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Al Adamson Collection

Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection: Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson, The Female Bunch, Psycho A Go-Go, Fiend with the Electronic Brain, Blood of Ghastly Horror, Halfway to Hell, Five Bloody Graves, Blood of Dracula’s Castle, Horror of the Blood Monsters, Smashing the Crime Syndicate a.k.a The Fakers, Hell’s Bloody Devils, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Brain of Blood, Satan’s Sadists, Angel’s Wild Women, The Naughty Stewardesses, Blazing Stewardesses, Girls For Rent, Jessi’s Girls, Nurses For Sale, Black Heat, The Dynamite Brothers, Mean Mother, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Black Samurai, Death Dimension, Sunset Cove, Cinderella 2000, Nurse Sherri, Carnival Magic, LOST (1960 - 2019).

"definitely worth the exposure as his grindhouse-type offerings - complete with smokin’ hot babes, badass bikers, gritty monsters, madcap musicals, and much more - are unforgettable and mad as hell"


"I would put my my films against any director in the film industry today and defy them to do a better film for the money." - Al Adamson.

Want punishment or pleasure?  I guess that depends on your take on Al Adamson's filmography because Severin Films has gone and done it again, making blu-ray history with the quickie king of kernel-sized trash filmmaking thanks to their MASSIVE release of Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection, the most comprehensive Blu-ray Box set ever dedicated to the works of a single filmmaker. 

Al Adamson, whose violent death is just as horrific as some of his blood-soaked films, is definitely worth the exposure as his grindhouse-type offerings - complete with smokin’ hot babes, badass bikers, gritty monsters, madcap musicals, and much more - are unforgettable and mad as hell.  He is far too often overlooked when it comes to exploitation film discussions, but this set changes that for the better.  Unappreciated no more, Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection has it all!

This collection is not for the faint of heart.  Nor is it for the casual fan of icky, sticky schlocky filmmaking.  The 31 films in this set are all remastered to showcase the warts and the wonder of his short production schedules and even shorter paychecks handed out to his casts and his crews, which include appearances from Charles Manson's associates (as many of these films were shot at the Spahn Ranch in California) AND Colonel Sanders.Al Adamson Collection

Adamson was born into the business of making films.  He was the son of silent film stars Denver Dixon and Dolores Booth and made his appearance early in films, appearing in the 1935 film Desert Mesa, which was directed by his father.  The bug for making flicks was already there festering inside him and, with such memorable grindhouse classics like Psycho A-Go-Go, Blood of Ghastly Horror, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Nurse Sherri, Satan’s Sadists, Naught Stewardesses, and Five Bloody Graves, with Robert Dix, John Carradine and Scott Brady

And now these cheapo depot, low-rent, drive-in spectacles of Go-Go girls, ghouls, and greasy gears can be viewed in hi-definition, thanks to the fantastic restorations done here by Severin Films, who have compiled every bit of his sleazily, ghoulish filmography and bundled it together with trailers, audio commentaries, a cool-as-fuck 126-page book, the beyond interesting 2019 documentary feature Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson which was directed by David Gregory, and so much more. 

From low budget horror flicks to films about sexy flight attendants, kung fu crazies, and beyond, Al Adamson was a B-movie legend and, exhaustively compiled for the first time ever, Adamson’s collection of crazed exploitation films are marvels unto themselves.  Produced by his longtime business partner and best friend, Sam Sherman, these sick and twisted films are just as incredibly awesome as they are horrible.   Al Adamson Collection

The films included in the set are as follows: Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson, The Female Bunch, Psycho A Go-Go, Fiend with the Electronic Brain, Blood of Ghastly Horror, Halfway to Hell, Five Bloody Graves, Blood of Dracula’s Castle, Horror of the Blood Monsters, Smashing the Crime Syndicate a.k.a The Fakers, Hell’s Bloody Devils, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Brain of Blood, Satan’s Sadists, Angel’s Wild Women, The Naughty Stewardesses, Blazing Stewardesses, Girls For Rent, Jessi’s Girls, Nurses For Sale, Black Heat, The Dynamite Brothers, Mean Mother, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Black Samurai, Death Dimension, Sunset Cove, Cinderella 2000, Nurse Sherri, Carnival Magic, and LOST.

