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Old 16th May 2019, 09:47 PM
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Is there any other retailer (bricks and mortar) actually sell 88 titles?

Waitrose maybe?

Not at the moment but well be back in HMV soon.


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Old 16th May 2019, 09:49 PM
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Is Devil Hunter that shit? I was for getting it when it was cheaper lol Although I must have had 1000 horror films at one point I've only ever seen one Jess Franco film, The Bloody Judge. There any better ones to look out for other than the Devil Hunter?



Back to 88 Films, how many folk actually run it? and who are they?


In answer to your question, 2. Rich and James.

I used to work in a garage and James was a baker....


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Old 16th May 2019, 10:13 PM
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In answer to your question, 2. Rich and James.

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Quick question. Have you totally given up on dvd as a format now?

Most things up until the HMV mess seemed to get releases in both dvd and blu.
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Old 17th May 2019, 02:11 PM
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Quick question. Have you totally given up on dvd as a format now?



Most things up until the HMV mess seemed to get releases in both dvd and blu.


Sadly pretty much yes. We did some analysis and DVD sales make up barely 5% of our monthly turnover now. Its crazy really and pretty sad seeing as Im a trained dvd author and thatll be a worthless skill soon but Blu-ray sales make up the vast majority now though they are down in the market as a whole too.

Were not sure how long there will be a physical market really but we hope a few years more as we really love what we do.


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Old 17th May 2019, 03:08 PM
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Sadly pretty much yes. We did some analysis and DVD sales make up barely 5% of our monthly turnover now. It’s crazy really and pretty sad seeing as I’m a trained dvd author and that’ll be a worthless skill soon but Blu-ray sales make up the vast majority now though they are down in the market as a whole too.

We’re not sure how long there will be a physical market really but we hope a few years more as we really love what we do.


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Thanks for the reply. A pity though.

Just wondered, did the dual format release of Swamp Thing do well? I bought that as it was dual format.
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Old 17th May 2019, 04:55 PM
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oh well no dvds i will never buy another title from 88.
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Old 17th May 2019, 05:14 PM
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As someone who refrained from getting a Blu-ray player until about a year ago, I do have sympathy for those who haven't yet made the leap from DVD. I resisted mainly because I didn't want to upgrade my old CRT TV and also because I was under the incorrect impression that you had to upgrade the firmware on Blu-ray players regularly. When my old TV died I took the plunge as it were, and I haven't been disappointed.

Although the leap in quality from DVD to Blu-ray isn't as significant as it was from VHS to DVD, there is still a considerable improvement in quality, in grain structure and in colour and I only buy DVDs now that aren't available in Blu-ray format. If you compare the DVD versions of Ben Hur (I'm talking about William Wyler's masterpiece and not the stupid remake) with the Blu-ray then you will seen an astounding leap in quality. I would say the same things about the 2014 restoration of Spartacus and Gone With the Wind as well. And if you get the chance to see How the West Was Won on Blu-ray, the video quality is staggering. Having said that, there are some Blu-rays that look inferior to DVDs; usually due to the application of DVNR. The special edition of Predator is one such example.

I own dozens of 88 Films Blu-rays and I would say that I'm delighted with the quality of the majority of them. Some, but not all, of the Shaw Brothers releases look a little too noise reduced for my tastes, but I imagine the masters were provided by the owner in that state. But if you look at Eye of the Hurricane, Amuck, Spasmo, Mad Dog Killer and the majority of their other releases, they look fantastic and far better quality than the DVD format would ever be capable of.

If 88 Films are are only generating 5% of their sales in terms of the DVD format then the decision to drop future releases on that format makes sound commercial sense. Some people will be disappointed of course, but you can't argue with simple economics if you're running a business.
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I own 98 blu-ray discs.

I've watched 0.
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Old 17th May 2019, 06:21 PM
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Before I got the Blu-ray player I used to pick up dual format releases, when they were available in terms of the titles that I was looking for, so I know what you mean!
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