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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 205
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2012-06-25 07:44:32 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: But they are kids so they won't care. It's only ever adults that rage on the quality of entertainment for children.


Can't say I agree with that unless you're talking about infants.
 
2012-06-25 08:13:27 AM

limboslam: [i486.photobucket.com image 350x257]
Link
I'm sure most Farkers have seen this clip, but if you haven't, it truly has to be seen to be believed (and appreciated.)

/Watch the entire clip.


now I want to see the entire film, dang catchy tune.
 
2012-06-25 08:20:45 AM
"We're not trying to confuse people. We're trying to take advantage of a level of interest in a concept that exists thanks to the major studio release."

This guy really needs to kill himself. He'll be glad he did.
 
2012-06-25 08:25:53 AM

MagSeven: kronicfeld: TRANSMORPHERS.

That is all.

GF bought me Transmorphers for my birthday accidentally. Got through 15 minutes before I realized something was seriously wrong. It was too goofy, too bad in a good way. Never said anything. Saw Transformers later and it wasn't THAT much better.


The fact that the originals are generally as crappy as the knock offs is the
true takeaway from this story for me.
 
2012-06-25 09:04:48 AM
Meanwhile, back in the '60s, your grandpa bought your mom a record by those long-haired weirdos from England on the Sullivan show that she wouldn't shut up about.

www.heyrube.com
 
2012-06-25 09:08:01 AM

Oldiron_79: No use crying over spilled Malk


+1. I LOL'd.
 
2012-06-25 09:39:40 AM
what is even worse is how the cover box art doesn't even have to match up with anything in the movies. (not sure if it has been changed) back in vhs days a movie might be released on video produced in early 70's the girls on the cover box would be girls in outfits from late 80's early 90's

really how different is this from making any product that looks like the name brand. Most grocery store food brands, health and beauty items. check out some of those items at awl-mart it got so bad they had to put a disclaimer stating the stuff isn't made by the name brand company on the package.

at least with a movie you can look at the cover art and see who stars in it. I know a bit harder with redbox but I guess that is what happens when we do away with the brick and mortar stores.
 
2012-06-25 10:01:29 AM
Haha, I REALLY had to laugh after I read that article.

Wife came home last weekend with a surprise for fathers day. She rented me a movie.

"I know you've really wanted to see this for a while after you read the book."

She hands me Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies. I had to watch it...it was surprisingly good*

(*By Asylum standards)
 
2012-06-25 10:02:11 AM

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.


Stupid question, but why did your store carry the syfy version? The returns and a permanent association with a scuzzy industry makes it a really bad idea.
 
2012-06-25 10:13:14 AM

limboslam: [i486.photobucket.com image 350x257]
Link
I'm sure most Farkers have seen this clip, but if you haven't, it truly has to be seen to be believed (and appreciated.)

/Watch the entire clip.


i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-06-25 10:14:08 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: And some parents buy said knockoffs for their kids as a cheaper alternative to seeing the real thing in the theater or buying the DVD thinking "they won't know the difference." Yes, they do. Kids aren't as stupid as some people think they are.

But they are kids so they won't care. It's only ever adults that rage on the quality of entertainment for children.


Kids learn pretty quick. Once 3rd grade hits, we know got damned well digimon can kiss my arsehole, I asked for pokemon! I slaved over a hot glue gun for Mothersday you cheap bint!

Then I see the parents who homechool thier kids, and let them watch nothing but the garbage, because there are no peers to tell them what the heck is cool.
 
2012-06-25 10:14:49 AM

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

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

This hardly something that ONLY low budget studios do


Also Volcano and Dante's Peak, Prefontaine (for some weird reason) actually it seems like every summer for years there were similar concept blockbusters competing with each other.
 
2012-06-25 10:22:04 AM
Mugato

"We're not trying to confuse people. We're trying to take advantage of a level of interest in a concept that exists thanks to the major studio release."

This guy really needs to kill himself. He'll be glad he did.


Plausible deniability. Guy knows what he's doing.
 
2012-06-25 10:46:37 AM

One Bad Apple: Those aren't what I was going for. "The Abyss" was the big budget big studio while "Deep Star Six" and "Leviathan" * were small budget ripoffs. T


I have a thing for the deep sea disaster. I actually strongly prefer deep star six and leviathan to sphere. Both are better films in my opinion.
 
2012-06-25 10:50:22 AM

AKTurkey: A helpful guide


Star Wars was more of a Dune rip-off than anything else.
 
2012-06-25 11:05:41 AM
Joe Queenan did a pretty good article where he was sick and kept sending his wife out to get tapes based on descriptions, and her failing miserably.
 
2012-06-25 11:24:48 AM

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?


Here is the proper quote, paraphrased many times, about this very issue:
"No one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people." H.L. Mencken, 1926
 
2012-06-25 11:46:54 AM

AKTurkey: A helpful guide

Original: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x329]

Fake: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x309]

Original: [upload.wikimedia.org image 295x436]

Fake: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x309]

Original: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x275]

Fake: [logankrum.files.wordpress.com image 400x592]


I have got to tack down death racers. ICP and a misc WWE person. IMFG win.


