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42ND STREET FOREVER: THE BLU-RAY...
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Various

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What's it about
A collection of more than 80 trailers of the grindhouse, exploitation, blaxplotation, sexploitation, horror, sci-fi, and soft-core porn variety from the late Ď60s, Ď70s, and early Ď80s.
Is it good movie?
Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up about 5 years ago to tribute the era of grindhouse movies with GRINDHOUSE, throwing together two epic exploitation films together, with a string of faux trailers in the middle from the likes of Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, and Edgar Wright. For some, the trailers were the best part of the whole experience, with THANKSKILLING and DONíT giving us something to really get excited for (though we know will never come). The faux trailers were modeled after the real-life grindhouse trailers of the time, giving them their charm and authenticity, and thatís exactly what 42ND STREET FOREVER: BLU-RAY EDITION delivers: a collection of real grindhouse-style trailers, strung together for your viewing pleasure.

It sounds like a lot: 80 movie trailers cut together one after another, some as little as 30 seconds, but most hitting around the 3 minute mark, and most of which are for movies youíve either never heard of before, or if you haveóyouíve never seen. But after hitting play, itís surprising how easy it is to get sucked in, and those 3 hours (and more!) fly by like thereís no tomorrow. The glory of it just being one trailer after another is that, if you donít have 3 hours to sit around, you can easily start and stop it anywhere youíd like, and not get lost or forget whatís happening or whatnotóbecause each ďstoryĒ is wrapped up within the confides of each individual trailer. And at the same time, itís one of those things that can be easily played in the background without requiring much (or any) attention.

Split up by genre, the collection starts with blaxploitation cinema, then to sexploitation, then on to general exploitation, then come the cheap sci-fi and horror films, followed by soft-core and hardcore porn trailers, and ending with a mix of teenage exploitation, biker exploitation, and then just about anything else that you could think of. All bases are touched here, and fans of the whole GRINDHOUSE experience should really dig it, as thereís something for everyone. The majority of the exploitation is the sexploitation genre though, naughty schoolgirls and dangerous vixens, rape and revenge flicks, and a ton (and I mean A TON) of nudity-fueled trailers for nudity-fueled movies. Which, of course, is totally awesome.

My only complaint, if you could call it a complaint, is that there werenít enough horror trailers, specifically of the slasher variety, which is my favorite sub-genre. I get that slashers didnít explode on the scene until later in the Ď80s, but stillÖ Iím sure thereís more out there than was presented on this disc. Same goes for the sci-fi/horror monster movies, the kind that took the popularity of JAWS and ALIEN and went on to rip them off and make an easy buck. There are a fewóbut I wanted more. Then again, thereís so many trailers that hit on the real grimy grindhouse exploitation cinema of the era, that itís hard to fault the collection for this, as it literally has just about everything else. Violence, sex, nudity, with a bit more violence, sex, and nudity slung in there for good measure.

Video / Audio
Video: While itís a fine Blu-ray transfer, itís still a transfer of grainy, cheaply made films that are covered in scratches, and of the most run-down quality. Like GRINDHOUSE, only this time, the crappy film quality is legit. But in 1080p, all that is forgiven as it gives the film the charm that makes the whole collection so likable.

Audio: Mixed in DTS-Digital 2.0, the sound is only as good as crappy grindhouse theaters of the Ď70s would allow it, but for what it is, it sounds pretty solid. As good as expected, nothing moreÖ nothing less.

The Extras
Commentary tracks by AVMANIACS.COM's Edwin Samuelson, FANGORIA's Michael Gingold, and TEMPLE OF SHOCK's Chris Poggiali: Better than a bunch of film fans sitting around chatting about how hilariously awesome each trailer is, the commentary track actually offers inside, background information regarding each film--not just the trailer, but the film itself. These guys know their grindhouse film history, and it's interesting as hell to listen to them spit their knowledge.
Last Call
42ND STREET FOREVER: THE BLU-RAY EDITION is what fans of the grindhouse and exploitation films of the Ď70s have been waiting for: over 3 hours of trailers of the films of the era, perfect for an evening of laughs and good times at home, or just throw it on in the background during a get-together with friends, or an epic house party. Thereís something here for everyone, and because of that, itís worth every penny.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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