The 14-disc set, featuring 31 bizarre films that you simply can’t give away, is now shipping from Severin Films!  It is limited in stock, so be sure to order yours soon.  Exploitation lovers and cult cinema enthusiasts are not going to want to miss out on this prizes release from the King of B-pictures.

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Severin Films
Available on Blu-ray
- June 2, 2020
Screen Formats: Various, see details
Subtitles
: Various, see details
Audio:
Various, See details
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Fourteen-disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Severin Films is proud to present the most comprehensive Blu-ray box set ever dedicated to the works of a single genre filmmaker with Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection, featuring 31 remastered Adamson films on 14 discs, plus trailers, audio commentaries, a 126-page book, the 2019 documentary feature Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson and more. Exhaustively compiled for the first time ever, Adamson's ouvre spans a wild beyond belief world of bloody brains, vicious cowboys, naughty nurses, decrepit actors, sexy stewardesses, mad scientists, brutal bikers, Blaxploitation mayhem, kung fu killers and "scenes so SICK the Movies could never show them before!"

The life and career of B-movie maverick Adamson – known for such low budget classics as Psycho A-Go-Go, Blood of Ghastly Horror, and Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Nurse Sherri, Satan’s Sadists, Naught Stewardesses, and Five Bloody Graves (as well as his own grisly 1995 murder) – reveals perhaps the most bizarre career in Hollywood history.

Video:

I’m not going to lie.  These films - most of them shot on 16mm - don’t look awesome.  However, the remastering of the films, some in tatters, look as good as they are ever going to.  For freaks like me, this Blu-ray set is a must-own.  Some of the transfers were originally filmed in 16mm but “blown up” to 35mm, the new 1080p transfer are shiny enough, but they do have some limitations.  Nothing too terrible, mind you.  This is easily the best the films have ever looked.  With various aspect ratios of 1.85:1 and DTS-HD Master Audio Mono soundtracks, the HD transfers are both crisp and clearer, supporting a much more stable picture than I’ve ever seen from these D-grade flick.  The skin on display is well-balanced and less sun-blasted orange than I’ve ever seen, too.  Black levels are stable.  Shadows are good, too.  Even if nothing about these sets or their photography (even if some were filmed by Easy Rider’s László Kovács and Close Encounter’s Vilmos Zsigmond) would be anything award-worthy, this entire set is definitely the release of the year.

Audio:

Nothing special.  Just DTS-HD Master Audio Mono soundtracks tracks, but one shouldn’t complain because these flicks are AWESOME.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection is limited to only 2000 units. Exclusive Ghastly Bundles purchased from www.Severin-Films.com will include signed posters, CARNIVAL MAGIC t-shirts, reproduction DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN fangs, SATAN’S SADISTS patches, an authentic repressing of the 7-inch 45rpm single from the theatrical release of THE FEMALE BUNCH and more.

Disc 1: Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson/The Female Bunch

  • Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson Special Features:
  • Outtakes – The Cowboy Life Of Denver Dixon, Russ Tamblyn's Melted TV, Manson & Screaming Angels, and The Prophetic Screenplay Makes Gary Kent Testify
  • Beyond This Earth Promo Reel
  • Trailer
  • The Female Bunch Special Features:
  • The Bunch Speaks Out
  • Trailers

Disc 2: Psycho A Go-Go/Fiend with the Electronic Brain/Blood of Ghastly Horror

  • Psycho A Go-Go Special Features:
  • Trailer
  • Fiend with the Electronic Brain Special Features:
  • Alternate Title Sequence: Man with the Synthetic Brain
  • Trailer
  • Blood of Ghastly Horror Special Features:
  • Archival Audio Commentary with Producer Samuel M. Sherman
  • Trailer

Disc 3: Halfway to Hell/Five Bloody Graves

  • Five Bloody Graves Special Features:
  • Outside of Tucson: Interview with Actor/Screenwriter Robert Dix
  • Partial Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Alternate Title Sequence: Five Bloody Days to Tombstone
  • Radio Spots
  • Trailer

