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Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel [Blu-ray] (2011)

Roger Corman , Alex Stapleton  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roger Corman
  • Directors: Alex Stapleton
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QS9OES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL is a tantalizing and star-studded tribute to Roger Corman, Hollywood's most prolific writer-director producer, and seminal influencing force in modern moviemaking over the last 60 years. Featuring interviews with Hollywood icons and cinematic luminaries, some who launched their careers within Corman's unforgettable world of filmmaking, including, Paul W.S. Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert DeNiro, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Ron Howard, Eli Roth, Martin Scorcese, William Shatner and many others, this documentary chronicles how Corman created his cult film empire, one low-budget success at a time, capitalizing on undiscovered talent, and pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

Director Alex Stapleton weaves archival footage following Roger's illustrious career: From his early days of genre-defining classics including the original Fast and Furious, the original Little Shop of Horrors, The Crybaby Killer, The Intruder, House of Usher, and The Wild Angels (which at that point in 1966 was his 100th film) -- with present day video of him and his wife Julie on location still at work as they continue to produce and distribute films outside the studio system: fast, cheap and out-of-this-world!

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CORMAN'S WORLD? HARDLY! June 13, 2012
Format:DVD
If someone had absolutely no idea who Roger Corman was, they would only get a fleeting and far-from-complete notion of him from this DVD. With way too much emphasis on his more recent, direct-to-video schlock one would hardly know that this amazing man is actually responsible for many, many very good movies! Why waste so much time on sleazy crap like DINOSHARK when Mr. Corman is responsible for both producing AND directing a damn good movie like FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND? We see the poster for X - THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES behind Mr. Corman in several of the interview segments - yet learn zip about it - or PREMATURE BURIAL or ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE or VON RICHTOFEN AND BROWN or SECRET INVASION and so many more fine films. The Vincent Price/Poe cycle is barely touched upon. More time is spent in this documentary razzing the notoriously bad THE TERROR than praising any of the truly wonderful Poe films. On the sole basis of this documentary, Mr.Corman comes across as merely a slightly more evolved Ed Wood Jr. But the truth is Corman has true artistic talent - and not just for predicting and capitalizing on cinematic trends or being the godfather to so many talents that soared beyond the stratosphere and on to the stars that they eventually became whilst Roger Corman remained earth-bound. Make no mistake about it. The man is an artist.

The luminaries who are interviewed for this documentary are mostly wasted. The majority of them have very little to say. Robert DeNiro is gone in the blink of an eye. Why was Bob Burns even bothered? Quentin Tarantino's contribution is mostly stock. Unless I blinked and missed something, why is there no mention from Peter Bogdanovich of Mr. Corman's pivotal role in the making of TARGETS, the film that launched Bogdanovich's directing career?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Movie-making maverick Roger Corman gets his due in the fun and enlightening new documentary "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel." One of my contemporary pet peeves is how everyone tells me they love movies, but then those same people have no sense of cinema history. I believe that to really love something, you have to have an understanding of it beyond what plays at the local mall! Corman is the classic example of someone who has always worked on the periphery of the traditional entertainment system, but who has left an indelible legacy within the film community. And I will pay Alex Stapleton's film the highest compliment: It made me want to go back and watch and/or re-watch a lot of films. From his cheesy low-budget films of the fifties, to a counter-culture leader in the sixties, to the master of exploitation in the seventies--Corman may not have always made good films, but he definitely seemed to have a pulse on what appealed to popular audiences. I think it's fair to say that he is the definition of indie film.

If you have no idea who Roger Corman is and you claim to love movies, this is an easy recommendation. And if you are already a fan, this is an easy recommendation. While Corman's film contributions have been marginalized over recent years (now he tends to lend his name to SyFy network creature feature mash-ups. Some are campy delights, some are dreadful) he is finally getting the respect that is his due. A well deserved Honorary Oscar ceremony was attended by some of the industry's biggest names--most of which got their start with Corman. Here is a sampling of talent that owe a career debt to Corman: Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, and Peter Bogdanovich.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part of His World Anyway December 18, 2012
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Any fan of the prolific B-movie mogul Mr. Roger Corman should enjoy this bio-pic/documentary about his life and career. It focuses mainly on his early films and later work, and skims over those in between. Unfortunately, some of those were some of my favorites, like Battle Beyond The Stars. Aside from that though, this was an enjoyable documentary about a film-maker who played by his own rules and did things outside the studio system that had never been attempted before. He was the first real indy film maker on the Hollywood scene as it were. There are a lot of big name actors featured in this documentary, and it was fun to discover some who I hadn't realized had got there big breaks in Roger Corman films. If that sounds at all interesting to you, then you'd likely enjoy this incomplete biography of one of Tinsel Town's most innovative and off-beat film makers.

~ Kort
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This was a totally engrossing look back at the career of Roger Corman with great interviews of star actors and directors like Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, etc. My only complaint was the fact that there was no mention of "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" starring Jason Robards and George Segal from 1967. I would have thought it would have been included because it was one of the few (if only) times Corman got the backing of a major studio. I've read that he came away from the experience feeling a sense of disgust at how willing the studio was to waste time and money during the production, compared to his streamlined approach, and he gladly went back to producing his own films through A.I.P. after this. Despite this omission, it's still a great documentary and I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look Into My Eyes! My eyes are of alien!
All together let's say it aloud: "Roger Corman is one of the most important figures in cinema history".
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Published 6 days ago by Roy Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
This was a great, informative doc about Roger Corman and the movie business in general. Really enjoyed this one alot.
Published 1 month ago by F. Frye
3.0 out of 5 stars And will the real Roger Corman please stand up?
I finally watched this doc. Interesting, but left me wanting to know what the real RC is really like and what makes him "tick." That was missing in this documentary. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Ferris
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Alex made the most amazing film and an important subject. This world of filmmaking must be known to future generations and this film does it so well.
Published 3 months ago by Anita Rosenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST CORMAN PIECE for uber-fans as well as neophytes!
This is a comprehensive and insightful doc that captures the universal love for one of Hollywood's lesser known (outside the biz) but integrally important influential. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. Douglass
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Drive-In movies and B- flicks
If you're a fan of those movies like "Attack of the Crab Monster" and drive-in exploitation films from the 60's, 70's and 80's ... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sawyer36
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
I was thrilled to watch this film which offeres a great deal of insight to who, why, and how Corman lived and produced his films.
Published 9 months ago by Marie Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Roger Corman rocks and Jack Nicholson gets to show his love for a seminal producer whom helped create his and many other filmmakers careers. Hats off to Roger Corman.
Published 12 months ago by goodnightpaul
5.0 out of 5 stars "...my image is just some sort of ordinary, straight guy -- clearly my...
The biggest surprise in Alex Stapleton's 90 minute CORMAN'S WORLD documentary is watching Jack Nicholson dissolve into tears as he reminisces about his dear friend Roger. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Annie Van Auken
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but lacks depth
This is certainly an entertaining and engaging documentary about Roger Corman, featuring candid interviews with many Hollywood legends -- most notably Jack Nicholson and Martin... Read more
Published 14 months ago by R.D. Monsoon
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