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 Wood)
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Ed Wood is labeled the "Worst Director of All Time", but that really isn't true. These movies not only feature Bela Lugosi in his final roles, but they are also great entertainment in a "so bad it's good" kind of way. For a movie to be the worst movie of all time, it can't have any entertainment value whatsoever. I'd rather watch an Ed Wood movie than a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie any day.
The picture on these DVDs is grainy, and that can be a good or a bad thing depending on who you are. For me, it's a good thing because it helps to hide some of the weaker special effects.
Amazon.com doesn't list the special features, so I will list them for you: theatrical trailers for "Glen or Glenda", "Bride of the Monster", and "Plan 9"; FLYING SAUCERS OVER HOLLYWOOD -- the excellent two-hour retrospective documentary about the making of Plan 9. And you get a bonus DVD, "The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr.", containing audio commentary by Bela Lugosi Jr., "A&E Biography"'s interview with Brett Thompson and Mike Gabriel, the Sci Fi Channel's news coverage of the world premiere, a collection of outtakes and behind the scenes footage, films of the Ed Wood Reunion at the Palm Springs Film Festival and the biggest Wood parade at the Hollywood premiere, galleries, and Ed Wood's rarely seen 23-minute first film CROSSROADS OF LAREDO.
P.S. As of this review, Amazon.com says it will take two to four weeks for this item to ship. That's ridiculous. I ordered this set from another online retailer, and I got it three days later.
From the packaging-- pink angora with octopus tentacles-- to the extras, this set is what that other set should have been, and at about half the price! The sixth disk includes a very informative documentary, but not just that, it has a huge amount of special features, including commentary on the documentary and Ed's long unavailable first short film, and commentary on that too.. and galleries of additional archive footage, etc.. This is truly a special-edition kind of treatment, and not at all what you'd expect for DVD's of this particular kind of film. Then there is a second 2-hour documentary on the Plan 9 disk.. this documentary was the only special feature on the previous box, and if you watched it by itself you would probably get the feeling that it's just scratching the surface.. but now in this new box set it provides a perfect companion to the other full documentary.. the two of them together truly make a worth-while viewing experience, because they each often tell opposite versions of the stories of Ed's life, and interview different people at different points in their lives..Read more ›
Filmed in 1953, GLEN OR GLENDA is Ed Wood's ode to the joys and tragedies of cross dressing, featuring Wood himself as the conflicted hero and Delores Fuller as the girlfriend who keeps wondering why her angora sweaters are stretched out of shape. The 1954 JAIL BAIT is a riff on teenagers gone bad and is often described as the best made of Wood's films--but the term "best made" is extremely comparative, to say the least. The 1955 BRIDE OF THE MONSTER is the only Wood film that actually made back its cost; featuring a desperate Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, a rubber octopus, and a laboratory helmet that looks suspiciously like a collander, it is easily a Wood fan favorite. The 1959 NIGHT OF THE GHOULS is a kinda-sorta sequel, featuring Tor Johnson once again in a remarkably silly story of fraudulent spiritualists who bite off more ghosts than they can chew.
The most celebrated title, of course, is the 1959 PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, infamous as the film built around about five minutes of film Wood took of Bela Lugosi shortly before Lugosi's death. Fans have attempted to catalogue every error in the film, but it is inexhaustible: no matter how many goofs, mistakes, and disasters you notice, you always see one or two more with every viewing. Day turns to night and then to day--all in the same scene.Read more ›
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If you're an Ed Wood fan, this is a great collection to own. It's reasonably priced and includes everything you need for an Ed Wood movie viewing party.Published 2 months ago by T. Sloan
Great Ed Wood collection for fans! It will look great in your shelf of rarities.Published 12 months ago by Fernando Hoyos
If you are a fan of schlock B-movies, this set is for you. From the absolutely worst director of low, low, low budget B movies, this is worthy of a look.Published 18 months ago by AZ21412
I got interested in Ed Wood after seeing the Johnny Depp movie, which offers an entertaining but somewhat dubious storyline of Ed Wood's life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rich Ferraro
Ed Wood fans probably either already have this box set, or want to get it some day. It is a good single source for most of the movies he had a hand in (often as writer AND... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Hominid Philosophiae
Got to watch these. So low budget that you just laugh and then fall asleep. You have to have friends over when this is on.Published on June 3, 2014 by Mike Mcconkey
The Ed Wood collection is absurd, zany, and very entertaining if you appreciate the weird aspects to life. All the movies will make you laugh heartily. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Thos. Jefferson
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