Grindhouse Trailer Classics:
Trailer compilations aren't a dime a dozen. Maybe twenty-five cents a dozen. There are plenty of them out there, and here's another, and I'm going to champion it in the way someone sitting back in a grindhouse of yore might do so. I'll get a little drunk, have a good time, and stagger out into a sweltering Saturday afternoon to choke on exhaust fumes from a million taxi-cabs.
Intervision Picture Corp delivers just over two hours of blood-ripping terror and insanity with this collection, lovingly presented as if it were a really well-loved VHS cassette you boosted from the bodega. Yes, plenty of these trailers have appeared on other collections, possibly all of them have. But if you've never taken a trailer comp for a spin around the block, this is a fine place to start.
This DVD was previously released in a PAL version some years ago, and represents the first in a multi-volume set, so there may be more coming our way in the future. For now, you get these trailers, varying in print quality (some look quite good) and, as mentioned before, most if not all have appeared before, so there's probably much here familiar to aficionados:
I Drink Your Blood/I Eat Your Skin
I Dismember Mama/Blood Spattered Bride
The Big Doll House
Bury Me An Angel
The Last House on the Left
The Street Fighter
Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde
Don't Open The Window
The Human Tornado
Ebony, Ivory, & Jade
They Call Her One Eye
Master of the Flying Guillotine
They Came From Within
The Thing With Two Heads
I Spit On Your Grave
Girls For Rent
The Toolbox Murders
House of Whipcord
God Told Me To
Doctor Butcher M.D.
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Night of the Bloody Apes
Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks
The Single Girls
The Corpse Grinders
The Perils of Gwendoline
Legend of the Wolf Woman
Let Me Die a Woman
The Doll Squad
Secrets of Sweet Sixteen
Fight For Your Life
Love Me Deadly
Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman!
Three On A Meathook
As you can see, from exploitation to sexploitation, Blaxploitation to Nazisploitation, there's a lot to love here. My favorites in this collection include those narrated by Rudy Ray Moore, ("The Black Tornayduh!") The Perils of Gwendoline with the stupidly cute Tawny Kitaen, and the absolutely disgusting Night of the Bloody Apes. You'll find your favorites too, and any time you just can't figure out which genre cheapie to rot your brain with, you won't have to! Get the best of all of them here! Now!
Maybe this will be the start of your very own trailer collection collection. Recommended for dudes like me.
Starting with a low-rent VHS quality insignia for Intervision, this DVD sets the tone. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, these trailers span the gamut as far as aspect ratios go. You'll also see any level of picture quality, from pretty sharp and clear, to ground-into-the-dirt cruddy. While an argument can be made for the highest quality representations of each trailer, (and some of these appear to actually be pieced together from different elements to give you the most complete and/or best quality possible) this is Grindhouse, baby, so just go with it.
Mono Audio treats you to some nice snap, crackle and pop, but in general, everything here sounds fine. You can hear all the breathless narration and bad disco music in blood-fleshing terror quality or something.
A Gallery of Grindhouse Poster Art runs through posters for all 55 movies presented in the compilation, with two up on the screen at a time. Into The Grindhouse: Bump 'N' Grind is an 18 minute featurette narrated by the sassy and profane Emily Booth, a game gal giving you the rundown on the whole grindhouse experience, and its repercussions in today's movie-making society - basically the creation of Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth. It's a fun little diversion, but nothing at all new to you, daddy-o.
Grindhouse trailer compilations are 16 cents a dozen, and this oldie (2010?) from across the pond is just another in a storied tradition. That said, it packs 55 great, great, great trailers, featuring sex, death, disco, and more death in a delightful 129 minutes. With but one OK extra offered, Grindhouse Trailer Classics isn't for every trailer collecting fan, but it is definitely for new fans, or those who don't have the time to cross-reference every collection they have to see if this one has anything new on it. More or less Recommended.
- Kurt Dahlke
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