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The Ed Wood Box (Glen or Glenda / Jail Bait / Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls / The Haunted World of Ed Wood) (1956)

Edward D. Wood Jr.  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Directors: Edward D. Wood Jr.
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 467 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W4TNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ed Wood Box (Glen or Glenda / Jail Bait / Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls / The Haunted World of Ed Wood)" on IMDb

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Weird! Wild! Wood! The most legendary B-movie director of all time, Edward D. Wood, Jr. assaulted audiences worldwide with a string of bizarre, no-budget fusions of horror, science fiction, noir and comedy. Now his oddball legacy is finally collected in one indispensable box set! Feast your eyes on his first feature, the madcap Glen or Glenda? in which Eddie himself portrays a transvestite struggling with his addiction to angora while Bela Lugosi offers inscrutable narration. Blackmail, outlaws on the run, and plastic surgery collide in the surreal crime drama Jail Bait, featuring a young Steve Reeves (Hercules), while Bela returns to create the Bride of the Monster in a heady collision of atomic experiments, a rampaging octopus and clumsy assistant Lobo (played by wrestler Tor Johnson). Wood's indisputable disasterpiece, Plan 9 from Outer Space, offers pie-plate flying saucers, incompetent alien leaders, all-seeing psychic Criswell, goth favorite Vampira and a post-mortem appearance by Lugosi himself in his last film role. Then Lobo and a phony spiritualist usher in a Night of the Ghouls at a spooky marsh filled with shuffling undead and wailing ghosts. Finally, learn all about the man himself with The Haunted World of Ed Wood, a comprehensive disc packed with interviews, film clips, TV rarities and much more! It's enough to make you scream!

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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect companion to the Tim Burton film! October 21, 2004
Format:DVD
I got this in the mail the other day, and what a great set! For the price it costs to buy "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Bride of the Monster" together, you get ALL the films of Ed Wood -- minus the pornographic ones he slunk down to making at the end of his career -- in one convenient box. (Note: These are NOT newly rereleased DVDs, just the same ones from Image Entertainment all bundled together at a low price.)

Ed Wood is labeled the "Worst Director of All Time", but that really isn't true. These movies not only feature Bela Lugosi in his final roles, but they are also great entertainment in a "so bad it's good" kind of way. For a movie to be the worst movie of all time, it can't have any entertainment value whatsoever. I'd rather watch an Ed Wood movie than a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie any day.

The picture on these DVDs is grainy, and that can be a good or a bad thing depending on who you are. For me, it's a good thing because it helps to hide some of the weaker special effects.

Amazon.com doesn't list the special features, so I will list them for you: theatrical trailers for "Glen or Glenda", "Bride of the Monster", and "Plan 9"; FLYING SAUCERS OVER HOLLYWOOD -- the excellent two-hour retrospective documentary about the making of Plan 9. And you get a bonus DVD, "The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr.", containing audio commentary by Bela Lugosi Jr., "A&E Biography"'s interview with Brett Thompson and Mike Gabriel, the Sci Fi Channel's news coverage of the world premiere, a collection of outtakes and behind the scenes footage, films of the Ed Wood Reunion at the Palm Springs Film Festival and the biggest Wood parade at the Hollywood premiere, galleries, and Ed Wood's rarely seen 23-minute first film CROSSROADS OF LAREDO.

P.S. As of this review, Amazon.com says it will take two to four weeks for this item to ship. That's ridiculous. I ordered this set from another online retailer, and I got it three days later.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Ed Wood Experience! October 31, 2004
Format:DVD
This set is just about perfect, even more so when compared to the previously-released, "Worst of Ed Wood" box set, this set fixes everything that was wrong with that one.. firstly, the name of that other set, which always just rubbed me the wrong way.. sure, they're "bad" films, but they're also some of the most entertaining things you'll ever sit through, and whether they're entertaining in the way Ed intended or not, he is the one who made the films, and now this DVD company is making money off his work, so it just seems really wrong for them to have a slam like that in the actual title of the box.

