42nd Street Forever, Vol. 5: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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Also includes a 30 minute documentary, REMEMBER THE ALAMO, documenting the Alamo Drafthouse phenomenon.
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The first review here makes me realize how good we have it with the Alamo (actually Alamos; there's a bunch in town now). We've been watching random collections of clips just like this before most every showing of any movie since the original Alamo on 4th was crankin' in the '90s, and I've just always taken it for granted and assumed that every town has a rep theatre that does stuff like this.
I guess not! For that we can say thanks to the Alamo founders, Tim and Carrie League, and all the film freaks who put these things together. They done good, and continue to do it.
This collection really shows off the endless amount of cinematic cheese that has surfaced from the primordial b-movie auteur muck and then disappeared over the decades. And believe it, there's lots more stuff like this in the Alamo vaults! I've seen some reeeeally obscure stuff in the previews, and with luck there'll be another Alamo dvd (or three) in this series.
Sex! Murder!! Mayhem!!! Coming soon to a drive-in near you...
Another bonus is that the trailers are clustered together by genre; so, for example, if you don't like the Kung fu trailers, you can just skip ahead a few chapters and you'll be on to new territory.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema have proudly put their stamp on this DVD edition, but not just in name only. Many of these fantastic trailers are culled from the hallowed halls of AGFA (American Genre Film Archive), a non-profit storage and restoration house for 35mm cult films, some of which are available ONLY in that format. As such, some of the trailers on the DVD have poor quality, but I wouldn't say they "suffer" from it. If anything, the deterioration, discolorations, pops, fizzles, and crackles only add to the flavor and the experience.
Watching these trailers really does take you through a window of time, to an era FAR different than the film climate of today. Countless researchers, fans, buffs, and historians have expounded on that point in time, and with words and love that shame any attempt I could make to do the same. Simply put, these trailers are fascinating to watch. The sheer brashness, boldness, and indeed political incorrectness is a sight to behold. Having actually seen a few of the full-length movies whose trailers are compiled on here, it's worth noting that the marketing for films hasn't changed much for the last 50 or so years. Some of the movies would live up to the "promise" of the trailers, others would deviate in ways good, bad, and strange.Read more ›
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The whole throwback to exploitation/grindhouse thing has been raging strongly for several years now, and honestly, you just never know what you're going to end up getting. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by The Phantom
I've found this item in the series a great point for further exploration for my grindhouse appetite! Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Jeffrey J. Myers