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William Shatner DVD Club
Topic by: artifex
Posted: March 17, 2006 - 5:34 AM PST
Last Reply: January 4, 2007 - 2:03 PM PST

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author topic: William Shatner DVD Club
artifex
post #1  on March 17, 2006 - 5:34 AM PST  
Has anyone joined the WS DVD club, yet? :)
They promise to send a movie every month for only $4.
And yes, you keep it.
All SF/Fantasy type stuff. Some of the titles they claim to have in the works seem pretty rare, too.

Oh well, I'm game. I'll tell you guys how it goes, maybe, in a couple weeks.
Yowanda
post #2  on March 17, 2006 - 7:04 AM PST  
I saw an ad online for this, but was hesitent to actually click on it. Let us know how it is!
Cinenaut
post #3  on March 17, 2006 - 8:18 AM PST  
The web page seems awfully... green.
hamano
post #4  on March 17, 2006 - 9:10 AM PST  
You guys are SOOOO lazy!

Back in the day did you guys ever subscribe to one of those CD clubs? Columbia House, was it? You know... "10 CDs for 1 cent, buy 6 more CDs, cancel any time, blah blah..."
underdog
post #5  on March 17, 2006 - 9:53 AM PST  
Columbia House is sort of like "the firm" in the John Grisham novel and film of the same name - once you are in, you can never leave, or you'll be killed. Or something along those lines.

Anyway, I'm curious (and dubious) about the Shatner club, but let us know how it works. Is that guy everywhere or what? He's got like three TV shows and is on ads and just ubiquitous to everything.
Cinenaut
post #6  on March 17, 2006 - 10:21 AM PST  
The secrecy around the contents of the DVD library is a bit worrisome. After Immortel and Ginger Snaps, you might end up getting Children of the Corn VIII: The Hoedown or Mansquito vs. The Fly.

I know somebody who joined a similar service, but it wasn't based around genre movies. I'll have to ask how she liked it.
artifex
post #7  on March 17, 2006 - 10:59 AM PST  
> On March 17, 2006 - 9:53 AM PST underdog wrote:
> Anyway, I'm curious (and dubious) about the Shatner club, but let us know how it works. Is that guy everywhere or what? He's got like three TV shows and is on ads and just ubiquitous to everything.

The parent company seems to be behind the actual pool of films offered, regardless of what the site says about him being some super SF fan. As far as him being everywhere, I'm sure the royalties have died down from Star Trek, and he didn't save them while he got them :)

artifex
post #8  on March 17, 2006 - 11:05 AM PST  
> On March 17, 2006 - 10:21 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The secrecy around the contents of the DVD library is a bit worrisome. After Immortel and Ginger Snaps, you might end up getting Children of the Corn VIII: The Hoedown or Mansquito vs. The Fly.

True. I think I saw Kingdom of the Ants on one box cover image. Still, they do claim they will work with you if you already have a certain movie, so if they're dogs, at least they'll be different ones. And a friend has already kindly offered to take all the DVDs I don't want. :P

Oh, yeah, I signed up using one of those one-off card numbers my credit card company generates, so they can't auto-renew on me without my knowledge, or run off to the Bahamas...
thingstodo
post #9  on March 17, 2006 - 2:06 PM PST  
I see ads for it all the time @ mrcranky.com. I'm just afraid that they'll end up sending out those weak Sci-fi Channel/USA Network movies.

Not that I have anything against these channels since I love 'em when I had them. I hear that the new Galactica is pretty cool, and I was a 4400 fan. But there were also many shows that would keep MST3000 running for decades. Those I don't need.

underdog
post #10  on March 17, 2006 - 3:41 PM PST  
> On March 17, 2006 - 2:06 PM PST thingstodo wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Not that I have anything against these channels since I love 'em when I had them. I hear that the new Galactica is pretty cool, and I was a 4400 fan. But there were also many shows that would keep MST3000 running for decades. Those I don't need.
>
>
> ---------------------------------

Ironic, isn't it? I wish the Sci-Fi Channel had kept MST3K running for decades, instead of cancelling them in favor of those awful movies they make (Python vs. Boa*)



* Now Monty Python vs. Rocky Balboa I would totally see.
artifex
post #11  on March 25, 2006 - 12:52 AM PST  
Well, no free DVD has arrived in the first week after joining... on the good side, they haven't tried to charge my card yet. (They're not supposed to until the 30 days is up)
artifex
post #12  on March 29, 2006 - 9:04 PM PST  
Okay. The free DVD arrived, today. Actually, two DVDs arrived: Ginger Snaps, and a "bonus" DVD of Wolves of Wall Street.

They came in a single cardboard folder. The insert says sometimes they will just give their subscribers bonus discs. Okay.

