Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 12th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: John Wesley Norton
Writer: John Wesley Norton
Cast: Byron Thames, Larry Thomas, James Vallo, David Faustino, Joe Estevez, Lindsay Gareth, Edward Asner, Reggie Bannister, Lloyd Kaufman, Erin Moran, Robert Z’Dar
DVD Released: November 8th, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 87 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Though there have been countless films that have revolved around the ins and outs of making a film. It is safe to say that few, if any approach this subject in the way that Not Another B Movie does. The best way to describe what this film is about, it is a celebration of schlocky cinema.
So it this film a horror film or it is a comedy? Sure there are moments that could fit nicely into any horror film, this film and these moments are done in a satirical way that takes any chance of these moments being scary. And while the general tone of this film is rooted in comedy, there are far more moments that don’t work, then those that do humor wise.
Even the characters which populate this film known that the film’s that they have made and the one they are currently working on are far from being text book examples of what one call good cinema. And yet they continue on the same path, since these films somehow find a audience and for the most part are successful.
The bulk of the film revolves around three characters, a screenwriter, a director and a producer as they sit at a table and discuss their latest project and how they can make it better. These moments are nothing more than buffers for what is really the meat of this production, the moments in which the script revisions are acted out on screen. Some of these script revision moments include scenes with a killer, who dresses up as a umpire and this leads to one the characters suggesting the tentative title ‘The Umpire Strikes Back’. Numerous of the kills scenes take place in the shower and at least one is a frame by frame reenactment of the Psycho shower scene. And least and certainly not least, the film throws two cops that are constantly at odds with each other into the mix. So as you can see the narrative is all over and place and by the time the finale rolls around, it is too little to late by then.
Being that this is a film about film that pokes fun a ‘bad’ cinema, it should not comes as a surprise the performances often verge into the over the top area and not in a good way. If anything the performances that are the easiest to digest are that of David Faustino (‘Married with Children’) and Joe Estevez, who are paired as couple of bumbling cops. The scenes that they are in together provide some much needed comic relief. Ultimately though Not Another B Movie has its heart in the right place, the end result is a underwhelming experience that never fully reaches its potential.
Troma presents Not Another B Movie in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well and details generally look crisp.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include footage from ‘Not Another B Movie’s’ premier (16 minutes 57 seconds – letterboxed widescreen) and a ‘Making of’ segment with actor James Vallo and Lloyd Kaufman titled ‘On Independent Filmmaking’ (24 minutes 56 seconds – letterboxed widescreen). The ‘Making of’ segment finds a good balance between onset footage and comments from the cast, who all discuss their involvement in this production. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Troma and wide assortment of other Tromatic extras. Overall Not Another B Movie gets a well rounded DVD release from Troma.