Tromeo and Juliet

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Overview

Notorious schlock and psychotronic production company Troma (known for such classics as Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke 'Em High) hails Tromeo and Juliet, its contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's love tragedy, a "thrill-a-minute, body-piercing, computer sex, sapphic, car-crashing extravaganza." Set in New York City, the tale centers on the Ques and the Capulets. The bitter feud begins when father Capulet steals father Que's Silky Films production company. As enemies, the two warring clans are always doing ...
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Overview

Notorious schlock and psychotronic production company Troma (known for such classics as Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke 'Em High) hails Tromeo and Juliet, its contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's love tragedy, a "thrill-a-minute, body-piercing, computer sex, sapphic, car-crashing extravaganza." Set in New York City, the tale centers on the Ques and the Capulets. The bitter feud begins when father Capulet steals father Que's Silky Films production company. As enemies, the two warring clans are always doing horrible things to each other. Tromeo Que is a computer nerd who spends much time fondling himself in front of his favorite sexy CD-ROMs until he falls in love with lovely Juliet and proposes to her while she sits upon a toilet. The film, seemingly aimed at adolescent boys, features violence, considerable gore, profanity, vulgar situations (featuring buckets of fake vomit), and the graphic depiction of body piercing. (Of course, if it didn't, it wouldn't be a Troma film.)
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Special Features

4 audio commentaries with cast and crew including writer James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead 2004, Slither), director Lloyd Kaufman (Poultrygeist, Toxic Avenger), Oscar nominee Frank Reynolds (In The Bedroom) and co-star Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls); New interviews with cast and crew including stars Stephen Blackehart, Debbie Rochon, Tiffany Shepis, Sean Gunn and Lemmy!; Deleted scenes (Including the long-lost Ron Jeremy scene); Fan reenactments of classic scenes; Never-before-seen rehearsal footage of Jane Jensen and Debbie Rochon's Sapphic scene; "Slithering Through Hollywood" - featuring Lloyd Kaufman's on-set video diary of James Gunn's Slither featuring brand new footage; "Getting Hostel With Hollywood" - James Gunn and Lloyd Kaufman visit Eli Roth's birthday party; Willie Wisely music video featuring Andy Dick and Playboy Playmate Kara Monaco; Classic Troma movie introductions featuring the stars of Tromeo & Juliet; Brand new introduction by Troma President Lloyd Kaufman and Vice-President Michael Herz; And much more on 2 great discs!!; Plus Lemmy!!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
The Troma team topped themselves once again with this willfully obnoxious circus of perversions, bodily fluids, obscenities, and classic literature. This is one of their better hybrids of jocularity and gore, with an amusing appropriation of the well-worn Shakespeare story that substitutes New York City for Verona and features the inspired touch of casting Lemmy from Motorhead as narrator. The standard self-referential Troma touches abound (posters for their past schlock hits adorn every wall and viewers can always count on a cameo from the Toxic Avenger) and a gleefully cheery tone takes much of the sting out of casually broached subjects like child abuse, incest, and pedophilia. As with most in-house Troma products, the film succeeds due to the fact that as tasteless as it is, the underlying intent is not to offend or disturb (though certain sensitive audience members may find that it does both). The action is too outrageous, the special effects are too crude, and the humor is too broad for Tromeo and Juliet to be anything more than a great big joke at no one's expense.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • UPC: 790357933693
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Source: Troma
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Anniversary Edition
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,790

