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Fantastic Flesh (2008)

Kevin VanHook  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Kevin VanHook
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HVZO7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

From classic creatures to modern gore, special effects make-up has always been the dark heart of movie magic. In this Starz Inside documentary, meet the masters of the craft and discover its incredible history, complete with rare behind-the-scenes photos and footage, revealing interviews with Quentin Tarantino, George Romero, Josh Brolin, Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, John Carpenter, Simon Pegg, Eli Roth, Rob Bottin, Robert Rodriguez, Tom Savini, Wes Craven, John Landis, Mick Garris and Dick Smith, plus classic clips from FRANKENSTEIN, THE EXORCIST, PLANET OF THE APES, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, AN AMERICAN WEREWORLF IN LONDON, THE THING, GRINDHOUSE, SIN CITY, TRANSFORMERS, DAY OF THE DEAD, KILL BILL, TOTAL RECALL, CABIN FEVER, THE HOWLING and much more.  

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Granted that it is a documentary, I found it informative as far as the history of make-up effects up until present day. Little did I realize that there were other great artists aside from Lon Chaney, such as Jack Pierce, the creator of the iconic Universal Frankenstein Monster who created the pieces from mere cotton! It also has unique behind the scenes footage from movies old and new, showcasing how these incredible minds set forth their craft even before the advent of show-stopping CGI. Even better, it shows the latest direction in which CGI and Practical effects have become intermeshed and how they will affect future movies. While the title sounds like a how-to video, it's more of an appreciation for the people who started it all. There is even a tribute to Stan Winston who had passed away suddenly from a rare blood cancer (see Fangoria magazine in 2008, october issue I think) which I think was quite touching.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Documentary on Special Effects Make-Up February 1, 2009
"Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup EFX" is a terrific documentary combining technique with film history. Featured are scenes from such horror classics as "Frankenstein," "The Exorcist," "Planet of the Apes," "An American Werewolf in London," "The Chronicles of Narnia," and more. Since the advent of CGI filmmaking, audiences have become jaded by cinema monsters, but this film focuses on the pre-CGI era, when assorted techniques and long hours were required to transform actors into abominably awful-looking creatures or victims of horrible violence. This is a must-see for aficionados of the horror genre.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay as an Introduction to the Art January 23, 2012
This film didn't really have much in the way of educational information. It was basically a bunch of big names in the business talking about what they enjoy about doing their work, a handful of personal stories lacking detail and a few cool behind the scenes moments.

The enthusiasm of the interviewees makes this worth a watch or two as a rental, but it's not really worth the price unless you want to own everything related to Special FX.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome doc April 10, 2013
When I originally ordered this, I thought it was a step by step "how to" DVD. But it is not. Never the less, it is an awesome documentary on the art of special effects by the best of the best in the biz. Overall, I am a satisfied customer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brad Bird? February 27, 2014
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I'm not sure if what I watched is what others are commenting on. I purchased this thinking Brad Bird would be hosting, but he and Carroll Ballard are not anywhere in this video, which includes the credits. As well, on Amazon's description of the video, Gary Leva is billed as the director but Kevin Vanhook is the actual director listed in the credits... ????

I'm a huge fan of this kind of FX work and makeup, so I'm rating it 3/5 in spite of the info disparity (which slightly affected my expectations). Anyhow, the poor video quality is countered with a litany of Hollywood heavyweights, but I'm still confused about the info that Amazon has billed it with. Plus, is that Tom Cruise on the cover? Again, I'm wondering if there's been a mix-up by Amazon on this.

If anyone who rated this 4 or 5 stars can verify whether or not the version you saw had Brad Bird in it, I'd be greatly obliged. I'd love to see that video if this was just a goof.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a son, February 10, 2014
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I am sure he liked it, he is a bit odd this way, LOL truthfully he is a make-up artist and holloween enthusiest!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected December 11, 2013
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I'm not sure what I was expecting. I love to watch the "making of" specials of movies so I can see how things are done, it fascinates me. While this production had some of that, I remember mostly interviews describing how long it took to put on the "effects" and how much different it is today compared to when movies were first made. It has plenty of shots of actors in makeup but not much technical detail of how it is made or applied. It seemed very dry and I am not anticipating wanting to watch it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Documentary For SFX Fans, But Not A How To June 25, 2014
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This is a great documentary all about special effects and provides a lot of historical information about the development of special effects in movies. People should not order this expecting a lot of how to information: what products are used, how to construct them, etc. This is not an instructional video, and if you order it for that information you will definitely be disappointed! But this is a great documentary that is both entertaining and informative, well shot, and well edited. Any movie buff will enjoy this fun little feature and it's a great deal (I got mine for about $7), so it would make a great gift for your aspiring actor, makeup artist, theater/movie fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Flesh
A video which makes makeup easy to do when trying to get a great look, a real help for all.
Published 7 months ago by Silver Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great X-mas Gift
My cousin will be going to college for special FX make-up and I knew she would love this DVD. So happy I bought this for hr to encourage her to go to school for her dream and this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by LoveHurts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great learning tool
This book had a lot of really great information and details on how to create realistic movie makeup. Read more
Published 9 months ago by lm21385
4.0 out of 5 stars good info
I wanted to show it in class but there was some language and nudity that made it impossible. Wish something existed JUST like it that was cleaned up for use in schools.
Published 10 months ago by Gael Jeanne Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!
Got this for my grandson and he loves it. He made me up as a doll whose face had cracked and it looked solo real. Read more
Published 12 months ago by witchdoctor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Consider a worth purchase for reference. Variations of Special Effects Makeup is impressive and very helpful although there is no guide of how to do it.
Published 17 months ago by elezaa zainuddin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new ideas.
Was better than expected! Good tips, especially for the more experienced individual. I would like to see a follow-up video.
Published 19 months ago by SciFiGuy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic flesh DVD
This was a very informative video. It had step by step techniques in common lay-terms and is great for beginners.
Published 20 months ago by Jason Crews
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