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(LA Times)   How low-budget movie studios "draft" major studios, by quickly producing cheap ripoffs of hit movies that look so similar, consumers rent the wrong DVD   (latimes.com) divider line 202
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2012-06-24 07:18:42 PM  
Netfix has a bunch of these knock offs, including Chopstick Panda
 
2012-06-24 07:18:51 PM  
highest-grossing-movies.findthedata.org
racksandrazors.com

/why stoop so low Bruce?!?!?
 
2012-06-24 07:20:39 PM  

ModernLuddite: Has anyone mentioned The Aristocrats/The Aristocats confusion?



This

I was extremely disappointed that The Aristocats didn't contain any kind of depraved sexual acts.
 
2012-06-24 07:22:36 PM  
It's not news, it's frak.com
 
2012-06-24 07:25:04 PM  

nimeye: I was extremely disappointed that The Aristocats didn't contain any kind of depraved sexual acts.


You just need to hunt down the director's cut version. It's got pussies everywhere
 
2012-06-24 07:25:59 PM  
Why is this trash cluttering up Netflix instant? Netflix is rewarding these parasitic companies, and it's not like we are getting tricked into renting them by the title. Do people actually subscribe to Netflix to watch Almighty Thor, et al?
 
2012-06-24 07:26:35 PM  

titwrench: I got tricked by a movie at Blockbuster called THE Sling Blade. But the "the" in the title was purposely tiny. I threw in in the DVD player and had my WTF moment. I took it back and Blockbuster wouldn't refund my money or allow me to pick a different movie. Their argument was that the movie was only out a couple of months prior and I shouldn't have expected it to be on DVD already. I never went back.


I don't see what they did wrong here? was the movie scratched? did it not play properly? Did the cover box say 'starring Billy Bob Thornton'?

the problem wasn't with Blockbuster or with that movie. it was with you. pay more attention to what's going on around you in this world and you'll avoid embarrassing situations where your ignorance is exposed.
 
2012-06-24 07:26:56 PM  

One Bad Apple: [newsmanone.files.wordpress.com image 580x745]

[img.movie-list.com image 506x755]

This hardly something that ONLY low budget studios do


An even better example:

sharetv.org

www.iceposter.com

www.movieposter.com
 
2012-06-24 07:27:28 PM  

Mega Steve: nimeye: I was extremely disappointed that The Aristocats didn't contain any kind of depraved sexual acts.

You just need to hunt down the director's cut version. It's got pussies everywhere


Oh, and there's some nudity as well..
 
2012-06-24 07:27:38 PM  

orange storm: Netfix has a bunch of these knock offs, including Chopstick Panda


upload.wikimedia.org

Has CGI that a Sega Genesis would be embarrassed to play.
 
2012-06-24 07:28:14 PM  
TV networks and cable channels are shameless about blatantly copying ideas to make a quick buck too. And music studios. And

GilRuiz1: I wonder how big the mistaken-movie market is. It's difficult to imagine that the profits from bungling renters are robust enough to keep the copycats in business, but it appears that's the case. Who knew?


I'd love to know who these people are that claimed to have been duped. I'm thinking a profile will quickly become apparent.
 
2012-06-24 07:28:43 PM  

One Bad Apple: [newsmanone.files.wordpress.com image 580x745]

[img.movie-list.com image 506x755]

This hardly something that ONLY low budget studios do


ecx.images-amazon.com

You missed one ;)
 
2012-06-24 07:29:13 PM  
Wow, there were three more underwater movies that came out the same year!

DeepStar Six is one of myriad underwater-themed movies released around 1989, including Leviathan, The Evil Below, Lords of the Deep, The Rift (Endless Descent) and The Abyss, the latter of which was the only successful entry among these aforementioned movies both at the box office and with film critics.
 
2012-06-24 07:29:43 PM  

One Bad Apple: kronicfeld: TRANSMORPHERS.

That is all.

[randall120.files.wordpress.com image 600x851]


Might have actually been better than the original.

At the very least, probably didn't throw out the 'PRAISE MOTHERFARKING JESUS GOD SAVED US ALL' at the end.
 
2012-06-24 07:30:07 PM  
Wow, I did not know this was so widespread.

/I've also never rented a DVD.
 
