He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

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He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:12 pm

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Killer sharks and human jellyfish and living mummies, oh my! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by William “Wild Bill” Grefé, the maverick filmmaker who braved the deep, dark depths of the Florida everglades to deliver some of the most outrageous exploitation fare ever to go-go dance its way across drive-in screens.

Bringing together seven of Grefé’s most outlandish features, all new to Blu-ray, He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection packs in a macabre menagerie of demented jellyfish men (Sting of Death), zombified witch doctors (Death Curse of Tartu), homicidal hippies (The Hooked Generation) and seductive matrons (The Naked Zoo) – not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids – to create one of the most wildly entertaining box-sets of all time!

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • Seven William Grefé films, all newly restored from the best surviving film elements: Sting of Death (1966), Death Curse of Tartu (1966), The Hooked Generation (1968), The
  • Psychedelic Priest (1971), The Naked Zoo (1971), Mako: Jaws of Death (1976) and Whiskey Mountain (1977)
  • Brand new, extended version of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures’ definitive documentary They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations on 4 Blu-ray discs
  • Original uncompressed mono audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 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
STING OF DEATH (1966) + DEATH CURSE OF TARTU (1966)
  • Brand new introductions to the films by director William Grefé
  • Archival audio commentaries for both films with William Grefé and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
  • Sting of Death: Beyond the Movie – Monsters a-Go Go! – a look into the history of rock 'n' roll monster movies with author/historian C. Courtney Joyner
  • The Curious Case of Dr. Traboh: Spook Show Extraordinaire – a ghoulish look into the early spook show days with monster maker Doug Hobart
  • Original Trailers
  • Still and Promotion Gallery
THE HOOKED GENERATION (1968) + THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST (1971)
  • Archival audio commentaries for both films with director William Grefé and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
  • Hooked Generation behind-the-scenes footage
  • Hooked Generation Original Trailer
  • Still and Promotion Gallery
THE NAKED ZOO (1971) + MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH (1976)
  • William Grefé’s original Director’s Cut of Naked Zoo
  • Alternate Barry Mahon re-release cut of Naked Zoo
  • Original Mako: Jaws of Death Trailer and Promo
  • Still and Promotion Gallery
WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (1977) + THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: EXTENDED CUT (2020)
  • Whiskey Mountain Original Trailer
  • Still and Promotion Gallery
  • They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé – the definitive documentary presented for the first in High-Definition and in a brand new, extended cut
Extras subject to change

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#2 Post by Orlac » Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:10 pm

JAWS OF DEATH has been on my wish-list for decades - a clip from it was used on the 1982 National Geographic documentary on sharks, and scared the life out of me as a kid!

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#3 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:24 pm

Just received my copy of this and in doing some research on imdb it was fun to find out that Sting of Death has a song by Neil Sedaka on it! Do The Jellyfish, which I can only imagine is in the tradition of The Blob!

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#4 Post by Orlac » Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:09 pm

That, or the Mashed Potato!

And let us not forget STINGATHON '09!!!! - http://b-masters.com/roundtables/32-stingathon-09/

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#5 Post by Perkins Cobb » Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:26 pm

There has to be a story behind the omission of Impulse, which, with William Shatner in the lead, has to be at least in retrospect one of Grefe's most notable films. Rights? Elements? I'm sure Arrow must've tried pretty hard to get that one on board.

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#6 Post by Grand Wazoo » Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:32 pm

Perkins Cobb wrote:
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:26 pm
There has to be a story behind the omission of Impulse, which, with William Shatner in the lead, has to be at least in retrospect one of Grefe's most notable films. Rights? Elements? I'm sure Arrow must've tried pretty hard to get that one on board.
I believe Grindhouse Releasing has this in the works.

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#7 Post by Perkins Cobb » Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:34 pm

Oh, cool, I missed that. I don't think that ever had a watchable DVD release so that'll be huge.

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#8 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:26 am

I will be both expectantly waiting for and yet simultaneously dreading the chance to see William Shatner's parade of fashionable 1970s outfits in glorious HD!

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#9 Post by Perkins Cobb » Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:18 am

I was too much of a film snob to appreciate this kind of stuff when I was younger, but I can't get enough of it now. If it's Sarno or Meyer it's legitimately outsider art, and even if it's only Lewis or Grefe, it still captures a kind of reality you don't get in mainstream filmmaking. So yeah, bring on the Shat.

(And don't tell Arrow that I'm enough of a completist to delay buying their set now....)

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Re: He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection

#10 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:27 pm

Not that I know anything about whether Arrow would have been going after Impluse or not, but I would presume that Impulse has enough of a cache behind it to more than stand up on its own as an individual release. Also something on this box set has caused it to be 18 rated, so if it had been on that table I would assume that you wouldn't want to age-gate off arguably William Shatner's most famous non-Star Trek film if you don't have to.

Here's the Mondo Digital review of the set

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