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Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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What I will say is that this book is visually stunning. I guess it qualifies as a "coffee table book" because of its size. However, those books are mostly just photos and nothing more. This presentation is the absolute exception. The stories are wonderful, entertaining, insightful, and often hilarious. But it's the ton of photos, posters, movie stills and recreations that are the gifts onto themselves. It is a joy to relish the shock of colors and graphics that simply jump off of the pages wherever you turn. The dust-jacket is fabulous, but even the book-cover underneath pays a colorful homage to its subject. It is obvious that the folks who put this book together really loved their job and the man who inspired it.
Obviously I have been, and continue to be, a fan who's enjoyed Mr. Corman's work for many years. That being said, it is a testament to his contributions to the industry that the professionals who have admired, admonished and accompanied him through his journey, honor him in such a cool and entertaining way. Well done!
P.S. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for their heads-up about this publication cause otherwise I might've never known it existed.
Amazon claims that many of the images are rare and new, and the promised behind the scenes photos are certainly there, but nothing special. A fair number of the illustrations are frame grabs, and I have to say that many of the posters reproduced a very familiar.
This honestly doesn't matter.
This is hardly the first book about the man, and there have been good, bad, and indifferent. While the interview comments are interesting and bite-size readable, those already familiar with his work will learn little that is new. There are no surprises, and no serious critical or negative comments, although to be fair, this sort of book isn't the place for them. Those with an axe to grind--and there are some--will find no wheel here, and while the cynics might have something to say about that, I'm inclined to agree with the quote that suggests that those who grasped the brass ring, rather than those who complained that it wasn't silver or gold, are the ones who went furthest in their careers. However, I can't help pointing out that once more, the massive contribution of Paul Blaisdell has been neglected, if not completely airbrushed out of existence yet again.
What this book has going for it is that firstly the images that have been chosen represent his entire output, and not just the sci-fi stuff, so there's as much about the bikers and nurses etc.Read more ›
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Other books have tried telling the Corman story in quotes from his colleagues, but this one truly succeeds. Read morePublished 2 days ago by JonK
This book is an enjoyable read with lots of terrific pictures, movie posters and screen shots from Roger Corman's long and still going career (as of April, 2016). Read morePublished 3 months ago by James C Girasa
Perfect Xmas gift for my brother, we both big fans of "bad" moviesPublished 6 months ago by Nick Ciaglia
There are only a few books that I will read over and over and over again like this one. In recent years, I've become a great admirer of Roger Corman in his capacities as director,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by bareshark1975
Amazing value for money. Well written and interesting with a lot of beautiful illustrations. High quality product.Published 10 months ago by Tor Martin Aarseth
Arrived on time. Great, fun book.mgreat condition. Will buy from this buyer again. Love the book.Published 10 months ago by Joanna E.Lopez