Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: David Gregory
Starring: Al Adamson, John ‘Bud’ Cardos, Gary Kent

“Horror Film Director Found Slain, Buried Under Floor”, screamed the 1995 headlines read around the world. But the truth behind the wild life of Al Adamson – including the production of such low budget classics as SATAN’S SADISTS, DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN and THE NAUGHTY STEWARDESSES – and his grisly death reveals perhaps the most bizarre career in Hollywood history. Told through over 40 first-person recollections from friends, family, colleagues and historians – plus rare clips and archival interviews with Adamson himself – BLOOD & FLESH is the award-winning chronicle of bikers, go-go dancers, porn stars, aging actors, freak-out girls, Charles Manson, Colonel Sanders, alien conspiracies and homicidal contractors that House Of Mortal Cinema calls “Brilliant stuff… a superb documentary and one of the top films of the year.”

The story of director Al Adamson is an odd and weird one in a lot of ways. Pretty much every movie the man-made is now on Blu-ray thanks to Severin, but the odd story of his life and his death can now be seen in this documentary about the man. In this, we talk to his friends and people he worked alongside with on his journey as a filmmaker. We hear how he got started, how he feel in love with a woman on the set that wasn’t in love with him, and lots more as head on to the conversation about his death. The main thing about a documentary is if it is interesting or not. And I’m here to tell you that YES we have a very interesting documentary about a man that had a very interesting life before it was cut short in a terrible way. The story is a tragic one, but it’s also a story that I believe needs to be heard. The man did have a very long and strong movie-making history that is equally as important as his death.

The extras on this set come with a whole series of outtakes that I found interesting. We also have a trailer as well. If nothing else, this documentary can give you a reason to want to rush out and snatch the very limited but cool sounding box set from Severin that comes with a whole bunch of Al Adamson’s movies. The extras here also give you one of those movies in The Female Bunch. In that movie, after a string of bad times with men, Sandy tries to kill herself. Co-waitress Libby saves her and takes her to meet some female friends of hers who live on a ranch in the desert. Grace, the leader of the gang, puts Sandy through her initiation and they get on with the real job of running drugs across the Mexican border, hassling poor farmers, taking any man they please, and generally raising a little hell. Then, as you would know, Sandy decides she wants out and that’s the plot. It all boils down to some Al Adamson strangeness and that isn’t a bad thing. This disc with the movie and the headline documentary is as solid as they come.


  • Outtakes:
    The Cowboy Life of Denver Dixon
    Russ Tamblyn’s Melted TV
    Manson & Screaming Angels
    The Prophetic Screenplay Makes Gary Kent Testify
    Beyond This Earth promo reel.
  • Trailer.
  • Bonus film THE FEMALE BUNCH.
  • The Bunch Speaks Out – featurette.
  • THE FEMALE BUNCH trailers.

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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