Blood Trilogy

Blood Trilogy

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Cast: Herschell Gordon Lewis, Jeffrey Allen, Jerome Eden, Sandi Conder

     
 
Love 'em or hate 'em, Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman made cinematic history with their pioneering trio of gory early-'60s horror films, Blood Feast (1963), Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), and Color Me Blood Red (1965). As Lewis once put it, "Prior to Blood Feast...no one had made films in which people die with their eyes open,

Overview

Love 'em or hate 'em, Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman made cinematic history with their pioneering trio of gory early-'60s horror films, Blood Feast (1963), Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), and Color Me Blood Red (1965). As Lewis once put it, "Prior to Blood Feast...no one had made films in which people die with their eyes open, not shut. No one had made films in which blood and gristle show at the end." While that might seem like a slightly dubious claim to fame, there's no arguing the influence of these movies or how they continue to fascinate fringe cinema enthusiasts, and Something Weird Video has done the logical thing and packaged the "Blood Trilogy" together in one boxed set. The DVD versions of Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, and Color Me Blood Red included in the Blood Trilogy set are the same ones Something Weird has been marketing individually for several years. All three films have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and while the source materials show occasional speckling at the beginning and ends of reels, generally they look surprisingly good, with the colors vivid (especially the all-important reds) and the images sharp. The audio for the three features has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, with the original monophonic soundtracks spread over two channels; the sound is good enough to reveal the flaws in the original recordings (mostly lots of echo and some occasional hum), but they're also as good as these pictures are ever going to sound. The dialogue for all three movie is in English and presented without subtitles or multiple language options, except for Two Thousand Maniacs!, which includes an optional dubbed French soundtrack (doubtless owing to its popularity with horror enthusiasts in France and Belgium). The three films each feature an alternate commentary track, in which Something Weird founder Mike Vraney serves as moderator as Lewis and Friedman offer their entertaining memories of the making of these films. Other bonus materials include outtakes (silent with musical accompaniment), the original trailers for the pictures, and a gallery of pressbook material and advertising artwork for Lewis and Friedman's pictures (the same gallery appearing on all three discs). Fans who already have these three movies on DVD will have no need and no reason to pick up this set, but horror fans who've been waiting to pick these up on disc may well find the Blood Trilogy box is the way to go.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
UPC:
0014381259322
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
0
Time:
3:49:00

Special Features

Over three hours of audio commentary by the producer and the director; Over 70 minutes of rare outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage; The original theatrical trailers for all three films; The grisly short film "Carving Magic" and the comprehensive gallery of exploitation art

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blood Feast
1. Blood Bath; Main Title [5:50]
2. An Egyptian Feast [6:26]
3. Beach Blanket Butcher [4:53]
4. Home Cookin' [3:08]
5. Killer Tongue [6:10]
6. The Festival of Ishtar [8:32]
7. Wild Eyes [4:38]
8. The Missing Ingredient [7:27]
9. Mean Cuisine [3:49]
10. Left-Overs [4:00]
11. Final Preparation [7:30]
12. Out With the Trash [4:27]
Disc #2 -- Two Thousand Maniacs!
1. Main Title; Detour [7:26]
2. Guests of Honor [10:02]
3. The Welcoming Committee [7:17]
4. Makin's of a Barbecue [3:05]
5. Sending a Message [5:49]
6. The Barbecue [6:15]
7. The Horse Race [8:56]
8. The Barrel Roll [7:58]
9. The Teetering Rock [7:37]
10. The Escape [8:35]
11. Mighty Peculiar [8:33]
12. End Credits [2:07]
Disc #3 -- Color Me Blood Red
1. Main Title; Artist's Block [6:05]
2. Farnsworth Galleries [9:13]
3. A New Color [8:45]
4. Immortalizing Death [4:40]
5. Art World Darling [9:08]
6. Getting More Paint [9:44]
7. A Day at the Beach [7:05]
8. Canvas of Seduction [10:36]
9. Dangerous Art [5:47]
10. "Holy Bananas" [1:52]
11. Nick of Time [4:00]
12. Funeral Fire [1:59]

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