HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST, THE

HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST, THE 1

THE HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS FEAST REVIEWED

“The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast” is the loving tribute that Lewis always deserved. Well, he’s dead now…so how about a memorial? 9 of his classics make their HD debut and they look scuzzy due to years of neglect. But, that’s the damn point! Lewis wasn’t an artist, but a prime Exploitation businessman. From the Egyptian blood rituals of “Blood Feast” to the hillbilly antics of “Two Thousand Maniacs”, the guy understood schlock.

While a lot of people have complained about the discs doubling up on films, I prefer having every possible way to see Lewis’s work. Herschell Gordon Lewis dominated in an era where the regional theater demands would slice and dice films. Censor boards or current tastes would cause material to either be excised or added. Plus, the films had to be presented in a way where the auditorium could actually show them. It’s horror filmmaking from a different time and there’s enough to fill a book about it. Speaking of books, the Limited Edition gets a nice 28 page Yearbook style thing inside of that nifty Cereal Box.

Whether it was hicksploitation, cutting-edge horror or emerging Cinema Verite…Lewis understood it all. There are films in this set like “This Stuff’ll Kill Ya” that are due a major rediscovery. Sure, you get Dr. Giggles in an early role, but there’s so much more. It’s a shame that Lewis bailed out during the 1970s, as he was starting to adapt to a time when people like Romero, Hooper and Carpenter were finding their foothold. Lewis would always be ahead of the curve, but there would be a new audience and possible mob movie backing to get his films out there.

Imagine a world where Lewis started riding the VHS crazy early! Hell, what about Lewis capitalizing on the advent of premium cable!?!? He could’ve been a household name and I wouldn’t look crazy recommending him for a Lifetime Achievement Oscar. It’s rare to pinpoint when a genre started getting more intense, but horror kicked off its training wheels with Lewis. This collection is a treasure and every serious film fan/student/enthusiast needs to pick it up. Arrow needs nothing but applause for this set.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Fourteen of the Godfather of Gore’s finest attractions, newly restored from original and best surviving vault materials
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the features and extras on 7 Blu-ray and 7 DVD discs
  • Additional 2 bonus Blu-rays featuring 1.33:1 versions of Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Color Me Blood Red, A Taste of Blood and The Wizard of Gore [limited editions exclusive]
  • Additional bonus DVD: Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore documentary [limited editions exclusive]
  • 28-page H.G. Lewis ‘annual’ stuffed full with Lewis-themed activities plus archive promotional material [limited editions exclusive]
  • Newly illustrated packaging by The Twins of Evil [Feast edition exclusive]
  • BLOOD FEAST (1963) + SCUM OF THE EARTH (1963)
  • Brand new introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on Blood Feast with Lewis and producer David F. Friedman
  • Audio Commentary on Scum of the Earth by Friedman
  • Blood Feast Outtakes
  • Blood Perceptions – filmmakers Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) and Rodney Ascher (Room 237) offer their insight on Blood Feast and the importance of Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Herschell’s History – archival interview in which Lewis discusses his entry into the film industry including Scum of the Earth
  • How Herschell Found His Nitch – Lewis discusses more of his early work in nudie cuties and the making of The Adventures of Lucky Pierre
  • Archival Interview with Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman from 1987
  • Carving Magic (1959) – vintage short featuring Blood Feast’s Bill Kerwin
  • Blood Feast Radio Spot and Trailer
  • TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964) + MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN (1964)
  • Brand new introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on Two Thousand Maniacs! with Lewis and producer David F. Friedman
  • Two Thousand Maniacs! Outtakes
  • Two Thousand Maniacs Can’t Be Wrong – Tim Sullivan (director, 2001 Maniacs) on Two Thousand Maniacs!
  • Hicksploitation: Confidential – visual essay on the history of the American South’s representation in cinema
  • David Friedman: The Gentlemen’s Smut Peddler – a tribute to the legendary producer featuring Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmakers Fred Olen Ray, Tim Sullivan and Bob Murawski
  • Herschell’s Art of Advertising – Lewis shares his expert opinion on the art of selling movies and how to hook an audience.
  • Trailers for Two Thousands Maniacs! and Moonshine Mountain
  • COLOR ME BLOOD RED (1965) + SOMETHING WEIRD (1967)
  • Brand new introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on Color Me Blood Red with Lewis and producer David F. Friedman
  • Audio Commentary on Something Weird with Lewis and Friedman
  • Color Me Blood Red Outtakes
  • The Art of Madness – visual essay on the recurring motif of mad artists as killers in horror cinema
  • Weirdsville – film Scholar Jeffrey Sconce on Something Weird
  • Lewis on Jimmy, the Boy Wonder, his 1966 children’s musical
  • A Hot Night at the Go Go Lounge! – Lewis’ 1966 dance short
  • Trailers for Color Me Blood Red and Something Weird
  • THE GRUESOME TWOSOME (1967) + A TASTE OF BLOOD (1967)
  • Brand new introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on The Gruesome Twosome with Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on A Taste of Blood with Lewis
  • Peaches Christ Flips her Wig! – the San Francisco performer on The Gruesome Twosome
  • It Came From Florida – filmmaker Fred Olen Ray (Scalps) on Florida Filmmaking
  • Herschell vs The Censors – Lewis discusses some of the pitfalls involving local censorship and the lengths to which angry moviegoers tried to stop him
  • Trailers for The Gruesome Twosome and A Taste of Blood
  • SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS (1968) + JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT (1968)
  • Brand new introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on She-Devils on Wheels with Lewis
  • Garage Punk Gore – filmmaker and musician Chris Alexander discusses the films and music of Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • The Shocking Truth! – Bob Murawski on his lifelong love for Herschell Gordon Lewis and what he has learned from Lewis’ films
  • Lewis on his 1968 film The Alley Tramp
  • She-Devils on Wheels Radio Spot
  • Trailers for She-Devils on Wheels and Just for the Hell of It
  • HOW TO MAKE A DOLL (1968) + THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)
  • Brand new introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on The Wizard of Gore with Lewis
  • Montag Speaks – a brand new interview with Wizard of Gore actor Ray Sager
  • The Gore The Merrier – an interview with Jeremy Kasten, director of the 2007 Wizard of Gore remake
  • The Incredibly Strange Film Show: Herschell Gordon Lewis ‘The Godfather of Gore’ – episode of the Jonathan Ross-hosted documentary series focusing on Lewis’ films, featuring interviews with Lewis, producer David F. Friedman, actor Bill Kerwin,
  • The Wizard of Gore Trailer
  • THIS STUFF’LL KILL YA! (1971) + THE GORE GORE GIRLS (1972)
  • Brand new introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on The Gore Gore Girls with Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! by camera operator and Lewis biographer Daniel Krogh
  • Regional Bloodshed – filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Spencer Parsons discuss the Midwestern roots and work ethic of Lewis’ output and how The Gore Gore Girls represents the shift into transgressive ’70s cinema that would dominate the American horror landscape
  • Herschell Spills His Guts – Lewis discusses his career post-The Gore Gore Girls, why he left the film industry and his role as a leading figure in the copywriting industry
  • Gore Gore Girls Radio Spot
  • Trailers for This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! and The Gore Gore Girls

A/V STATS

  • 1.33:1, 1.78:1, 1.85:1 1080p transfers
  • LPCM Mono

RELEASE DATE: 10/25/16

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