Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 19th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2011
Director: Alex Stapleton
Writer: Alex Stapleton
Cast: Roger Corman, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Quentin Tarantino, John Sayles, Jonathan Demme, Eli Roth, Peter Fonda, Peter Bogdanovich, William Shatner
DVD released: March 26th, 2012
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Anchor Bay UK
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £9.73
Roger Corman was one of the first mogul film directors to experience success and freedom outside of the Hollywood system. Corman directed an over fifty films over a fifteen year period (1955-1971) and in the early 1970’s he would shift from directing to producing films. Corman as a producer would help launch the careers of such directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron and Ron Howard. Corman made the films that he wanted to and virtually everything film he made was profitable.
Virtually no stone is left unturned in Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel. From his humble beginnings as a filmmaker, on through to his shift more towards producing and on towards what he is currently up to. Roger Corman’s cinematic journey is told via newly shot interviews, still images, clips from his films and vintage interview clips.
A few of the choice topics include why he ended up not producing films like Easy Rider and Mean Streets, even though both projects were first brought to him. How he gave many now well known foreign films like Amarcord and Cries and Whispers, their first U.S. theatrical distribution. Of course this documentaries stand moment in which Roger Corman receives his honorary Academy Award. Ultimately Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel is a first rate tribute for a man, who has left an undeniable mark on the world of cinema.
Note: This review is based on a test disc and may not be representative of the final product.
Anchor Bay UK presents Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. A wide variety of sources have been used for this documentary and the end result is a very good transfer.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes are in good shape as dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release are limited a trailer for the film. Overall Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel gets a well rounded audio / video presentation from Anchor Bay UK.
Note: Anchor Bay UK are also releasing Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel on DVD.