Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 8th, 2013
BluRay released: July 9th, 2013
Approximate running time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround English, DTS-HD MA Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: New York City is being overrun by the homeless who have all congregated at a junkyard. The local liquor store is selling $1 bottles of Viper that are so deadly that anyone who drinks them melts. The police are baffled after several homeless turn up after all their flesh and most of their bodies have melted away so they assign a hard nose cop name Bill to investigate these recent unexplained murders. Will the police be able to get to the bottom of this liquid mystery before the last bottle of Viper is consumed?
Street Trash immediately draws you in with one of the most ambitious openings too ever appear in any independent film. This sequence like several others in the film includes many steady cam shots. Street Trash was directed by Jim Muro who would go on to become one of Hollywood’s most in demand steady cam operators working on such films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Casino and Point Break. Muro’s use of the steady cam in Street Trash includes some of the most mesmerizing shots that you will ever see this side of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
The story while pretty thin in substance and lacking of any fleshed out characters, still manages to keep you glued to the action wondering what the hell can happen next. The special effects are well done and downright disgusting looking as bodies melt and in some instances explode. Without a doubt the films strongest asset is its production design and use of natural locations. It is amazing seeing New York City before Mayor Giuliani cleaned it up for commerce. New York from this era looks more like a war zone then the tourist attraction it has since become.
Surprisingly the acting is really good, which many of these films typical lack good performances’ because of their lack of budget. My three favorite performances where Vic Noto as Bronson a whacked out war vet, Bill Chepil as an over the top juiced up cop and Mike Lackey as Fred. The most memorable moments in the film is when Bronson cuts off another homeless man’s penis for peeing on him and then the rest the bums start playing keep away with the penis. Ultimately Street Trash is 102 minutes of pure grind house fun as you get melting bodies, deceptions, severed genitals and some well placed moments of T&A.
Street Trash comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. The image looks natural, the source is clean, there are no issues with DNR or compression. This is yet another superb Hi Def transfer from Synapse Films.
As good as the transfer is I was even more so impressed with how amazing these two audio mixes sound. Sonically one would be hard pressed to top how great both audio mixes sound here. Also included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include the film’s original trailer and two audio commentaries one with director Jim Muro and the other with producer/writer Roy Frumkes. Jim Muro’s audio commentary includes many interesting facts about the various cast members and he also discusses in depth various techniques that he used like the use of steady cam in the film. Roy Frumkes audio commentary just like his documentary about the film titled ‘Meltdown Memories’ is a detailed and fact filled journey about every aspect of this project from its creation up to and including noticing flaws in the film years later. Overall both audio commentaries are excellent and essential listening for every hardcore fan of the film.
Other extras include the original promo teaser trailer for the film, the original 16mm short film that inspired the film and a documentary titled ‘Meltdown Memories’ that clocks in at just over two hours in length and includes interviews with just about everyone involved in the project. Besides interviews with cast & crew there are stills and behind the scenes footage that has been incorporated into the documentary. ‘Meltdown Memories’ is the most thorough documentaries that you will ever see as it perfectly complements the two audio commentaries included on the first DVD.
Rounding out the extras are five deleted scenes and a interview with actress Jane Arakawa (9 minutes 15 seconds – letterboxed widescreen). The last two extras were not on previously Synapse Films releases of Street Trash and are this releases two new additions to the wealth of extra content that comes with this release. It should be noted that the interview with Jane Arakawa had previously appeared on Arrow Films UK DVD release for the film. Overall Street Trash gets a first rate Hi Def make over from Synapse Films, who continue to raise the bar with each new BluRay release.