I am right in Assylumns wheelhouse. I love bad movies. The worse, the campier, the accidental boom mic shots, bad special effects, insane plot holes..... gods I loves them.
 
2012-06-25 11:52:28 AM

JohnBigBootay: I actually strongly prefer deep star six and leviathan to sphere. Both are better films in my opinion.


Sphere was terrible. I don't know when the book came out but I couldn't shake the feeling I was watching an old episode of Star Trek in the water.
 
2012-06-25 11:59:52 AM

wildcardjack: 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.


No child pron, but he did have some weird stuff in there. Can I just say that my friend and I cracked up at a certain line in Deathproof? Except he didn't just have pics of human women doing it on there....
 
2012-06-25 12:16:55 PM
cdn09.film.com

The Voice.

img2-2.timeinc.net

The Choice. Coming to Fox.
 
2012-06-25 12:24:00 PM

Jackpot777: [cdn09.film.com image 600x400]

The Voice.

[img2-2.timeinc.net image 510x288]

The Choice. Coming to Fox.


upload.wikimedia.org

4.bp.blogspot.com

Granted, a larger space of time between them.
 
2012-06-25 12:29:06 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Check out the trailer if you like!

Youtube
 
2012-06-25 12:40:32 PM

JohnBigBootay: One Bad Apple: Those aren't what I was going for. "The Abyss" was the big budget big studio while "Deep Star Six" and "Leviathan" * were small budget ripoffs. T

I have a thing for the deep sea disaster. I actually strongly prefer deep star six and leviathan to sphere. Both are better films in my opinion.


I have a soft spot for LEVIATHAN.

OK, not a 'soft' spot per se.... (PNSFW)
 
2012-06-25 12:41:35 PM
They had a rip off of Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter at Redbox last week called Abraham Lincoln v. Zombies - I rented it for a lark and it was hillariously, MST3K-able bad.
 
2012-06-25 01:01:12 PM

JohnBigBootay: One Bad Apple: Those aren't what I was going for. "The Abyss" was the big budget big studio while "Deep Star Six" and "Leviathan" * were small budget ripoffs. T

I have a thing for the deep sea disaster. I actually strongly prefer deep star six and leviathan to sphere. Both are better films in my opinion.


Sphere was horrible regardless of genre. one of maybe 5 films that I simply could not finish, it was so bad.
 
2012-06-25 01:07:37 PM

Crewmannumber6: JohnBigBootay: One Bad Apple: Those aren't what I was going for. "The Abyss" was the big budget big studio while "Deep Star Six" and "Leviathan" * were small budget ripoffs. T

I have a thing for the deep sea disaster. I actually strongly prefer deep star six and leviathan to sphere. Both are better films in my opinion.

Sphere was horrible regardless of genre. one of maybe 5 films that I simply could not finish, it was so bad.


Sphere might have been the worst adaptation of a book ever.

How can anyone bash Transmorphers or Transmorphers 2? Those are comedy classics.
 
2012-06-25 01:49:31 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned these:

upload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.org

LOA's producer, Sam Spiegel sued Terence Rattigan to prevent his screenplay of "Ross" from being produced. To get around it, Rattigan turned it into a stage production.

And:
upload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-06-25 02:07:24 PM
I'm surprised they haven't put out a hunger games knockoff, or MIB3 yet. ;)
 
2012-06-25 02:36:28 PM

metallion: I'm surprised they haven't put out a hunger games knockoff, or MIB3 yet. ;)


Well it's a TV show, not a movie but

Sean Patrick Thomas, best known for his roles in "Barbershop" and "Save the Last Dance," has been cast in the CW drama pilot "The Selection," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project is described as an epic romance set 300 years in the future in which a poor young woman is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.


And I know I saw the cover of a new release DVD with a chick with a bow and arrow that wasn't The Hunger Games or Brave but I don't know the title.
 
2012-06-25 02:52:08 PM

FeedTheCollapse: this reminds me of the 90s when the newest Disney film inevitably had some cheap knock-off version sold in Safeway.


I still see those all the time, and feel bad for the kids whose grandparents inevitably buy them.

Though I guess if the kids are young enough, they won't know the difference anyway.
 
2012-06-25 03:01:44 PM
 
2012-06-25 03:13:39 PM

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


"Wolfman's got no nards!"
 
2012-06-25 03:22:01 PM
Obvious, but needs to be said:

Ridiculousness ripped off Tosh.0
 
2012-06-25 03:32:40 PM

The_Sponge: Ridiculousness ripped off Tosh.0


What exactly is original about Tosh.0 that hasn't been done in America's Funniest Home Videos, The Soup and Ow My Balls?
 
2012-06-25 03:51:27 PM
Remember when this:

upload.wikimedia.org

was announced, then this:

classicscifi.com

was rushed out to theaters first.
 
2012-06-25 04:12:00 PM
Another movie war coming up, two "Die Hard in the White House" movies where the White House is invaded and the President has to straighten shiat out. One with Two Face from The Dark Knight and one with Jamie Foxx as the President.
 
2012-06-25 04:43:52 PM
Murder at 1600 vs Absolute Power

Always vote on black
 
2012-06-25 05:21:40 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Someone just learned about The Asylum?

