I Just Bought … (Non-SW Shopping Diary)

Some great titles there, Brian…especially ‘47 Ronin’; ‘1408’; and ‘9’.…Japanese legend, fantasy, magic, horror, and superlative animation…
’Nine’ (9), is one of my favourite animations…You can’t go wrong… :+1: :cowboy_hat_face:

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:+1: Solid haul.

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My wife and I traveled fifty miles one way this morning to the town where my college alma mater is located because someone posted online that they were selling their entire collection of over 300 movies. I was a little reluctant to make the trip without knowing the types of movies that were there but convinced myself to go with the thought of having lunch at my favorite Mexican restaurant which has been in continuous operation there for well over 40 years.

The seller turned out to be a retired college professor who I discovered was actually in his early years of teaching when I was in attendance. He had phenomenal tastes, so his collection was impressive to say the least and included a massive number of Criterion releases. I felt like Nicolas Cage at the end of National Treasure. :laughing:

Unfortunately, the prices were a bit out of line, but I did manage to strike a couple of deals and had an awesome lunch to boot.

He bought this set because he was a huge Carroll Baker fan but was “extremely disappointed in the semi-porn” she did after going to Europe. :laughing: I have the 88 Films releases of a couple of these but for $20 I had to take it.

He also had three unopened Raro Video releases he sold me for $10 for the lot.

I was extremely happy to get this Umberto Lenzi classic even though it’s slipcover was torn.

I can’t say that this is one of Dallamano’s films that I was desperate to see but from Bandidos to Colt 38 Special Squad and everything I’ve seen in between, he hasn’t let me down yet.

A bit of Giallo DVD sleaze from Acquasanta Joe and Day of Judgement director Mario Gariazzo. If he thought Carroll Baker was bad, this one might have done him in. :grimacing:

On a side note, I had to ask him why he was selling. He said that he had promised his granddaughter to help pay for her wedding which is supposed to be happening next summer. My first inclination was to ask him what the hell was wrong with him but my wife fortunately jumped it to tell him how “generous” and “thoughtful” he was being. I just smiled and gave him my phone number in the event he lowered his prices on down the line.

There are a bunch of those beautiful Criterion releases, and others he had, just calling my name. :heart_eyes:

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Good for you, mate… A treasure trove indeed! :+1: :cowboy_hat_face:

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Wow, that is a treasure trove for sure, solid finds there my friend. And don’t be too hard on the gentleman, anyone wanting to make their granddaughter’s wedding special is entitled to a pass on why they’re selling.

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Oh, I wasn’t. I was just thinking it to myself humorously. I will say that his pricing made little sense. The only thing that I can think is that he was pricing the movies by how much they meant to him in hopes that the ones he loved the most won’t sell. :laughing:

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Some very nice pick ups there.
The Carroll Baker box set is a steal

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Thanks! That’s what I thought about the Baker/Lenzi set. I didn’t have Orgasmo or Knife of Ice so I thought it was well worth it at that price.

I picked up quite a few BD’s yesterday for £1.00 or so each…although some are simply upscales from my existing DVDs to BD.

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Upgrade from DVD to 4K UHD Blu-ray:

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From ‘Amazon UK’ I’ve just bought:




Also managed to buy a few BD favourites from the local ‘CEX’ store a few days ago…


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A lot of great films titles there to keep you entertained while you get back to 100%. Gotham by Gaslight is a lot of fun.

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I was hugely disappointed by Batman Ninja. Looks terrific but it’s deadly dull. One of the worst DC Animated movies I’ve seen (Batman and Harley Quinn takes that dubious honour in fact, but Batman Ninja’s not far behind). Gotham by Gaslight was far, far better. One of the good’uns. All merely imho, of course.

I still haven’t seen Dune. I think I’m trying to wait for the second film to come out so’s I can watch the story in its entirety but I’m probably going to end up caving and watching it before then.

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Some new pick-ups:

Jess Franco’s re-telling of the Dracula tale with a great cast including Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski, and Soledad Miranda.

More Klaus Kinski in Sergio Garrone’s Lover of the Monster (1974). Made in tandem with Garrone’s The Hand That Feeds the Dead.

A 2020 homage to Lucio Fulci, as well as the Giallo genre on the whole, Nightmare Symphony is a very, very loose re-make of Nightmare Concert aka A Cat in the Brain while also referencing several other of Fulci’s greatest films. The screenplay was written by Antonio Tentori who co-wrote the original along with Fulci and others. Made on a shoe-string budget, Symphony is much less gory than its predecessor, though it contains its fair share, but also far more stylish. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Still feeling pretty rough with Covid, so I’ve treated myself by ordering from ‘Amazon’…

I can’t think of anything better than ‘Il Maestro’ to help me get back on my feet… :cowboy_hat_face:

Plus: The sequel to ‘The Death of Superman’…

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my last purchases were Mandingo and Altman’s Kansas City

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Bad news from my wife today. There will be no presents to open on my birthday coming up in a few weeks. :cry:
The good news is, she picked up on…maybe a couple :roll_eyes:…well placed hints. :grin:


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You’re a lucky man my friend, if only I could find a wife like yours (having Asperger’s makes meeting new people a little tough). I’m planning on picking up that Gothic Fantastico release myself, or maybe I’ll ask for it for Christmas.

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I’m definitely looking forward to that one as well. You always come across as such a nice and personable guy on here so don’t let the fact that it might be tough deter you. The best things in life are seldom easy. :wink:

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She’s a keeper

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