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Street Trash [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Mike Lackey , Bill Chepil , J. Michael Muro    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mike Lackey, Bill Chepil, Vic Noto, Mark Sferrazza, Jane Arakawa
  • Directors: J. Michael Muro
  • Writers: J. Michael Muro, Roy Frumkes
  • Producers: Edward Muro Sr., Frank M. Farel, James Muro Sr., Roy Frumkes
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AA4FAG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,398 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sure, Street Trash has a convoluted, ridiculous plot, but it also features bums who melt into rainbow sludge upon drinking a fermented relative of Thunderbird, Tenafly Viper. In this '80s B-movie akin to The Toxic Avenger or C.H.U.D., Fred (Mike Lackey) is the main homeless guy who distributes Viper he's lifted from the local liquor store. Once he discovers the alcohol's lethal potential, he wields it as a weapon, eventually fighting head criminal, Bronson, a psycho-killer Vietnam vet who carries a human femur bone handle knife. Side plots, such as one involving a begrudging policeman who seeks to clean up the Street Trash community housed in a junkyard, or the one featuring Wendy, the hot girl who guards runaways from the junkyard's fat, mean owner, are beside the point. Watch Street Trash for its infamous penis scene, in which a member is chopped off and tossed around in a game of keep away, or watch the film to see a man melt down into a blue pile as he's flushed down a toilet bowl. Street Trash's gore isn't so disturbing as it is comic, as are the bums' New Romantic costumes similar to Dexy's Midnight Runners in the video for their '80s hit, "Come On Eileen." Applaud Street Trash for its gaudy, horrendous splendor. Notably, this re-release contains the original Super-8 short of the film, featuring even more homemade special effects and low-grade humor.--Trinie Dalton

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Trash Was Just As I Remembered It! 30 May 2012
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Street trash was without a doubt one of the finer movie highlights of my childhood. It was full of bad language and some multi-colour melting special effects when some of the characters in the film melt after drinking a deadly bottle of Viper a mysterious drink found behind a wall in an off license!

I thought this movie was an 80's classic and it made me remember the first time I watched it with my Brother and my Gran, happy days. This film has got it all, melting hobos, crazy Vietnam Veteran, the catch a penis game, and violence galore.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Trash Synapse Blu-ray 23 July 2013
I've been a bit of a (big) fan of Street Trash since the video era, and bought it several times on VHS alone. It's a classic exploitation film - not too much of a plot to speak of (basically it follows a bunch of homeless losers, leading up in several cases to their consumption of a seemingly alcoholic drink that either makes them melt or explode...) but the joy is in the characters and the situations they get into. It's quite far from any grounding in political correctness, so if you're likely to get offended by anything you're probably better off buying a Hanna Montana movie or something. I think it's wonderfully realised despite a low budget, and a huge testament to the talents of the prime movers behind this production.

I expected the Blu-ray to be good - Synapse's previous DVDs were the definitive editions (alongside Arrow's UK release maybe) and I was aware Synapse were going to extra lengths to ensure the transfer was up to contemporary standards (the previous HD master was not up to what they were hoping for in today's world). Well, the Blu-ray is actually better than I anticipated. The image quality (full HD of course) is sumptuous - I'd actually use this as a demo disc to show just how amazing a low budget 80s horror/exploitation film can look, kicking into oblivion anything that DVD has to offer. Colours leap from the screen, detail is up there with most films you're likely to screen on Blu. Grain a very fine and not remotely intrusive, whilst remaining present enough to alleviate any realistic concerns of excessive DNR. For the record I watched this on a 100" projected screen, finding nothing at all to complain about. Audio is thoughtfully provided in its original non-surround mode, or surround - both lossless DTS HD Master Audio tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look at the cover! 17 Jan 2010
I have waited a long time to own this awesome film, but I never imagined that when the day came for it to be re-released, it would be given this sort of treatment! As with other recent Arrow releases, you get a nifty white box, a flip-cover (new art and original cover), a poster and an interview booklet.

The film is pretty much in the mid-80s Troma vein, though I rate it higher than any Troma film as the comedy is less spoof and the gore and acting is more accomplished. There are real characters in this film; notably the vietnam-vet king of the junkyard and the hard as nails detective assigned to the melting-tramps case and it is performances like these which really push the film into classic status.

