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Savage Sinema From Down Under-3 dvd set

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Product Description

From revered Australian filmmaker Mark Savage (Best Director, Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2000), SAVAGE SINEMA FROM DOWN UNDER is a collection of the most erotic, violent and controversial films ever made, including DEFENCELESS (Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Actress; Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2005), SENSITIVE NEW AGE KILLER (the most successful independent release ever in Australia) and MARAUDERS. A bonus fourth disc includes Savage¹s poignant cable TV drama STAINED (based on true events; shot on HD) plus a collection of his early super-8 horror and fantasy shorts. Exclusive commentaries, featurettes and still galleries as well as production diary booklets round out this impressive set.

Following Australia's horror hit, Wolf Creek, the Savage Sinema box set celebrates Aussie horror with three of director Mark Savage's cult classics: Marauders (1986), Sensitive New Age Killer (2000), and Defenceless (2004). Savage's schlock gore, killer style, and campy, criminal characters, such as the Dominatrix Cop (Carolyn Bock) in SNAK, recall Herschell Gordon Lewis, John Waters, and Larry Clark. Marauders, Savage's '80s, low-budget video feature, looks fashionably trendy now, post-Kids, with its New Wave, New Romantic delinquent protagonists. Jamie stabs his mom to death, Emilio shoots his wife for not giving him the car keys, and David (Paul Harrington), a kid taking his girlfriend out for a cabin retreat, hits Jamie with his hot rod and speeds away. As Jamie and Emilio hunt David down to kill him, their cruel antics enrage everyone they encounter, culminating in a final scene depicting the teens done in by an angry mob. In SNAK, normal guys-by-day and hitmen-by-night Paul Morris (Paul Moder) and George Hartley (Kevin Hopkins) repeatedly bungle assignments, as Paul feels the monotony of suburbia creeping in until his gangster hero, The Snake (Frank Bren), enters his life. Defenceless, the bloodiest film, features wife and mother, Elizabeth, (Susanne Hausschmid) whose refusal to sign a land development deal results in the murders of her loved ones, followed by her deranged revenge. Defenceless's total lack of dialogue depends on its gruesome visual content for narrative, making it the most unnerving to watch. These films' are uniquely disturbing, not only for their graphic, explicit content, but because Savage has a knack for interpreting mental illness with uncanny realism. If one can stomach wife-beatings, child abuse, rape, murder, self-mutilation, and torture, Savage's films render characters haunted by inner-conflict. The box set also includes early Savage shorts, Savage's diary entries made during film shoots, and an entertaining Making Of Marauders featurette. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • Deluxe 4-disc box set including the films DEFENCELESS, SENSITIVE NEW AGE KILLER and MARAUDERS plus STAINED and several super-8 shorts
  • Extras include:
  • Audio commentary tracks with cast and crew
  • Featurettes with cast and crew
  • Talent bios
  • Still galleries
  • Trailers
  • Production diary booklets

Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Hopkins
  • Directors: Mark Savage
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Subversive Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GRUN4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,483 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DC Vision on June 22, 2012
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I bought this multipack some time ago and can honestly say I do not remember anything about the movies except that they were low budget and poorly acted. That said, I can only give it 1 star and a yawn.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By london-magic on December 17, 2007
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A great sick-fun trilogy, way ahead of its time! Marauders (1987) is more Quentin Tarantino than QT himself. And all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Now I want to see everything by Mark Savage, it would be great to see him at some festivals in London/Europe. MAGIC!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jaybo on October 3, 2006
Mark Savage's films are incredibly entertaining and disturbing. The best exploitation and horror generally is. A seminal box set!
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17 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sealed Fate VINE VOICE on September 18, 2006
I have seen my share of worthless "entertainment" in my day,this release gives new meaning to "trash" - but not "trash" as in totally void of morality (but fun anyway),but as in "trash"that's not worth the disc it's mastered to! These "films" demonstrate mind-numbingly amateurish "acting" that I haven't experienced in quite some time.Jeez,we really must not have anything left to release on the dvd format,as this set proves they are scraping the bottom of the barrel!I really am struggling to recognize any talent Subversive Cinema is seeing in this?Trust me,the "shocking violence" is nothing you haven't seen already (and much more convincingly) in many other exploitation films from decades past.I want my money back....
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