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The Toxic Avenger [DVD]
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Welcome to Tromaville, New Jersey -- a small American town, terrorized by criminals. The town's corrupt mayor sits idly by while muggers, robbers and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens. Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy, emaciated janitor at the local health club. That is, until he becomes The Toxic Avenger!
A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window and into a vat of hazardous toxic waste. However, an unexpected metamorphosis takes place. As the chemicals take hold of his body, Melvin turns into the Toxic Avenger, doer of good and brutal mauler of evil! The rest, as they say, is history.
The excitement is non-stop as the hero sets out to single-handedly wipe out the forces of evil that torment the people of Tromaville. THE TOXIC AVENGER is non-stop entertainment that will leave the viewers glowing from the fun.
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· Audio Commentary with co-director Lloyd Kaufman
· 15th Anniversary Introduction by Lloyd Kaufman
· 30th Anniversary Introduction by Lloyd Kaufman
· The Radiation March
· Intro from Toxic Crusaders cartoon
· Toxie - 15 Years Later
· Tromaville Café - The Death of Toxie
· Troma Studio Building Tour
· Mopboy Secrets with commentary by Mark Torgl
· Why is Lloyd Kaufman living in a refrigerator box?
· Public Service Announcement
· Aroma Du Troma
· Toxic Slide Show
· Theatrical Trailer
· Bonus trailers: Bloodsucking Freaks, The Toxic Avenger 2, The Toxic Avenger 3, Citizen Toxie
· Reversible Sleeve
The foundation stone of the Troma label's trash-movie empire, The Toxic Avenger introduces the character of nerdy janitor Melvin, who suffers heaps of abuse from local bad-guys and is stuffed into a vat of toxic waste while dressed in a ballerina outfit. He emerges mutated into a Swamp Thing/Hulk-style monster hero who romps around the blighted township of Tromaville, New Jersey, offing the grotesque villains in nastily gruesome ways and mooning over his blind true love. The Troma style is unique, and perhaps predates the anything-gross-for-a-laugh approach of the Farrelly Brothers by a good 10 years, but it sometimes wavers between the good-natured gags and genuinely unpleasant plot images that somewhat spoil the tone. Entry-level filmmaking, but with surprisingly professional head-squashing effects and a degree of enthusiasm that breaks down most resistance. Several sequels have ensued, including The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie. -- Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is uncut (first time it has been in the UK since VHS) and is is widescreen.
The transfer is miraculous, honestly I can't believe how much of an upgrade this is from the Region1 DVD.
Theres next to no grain, day time scenes are at times razor sharp, and the colours are vivid. God damn I love Blu Ray (when done right)
There are no other languages other than English, and there are no subtitles.
Also included is the 92 minute Japanese cut (full-frame, awful picture quality) and an audio commentary by Lloyd Kaufman which I have yet to listen to, but its almost certain to be fun.
The bonus features appear plentiful, but theres nothing informative. Just a few short features (such as Toxie at home, Lloyd living on the streets, a tour of Troma HQ)
What I did really like though was 'Mopboy Secrets with commentary by Mark Torgl' a few minute compilation of Melvyns scenes with Mark giving some quite good insight.
The Blu Ray comes in a really unique green Amaray case, and has reversible cover art, its nice, but I'll be sticking with the classic poster I think.
I have noticed though, since pre-orders where put up on amazon, the inclusion of the DVD in this set has been dropped. Kind of a pity as I do miss those Double Play sets.
Toxic Avenger fan? Please feel safe in buying this, it is AMAZING to see classics like this get treated so well and its a huge improvement on every previous release I have ever owned.
Not a Toxic Avenger fan? You just haven't experienced it yet!
All in all a really awesome movie that is certainly not for kids unlike the old TV series.
You get a cool toxic green Blu-ray case with reversible art.
There is a million awesome special features to watch.
Picture looks better than ever.
The Bad - The new TROMA release features both DVD and blu ray plus cast commentaries - this edition doesn't. Also absent is the 'out-take' footage promised by Lloyd on the commentary track and intro (previously available on the TROMA 15th anniversary UNCUT DVD).
The Ugly - Toxie.
The film follows an incredibly over the top wimpish janitor at the local swimming pool and gymnasim. He is constantly picked on by the obnoxious kid killing gang. After a freak accident where he lands head first in toxic waste- he becomes THE TOXIC AVENGER. Ready to rid the streets of every bad person in Tromaville aka New York.
The movie is very gory, very over the top and completely and utterly non PC. It is ready to make a laugh out of anything and everything, the unihabitated will be offended by the end of credits roll, that is a guarantee.
But despite having kids' face crushed in, multiple killings, and a dog death there is something weird about the film that keeps you coming back for more. That's down to Troma not taking anything within the film at all seriously, it's B movie heaven, that's for sure. The film in effect becomes a sketch by sketch scene of what Toxie can get up to next, but at a short running time, under 80 mins it all comes together.
And this may be cheap filmmaking of the highest order, but kudos to the lengthy car scene towards the end of the movie- well shot on a small budget. Finally do yourself a favour and only get the uncut movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this movie is a little old(1984).But great.The first toxic avenger,is the beginning.Published 4 months ago by georges b
Hilarious gore filled cult movie. Must see for every film buff. Little old ladies beware.Published 7 months ago by The Blarney Stone
If you can get this Cheap enough then its A Fun "So Bad it's good" Horror flick,but please don't think it's some 80's Horror classic and shell out too much for it because... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
Not Troma's best by any measures but it's nice to see studio's roots and get some laughs in the process.Published 13 months ago by Tom Roller
This classic spoof has been out in many forms over the years but this disc is fantastic both with sound and picture. Read morePublished 22 months ago by B FAN