JunkYard John's
DVD pick-of-the-week

Every week on Dumpsterpiece Theatre, JunkYard John recommends a recent DVD release. He's been watching films since before you were born, so check out these picks....


Prehistoric Women


If you're still in the mood for lost worlds, Anchor Bay has released a couple of treats from the legendary Hammer Studios. "Prehistoric Women" is just that; a tribe of ancient women who worship a giant white rhino with an incredibly phallic horn. They dominate the men of their time and keep them as slaves, but one day a hunter from the present causes a stir within the group. The amazing Martine Beswick stars as the Queen.


"The Lost Continent" has always been a guilty pleasure with me, having seen it in it's initial release in 1968 at the long lost Lancaster Drive-In (when it only had one, giant screen). The story centers on the voyage of an overly ill-fated cargo ship full of nefarious characters and a shipload of Phosphorous B. Both are equally explosive, but one even more so when it comes into contact with water Somehow, in the midst of all this intrigue, the ship is swept away to the continent of title where they battle giant cooties and a bunch of ancient spaniards. Yeah, all in one movie. Great transfers of great movies from the house of Anchor Bay.

The Lost Continent and Prehistoric Women are available at amazon.com


One of Alphonso's favorite films
...an amateur gore-fest that you have to see to believe!

Bad Taste

With the much anticipated release of "Lord of the Rings," all eyes are on it's director Peter Jackson. Before coming into prominence with films like "The Frighteners" and Heavenly Creatures," Jackson brought us the ultimate in Zombie flicks... "Braindead" (aka "Dead Alive") and his feature film debut "Bad Taste."

Anchor Bay, the ultimate label for cult films, has released a must-have double disc set with a gorgeous transfer of the film in it's theatrical 1.85:1 aspect ratio and an original featurette on the making of the film. Jackson fans and hard core gore collectors alike would love to get this one from Santa this year.

So show your friends how bad your taste really is by ordering a copy today!



For some REAL county music, not that new modern crap, check out this DVD pick-of-the-week
"Down from the Mountain"
a live performance of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtack, featuring the same musicians. It's fantastic, and it will change that way you think about country music.




Freeway (1996)

Matthew Bright's over-the-top bastardization of "Little Red Riding Hood" features a brilliant performance by Reese Witherspoon and features Brooke Sheilds in one of moviedom's most looked-forward-to suicides. Toss in Danny Elfman's most demented score and you've got must-see entertainment that borders on perversion. Wonderful fun!!



The Lost Continent

bad taste

down from the mountain



Cool Multi-Film Sets:

Fright Night-Horror Classics 3 films: Night of the Living Dead. , Dementia 13 & Revolt of the Zombies

A Bucket of Blood/The Giant Gila Monster

The Killer Shrews/I Bury the Living

Bloodlust/Atom Age Vampire

Classic Monster Collection 8-disc boxed set
The "Classic Monsters Collection" includes eight of Universal's popular monster films, all in deluxe Special Editions: "Dracula" (1931, 75 min.), "Frankenstein" (1931, 71 min.), "The Mummy" (1932, 74 min.), "The Invisible Man" (1933, 71 min.), "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935, 75 min.), "The Wolf Man" (1941, 70 min.), "The Phantom of the Opera" (1943, 93 min.), "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954, 79 min.).

The Roger Corman Retrospective Vol. 2...


The Underdog

The Underdog Chronicles has lots of cartoons from your favorite 60's canine crimefighter! This volume also features segments from the linking cartoons like Tennesee Tuxedo, The Hunter, Commander McBragg, Go-Go Gophers, Tooter Turtle and more.


The "Underdog Collectors Edition" includes fan-favorite episodes with Simon Barsinister and the title themes to the other afforementioned cartoons.

If you love Underdog, these are must have DVDs from Sony Wonder


"Mulholland Dr." is prime David Lynch; those of you familiar with the director's work know what I mean. "If you are a fan of "Blue Velvet," "Lost Highway" and "Twin Peaks," you're going to feel right at home in this dreamlike film noir about a young girl whose hopes of stardom are sidetracked by a mysterious young stranger who can't remember who she is.

Lynch's quirky style and characterizations, another great Angelo Badalanente score (he also appears in an hilarious cameo) and Jack Fisk's incredibly bizarre set decorations are among the many highlights. The Academy Awards blew it once again, by not nominating these talented craftsmen who constantly defy traditional Hollywood with totally original works of art. Naomi Watts was also neglected in a performance that defies description; I can't think of a finer example of an actress running the full gambit of her craft. Her on-screen metamorphosis is mesmerizing.

So take a spin down "Mulholland Dr." If you love film as art and entertainment, you'll want to watch it again as soon as it's over---if only to try and figure the damned thing out. What a ride!

Pick up your copy of Mulholland Drive at amazon.com



JunkYard John also recommends these DVD's:


Touch of Evil
(Restored Collector's Edition) (1958)

Orson Welles Masterpiece!"

Alph sez:
"Charleston Heston as a Mexican!"




Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

"Ground breaking new wave film noir"

"...ahead of it's time"



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