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Definitely Not Hollywood: Extreme Comedy Edition
Fast Food: An interesting attempt at porting the signature Scorses style into a semi-parody of the film Casino, this film asks the question what if all these mob guys were to get into the fast food business. Cute and only occasionally funny this film falls short of transcending its film school roots
Boy Next Door: A bitingly sharp look at the tempestuous relationship between a gay brother and a sister who both like the Boy Next Door. It's hard to have sympathy for the characters who are so mean to eachother, you'll revel in both their defeat.
Saving Ryan's Privates: A well done spoof of Saving Private Ryan this short does a great job at lampooning Speilberg's sometime over the top style. This short film is one of the best ones on the DVD
Louie The Fly: You think you have problems, try being a fly, bottom of the food chain, conniseur of poop. Take it from Louie, being a fly is tough. Louie The Fly is funny and quick, at just over three minutes it tells the joke and then ends rather than trying to stretch it out it to something it does need to be.
Dogfish: This short is just plain mean spirited as it follows two Dog Fisherman who literally try to hook dogs. I can see what they were trying for in this film, I just don't think they got there. My least favorite movie on the DVD
Living with Ridalyn: An extremely colorful look at the teenage junk food culture, this short could easily find its way into one of the Spike and Mike Sick and Twisted film fests, but is a treat here on this DVD. You'll never look at a 7-11 the same way again.
Jackpot: Another very short and witty film that follows the misfortune of a beach combing fortune hunter. Great character development in such a short time, and it gets to the point quick (and with a bang I might add)
The Hangnail: Another really sick and twisted animation is well produced but only mildly amusing. Don't blink at just under two minutes this film is over almost as soon as it begins
The Sid Sidesplitter Show: A series of forty second episodes that basically are variations on a theme, think Itchy and Scratchy from the Simpsons but not nearly as fun. Sid Sidesplitter ends up being more annoying than entertaining.
Although the picture quality varies from film to film, the overall transfer of Definitely Not Hollywood: Extreme Comedy Edition is good. On the sound side I'm giving this collection medium marks but with the understanding that many of these films are produced on lower budgets and so a Dolby Digital transfer may not have made sense.
The one area that really needed improvement on this DVD is the real absence of extras. Fast Food and Saving Ryan's Privates may have been really improved by mock commentary tracks, and maybe a commentary for The Boy Next Store would have made it more approachable.
In all Definitely Not Hollywood: Extreme Comedy Edition is an entertaining DVD but it doesn't measure up to the other volume in this series Definitely Not Hollywood: Dark Comedy Edition. While some of the films on this DVD were enjoyable it isn't something I'd watch again, so I'd advise you to rent this rather than buying.