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The AVN awards were last night in Las Vegas, I got a call from my buddy who attended and he told me the news as they announced the winner…..
Another year where we obviously have the best DVD release and another year without an AVN award for best classic release.
What can I say? First of all, I am sorry to John Amero, Suzy Mandel, Benson Hurst and my entire team. Secondly, I congratulate those who have received an AVN award for 2010. It might feel amazing for some of you and others might not care much as they have shelves full of the awards from years past.
I would like to call out AVN and Paul Fishbein, the companies president. I would like him to explain to me and the fans the exact curriculum for winning an AVN award. I am almost at a loss for words, but I can tell you that this year was a crystal clear litmus test for us, as we clearly had the best DVD package of 2010 with our Platinum Elite Collection of Blonde Ambition, but instead the award went to VCX, for a dull and bare bones release of a Cal Vista film ,with no extras and absolutely nothing redeeming to speak of. Does anyone see a trend here….VCX advertised with AVN in 2010, and Video-X-Pix did not.
Ironically, it is sort of de javu, as last year in 2009 our 2 Platinum Elite Collections( Maraschino Cherry and the 3 disc set of Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle) were also overlooked by AVN and the award was to VCX for a film that had won awards already and had nothing in comparison to our nominations of 2009. What is funny is that we did advertise last year with AVN and we did pay for a booth at the 2009 AVN show, I guess our booth was not big enough?
By rewarding the nominees based on advertising as opposed to actual product/accomplishment is absolutely disgusting. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. Your actions penalize those who may not have the funds to advertise with you, but actually do more for the preservation of classic adult content than all the other companies put together.
For 2 years in a row AVN and it’s “voters” have ignored our Platinum Elite Collections and overlooked them for AVN awards by rewarding less deserving films or studios ( basically anyone who advertised).
An irony to this whole sad situation is that our first year in selling DVD’s we spent tens of thousands of dollars in ads with AVN and our product was cheaper and not top notch, now we have no funds to advertise but we spare no expense on our high end collections, but get very little to no recognition from AVN. It does not help our sales, it sends the wrong message, and it is pointless. How does that help the world of classic adult entertainment?
I have been encouraged to express my feelings and I would love to have a podcast with Paul Fishbein and any other members of the voting staff, so we can find out how and why these educated voters and critics came to this conclusion? Did they even vote? Do they just want free screeners?
Paul, my old man was in the adult industry when you were still in High School, and he was one of the first guys to advertise with AVN back in the day, he stood up for his rights and became a major vidoe mogul at a young age in the mid to late 70′s, and not just in the adult world. In a way he was responsible for the video revolution in the early 80′s and changed the way mainstream films were distributed. I always remember him rewarding and giving incentives all the time and it was based on earning, if you sold the most, you won the award, it was clear cut. It made his customers and distributors work harder and they were rewarded for that. Unfortunately, I don’t have his brain or his ability and that is something that I deal with on a daily basis and that is my problem. But one thing I know, is that you are doing the wrong thing with your rigged AVN awards. For me, it is not just a trophy, as with the approach I take to classic film preservation, it means so much to so many people, and it effects so many. Your companies biased decision making on giving out AVN awards is shameful and disgusting. But I actually thought that this year, with the addition of actual non-AVN voters that we would finally get our due, but I was wrong. Moving ahead, I will be an open advocate to AVN’s unfair and bribery like tactics.We have played by your rules for almost 7 years and it has done nothing for us, absolutely nothing.
I am happy to say that this blog has developed a nice little following of some of the more intellectual film fans, film archivists, critics, bloggers and web masters… they help me get the word out…….. If any of you would like to send me an e-mail, I would be more than happy to chat with you, in order to help expose this situation a bit more… Any press is good press, let’s have a fun debate and it might be entertaining. Please link to this story. Thank you.
After 2 years of development and never ending digitizing and content uploading, I am happy to announce that http://www.distribpix.com is now live. It is sort of a soft launch, as we are still fixing some bugs and making some tweaks. The site has been part of our company’s relaunch and will serve as our new hub, where you can find out about our company, it’s films, it’s history, it’s legacy or join any number of forums and blogs and get up to date and current news…….and just about anything else to do with classic adult cinema…..you wll find on the new site.
We are always uploading new content and the site is being worked on everyday, so please be patient and as the weeks and months go by, you will notice the addition of more videos, trailers, posters, ephemera, etc. Our hopes are that in the future this will act as a virtual museum, with a host of experts that are moderating the blogs and forums.
Please take a quick look, so you can see what we have done and I welcome you to our new online community.
MILL VALLEY, Calif.—John Leslie, award-winning director and AVN Hall of Fame performer, passed away yesterday of an apparent massive heart attack at his home at the age of 65. He was discovered by his wife of 23 years, Kathleen, when she returned from grocery shopping.
His close friend Joey Silvera, who had been travelling to New York on business, returned to Northern California to be with Kathleen.
“It is with regret that the Evil Angel family announces the passing of John Leslie,” said Christian Mann, general manager of Evil Angel. “This is very shocking, sad and unexpected news. Everyone in the Evil Angel family is deeply saddened and our thoughts are with Kathleen at this difficult time.”