2012-06-24 07:31:38 PM  

fusillade762: One Bad Apple: [newsmanone.files.wordpress.com image 580x745]

[img.movie-list.com image 506x755]

This hardly something that ONLY low budget studios do

An even better example:

[sharetv.org image 230x360]

[www.iceposter.com image 281x400]

[www.movieposter.com image 500x746]


or even better:

cdn.movieclips.com



i9.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-24 07:37:11 PM  

Mentalpatient87: titwrench: JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS: titwrench: I got tricked by a movie at Blockbuster called THE Sling Blade. But the "the" in the title was purposely tiny. I threw in in the DVD player and had my WTF moment. I took it back and Blockbuster wouldn't refund my money or allow me to pick a different movie. Their argument was that the movie was only out a couple of months prior and I shouldn't have expected it to be on DVD already. I never went back.

I cant tell you how many times I did an exchange/refund for "Battle OF Los Angeles" when I was working at a video store. I had like 5 copies of the film and it came out on DVD the DAY Battle: Los Angeles was released in theatres.

I informed the people who thought it was the theatre version that it wasnt, but some people didnt ask. Naturally they all came back later and were irritated. This was like that for about a month. I even asked if we could get a 'shelf talker' (marketing on the shelf) that said something like "Check out the latest film from Asylum Entertainment!" so people could maybe get the hint, but no go.Most of their 'mockbusters' are at least slightly differently named, like "Almighty THOR' for example, but yeah, please everyone, read the box. At least look at it, read the back and if its got the Asylum/SyFy logo, chances are youre going to hate it unless you actively look for that kind of movie.

But at least you made the exchange. This clerk basically told me to pound sand.

Well, learn to goddamn read.


Nothing like hindsight advice from an asshole to help move the story along.
 
2012-06-24 07:38:37 PM  
Thus leading to a lot of kids crying and yelling at their mom or dad on a Friday or Saturday night.
 
2012-06-24 07:39:41 PM  

calbert: I don't see what they did wrong here?


Try reading the headline of this very thread. pay more attention to what's going on around you in this world and you'll avoid embarrassing situations where your ignorance is exposed.
 
2012-06-24 07:42:51 PM  

nytmare: calbert: I don't see what they did wrong here?

Try reading the headline of this very thread. pay more attention to what's going on around you in this world and you'll avoid embarrassing situations where your ignorance is exposed.


they're literally banking on your ignorance.



Again, what is wrong with their strategy/business plan?
 
2012-06-24 07:43:24 PM  

titwrench: I got tricked by a movie at Blockbuster called THE Sling Blade. But the "the" in the title was purposely tiny. I threw in in the DVD player and had my WTF moment. I took it back and Blockbuster wouldn't refund my money or allow me to pick a different movie. Their argument was that the movie was only out a couple of months prior and I shouldn't have expected it to be on DVD already. I never went back.



You had a DVD player back in early 1997? Well hello Mr. Fancy Pants.
 
2012-06-24 07:43:30 PM  

JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS: titwrench: I got tricked by a movie at Blockbuster called THE Sling Blade. But the "the" in the title was purposely tiny. I threw in in the DVD player and had my WTF moment. I took it back and Blockbuster wouldn't refund my money or allow me to pick a different movie. Their argument was that the movie was only out a couple of months prior and I shouldn't have expected it to be on DVD already. I never went back.

I cant tell you how many times I did an exchange/refund for "Battle OF Los Angeles" when I was working at a video store. I had like 5 copies of the film and it came out on DVD the DAY Battle: Los Angeles was released in theatres.

I informed the people who thought it was the theatre version that it wasnt, but some people didnt ask. Naturally they all came back later and were irritated. This was like that for about a month. I even asked if we could get a 'shelf talker' (marketing on the shelf) that said something like "Check out the latest film from Asylum Entertainment!" so people could maybe get the hint, but no go.Most of their 'mockbusters' are at least slightly differently named, like "Almighty THOR' for example, but yeah, please everyone, read the box. At least look at it, read the back and if its got the Asylum/SyFy logo, chances are youre going to hate it unless you actively look for that kind of movie.


I recall Battle of Los Angeles being on SyFy the weekend Battle: LA (or is it the other way around?) was in theaters. I think that was my first clue something was awry.
 
2012-06-24 07:44:13 PM  

FuturePastNow: Battle of Los Angeles, released at the same time as Battle Los Angeles. I'm OK with it because A) the movie it ripped off was also a stinker and B) Nia Peeples is damn hot.


I have to admit, I was snookered by Battle of Los Angeles, but it was on netflix, so it didn't cost me anything extra.
 
2012-06-24 07:44:43 PM  

The_Sponge: Thus leading to a lot of kids crying and yelling at their mom or dad on a Friday or Saturday night.


They're crying because they've realized they may have inherited genes from the shallow side of the pool.
 
2012-06-24 07:46:24 PM  

fozziewazzi: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x326]

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x326]

Does that count?..


