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5.0 out of 5 stars B-movie heaven, December 8, 2009
This review is from: 42nd Street Forever, Vol. 5: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (DVD)
4.6 stars

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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series!, July 11, 2011
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YetAnotherJames (Atlanta, GA, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 42nd Street Forever, Vol. 5: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (DVD)
If you're new to this series, start with Volume 5. It's the most entertaining of all, and it will be the best gauge for you to decide if you'd like to expand your collection with volumes 1 through 4. Volume 1 is no slouch, but from the very beginning ("Chuck" Heston explaining the MPAA rating system while playing tennis) Volume 5 is pure entertainment.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Tubular, November 10, 2009
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This review is from: 42nd Street Forever, Vol. 5: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (DVD)
Synapse's 42nd St Forever trailer comps have always been insanely entertaining but I have to concur with the previous reviewer when he says this volume ups the ante. This is without a doubt the most "out there" of the series -- well, except for maybe the XXX one. I haven't even heard of half of these films (esp. the kung fu titles -- whoa, check out that underage face plant at the end of LUCKY SEVEN!) but I guarantee if you like this sort of thing, you won't be disappointed. I even enjoyed the commentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining from start to finish!, December 21, 2012
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I've found this item in the series a great point for further exploration for my grindhouse appetite! After noting the titles and doing further research, I'm able to take the wheat from the chaff to expand my 70s movie collection. Essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Remember The Alamo !!!", February 13, 2011
This review is from: 42nd Street Forever, Vol. 5: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (DVD)
This fifth volume in the glorious '42nd St. Forever' series of tawdry, trashy, tacky, transgressive trailers focuses on the Grand Ole Opry of southern Grindhouse cinema, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Texas. The Lone Star state is considered to be the 'New York of the South' (and good ol' boys don't mean that as praise), and one need look no further for proof than to watch the trailers assembled in this demented collection for evidence. One of the last flag waving bastions of grindhouse glory, The Alamo hosts the Quentin Tarantino Film Fest and the Butt-Numb-A-Thon revivals, making it the equivalent of the Cannes Film or Sundance Festival of cinematic sleaze and celluloid sickness.

In this heartwarming salute to the Texan temple of trash, we are treated to many a great bad film; dozens of degrading, degenerative and dumpster-diving drivel that any seasoned sleazehound could ever hope for in this life. (My hope is that the afterlife is even more rewarding in this area, but I've always been a dreamer...). And an added perk in this collection is that the film genres are primarily grouped together, so if you're a kung-fu, Sonny Chiba-loving fool you've got a slew of such sashimi slices presented back to back - if not, the fast forward button becomes your best friend. Then comes the insanely depraved Eurohorror offerings that are long on nekkidness and short on scares, some decadent Danish sex comedy flesh-feasts, a fistful of low-budget action and sci-fi fiascos, a peppering of laughable sword and sandal or sorcery sludge, reel-ly ridiculous bad horror spin-offs you'll probably remember but wish you'd forgotten, a bevy of buffoonish American sex comedies that aren't any kind of funny though the nudity is noteworthy, then ya got yer Southern-fried rope'em, race'em, ride'em and ransack'em relics from those pre-PC days when Americans stood proudly while driving souped-up gas-guzzlers at unlawful speeds, off-road and through mud rivers while blatantly likkered up, and finally there's a cache of kiddie flicks cobbled together by someone on acid that represent some of the most bizarre previews here. So if you're a fan of cheesy trailers and bad films done badly, bare-knuckled brawling and bare-breasted babes, films that'll inflict damage, leave scars and promote mind rot, you've struck the mother lode, brethren. And there's more, friends, like ads for lobby food you wouldn't eat on a dare, a death wish or after a week with your mouth sewn shut. Yes indeed, kick back and revisit the 'good ol' days', for a splendid time is guaranteed for all... "Remember the Alamo!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I had been expecting, yet excellent, December 31, 2013
This review is from: 42nd Street Forever, Vol. 5: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (DVD)
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. Sometimes it's a lot of unremembered softcore sex flicks from the '60s; sometimes forgotten hard-core from the '70s; other times it's just foolishly mislabeled and is either edited hard-core or misdiagnosed soft-core from a far more recent era (I've even seen '90s stuff labeled as "grindhouse").

This is a collection of trailers that ahead of time, I had expected would be hard-core. After all, that's what you should expect given the "42nd Street" tag, because that's what 42nd Street in New York was noted for. As it turns out there is no hard-core on it and by and large, there is no grindhouse fare. Very little sexploitation even. So I was a little disappointed in that.

However, what IS here is highly entertaining--Grade Z movies, drive-in legends and exploitation films of all kinds, more than 40 trailers in all. Plus lots of fun little calls to go to the concession stand and other fillers along the way. The best part is the voice-over commentary from the operators of the Alamo Draft House theater who compiled these particular selections for the DVD.

Overall an excellent title.
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