How quaint. I can't wait to see their hard-hitting look at Snakes on a Train.


I like their Megashark series, myself.
 
2012-06-25 05:33:15 PM

stoli n coke: Pandora's Litterbox: stoli n coke: Pandora's Litterbox: One Bad Apple: Those aren't what I was going for. "The Abyss" was the big budget big studio while "Deep Star Six" and "Leviathan" * were small budget ripoffs.

Deep Star Six was released in the U.S. on January 13, 1989

Leviathan was released in the U.S. on March 17, 1989

The Abyss was released in the U.S. on August 9, 1989

Just sayin'

It's probably not too difficult to rip off a James Cameron script and get your movie to the box office before he does.

Guy works very slow.



Well I was going to also bring up the fact that the two were both financed and released in-house by major studios (Leviathan through MGM-UA and Deep Star Six through Columbia-Tri-Star).

But I didn't want to be THAT much of a pedant.

The fact that they were major studios also means it's more likely they had read Cameron's script and would try to head off their competitor at the pass. The script had been done for years before Fox greenlit production.

Also, remember, Deep Star Six was made by Sean Cunningham of Friday the 13th fame. A guy who knew how to stretch a dollar and turn a movie out in a hurry.


F13 was also a shameless ripoff of Haloween. Even HE admits it.
 
2012-06-25 05:39:50 PM

Saiga410: Murder at 1600 vs Absolute Power


"I got a murder at 1600....

....an address that changes all the rules."

I don't know, that was the teaser trailer and for some reason that always cracked me up.
 
2012-06-25 06:19:13 PM

DVDave: Remember when this:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x327]

was announced, then this:

[classicscifi.com image 275x393]

was rushed out to theaters first.


Although AntZ was more of a typical Woody Allen film, along the lines of Bananas, or Sleeper.
 
2012-06-25 06:24:43 PM

Mugato: Another movie war coming up, two "Die Hard in the White House" movies where the White House is invaded and the President has to straighten shiat out. One with Two Face from The Dark Knight and one with Jamie Foxx as the President.


This sounds suspiciously like an In Living Color sketch, but fleshed out.

Oh my God... THEY STOPPED TURNING SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKETCHES INTO MOVIES AND STARTED MAKING MOVIES BASED ON IN LIVING COLOR SKETCHES


Gyrfalcon: I like their Megashark series, myself.


If you tell me that SyFy's going to release a shark-related movie, BOOMSHAKALAKA, I'm there!
 
2012-06-25 06:27:00 PM

ZombiesYall: Why does it not occur to people that the movie that is currently a major release in theaters will probably not also be on the rental shelves? I remember when Titanic was big in the theater. I worked in a video store and people would come back in absolutely livid because they'd just rented one of the many related tapes that were opportunistically out put out at the same time and they couldn't believe it wasn't the Cameron movie. National Geographic's Secrets of the Titanic, etc.


There was a guy who came into the video store a few days ago while I was there looking for something to watch. He was asking if they had Brave, Abraham Lincon Vampire Slayer, and a few others that are in theaters, claiming one was released already on Xbox, and he saw the others advertised as being out on DVD on TV.

He was a little bit..."off."

CSB
 
2012-06-25 06:44:08 PM
There seems to be a lot of people confusing major studios competing directly in certain genres with fly-by-nighters ripping off mainstream titles. There is a difference
 
2012-06-25 06:46:20 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Mugato: Another movie war coming up, two "Die Hard in the White House" movies where the White House is invaded and the President has to straighten shiat out. One with Two Face from The Dark Knight and one with Jamie Foxx as the President.

This sounds suspiciously like an In Living Color sketch, but fleshed out.

Oh my God... THEY STOPPED TURNING SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKETCHES INTO MOVIES AND STARTED MAKING MOVIES BASED ON IN LIVING COLOR SKETCHES



Hey, I'm just the messenger. Although at least he's probably not going to be in drag. I think that might be because Tyler Perry now owns the "black guy in drag" property.

I could have phrased that better.
 
2012-06-25 06:49:53 PM

Crewmannumber6: There seems to be a lot of people confusing major studios competing directly in certain genres with fly-by-nighters ripping off mainstream titles. There is a difference


Yeah, the two got thrown into the thread but people know the difference. Two asteroid movies open at the same time, one starring Bruce Willis and the other Morgan Freeman, that's different than "Transmorphers". But both signify a dearth in anything original from Hollywood.
 
2012-06-25 06:52:56 PM
I still get a laugh when I see this one go by on my Netflix...

i2.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-25 06:53:01 PM

Mugato: I could have phrased that better.


*chokes on vegetable juice*
 
2012-06-25 07:58:42 PM

Mugato: JohnBigBootay: I actually strongly prefer deep star six and leviathan to sphere. Both are better films in my opinion.

Sphere was terrible. I don't know when the book came out but I couldn't shake the feeling I was watching an old episode of Star Trek in the water.


This. What a waste of a good cast. That movie made me want to break shiat.

Oh, and anybody remember this guy?

www.hkcinemagic.com

Bruce Li
 
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