As I’ve mentioned in my rundown of Crypticon 2017, I spent a great deal of time talking to the guys in attendance representing two of my favorite Blu-ray distributors, Severin and Vinegar Syndrome.
James Neurath of Vinegar Syndrome was kind enough to let me stick around for a bit of the con and talk about the industry. Through him, I’ve learned some cool things that might be of interest to other Blu-ray collectors. This will be short and sweet, so I’ll just list out my findings and provide any thoughts I have on them:
- Vinegar Syndrome is a pretty small company, consisting of six employees. Each of whom do a bit of everything. This is in line with other distributors that I’m a fan of, which has been an unending surprise of mine. The amount of work and dedication of these guys is off the charts.
- Apart from their DVD and Blu-ray releases, they also have a large archive of films and they continue buying the rights and collections with the intent to restore and preserve every one.
- With the size of their current archive, they are able to do several more years of Blu-ray releases at their current pace, but they are picking up new films often, so they are not lacking content. It was also mentioned that it is not uncommon in the industry for companies to share or trade films with each other.
- Vinegar Syndrome is opening a video and vinyl brick and mortal store in Bridgeport, Conn. (where they are based out of). They also are planning on doing more vinyl soundtrack releases.
- They do scanning and restoration for several other distributors, including Severin, Synapse, and Arrow Video.
- Their bi-yearly sale is coming up at the end of the month, and they will have some surprises again as they have in the past. To give an idea of what we are talking here, the last sale’s surprise titles were The Undertaker and Jack Frost, each with a limited edition slipcover (and each had a pretty cool gimmick, Jack Frost having a lenticular slip and The Undertaker had a cutout making some cool use of empty space). So be on the lookout in the coming weeks for some cool surprises.
It was super cool getting to sit down and talk about some of the behind the scenes details for the Blu-ray industry. I was already a fan of Vinegar Syndrome, but hearing more about their philosophies and seeing the way James represented himself and VinSyn at Crypticon has made me a believer. Go out and get some of their movies. Who doesn’t love grindhouse, exploitation, and porn?