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Monday, February 22, 2010

Assorted Bits & Pieces: Piranhas and Personal Items


This edition of 'Assorted Bits & Pieces' doesn't feature any great Shaw Brothers pictures. This time, I thought I'd make a more personable entry; to share my DVD collection and some of the other cinema related materials in my collection. Also, in conjunction with my excitement over the upcoming release of PIRANHA 3D, I thought I'd share a recent and related purchase...

First, though, let's get to the main point of interest. When I first read that ruthlessly creative French director, Alexander Aja was behind the camera for a 3D version of PIRANHA, I was ecstatic. I've enjoyed both PIRANHA movies (ignoring the Corman remake from the mid 90's) ever since seeing them back in the early 80's and when a bootleg trailer leaked recently, it didn't disappoint. Although it looked rather goofy and saddled with an enormous amount of flesh both bared and shredded, it nonetheless looks to be a fun, gore filled monster movie.


Above and below are some pics from the film. The first is taken from Fangoria's website and the other is taken from horrormovies.ca. From these and other photos, it's glaringly obvious Aja does not skip on the gory details very much akin to the grue spectaculars that were HIGH TENSION and his HILLS HAVE EYES remake in 2006.


About a month and a half ago, I received the soundtrack to PIRANHA 2: THE SPAWNING (1981) in the mail from Movie Grooves, the ultimate site for finding great film scores for all kinds of movies. This score is by celebrated composer, Stelvio Cipriani. His soundtracks were often aggressive, throbbing scores.


His numerous Italian crime tracks accentuate his style very well and his work here often sounds bigger than the film itself. Frequently rhythmic and melancholic, several cues are beautifully orchestrated by Cipriani lending Cameron's movie some substance it might not have had otherwise.

Back of the inside cover to the soundtrack. There are also liner notes and assorted bloody photos from the film inside

The prolific Cipriani also dabbled again in the deep sea monster genre with the soundtrack to the often maligned TENTACLES (1977). Some of his other horror music can be heard in Umberto Lenzi's grand ghoulish trash classic, NIGHTMARE CITY in 1980 and Bava's BARON BLOOD in 1972.



Having just recently bought a house a few months ago, I haven't had a great deal of time to get settled in. Although recently, I have had time to unpack almost everything and get some things squared away. This is my very old entertainment center filled with movies...

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That's the Beverly Hillbillies playing on the tube. I tend to keep the TV in the living room on TV Land much of the time and much to the GF's chagrin

And here are a selection of pictures giving a closer look at what's on the shelves. I try to keep each section genre specific. It doesn't always work out this way as I need another bookcase as there are still more movies in boxes, but not TOO many.


This first section pictured above, the top left, consists of mostly drama, comedies, concerts and assorted action There are two rows front and back as well as fours stacks of movies on top of each of the two rows.


Next, this section above is devoted to blaxploitation and American action flicks. There are two rows here as well as four stacks on top of both rows.


Then, the remaining shelves of the left column consist entirely of horror movies with a stray genre title here and there. This first shelf contains four full rows, two top and two bottom.


The next shelf pictured above contains two full rows, front and back with four stacks on top of both. The bottom shelf pictured below is mostly all extreme horror with two rows.


Moving over to the right column, the whole right side is nothing but Asian action and horror. The first three shelves are all Shaw Brothers DVD's. Predominantly the region 3 releases, there are some region 1 and 4 titles spread throughout. The Shaw DVD shelves are catalogued according to director...

The bulk of this first shelf above consists of Chang Cheh movies...

This second section pictured above also contains some VCD's (middle top row). These CD lookalikes are the preferred media option in Asia when it comes to movies. They are inferior to DVD's in every way, but are incredibly cheap. Some of the Shaw titles were released as VCD only titles.

More Shaw Brothers greats pictured here. The disc in the middle is the Aussie two disc set of the 'Journey To the West quartet of fantasy movies produced at Shaw studios in the late 1960's.



The tops of both left and right side columns feature box sets and special releases. The pics feature STAR TREK original series, TWILIGHT ZONE complete series, JAMES BOND series box set (up to CASINO ROYALE), BLIND DEAD set and THE BEYOND collectors tin...



