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Fantastic Flesh

4.1 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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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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  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HVZO7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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"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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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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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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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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In this documentary they reference the fans who like them. Grew up on effects and has seen all of their favorite artists works.I am that fan and I can say that all the stories in this are ones we've heard before.
There is no real flow at all either they just jump back and forth to different stuff without any segue,Its just a series of random interviews and random clips that don't always have anything to do with what the interviewee was talking about.

There a lengthy scene with Tom Savini where he describes a scene from "Dawn of the dead" where Flyboy gets shot in the shoulder and how he did the effect on the spot with no preparation it then cuts to a clip from a different part in the movie where someone is being eaten.This documentary seems to constantly build up without fallow through.

I was expecting to see behind the scenes stuff like people working on effects, besides the occasional store room shot there's no real insight as far as art or process and the few historical things that are presented are in no particular order and would be hard to fallow if I didn't already hear the story somewhere else.

If your like me and must see everything with spfx in it. I recommend renting or borrowing this, like I did. I would have been even more disappointed if i had paid for it
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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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General interviews with special effect makeup artist, not a how to video, but interesting. If you are a huge fan of classic horror and more of a fan to the makeup artist side that creates the monsters and such, this is a much see have video.
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