Trailers from Hell – Volume 2 (2011) – By Duane L. Martin

Trailers from Hell is yet another release from Shout Factory that succeeds on virtually every level. Here’s a bit from the website about where Trailers from Hell came from.

"TRAILERS FROM HELL is the brainchild of film director Joe Dante, new media entrepreneur Jonas Hudson, graphic artist Charlie Largent and producer Elizabeth Stanley. The series was born out of their mutual love of classic films of all types, but particularly horror and exploitation films."

Now most people or companies would have taken the lazy way out and simply released a collection of trailers. I’ve seen this several times in the past, and I’ve always found it to be less than impressive. So what makes this release different? Well, first of all, they have a variety of "hosts" that introduce the trailers and give some really awesome background info about the films. You can turn the commentary on or off, but I can’t imagine why you’d want to watch plain ol’ trailers without the commentary when the commentary is so great. Who does the introductions and commentary? A wide variety of people, including Roger Corman, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Mick Garris, Joe Dante and many more. These aren’t just clips of them talking about the films from past interviews or whatever either. These segments and commentaries were specifically shot for this release.

The trailers covered are for a variety of classic films covering multiple genres. Everything from fantasy to sci-fi to giant monsters and pirates…it’s all here, and it’s one hell of a lot of fun! I was literally enthralled listening to the commentary and all the great info that was being shared, and I think you will be too.

But wait, there’s more!

This release also includes a full length feature, which happens to be a very pristine looking Little Shop of Horrors, presented for the first time on DVD in anamorphic widescreen. This is the original film, not the remake, and it not only looks amazing, but it’s one hell of a lot of fun! I had never seen it before and I didn’t know what to expect, but the utter quirkiness of it will have you sitting there with a big grin on your face throughout the film. It’s pretty hilarious, the characters are awesome, and the plant is utterly obnoxious. I can’t think of a better complement to this release.

This is an absolutely spectacular package and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, and it needs to be in your collection.

This release will be available from Shout Factory on July 5, 2011, and those that pre-order it through the Shout Factory website will also receive a limited edition of The Best of Trailers from Hell Volume 1 on DVD with their purchase. This is an exclusive offer for those that order through the Shout Factory online store and the supply is extremely limited.

If you’d like to find out more about this release, or to order yourself a copy, you can check out it’s page on Shout Factory’s website here, and you can check out the official Trailers from Hell website here, for even more trailer awesomeness.