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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Street Trash 'Special Meltdown Edition' [Blu-ray]

 

(James Muro, 1987)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Street Trash Joint Venture

Video: Synapse Films / 88 Films

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! / Region 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:41:05.893 / 1:41:05.893

Disc Size: 49,066,039,722 bytes / 46,899,751,923 bytes

Feature Size: 30,570,516,480 bytes / 30,587,461,632 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.29 Mbps / 29.20 Mbps

Chapters: 16  / 16

Case: Standard Blu-ray case  / Transparent case with slipcase cover

Release date: July 9th, 2013 / November 20th, 2017

 

Video (both):

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3000 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3000 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2133 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2133 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1612 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1612 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1587 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1587 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3000 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3000 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2133 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2133 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1587 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1587 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1612 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1612 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles (both):

English (SDH), none

 

Extras:

• Two Audio Commentary Tracks with Producer Roy Frumkes and Director James Muro
"The Meltdown Memoirs" - An All-New Two Hour Documentary on the History and Making of STREET TRASH (2:03:59)
The Original 16mm Street Trash Short Film (15:05)

Jan Arakawa interview (9:15)
A Long-Lost, Never-Before-Seen Street Trash Promotional Teaser (3:07)

5 Deleted Scenes and Outtakes (7-minutes)
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:10)
 

 

Audio Commentary with Director James Muro
Audio Commentary with Writer / Producer Roy Frumkes

• "The Meltdown Memoirs" - An All-New Two Hour Documentary on the History and Making of STREET TRASH (2:04:00)
Introduction by Producer Roy Frumkes (7:52)
Original 16mm Student Film - Street Trash (15:06)
A Conversation between Roy Frumkes and Tony Timpone (19:05)
Meltdown Memoirs - Feature Length 'Making-Of' Documentary
Jane Arakawa Interview (9:15)
Deleted Scenes and Out-takes (7:52)
Theatrical Trailer (2:10)
Teaser Trailer (2:35)

 

Bitrate:

 

1) Synapse - Region FREE - Blu-ray  TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

Description: In the sleazy, foreboding world of winos, derelicts and drifters in lower Manhattan, two young runaways - eighteen-year-old Fred (Mike Lackey) and his younger brother, Kevin (Mark Sferrazza) - live in a tire hut in the back of an auto wrecking yard. Life is hard, but the most lethal threat to the boys is the mysterious case of 'Tenafly Viper' wine in Ed's liquor store window. The stuff is forty years old... and it's gone bad. REAL bad! Anyone who drinks it melts in seconds, and it's only a dollar a bottle! The subversive cult classic/horror comedy STREET TRASH rode the last wave of super-gore films in the late `80s before cinema entered the era of safe R-Rated horror and unoriginal remakes. Beautifully re-mastered in high-definition, STREET TRASH will melt your eyes and ears with stunning picture and sound.

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It’s not hearts that melt when New York’s tramps fall in love with a beverage called Viper, it’s whole bodies in this gore-drenched shocker that does for alcohol what The Driller Killer did for power tools!

An unscrupulous liquor store owner steadily wipes out his city’s homeless with lethal booze that melts anyone who consumes it into oblivion! Can a dedicated cop uncover the truth before a seemingly unavoidable hobo holocaust?

Street trash has endured decades of repression at the hands of scissor-happy censors but its gung-ho melt-tastic outlandishness has afforded it a steady cult following since its release, and is presented here restored and uncut.

