Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 5th, 2005
Theatrical Release Dates: Various
DVD Released: November 15th, 2005
Approximate Running Time: 128 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 & 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Ban 1 teamed up with Synapse films to make 42nd Street Forever which includes trailers from Ban 1′s previously released and now OOP trailer collection 42nd Street Forever-The Horror Of 42nd Street. There are also several new trailers’ that have been added to this release that were not from the previous release. This collection of trailers has something for just about everyone Kung Fu, Rape/Revenge films, Sci-Fi, 3-D, Blaxploitation, Peplum, Action, Horror, Monsters, Classic XXX and so much more.
The complete list of trailers included in the collection are The Undertaker And His Pals, Flesh And Blood Show, Women And Bloody Terror/Night Of Bloody Horror, I Dismember Mama/The Blood Spattered Bride, Corruption, The Butcher Of Binbrook, Ginger, Italian Stallion, Creampuffs, The Three Dimensions Of Greta, Hard Candy, The Centerfold Girls, Panorama Blue, Wicked Wicked, Teenage Mother, Charlie And The Hooker, Matango, The Green Slime, Destroy All Monsters, The Crippled Masters, Werewolves On Wheels, The Pink Angels, The Depraved (a.k.a. Exposed), They Call Her One Eye (a.k.a. Thriller), Maid In Sweden, Behind Convent Walls, Secret Africa, Shocking Asia, Chappaqua, Welcome Home Brother Charles, The Legend Of Nigger Charlie, Boss Nigger, The 44 Specialist, The Bullet Machine, Death Drive, The Raiders Of Atlantis, Star Crash, Confessions Of A Summer Camp Counselor, Sunset Cove, Superfuzz, Death Will Have Your Eyes, Death Has Blue Eyes, A Black Veil For Lisa, Ironmaster, The Deadly Spawn, The Rape Of The Sabines and The Devil’s Nightmare.
There you have it count them forty seven trailers in all. Of course some of the stand out trailers would be The Depraved, They Call Her One Eye and Maid in Sweden all which star Christina Lindberg. Some other favorites of mine were the Kung Fu flick The Crippled Masters and Creampuffs starring the lovely Edwige Fenech. The wide variety of genres included guarantees that there is something for just about every films fan in this collection. Hell even if you are not a fan of most of the films included in this set they trailers for each and everyone of these films are a lot of fun in themselves.
Most of the trailers included in the collection are presented in an anamorphic widescreen that frames the image about 1.78:1 and there are also a few exceptions in which some trailers are presented in an 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio. While most of the trailers included are in great shape there are a few that show there age with scratches and other print damage. The colors look good considering the source material and the black levels look solid as details are reasonably sharp through out. Overall the image quality despite its flaws exceeded all my expectations.
All the trailers included are in a Dolby Digital mono and there are all in English. Besides some minor hiss the overall quality of the audio remains pretty stable through out. The extras for this release also happen to be the main attraction and I also liked how Synapse included the option of selecting specific trailers via chapter stops. Overall 42nd Street Forever volume 1 is virtual treasure trove of exploitation cinema that is filled with some forgotten gems as well as few misfires, highly recommended.