Review: 42nd Street Forever (Blu-ray)

Synapse Films is bringing the glorious grime of 42nd Street to your home with the long awaited Blu-ray edition of their long running, exploitation trailer collection!

  • Director: Misc.
  • Starring: Misc.
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 227 Minutes
  • Company: Synapse Films
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Discs: 1 - 50GB
  • Video: 1.78:1 - 1080p - AVC
  • Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0
  • Region: All
  • Released: 5/8/2012

After six DVD volumes of weird, wild & crazy trailers from around the world, Synapse has finally debuted the much anticipated Blu-ray release of 42nd Street Forever! This inaugural HD incarnation sports 89 (count 'em, 89!) trailers collected from the very best of vintage genres that would have graced the retro grindhouse screens located on this infamous street. That's three and a half+ hours of celluloid bliss. Before we dive into what's included, know this - 42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition is a phenomenal, must own, gorgeous release that showcases a bygone era of filmmaking. While there are no pimps or vagrants lurking around, Synapse's Blu-ray truly is an atmospheric release that I can only assume recreates the feeling of those glorious flea pit cinemas.
The disc starts with a groovy explosion of the blaxploitation genre, serving up solid justice with trailers for: Black Samson, Savage!, Welcome Home Brother Charles, Boss Nigger, Honky & Sugar Hill.
The next thematic previews include a set of savage revenge classics such as: Rolling Thunder, Act of Vengeance, Ms. 45 & They Call Her One Eye (Thriller).
A raucous mix of seminal feminine violence and sexuality: Ginger, Savage Sisters, Chained Heat, Delinquent Schoolgirls, The Pom Pom Girls, The Teasers Go to Paris, The Teacher, College Girls, Street Girls & The Babysitter.
A busty handful of vintage T&A roughies mixed with Euro smut: Teenage Mother, I a Woman, When Women Had Tails, The Curious Female, The Tale of the Dean's Wife, The Minx, The Centerfold Girls, The Depraved, Invitation to Ruin, Helga & The Sun the Place and the Girls.
Genre hopping Sci-Fi galore from all over the world: Fairytales, Flesh Gordon, Starcrash, Dark Star, The Raiders of Atlantis, Matango, The Green Slime, They Came from Beyond Space, The Deadly Spawn, & The Dark.
For me, this eclectic mix of bloody horrors, supernatural chillers & thrillers is the cream of the crop: The Evil, The Evictors, The Undertaker and His Pals, The Devil's Nightmare, Deadly Blessing, Rabid, Eye of the Cat, Mark of the Witch, I Dismember Mama/The Blood Spattered Bride, Women and Bloody Terror/Night of Bloody Horror, Dr. Butcher M.D., The Grim Reaper, Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon, Wicked Wicked & The Flesh and Blood Show.
Eye popping sexploitation showcasing gimmicks & Sly Stallone's debut with a trinity of mondo docs for good measure: The 3 Dimensions of Greta, Hard Candy, Panorama Blue, Italian Stallion, Maid in Sweden, Pornography in Denmark, Secret Africa, Shocking Asia, & Taboos of the World.
A diverse mash of eclectic foreigners ranging from the infamous to spoofs & crime actioners: Chappaqua, Salo, The 44 Specialist, The Bullet Machine, Death Drive, Spy in Your Eye, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die & The Last of the Secret Agents.
An Oriental express of some of the best & weirdest trailers from our Asian brothers: The Crippled Master, Shogun Assassin & Super Man Chu.
Rubber burnin' Biker insanity romps: Born Losers, Hell's Angels on Wheels, Devil's Angels, The Pink Angels, Werewolves on Wheels.
Last but not least, down home exploiters, a Crown International duo & the greatest roller skating outing ever: Dixie Dynamite, Mr. Billion, Super Fuzz, Sunset Cove, Van Nuys Blvd. & Skatetown U.S.A.

  • Video
Synapse finally debuts their long running 42nd Street Forever series to Blu-ray with a AVC encoded, 1080p transfer that is equal parts stunning & rough. The majority of trailers included (89 to be exact!) look pristine with an exceptional amount of detail and striking color that'll leave you drooling for an official Blu-ray release of the films that shamefully haven't graced the format. The remaining trailers are true to their grindhouse roots with scratches, lines & grime all intact. This is 42nd Street after all! 
  • Audio
The sole audio track included is an English DTS-HD MA 2.0 that, like the video quality, expectedly fluctuates between trailers. Still, dialogue is always clear throughout and the film's various sound effects, jingles and soundtracks ring through the speakers in a balanced manner.

Bonus Features
  • Audio Commentary - "AVManiac's Edwin Samuelson, Fangoria's Michael Gingold & Temple of Schlock's Chris Poggialli"