Madness all round; the story concerns a batch of mysterious and highly toxic liquor being discovered in the basement of an off-licence which the owner decides to sell for $1 a bottle. Of course, this appeals to the local down-and-out community, resulting in a spate of gruesome deaths. This is just the foundation for the real plot (I say plot, but you know...) to be built upon, one which involves goodies, baddies and sleazeballs trying to operate alongside each other. Of course, it is all in the worst possible taste and I heartily recommend this specific version to anyone that enjoys this particular sub-genre.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old video favourite given the digital makeover. 12 Jan 2010
STREET TRASH was a vhs rental favourite on the old Avatar label for many years.
Arrow have given this release the sort of treatment usually reserved for Criterion titles!
In addition to a superb transfer,you also get a second disc with 'The Meltdown Memoirs' and a Jane Arakawa feature.
This is a real collector's package which also comes with Double sided artwork,a fold out poster and an excellent booklet by film journo Callum Waddell,which discusses with various members of the production,the 42nd Street fleapit phenomena in New York.
All in all,a cracking package at a price that is a steal.
Snap it up now-you won't be disappointed,especially if you love films like 'Basket Case' and 'Bad Taste'.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, you'veneverseenanythinglikeitinyourlife! 25 Aug 2007
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You really haven't. However, let's get one thing straight right away.

This is not a horror movie.

That's right, this isn't a horror movie. Oh sure, there is horror in it, but the body-melting of the Tenafly Viper drink is just the macguffin. Apart from introducing it early on in the movie it doesn't play that much of a part until near the end.

What this really is is a movie about society's invisibles, the street people on the fringes that we pretend we don't see -the winos, the derelicts, the brain-damaged, the lost, all struggling to survive one day at a time. Without the horror element I doubt if this film could have been made. And if it hadn't been made as a black comedy (often more often black than comic) it would have been completely unbearable.

Technically, it's more than accomplished. The camera-work is fluid, the image is crisp, the editing sharp, and the ensemble acting is mostly of a high standard. You are in the hands of people who know exactly what they are doing which is to create a genuinely enjoyable and original film. At least for those who can take the brutality and squalor along with the humour and the gore.

I think it's an amazing piece of work that should be far better known than it is. In its own ugly way, this is Art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gulp the goo!!!
Great movie! Released in 1987 but only just watched in 2014! Shame really anyway got it now on glorious DVD! They did not have that in 87! Haha! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film - great bluray transfer!
I first saw Street Trash in the late 80s on vhs - and the memory of this long-buried little gem of a movie remained with me for a very long time . . . . Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Bridgeman
5.0 out of 5 stars One-Off Brilliance
To think this was a one-off movie made for some art college project or exam thing and the director/creator has done nothing since in the same bag, makes this film even more worthy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Pinn
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog food for chicken...
When a liquor store owner finds a case of "Viper" in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars the arrowdrome edition is fantastic quality
I feel this rating should be five star as the original movie is fully restored uncut and has the original artwork on reverse insert and has a full second disc , the arrowdrome... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geraint Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
build up was too long,

script was rubbish, production terrible and acting was worse.

muliti coloured 'melting' scenes were comical rather than gruesome, all... Read more
Published 15 months ago by BlindSmith
5.0 out of 5 stars "Street Trash" (DVD), - tja, was soll man alleine bei diesem Titel...
Trashmöhre vielleicht ? Kultfilm ? oder beides ? ;-) Denn "Street Trash" aus dem Jahre 1987 hier bekam im Laufe der Zeit schon viele Titel verpasst, - wie z.B. Read more
Published 18 months ago by EGeraldhuebner
5.0 out of 5 stars super
... I wanna see this film, it looks good.. and I like this
kinda film... it looks fun, and funny at the same time...
Published on 26 April 2012 by LONDON NINJA.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great release of the ultimate Melt Movie.
Street Trash to me is the greatest Melt movie of all time. Not only does it have a bigger budget feel to it, it still looks as though it was made yesterday and hasn't dated at... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by I love New York
4.0 out of 5 stars a nice surprise
I watched street trash for the first time today and really enjoyed it.

There are some gory bits. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Bobby Klump
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