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Long regarded as one of the most inept writers and directors in Hollywood, Ed. D. Wood's career spanned over 25 years, including low budget horror and sci-fi, and toward the end of his career, grindhouse and sexual exploitation films. Each of the films in this box bear the unmistakable mark of Ed's twisted creativity although few would argue about their entertainment level. The films in this box span from 1954's `Jailbait` all the way to the 1978 exploitation film, `Hot Ice`.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 944 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XC5LO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2011
Format: DVD
It's not definitive, as S'MORE ENTERTAINMENT's Ed Wood compilation, BIG BOX OF WOOD is missing (for example) his slightly autobiographic GLEN OR GLENDA (1953), and the most fragrant NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (1959).

The nearly 17 hours on 6 DVDs in this set feature six of Eddie's later SCRIPTS, as he rarely directed after 1960, including two "Bunnies" films that make their DVD debut here. Of these 11 features, Wood wrote and directed only JAIL BAIT, BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, THE SINISTER URGE and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.

"Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan" is a one-man short starring the Canadian-born 'B' western and movie serial bad guy, showing off his skills with a pistol. Duncan is also the other (nameless) sergeant in the sidewalk scene from the Abbott & Costello comedy, BUCK PRIVATES (1941).

Duncan has a bit role in Ed's unsold TV pilot for "The Adventures of the Tucson Kid," a series that would've featured 1930s 'B' western stars Tom Keene and Tom Tyler. (Wood appears in this 25 minute film as a Pony Express rider.)

Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll ratings.

(2.9) Jail Bait (1954) - Lyle Talbot/Dolores Fuller/Herbert Rawlinson/Steve Reeves/Timothy Farrell/Theodora Thurman/Bud Osborne (uncredited: Conrad Brooks/Edward D. Wood Jr.--radio voice)

(3.7) Bride of the Monster (1955) - Bela Lugosi/Tor Johnson/Tony McCoy/Loretta King/Harvey B. Dunn/George Becwar/Paul Marco/Don Nagel/Bud Osborne/Dolores Fuller/'Billy' Benedict (uncredited: Conrad Brooks)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
Format: DVD
I'm a big fan of outsider art. For me, this outré genre is best defined as something made by an amateur that attempts to pass as art yet is widely recognized as primitive and unskilled in the normal definitions of what we deem "art" --yet still holds a strong fascination.

However it may be defined, Edward Davis Wood, Jr., (1924 - 1978) both personally and professionally, remains a giant in the outsider world.

Wood's unexpected back-story does not immediately resonate with his film career. His father was a Poughkeepsie, NY, mailman and his mother so wanted a girl she dressed little Ed as such until he was 12 or so. When he was 17, he enlisted in the Marines and claimed to be among the 300 survivors (from 4000 Marines) of the November 1943, massacre at Tarawa in the South Pacific Theater, one of the most brutal in US Marine history. He said he fought while wearing a bra and panties beneath his uniform.

Wood was wounded in his leg and badly scarred. By war's end, he was missing several teeth. He joined a carnival and his injuries made him a perfect candidate to perform in the carnival freak show as a geek.

Wood was always drawn toward performance. In a way, his life was his canvas. For most of his adult life, he was a confident, creative, cross-dressing heterosexual. In Hollywood of the 1950s, he became a producer, director, writer editor and actor by default. At night he wrote quirky pulp fiction novels that were actually published!

Why five stars? Because here we are still talking about Ed Wood and his unlikely films of little merit. That's because this outsider made his mark and somehow it is more than an indelible stain on our ever morphing pop-culture landscape of ephemera.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Salmestrelli on July 26, 2013
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This set is loaded. You get interviews, audio commentary, and introductions to the movies(much of which is very good and supplied by Ted Newsom director of Ed Wood - Look Back in Angora [VHS]. You get a wide selection of Ed Wood movies, some of which you will not find anywhere else (the movies he only wrote or produced but didn't direct, post 1960).


1. Night of the Ghouls (Can't believe this isn't included)

2. Glen or Glenda(REALLY can't believe this isn't included)

3. Venus Flytrap aka Body of Prey aka The Revenge of Doctor X (1970) (This is a 1970 scifi/horror movie which apparently was scripted by Wood and the clunky dialog leads me to believe it. This movie is more in keeping with Woods 50's work than with his softcore works in the 70's. The movie belongs more on this set than some other titles like Hot Ice which Stephen C. Apostolof claims Wood had literally nothing to do with the making of. This movie is also in the public domain so it wouldn't have cost much to include here. The movie's credits mistake this movie with Mad Doctor of Blood Island by Eddie Romero and starring John Ashley but neither had anything to do with the movie (actually it's directed by Norman Thomson and stars James Craig) and that might be why it gets blown off.

4. 'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love! (X rated)

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