The Wild was one of the shiattiest animated movies ever I saw. It looked awful, it got turrible reviews, but my ex-boyfriend INSISTED on seeing it because for some reason, he wanted to see pretty much any animated movie that came out in theaters.

He was an idiot. He also made me see the Larry the Cable Guy movie in theaters.
 
2012-06-24 07:48:58 PM  
Obviously, consumers are getting pissed off over this trend, and studios like The Asylum admit what they're doing... So why does Redbox, Netflix, and other services even stock these items? Why not fix the problem at the retail level?

Honestly, I can't see how having Transmorphers and the cheap knock-off Puss in Boots is good for Netflix, Redbox, or anyone else in the rental business. It just leads to cranky customers who feel cheated, and it takes up valuable space in the box/queue that could be used for other, better movies.

Instead of stocking crap like this, Redbox would get more of my money by stocking decent older films.

Nobody likes The Asylum, or any of the other knock-off companies. Retailers have a choice in what they stock, and so if you see a knock-off in their selection, it's the retailer's fault it's there. Their buyers could cut off those sources. The companies could choose to stop doing business with these charlatans... But they don't.

It's getting to the point where I'm thinking of canceling Netflix because I'm sick of scrolling past dozens of these schlocky flicks just to find anything decent. I don't mind indie flicks, foreign flicks, low-budget flicks, etc... I just can't stand all the obvious knock-offs and cash-ins. They aren't made to entertain; They're made solely to confuse. Quality does not matter to them.

So STOP IT, Redbox and Netflix! STOP IT, Blockbuster and Amazon VOD! STOP IT, VUDU and Crackle! Stop buying from these studios. People will soon get sick of this crap, and you will be the ones to suffer for it.
 
2012-06-24 07:49:27 PM  

studebaker hoch: Wow, I did not know this was so widespread.

/I've also never rented a DVD.


and this is exactly what makes these low budget studios cream in their pants.

that people like you are out there, and will one day walk up to a Redbox machine and will rent The DaVinci Treasure thinking that they're going to see Tom Hanks in The DaVinci Code.

that is why these studios exist and are currently flourishing.

/absolutely no disrespect meant towards you personally, my comment is more towards the ever increasingly large segment of the population that you represent
 
2012-06-24 07:49:38 PM  

calbert: nytmare: calbert: I don't see what they did wrong here?

Try reading the headline of this very thread. pay more attention to what's going on around you in this world and you'll avoid embarrassing situations where your ignorance is exposed.

they're literally banking on your ignorance.



Again, what is wrong with their strategy/business plan?


Exactly. It doesn't take too much effort to pay attention.

A fool and their money are lucky to have gotten together in the first place.
 
2012-06-24 07:50:31 PM  
vgbuzz.com

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-06-24 07:51:06 PM  

calbert: fusillade762: One Bad Apple: [newsmanone.files.wordpress.com image 580x745]

[img.movie-list.com image 506x755]

This hardly something that ONLY low budget studios do

An even better example:

[sharetv.org image 230x360]

[www.iceposter.com image 281x400]

[www.movieposter.com image 500x746]

or even better:

[cdn.movieclips.com image 306x480]

[i9.tinypic.com image 273x417]


Did you mean for one of those to be an "E.T." poster?

And apparently it's REALLY bad:

It has been labeled one of the worst films ever made by Rotten Tomatoes, where it holds a 0% rating
 
2012-06-24 07:54:13 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Obviously, consumers are getting pissed off over this trend, and studios like The Asylum admit what they're doing... So why does Redbox, Netflix, and other services even stock these items? Why not fix the problem at the retail level?

Honestly, I can't see how having Transmorphers and the cheap knock-off Puss in Boots is good for Netflix, Redbox, or anyone else in the rental business. It just leads to cranky customers who feel cheated, and it takes up valuable space in the box/queue that could be used for other, better movies.


When The Avengers came out, the put all of the Marvel Comics movies back into the local RedBox kiosks, i.e. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, etc.. I thought that was smart, instead of cramming it full of "The Revengers" or whatever the hell the knock-off is called.
 
2012-06-24 07:54:28 PM  

fozziewazzi: The_Sponge: Thus leading to a lot of kids crying and yelling at their mom or dad on a Friday or Saturday night.

They're crying because they've realized they may have inherited genes from the shallow side of the pool.



Heh.

My Dad never made those kinds of mistakes when it came to movies, but he would occasionally rent something that he thought we would like, while we had no interest in said movie.

CSB:

His best rental was "Predator" back when I was 12 and my brother was 10.....my parents were going to a dinner party that night, and that movie was our babysitter....along with a pizza and 2 liter bottle of soda.
 
