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Corman's World [Blu-ray]

Robert De Niro , Quentin Tarantino , Alex Stapleton    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Quentin Tarantino, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard
  • Directors: Alex Stapleton
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZD5Q6U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A feature-length documentary about Roger Corman's life, career and remarkable influence on modern moviemaking. Blue jeans, sock-hops and drive-in movies: the Fifties were America's age of innocence. But stalking the depths of its post-nuclear bliss, mass paranoia became fuel for Joseph McCarthy's brand of Red Scare terror propaganda. Bomb shelters were a deluxe feature in every American home, government-sponsored educational reels promised an imminent nuclear threat from across the Atlantic, and Hollywood, Babylon of the western world, hung on the brink of collapse. It was here, in the last-ditch machinations of a dying juggernaut, that a mild-mannered, civil engineer's son would become the most influential force in modern moviemaking. Corman's World tracks the triumphant rise of Hollywood's most prolific writer-director-producer, the true godfather of independent filmmaking.

About the Actor

With hundreds of movies to his credit, Roger Corman is one of the most prolific producers the film medium has ever produced, and one of the most successful--in his nearly-six-decades in the business, only about a dozen of his films have failed to turn a profit. Corman has been dubbed "The King of the Cult Film" and "The Pope of Pop Cinema," and his filmography is packed with hundreds of remarkably entertaining films, dozens of genuine cult classics. Corman has displayed an unrivaled eye for talent over the years--it could almost be said that it would be easier to name the top directors, actors, writers, creators in Hollywood who didn't get their start with Corman than those who did. Among those he mentored are Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, James Cameron, Robert De Niro, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante and Sandra Bullock. His influence on modern American cinema is almost incalculable. In 2009, he was honored with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a fantastic fun, sometimes touching, sometimes thought provoking documentary about the low budget movie maestro Roger Corman. He's made over 200 films, started the careers of the likes of Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard. It's a must for anyone interested in films to see where numerous Oscar winners started from.

Roger himself seems like a humble, nice, charming man and the film is enjoyable, respectful to his legacy. And some of the clips they have chosen of his... ahem... less artistic films are hilarious!

All in all, a worthy watch. My only gripes were it was too short. I could have easily watched another 30 minutes (or more!) as i was enjoying myself so much. And sadly there were no extras on the DVD at all.

But a great documentary and the music is great as well!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute. 11 April 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The documentary is a wonderful tribute to Roger Corman and a great indroduction to his work and career. As a fan I was hoping it would go a little deeper into some aspects but I can see why the filmakers decided not to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This was a fascinating documentary. It gave an insight into the man who gave a break to actors/directors/others such as Robert de Niro, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg,Peter Bogdanovich, and Jonathon Demme. He kick-started the film careers of so many well-known people in the movie business. The big question is "What happened to Roger Corman?"
I believe that the documentary, through its interviews with those who have been close to him over the years of movie -making, provides an insight into what is probably the answer to that question. Personally, I derived the distinct feeling that whilst Corman was prepared to take many chances, some of which were financial, he just lacked the nerve to raise his risk-taking (particularly financial) to the next level. Basically, he comes across as a tightwad who ensured that he produced movies with little regard to quality but a disproportionate regard to expenses. Nevertheless, Corman's influence upon the movie business over the years cannot be denied. I am in complete agreement with Bruce Dern who is somewhat indignant that Corman's contribution to the industry has been comprehensively ignored by the establishment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And it's very much the world according to Corman 19 Dec 2012
By D. Dent
As another reviewer has suggested, the Corman story on the written page is fascinating and inspiring. In front of camera, Roger Corman isn't particularly articulate and also doesn't have the winning presence to compel you to watch. The documentary had a bit of a THIS IS YOUR LIFE quality, full of endearing testimonials (and rather too much of Uncle Jack for my liking) but very little about the films themselves.

And why of why with the file capacity of Blu ray did they not add at least one of Corman's films as an extra, instead of slightly longer eulogies from the assembled acolytes?