Disc 4: Blood of Dracula's Castle (Both Theatrical and TV cuts)/Horror of the Blood Monsters

  • Blood of Dracula's Castle Special Features:
  • Partial Audio Commentary with Expert Brian Albright
  • Audio Interview Excerpt with Alex D'Arcy
  • Trailer
  • Horror of the Blood Monsters Special Features:
  • Partial Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Alternate Title Sequence: Space Mission of the Lost Planet
  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spot

Disc 5: Smashing the Crime Syndicate (a.k.a The Fakers)/Hell's Bloody Devils

  • Smashing The Crime Syndicate Special Features:
  • Alternate Title Sequence: The Fakers (Original Title)
  • Hell's Bloody Devils Special Features:
  • Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Sam Sherman Interviews Actor John Gabriel
  • Trailer
  • TV Spots

Disc 6: Dracula vs. Frankenstein/Brain of Blood

  • Dracula vs. Frankenstein Special Features:
  • Zandor and Friends: Interview with Cast & Crew
  • Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Feed Your Head! Lose Your Head!: An Appreciation by Cult Film Historian Howard S. Berger
  • Monster Protest Home Movie Footage
  • Sam Sherman Interviews Forry Ackerman
  • Outtakes
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Audio Spots Including Triple Feature of Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Frankenstein's Bloody Terror, and Horror of the Blood Monsters
  • Brain of Blood Special Features:
  • Partial Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Memories of Blood: Interviews with Director Al Adamson, Producer Samuel M. Sherman, Actor Zandor Vorkov and More
  • Trailer
  • Radio Spots

Disc 7: Satan's Sadists/Angel's Wild Women

  • Satan's Sadists Special Features:
  • Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • TV Spots
  • Outtakes
  • Radio Spots
  • Trailers
  • Angel's Wild Women Special Features:
  • Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Trailer

Disc 8: The Naughty Stewardesses/Blazing Stewardesses

  • The Naughty Stewardesses Special Features:
  • Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Fly Girls: The Stewardess as Lifestyle Icon in The Golden Age of Exploitation
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Trailer
  • Blazing Stewardesses Special Features:
  • Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Alternate Title Sequence: The Great Truck Robbery
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Combo TV Spot
  • Bedroom Stewardesses (Adamson-Directed Scenes Only)
  • Radio Spots

Disc 9: Girls For Rent/Jessi's Girls/Nurses For Sale

  • Girls For Rent Special Features:
  • Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Alternate Title Sequence: I Spit On Your Corpse
  • Trailer
  • Radio Spot
  • Jessi's Girls Special Features:
  • Trailer
  • Nurses For Sale Special Features:
  • TV Spot

Disc 10: Black Heat/The Dynamite Brothers

  • Black Heat Special Features:
  • Partial Archival Audio Commentary by Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Alternate Title Sequence: Girls Hotel
  • Alternate Title Sequence: The Murder Gang
  • Trailers
  • The Dynamite Brothers Special Features:
  • TV Spots

Disc 11: Mean Mother/Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Mean Mother Special Features:
  • Partial Archival Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • The Joy of Marilyn Joi: Interview with Actress Marilyn Joi
  • Trailer
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin Special Features:
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots

Disc 12: Black Samurai/Death Dimension

  • Black Samurai Special Features:
  • Trailer

Disc 13: Sunset Cove/Cinderella 2000/Nurse Sherri

  • Sunset Cove Special Features:
  • Sunset Toolbox: Interview with Producer Tony DiDio
  • TV Spot
  • Trailers
  • Cinderella 2000 Special Features:
  • Partial Audio Commentary with Producer/Distributor Samuel M. Sherman
  • Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Nurse Sherri Special Features:
  • Dr. Dracula: Selected Scenes Directed by Al Adamson
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Trailer

Disc 14: Carnival Magic/LOST

  • Carnival Magic Special Features:
  • A Boom To Science – A Critical Appreciation by Zack Carlson & Lars Nilsen
  • Audio Commentary with Producer Elvin Feltner
  • Outtakes
  • TV Spot
  • Trailer
  • LOST Special Features:
  • The Happy Hobo – Rushes for Promo From Unproduced Adamson Kids Film
  • Trailer

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 5/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

5/5 stars

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