Then there's the smaller bookcase next to the entertainment center. This is where I keep the bulk of the box sets I have...




What's on my walls?

Among the several hundred original movie posters and lobby cards in my collection, I have finally been able to at least get three posters up on the wall. Three of my favorites....



The first is the Shaw horror classic, HUMAN LANTERNS (1982)...



Second, it's Chang Cheh's bloody swordplay epic THE HEROIC ONES (1970)...



Followed by Cheh's popular Five Venom classic THE CRIPPLED AVENGERS (1978)...

From here, we head over into my office where even more junk is kept...


In this room there was already some built in shelves. I made use of these by utilizing the shelving pictured below to contain much of my Eurocinema collection. There are four full rows here, front and back with some movies on top of these as well...


Then it's on to another bookcase that's almost completely full, too. The picture at bottom is four rows (front and back) of mostly horror. The CD sleeves to the right of the top shelf are DVD-R's. In addition to all the DVD's, I have around 12 full spindles stock full of DVD-R's of various genres. I don't know when in the hell I'll ever get around to watching them all.


These next two shelves pictured below are horror and the bottom two rows consist of a lot of Japanese sci fi and Japanese monster movies including all the Godzilla series among many others.


This last shelf pictured below is mostly kung fu movies and Japanese sci fi and samurai pictures. The DVD's to the left of the pic are PRIDE Fighting DVD's. I have a whole other box filled with PRIDE discs that are unopened.


Now, below, it's another bookshelf, this time containing actual books and various film reference materials. This first shelf has a few recent purchases as well as dozens of VIDEO WATCHDOG and ASIAN CULT CINEMA digests seen to the right. There's some wrestling shoot interviews on this shelf, too.


The remaining shelves are most of the books I have at this time...




And lastly, here's some of the other built in shelving where I have made a home for hundreds of the magazines I have accumulated over the years. While this isn't all of them, these three pics are alternate views of the same photo. The magazines contained herein are assorted issues of FANGORIA, GOREZONE, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN, CONAN SAGA, RUE MORGUE and others...




There's still lots to go through and find a place for. I now have plenty of room for all this memorabilia I have thrown money away on. No doubt I could have bought another house and paid in cash with all this great shit I have picked up over the years!

20 comments:

Carl (ILHM) said...

First and foremost, I have the same Vader bank. Next point of interest: I love the fact that Black Water and Open Water are next to each other, and it makes me laugh. Item the third: Is that a legitimate release or Hichock or an international release??

So glad you posted these pics V, Im obsessed with seeing how people organize. Isnt it a fucking bitch trying to get decent pictures without the flash glare??

R.D. Penning said...

Wow, there is only one person I have ever met that has a collection larger than that. I am impressed, and it is an extremely diverse selection.

Richard of DM said...

I just fainted. Great photos, duder. I am most jealous of your bookshelves and I'm lovin' your posters. Excellent work!

venoms5 said...

Lol. I didn't intend to have the two 'WATER' movies next to each other and I noticed it myself a few weeks ago!

I picked up the Vader Bank at a yard sale my friend was having. The same yard sale I sold the bulk of my VHS collection.

You mean the Barbara Steele movie? It's the Sinister Cinema version.

I hear ya' about the flash glare. You have to angle it just right to eliminate as much of it as possible. I was a bit lazy on some of these.

@ R.D.--Thanks for stopping by and for your friendly comments. I'd be curious to see your friends collection.

@ Richard--Thanks, man. I got hundreds of posters and lobby sets. I'd love to frame them all and hang them on the walls. What I'd really like to do is have marquee style lights on the border of the frames. That would be super expensive, but cool.

Skeme Richards said...

Great displays! We definitely need to compare a few notes on the posters and lobbies!

Skeme

venoms5 said...

This is most of them here, Skeme. I've received around a dozen more posters since making this list, but those were mostly indies. It seems I am going to have to split this post up because of a word limit....

