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Poor Pretty Eddie Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack

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Brace yourself for one of the 1970s greatest, creepiest, cult classics now available for the first time ever on High Definition Blu-Ray. It s a surreal psycho-thriller that broke all the rules of political correctness and lowbrow film-making as it spun the sordid tale of a black singer from the big city, Liz Wetherly (Leslie Uggams), who finds herself stranded in a backwoods redneck nightmare that makes Deliverance look like a day at Disneyland in comparison. Poor Pretty Eddie spent years existing as one of those mythical, must-see... if you can find a copy films. As copies began to make the rounds, and as more movie buffs were able to view it, reports of the movie s content focused as much on the detailed, almost art-house, approach to many of the scenes as they did on the film s obvious seediness and dark storyline. Intriguing, when you consider its directors had demonstrated no aspirations previously (or, indeed, since) to produce anything beyond good ol fashioned exploitation fare aimed at the drive-in movie crowd. Not that this movie would have disappointed anyone looking for a down and dirty grindcore film, either. When her car breaks down, Whetherly ends up stuck in a remote southern town that s been left for dead ever since they put in the interstate. She is forced to stay in a dilapidated inn that serves as the bizzaro kingdom of faded, overweight burlesque star Bertha (Shelly Winters), her much younger boy-toy and aspiring Elvis wannabe, Eddie (Michael Christian), and a cast of suitably strange townsfolk including Sheriff Orville (Slim Pickens), Keno (Ted Cassidy aka Lurch from The Addams Family and one of the great character actors of our time) and Floyd (Dub Taylor, another notable character actor). Over the years, the film also appeared on the drive-in circuit under the titles Black Vengeance and Heartbreak Motel. But whatever you want to call it, it s not a movie you will soon forget!

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  • Actors: Leslie Uggams, Shelley Winters, Michael Christian
  • Directors: Richard Robinson
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Cultra
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I3Z6GI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 4, 2008
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Singing sensation, Liz Wetherly (Leslie Uggams) takes a solo roadtrip in order to get away from it all. Unfortunately, her Rolls Royce breaks down in the middle of the redneck section of hell! Liz is forced to stay at a rustic lodge while her car is being fixed. Well, said lodge is run by alcoholic has-been Bertha (Shelley Winters from Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?, Whatever's The Matter With Helen?, etc.) and her leering, Elvis-like, young lover, Eddie (Michael Christian), who are both totally nuts! If they're not bad enough, we get Slim Pickens (Dr. Strangelove, The Howling) as the perverted sheriff, Dub Taylor as the twisted justice of the peace, and Ted "Lurch" Cassidy as the manic mechanic! Liz finds herself at the mercy of people who are not just racist hicks, but dangerously deranged as well! Her nightmare takes the form of rape, humiliation, and a mock wedding! Ted Cassidy's character seems to be the only one w/ an ounce of brains or heart! The rest are slobbering lunatics w/ Liz's degradation as their latest group project. I kept hoping Liz would start wacking these horrid hillbillies! I mean, she suffers so many indignities for such a long time, the movie is mostly Liz's frustrating torture session. Although this agony goes on for quite a while, trust me, the finalé is worth the wait...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tesg on April 27, 2011
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Wow. A snotty diva takes off on vacation alone in her Rolls looking for a quiet place to wind down after a grueling...singing of the national anthem at a sporting event? Naturally, she breaks down and ends up at a rundown hunters lodge run by an ex-burlesque star and her much younger Elvis wanna-be boyfriend. About the time you're getting bored with it, they throw in a rape scene intertwined with footage of two dogs going at it. It's the production style that hooks you from that point forward, and it just keeps getting more bizarre for our poor starlet. And if you think the cast is impressive for this genre, just wait till you read what the budget was in the production essay.

The Blu-ray edition was released by "HD Cinema Classics" and they DNR'd the crap out of it, though there's a sequence several minutes long with streaking that inexplicably survives. The image as a whole is REALLY soft, as in if you have a good DVD copy (WAS there ever a good DVD release?), there's almost no point in getting this. The compressed Dolby Digital soundtrack sounds probably like it did through the in-car drive-in speakers...distorted shrieking and all.

Still, the movie itself a must have for drive-in exploitation fans, and perhaps a mildly amusing distraction for others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Worth on May 15, 2011
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This film is a bit of a contradiction. On one hand it is one of the most over the top offensive films I've ever seen, yet the sex and violence is relatively tame, even by 1975 standards. It's also one of the cheapest of the cheap, yet it has a name cast and boasts some pretty impressive filmmaking. It isn't a "good" movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it isn't a bad one either.

The acting isn't too shabby. Uggams does a good job of balancing toughness and vulnerability; and Winters is actually quite sympathetic as the over the hill burlesque queen. Slim Pickens and Dub Taylor are a hillbilly Mutt and Jeff comedy team that come off as threatening as well. The Sam Peckinpaugh slow motion scenes are actually quite brilliant, as is the jarring editing.

This is a movie that is difficult to describe and hard to believe. If you enjoy exploitation fare, this is just about as far as it goes in that direction.

The transfer is OK, with dense, opaque shadows and a hefty dose of scratch removal. But it looks fine for what it is. The sound sucks, but that was due to the way it was recorded. Well.worth the money if you want a film to shock and horrify your friends and make them think poorly of your taste in movies. I thought it was a lot of fun.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tonya on February 19, 2006
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"Poor Pretty Eddie" AKA "Black Vengeance".If you are easily offended By "Black Exploitation Horror Films" and stereotypical films I recommend you not to watch this film. If you are a lover of horror exploitation films, like me :-) this is a gem for you! I consider this a cult classic. Excellent star cast: Lesle Uggams as "liz", Michael Christian as"Eddie"(Terror On The Beach),Shelley Winters (A Place In The Sun), Ted Cassidy (The Addam's Family),Dub Taylor(Them!),Slim Pickens(Beyond The Poseidon Adventure). "Liz" played by Leslie Uggams is on vacation and her car breaks down in a southern town and she takes a room at a motel where the motel clerk "Eddie" played by Micheal Christian falls in love with liz and will stop at nothing to keep her from leaving the motel. The end has a nice little twist to it. The Dvd picture and sound is very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By orvuus on May 22, 2011
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Wow. This ranks right up there with Deliverance and Texas Chainsaw Massacre in depicting the South as the home of redneck degenerates. It morphs from sort of Southern gothic to blaxploitation to horror. For the price I think this blu ray does a fine job -- IMDB says the technical process was 35 mm, but in those days people tended to shoot film a bit funny. I'm no expert on filming, but you'll find a fair number of seventies titles that look rather dark and gritty. DNR'ed to death? Well, I guess it didn't matter to me, because everything was completely clear but the whole film still looked gritty and gruesome. It was far from unwatchable -- maybe some folks need to check their TV settings, as it looked pretty great on mine. Plus you get some extras, chief amongst which is a making of featurette that is different from the usual dreck. Needless to say this film had one heck of a shady history! Ignore the DNR purists and enjoy this wacky movie for what it is, and it sure ain't The Godfather or The Deer Hunter, in terms of picture quality or budget. It is Ted Cassidy (his finest role, I think), Leslie Uggams, Shelly Winters, Dub Taylor, Slim Pickens, and Michael Christian in a story with no dull moments, if you can stomach it.
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