DC favorite, filmmaker/author Stephen Romano, knows his classic sleazy cinema better than anyone. That’s why when we wrote in with some surprising news, we had no choice but to share it. Read on for the details surrounding Shout! Factory’s release of Sam Raimi’s Crimewave!
“As far as I know, and according to Bruce Campbell’s commentary, this film was never actually (or at least widely) released in movie theaters,” Romano tells us. “We all caught up with this on tape and on cable, back in the 1980s. I still have my VHS copy, which I’ve watched at least 20-30 times over the years, it being one of my very favorite Raimi Movies. I’m the guy who can literally quote chapter and verse from the dialogue. You need to know this about me because today I watched the Shout! Factory Blu-ray edition for the first time, and it turns out this is sourced from a print that is actually more than SIX MINUTES longer than the version I’ve known and loved for so long. While not pointed out in the packaging, advertising, or even in Campbell’s commentary, there are two scene extensions and one entire five-minute sequence that were cut from the original release version and appear here for the VERY FIRST TIME in more than 30 years.”
For die-hard fans, the scenes are as follows:
Upon doing a little digging with the powers-that-be, Romano uncovered the following info:
“[Shout! Factory] sourced the Blu-ray from original negative materials, preparing an all-new hi-def master because the film had never been released previously on DVD or any other digital format. The negative materials they found in the vault go back to the very first answer cut of the movie, which I assume was supposed to be the theatrical version for US and foreign markets. The version eventually released in the States was cut by six minutes by the studio and is the version most of us are familiar with. Because of Cliff McMillian’s tireless efforts at Shout! in getting this weird little classic out, we’re actually seeing a “lost” version of the film never before seen in America.”
Thanks for the heads-up, brother! And there you go, kids! Order your copy below!
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