ROB ZOMBIE 3-DISC COLLECTOR'S SET
Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
Sheri Moon Zombie
What's it about
A collection of Writer/Director Rob Zombie’s first two flicks and a kick ass documentary make a nice gift for any horror fan.
Is it good movie?
I was pretty excited when I heard that a collector’s set of Rob Zombie’s first 2 flicks was coming out, but as it turns out it’s just another way for the studio to make some coin before “Halloween” hits the screens on August 31st.
The first disc in this collection is “House of 1000 Corpses”, a colorful and raunchy horror film that reads like a love letter to the horror genre. The film follows a group of people driving through Texas hunting for urban legends and strange roadside attractions when they stumble upon a crazy family of serial killers.
Zombie’s love for horror is evident in every frame of this film, and the characters are some of the most memorable ever put on screen. Actors like Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, and Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon Zombie make “House of 1000 Corpses” a fun ride for almost any horror fan. The flick is filled with vibrant colors and unforgettable characters that take no prisoners. The story isn’t anything new, but was executed in a very fresh way.
The second disc is “The Devil's Rejects” a sequel to “Corpses” and in my opinion, a far better flick. This time the Firefly family is on the run and leaving a trail of blood and gore in their wake. This movie reminded me of the old revenge flicks from the 70’s with a little road movie thrown in for good measure. The characters are grittier this time around, much more fleshed out and it is sometimes difficult to determine who the good guys actually are. Actually there really aren’t any good guys in this flick, only bad guys with strong personalities.
The look of this film is drastically different than the first film. This time the colors are saturated and some of the whites look blown out. Also most of the film takes place in broad daylight, it made the film feel dirty and gave the violence much more weight. This was my favorite film of 2005 and is one of my favorite films of all time. In fact I can’t think of one negative thing to say about this film.
The third disc in this set is “30 Days in Hell - The Making of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS” which is one of the most comprehensive behind the scenes documentaries that I have ever seen. It follows the making of “Rejects” from the beginning of preproduction all the way to the last day of shooting.
I was really impressed with how confident Zombie was on set and also how knowledgeable he was about every part of the production process. This was a great way to cap off this collection.
Video / Audio
Audio: The 6.1 DTS ES Digital Audio and 5.1 Dolby surround sound is awesome.
Video: The wide screen video is boasts vibrant colors and the picture was crisp and looked amazing.
There are a ton of special features in this set, but unfortunately if you own both of these flicks already there’s nothing new.
Audio Commentary - (with Zombie and also and actors commentary with Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie) The commentary tracks were fun and informative and are an easy way to kill some time.
Blooper Reel – I almost always enjoy blooper reels and this one was pretty cool.
The Morris Green Show – The talk show from TDR was one of my favorite special features, and a testament to how much work Zombie puts into his films.
Commercials – There are a few Captain Spaulding commercials that are really cool.
Cheerleader Missing – Is another awesome special feature which is a home movie of Otis and the missing cheerleader.
Buck Owens Video – This is a cool video, but I’m not a huge fan of the song even though it really fits in with the movie.
There are also deleted scenes, make-up tests, a Matthew McGrory tribute, a still gallery, and a bunch of trailers. So, all in all there is a ton of content on these discs.
Both of the films and the documentary on this disc are worth picking up, but if you already own both flicks there’s nothing new to gawk at. It is cool to have both films in one package though for anyone who doesn’t already own them, but either way Zombie kicks horror ass.