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Jensen Juliet Capulet
Will Keenan Tromeo Que
Debbie Rochon Ness
Valentine Miele
Sean Gunn
Joe Fleishaker
Lemmy Voice Only
Carolyn Smith
London Arbuckle Paris
Steve Gibbons
Tiffany Shepis
Technical Credits
Lloyd Kaufman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
David Alvarez Sound/Sound Designer
Ass Ponys Songwriter
Roshelle Berliner Production Designer
Brendan Flynt Camera Operator
Jonathan Foster Co-producer
James Gunn Screenwriter
Robert Hersov Co-producer
Michael Herz Producer
Daniel Laikind Executive Producer
Meatmen Songwriter
Motorhead Songwriter
Grant Quasha Executive Producer
Frank Reynolds Editor
Robert Schiller Executive Producer
Jonathan Slon Sound/Sound Designer
Superchunk Songwriter
Andrew Weiner Associate Producer
Willie Wisely Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tromeo and Juliet: 10th Anniversary Edition
1. Dead Squirrel [2:29]
2. Act I: The Ques and Capulets [7:48]
3. Phone Call to Rosie [3:02]
4. Ness and Juliet [7:47]
5. Another Screaming Orgasm [4:26]
6. Sammy's Brain [1:35]
7. Act II: Gizzards, Scrapple, and Love [12:52]
8. Act III: Popcorn Pregnancy [8:12]
9. Hand on Cheek [5:43]
10. Welcome to Our Show [10:17]
11. Act IV: Tyrone Comes for Tromeo [9:21]
12. They Found a Peanut Alright [6:58]
13. Act V: The Potion Is Working [15:03]
14. The Surprise Ending [11:20]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Tromeo and Juliet: 10th Anniversary Edition
   Play
   Chapters
   Audio Commentaries
      Introduction: The Making of the New Commentary
      2006 Commentary With Writer James Gunn and Director Lloyd Kaufman
      Previously Unused 1997 Commentary By Writer James Gunn and Actor Sean Gunn
      2006 Commentary With Editor Frank Reynolds and Poultrygeist Editor Gabriel Friedman
      Original 1997 Commentary With Director Lloyd Kaufmann
      No Commentary
   Deleted Scenes
      Play All
      Introduction
      Suicide Scene
      Sexual Sonnet
      Stunt Gone Wrong
      Brain Food
      Harry Explains It All
      Two Little Piggies
      Ron Jeremy's a Bum
      Outtroduction
      Lloyd & James Comment on the Deleted Scenes
Disc #2 -- Tromeo and Juliet: 10th Anniversary Edition
   Cast and Crew Interviews
      Stephen Blackehart (Benny Que)
      Tiffany Shepis (Peter)
      Sean Gunn (Sammy Capulet)
      Debbie Rochon (Ness)
      Wendy Adams (Ingrid Capulet)
      Lisbeth Kaufman (Mutant Baby)
      Lemmy (Narrator)
      Willie Wisely (Composer)
      Joe Lynch & Stephen Blackehart (Terror Firmer Vs. Tromeo & Juliet)
      Andrew Weiner (Assoc. Producer/Casting) [Cast]
      Franny Baldwin (Line Producer/Production Manager)
      Sandee Brockwell (Stunt Nipple)
      Dylan Forer (Grip/Driver/PA)
      Daniel Epstein (Production Assistant)
   Bonuses
      From Tromaville to Hollywood
         Slither-ing Through Hollywood Uncut!
         Getting Hostel With Hollywoodc
      Fan Re-Creations of Classic Tromeo & Juliet Scenes
         "Tromeo With a Twist" By Christopher Thomas
         The Popcorn Pregnancy Nightmare As You've Never Seen It Before
      Music Video: "Staying Home Again" - Wisely
      Ella Records
   Tromatic Treasure Trove
      Have We Been Introduced?
         Tromeo and Juliet Laserdisc Intro
         Tromeo and Juliet Laserdisc Outro
         Redneck Zombies VHS Intro
         Squeeze Play VHS Intro
         Cannibal! The Musical VHS Intro
         Surf Nazis Must Die VHS Intro
         When Nature Calls VHS Intro
      Tragedies and Comedies
         The Story of Juliet and Her Tromeo
         James Gunn and Jenna Fischer in Lollilove
         Stephen Blackehart Is Full of Burnin' Love in Rockabilly Vampire
         James Gunn Makes the CrapKeeper an Offer He Can't Refuse
         A Dissertation on Parallel Universes From a World-Renowned Scientist
         Lloyd Kaufman Makes Out With Princess Diana
         Jane Austen Will Have Her Revenge!
         What Your Doctor Never Told You About Masturbation
         An Important Message for Hamsters
         Poultrygeist... It's Eggs-cellent
         Learn How to Make Your Own Damn Movie
      Long Lost Rehearsal Footage of Jane Jensen & Debbie Rochon
      The 3 Best Reasons to Learn to Read
         The Toxic Avenger: The Novel
         All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger
         Make Your Own Damn Movie!
      Radiation March
      They Found a Peanut Alright!!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Shakespeare interpretation ever!

