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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any lover of cinema (low budget or otherwise...)
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...
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Mr. S. P. Drake

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3.0 out of 5 stars And it's very much the world according to Corman
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...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any lover of cinema (low budget or otherwise...), 26 Mar 2012
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Mr. S. P. Drake (Farnborough, Hants United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
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M. Plant (Stoke-On-Trent, UK) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into Corman & his influence upon movies, 28 May 2012
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John Robins (Brisbane, Queensland, AU) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars And it's very much the world according to Corman, 19 Dec 2012
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D. Dent "David Dent" (West Dulwich, London) - See all my reviews
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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
This review is from: Corman's World [DVD] (DVD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Hassled By The Man!" - Corman's World (Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel) on BLU RAY, 19 April 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Corman's World [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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).

What's fascinating about this fabulous story is the huge number of genuine stars Corman knew and gave a break too - and who take time out to acknowledge this. Jack Nicholson in particular - who seems to owe his stunning career to the man - is so witty and self-deprecating that he's worth the price of admission alone. Ron Howard is characteristically generous too (got his first Director's spot under Corman) and has hilarious anecdotes about dangerous stunts in borrowed cars. Genius Writers and Directors John Sayles and Peter Bogdanovich give insightful glimpses into Corman's sometimes cavalier yet utterly driven personality - always sticking it to 'the man'. While "Boxcar Bertha" gave Martin Scorsese and his troop of stunning actors an outing and the maestro his first Director's Chair.

But what really tickles the funny bones is the endless parade of film clips - exploitation movies you haven't seen in decades - or not at all. Most were made without safety or permits - where an explosion is pretty much mandatory - where crass is good - and if it can be made for less than the dollar price of Scrooge's underwear - then that's even better. Blood spatters, cleavage pops, hoodlums do what hoodlums do, monsters invade from outer space (Lee Van Cleef sorts out a mutant bug with a canister blowtorch), crocodiles chomp on limbs, massively endowed ladies ponce about on the planet Venus with telepathy but very few clothes...and cars eat people...all of it thoroughly delightful.

But in between all this B-Movie/Drive-In fodder are moments of breakthrough - 1962's "The Intruder" - a serious film about racism down South starring a first part for William Shatner that nearly got all involved killed. And while his flicks might have been the wrong side of pump-action nudity drivel - his own personal tastes favoured proper art-house films of the European and World schools. So Corman used his distribution company `New World Pictures' to give Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut and Akira Kurosawa movies their only American releases.

Corman also made eight Edgar Allen Poe films with Vincent Price including "The Pit And The Pendulum", "The Masque Of The Red Death" and "The House Of Usher" which are now revered as classics of the Horror genre. He used genuine Hells Angels in the biker movie "The Wild Angels" (the character Heavenly Blues gives the quote that titles this review), spoke to the teenagers of America with the Sixties culture flick "The Trip" (popped LSD to be authentic) and followed that nugget with the biggest independent cult film hit of all time - "Easy Rider" - which made global superstars of Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.

But not to leave crass behind - for the Seventies - we get the Downton Abbey warm glow of "Women In Cages", the Nobel Prize for Humanity and Niceness in "Death Race 2000", the Mozart-complex melodies of The Ramones in "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and vein nibbling fishy in the artistically fulfilling "Piranha". What a man and what a life!

The 30-minutes of Bonus Features have extended interviews and special messages to the great man. Aspect ratio is Full Screen and of course varies with the Source while Audio is a Basic 2.0. There are no subtitles.

In some respects - to blab and reveal more - is to do you the viewer - an injustice. Suffice to say that "Corman's World" is one of those cool insider peeks at the history of 'alternate' movies and the independent side of Hollywood. But perhaps like the chipper curmudgeon himself - this wonderfully uplifting and funny documentary is largely unknown and criminally under-appreciated.

Just don't let this BLU RAY gem go unacknowledged in your household...or we may have to send some killer vixens around with chainsaws and open blouses...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corman's Worlds, 9 May 2014
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE DOCUMENTARY ON AMERICAN MOVIE PRODUCER ROGER CORMAN, 23 Mar 2014
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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 blu-ray so i thought to buy them
one of the things i found out from watching Piranha was that this film was a Roger Corman Production
Roger corman was Executive producer for this film, Joe Dante Directed it thou which is another story

so out of curiousity i researched Roger corman films and he's Produced and Directed lots of films
since the late 50's, he started his own company in 1970
which he was Executive producer for many B Horror films during the 70'S
there's a Documentary on his life released by Anchor bay so i thought to buy it
and definitely worth the money and made want to buy some other films of his
that were made during the 70's from his company New world pictures
some of them have been released on blu-ray by shout factory
INSEMINOID, DEATH RACE 2000 which i have bought now which U.K. buyers will need
an all regions/region free player to play the Discs cause there region A locked
but one of SHOUT FACTORY'S blu-ray's PIRANHA has now been released by second sight uk
which has all the extras from the U.S. blu-ray
there other ones you'll have to buy direct from amazon.com if you want them

this Doco goes for about 86mins, this Documentary details Roger's life from the first film he Directed
back in the late 50's until 2010 when he's producing his latest B grade Horror film
with interviews from all Legendary Directors now
that were starting out with Roger corman back in the 60's & 70's
very interesting Documentary
interviews with Martin scorsese, Ron Howard, Joe Dante and other Directors that are legends these days
there's also interviews with many actors that are also Legends now
Jack Nicholson, Peter fonda, John carradine, Robert De niro, Pam Grier, the list goes on
also interviews with Roger's wife Julie corman and the man himself Roger corman who's now in his 70's
and still Producing films, low budget B films, some are really Good films are some that are just terrible
there are some Low budget Horror films that hes done that i love than an Over the top
Hollywood production, it's about opinions really you either love his films or just like some of them
or don't like them at all
one of Roger corman's very interesting Quotes in this Doco
is you can still make a Good Horror film for under $1 milliion or even under $500,000 much less
and the film can still be successful, unlike Hollywood where the major Producers
are spending tons of money, well over 1 million dollars to make a similar film like he's doing.

there some bonus features
about 15mins worth of extended interviews that did not make the Doco
and another 15mins of special messages to Roger corman from everyone
that was interviewed for this Documentary
i gave this blu-ray 5 stars, if you love Roger corman's films or just curious and like some of his films
from the 70's then still get this Documentary anyway
very interesting to watch on the man's life
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for film lovers, 21 Aug 2013
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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 studded stuff. Clearly he's an irascible energetic rogue and always will be. Film lovers should definitely watch this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative, 24 April 2013
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M. Hevingham "Mark Hevingham" (BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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! - and speaks to well known faces about the man himself. Jack Nicholson leads an eclectic array of actors and directors including Ron Howard and Robert De Niro.

Recommended for Corman fans and for those who like to see a well crafted film about film. Good sound and picture throughout - albeit with some drop due to source material.
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