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Old January 11 2013, 03:07 AM   #31
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^ Any examples?
Transmorphers!
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Old January 11 2013, 03:19 AM   #32
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Any reviews of this movie yet?

For these kinds of movies, the reviews tend to be much more fun reading than seeing the movie itself!
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Old January 11 2013, 11:02 AM   #33
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Any reviews of this movie yet?

For these kinds of movies, the reviews tend to be much more fun reading than seeing the movie itself!
Yes there is:
http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/age-hobbits-2012

Its actually getting 3-4 stars in some of the reviews I have seen, so it seems its better than their usual "quality". Though that might disappoint the hardcore fans of fans of Asylum, who expect it to be that "so bad its funny" kind of thing.

I might check this out myself, since I am fan of Bai Ling
plus having Christopher Judge in the cast helps, too.

I have not seen almost any of the Asylum films yet..but I am planning to get few in the future. Its very educational stuff for any film buff. Plus it is sometimes so much fun to just watch some really bad films.
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Old January 11 2013, 12:05 PM   #34
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But Shearer questioned the value of the film to New Zealand tourism. He was surprised by figures that said only 1 per cent of people surveyed in 2004 gave The Lord of the Rings as their primary reason for coming.
I had ZERO interest in visiting NZ before I saw LOTR.

I went in 2009 and actually spent the bulk of my holiday on a tour run by a couple that have the license to visit LOTR locations and meet with quite a few people that worked on the film.

It's "Red Carpet Tours", btw and they do a FANTASTIC job!

Because of visiting NZ for that reason, I fell in live with the country - it REALLY is THAT beautiful! Breathtaking, in fact!!!

I call bollocks on that percentage!
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Old January 11 2013, 12:08 PM   #35
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YES! It has finally happened. I hope this means Asylum will finally stop making those crap ripoff movies.
Why, what's it to you?

I admire them, they are having a load of fun, making a ton of cash, and providing steady work for a load of people. Good on them. Half the films they are cashing in on are a load of shit anyway.
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Old January 11 2013, 02:03 PM   #36
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Asylum is usually much more careful. But let's face it, even a lawsuit is publicity for them. And when they are faced to change the name, they can always refer back to the legal proceedings to try and confuse the public.
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Old January 11 2013, 04:35 PM   #37
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YES! It has finally happened. I hope this means Asylum will finally stop making those crap ripoff movies.
Why, what's it to you?

I admire them, they are having a load of fun, making a ton of cash, and providing steady work for a load of people. Good on them. Half the films they are cashing in on are a load of shit anyway.
This. OP needs to climb down of that high horse and not take life so seriously.
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Old January 12 2013, 01:58 PM   #38
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^ Any examples?
Transmorphers!
I thought the two Transmorphers movies were ok for really low budget tongue-in-cheek parody movies.

The first one seemed to resemble a low budget version of Starship Troopers, Captain Power, Terminator, etc ...

The second one seemed like a parody of Maximum Overdrive.


Besides the obvious ripoff value, many of The Asylum's movies sorta remind me of "punk rock" style DIY values.
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Old January 12 2013, 02:23 PM   #39
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LOS ANGELES (CN) - The studios behind "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit" sued a production company that specializes in knockoffs to try to stop release of its straight-to-DVD movie, "Age of the Hobbits."
Warner Bros. Entertainment, New Line Cinema, New Line Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and The Saul Zaentz Co. sued Global Asylum aka The Asylum of Burbank, in Federal Court.
The major studios say Asylum intends to release its low-budget movie just three days before filmmaker Peter Jackson's first "Hobbit" movie opens in the United States, on Dec. 14.
The Asylum hopes to profit from "consumer confusion," get a "free ride on the worldwide advertising campaign" and "divert customers and potential customers away" from the major studios' film, according to the complaint.
"The Asylum's advertising for its low-budget knockoff also has been and is confusingly similar to advertising for and images from the plaintiffs' copyrighted films and trademarked products, including the font and style in which the titles appear and the overall look and feel of the images depicted in the artwork and packaging," the 35-page complaint states.
http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/11/09/52146.htm

YES! It has finally happened. I hope this means Asylum will finally stop making those crap ripoff movies.
But, but, but nobody forces you to watch them.
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Old January 12 2013, 04:37 PM   #40
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The problem with the Asylum films is that they are RIPOFFS. Not that they're bad - people love films that are (often intentionally) bad. But why should Asylum get a free pass on ripping off other films with titles that look to be intentionally made to confuse viewers? And releasing said ripoffs so close to the release dates of the films they target?

I'm sure fans have even bought those things on home video, thinking they ARE the films they ripped off (i.e. somebody buys Transmorphers but thinks it's Transformers). You don't think Asylum is deliberately trying to take advantage of that?
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Old January 12 2013, 05:02 PM   #41
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^ Quite frankly, if someone is stupid enough to buy the wrong movie they deserve to be separated from their money IMO.
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Old January 12 2013, 05:15 PM   #42
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^ That doesn't let Asylum off the proverbial hook.
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Old January 12 2013, 06:06 PM   #43
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^ Quite frankly, if someone is stupid enough to buy the wrong movie they deserve to be separated from their money IMO.
Actually, I suspect that much of the market is clueless parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles.

"Look, there's that HOBBIT thing little Jimmy keeps talking about. I'm sure he'd love to get it for his birthday!"
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Old January 13 2013, 12:30 AM   #44
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^That's always been my thought when I see their movies. I've often wondered how many clueless relatives have thought they were getting someone a movie that they loved, only to find out that they accidently got them the crappy ripoff.
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Old January 13 2013, 01:25 AM   #45
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^^Reminds me of the intro to Bored of the Rings where they "realize" you might have bought it thinking it's the real thing... and then ching! goes the cash register.

I guess the lesson is make your ripoffs more subtle [Twilight, etc....]
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