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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)/Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010/Umbrella Double Feature Region Free Import Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B+ Films: B+/B

PLEASE NOTE: This Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, can play on all Blu-ray players and can be ordered from the link below.

Two fantastic documentaries on obscure B-Movie cinema by filmmaker Mark Hartley are presented in high definition in this great double feature Blu-ray release that cinephiles won't want to miss! Even if you've seen both of these docs, this release is worth the price tag as it features a staggering 315 minutes in length with both features combined and great high definition presentations of both films.

First up is the acclaimed documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) chronicles the wild and varied releases of schlock titans Cannon Films, with such titles as Operation Thunderbolt, Lemon Popsicle, Inga, Joe, Schizoid, X-Ray, The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, The Apple, House of the Long Shadows, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Mata Hari, The Last American Virgin, Death Wish II, The Wicked Lady, Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Ninja III: The Domination, Sahara, Hercules, Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Over the Brooklyn Bridge, Bolero, America 3000, Missing in Action, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, American Ninja, Invasion U.S.A., Lifeforce, Going Bananas, Death Wish 3, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, Otello, Love Streams, King Lear, Barfly, Runaway Train, King Solomon's Mines, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, The Delta Force, Invaders from Mars, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Over the Top, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Masters of the Universe, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Cyborg, Lambada, The Forbidden Dance, The Expendables, Olympus Has Fallen, and Ninja to name a few prominently featured titles.

Some of the interviewees include Olivia d'Abo, John G. Avildsen, Martine Beswick, Richard Chamberlain, Sybil Danning, Boaz Davidson, Bo Derek, Lucinda Dickey, Michael Dudikoff, Robert Forster, Diane Franklin, Elliott Gould, Tobe Hooper, Just Jaeckin, Laurene Landon, Avi Lerner, Dolph Lundgren, Franco Nero, Cassandra Peterson, Molly Ringwald, Robin Sherwood, Marina Sirtis, Catherine Mary Stewart, Alex Winter, David Delvalle, and Franco Zeffirelli to name a few.

As for Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010), Hartley explores obscure exploitation cinema from the Philippines from the 1960's. As told from the perspective of several amazing filmmakers, the documentary highlights a simpler time when jungle based ''T and A'' movies reigned supreme. Similar in pace and style to Electric Boogaloo, Machete Maidens is an interesting look at a forgotten sub genre that exposes a wild and colorful corner of filmmaking that many are unaware.

Machete Maidens Unleashed! includes interviewees Allan Arkush, Judy Brown, Colleen Camp, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Pam Grier, Jack Hill, John Landis, Danny Peary, Eddie Romero, Cirio H. Santiago, and Brian Trenchard-Smith.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.77:1 widescreen aspect ratio improvements over their DVD counterparts, the films are presented on Blu-ray and are up to standards with both 5.1 and 2.0 English tracks respectively. Some clips from the films themselves vary in quality, but the interviews are lit well and stand out in clean and clear HD.

Special Features (some exclusive to this release) include:

Electric Boogaloo:

A Word With Frank Yablans (a major Hollywood film producer)

Michael Dudikoff Extended Interview

Deleted & Extended Scenes

Cannon Trailer compilation

Behind The Scenes gallery

Cannon Stills & Poster Gallery (18 mins)

Electric Boogaloo Trailer

Machete Maidens:

Audio Commentary

More Wild and Untold Stories

Filipino Trailer Compilation

Interviews and Red Carpet Report

The Oath of Green Blood

Monster Test Footage

Stills Galleries

Trailer and more

To order this Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link for it and other fine hard-to-find releases at:


- James Lockhart



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