Both DVDs are silk screened what what looks like the original artwork. I haven't seen the Wolves DVD before, but a while back I rented Ginger Snaps, and I think it's the same disc. There's no ads for other movies on the Ginger Snaps DVD, just the FBI warning, and either play movie (no chapter selection, though it does have chapters) or play the trailer. The Wolves disc has a few trailers for other movies that lauch in series automatically when you insert and play, but they can be skipped with the menu button.

I notice both of these discs have a First Look Home Entertainment icon on them; the website shows Immortal [sic] to be another of their titles. So I wonder if it's just coincidence that 3 of these are from them, or if the bulk of these discs will be from them. Okay, actually King of the Ants (not Kingdom of the Ants, like I said before) shows up on their list too, and also on the club site pictures. Hmmmm.

Looks like this is going to be more of a grade B horror club, not a SciFi club. I'm not a big horror fan. But some of these look so bad they should be funny. And some might be good. And they're promising 12+ titles for the $48 bucks. In the interests of research, and protecting you guys from making a mistake (I'm so caring), I think I'll make the sacrifice and continue with the subscription for now. :)

P.S. Just before hitting post, I took another browse around the club site, and they now list Dragon Storm as another one of their titles. This is from 20C Fox, not FLHE, and it's a fantasy title. I heard this one sucks, too, but it's a title I've wanted to see, regardless, just for the dragons :)
hamano
post #13  on March 30, 2006 - 4:31 AM PST  
> On March 17, 2006 - 3:41 PM PST Mr. Peabody wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> * Now Monty Python vs. Rocky Balboa I would totally see.
> ---------------------------------

Why is that character Mr. Peabody, not Dr. or Professor Peabody?
artifex
post #14  on March 30, 2006 - 4:52 AM PST  
> On March 17, 2006 - 2:06 PM PST thingstodo wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I see ads for it all the time @ mrcranky.com. I'm just afraid that they'll end up sending out those weak Sci-fi Channel/USA Network movies.
>
> Not that I have anything against these channels since I love 'em when I had them. I hear that the new Galactica is pretty cool, and I was a 4400 fan. But there were also many shows that would keep MST3000 running for decades. Those I don't need.

Maybe you shouldn't trust my judgement, then. I'm still a big fan of the original BSG. :)
thingstodo
post #15  on March 30, 2006 - 10:06 AM PST  
> Maybe you shouldn't trust my judgement, then. I'm still a big fan of the original BSG. :)

When I watched the old Galactica I was at an age when more special effects = better. So their technique of reusing the same sequences over and over again was annoying since I recognized them, even when they did a horizontal flip. Just how many times can that same Cylon fighter be hit and explode into a orange burst of sparkling dust? I've seen that same Cylon fighter be shot by Starbuck, Apollo, Boomer, etc.

Thinking back I guess some stories were pretty good. I especially like the one where their uniforms turned white. I forgot the story, but I think it was a multi-episode story where Apollo died? There's also one where Starbuck and a Cylon crashed on a planet and became friends. Too bad the sentiments at the time didn't allow the writers to explore having the Cylon reach sentience and question its own existence. That would've been interesting.


underdog
post #16  on March 30, 2006 - 10:45 AM PST  
> On March 30, 2006 - 4:31 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Why is that character Mr. Peabody, not Dr. or Professor Peabody?
> ---------------------------------

It's because, my dear boy, there was an anti-canine bias in all of the metaphysics PhD programs I'd applied for. Rather than travel forward in time when things would be better for us, I went to the school of hard knocks. Sherman is my graduate assistant if you will.

Sherman: If I will what?



rarcher
post #17  on March 30, 2006 - 10:51 AM PST  
> On March 17, 2006 - 9:53 AM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Columbia House is sort of like "the firm" in the John Grisham novel and film of the same name - once you are in, you can never leave, or you'll be killed. Or something along those lines.
>


you think?
i signed up with columbia house, got a bunch of free records (yeah, old story) then sent them an address change to europe
they closed my account, let me keep what they had sent and never made me buy anything again
underdog
post #18  on March 30, 2006 - 11:00 AM PST  
> On March 30, 2006 - 10:51 AM PST rarcher wrote:
> ---------------------------------

>
> you think?
> i signed up with columbia house, got a bunch of free records (yeah, old story) then sent them an address change to europe
> they closed my account, let me keep what they had sent and never made me buy anything again
>
> ---------------------------------

Wow, they were much more facistic when I was a member, but this was years ago - maybe they're better now. It took forever to quit and then they harrassed me for ages. Must have gotten a bad rep which they tried to fix, apparently.
artifex
post #19  on March 30, 2006 - 2:44 PM PST  
> On March 30, 2006 - 10:45 AM PST underdog wrote:
> Sherman: If I will what?

Just... rofl :)
artifex
post #20  on May 10, 2006 - 6:12 AM PDT  
Immortal was the selection I got in April, as was expected.

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