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The Toxic Avenger (21st Anniversary Edition) (1986)

Andree Maranda , Mitch Cohen , Lloyd Kaufman , Michael Herz  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion, Robert Prichard
  • Directors: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz
  • Writers: Lloyd Kaufman, Gay Partington Terry, Joe Ritter, Stuart Strutin
  • Producers: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz
  • Format: Special Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OY2TY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Toxic Avenger (21st Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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Welcome to TROMAVILLE, NEW JERSEY - a small American town, terrorized by criminals. The town's corrupt mayor sits idly by, while muggers, robbers and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens. Among the residents of Tromaville is MELVIN, a nerdy emaciated janitor at the local health club. That is, until he becomes THE TOXIC AVENGER!

A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window into a vat of hazardous toxic waste. However, an unexpected metamorphosis takes place. As the chemicals take hold of his body, Melvin turns into the TOXIC AVENGER, doer of good, and brutal mauler of evil! The rest, as they say, is history! The excitement is non-stop as the hero sets out to single handedly wipe out the forces of evil that torment the people of Tromaville. THE TOXIC AVENGER is non-stop entertainment that will leave the viewers glowing from the fun.

DVD Features:

- Numerous Fan projects including cartoons, original short films, re-inactments and many more!

- Scenes from the hit stage show Toxic Avenger Musikill!

-Interviews with original cast members Robert Prichard, Dan Snow and Mitch Cohen, the original Toxie! - A rare and highly anticipated on-camera Interview with Michael Herz, Vice President of Troma and Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger!

-Make Your Own Damn Movie film school in a box!

-Toxie in Africa!

-Original theatrical trailers For The Toxic Avenger, parts 1 through 4

- All featured in Tro-morphic Widescreen

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The Toxic Avenger is probably one of the best cult movies of its time and of course it brought Troma to life in every way possible. When I heard that this movie was coming out on DVD again and it was put in widescreen quality I thought "That's cool. Maybe they'll remaster it and give it a new digital makeover!" Man was I fooled. The 21st Anniversary edition packaging was cool but I played both the new one and the old one. The old one had a transfer that was way way better than the new one and the widescreen format didn't make much of a difference to the movie (than again Troma never did good transfers to their movies, but the original DVD of this movie has a way better transfer). The fullscreen transfer actually had a wider reach than the widescreen version. The extras on the new one are not much better than on the old one. even though it did include most of the stuff on the original version, some of the stuff on the original version was more helpful on the behind the scenes look to the movie. The new one showed mainly fans recreating classic scenes from the movie and the commentary track is different; the one on the original is way more informative. If you don't own the movie the two-disc version is at a cheap price but the original DVD release is cheaper and is definitely the better one to have.

Me, being a big fan of Troma, I did enjoy the movie, and I own the original DVD release. If you people are planning on upgrading to the 21st Anniversary Edition, you may be a little disappointed. I still give this movie a 5-star rating for the movie and for the original DVD release. But beware, as I say again, you may be disappointed with the new DVD release. I'd say only the elite die-hard fans will want the new version. I'm a die-hard fan but I'm perfectly happy with the original version. But the movie passes with flying colors. GO TOXIE!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toxie Time June 16, 2005

In a town called Tromaville there is a gym where a little dweeb named Melvin works. He's a geek who gets on all the cool kids nerves. They plan a prank on him that ends seeing Melvin fall out of a window and land in a barrel of Toxic waste on the back of a truck parked outside. But instead of killing Melvin, it turns him into a hideously deformed creature of super human size and strength that develops Troma-zones that make Melvin fight crime when needed. Melvin helps the people of Tromaville and cleans up the town of its crime, while also getting revenge on the kids who caused him to become what he is.


TA is a dark comedy full of action, horror and comedy that will not be accepted by people who take things too seriously. It is an over the top, cult style film. It's a breath of fresh air to have a movie with actors who aren't trying to steal the spotlight, or use the film as a stepping-stone to further there acting credibility for future reference. This movie would never win any academy award. But that's what we love about because we hate the academy awards anyway. Toxie is just a great movie of the little guy that was always pushed around finds himself in a situation that leads to him finishing on top...and also some wacky, gross, disgusting, silly, over drawn, ridicules things along the way. It's a fun movie but not something to sit down with grandma to watch.


Finally I was able to sit down, kick back and relax and watch the Toxic Avenger clearly and as a bonus, uncut. I've had the first 3 Toxies on VHS for years, but the videos where bad quality, warn out and the image was always rolling and fading, the sound was dropping in and out...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Troma's Best!!! October 20, 2004
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. Gore, action, and humor all come together to make this incredible film, by an incredible company which is in fact, TROMA. This movie is funny throughout, and one can laugh at when one's guts are being pulled out, or my favorite; ripping off someone's arm and beating the person with it. The story of the movie is simple. A geek by the name of Melvin works at a health club, and being tormented by everyone there, he jumps out of the window and lands in a barrel of toxic waste. From that part on he is the Toxic Avenger, a being that destorys any form of evil that arises. This movie I would recommend to all, except for children because there is gore, violence, and some nudity. But other than that, this is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and definetley one of Troma's best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting and Funny!! June 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The title for my review pretty much describes this film. The uncut version of this film is a lot more disgusting than the R rated version. Anyway the plot is as follows... This nerd that works at a health spa gets accidently gets dumped into a vat of toxic waste while getting a prank pulled on him. The Toxic Waste burns and deforms him seriously and also gives him super human strenth. Afterwards Melvin (now known as the toxic avenger) begins a Hilarious and Shockenly Gory Crime Spree. A very entertaining B flick that has to be seen to be believed. WARNING: ANYONE THAT IS SENSITIVE TO VIOLENCE OR SEXUALITY SHOULD NOT VIEW THIS FILM. I put this warning on here mainly because this movie features the most cruel and vile hit and run scene I have ever seen in my life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for Troma Fans
I've been a fan of troma since I was a kid, this version of toxic avenger is pretty funny with the added scenes that weren't in the original.
Published 21 days ago by Robert W Garcia
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-release without Closed-Captioning
How many times you re-release this film without captioning? I am deaf and always wanted to watch this but not without subtitles or closed-captioning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeb Baldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it and got it on time.
Published 1 month ago by gnx231
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a gift for my husband and he enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Gloria
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as I remember
Remembered this movie from years ago and couldn't wait to see it again. Not as funny as I remember, but then I've matured...I think?!
Published 2 months ago by Gail
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheezy
Your usual cheezy 80's B movie. Saw it out of curiosity.
Published 2 months ago by Steve Montijo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Michael H.
5.0 out of 5 stars toxic avenger blu ray comes out July 8 for the 30 anniversary it's...
The toxic avenger is finally coming on blu ray for the 30 th anniversary it's going to be on of the best versions so far beings the others are fullscreen and all blu rays are in hd... Read more
Published 3 months ago by thomas henry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I bought this for my friend as a Christmas present. I opened it and was just going to watch a couple minutes to see if it was something he would like. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars The KING of Schlock Horror!
This is one of my all time favorite "schlock horror" (along with "Return of the Living Dead" and any of Bruce Campbell's "Evil Dead" series) movies! Read more
Published 5 months ago by jmk444
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