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The Blood Trilogy (Blood Feast / Two Thousand Maniacs! / Color Me Blood Red) [Blu-ray] (1965)

William Kerwin , Mal Arnold , Herschell Gordon Lewis  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Don Joseph, Candi Conder
  • Directors: Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 233 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TWVWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

3 audio commentaries by Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman

Outtakes

Carving Magic with William Kerwin and Harvey Korman

Blood Feast theatrical trailer

Two Thousand Maniacs theatrical trailer

Color Me Blood Red theatrical trailer

Galleries of exploitation art


Editorial Reviews

Herschell Gordon Lewis' pioneering "gore" films in deluxe special editions. First, Mrs. Fremont hires crackpot Egyptian cultist Fuad Ramses to cater a party--and he prepares a Blood Feast made from the grisly body parts of nubile young women. The world's first gore film. Then the Two Thousand Maniacs of a small Southern town celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Northerners to serve as "guests" in their macabre, blood-crazed fun and games. And when his girlfriend, Gigi, cuts her finger on a frame, maniacal artist Adam Sorg discovers a new shade of crimson that will make his artwork so special--human blood--in the shocktacular Color Me Blood Red.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for fans of exploitation cinema January 17, 2008
Format:DVD
Herschell Gordon Lewis is one of those rare directors who is so inept and clumsy that his films become wildly entertaining. He and others such as Ed Wood and Doris Wishman consistently made terrible movies that, while incredibly silly, are still engaging through and through. There are plenty of bad directors who made a few films that are fun to watch and there are plenty of bad directors who made films that are just pure tedium, but most every HGL film is a treat for those of us who enjoy the finer points of exploitation cinema.

"Blood Feast" is easily HGL's most infamous film - one that most gore fanatics know quite well. Although it's a bit tame by today's standards, it hasn't lost its edge. There are some incredibly bloody scenes and they're surrounded by some of the worst, most wooden acting anyone has seen outside of "Plan 9 from Outer Space". It turns even the most bland dialogue scenes into laugh riots.

"Two Thousand Maniacs!" is not amongst my favorite HGL films, but it does seem to be fairly popular with most fans. It's basically a remake of "Brigadoon", (yeah, HGL has a PhD in literature - honest) but this time with hillbillies and gory, violent deaths. It's a nice crossover between HGL's hillbilly films and his gore films.

"Color Me Blood Red" is another classic. The blood is plentiful, as is the campy atmosphere and typically awful acting. Any HGL fan will enjoy this.

Just like Something Weird Video's "Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection" (which I also highly recommend), there are plenty of extras. HGL and his partner on these three films, David Friedman, provide great commentary tracks, both hilarious and informative. We also get some trailers and a few shorts. Overall, excellent extra features. SWV did a typically excellent job with this.

This collection belongs on the shelf of any serious exploitation cinema collector. Buy it and enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Schlock That Wouldn't Die October 3, 2011
By tesg
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It would be easy to pass this up as being a package of movies that was put cheaply together for a quick buck if you didn't know better. Don't make that assumption.

These are three examples of early gore from the pioneers of the genre, Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman. While not exactly Oscar-worthy, they have their place in cinema history. The transfers on the Blu-ray discs aren't exactly reference quality, but they're fine for these films, and probably far better than they ever looked on drive-in screens. In some scenes, you could argue they look TOO good. The main audio tracks are PCM mono.

BLOOD FEAST - If you ever wondered where modern horror started, look no further than this cult classic. A caterer puts together a feast using body parts of his victims. Filmed on a budget of $24,500 (according to Friedman in the commentary), it is one of the most horribly acted movies you will ever see...yet there's something appealing about this film even today. The gore, cheesy by today's standards, was like nothing ever seen before in its day. The movie became a sensation at drive-in circuits around the country and birthed a segment of cinema that simply hadn't existed previously.