2012-06-24 07:57:50 PM  
A coworker told me the knock off of the goonies, 'monster Hunters' I think, is awesome.

Any farkers know if I should check it out?
 
2012-06-24 07:59:35 PM  

Sgt Otter: orange storm: Netfix has a bunch of these knock offs, including Chopstick Panda

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x311]

Has CGI that a Sega Genesis would be embarrassed to play.


Luckily, I have my daughter watching Avatar the Last Airbender (the cartoon from Nick not the movie) so I do not have to watch any of these knockoffs.
 
2012-06-24 08:00:28 PM  

Tommy Moo: Why is this trash cluttering up Netflix instant? Netflix is rewarding these parasitic companies, and it's not like we are getting tricked into renting them by the title. Do people actually subscribe to Netflix to watch Almighty Thor, et al?


My question as well, and as someone who watched the video game crash in the 80s, I can say this might lead to a movie crash for all the same reasons.

The video game crash-- particularly Atari's demise-- was caused by too many fly-by-night (and some mid-level) companies releasing incredible amounts of shovelware; Cheap knock-offs and bad games that just resembled others on the cover, or in basic game concepts. These were abundant near the end. Companies-- even the big companies-- were shoveling out bad games with nifty, derivative cover art as if it were a way to print money.

And eventually, consumers wised up and just stopped buying EVERYTHING, because they became wary of the quality of the products, and because they were burned out trying to pick through the chaff to find small grains of wheat.

In the end, consumers will cancel Netflix, and stop sorting through the crap on the Redbox, because they're SICK of digging past the garbage in order to find the one or two decent flicks in the selection.

It would be in Netflix, Amazon, Redbox, Vudu, Cinema Now, and Crackle to refuse to stock these low-budget OBVIOUS knock-offs.

Nobody's saying they should stop stocking low-budget flicks-- Just that they should be discriminating and choose not to stock the ones that are obvious knock-offs, cash-ins, and attempts to scam the consumer. Nobody appreciates this practice. The Asylum, in my mind, is about the same thing as a Nigerian Prince sending me an email, and they can go f♥ck themselves.
 
2012-06-24 08:00:57 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Obviously, consumers are getting pissed off over this trend, and studios like The Asylum admit what they're doing... So why does Redbox, Netflix, and other services even stock these items? Why not fix the problem at the retail level?

Honestly, I can't see how having Transmorphers and the cheap knock-off Puss in Boots is good for Netflix, Redbox, or anyone else in the rental business. It just leads to cranky customers who feel cheated, and it takes up valuable space in the box/queue that could be used for other, better movies.

Instead of stocking crap like this, Redbox would get more of my money by stocking decent older films.

Nobody likes The Asylum, or any of the other knock-off companies. Retailers have a choice in what they stock, and so if you see a knock-off in their selection, it's the retailer's fault it's there. Their buyers could cut off those sources. The companies could choose to stop doing business with these charlatans... But they don't.

It's getting to the point where I'm thinking of canceling Netflix because I'm sick of scrolling past dozens of these schlocky flicks just to find anything decent. I don't mind indie flicks, foreign flicks, low-budget flicks, etc... I just can't stand all the obvious knock-offs and cash-ins. They aren't made to entertain; They're made solely to confuse. Quality does not matter to them.

So STOP IT, Redbox and Netflix! STOP IT, Blockbuster and Amazon VOD! STOP IT, VUDU and Crackle! Stop buying from these studios. People will soon get sick of this crap, and you will be the ones to suffer for it.


What if the majority of people who rent these mockbusters actually know what they're renting? Lots of people knowingly rent and enjoy bad b-movies.
 
2012-06-24 08:01:22 PM  

fusillade762: calbert: fusillade762: One Bad Apple: [newsmanone.files.wordpress.com image 580x745]

[img.movie-list.com image 506x755]

This hardly something that ONLY low budget studios do

An even better example:

[sharetv.org image 230x360]

[www.iceposter.com image 281x400]

[www.movieposter.com image 500x746]

or even better:

[cdn.movieclips.com image 306x480]

[i9.tinypic.com image 273x417]

Did you mean for one of those to be an "E.T." poster?

And apparently it's REALLY bad:

It has been labeled one of the worst films ever made by Rotten Tomatoes, where it holds a 0% rating



I've never seen it. but I figured enough people are familiar with it, or would at least recognize the movie it was trying to copy.

I just went looking for a pic and couldn't decide which one more closely resembled E.T., so I posted them both.
 
2012-06-24 08:01:51 PM  

The_Sponge: fozziewazzi: The_Sponge: Thus leading to a lot of kids crying and yelling at their mom or dad on a Friday or Saturday night.