    I write this review after having seen the 10th anniversary 2-dvd edition of this film, which has been released in august 2006. The original release is fantastic, the new version is Superb! William Shakespeare's play Romeo & Juliet has been interpreted hundreds of times on stage and in films. Sometimes literally following the original text (which is, at times, vague in stage directions), sometimes in new interpretations where directors chose to show their own view on the piece. Some are good, many are mediocre. Lloyd Kaufman's film certainly stands out as one of the most original, modern versions of the bard's creation, It may be placed in a modern-day decaying New York and full of the modern-day anti-social behavior, body piercing, dismemberment and kinky sex (which, for the more than casual reader, Shakespeare himself wasn't shying away from), but at the same time it stays incredibly close to the overall feel and point of what the play is all about, which is quite an effort. Kaufman wrote the script with his co-director on the film James Gunn, who is now famous for writing two successful Scooby Doo movies, doing the impossible by making a perfect remake of an already perfect film with his script for Dawn of the Dead and directing one of the best horror-films of the year: Slither. Lloyd Kaufmans innovative directorial view alongside with James Gunns original and unrestricted writing make for an interpretation of Shakespeare's play that maybe not everyone will "get" immediately, but will certainly be recognized by a truly unique and highly important view on a classic play. With a script that is written entirely in iambic meter, appearances of Motorhead's Lemmy and an outrageous forceful soundtrack watching Tromeo & Juliet is something no one will ever forget. Apart from it's historical significance, Tromeo & Juliet is a treasure for film-lovers of all kind. Not only for the script by James Gunn, now a good influence on Hollywood while working from the inside, but also because it features an early part of legendary actress Debbie Rochon. Well known by everyone familiar with films that are made on lower budgets. The 10th anniversary edition on DVD adds to all that by including so many as-yet undiscovered gems that not only all the information one could wish for about the film itself and the experience of making it is presented in ways that make it impossible to turn off the DVD, but also a very honest (and disturbing) look is given into the ways independent cinema has to surviver these days. In many ways the extra's on the disc are an invaluable addition to the already impressive amount given on Kaufman's film-school "Make Your Own Damn Movie". Furtermore historical items from the Troma vaults which include James Gunn, Debbie Rochon and other contributors to this masterpiece are included, and the film itself is, apart from looking better then ever, accompanied by no less than four audio-commentaries, each and everyone informative, excruciatingly funny and all done for serious addition to the film instead of the boring and nonsensical commentaries that are so common these days. There are new commentaries (one with Kaufman and Gunn together), but also the one James Gunn did for the original release of the DVD but couldn't be included there for some of honesty he displays about some other people is present on this disc. With fan-recreations of a few of the scenes from the film, a video diary of Lloyd Kaufman's visit to the set of James Gunn's Slither and a visit the two brought together to Eli Roth's Hostel Birthday party and much more, this is the ultimate set everyone must own. Weather you are a film historian, someone interested in interpretations of the great Bard's work, a fan of great cinema, a fighter for independent cinema, a fan of James Gunn, interested in learning more on making films on a low budget, a fan of Lloyd Kaufman or whatever: this is the most important DVD-release of this m

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    any movie that opens with Lemmy Kilmeister 'reciting' Shakespeare is an instant classic!

    I love this movie.it's a very funny take on the classic love store,butif you don't like campy sex,violence and nudity this is not for you.

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