I personally consider selling in ebay as ‘being after our money’. Not only that, it might also make it harder to find (as people won’t sell) originals from there.
He could just sell the discs by letting people know about him in the forums and selling them directly (like Franco Cleef does, although unfortunately xploitedcinema has recently started selling his discs) or trade them or share them for free through bittorrent or other programs. But selling more and more through ebay all the time and apparently removing the ones that don’t bring enough money anymore? That sounds like being after money.
But that of course is just in my opinion.
This (selling) of course seems to be the case with some other cult stuff as well…
the thing is… if you want anything new, or even old, no matter what it is (games, music, films, programs), and you don’t want to pay for it, you can get it for free from bittorrent sites and other p2p programs. Hell, you can even get tens of different fan projects of original versions of Star Wars films for without any kind of payment.
But try finding a spaghetti western… you need to atleast trade for it if not even pay for it.
About jerksi’s Grand Duel, this is what he says:
[i]"Not available any where else. This is a pristine picture Quality ENGLISH only Version of this the last really good Spaghetti western of Lee Van Cleef - The Grand Duel. The only other English versions of this film, a wide screen and a full screen, had small cuts that differed form each version. But each of those two versions shared one thing in common. Horrible picture quality!
This Version restores All Englsih audio to the Full Cut of the film. Presented in Excellent digital quality picture. 16x9 enhanced 2.35 letterboxed. A must have for Spaghetti fans!
I specialize in restoring unavailable English versions of rare Spaghettis for the true fan. Alot of work goes into putting these together. Beware of other versions of this claiming the same details. They are rip offs of the hard work and effort I put into this…"[/i]
I can’t say anything for sure since I haven’t seen the disc, but he says “The only other English versions of this film, a wide screen and a full screen, had small cuts that differed form each version. But each of those two versions shared one thing in common. Horrible picture quality!” Now I don’t know what widescreen he is talking about but somehow I doubt his disc would look far better than the Wild East disc (which probably uses the japanese SPO disc as source). The WE disc is far from perfect but horrible?.. no way.
And both WE and SPO are supposed to miss even as much as 5minutes, which can be found on a german VHS by Toppic which has an incorrect aspect ratio of 1.85:1. If jerksi had used this as source, he probably would have mentioned that parts of the film are in 1.85:1. And I have no knowledge of any other release out there which would be as long. (which does not mean that there couldn’t be other releases that long)
Now, who knows, maybe he has gotten a 2.35:1 totally uncut source material from somewhere.
But just based on the description of the auction, I wouldn’t bet my money on it.
Jerksi might be using the Japanese disc as the source for video on his disc. His mentioning of another widescreen transfer might refer to a bootleg disc by cultalleytheater which is apparently widescreen.
Now, if his disc is the same as the japanese in length, then it is cut by 5minutes compared to the german vhs… it may even be cut compared to the Wild East disc since the WE disc seemed to have few seconds of material which looked far worse than the rest of the film… thus they might have included some cut scene back into the film… but I can’t say anything sure about that.
About God Said To Cain… are the night scenes screwed in the new german disc? Has jerksi just used the german disc and put an english track into it? The jerksi disc appears to be in incorrect aspect ratio as does the german disc unfortunately.