42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition (2012) – By Duane L. Martin

Movie trailers. How many of us fast forward through them, or skip them entirely to get to the main feature? In the theater, how many people ignore them while they mess around with their phone, or talk right through them before the feature starts? Well what if there was a disc that was nothing but trailers? How well would that work? Before you answer, let me just mention that said disc has close to four hours of extended length and uncensored trailers from all the different genres of exploitation and monster movies you’ve come to know and love over the years. Let me also mention that in addition to all of these awesome trailers, there’s also an optional running commentary with Edwin Samuelson, Michael Gingold and Chris Poggiali talking about the films and giving you tons of facts and bits of trivia about them. That sort of puts the whole trailer thing in a different light now, doesn’t it?

This new release from Synapse Films, 42nd Street Forever, is just exactly what I described. It’s literally nothing but trailers and commentary. There’s really not much to review about it except to say that the commentary is excellent, and to hear all the cool stuff about these films just makes it all the more entertaining. Also, the selection of trailers on this disc ranges from obscure as hell to better known cult classics, and really does cover a huge variety of genres.

I’ve reviewed releases like this one before, and while they’re always fun to watch, there is one glaring problem, which became a particular problem for me with this one. I want a huge number of the films I saw in the trailers. I have some of them, but most of them I either don’t have, or have never even heard of before, and now I want them. So why is that a problem? Well, there’s really two problems with it. First, for a lot of these films, it’s hard to find copies of them out there to buy, much less good copies. There was one in particular that I really wanted, and when I went to look for it, there is a DVD of it, but one of the reviews said it looked like it was transferred from an old, abused VHS tape, and they wanted twenty bucks for it. So here’s this awesome movie I really wanted to get, and the only copy available that I could find is a crappy, overpriced copy. Many of these films just aren’t available period, and the ones that are….well, if you start buying them up, it’s going to get expensive.

Watching something like this is like taking a kid and throwing them into a candy store and asking them what they want. You’re the kid in the candy store, and unfortunately, you’re going to have to pay for everything you want out of your allowance, so choose wisely.

The quality on this blu-ray release is excellent, especially considering the age an obscurity of many of these trailers. I can’t believe they managed to assemble so many great ones into one disc. Many of these movies are so obscure, how would you even know to go looking for them to assemble them for a release in the first place?

While I’ve reviewed releases like this one before, this one is truly excellent and incredibly entertaining, and I am happy to say that I highly recommend it.

If you’d like to find out more about this release, or to pick up a copy for yourself, you can check out on the Synapse Films website here, or pick yourself up a copy from Amazon here.