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Yup, that's Adam West all right.Various "other sides of the industry" pieces over this weekend, in which "War of the Worlds" managed to take in $77.6 million — impressive, but not enough to end the now 19 weeks down from last year’s box office. The New York Times‘ Franz Lidz kicks off with an awesome piece about the ballooning industry of cheapo DVDs:

Because of lapsed or improperly registered copyrights, even some very watchable movies – among them, Howard Hawks’s "His Girl Friday," Marlon Brando’s "One-Eyed Jacks" and Francis Ford Coppola’s "Dementia 13" – are now in the public domain and can be sold by anyone.

Given the bare minimum of dressing (most don’t even have menus, and begin playing as soon as they load), packaged in cardboard, they’re intended as impulse buys at prices from $1-2. There’s something deliciously late-night-public-access-channel about these titles, which range wildly in both print quality and in the quality of the titles themselves, with the aforementioned classics tossed in with forgotten B-movies of the past and present ("An American Vampire Story"?).

The LA Times‘ Elaine Dutka covers the another part of the cheap sell-through market, talking to Andre Blay, one of the pioneers of the home video revolution (in 1977, after convincing 20th Century Fox to license 50 of their titles from the early 70s, he set up the subscription-based "Video Club of America," which allowed its members for purchase movies on cassette for a mere $49.95) about creating niche original content, like sports specials and docs, that go straight to DVD.

And back in the New York Times, Saul Hansell reports on how the big studios are, with all the blinding swiftness of a Warhol film, girding themselves to offer films for pay download. We, personally, loathe watching films on our computer (with its just adorable, useless little 12" monitor), but tolerance for the portable small screen seems to be growing (or maybe not), what with Sony’s PSP and all that chatter about cell-phones as the future of entertainment (god forbid).

+ Attack of the $1 DVD’s (NY Times)
+ Selling home movies (LA Times)
+ Forget the Bootleg, Just Download the Movie Legally (NY Times)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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