There are many
films and TV programmes that never made it to video (and thus
onto DVD) release or if they did were only available for a
short time or in a now obsolete or unavailable format.
talks to Chris at Vicpine rare and cult movies. Chris is a
rare and cult films enthusiast and helps customers from all
over the world locate those hard to find movies and
made-for-TV movies that people have fond memories of. These
range from pop culture and classic movies to cult and noir or
not only gets great feedback from his customers about the
quality and content of his product, but some well-known
producers and directors (as well as the BBC and ITV) are also
very supportive of what he is doing. Chris is making these
rarities and classics available to people where the big players
offer only the run-of-the-mill and predictable titles. He is
also in some senses acting as a valuable archive.
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Please tell us something of your background and the background
to Vicpine Rare & Cult Movies.
Chris: We started out as a furniture outlet but were car booting
videos at the weekend. We realised there was money to be made
as a third party seller on Amazon. This worked well for a few
years but it gradually got too competitive so we diversified to
films that were rare or unreleased.
Digger: What are your retro and cult movie passions and what gives
you most pleasure running Vicpine Rare & Cult Movies?
Chris: I get most pleasure from watching so many of the films I had
never heard of. I love chatting to knowledgeable movie buffs
about the oldies. I also love to hear from people in the
industry and love to hear someone tell me they had a small
part in a film. Usually they can go on and spill some gossip!
Digger: That's a huge and impressive list of movies you have
available on there. You are effectively an archive of movies
that might otherwise have been lost aren't you?
Chris: So far so good, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. There
are so many more, the full list of unreleased films would
probably run into the tens of thousands, but our list reflects
public demand. It has been created by the requests of our
Digger: Can you please tell us more about the other services you
offer, such as sourcing rare items and copying?
Chris: Mostly we import and occasionally convert between formats. We
have to research what is now considered public domain and we
also have to watch what titles get released. An important part
of our service is to convert home videos, such as weddings,
Digger: Who are your 'typical' customers, if such a thing exists,
and what sorts of comments and feedback are you getting?
Chris: Most of our customers are elderly. They see us as a chance to
relive those childhood memories once again before it is too
late. It is such a shame that so many oldies don't get
released but we know if we can track it down we can make a
lot of people very happy. On more than one occasion I have
received an emotional letter or call from an elderly person
who has relived an old film they once saw with a lost
loved one. That's when it really hits home how valuable a
service this is at times.
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Digger: What things should people consider when buying DVDs from
you in terms of format and compatibility?
Chris: All the DVDs we supply should play worldwide. If there is an
issue we have several ways to resolve it so there is no need
to worry at all. In terms of quality, all films vary depending
on where they are sourced from. As long as you are comfortable
watching VHS quality (which we all were just a few years
back!) then you will be quite happy with your purchase. Some
of our titles are fully digital and widescreen but if you have
any concerns just call us first.
Digger: Where do you see the future for Vicpine Rare & Cult
Chris: I hope to get more films on the site. I hope the problems in
the past are behind us. We have had so much encouragement from
people in the industry (like Michael Winner, Harley Cokeliss,
Mark Lyndsay Chapman to namedrop a few) that perhaps one day a
merger with a major UK film distributor is on the cards. My
knowledge of films that need to be out on the shelves would be
invaluable and at the same time we could ensure a lot of films
are not lost forever in time. We know a lot of them won't get
released now, mainly because they might be politically
incorrect or have rights issues, but we will continue to
source and supply those for as long as we can. We have worked
very close with the BBC and ITV in the past, supplying vintage
footage even they could not get their hands on!
We offer a world of classic, rare and cult
movies. At Vicpine, we love old films and we love to help you
Sadly, so many great films of
the last century have never seen a release on DVD, and a great
never made it to video either. It can be
very hard finding these rare films. You may have tried buying films from
elsewhere, for example, from online auction
sites and found you have been disappointed by either the sound
or picture quality. We can assure you when you deal with us
will source and supply the movie you want in the best possible
picture and sound quality that is available.
All films on our website can be sourced and
supplied to you. Therefore, you have the peace of mind knowing that you
are dealing with people who love and enjoy films as much as you do. If
you cannot find the movie you want on our website, please get in
touch. Here at Vicpine, we love
the challenge of finding a rare film. We add about ten films a week,
on average, to the full list which includes a selection of the
old classics, cult films, film noir, British pop culture and
Within the UK: 01276 34126
From outside the UK: 0044 1276 34126