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Godfather of Gore: Herschell Gordan Lewis [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

John Waters , Herschell Gordon Lewis , Jimmy Maslon , Frank Henelotter    DVD
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  • Actors: John Waters, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Joe Bob Briggs
  • Directors: Jimmy Maslon, Frank Henelotter
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0054602XU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather Of Gore... 15 Feb 2013
This Something Weird Video produced documentary covers the film career of Herschell Gordon Lewis in chronological order
starting with his early nudie's to the gore films which made him famous till this day.It's partly as you'd expect a talking heads affair
as far as the interviewees go,from longtime genre cinema supporters like Frank Henenlotter,John Waters and Joe Bob Briggs to the cast
and crew of Herschell's films including his producing partner the late great Dave Friedman.Some return to location footage adds a nicely to
the documentary as does the absolute wealth of clips and rare behind the scenes snippets.

At around 1 hour 45 minutes there's plenty of time to cover the majority of the films at decent length with an extra hour of interview material
included as an extra which covers some of the films skipped by in the main feature,this is a truly great bonus extra.A stills gallery,10 minute nudie
short and host of trailers make up the rest of the dvd.
I kind of wish there was a commentary with co-director Henenlotter as he has such a deep knowledge of the subject he's great to listen too.
This documentary is an absolute must for anyone interested in Herschell Gordon Lewis and the 60's 70's period of of exploitation cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome and overdue career-overview/bio of the gore Godfather. 26 Jun 2011
By John David Felter - Published on
A friend and I were lucky enough to see this on the big screen in NYC last Spring, and we both loved it. A funny, illuminating, and overdue love-letter to the Godfather Of Gore, the film delves deeply into Lewis' career (if not his personal life) and we follow it's trajectory film by film. Narration and interview clips with Lewis, producing-partner David F. Friedman, cult auteur Frank Henenlotter, and Trash reviewer Joe Bob Briggs keep the viewer in the loop - providing context, and lots of laughs. Fans of Cult/Trash/Horror/Exploitation cinema need to have this dvd nestled between their copies of 'Blood Feast' and 'Color Me Blood Red', as it serves to provide much-needed backround info on one of our unsung horror-heroes, and works as an unusually entertaining shlockumentary.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Documentary 24 Feb 2012
By B. Wasden - Published on
This is a documentary about Herschell Gordon Lewis, who has been dubbed "The Godfather of Gore". He directed such films as Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs, and Wizard of Gore. This is a pretty interesting documentary, showing many clips of his old movies, and even some that he didn't direct. There is a good bit of nudity in the some of the clips. I was disappointed however that there no talk of Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat, which is my favorite H.G. Lewis film. This doc is still worth watching for his fans, though.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man, The Myth, The Legend.......The Gore!!! 13 May 2012
By Stanley Runk - Published on
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Well, Lewis finally gets his own documentary! And how is it? Well, it's good. The thing about it is that this film will only be viewed by Lewis fans. And because cult horror fans are such buffs for behind the scenes information, there probably isn't a lot in this documentary that fans didn't already know. We still like watching this stuff though, even if we do know most of what we're being told already.
Naturally this film focuses on Lewis' film career in as much depth as the running time allows. Lewis made so many films that there wouldn't really be enough time to look at each one individually, and as a result, many are briefly mentioned or skipped over entirely. The focus is mainly on his early days with the "nudie cuties", and of course, the gore films. It doesn't cover his comeback with Blood Feast 2, but stops after his initial retirement from film with 1972's The Gore Gore Girls.
It's definitely a career retrospective and not a biography, as practically nothing is mentioned about his upbringing or childhood-Nothing really about his personal life at all, except that he has a very nice house! I suppose I would have liked to get into the man's mind a bit more, as Herschell is a rather fascinating man. His personality is so at odds with his films that it's staggering. I met him once myself and found him to be an absolute joy to talk to.
Insights into Lewis are given by David Friedman, Joe Bob Briggs, John Waters, Frank Hennenlotter(who also served as co-director of this documentary), and various individuals who have worked with Lewis over the years. It's cool to see Mal Arnold and Ray Sager today, and hear what they have to say.
Anyhow, this is a film made for a very specific audience, and I'm sure that that particular audience will check this movie out at some point, good reviews or bad.
But for the record, it is good!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars godfather of documentaries 4 Nov 2011
By david - Published on
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must watch if your a fan or even if you never watched one of his movies
its a very fun imformative and entertaining. from the early days to the beginning of the gore and on its all told by the godfather of gore himself hg lewis, along with long time partner david friedman, john waters and joe bob briggs and so many actors including mel arnold give testimony to this directors work.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: Godfather of Gore 2 Feb 2013
By Carl Manes - Published on
He has often been called offensive, untalented, degenerate, and utterly reprehensible, but to Horror fans, he is best known as Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore! With BLOOD FEAST, Lewis and producer David F. Friedman introduced the world to the very first gore film, which changed the cinematic landscape forever. Now, director Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE) takes a look back at Lewis' remarkable career in the new documentary HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS, THE GODFATHER OF GORE. From his early beginnings in the 'Nudie Cutie' films to the advent of gore and on through to his later entries like THE WIZARD OF GORE and THE GORE GORE GIRLS, we are given the complete and definitive history for one of Horror's most influential filmmakers as told by his cast and crew along with many other special guests. In addition to both David F. Friedman and H.G. Lewis, notable critics and directors like Joe Bob Briggs, John Waters, and even Frank Henenlotter, himself, pop in with insightful commentary and hilarious stories surrounding the films. GODFATHER is sharply edited with a wonderful integration of film clips that enhance each conversation on screen. Henenlotter has chosen only the most interesting and engaging stories to include in the documentary, along with over an hour of additional scenes that did not quite make the cut. Viewers are also given the very first look at Lewis' never-before-seen AN EYE FOR AN EYE, which remains unedited and unreleased to this very day. While the documentary will certainly only appeal to hardcore exploitation and gore fans, admirers of Herschell Gordon Lewis will admit that this is a fitting tribute and an excellent book end to a wild and crazy career.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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