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    by Published on 10-14-2013 02:33 PM
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    A few days ago, just over this past weekend as a matter of fact, pop culture blew a massive load across New York City for the four day New York Comic Con which took place in Manhattan at the Javitz Center from October 10th through the 13th. While these days, big comic conventions like this one and the annual San Diego event focus as much (sometimes more) on movies, toys, television shows and other things that aren’t printed and bound, there was still plenty of four color action to go around.

    Panels and discussions were held celebrating everything from cartoons like The Venture Brothers and Bob’s Burgers to the 25th Anniversary of Chucky but so too were there panels on self-publishing, digital comics and the advent of social media. Of course, heavy hitters like Batman and The X-Men got their own forums as well. The show was sold out long in advance this year, which meant that once you stood in line outside to get in you got to stand in line some more to do… well, pretty much anything. But that’s part and parcel with an event like this, it just comes with the territory. Thankfully the staff was generally both polite and helpful and with information booths set up all over the place, it was reasonably easy to find what you wanted to find without too much trouble. This was a well-run show.

    There were scores of cosplayers on hand this year, many sporting some pretty ornate costumes, and of course there were vendors and exhibitors as far as the eye could see, selling pretty much everything under the sun. But enough talk, if a picture
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    by Published on 05-05-2013 02:35 PM
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    Vinegar Syndrome is, in a sense, the new kid on the block. They haven’t even existed for an entire year yet but have made a splash in exploitation film circles with Blu-ray releases like The Lost Films of H.G. Lewis, Massage Parlor Murders and recently The Telephone Book. They’ve also been issuing double features of horror, drive-in and adult oddities on DVD to the masses hungry for cinematic oddities. In a day and age where many are predicting the death of physical media, it’s refreshing to see a ‘young’ company take chances in a market that is shaky at best.

    But there’s more to Vinegar Syndrome than just what makes it to the shelves of your local DVD retailer (if you have one) or to your favorite e-tailer’s site. In the Connecticut based headquarters that they share with sister company Process Blue (a film scanning and restoration facility that has done work for plenty of more established companies like Synapse Films, Troma, Distribpix and Drafthouse Films) there exists an archive, a veritable treasure chest of celluloid. Now, a lot of the titles in the archive are not properties that Vinegar Syndrome will likely ever be able to release, but quite a few of them are. So as we go through this tour, keep in mind that just because you see elements here for a certain title, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re putting it out on a nice, shiny disc any time soon.

    So with that out of the way, let’s journey through the hulking warehouse that keeps some of these legitimate cinematic treasures safe and sound, preserved for posterity much
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    by Published on 04-28-2013 01:14 PM
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    So on a bright, sunny April day, Distribpix president and all around nice guy Steven Morowitz was kind enough to have a couple of R!S!P!’s nosiest over to ‘the archive’ for a tour. Before we get to that, a bit of background on the company and just what exactly it is we were about to see and are about to share with you, courtesy of the Distribpix Blog:

    “Our company has been around since 1965 and during that time DISTRIBPIX was mainly a film broker and small time production company for the NYC theatres and grindhouses. As time went on, Distribpix became a major player and producer of sexploitation films, and then went on to produce some very successful XXX features for the big screen throughout the 70′s and 80′s. Now branded Video-X-Pix, to reflect the Video Age (VHS and BETA) the company became a major video distribution house, representing some of the best producers and directors of that time period. During the 90′s the company was mothballed and sat basically untouched, with some light distribution only.

    In 2002, the son of the original founder of Video-X-Pix, decided it was time to re-open its doors, and with a renewed approach and vigor. Basically a 3 tiered plan. First, to continue to preserve and re-issue our amazing library of classics onto DVD. Secondly, to begin to issue, re-mastered versions of our films, from the 35 negatives, as well as add liner notes and director/actor interviews and commentary and other extras (PLATINUM ELITE COLLECTION). Third, we are going to be finally releasing the soft core sexploitation films from the DISTRIBPIX vault.”

    Their most recent release was the Blu-ray special
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    by Published on 04-02-2013 11:24 AM
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    One of the cool things about running a website like Rock! Shock! Pop! is the opportunity to meet awesome people from around the world – and sometimes, those people are a quick ten minute drive away. When official greetings from Tromaville arrived, it seemed only natural that we’d accept their gracious offer to tour their facilities in Queens, so off we went, camera in hand and silly grins slapped on our mugs.

    Initially, there was concern that the building might not be so easy to spot, but once we turned onto the street where they’re located, those fears were swept aside and it became pretty obvious that there was no reason for concern.




    The first thing we saw upon entering the building was a giant ‘hand in a can’ – a prop from the recently completed Return To The Class Of Nuke’em High, just sort of sitting there greeting visitors and employees alike.




    From there, it was time to head up the stairs to the offices. The first thing we checked
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    by Published on 01-12-2011 01:51 PM
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    Part One of our 'red carpet' coverage of AVN 2011 can be found here.

    For now, on with the show...





    Jessica Bangkok.



    Joanna Angel.





    Kimberly Kane.



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    by Published on 12-26-2010 12:03 PM
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    Visible off of the eloquently named Arthur Kills Road on the southern part of Staten Island lies this water logged anomaly that’s captured the eyes of those with an appreciation for the oddities that SI seems to have in abundance (it really is, in my opinion, the strangest of the five burroughs of New York City). This is basically the Witte Marine Salvage yard, a chunk of water off ...
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