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The nearly 17 hours on 6 DVDs in this set feature six of Eddie's later SCRIPTS, as he rarely directed after 1960, including two "Bunnies" films that make their DVD debut here. Of these 11 features, Wood wrote and directed only JAIL BAIT, BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, THE SINISTER URGE and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.
"Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan" is a one-man short starring the Canadian-born 'B' western and movie serial bad guy, showing off his skills with a pistol. Duncan is also the other (nameless) sergeant in the sidewalk scene from the Abbott & Costello comedy, BUCK PRIVATES (1941).
Duncan has a bit role in Ed's unsold TV pilot for "The Adventures of the Tucson Kid," a series that would've featured 1930s 'B' western stars Tom Keene and Tom Tyler. (Wood appears in this 25 minute film as a Pony Express rider.)
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll ratings.
(2.9) Jail Bait (1954) - Lyle Talbot/Dolores Fuller/Herbert Rawlinson/Steve Reeves/Timothy Farrell/Theodora Thurman/Bud Osborne (uncredited: Conrad Brooks/Edward D. Wood Jr.--radio voice)
(3.7) Bride of the Monster (1955) - Bela Lugosi/Tor Johnson/Tony McCoy/Loretta King/Harvey B. Dunn/George Becwar/Paul Marco/Don Nagel/Bud Osborne/Dolores Fuller/'Billy' Benedict (uncredited: Conrad Brooks)
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However it may be defined, Edward Davis Wood, Jr., (1924 - 1978) both personally and professionally, remains a giant in the outsider world.
Wood's unexpected back-story does not immediately resonate with his film career. His father was a Poughkeepsie, NY, mailman and his mother so wanted a girl she dressed little Ed as such until he was 12 or so. When he was 17, he enlisted in the Marines and claimed to be among the 300 survivors (from 4000 Marines) of the November 1943, massacre at Tarawa in the South Pacific Theater, one of the most brutal in US Marine history. He said he fought while wearing a bra and panties beneath his uniform.
Wood was wounded in his leg and badly scarred. By war's end, he was missing several teeth. He joined a carnival and his injuries made him a perfect candidate to perform in the carnival freak show as a geek.
Wood was always drawn toward performance. In a way, his life was his canvas. For most of his adult life, he was a confident, creative, cross-dressing heterosexual. In Hollywood of the 1950s, he became a producer, director, writer editor and actor by default. At night he wrote quirky pulp fiction novels that were actually published!
Why five stars? Because here we are still talking about Ed Wood and his unlikely films of little merit. That's because this outsider made his mark and somehow it is more than an indelible stain on our ever morphing pop-culture landscape of ephemera.Read more ›
WHAT YOU DON'T GET.
1. Night of the Ghouls (Can't believe this isn't included)
2. Glen or Glenda(REALLY can't believe this isn't included)
3. Venus Flytrap aka Body of Prey aka The Revenge of Doctor X (1970) (This is a delayed released (i think it was produced in the mid 60's) 1970 scifi/horror movie which apparently was scripted by Wood and the clunky dialog leads me to believe it. This movie is more in keeping with Woods 50's work than with his softcore works in the 70's. The movie belongs more on this set than some other titles like Hot Ice which Stephen C. Apostolof claims Wood had literally nothing to do with the making of. This movie is also in the public domain so it wouldn't have cost much to include here. The movie's credits mistake this movie with Mad Doctor of Blood Island by Eddie Romero and starring John Ashley but neither had anything to do with the movie (actually it's directed by Norman Thomson and stars James Craig) and that might be why it gets blown off.
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The quality is good. You don't have to strain to see or hear. The format is good and to all those E. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Phillips
The collection of movies are really nice, I could complain that the missing movies seem a little odd to me, why would Glen or Glenda and Night of the Ghouls be missing, and it... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by John /
Just be forewarned, there is a lot of bad 1970's Ed Wood porn on here. Watch this with your sig other with some wine and you will die laughing.Published on February 24, 2013 by Lela Kay
Well, you can buy this, or you can buy The Ed Wood Box (Glen or Glenda / Jail Bait / Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls / The Haunted World of Ed... Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Mike
While most Edward D. Wood Jr. fans will already own several of the titles in this 6-disc, 13-title collection by S'more Entertainment, this release is the first career-spanning box... Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by burritobrother
Interesting mix of Ed Wood's previously unreleased titles. Never, in the history of film making has so much been made of so little! Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Classic Movie Buff