CHANG CHEH

BOXER FROM SHANTUNG
SHAOLIN AVENGERS
DELINQUENT, THE
CHINATOWN KID, THE
DISCIPLES OF SHAOLIN (2)
PIRATE, THE
HEROES TWO (Thai)
NAVAL COMMANDOS
BOXER REBELLION (Thai)
BOXER REBELLION (HK 39X55)
MAN OF IRON (Thai)
KING EAGLE
FOUR RIDERS, THE (2)
DELIGHTFUL FOREST
HEAVEN & HELL
NA CHA, THE GREAT
IRON BODYGUARD
MEN FROM THE MONASTERY
MARCO POLO
MARCO POLO (Thai)
HEROIC ONES
NEW SHAOLIN BOXERS
BRAVE ARCHER, THE
VENGEANCE!


VENOMS

DAREDEVILS, THE
SHAOLIN RESCUERS
SHAOLIN RESCUERS (Thai)
MAGNIFICENT RUFFIANS (3)
LIFE GAMBLE (2; 1 signed by Lo Mang)
TWO CHAMPIONS OF SHAOLIN (2; 1 signed by Lo Mang)
BRAVE ARCHER & HIS MATE
HOUSE OF TRAPS
LEGEND OF THE FOX (2)
WEIRD MAN, THE
SWORD STAINED WITH ROYAL BLOOD
REBEL INTRUDERS
FLAG OF IRON
MASKED AVENGERS
TEN TIGERS OF KWANG TUNG
INVINCIBLE SHAOLIN (signed by Lo Mang)
FIVE VENOMS (Thai; signed by Lo Mang)
BRAVE ARCHER 3
CRIPPLED AVENGERS
ODE TO GALLANTRY


CHU YUAN

FULL MOON SCIMITAR
SWORDSMAN & ENCHANTRESS (2)
PERILS OF THE SENTIMENTAL SWORDSMAN
ROVING SWORDSMAN
JADE TIGER
JADE TIGER (Thai)
RETURN OF THE SENTIMENTAL SWORDSMAN (2)
DUEL OF THE CENTURY
DESCENDANT OF THE SUN
HEROES SHED NO TEARS (Thai)
PURSUIT OF VENGEANCE
MURDER PLOT
BAT WITHOUT WINGS
ENCHANTRESS, THE
LEGEND OF THE BAT
CONVICT KILLER
CONVICT KILLER (Thai)
BLACK LIZARD
SPIRIT OF THE SWORD
HIDDEN POWER OF THE DRAGON SABRE
MAGIC BLADE, THE


SHAW HORROR

GHOST STORY, THE
CURSE OF EVIL
BEWITCHED
HUMAN LANTERNS
SEEDING OF A GHOST
HEX
BOXER'S OMEN
SEX BEYOND THE GRAVE
RETURN OF THE DEAD


KUNG FU COMEDY SHAW'S

YOUNG VAGABOND
FAST FINGERS
LOVER'S BLADES (2)
CAT VS. RAT
TREASURE HUNTERS
CRAZY SHAOLIN DISCIPLES
WITS OF THE BRATS


MISCELLANEOUS KUNG FU MOVIES SHAW BROTHERS

KING BOXER
SHAOLIN HANDLOCK
SHAOLIN ABBOT
WHAT PRICE HONESTY (2)
FLYING GUILLOTINE
FLYING GUILLOTINE 2
SOUL OF THE SWORD
KID WITH A TATTOO
LADY IS THE BOSS
BLOODY ESCAPE, THE
BASTARD SWORDSMAN
FIVE SUPERFIGHTERS
FIVE SUPERFIGHTERS (Thai)
MERCENARIES FROM HONG KONG
THUNDERCLAP
TO KILL A MASTERMIND
TO KILL A JAGUAR
CASINO, THE
QUEEN HUSTLER
CLAN FEUDS (2)
CLAN FEUDS (Thai)
DEADLY SECRET, A
DIRTY HO
GHOST'S GALORE
GANG MASTER
MASTER, THE
BLOODY PARROT, THE
JUDGEMENT OF AN ASSASSIN
KID FROM KWANG TUNG
BATTLE FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA
MARTIAL CLUB, THE
MASTER STRIKES BACK, THE
LONG ROAD TO GALLANTRY
EXECUTIONERS FROM SHAOLIN
THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS
GODFATHER'S FURY
VENGEFUL BEAUTY
MONKEY KUNG FU
GODFATHER FROM CANTON
HOLY FLAME OF THE MARTIAL WORLD
8 DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER
PORTRAIT IN CRYSTAL
BLOOD MONEY
RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH
USURPERS OF EMPEROR'S POWER
AMBITOUS KUNG FU GIRL
COBRA GIRL
FOURTEEN AMAZONS
MY REBELLIOUS SON
OPIUM & THE KUNG FU MASTER
NEW TALES OF THE FLYING FOX
SUPREME SWORDSMAN
SHAOLIN MANTIS