TWO THOUSAND MANIACS - After making names for themselves with "Blood Feast", Lewis and Friedman made "Two Thousand Maniacs" with triple the budget. A small Southern town celebrates the anniversary of the Civil War by tricking some Northern tourists into town and killing them in various community events. Most of the actual residents of the shooting location were all too happy to participate in filming, which made the movie look far bigger than it was.

COLOR ME BLOOD RED - A frustrated artist can't find his color...until his girlfriend accidentally cuts herself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Purists Beware!!!!! October 7, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I just got my blu ray in and popped it in the player, so excited to finally see these wonderful H.G. Lewis films in HD, but to my REAL shock and horror they have cropped the image at the top and bottom for that fake widescreen look and it really effects the picture! The picture IS otherwise brighter and clearer than the previous "Something Weird" dvd release but there is just too much cropped off at the top and bottom. For all you H.G. Lewis purists beware!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blood Trilogy September 2, 2010
Format:DVD
Blood Feast

Herschell Gordon Lewis made Horror history with 1963's BLOOD FEAST, widely considered to be the first "gore" film. In the years before the MPAA, filmmakers were only limited from showing excessive nudity on-screen. With no rules preventing anyone in the movie industry from depicting gratuitous violence or horrifying bodily dismemberment, H.G. Lewis and business partner David F. Friedman embarked on a series of films that exploited these loose regulations in an attempt to compete with the major studio releases in the drive-in circuit. The two did not ease in to this newly established genre with just a few missing limbs or a severed head, but (literally) covered the screen in blood and butchery from start to finish. This simply had never been done before, and even to this day, BLOOD FEAST continues to serve as one of the most shocking and gruesome films in the genre.

Mrs. Fremont is throwing a dinner party for her daughter's engagement, so in order to impress her guests, she has hired the exotic caterer Fuad Ramses to put on an extravagant feast! What she doesn't know is that Fuad has worked up a special menu made from bits and pieces of the missing girls from around town, which he will be serving as the main course in an Egyptian blood feast to appease the goddess Ishtar!

PSYCHO, this is not; Lewis' listless direction shows all of the style and finesse of an early stag film (another genre with which he was fondly familiar). BLOOD FEAST tastefully implies nothing, and instead plasters the screen in one lurid image after another, using as few camera set-ups and shots as possible for the minimal amount of coverage provided.
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3.0 out of 5 stars blood trilogy
I'm a bit disappointed that you can't buy blood feast by itself. I had to buy the blood trilogy in order to get blood feast. The film is a bit dull. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kieran
5.0 out of 5 stars Herschell Gordon Lewis, He was at his finest when he was at his worst
Herscell Gordon Lewis was one of those pioneering people who realized something, A movie doesn't have to be great to amake money!!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage explicit gore.
For lovers of things horror this is a no brainer. For what it is with no restoration work it looks and sounds (dts-ma 2.0) ...... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Friis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice picture and audio quality
Three Lewis gore classics on one BD! Good value for us B movie gore fans. Cheesy, but what did you expect?
Published 13 months ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Commentaries Galorious Commentaries
The movie set is absolutely complete by the commentaries by Mr. Lewis. Watch and listen to the god of the drive-in screen. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Films
I'm glad they released these on blu ray Two Thousand Maniacs is my favorite out of the trilogy but Color Me Red was great too.
Published 16 months ago by jack
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice bargain set to three legendary movies!
"Blood Feast" tells the story of a crazed caterer who secretely worships an Egyptian blood goddess called Ishtar, he goes around the city hunting down innocent virgin women then... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars A gore fest in lovely Blu ray!
Wow! These three films look wonderful! I USe my Blu ray with a projector and you can see all the little details you never thought existed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul Vandervort
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Conclusion
Though Lewis is definitely not the best director and makes a s***ty performance in all areas that make a great movie, The Blood Trilogy is a very interesting three-piece work. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anthony M. Lusardi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
The blu-ray, both technical quality of the disc and package, doesn't disappoint the expectations. It is also region free .
Published 19 months ago by Andrea Baleani
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