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06.09.2006by: Ammon Gilbert


Written by James Gunn, this Troma Classic of Shakespeare with a twist is making it's way to DVD again. If you’re expecting dudes running around in tights, then stay away- you won’t find any of that here! Some thought the tale of ill-fated lovers had been done in every way possible- until this bad boy burst on the scene! Boy, were they wrong. Pick it up to satisfy that curiosity bug, and for bragging rights.

The Goods:

  • 4 different audio commentaries featuring writer James Gunn (SLITHER), director Lloyd Kaufman (THE TOXIC AVENGER), actor Sean Gunn (GILMORE GIRLS), film editor Frank Reynolds (IN THE BEDROOM) and Troma staff editor Gabriel Friedman (TERROR FIRMER, CITIZEN TOXIE, POULTRYGEIST).
  • 2 hours of interviews with cast and crew including Debbie Rochon (Ness), Tiffany Shepis (Peter), Sean Gunn (Sammy), Valentine Miele (Murray), Stephen Blackehart (Benny), and Lemmy (of Motorhead).
  • GETTING HOSTEL WITH HOLLYWOOD: James Gunn and Lloyd Kaufman visit Eli Roth's birthday party.
  • SLITHER-ING THROUGH HOLLYWOOD: A brand-new, expanded, uncut version of Lloyd Kaufman's video diary on the set of James Gunn's SLITHER.
  • Deleted scenes, plus a featurette of James Gunn and Lloyd Kaufman commenting on the deleted scenes.
  • Exclusive never-before-seen rehearsal footage of Jane Jensen and Debbie Rochon.
  • Willie Wisely music video, featuring Andy Dick and Kara Monaco
  • Classic Troma movie introductions featuring the cast of TROMEO AND JULIET

  • But you said you loved me!



    If you missed it when it hit the airways (I know I did!), time to rejoice with a six pack and a tray of nachos- because you’ll soon have a chance to catch it again and again! Released through Lionsgate no less, this made-for-TV King adaption from King-ninja Mick Garris features one thing that should send you over the edge: Ron Pearlman- kicking ass. I loved the book, and I love the cover art below- why does August seem so…far…away…

    The Goods:

  • An Anamorphic Tansfer,
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Tacks
  • Cmmentary with Director Mick Garris,
  • A Making-of Featurette
  • An Interview with Stephen King.


    SHOCK TREATMENT - September 5th

    I didn’t even know they made a sequel to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, but they did and this is it. I hear that if you’re a fan of the first, you’ll be a fan of this twisted musical. I’ve also heard there’s a group out there who hate this movie with a vengeance. Know what that means? Looks like you’ll have to pick this bitch up and see for yourself! Much like its predecessor though, I have a feeling it won’t be as much ‘fun’ in the comfort of your own home as it would be at the midnight showing downtown. I guess if you have friends, you could try and re-enact the hysteria…

    The Goods:

  • A 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 & Mono tracks
  • An Audio Commentary with "Shock Treatment" Fan Club presidents "Mad Man"
  • Mike Ellenbogen & Bill Brennan
  • Making-of and Music Retrospectives
  • Domestic and International Trailers

    GOJIRA (GODZILLA) - September 5th

    You’ve been using your copy of Roland Emmerich’s GODZILLA as a coaster for a few years, and now you’re ready to catch the original Japanese masterpiece for the first time on DVD! It’s about time, damn it! I’m sure it has to do with the success of re-releasing the original KING KONG last year, and I couldn’t be happier. Actually, what I really want to know is why am I seeing Emmerich’s Godzilla smashing around selling Doritos on TV these days? I didn’t think anybody liked that version- yet, the big guy’s selling Doritos, of all things! I mean, really, I expect that when a movie’s about to hit theaters, but there’s no reason for Godzilla to be pushing products now. What gives?

    The Goods:

  • New high definition-mastered transfers
  • The Original 1954 Toho Film
  • The re-edited 1956 US theatrical release, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (40 minutes were cut and 20 minutes of new scenes, starring Raymond Burr, were added in the US version)
  • Audio commentary with Steve Ryfle, author of "Japan's Favorite Mon-star," and Ed Godziszewski, editor and publisher of "Japanese Giants" Magazine
  • A slideshow of original movie posters in multiple languages
  • A 16-page booklet with a history on the making of "Gojira" and how it was imported into the US and became "Godzilla."

  • Yo, where's the party at?

    FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND - September 5th

    Roger Corman’s the godfather of low budget B movies, making this take on Mary Shelly’s tale of mad scientists and zombies worth a look. Plus, it stars John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda and Jason Patric! The only bummer here is that there are no plans for extra features…. why re-release it on DVD if there’s no extras??? I will say this though, I’ve always been a fan of the cover art…

    The Goods:

  • Nothing Planned

  • DVD Cover Art

    How many rip-offs can you see in this cover?

    Honorable Mentions:

    RUNNING SCARED – June 6th - Because you listened to so-called ‘critics’ and missed this gem in theaters.

    CELLO – July 25th - Because it’s a Tartan release about a possessed Cello. Who knew string instruments could be so deadly?

    DAWN– August 15th – Because it’s a little girl version of BLADE. Except this ‘Blade’ likes to suck blood and kill people.

    TWISTED SISTERS - August 15th – Because it’s about twin sisters kicking each others asses. Yeah.

    That's all for this week! Stay tuned every week for your latest DVD news, and as always, feel free to shoot me an email ([email protected] ) for any & all DVD news, scoops, and easter eggs!


    Source: DavisDVDFangoria



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