From the packaging-- pink angora with octopus tentacles-- to the extras, this set is what that other set should have been, and at about half the price! The sixth disk includes a very informative documentary, but not just that, it has a huge amount of special features, including commentary on the documentary and Ed's long unavailable first short film, and commentary on that too.. and galleries of additional archive footage, etc.. This is truly a special-edition kind of treatment, and not at all what you'd expect for DVD's of this particular kind of film. Then there is a second 2-hour documentary on the Plan 9 disk.. this documentary was the only special feature on the previous box, and if you watched it by itself you would probably get the feeling that it's just scratching the surface.. but now in this new box set it provides a perfect companion to the other full documentary.. the two of them together truly make a worth-while viewing experience, because they each often tell opposite versions of the stories of Ed's life, and interview different people at different points in their lives..
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ed Wood: "He Tampered In God's Domain!" October 27, 2006
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Edward D. Wood Jr. was born in 1924 in Poughkeepsie, New York; spent his youth torn between comic books, pulp fiction, and movie matinees; and after a World War II stint in the Marines landed in Hollywood with an itch to wear women's clothing, drink to excess, and make movies. The result was a series of remarkably atrocious low-budget movies of the "so bad its good" variety, and this inexpensive box set offers not only the best know titles but unexpected bonuses as well.

Filmed in 1953, GLEN OR GLENDA is Ed Wood's ode to the joys and tragedies of cross dressing, featuring Wood himself as the conflicted hero and Delores Fuller as the girlfriend who keeps wondering why her angora sweaters are stretched out of shape. The 1954 JAIL BAIT is a riff on teenagers gone bad and is often described as the best made of Wood's films--but the term "best made" is extremely comparative, to say the least. The 1955 BRIDE OF THE MONSTER is the only Wood film that actually made back its cost; featuring a desperate Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, a rubber octopus, and a laboratory helmet that looks suspiciously like a collander, it is easily a Wood fan favorite. The 1959 NIGHT OF THE GHOULS is a kinda-sorta sequel, featuring Tor Johnson once again in a remarkably silly story of fraudulent spiritualists who bite off more ghosts than they can chew.

The most celebrated title, of course, is the 1959 PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, infamous as the film built around about five minutes of film Wood took of Bela Lugosi shortly before Lugosi's death. Fans have attempted to catalogue every error in the film, but it is inexhaustible: no matter how many goofs, mistakes, and disasters you notice, you always see one or two more with every viewing. Day turns to night and then to day--all in the same scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Ed Wood fan
Great collection with some hard-to-find stuff.
Published 2 days ago by B Landon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wackey low budget
Got to watch these. So low budget that you just laugh and then fall asleep. You have to have friends over when this is on.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Mcconkey
5.0 out of 5 stars U have to be out of your mind!!
The Ed Wood collection is absurd, zany, and very entertaining if you appreciate the weird aspects to life. All the movies will make you laugh heartily. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thos. Jefferson
5.0 out of 5 stars These are Ed Wood movies, for crying out loud!
Ed Wood has made what are considered some of the worst movies in Hollywood. And they're all here in this boxed set!
Published 17 months ago by W. Abraham
4.0 out of 5 stars So Bad It's Good? Nah, It's Just Bad.
I don't know how I became acquainted with Ed Wood's work. I imagine the Tim Burton film had something to do with it, but I can't remember not being fascinated by Wood and his... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jungle Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun at Halloween
You can not get any weirder than Ed Wood. These movies are so bad they are good. Make sense? It is hard not to wonder how he thought he was creating real works of art.
Published 21 months ago by okiedan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Very campy movies.Also includes interviews with people that knew him. A must for any Ed Wood fan. Glen or Glenda was way before its time. Read more
Published 23 months ago by dibbynurse
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed Wood. . . That Says It All!
If you own this boxed set, watch one movie at a time! Your stomach muscles won't be able to stand much more than that. Read more
Published 23 months ago by John L. Clemente
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's Ed Wood.
Movies that are so bad, they are good. That's Ed Wood for you. The documentary about him had some good information but it was slow and repetitive.
Published on June 23, 2012 by Paula Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity Value, Maybe Even Historical Value
Appropriately, I am writing this during a thunderstorm. Ed Wood loved thunder and lightening. He treated stock film of lightening as a special effect. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
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