2007, Nucleus, £12.99, approx. 118m 35s, PAL DVD
GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS 2
2008, Nucleus, £12.99, approx. 112m 33s, PAL DVD
GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS 3
2011, Nucleus, £12.99, approx. 102m 52s, PAL DVD
The discs (1 & 2 made it through the BBFC intact, while 3 was cut by 1 second to remove an instance of horse tripping as required by UK law) include featurettes, with volume 1 hostess Emily Booth (EVIL ALIENS) offering a lively 18m groundhouse theater experience overview written by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower, who turns up to handle similar duties in Volume 2. Thrower's talk (10m) covers his early trash movie going experiences, the rationale behind his celebration of fringe horror filmmakers in Nightmare USA, and the common selling techniques used in trailer narration. Finally, VW's own Kim Newman turns up for 15m on Volume 3 to assure us that there were indeed grindhouses in Britain, while expressing his love for some of the genres present (we are simultaneously surprised and not surprised to hear that Kim would happily line up for the latest Claudia Jennings or Jesse Vint southern fried actioners) and lamenting the loss of double bills.
Unusually for this sort of release, all of the trailers on each platter have optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, which performs the dual function of also allowing inclined viewers to enjoy their own brand of musical accompaniment while not missing out on the endlessly hyperbolic narration. Grindhouse poster galleries are also included, along with trailers for other Nucleus releases. The menus offer a nice montage of clips, but the cursor on volume 1 blends in with the backgrounds of some screens, making it difficult to tell which option has been highlighted.
[Volume 1 is now also available in the US in an NTSC formatted edition from Severin Films. My review of GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS 4 can be found here.]