BUBBA HO-TEP is the kind of movie that ought to come to mind when one thinks of low-budget, indie flicks. Relying more on a script and good acting than any type of effects or digital magic, it's tremendously witty and touching at times, hilarious and thrilling at others. You've really gotta build a movie up well in order to get me cheering from the edge of my seat when the two heroes are off to battle in a resthome hallway with an electric chair and a walker. There's a lot of help from the limited supporting cast in making this a success as well. Ella Joyce is spot-on as the nurse who has the tedious job of lubing the King's "crankshaft" every afternoon and Bob Ivey is definitely creepy as Bubba Ho-Tep-- even though his lines consist mainly of grunts. There's also a brilliant musical theme by Brian Tyler which repeats itself over and over at various paces, setting the mood from melancholy to funny. The important thing to remember though is that this film is not funny because it's stupid. Yes, there's a mummy sucking souls through assholes, but the movie is mainly funny because it's well-written and wonderfully played.
Audio Commentary by The King: Live from an undisclosed location, The King of Rock n' Roll shows up and gives us his feedback on BUBBA HO-TEP. Hats off to Campbell who offers a really entertaining track as Elvis. He's got the voice dead-on and he's a pretty funny guy so it makes for a lot of fun...especially if you're high!
Joe R. Lansdale Reads From Bubba Ho-tep (7 minutes): Author Joe R. Lansdale, who wrote the short story that inspired the film, reads an excerpt from his original story. Keep in mind that Coscarelli considerably softened up the material for his screenplay and Lansdale's work is pretty raw. Make sure the kids are in bed before you tune in to this one.
Deleted Scenes (5 minutes): There's a pair of deleted scenes available with optional commentary by Coscarelli and Campbell as well as a few minutes of additional footage from a scene showing Bubba Ho-tep in his younger days.
Making Bubba Ho-tep (48 minutes): A fairly complete feature showing all the steps of making the film happen, from funding to make-up and costume, etc. All the major players in the movie show up and as in most of the other features, Bruce Campbell cracks the joint up!
Music Video (2 minutes): Featuring the theme of the movie composed by Brian Tyler, this short video contains some cut scenes from the movie as well as footage of the band playing it. I liked this theme so much that I've decided that when I get married, my wife will walk down the aisle to its tune.
The Theatrical Trailer and a TV Spot are also included. The DVD also comes with a nice booklet containing an introduction by Bruce Campbell and some pictures from the set and the film along with comments from Coscarelli and Campbell.