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The Devil's Rejects (UDC)
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Nov 8, 2005 By: Matt Hosack
The Devil's Rejects (UDC) order
Director:
Rob Zombie

Actors:
Sid Haig
Bill Moseley
Sheri Moon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Rob Zombies follow up to HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES takes a form of a different kind with THE DEVILS REJECTS. The year is 1979 and the Texas State Police have found the family of sadistic killers now being labeled Devils Rejects. After a massive shootout, the remaining gang (Bill Moseley & Sheri Moon) hit the road. Gaining national attention, the Rejects call upon the help of Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) and create havoc as they go. All the while, Sheriff Wydell (a stringent William Forsythe) slowly crosses the line of the law to catch these monsters.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie is badass. Let that set in. It has tons of explicit female nudity, sex, drug use, language, violence, gore, and coolness. And its in the 70s. Rob Zombies first effort wasnt all that, but this is a different, better beast! Clearly he has marks of a directorial genius such as the explosive beginning. Everything from the cars, the clothes, the attitudes, and the tunes exerts that cool 70s vibe seen in the Sabotage video from the Beastie Boys. This movie literally had me on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering what the hell was going to happen. There are times when I didnt know what the hell was going on, but I loved it! We essentially follow two sides the family and the Sheriff. You start out rooting for the cops but towards the end you start rooting for the Rejects. Zombie has definitely put together an interesting take on the BONNIE AND CLYDE story.

The music takes the reigns with classics from Lynnard Skynnard, Muddy Waters, and Terry Reid . Much like Tarantino, Zombie utilizes the cinematography to give you the sense of the Texas heat and smell. Theres a lot going on and a lot to appreciate, all of which leads up to an ending Sam Peckinpah would be proud of. Both genre and casual fans should check this out, though be warned Rob Zombie uses the Unrated rating to its fullest extent!
THE EXTRAS
Spread out over two discs, Lions Gate has put together a damn huge lineup of special features, most of which are completely worth your time.

Disc 1:



Audio Commentary with Director Rob Zombie: Now this is some damn good commentary. Zombie has a very personable voice and its fun to listen to him talk about the movie. To give you an idea, heres an excerpt: This scene was different because this was the day we had to drag a naked girl through rocks and fireants and it was hard to cast this part. If you liked the classic Sam Raimi commentaries on the EVIL DEAD DVDs, check this out!

Audio Commentary with Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie): This too is cool! While not quite as interesting as the Rob Zombie commentary, these Devils Rejects keep things fun and they just seem to be having a lot of fun that projects through the commentary. Seriously, these guys are fun and crazy!

Blooper Reel: Damn these are hilarious! I laughed my ass off! Why? Watch them for yourself!

The Morris Green Show Ruggsvilles #1 Talk Show: This is a 70s television show mock off which features Daniel Roebuck best known from the Matlock series. It lasts about 15 minutes and isnt all that great or intriguing.

Marry the Monkey Girl Commercial: Shot on VHS (methinks) this throwback commercial is pretty stupid and funny at that.

Spaulding Christmas Commercial: Again on VHS, Captain Spaulding lays on the cheese thick and it is good.

Cheerleader Missing The Otis Home Movie: This quickie is pretty disturbing seeing one of the characters personal exploits with a young ladie.

Satans Got To Get Along Without Me Buck Owens Video: This is an old school broadcast music performance by a southern country band from the 70s it looks like.

Deleted Scenes: These are quick and arent all that bad. It looks like they were just cut for time constraints, not because there was anything wrong with them. Worth a looksie.

Make-Up Tests: These are pretty straightforward. You get to see the process of making sure the characters look in their element.

Matthew McGrory Tribute: Apparently one of the actors is seven feet tall and he died recently and this is a brief look at his work on the movie. He was recently in BIG FISH as the giant Karl. Thanks to a fellow Schmoe for correcting me on this.

There is also a collection of stills, soundtrack spot, TV Spots, and a Theatrical Trailer.

Disc 2:



30 Days in Hell: The Making of The Devils Rejects: This massive behind-the-scenes look is longer than the feature itself! You can watch it as a giant feature or by five indexed parts. The film was shot in 30 days in some grueling conditions and this feature shows it all. This is really a home made documentary that gives you that unproduced feel unlike say a George Lucas special feature where everything is overly packaged and glamourized. Extensive and well done, this is worth your time.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE DEVILS REJECTS is a mans movie that is somewhere between crazy and cool. It has tons of everything a man craves in a movie including plenty of T & A. It has Peckinpah-like action and a cool 70s vibe. Not only that, but Rob Zombie has put together an all-inclusive DVD together thats worth the buy. Oh, and more Unrated DVDs need to take note!
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