.....

venoms5 said...

INDY'S

BIG BOSS OF SHANGHAI, THE
FLASH LEGS
CARRY ON WISEGUY
ATTACK OF THE JOYFUL GODDESS
72 DESPERATE REBELS
LORD CHUANG, LI TZU CHENG
SECRET MESSAGE, THE
DREAM SWORD, THE
CRANE FIGHTER, THE
FISTS & GUTS
DIRTY KUNG FU
OF COOKS & KUNG FU
THIRD SWORD, THE
INVINCIBLE KUNG FU
SHAOLIN DRUNK FIGHTER
SIX HEROIC FIGURES
JEET KUNE THE CLAWS & THE SUPREME KUNG FU
ONE FOOT CRANE
JADE HAIRPIN ALLIANCE
SEVEN STEPS TO KUNG FU
TIGER LOVE
BONE CRUSHING KID
YOUNG FLYING HERO
SHAOLIN HEROES
SHAOLIN INVINCIBLE GUYS
SIX DIRECTIONS BOXING
BLOODY MISSION
BIG LAND FLYING EAGLE (2)
FIGHT FOR GLORY (THE GREAT HERO)
THE PROMINENT EUNUCH CHEN HO
MONKEY KING WITH 72 MAGIC
FLUTE PLAYER OF WRATH


COMEDY-DRAMA-THRILLER-EROTIC (SHAW)

MR. FUNNY BONE
LOVE MURDER
CRAZY IMPOSTERS
CRIMINALS, THE
ASSAULT-CRIMINALS 4
MURDERER PURSUES
DANGER HAS TWO FACES (2 Styles)
HAPPIEST MOMENT, THE
PURSUIT OF A KILLER
EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF
NOTORIOUS FRAMEUP
WINNER TAKES ALL
RAT CATCHER, THE
THAT ROMANTIC SCHOLAR
GAMBLER'S DELIGHT
36 SECRETS OF COURTSHIP
STORY OF TAXI DANCERS
MAD, MAD '83
LEGEND OF FENG SHUI
TAKE CARE, YOUR MAJESTY!
DOUBLE CROSS
GREAT SURPRISE 1938, THE


LOBBY CARD SETS SHAW--COLOR & B/W

HEROIC ONES
ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS
LIFE GAMBLE
EXECUTIONERS FROM SHAOLIN
HEAVEN & HELL
FOUR RIDERS
BEWITCHED
PORTRAIT IN CRYSTAL
BLOODY PARROT
EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF
BIG BAD SIS
SHAOLIN AVENGERS
VENGEANCE!
BOXER REBELLION
WHAT PRICE HONESTY
TO KILL A MASTERMIND
THUNDERCLAP
FINGER BAR (GIRLIE BAR)
MAD MONKEY KUNG FU
GANGMASTER
GAMBLING SYNDICATE
14 AMAZONS (B/W 16 card still set)
OPIUM & THE KUNG FU MASTER
OPIUM & THE KUNG FU MASTER (B/W)
TWO CHAMPIONS OF SHAOLIN (B/w)
TEN TIGERS OF KWANG TUNG (B/W; one card signed by Lo Mang)
KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (B/W)
PORTRAIT IN CRYSTAL (B/W; two cards)
MY REBELLIOUS SON (B/W; bearing the title RAGING TIGER)
SWORD STAINED WITH ROYAL BLOOD (B/W)
DEADLY BREAKING SWORD (B/W)
KID WITH A TATTOO
KIDNAP
VENGEFUL BEAUTY
SUPREME SWORDSMAN
USURPERS OF EMPEROR'S POWER
BIG HOLD UP
ENCHANTRESS
DELIGHTFUL FOREST
EMPEROR & HIS BROTHER
LION VS. LION
NOTORIOUS FRAMEUP
ODE TO GALLANTRY
PIRATE
PIRATE (B/W 16 card still set)
QUEEN HUSTLER
KILLERS ON WHEELS
CASINO
HOMICIDES: CRIMINALS 2
BROTHERS
BROTHERHOOD
GHOST STORY
RETURN OF THE DEAD
RETURN OF THE DEAD (B/W)
WITS OF THE BRATS (B/W)
DESCENDANT OF THE SUN (B/W)
SHAOLIN HANDLOCK
COBRA GIRL
ANGRY GUEST
NEW SHAOLIN BOXERS
HONG KONG PLAYBOYS
FAST FINGERS
BLOODY ESCAPE
SACRED KNIVES OF VENGEANCE (US set & Press Kit)

