Monsters Crash the Pajama Party

Monsters Crash the Pajama Party

Don Brandon
Director: David L. Hewitt Cast: Don Brandon
David L. Hewitt

DVD (Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Overview

This thoroughly enjoyable DVD release -- one of the few family-friendly titles from exploitation merchants Something Weird Video -- has been designed to take advantage of the DVD medium as few other discs have. The Monsters Crash the Pajama Party disc is built around the 1965 short subject of the same name, which was designed to be shown as part of a live spook-show presentation. Like the rest of the material, it's been transferred to disc at the full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with the audio mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. But that film is just the tip of the iceberg. Instead of a conventional menu, this disc has you navigate your way though illustrations of a graveyard and a haunted house, where, by clicking on particular items (a tree, a bat, a gravestone), you can call up dozens of things -- anything from horror-themed home movies of the 1920s to a hilariously shoddy-looking 3-D short (Asylum of the Insane) to a gallery of vintage spook-show ads to a full-length film, Tormented. Since none of the items are identified on the "menu," this might be frustrating for someone looking to find a specific item, but as a video hide-and-seek game, it's plenty of fun for kids and genre enthusiasts alike; and if the quality of the source material varies quite a bit, that seems somehow fitting given the theme of the disc. Something Weird has also thrown in a pair of 3-D glasses for good measure, and included two optional commentary tracks during Monsters Crash the Pajama Party in which old-time spook-show operators discuss the finer points of their trade. Clever, well researched, and lots of fun, this is one of the few DVDs that suggest that its producers realize the disc is more than a souped-up video cassette, and have designed it accordingly. The result is a very entertaining release.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
UPC: 0014381080520
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 3:34:00
Sales rank: 29,191

Special Features

Commentary track by Harry "Dr. Jekyl" Wise; Commentary track by Philip "Dr. Evil" Morris; "Asylum of the Insane" 3-D short; 3-D glasses

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