The Blood Trilogy (Blood Feast / Two Thousand Maniacs! / Color Me Blood Red) (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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These are three examples of early gore from the pioneers of the genre, Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman. While not exactly Oscar-worthy, they have their place in cinema history. The transfers on the Blu-ray discs aren't exactly reference quality, but they're fine for these films, and probably far better than they ever looked on drive-in screens. In some scenes, you could argue they look TOO good. The main audio tracks are PCM mono.
BLOOD FEAST - If you ever wondered where modern horror started, look no further than this cult classic. A caterer puts together a feast using body parts of his victims. Filmed on a budget of $24,500 (according to Friedman in the commentary), it is one of the most horribly acted movies you will ever see...yet there's something appealing about this film even today. The gore, cheesy by today's standards, was like nothing ever seen before in its day. The movie became a sensation at drive-in circuits around the country and birthed a segment of cinema that simply hadn't existed previously.
TWO THOUSAND MANIACS - After making names for themselves with "Blood Feast", Lewis and Friedman made "Two Thousand Maniacs" with triple the budget. A small Southern town celebrates the anniversary of the Civil War by tricking some Northern tourists into town and killing them in various community events. Most of the actual residents of the shooting location were all too happy to participate in filming, which made the movie look far bigger than it was.
COLOR ME BLOOD RED - A frustrated artist can't find his color...until his girlfriend accidentally cuts herself.Read more ›
The picture and sound quality for each movie is pretty damn good. And similar to most SWV releases, this set contains a good deal of special features including comment tracks, featurettes, trailers, etc. As a side note, the Blu-ray case feels rather cheap and flimsy. And also in my opinion the box-cover artwork seems a bit bland compared to Something Weird's older releases. But overall this is still a great release and the price on Amazon can't be beat at just under ten bucks for the set(at the time of my purchase).
Movie Reviews: These movies are flat out entertaining. They are also exploitation so don't expect epics like Lord Of The Rings. Of course if you did expect it, you should be shot. These movies are the very first films to ever use gore EVER! Doesn't mean they are best gore films ever made (Dead Alive and Story Of Ricky are what I consider the best) but these films did what they suppose to do: ENTERTAIN! Who cares if they are low budget and crappy looking. They ARE GREAT!!
Conclusion: 5 Stars for the DVD, 4 stars for Blood Feast, 4 1/2 for Two Thousand Maniacs, and 3 1/2 for Color Me Blood Red.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fast arrival with corny -first of their kind- slash films. All slash fanatics must experience: these films are slightly lame but they give you a feel of what people in the day... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Three movies from the early days of gore. Herschell Gordon Lewis was a pioneer way ahead of his time. These movies are fun to watch and ridiculous. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ksweatt84
Great price for 3 cheesy B-Movies! Fast delivery, too!Published 9 months ago by Mitzi's_Amazon_Reviews
Was hoping to see these movies again that I saw as a kid thirty years ago, but the dvd I purchased seems to be blank. Oh well!Published 14 months ago by Steve D. Mccleary
For the price this is a steal. Blood feast is the first gore film ever made and these films have great b-movie charm.Published 15 months ago by Joe Gallegos