Worst of Ed Wood

Worst of Ed Wood

     
 

Was Edward D. Wood Jr. the worst filmmaker who ever lived? Or was he a misunderstood genius? Could it be he was just a guy with a fashion sense other folks simply lacked the sophistication to appreciate? However you feel about the infamous Mr. Wood, this set brings together four of his best-known films, which truly represent "good-bad" cinema at its most remarkable.… See more details below

Overview

Was Edward D. Wood Jr. the worst filmmaker who ever lived? Or was he a misunderstood genius? Could it be he was just a guy with a fashion sense other folks simply lacked the sophistication to appreciate? However you feel about the infamous Mr. Wood, this set brings together four of his best-known films, which truly represent "good-bad" cinema at its most remarkable. Features included in this set are Glen or Glenda?, Jail Bait, Bride of the Monster, and Plan Nine From Outer Space. Try to wear some angora while watching -- Ed would have wanted it that way.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Many famous filmmakers are celebrated for their mastery of cinematic technique, but Ed Wood's fans adore him for precisely the opposite reason. He's a bizarro-world auteur, cherished for the thundering ineptitude he displays as the writer-producer-director and occasional star of cheesy genre films -- thrown together with all the aplomb of teenage schoolboys shooting home movies in somebody's backyard. Glen or Glenda, Wood's badly presented apologia for transvestitism, sports fruity dialogue and embarrassingly bad acting by everyone involved, including Wood's idol, Bela Lugosi. The film's deadpan obsessiveness makes it absolutely mesmerizing, though. In Jail Bait (1954), a more-or-less straightforward gangster movie, Timothy Farrell plays a hardboiled killer who undergoes plastic surgery in a bid to evade police. Bride of the Monster, Wood's laughably cheap attempt to ape classic Universal horror films, stars Lugosi as a mad scientist bent on creating a race of "atomic supermen" with whom he expects to conquer the world. Wood's magnum opus is the hysterically abominable Plan Nine from Outer Space, in which alien invaders arrive to conquer the Earth with an army of reanimated human corpses. It's got everything a Wood fan could want: goofball plot; corny dialogue; somnambulistic acting; unconvincing special effects; and a great (by Wood standards) cast of Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, TV horror-movie hostess Vampira, old-timers Lyle Talbot and Tom Keene, and assorted bumblers like Gregory Walcott and Duke Moore.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
UPC:
0014381978827
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
4:46:00

Special Features

Bonus documentary "Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion"; Jail Bait original theatrical trailer

Scene Index

Side #1-- Plan 9 from Outer Space
   Start 'Plan 9'
   Theatrical Trailer
Side #2 -- Bride of the Monster
   Begin Film!
   Theatrical Trailer
Side #3-- Jail Bait
   Start the Film
Side #4-- Glen or Glenda?
   Start the Film
   Theatrical Trailer

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