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Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
Rock! Shock! Pop!
3 May 2012
Summary: As a comprehensive look at Corman’s career, this is just too damn short but as an affectionate tribute to the man who not only carved out a huge spot for himself in the history of cinema but who also launched some of the biggest names in Hollywood, it’s quite a nice feature. Anchor Bay offers it up on Blu-ray in nice shape and with a few supplements of note, making this a solid release overall.
Conclusion: For fans of Roger Corman and Hollywood history, I can't recommend this documentary enough. It's a great biography that is well worth watching. Though not the best A/V presentation, the picture and audio are what one would expect from a film that uses so many different sources of varying conditions. The only downside is that extras are slim. This one comes recommended.
Excerpt: As a longtime fan of Roger Corman and the hundreds of movies he's made ranging from terrible to genuinely brilliant, I'm already in the bag for a documentary like Corman's World . Alex Stapleton's 2011 film examines the independent producer's rise from a low-level script reader to the director and producer of the single largest catalogue of drive-in and exploitation movies in existence.
Conclusion: There is some very obvious irony in the fact that Corman's World is probably better than every single movie its subject has made over the years. Just as Ed Wood's career provided the blueprint for the excellent Ed Wood , Roger Corman's endless resume of low-budget productions lends itself perfectly to this winning documentary.
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel Blu-ray Review
27 February 2012
Summary: This is full-on guerrilla-style filmmaking. Of all the major power players who work in today's big-dollar Hollywood, it's the man who pretty much makes movies as quickly as he can and spends the least amount of money on them who has helped shape the landscape, launched numerous careers, and ushered in new trends that would produce some of the all-time great big-budget movies and popular culture screen icons, including Easy Rider , Jaws , and Star Wars .
Excerpt: Lots of actors die onscreen, but few perish the way famed character actor Dick Miller did in his film debut, 1955’s The Apache Woman. The neophyte actor-writer began the film playing a Native American, but he was surprised and more than a little amused to discover that he would be doing double duty as the cowboy who eventually kills that character in a big shootout.
Excerpt: Roger Corman, 85 years old, is currently credited on imdb with producing 395 films--three of which are currently in post-production. This is not the filmography of a man who is in it for a buck, or he'd have retired long ago. He is in it because he loves the movies, the sheer act of making one.