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The Ed Wood Collection - A Salute to Incompetence

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Edward D. Wood Jr. (1924-1978) remains one of the best-remembered, most talked-about directors in the history of cinema. He is a certifiable legend (well, he was "certifiable" anyway). This fun and fascinating collection throws a spotlight on the man whose work personifies the phrase "so bad it’s good."

Here on two diabolical discs are six feature-length films written by and/or directed by and/or starring the unforgettable (or is it unforgivable?) Ed Wood. Plus the original documentary The Ed Wood Story, including exclusive interviews with such luminaries as Dolores Fuller, Bela Lugosi Jr., Martin Laudau and Johnny Depp, among others.

Disc One

GLEN OR GLENDA? (1953) – The cross-dressing classic that started it all, with Wood as a triple threat – writer, director, and star, along with future Plan 9 co-stars Bela Lugosi, Dolores Fuller, Lyle Talbot, and Conrad Brooks.

JAIL BAIT (1954) – Ed Wood goes film noir with this cautionary tale of a naïve young man who is lured into a life of crime. Dolores Fuller and Lyle Talbot co-star once again, and future Hercules Unchained star Steve Reeves has his first speaking role in this film as a police lieutenant.

BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955) – One of Wood’s most-celebrated...er...creations, with Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist who kidnaps people and tries to turn them into super-men using atomic power. Tor Johnson and Paul Marco make their Ed Wood debuts as Lobo and Kelton the Cop, dis-respectively.

THE VIOLENT YEARS (1956) – Wood penned the script for this good-girls-gone-bad tale, helmed by veteran western director William Morgan. In something of a switch from Glen or Glenda, the girls dress up as boys in order to commit their crimes! Timothy Farrell of Glen or Glenda and Jail Bait is the only Ed Wood returnee here.

Disc Two

NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (1959) – Wood is back behind the megaphone again as the director and writer of this strange tale that is arguably worse than Plan 9 From Outer Space (if such a thing is possible). Western star Kenne Duncan is Dr. Acula (get it?), a phony spiritualist who conducts fake séances. Tor Johnson and Paul Marco reprise their perennial roles as Lobo and Kelton the Cop.

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959) – Wood’s piece de resistance (or piece of something). The grand-prize winner of so many so-bad-it’s-good lists, this horror/sci-fi curiosity has something to do with evil (and kinda bitchy) aliens who come to earth and resurrect the dead, using these vampire-zombies to help them take over the world. Starring Wood favorites Lyle Talbot, Tor Johnson, Paul Marco, Bela Lugosi, and Tom Mason (Wood’s wife’s chiropractor) as Bela’s double (since Lugosi died before principal photography had commenced).

BONUS FEATURE: The Ed Wood Story – An affectionate look at E.W. featuring clips and interviews with those who knew and admired him, including Dolores Fuller, Johnny Depp, and Martin Landau.

Approx. 7-1/2 hrs.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Dolores Fuller
  • Directors: Ed Wood
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Passport
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LSBXIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ed Wood Collection - A Salute to Incompetence" on IMDb

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By Daniel Lee Taylor VINE VOICE on February 13, 2007
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This is probably the greatest collection of the worst movies of all times. All are the creations from the mind of Ed Wood. Most people may remember the movie of Ed Wood's life with Johnny Depp as the title role. While that was played for laughs and some pathos, the real story was not too far away. Ed Wood had a true passion for making movies. He just did not make good ones. These are all fun to watch and have a laugh at, but understand that the intent was serious movie making. It might be somewhat sad to watch the declining years of Bela Lugosi, though. Get this set to watch and have fun with.
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Okay, i was really rough on a previous title by this company because of their highly aggravating huge logo that appeared in the right hand corner of the screen, it was so distracting i couldn't concentrate on the film.This title is different, so far i have not seen that notorious huge logo, i did manage to catch a glimpse of of a small opaque logo saying " Ed Wood", but it was so slight and lasted only a second, it didn't bother me in the least.This is a great value and the quality of the prints are wonderful, great deal, and nice packaging too, no flippers!!! Great deal Passport, hopefully you re-do Bela Lugosi 15 Frightful Films!
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At under ten bucks any collection of six movies should be considered a steal. But Ed Wood could very well be the exception. Which will mostly depend on whether or not you enjoy a good bad film or not. In my case I have to say it was well worth the price. I find that Wood's ultra-low budget and camp works best when he's doing horror or science fiction with Plan 9 and Bride of the Monster being my favorites. Glen or Glenda is one of the most surreal films I've ever seen with Lugosi playing God, a transvestite,loads of stock footage, and an appearance by the devil. The Violent Years and Jail Bait are explorations on Juvenile Delinquency a theme Wood seemed to touch upon a number of times in his career. What it all boils down to is- are you an Ed Wood fan or not? If you are then you should own this collection. If you've seen the Tim Burton film and enjoyed it then I would definitely recommend it. If your looking for something on the level of Citizen Kane or Lawrence of Arabia, then you are very, very off track. My only minor complaint about the DVD itself is someone thought it necessary to put one of those little icons in the lower right hand corner that says 'The Ed Wood Collection' like we're going to forget what we're watching. We may be Ed Wood fans, but we're not stupid.
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What is there really to say? You get six of his most important movies in reasonable video quality for under $10. This is a great alternative if you can't afford the box from Rhino. There is that small logo at the bottom (public domain video sellers are notorious for stealing each other's video sources, thus the "watermark") but it is not a distraction like the ones from some video companies. A great buy and essential to any movie collection.
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THE ED WOOD COLLECTION is the perfect tribute to the maestro! Classics all! GLEN OR GLENDA- My personal favorite edwoodian nightmare. Bela Lugosi narrates in god-like fashion while Ed himself displays his love of angora! Dolores Fuller shows her depth as Ed's gal-pal. Even Satan makes a cameo! JAIL BAIT- The great Mr. Wood's take on gangsters with a super-twist ending that only an imbecile couldn't foresee! Awesome! BRIDE OF THE MONSTER- Bela's back as a mad scientist set to rule the world with a master race of atomic supermen! Now, all he needs is one to get him started! Tor Johnson (Beast Of Yucca Flats) lumbers about as the faithful henchman, Lobo. Watch for Bela in his 8"-heeled platform KISS shoes toward the end! THE VIOLENT YEARS- The Big Woody's dialogue shines through in this "haunting" tale of juvenile delinquent girls with guns! He didn't direct this one, but his mark is all over it! A JD film in the REEFER MADNESS vein. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE- Bela and Tor return, joined by Vampira in Edwardo's most infamous misfire! A halloween staple, PLAN 9 will take your brain away! Beware the graverobbers from outer space! Includes Criswell's beautifully nonsensical intro and outro! NIGHT OF THE GHOULS- Criswell returns as narrator and ghoul in this epic story of the stupor-natural! See Dr. Acula the fake swami as he fleeces the unsuspecting! Watch the white ghost as she glides about! Witness Lobo (Tor again) with a melted face like overcooked lasagna! This movie actually has a fairly good finalé! Yes, the Great One would be proud of this monument. I like to think that he's looking down on us all right now, smiling insanely, a big camera in his hands...
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I am not reviewing the movies themselves (as we know of their notoriety as "so-bad-they're-good flicks"), but the DVD collection itself.

I found this to be very much worth the nine dollars I spent for it, would've spent more. It is a simple 2-disc DVD compilation of Ed Wood's movies, including "Glen or Glenda", "Bride of the Monster", "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Jail Bait", along with a small collection of interviews with various people, including Johnny Depp, Tim Burton and Dolores Fuller. The quality was surprisingly good, I was very impressed! I highly recommend this collection.
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