Electric Boogaloo / Machete Maidens Unleashed! (Blu-Ray Review)

Electric Boogaloo / Machete Maidens Unleashed! (Blu-Ray Review)
Rated: MA15+/Region B(A will play)/1080p/Number of Discs 1 (Share same disc)
Available from Umbrella Entertainment

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Directed By: Mark Hartley
Starring: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi
1:78

Director Mark Hartley takes us on a hilarious thrill ride through the masterworks of Yoram Globus and the late Menahem Golan, two movie-obsessed immigrant cousins who became Hollywood’s ultimate gate-crashers. With hair-trigger randomness, these cousins of chaos churned out a breathtaking cavalcade of hits and misses, made movies out of posters, released a sequel before the original film, botched plots, bounced checks and burned careers – and in so doing, changed the way movies were made and marketed.

Electric Boogaloo (named after one of the most infamous sequel titles ever) the Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films tells the story of two cousins, Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan, who went from immigrants to making some of the most widely known and wild and whacky movies of all-time. Hearing of their beginning is very interesting and I’m happy their story is being told here, but I feel the movie is at its best when we are deep in the thick of things and talking about some of the most popular and less popular movies to ever come out under the Cannon Films banner. Among other things, we hear of how they just seemed to dump buckets of money into some rather strange projects. They’d go all out on location for some rather lackluster results, but that was just how they did things. We hear about the Death Wish movies, all the money they hooked to a series of Chuck Norris films, how actress Lucinda Dickey got to be the “Cannon Girl”, appearing in both Breakin’ movies and Ninja 3, and among the other interesting sections of the films we also see what ultimately lead to the demise of the company and the almost constant bickering between the two cousins within the company. It is all really fascinating stuff and you sure won’t be bored if you are a fan of Cannon Films and really are up for hearing all about the story behind the madness.

One of the more interesting subjects for me is the story of their failed Masters of the Universe film. The live action take on my all-time favorite childhood toy and cartoon starring Dolph Lundgren was one of the many reasons I wanted to see the movie, to begin with. So if you are going in looking for some fun stuff on that, it is here. Along with The Last American Virgin, Hercules, Revenge of the Ninja, Missing in Action, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and of course Superman 4 and so much more. The bottom line is, there is a great story to be told with the rise and fall of Cannon Films and this documentary pretty much covers the entire thing and does so in a way that makes you want to keep watching and also enjoy what you are seeing. I don’t know why this release isn’t out on Blu-ray, but besides that small complaint, the actual film is something I’d recommend to anyone who has ever had a love for the type of goods Cannon was always selling. It can make you laugh and even pull on a heart string or two before the end of it. Easily one of the better movie related documentaries this year.

Extras

– A Word With Frank Yablans
– Michael Dudikoff Extended Interview
– Deleted & Extended Scenes
– Cannon Trailer compile
– Behind The Scenes gallery
– Cannon Stills & Poster Gallery
– Electric Boogaloo Trailer

 

 

 

 

Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
Directed By: Mark Hartley
Starring: Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush, John Ashley
1:78

Boasting cheap labor, exotic scenery and non-existent health and safety regulations, The Philippines was a dreamland for exploitation auteurs whose renegade productions were soon engulfing drive-in screens around the globe like a tidal schlock-wave! This is the ultimate insiders account of a far away backlot where stuntmen came cheap, plot was obsolete – and the make-up guy was packin’ heat!

This movie takes us on a trip as we learn all about the cheap and trashy films made in the Philippines in the 60s and early 70s. It really makes for a fun and informative film that I did enjoy a lot. Hearing these tales and history of the movies made in that area around that time period makes for some interesting stories that can often be pretty humorous as well. We learn in the running time of this movie about all sorts of bad and exploitation films made in that area of the world. If nothing else, you learn about a whole bunch of movies you yourself may want to see out and watch if you are into these types of movies and most of you reading this site I’m sure are the types of people that would be really into these types of films.

This documentary shows us how the industry churned out a succession of cheap, low-budget horror flicks that were aimed squarely at the American drive-in audiences, which in a lot of ways is a lost experience nowadays. The film makers had liberty to make whatever they wanted, so long as they contained the three essential Bs – breasts, beasts, and blood. And drive-in films legends like American producer Roger Corman were very fast capitalized on the rather cheap labor source to make a series of women in prison movies as well as low budget action movies. This movie learns us all about those films and all that went into them. All in all, it makes for a very enjoyable film. And added in with the other movie in this release makes this a great release. A very informative one as well.

Extras

– Audio commentary with Director and crew
– More Wild & Untold Stories From Machete Maidens
– Filipino Trailer Compile
– Rue Morgue Audio Interview
– Fantastic Fest Q&A with Roger and Julie Corman, Mark Hartley and Tim League
– Fantastic Fest Red Carpet
– Monster test footage
– Oath of Green Blood
– Filipino Poster & Stills Gallery
– Machete Maidens Unleashed Trailer