Monday, February 11, 2013

TRAILER WAR (Alamo Drafthouse): The Art of the Trailer Reel

I'm a sucker for amazing packaging (not packages... packaging). I'm also a bit of a trailer fanatic which is to say I enjoy watching trailers of older movies from nearly any era or from any genre as much or more than watching the movie in it's totality. I'm blaming this on MTV as any good child of the 80's might be inclined to do. I have no attention span. I cannot think outside of three minute intervals. It's just too damn hard. Where's my goddamn Oingo Boingo videos!?

I've noticed a little resurgent trend as of late; that of trailer collections put together lovingly by various reputable distribution companies, packaged with beautiful retrofit, gorgeous works of art and with content that will wow the aficionado and overwhelm the newbie. At first I thought it was a one off gimmick that would put asses in the seats at the Alamo Drafthouse  or other reportorial theater screenings which is not a bad thing by any stretch of the labia majora, but let there be not mistake, the trailer reel is alive and well and in your living room. From DiabolikDVD putting out Colour Correct My Cock and their upcoming limited VHSHOLE release to the topic of this very post, Trailer War (singular to fuck with me because I want to make it plural) from Drafthouse Films.

Just keep repeating it's only a trailer reel if you find that you have no idea what you're watching or how you might even find some of the films in this presentation. I will post a full list below and synopsis from the DiabolikDVD website where I urge you to make your purchase because supporting the little guy earns you karmic points. More on that below.

So there's trailers and trailers and trailers and awesome trailers and funny trailers and action movie trailers, comedies, sex comedies (sexy sex comedies), kung fu classics, horror gems, B-rate gonzo awesome and 1980's galore. It's a great variety which will be perfect playing in the background of your Halloween or costume party provided there are no little eyes peeping through their hands. More than the trailer reel which would be adequate enough for your enjoyment, the Blu-ray features Joe Dante discussing the art of trailer creation, candidly and comically. There's also a brief look in to the archive of amassed stored and owned footage of the American Genre Film Archive. If you don't know what that is yet, you'll watch the doc and pack up a knapsack with sleeping bag in tow in an attempt to make your cellulodic home there (cellulodic... my word... Google it or just trust me). There's even a trailer of the trailer reel. Far out.

The only thing missing from a reel of what essentially offers a cadre of short films is the ability to maniuplate the order of the trailers i.e. randomization or order by some underlying theme. Say I want to show the trailers from most jungle bush to least jungle bush and from largest mammary glands to pectorals of steel... no dice. Not that one can expect such offerings from any trailer release. Go take a look at your Something Weird reel or film clip compendiums from the 80's hay day. Maybe it's more of a suggestion.

Please purchase TRAILER WAR HERE from DiabolikDVD on Blu-ray (DVD also available).

Since part of the fun of any reel is the element of surprise I will post the info on content below but be warned that I consider this SPOILER MATERIAL. You have been warned.

From DiabolikDVD and Drafthouse Films:

Unleashed from the vaults of the Alamo Drafthouse, a meticulous selection of the best, strangest and most amazing coming attraction trailers in the world! Most have never been available in any home format, and all are presented for the first time in high definition. From the high flying, explosive metal mayhem of STUNT ROCK to THUNDER COPS' disembodied flying head chaos, each 3 minute masterpiece is like a beckoning portal to another, more exciting dimension. It's a crippling overdose of towering flames, mechanized destruction, lurking fear, poor sexual choices and spiritual devastation on an apocalyptic scale. You might want to have a cornea donor standing by just in case...because THIS IS GOING TO BURN!


Stunt Rock
Argoman, The Fantastic Superman
Voyage of the Rock Aliens
Star Crash
Dungeon Master
Animal Protector
Eunuch of the Western Palace
The Tongfather
World War of Kung Fu
The Man from Hong Kong
Con el Odio en el Piel
Black Samurai
Force Four
Force Five
Sister Streetfighter
Golden Needles
Maniac Cop 2
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
Big Guns
Mr. No Legs
Adults Only!!!
Lola's Mistake
Nightmare Honeymoon
Don't Answer the Phone
The Scaremaker
The Mutations
Dead End Drive In
Who Saw Her Die
Amin, the Rise and Fall
The Beach Girls
Nudes on a Tiger Reef
The Boob Tube
Northville Cemetery Massacre
Amazing Grace
The Lawyer
The Electric Chair
Women in Cell Block 7
Thunder Cops

Final note: My favorite trailer (non-boob related) was Voyage of the Rock Aliens. I will hunt this movie down and take it in my mouth like a vagina sent from God!... So whatever that means to you... Wanna see the trailer? Buy the movie!

And no I didn't forget about the Oingo Boingo video. I wanted to make sure you were paying attention. 

Boingo Lives! 

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