A bit underwhelmed to be honest. Still, a terrific filmmaker though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Corman Documentary 16 Jun 2013
By Brett
The Movie:

I'm sure many cult movie buffs have been crying out for a decent Corman documentary forever. In order to shed enlightenment on this tall, mysterious, quietly spoken auteur of naff cinema. Sadly, they will have to wait another century or so for the real deal. Since the filmmaker of this one deserves to be shot, blown up and driven over a cliff-face! What should have been factually entertaining and enlightening is reduced to a few rambling, often incoherent, comments from the likes of Corman veteran Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Bill Shatner - who is on screen for all of 60 seconds! The only really intriguing part of Corman's World is spotting how many movie celebs thanked in the end credits for there chat contribution, strangely don't actually appear in the movie! Tom Hanks, Tracey Lords, and Talia Shire to name but a few ... perhaps The Man With The X-ray Eyes could point there interviews out for me (?) X-ray, and many other of Corman's better movies are featured as wall posters behind dull talking heads, but, frustratingly, never mentioned! In favour of the terrible Peter Fonda Late sixties period such as dire drug movie The Trip!

All in all i was left frustrated perplexed and ultimately despondent that the tales of what went on behind the scenes were so poorly related in this Corman tribute. This should have been among the best film-maker documentaries ever made! Go for Ed Wood's Flying Saucers Over Hollywood instead.

The Extras:

Pretty much just a trailer, though this isn't as dull as it may sound. Much of the promotion material seen is frustratingly not in the final cut of film. Nice animated menus and soundtrack.

Picture Quality:

About what is expected for a movie documentary. Much of the movie trailers featured being in a pretty poor state, and sound quality varies, but over all acceptable on DVD. The Bluray version is only a slight improvement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Take a look at this list of Actors - Jack Nicholson, Tommy Lee Jones, Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, William Shatner, Lee Van Cleef, Dick Miller, Charles Bronson, Vincent Price, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Harvey Keitel, David Carradine, Pam Grier and Mamie Van Doren...

Or this list of Directors, Writers and Producers - Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, Joe Dante, Paul W.S. Anderson, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd and Francis Ford Coppola...

What have they all got in common? The answer is Producer, Writer, Director, Mentor, Career-Break Giver, Cheapskate and Sordid Exploitation B-Movie Legend - ROGER CORMAN. So why don't you know this? Well that's what Alex Stapleton's 2011 documentary film "Corman's World" is about.

It begins in the late Forties with two horrid years in the American Navy where Cadet Roger William Corman from Detroit, Michigan wilfully goes up against every order and gets a ludicrously high amount of demerits. He cannot stand authority of any kind. Roger then takes a job for 8 weeks reading crappy scripts at 20th Century Fox - says screw this - and decides in 1954 to make a film of his own - a black and white called "Monster From The Ocean". He does everything himself and on a budget of nothing minus zero (they show hilarious footage of his glowing one-eyed monster) and our boy's off and running. Some decades later and at the sprightly age of 82 - there's a staggering 384 more films where they came from (he's Directed 55 of them). And in between all that managed to procure a loving and talented wife Julie and four kids...and millions of movie-going admirers (many of whom are now Industry giants).
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Published 1 month ago by Michael Plested
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I bougth it a while Back but not watch it yet cos just not got Round to watch it but Got Cos Its Quentin Tarantino film thank boyfriend he got me into Quentin so I got the Film
Published 3 months ago by shell
there's a few films from the 70'S that i used to watch on VHS back in the 80'S
films like Piranha and Death race 2000
Shout factory have released theses films now on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ben30
5.0 out of 5 stars One for film lovers
I enjoyed every moment of this affectionate documentary about Hollywoods greatest outsider. He gave so many of today's Hollywood royalty their first starts that this is star... Read more
Published 12 months ago by theTramp
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative
I've never really followed the works of Corman but I like the concept of Low budget films.

This film gives a whistle stop tour of his body of work - HUNDREDS of movies! Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Hevingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary on one of the biggest legend of B movies
Roger Corman is one the biggest legend alive today. So many important figures will be nothing without him : Nicholson, Scorsese, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Ron Howard, Bogdanovich... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Passion de Livres et de films
3.0 out of 5 stars nice PR for Corman - little depth
Clearly made by fanboys who idolize Corman. It gives a nice overview of his life, but I found it to be somewhat superficial. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brion O'Quigley
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