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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, Part 2 (2015/Severin Films DVD Set)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B+ Film: B

This informative and interesting release is a sequel to 2010's Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, Part 1. Like the first, this is a three-disc collector's edition box set that for the first time ever on DVD, features previews of all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions Section 3 list in the 1970s in Britain. They are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary - Video Nasties: The Draconian Days, directed by Jake West - which is a pretty interesting and well put together doc that continues where the first one left off.

The first disc contains the documentary and the next two discs are full of 13 hours of trailers and more for all 82 titles on then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's second banned list. Discs 2 and 3 can be viewed either as a nonstop trailer show or with newly-filmed introductions from a wide range of critics and journalists that offer insight to these films. This release reminds me of the 42nd Street Forever release that came out on Blu-ray a few years ago that featured dozens of classic grindhouse trailers that you could watch in the same way, reviewed elsewhere on this site.

Most of the film trailers that are featured I hadn't heard about before including Blood Lust, Brutes and Savages, Cannibals, Dead Kids, Death Weekend along with some more recognizable films such as Deep Red (by Dario Argento) and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Picture and Sound on the disc are in standard definition 1.78 X 1 (with various aspect ratios due to the trailers) anamorphically enhanced with a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 track. All in all, this isn't the type of set that you would necessarily need to see on Blu-ray due to the original quality of the trailers but it would be nice. There's 13 hours of material here that and that is not bad at all for a new release of this caliber!

DVD Extras include a gallery of original video poster art and a fabulous peek back at Britain's independent fanzine scene, which sprung up during the '80s and '90s.

If you're a fan of trashy horror, grind house, and bizarre films then this is an informational journey that you won't want to miss! I am certainly seeking out the first volume to learn more!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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