INDY KUNG FU LOBBY SETS

OF COOKS & KUNG FU
DRAGON & THE TIGER KIDS
SECRET MESSAGE
BIG BOSS OF SHANGHAI

venoms5 said...

I have a small stack (around 30 I guess) of American movie posters and lobby sets but not the depth of the HK stuff.

wiec? said...

good grief that's some collection! thanks for sharing.

much much better stocked than mine and waaaay less dusty.

Sean M said...

No wonder you moved out of your flat!!

Shame you haven't got a zoom-in as i was especially trying to read all the blax bindings as i'm into this stuff at the moment.I can see NIGGER CHARLEY which co-incidently i just caught on youtube(good movie,dreadful picture) and TNT JACKSON(is this any good?).

venoms5 said...

@ WIEC?: No problem, thank you for looking! I'm probably going to rearrange them again alphabetically by genre. Not made up my mind yet. I gotta buy another book case first.

venoms5 said...

You can click a pic, Sean, to see a larger image, but there's nothing to zoom in further. I can send you a list of what I have in blaxploitation. It's something like 50 movies give or take a few.

TNT JACKSON is good, but very short. Like 74 minutes I think. The print is decent if a bit beat up. I wouldn't doubt if it were missing some stuff. Still, it's got lots of action and it utilizes the HK kung fu sound effects in the action scenes.

NIGGER CHARLEY is pretty rare at the moment and I think everyone has the same print. The sequel, SOUL OF NIGGER CHARLEY is slightly better pic quality and widescreen.

Sean M said...

Yes please to the blax list!!

I hear the UK TNT JACKSON dvd is a pretty dreadful pan and scan rip from a vhs tape with audio and visual dropouts but it's selling on Amazon only for a pound so i might buy it.

It's a shame that the print of NIGGER CHARLEY on youtube is very dark so you can barely see anything but it sounds a great movie!

venoms5 said...

The one I have isn't so much dark, but kind of washed out and looks like it was recorded off of a TV station with a weak signal. You can still make out what's going on very well. Tricia O'Neil, the star of PIRANHA 2 is in it, too.

Adrian Mendizabal said...

SPEECHLESS.

Max the drunken severed head said...

The photos of your collection temporarily turned me into a surprised Tex Avery cartoon character. Yes, while a loud factory "lunch whistle" blew, my jaw fell several feet to the floor, and my eyes bugged outta my head by a coupla feet.

Thanks--I needed that!

venoms5 said...

@ Adrian: I laid off collecting stuff for some time now, but have started back again recently. Selling off all my VHS collection helped fund the upgrade to DVD.

venoms5 said...

@ Max: It's gotten a bit bigger since I posted this, Max. I've got about 30 more to add to the shelves. Some day I'll have time to look at a lot of this stuff. I try to fit in at least one a day that I haven't seen, or every other day.

Will Errickson said...

Holy shit! I'm a huge fan of people posting pics of their DVD/book/whatever collections, especially when it's genre-specific.

venoms5 said...

You should post yours, Will. I just started following 'Panic On the 4th of July'.

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