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American Grindhouse

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The salacious and uproarious AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE explores the hidden history of the exploitation film, those popular purveyors of cheap sex and violence. It emerged from the tents of carnie sideshows into features like Freaks, and mutated from there to change with the times. There were the rebellious teen flicks of the Eisenhower 50s, bloody gore-fests and drug movies of the turbulent 60s, and the Blaxploitation boom in the 70s. AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE takes a fascinating look at the films, filmmakers, shysters, and hustlers who made it all happen. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), with exclusive interviews with filmmakers, actors and critics Herschell Gordon Lewis, Joe Dante, Larry Cohen, John Landis, Fred Williamson, Kim Morgan and many more. Featuring over 200 clips from some of the most outrageous movies ever made, AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE is the most comprehensive documentary ever made on these masterpieces of the lowbrow. DVD EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES: FEEL THE GRIND: The Making of AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE, Vintage radio spots, Photo galleries
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A lively and stylish look at the history of illegitimate cinema. --John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

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  • Actors: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Joe Dante, John Landis, Larry Cohen
  • Directors: Elijah Drenner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XEEM9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on May 10, 2011
Format: DVD
To fans of exploitation cinema, the term "Grindhouse" is a household term that's frequently used. Recently the term has been unleashed on the general public, thanks in no small part to the Tarantino/Rodriguez project. But be that as it may, most folks still have no idea what the term means. I've been asked about it a time or two, and most fans would agree that it does take some explaining to define it.
Well, this documentary more or less does that. It's basically Grindhouse For Beginners. Lots of history, name dropping, movie clips and interviews. It moves at a very frantic pace, never staying on one particular film or topic for very long, but runs through tons of brief film clips throughout. It covers the very beginnings with some of Thomas Edison's first films, all the way through the classic years of 42nd Street.
Some fans are gonna be disappointed at the lack of specific films and directors being mentioned, and this is understandable, but this isn't meant to be an in depth history, but more of an intro. The director said in an interview I read that this film was to be kind of a glorified DVD extra. In the same interview he said that certain names and films were left out intentionally, though he gave no concrete reason why. Personally I think it's a flat out crime to have not mentioned Roger Corman once. But this documentary originally started out as a documentary on director Jack Hill, and then just kinda grew from there, which might explain the rushed and incomplete feel.
So why the four stars? Well, I enjoyed it. We Grindhouse weirdos are the type to have already obsessively researched the films, directors and history, so there isn't much information here we didn't know already(though some of the very early history of the 20s and 30s was enlightening for me).
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I've read about various aspects of Grindhouse Cinema in books, and I lived through more of it than I care to admit, so seeing this insightful overview really put the capper on things for me.

This documentary takes you through the history of the genre (if you can call it that) with input from various directors and film historians. It starts at the very beginning (which might have been minutes after the first movie camera was invented) and on through all the factions, decades, directors, subject matter and what-not up into the 80s. You get trailers and scenes from some of the high(?) points along with a bit of behind-the-scenes input from the stars and directors. It's a wild ride in all its sordid glory.

As a true movie whore I loved every minute of this. It was great getting such a comprehensive overview of something that I knew only in bits and pieces. At a mere 80 minutes I could have used a bit more. For instance: They note Russ Meyer only for his having been one of the first (if not THE first) film maker to infuse 'nudie cuties' with plotlines, when he actually had a huge impact on developing the entire soft core porn genre. But this is a minor quibble. For anyone interested in Grindhouse Cinema, or if you lived through some portion of it, this will bring back fond memories and give you a good dose of film history to boot.
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This was a thouroughly enjoyable movie for this film buff. Grindhouse movies are exploitation movies. As the film explains, almost anything can be exploited but usually it's sex, violence, or any combination of the two.

The most enjoyable aspect of this movie is the hundreds of great film clips from films most people have never heard of. I plan to go back with pen and paper in hand, and write down all the movies mentioned. There isn't one movie here that I wouldn't love to see, or have already seen. One that was mentioned that I recently saw was Russ Meyer's "Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill!"

These movies are pure schlock. They feed the most base instincts. And this movie tells the history of the Grindhouse genre in very well researched detail, and how it evolved and changed through time. It even points out that the first person who ever made a movie, Thomas Edison, made a couple of exploitation films.

There have been a few recent film clip collections that are terrible. They are cheaply made and don't have any information at all on the history of grindhouse film. In contrast, this one has the huge quantity of films mentioned, plus all the clips from each, plus the quality of material and history, and the complete details of the subject. To fit all the many movie clips into a watchable timeframe, unfortunately the clips are very short and leave one wanting to see more.

A few of the films talked about are Freaks, Last House, Blood Feast, Jaws, and Shewolf of the SS.

We see some of the directors of these films, such as H.G. Lewis, and Don Edmonds, talking candidly about making these movies, and the importance of making money out of any movie made.
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I watched this DVD on net flicks. Very interesting history about exploitation films and how issues in society effected the production of different types of movies. Some parts are funny as the directors give their viewpoints and comments about certain eras. This type of film would probably be more interesting to those interested in film history.
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