Tuesday, May 15, 2012

42nd STREET FOREVER: BLU-RAY EDITION

After producing five (well, six, if you count the XXX installment) indispensable exploitation trailer compilations on DVD, Synapse Films now collects the all of the deliciously lurid "coming attractions" previews from the first two volumes - plus a few new entries - in high definition with the 42ND STREET FOREVER - BLU-RAY EDITION, which streeted last Tuesday.

This new edition includes more than 80 glorious cult film trailers and runs nearly four hours. While the trailers themselves vary in picture quality due to their age and disposable nature, every prevue on the disc has been newly remastered in HD. As with most of the previous DVD releases in the series, the trailers are loosely grouped by genre (and subgenre). This volume includes the following titles:

BLACK SAMSON, SAVAGE!, KENNER, THE GUY FROM HARLEM, WELCOME HOME, BROTHER CHARLES,  BOSS NIGGER, HONKY,  SUGAR HILL, ROLLING THUNDER, ACT OF VENGEANCE (a/k/a  RAPE SQUAD), MS. 45,  THEY CALL HER ONE EYE, GINGER , SAVAGE SISTERS, CHAINED HEAT, DELINQUENT SCHOOLGIRLS, THE POM POM GIRLS, THE TEASERS GO TO PARIS, THE TEACHER, COLLEGE GIRLS, STREET GIRLS, THE BABYSITTER,  TEENAGE MOTHER,  I, A WOMAN, WHEN WOMEN HAD TAILS, THE CURIOUS FEMALE, THE TALE OF THE DEAN'S WIFE, THE MINX, THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS, THE DEPRAVED, INVITATION TO RUIN, HELGA, THE SUN, THE PLACE AND THE GIRLS, FAIRYTALES, FLESH GORDON, STARCRASH, DARK STAR, THE RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS, MATANGO,  THE GREEN SLIME, THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE, THE DEADLY SPAWN, THE DARK, THE EVIL, THE EVICTORS, THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS, THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE, DEADLY BLESSING, RABID, EYE OF THE CAT, MARK OF THE WITCH, I DISMEMBER MAMA / THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE, WOMEN AND BLOODY TERROR / NIGHT OF BLOODY HORROR, DR. BUTCHER, M.D., THE GRIM REAPER, DR. TARR'S TORTURE DUNGEON, WICKED WICKED , THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW, THE 3 DIMENSIONS OF GRETA, HARD CANDY, PANORAMA BLUE, THE ITALIAN STALLION, MAID IN SWEDEN, PORNOGRAPHY IN DENMARK, SECRET AFRICA, SHOCKING ASIA, TABOOS OF THE WORLD, CHAPPAQUA, 120 DAYS OF SODOM, THE .44 SPECIALIST, THE BULLET MACHINE, DEATH DRIVE, SPY IN YOUR EYE, KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE, THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS, THE CRIPPLED MASTER, SHOGUN ASSASSIN, SUPER MAN CHU, BORN LOSERS, HELL'S ANGELS ON WHEELS, DEVIL'S ANGELS, THE PINK ANGELS, WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS, DIXIE DYNAMITE, MR. BILLION, SUPER FUZZ, SUNSET COVE, VAN NUYS BLVD, and SKATETOWN U.S.A.

Synapse Films presents these amazing attractions in 1080p HD at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Since these are old, much-projected theatrical trailers that were never intended to have a life beyond the original runs of the films they advertise (never mind be preserved for posterity), picture and sound quality varies widely from preview to preview, with a lot of wear and tear evident on most clips. Still, the overall presentation is never less than watchable – all of the trailers are intact – and the scratches and soundtrack hiss just add to the overall grindhouse experience. The disc also includes a new, highly informative and enjoyable commentary track by Fangoria magazine editor Michael Gingold, film historian Chris Poggiali and Edwin Samuelson, editor of the AVManiacs website.

As with the previous DVD volumes, 42ND STREET FOREVER - BLU-RAY EDITION is a titillating treasure trove of trashy cinematic ballyhoo. If you're a fan of these kinds of films - and if you're not, what are you doing here? - you really should have this disc in your Blu-ray library. Highly recommended!

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