We have our HD file of INSIDE LITTLE ORAL ANNIE, on an external hard drive. The file is approx 800 gigs, HUGE!!!! We have even had to upgrade some of our equipment to be able to handle the large HD files, as the files are so big that without the proper connection, the system just chokes up. Nothing like a new system!!!
Overall the film looks very good as an HD file….clear picture, crisp edges, decent color, etc. It was also shot by sexploitation veteran Joseph Sarno, as he made dozens of films for Evart, as the in-house director for many 80′s films and video features, so having good film stock and a talented person behind the camera certainly helps to make a successful picture.
By no means, is this a very artistic film, but rather the opposite, just a great example of XXX smut in the 80′s. And it is an Evart production as well, so I have a direct lineage to the film, being that my old man produced it.
It happens to be our all time best selling DVD in the adult market, so that was the catalyst for this project…..to see if there is interest in 35 mm classics in HD? We hope there is.
Anyway, these are some raw screengrabs directly from the transfer, there has been no post or any effects added, just the raw screen grabs. ENJOY!!!
COMPLETE PROJECT WILL CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING:
DISC 1- RE-MASTERED 35 MM NEGATIVE HARDCORE VERSION.
FULL LENGTH AUDIO COMMENTARY TRACK WITH JON AMERO , the first he has ever recorded and it is incredible, very educational.
FULL LENGTH AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH THE LEGENDARY JAMIE GILLIS which was recorded in late January, just about a month before his death.
RE-MASTERED 35 MM THEATRICAL TRAILER FOR “BLONDE AMBITION”
DISC 2 -RE-MASTERED 35 MM NEGATIVE SOFTCORE VERSION.
VIDEO TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY JAMIE GILLIS
SLIDESHOW :NEVER BEFORE SEEN SLIDES FROM THE SET OF “BLONDE AMBITION”
EPHEMERA FROM THE MOTION PICTURE( NEWS CLIPPINGS, ARTICLES, ADS, AWARDS)
BONUS COLLECTIBLES ALSO INCLUDED:
20 PAGE LINER NOTE BOOK, WRITTEN BY BENSON HURST AND ILLUSTRATED BY VIDEO-X-PIX AND JOHN AMERO.
5X7 PHOTO INSERT OF THE SULTRY “SUZY MANDEL“
AND a 35 MM FILM STRIP CUT FROM A PRINT OF BLONDE AMBITION IN COLLECTIBLE ENVELOPE
BOTH DISCS AND COLLECTIBLES ARE PACKAGED INSIDE OF A HEAVY DUTY CASE IN AN EMBOSSED O-CARD WRAP.
This has been a long and challenging undertaking and we have put lots of time, effort, money, and of course heart and soul into every aspect of this project. It does not get much better than this for your money. This is our 3rd Platinum Elite release and it is a great overall package. You get so much insight into the industry and what it was really like to make a film in this long lost era of the golden age. The 20 page liner note book alone, is worth the price. If you are not sure what to pick up this Spring on DVD, I would highly suggest this release. COMING IN 3 WEEKS.
THESE ARE THE BEST OVERALL XXX CLASSIC PACKAGES AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET TODAY, HANDS DOWN. We spare no expense to try and bring the best overall DVD packages to the world of the refined collector or for anyone who has an interest in Classic Porn.
On Friday January 19, 2010, the Distribpix family along with thousands of others, suffered a great and tragic loss, when Jamie Gillis lost his battle with cancer. Jamie was a part of our company since its inception in the 1960′s and we are honored to have maintained a relationship with him since then.
His performances will be preserved forever and the memories that he leaves behind are priceless. For those of us who were lucky enough to know him, it was obvious that he was cut from a different cloth; they just don’t make them like Jamie anymore. His charm and wisdom were two things I will always remember and I feel very fortunate that I was able to spend some special and private moments with Jamie over the past few months.
We shared some great meals at his partner Zarela’s restaurant along with great laughs and amazing stories. Not that long ago, Jamie came to visit me at my warehouse/office in NJ and we spent the entire time together reminiscing about the “good old days”. We spent hours looking through old movie posters and it was great hearing him talk about his past film roles and what we loved about the industry. His recollection of his time in the business was truly incredible and he remembered the smallest details about so many of his film projects.
Three weeks ago, Jamie was gracious enough to allow us to record a full length audio commentary with him for the film ‘Blonde Ambition’. The interview/commentary was done while Jamie was quite ill, but he insisted that we proceed and it was performed by our adult film historian and close friend of Jamie’s, Benson Hurst. It is educational and insightful, and unfortunately it is the last thing he did as far as an adult oriented project before his passing. The commentary will be a bonus track for the upcoming release of the re-mastered version of the Amero Brother’s classic, ‘Blonde Ambition’.
It is very important that his legion of fans and colleagues are aware of this sad news. Jamie was an innovator, not an imitator. They broke the mold when they created Jamie, there will never be another like him. I want to thank you Jamie, for being one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Jamie was the best, hands down. I will never forget him and we will do our best to keep his memory alive, for generations to come.
We would like to send our deepest condolences to Jamie’s family and his partner, Zarela.