They're crying because they've realized they may have inherited genes from the shallow side of the pool.


Heh.

My Dad never made those kinds of mistakes when it came to movies, but he would occasionally rent something that he thought we would like, while we had no interest in said movie.

CSB:

His best rental was "Predator" back when I was 12 and my brother was 10.....my parents were going to a dinner party that night, and that movie was our babysitter....along with a pizza and 2 liter bottle of soda.


My folks never had a problem with letting us watch violent movies when we were kids, as long as there was no nudity.

I still remember seeing Predator, Robocop, Rambo, and Die Hard before I was 10.

Of course, in the late 80s, it was almost impossible to find action movies that didn't have over-the top violence.
 
2012-06-24 08:07:24 PM  

fozziewazzi: What if the majority of people who rent these mockbusters actually know what they're renting? Lots of people knowingly rent and enjoy bad b-movies.


There's a difference between a b-movie, and a cheap knockoff with a similar name meant to confuse or dick-ride an original.

Sometimes they're okay, but you know what? Don't put them in the Redbox when you could put more decent movies in there. If people want this crap, let them buy it at Walmart for $6.
 
2012-06-24 08:08:47 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: I accidentally ordered 28 days with Sandra Bullock in instead of 28 Days Later. Does that count?


Sandra Bullock fighting rage ghouls and dealing with her alcoholism would be an awesome movie.
 
2012-06-24 08:10:03 PM  

Walker: It's the mainstream media. They're always late to the party. It's a newspaper to boot. The dinosaur of the news.


(Don't tell them about the Edsel automobiles. They'll be CRUSHED.)


OtherLittleGuy: Her scene of gratutious topless fanservice was the best part of the movie, but it was no 'snake killing a couple midflight in the Mile-High Club'.


I'll say this in defense of Snakes on a Train: the last scene of the giant snake devouring the train was hilariously boss.
 
2012-06-24 08:10:08 PM  
www.sci-fimovieposters.co.uk

and Drilling Miss Daisy.
 
2012-06-24 08:10:53 PM  

TheSelphie: fozziewazzi: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x326]

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x326]

Does that count?..

The Wild was one of the shiattiest animated movies ever I saw. It looked awful, it got turrible reviews, but my ex-boyfriend INSISTED on seeing it because for some reason, he wanted to see pretty much any animated movie that came out in theaters.

He was an idiot. He also made me see the Larry the Cable Guy movie in theaters.


I can understand why he's now your ex, but I wonder if you ever thought of checking his computer for child porn.
 
2012-06-24 08:12:16 PM  

BumpInTheNight:


That's a quality troll tight there, I don't care who you are...

9/10, had to knock off a point for no Gears of War.
 
2012-06-24 08:14:24 PM  

GungFu: [www.sci-fimovieposters.co.uk image 640x484]

and Drilling Miss Daisy.


www.bookstrand.com
 
2012-06-24 08:22:13 PM  

Smackledorfer: A coworker told me the knock off of the goonies, 'monster Hunters' I think, is awesome.

Any farkers know if I should check it out?


He might have meant "Monster Squad," which was campy fun.

upload.wikimedia.org

I wouldn't really call it a Goonies knock-off, though.
 
2012-06-24 08:22:24 PM  

ZeroCorpse: So STOP IT, Redbox and Netflix! STOP IT, Blockbuster and Amazon VOD! STOP IT, VUDU and Crackle! Stop buying from these studios. People will soon get sick of this crap, and you will be the ones to suffer for it.


Why should they limit selection to everyone because some individuals can't stop yapping on their cell phones for 30 seconds to read what they're renting/buying?
 
2012-06-24 08:23:32 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: BumpInTheNight:

That's a quality troll tight there, I don't care who you are...

9/10, had to knock off a point for no Gears of War.


Rats, to be honest I haven't paid much attention to gears since I rarely play anything on a console.
 
2012-06-24 08:24:01 PM  
I watched some bootleg of American Warship at home on my plasma... not too bad, but like all the hype said, it was not up to usual Hollywood standards.

Then I made the mistake of watching it's ripoff at the theater... "Battleship" - wow, that movie stunk. How could you make a ripoff of a not-so-great movie so bad? Even worse, it had people who looked like big name stars (no way that was Liam Neeson, but I wasn't hanging around to verify that in the credits)
 
2012-06-24 08:25:25 PM  

Smackledorfer: A coworker told me the knock off of the goonies, 'monster Hunters' I think, is awesome.

Any farkers know if I should check it out?


If you mean The Monster Squad, then yes. That movie is fantastic
 
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