THE VIOLENT YEARS REVIEWED
“The Violent Years” follows a girl gang going wild in the 1950s. Everyone overacts, as younger audience members suddenly realize that Tim Burton nailed the mindset of Ed Wood. For being in the mid 1950s, Wood pushes the envelope of what you can get a bad girl to do. When the gang stages their man attack, it’ll stop and make you wonder. While Ed Wood loved to dress up as a woman, did he ever really understand them? Oh yeah, there’s 10 minutes of VHS footage of Ed Wood in drag in the special features.
What’s kinda awesome is that the film implies that a lack of attention is what drives the lead to murder. It’s not systematic abuse or other trauma, but LOOK AT ME MOMMY! You also get a bonus film on the disc, but it had limited Ed Wood involvement. At worst, that one is just a contemporary rip-off of Psycho. It works well for the era, but younger viewers will be put off by it. Still, this isn’t a release for them. It takes a degree of age to understand the magic that is Ed Wood.
- Bonus movie
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO