Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 21st, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2013
Director: Alberto Bogo
Writers: Alberto Bogo, Andrea Lionetti
Cast: Alessio Cherubini, Elisabetta Loi, Guglielmo Favilla, Maurizio Lastrico, Alex Lucchesi, Pino Scotto, Alberto Bogo, Terence Holler, Verena Marenco, Daniela Camera, Carlo Sciaccaluga
BluRay released: August 18th, 2015
Approximate running times: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian
BluRay Release: Troma Entertainment
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95
Though this films bear many of the aesthetic traits that has become synonymous with Italian cinema. It inspirations go beyond its homeland’s borders as it is crystal clear very early on in this film that the filmmakers are bonafide fans of Troma’s style of cinema.
The plot is basic and it often takes a backseat to the kill sequences which are all sufficiently gory. There is an anything goes vibe to the story at hand and anyone looking for character development or a coherent narrative should look elsewhere.
From a production standpoint the visuals are one of this film’s greatest strength. Pacing is never an issue since the film moves quickly from gory set piece to the next. And when it comes to the performances in this film they are best described as appropriately over the top.
Instead of trying to recapture a long gone era from Italian cinema’s past, this film does the next best thing. It takes a familiar formula which in this case is Troma cinema and gives it’s a Spaghetti makeover. The end result is a delirious combination that is further bolstered the enthusiasm of everyone involved in the making of the film.
Extreme Jukebox comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source used for this transfer is in very good shape. Also there are no issues with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Italian and English subtitles with a few grammatical errors have been included with this release. Dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced. Range wise things sound better than expected. With the film’s rock themed soundtrack sounding appropriately robust.
Extras for this release include an intro to the film with Lloyd Kaufman, a photo gallery, a trailer for the film (1 minute 29 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles) and an insightful featurette titled ‘Inside Extreme Jukebox’ (53 minutes 43 seconds, in English and Italian with English subtitles) which serves a production diary for the film with comments from director Alberto Bogo and co-screenwriter Andrea Lionetti. Also this lengthy extra also has an ample amount of onset footage.
Rounding out the extras are other Tromatic extras like the Radiation March, a PSA with Lloyd Kaufman, a brief segment celebrating 40 years of Troma, Lloyd Kaufman’s ice bucket challenge and trailers for other films also available from Troma.
Overall Extreme Jukebox gets a strong release from Troma Entertainment.