The Opening of Misty Beethoven 2 DVD Set and Blu Ray are both selling like hotcakes! Both packages are packed with uncut HD transfers, definitive extras, director /actor commentaries, liner notes and collectibles. They are gorgeous and anyone who has a BLU RAY collection really needs to pick this up. It is very limited, and is certainly the only example of a classic adult film ever to be professionally released on BLU RAY ! For those that have not gone BLU, the 2 DVD Collector’s Set is top notch and will blow you away!
This is the ultimate, the tops, the absolute best treatment to any re-release of an adult film. The amount of love and passion that went into restoring the film, the art, the campaign, producing top notch extras, culling and licensing music tracks, etc. We have truly uncovered much of the story behind Misty, and have restored the film to look better than the day it was released theatrically. It has been the most involved project ever taken on by Distribpix Inc. and the DVD and Blu packages, have taken about 6 months, and even longer in cases of the CD, but we are finally preparing to bring all 3 of these epic packages to market!
Sorry for the wait, but like anything that is treated with love and care and passion, it can never be rushed, once you rush, you take the risk of jeopardizing the task at hand. We stuck to our gameplan from the very beginning of the Metzger restorations, and for Misty, we did the same, although we were a bit ambitious in some of our goals, it totally paid off. The idea as many of you know, is to treat these releases with the same gusto as a company like Universal or Criterion, many people say we are like the Criterion of adult and sexploitation, because we treat the films the same way and do even better restorations than some of the majors, and not too mention the extras. Are they the best, most professionaly produced videos ever made, of course not? But they are fucking awesome extras and if you are a fan of learning about a film and you enjoy extras, you are in luck. We have a mix of so much content, it was a very difficult authoring procedure for both the blu and DVD’s- as there are lots of menus and sub menus, but the content is kick ass!!
Remember, if this was just about turning a quick profit, I could have had all of these transferred in HD and put on single economy version DVD-5′s-with no extras, to whore out to the adult market, but anyone can do that, and they do it every day. Where is the fun in that? Where is the challenge? Those guys don’t love film, and they don’t care, it is about a dollar, and that is fine. It works for them. I was in that market for a long time, and it is not a fun place. For the most part, the DVD buyers are clueless, and would not know a Metzger from a Max Hardcore!!
For me, I would rather create something unique, special, and harvest the best package I can to offer the film fans, who enjoy these types of releases- over the top, done with love and care, every aspect of it – right down to the nitty gritty details, it is like you become intimate with the prodcut and borderline obsessed with all aspects of it, no matter how insignificant.
With all of that said, I am proud to say that we are in the final process of production/manufacturing…..material is coming back to the warehouse and project misty packages are being assembled. We are still waiting for the Blu-Ray, which is in production, and it is REGION FREE, as we have customers all over the world and never lock it to any single region.
I am happy and also very burnt out on Misty Beethoven, I love her so much, this film is so amazing. I have literally spent about 5 months straight doing nothing but working on some aspect of Misty Beethoven, hundreds and hundreds of hours(not too mention my partner Ian Culmell, who has a full-time job as well)-(the film transfers, the documentary-scripting, shooting,editing, artwork, weeks of authoring/encoding for Blu-Ray, countless hours of QC, the project misty campaign,etc.). No matter what I will be able to look back at this experience in the future, knowing that I gave it my all and tried very hard, and we think we succeeded on finally showing the world, how a small- independent film company with no funding, can produce amazing packages, on par with other great Hollywood restorations.
If we were able to get some solid and fair distribution channel, we would be able to produce more packages like this, we really enjoy it. But without a firm distribution channel, it is too difficult to balance the profit/loss for a project of this scale. A film like Misty totaly deserves this treatment and quite frankly, so do many other adult films from the golden age of adult filmmaking.
“THE PASSIONS OF CAROL” A REAL XXX CHRISTMAS PARODY…………..
