Stephen Romano Presents Shock Festival
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Take a wild journey through the exploitation movie scenes of the 1970s and 1980s with this collection of hundreds of actual previews of coming attractions, television commercials and radio spots for the sleaziest, sexiest most off-the-wall films ever made - all digitally re-mastered from original film elements. This is the ultimate collection of classic exploitation and horror trailers, TV ads and radio spots. This 3-disc set includes new audio and video tribute media, collectable poster and full-color liner notes.
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The 3 discs (two DVDs and a CD full of mp3s of radio spots and music) are a lot of fun and provide quite a bit of entertainment. Much like the 42nd Street Forever series of trailer compilations this set is an excellent sampler of exploitation films that have led to me finding a lot of hidden gems for my Netflix queue. Like the 42nd street volumes, the trailers on Shock Festival are a mixed bag of different exploitation fare; action, horror, martial arts, and some stuff that simply indescribable. Shock Festival is a must-have for fans of exploitation movies and its the perfect sort of DVD to have playing at a Halloween Party ot watch with a group of pals to goof on.
My only complaint was that the DVD discs had scratches on them but both played fine (I must have a good player) hence the four stars instead of five..
So don't sit there thinking is it worth it, get this in your collection before it's deleted, boy am I glad I purchased this gem, it fits perfectly along side the 42nd Street Forever collection.
Don't dream it, buy it, Now.
The real problem with this set is the fake trailers. I can't understand how someone who really seemed to have a grasp on what made this concept great missed the mark so badly on the execution of the trailers. There were a couple decent ones, but overall they were pretty lame.
First, what is the point of having the concept of old, beat up grindhouse trailers, if you are going to destroy the illusion by having actors sporting modern clothes, hairstyles, piercings, etc? especially when you overdo the "scratch" and "Splice" effects to make it look old? A major problem was the voiceover sound. Talking in a deep voice on a tinny mic doesn't cut it - It sounded like it was done on a computer, which really killed it for me.
I watched this set with a buddy, and we both had the same thought - did these guys even watch any real trailers beforehand to get an idea of how they should be done? Probably not.
If they were done by different directors, kudos to the crew that made the Devils Sister trailer - that is the level they should all have been done at.
Ironically, there is a "hidden" trailer on disc 1 that is a fake coming attraction reel from the 1940's or so that shows more wit and talent than the entire set of fake trailers made for this disc. Way to show yourself up.
As for the trailer compilations, those were okay, but there were more than a few repeated from the far superior 42nd Street Forever series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overpriced for just a bunch of trailers. Who can't put together a trailer comp nowadays?Published 1 month ago by Vincent
get all blu ray classic sci-fi and horror movies before corps start phazing dvds and blu rays out in the near future .Published 8 months ago by ANTON PHIBES
I've seen a lot of horror and exploitation trailer collections, but this one blows all the others away, the disks just seem endless they go on and on with the best Drive-in and... Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by Cass G
First off let me explain by saying that I collect 35mm and 16mm film prints of obscure films and trailers, I've been buying this kind of junk since I was in my early teens, having... Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by The Z Man
... and that's the secondary audio commentary by "Uncle Creepy". Who is this guy and how does he rate the opportunity to participate in this otherwise excellent collection ? Read morePublished on April 13, 2010 by Groovy Chainsaw