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04 December 2020

Arrow Video resurfaces with HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE WILLIAM GREFÉ COLLECTION (review)

From deep in the Everglades comes Florida's homegrown exploitation director William Grefé and seven of his films plus a feature-length documentary on his work.  In STING OF DEATH, a mutant, man-sized jellyfish stalks teenagers. In DEATH CURSE OF TARTU, an expedition in the Everglades runs afoul of an ancient Indian witch doctor.  In THE HOOKED GENERATION, a group of drug-runnings kidnap a couple who witness them massacre the Coast Guard.  In THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST, a Catholic school teacher drops out after drinking an LSD-laced Pepsi and goes on a road trip frought with danger. In NAKED ZOO, a writer and gigolo preys on wealthy older women including Rita Hayworth.  In MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH, an outcast forms a mystical relationship with sharks and turns them loose on anyone who would hurt them.  Finally, in WHISKEY MOUNTAIN, two couples head deep into the North Carolina mountains in search of treaure... but they are not alone.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE WILLIAM GREFÉ COLLECTION Blu-ray specs:

  • Disc One:
    • Sting of Death (1966):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
      • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Death Curse of Tartu (1966):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 Widescreen
      • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentaries on both films by director Bill Grefé, moderated by filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
    • New introductions for both films by director Bill Grefé
    • Theatrical Trailers for both films
    • "Beyond the Movie: Monsters a-Go Go!" interview with author/historian C. Courtney Joyner
    • "The Curious Case of Dr. Traboh: Spook Show Extraordinaire" interview with monster maker Doug Hobart
  • Disc Two:
    • The Hooked Generation (1968):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Fullscreen
      • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
      • Behind the Scenes Footage
      • Still Gallery
    • The Psychedelic Priest (1971):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Fullscreen
      • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentaries on both films by director Bill Grefé, moderated by filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
    • New introductions for both films by director Bill Grefé
    • "Beyond the Movie: That's Drugsploitation!" interview with film historian Chris Poggiali
    • "Beyond the Movie: The Ultimate Road Trip" interview with film historian Chris Poggiali
  • Disc Three:
    • Naked Zoo - Director's Cut (1970):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles 
      • Still Gallery
    • Naked Zoo - Barry Mahon Cut (1970):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Moon
    • Mako: Jaws of Death (1976):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 Widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono 
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
      • Super 8 Digest Version
      • Theatrical Trailer
      • Original Promo
      • CBS Promo
      • Behind the Scenes Segment
      • Still Gallery
    • Audio Commentaries on the director's cut of NAKED ZOO and MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH by director Bill Grefé
    • New introductions for both films by director Bill Grefé
    • "Beyond the Movie: That's Sharksploitation!" interview with film historian Michael Gingold
    • "The Aquamaid Speaks" audio interview with actress Jennifer Bishop, conducted by Ed Tucker
    • "Sharks, Stalkers, and Sasquatch" audio interview with screenwriter Robert Morgan
  • Disc Four:
    • Whiskey Mountain (1977):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.55:1 Widescreen
      • English LPCM 1.0 Mono
      • Optional English SDH Subtitles
      • Audio Commentary by director William Grefé
      • Introduction by director William Grefé
      • Theatrical Trailer
      • Radio Spot
      • TV Show Excerpt
    • "They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé" 2016 documentary
    • Deleted Scenes
    • "On Location: Grefé in Miami" archival locations visit with director William Grefé
    • "Crown Jewels" documentary featurette on distributor Crown International
    • Short film "Bacardi and Coke Bonanza '81"
    • Bonus Trailer Gallery
  • A fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an extensive, never-before-published interview with William Grefé and a new foreword by the filmmaker
  • Reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
  • Reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork for each of the films by The Twins of Evil.

 

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