Video-X-Pix presents their latest Platinum Elite remastered DVD release; a restored, edition of acclaimed cult filmmaker Shaun Costello’s THE PASSIONS OF CAROL, an X rated parody of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
This classic adult comedy, which was first released theatrically in 1975, has long been sought after by fans of both its director and the sexploitation film genre, and is finally available in an ultimate collector’s edition.
THE PASSIONS OF CAROL mixes humor, sex, and lavish costume and set design in its ribald retelling of Charles Dickens holiday classic. Mean-spirited Carol Scrooge runs Biva Magazine, a cheap sex mag, and refuses to allow her employees to take Christmas off from work. However, on Christmas Eve, Miss Scrooge is visited by three wise spirits who, through sultry visions, show her the evil of her ways and teach her the importance of Holiday kindness and giving.
This DVD release features an all new High-Definition transfer from the only known film elements, as well as the first ever audio commentary track by director Shaun Costello, plus a fully illustrated 20 page liner notes booklet written by Costello. Costello himself is overjoyed with the project and stated, “This thoroughly delightful re-release of THE PASSIONS OF CAROL, one of my favorites, is a result of Joe Rubin’s resourcefulness, in bringing out the best picture quality possible from the High Definition transfer, and fixing those frustrating audio problems. And, the determination on behalf of VXP/Distribpix to make a high quality version of this film available to the public for the first time in 35 years. Thanks guys, for a job well done”.
With a cast that includes legendary performers Jamie Gillis, Kim Pope, Marc “10 1/2″ Stevens, Mary Stuart, Sonny Landham, and Alan Marlow and direction from one of the most innovative directors in the history of X rated cinema, Shaun Costello, whose other works include FORCED ENTRY, WATERPOWER, MIDNIGHT DESIRES, and DRACULA EXOTICA, PASSIONS is a perfect cinematic gift for any time of year.
With more than 35 years in the adult entertainment industry, Video-X-Pix brings it’s Golden Age-era library to the 21st century on DVD. Video-X-Pix’s roster includes memorable titles with memorable stars and AVN Hall of Famers. Since its inception in 1965 Distribpix /VXP has set the standard for quality product and is extremely excited about it’s venture into 2011.
For more information contact Steven Morowitz at 732-446-3700
November 15, 2010
I am proud to announce that as part of “The Passions of Carol” Platinum Elite Collection, we will be including a full- feature length, audio commentary with the film’s creator and director, the legendary Shaun Costello. This was the first time that Shaun has ever recorded a commentary over one of his films and it is an honor to be able to bring you this great footage. We shot/recorded over this past weekend in NYC and also got to spend some time with Shaun and walk around the city and talk about how much the city has changed…we walked past the old capri cinema…we walked around 42nd st, even checked out SHOW WORLD, man has it changed. He told us some of the greatest stories as well, really a great time and the commentary is brilliant….. just very informative and Shaun talks about the filming, the cast, the producers, the music, and also some great stories. The commentary was produced by Distribpix and conducted by Chicago -based, film historian, Joe Rubin. Being a huge fan of Costello’s work, combined with his ultimate love for “The Passions of Carol” made Joe a shoe -in to moderate the commentary and he did a wonderful job.
Release date is ASAP, we are trying for a Christmas release date!
I am going to post a few pics:
The first one was taken in front of what is left of the legendary Show World, it is pretty sad and I even took a photo inside just for shits and gigs and the Clerks made me erase the photo….Dam, I was just having fun, if they only knew how much money I had spent there in my teens!!LOL. Besides, there is nothing in there but crap, really sad. I remember when at any given time there were a dozen girls doing live shows, but that was 20 years ago…dam i am getting old!! Now it is filled with old magazines and the worst bottom of the barrel porn available.
The second photo was shot in front of an abandoned lot, which used to be the Capri Cinema. It was great to walk around the “new” Times Square, with a legend like Shaun, it was also tough to see the “new” 42nd street. It is still NYC, but not the way it used to be, especially for guys like Shaun, who used to live, work and play in the DEUCE!!