 

 

The Film:

This shocker will most likely appeal to fans of pitch-black beyond-bad-taste comedy. Others may find it highly offensive and gory as it chronicles the fate of homeless Brooklyn winos when they get into some tainted wine and begin melting into slimy puddles of human goo. The wine, called "Tenafly Viper," is being sold by the owner of a liquor store who found it lying around in his basement and sells it to the bums for a buck. It is later revealed that the wine was deliberately spiked by the government.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

Murder, rape, necrophilia, police brutality, booze, racism, melting flesh and a dismembered penis - Street Trash certainly packs a lot into 90 minutes. While it's easy to criticize the tasteless treatment of the subject matter, especially the relentlessly negative portrayal of homeless people, such an attitude misses the whole point of a film like this. Whether it's the Sex Pistols singing "Belsen was a Gas" or comedians like Lenny Bruce doing routines about race and religion, there will always be artists who gleefully trample over society's boundaries about what is acceptable material, and Street Trash definitely belongs in this category.

Excerpt from Simon Powell at Classic-Horror.com located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Street Trash surfaces on Blu-ray from Synapse and the 1080P transfer highlights the film's impressive colors.  The image quality shows some grit and minor grain in the 1.78:1 AR transfer (original 1.85:1). It is extremely clean with only a very few minor speckles.  This is dual-layered with a supportive bitrate. Colors are the highlight with the art direction at very high levels (sets - grocery store, clothes etc. - kudos to Denise Labelle + Tom Molinelli.) Green, purple and yellow ooze glows almost fluorescently in HD. Contrast exhibits healthy black levels proving some decent detail - notable in close-ups. There is no noise and this Blu-ray looks far better than you might anticipate from a minor budgeted horror/comedy. There are instances of depth and I'd say this looks... swell.

 

By looking at the bitrate graph and the running time to the 1/1000th of a second this, 88 Films, is the exact same transfer as the Synapse. All the above comments still hold true.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

1) Synapse - Region FREE - Blu-ray  TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Synapse - Region FREE - Blu-ray  TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Synapse - Region FREE - Blu-ray  TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Synapse - Region FREE - Blu-ray  TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

We get the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround mix at a healthy 3000 kbps or similarly lossless 2.0 channel track at 2133 kbps. The surround has some surprises - nothing brilliantly crisp but adding atmosphere nonetheless. There is some original music (actually environmental sounds) by Rick Ulfik and also songs written by Tony Camillo including the theme and "We Do Things My Way". I thought it sounded quite good - better than you might anticipate from a production like this. If it was overly dynamic it wouldn't have suited. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being region FREE.

 

Again, exact same audio transfer and the previous comments are the same for the 88 Films including the optional subtitles (see samples above) but the 88 Films is Region 'B'-locked. The UK edition has a neat slipcase with artwork.

 

Extras :

Two amusing audio commentaries - the first with with producer Roy Frumkes and the second with director James Muro - both in lossless stereo. Fans will enjoy both! Also included is the 2-hour documentary on the history and making of Street Trash with bundles of information on the production with interviews and in-depth details. It was made in 2006 by Roy Frumkes who is also the host and narrator (of the archive footage). It is entitled "The Meltdown Memoirs" and also serves as a personal 'memoir'. You have to admire the enthusiasm towards the feature. We get the original 16mm Street Trash short running 1/4 of an hour, a 10-minute interview with Jan Arakawa (Wendy in Street Trash.) There is a 'long-lost never-before-seen promotional teaser for 3-minutes, 5 deleted scenes and outtakes running about 7-minutes and an original theatrical trailer (the only extra in 1080P.)

 

Same extras, too; commentaries, 2-hour documentary, interview, 16mm short...

 

Synapse - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
About as hokey, fun and intentionally 'baaaad' as you might expect. Street Trash has plenty to enjoy. Great lines like "Fuck you. Gimme a bottle of booze, here's my dollar, suck my dick!" Muro had some skill realizing this comedy/horror - it's more polished than many might expect and simultaneously offensive to just about everyone. The Synapse Blu-ray is a super package. Those keen on the genre will appreciate this a/v and supplements. Great job! Recommended!

 

Same in almost all respects... still great fun! Fans of this genre should own one of these - best bang for your buck in your geographical area. 

Gary Tooze

July 10th, 2013

November 18th, 2017

 




 

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