Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 17th, 2012
BluRay released: May 8th, 2012
Approximate running time: 225 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95
For Synapse Films sixth installment of their 42nd Street series. They combine their first two collections (sort of) for their first BluRay release in this series. And before we go any further with this review it should be pointed out the three dozen trailers that originally appeared on the first two installments of 42nd Street have not been carried over. Fortunately there is a wide variety of new content that has been added in place of the aforementioned missing trailers.
The complete list of trailers included in the collection are Black Samson, Savage!, Kenner, The Guy From Harlem, Welcome Home, Brother Charles, Boss Nigger, Honky, Sugar Hill, Rolling Thunder, Act Of Vengeance, Ms. 45, They Call Her One Eye, Ginger, Savage Sisters, Chained Heat, Delinquent Schoolgirls, The Pom Pom Girls, The Teasers Go To Paris, The Teacher, College Girls, Street Girls, The Babysitter, Teenage Mother, I, A Woman, When Women Had Tails, The Curious Female, The Tale Of The Dean’s Wife, The Minx, The Centerfold Girls, The Depraved, Invitation To Ruin, Helga, The Sun, The Place And The Girls, Fairytales, Flesh Gordon, Starcrash, Dark Star, The Raiders Of Atlantis, Matango, The Green Slime, They Came From Beyond Space, The Deadly Spawn, The Dark, The Evil, The Evictors, The Undertaker And His Pals, The Devil’s Nightmare, Deadly Blessing, Rabid, Eye Of The Cat, Mark Of The Witch, I Dismember Mama And The Blood Spattered Bride, Women And The Bloody Terror And Night Of Bloody Horror, Dr. Butcher M.D., The Grim Reaper, Dr. Tarr’s Torture Dungeon, Wicked Wicked, The Flesh And Blood Show, The Three Dimensions Of Greta, Hard Candy, Panorama Blue, Italian Stallion, Maid In Sweden, Pornography In Denmark, Secret Africa, Shocking Asia, Taboos Of The World, Chappaqua, Salo: 120 Days Of Sodom, The 44 Specialist, The Bullet Machine, Death Drive, Spy In Your Eye, Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die, The Last Of The Secret Agents, The Crippled Masters, Shogun Assassin, SuperMan Chu, Born Losers, Hell’s Angels On Wheels, Devil’s Angels, The Pink Angels, Werewolves On Wheels, Dixie Dynamite, Mr. Billion, Super Fuzz, Sunset Cove, Van Nuys Blvd. and Skatetown U.S.A.
At just under four hours (twice the length as the previous installments in this series) there is a lot of content to digest. And while some may find it daunting to sit through everything in one go. The good news is that this release is just as enjoyable viewed in fragments or as whole. Choose your poison.
And just like their previous installments in this series just about every genre is represented in this collection. Some of the standout trailers in this collection include, Sugar Hill, Ms. 45, The Babysitter, Starcrash, The Green Slime, Deadly Blessing, Hard Candy, Italian Stallion, Salo: 120 Days Of Sodom and The Crippled Masters. Overall 42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition is easily the strongest release in the 42nd Street series to date.
42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Though the trailers themselves have not been cleaned up and some mild instances of print debris has been removed. The overall quality of the trailers included range from very good to excellent. Also there are no problems with compression and DNR is never a issue.
Extras for this are limited to an audio commentary with Fangoria managing editor Michael Gingold, Film Historian Chris Poggiali and AV Maniacs editor Edwin Samuelson. This it yet another superb audio commentary that is equally informative and entertaining.
In closing, though there might be some who bought the first two 42nd Street DVD’s releases might feel burned. There is more than enough new content and the inclusion of another stellar audio commentary helps sweeten the pot. Overall 42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition is another first rate release from Synapse Films.