which is probably the only one covering the exact same era as Vinegar Syndrome’s releases, and which has the clout now to track down and interview a lot of people who long ago left industry and faded into obscurity, invariably on purpose. The website, which is even older, is also a treasure trove of well-written stories, including a few true-crime tales due to the involvement of organized crime in the porn industry back then. Both the site and the podcast have tracked down a lot of people who probably preferred to stay anonymous after their their adventures in porn shockingly didn’t lead to mainstream and financial success, but the hosts are strong researchers and know their stuff before they record the interviews, which end up being quite candid. I believe they were also consultants on THE DEUCE, and are working on a feature film (or documentary) based on one of their best multi-part series, about the sad mystery behind DEEP THROAT supporting actress Dolly Sharp. It’s the kind of tale that could be serious awards-bait in capable hands.

I’ve picked up a couple of VS double-feature porn discs in sales over the years, but honestly found them so boring and fast-forwardable that I never bothered with others on either format. I can’t knock them for saving and restoring this stuff as it is part of the American cultural landscape, but I find the podcast much more interesting.
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That podcast sounds interesting. I bought a few of the hardcore movies out of curiosity at first. I thought Frat House looked like an X Rated Animal House Spoof and was pretty entertaining beyond just the sex. After that I liked Sex World and Dracula Sucks.
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Got Gorgo. Can't wait to spend time with the release. Packaging is great. Movie looks great.
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Did the mid-summer subscription so got my first set of titles yesterday.

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