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Toxic Avenger: Director'S

Andree Maranda , Mitch Cohen , Lloyd Kaufman , Michael Herz    Unrated   DVD
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The most widely known of Troma Films' stable of low-budget exploitation, The Toxic Avenger is an exuberantly crude poke at superheroes and monster movies, delivered with a healthy dose of cheap gags, splattery special effects, and T&A. It's also a genuinely funny film, and its no-holds-barred attitude has a grubby charm that eludes most gross-out comedies. The Toxic Avenger opens with an absurdly vicious crew preying upon Melvin, a nebbishy janitor. Their pranks land him in a vat of chemical waste, which transforms him into a lumpy monster that deals out gruesome revenge. Directors (and Troma company heads) Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz aim low in detailing "Toxie's" vengeance spree, and the subsequent carnage should please gorehounds. But they're also savvy enough recognize the film's limitations, and wisely camp things with plenty of slapstick. The result is a frantic and funny mess that should amuse even the most dour cult movie fan. --Paul Gaita

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As with most Troma DVDs, The Toxic Avenger is loaded with extras that were either shot specifically for the release or culled from their vaults. Codirector Lloyd Kaufman provides a very amusing (and loud!) commentary track that repeats and occasionally supplements many of the stories he told about the film in his terrific 1998 autobiography, All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger. A collection of missing footage, production stills, and trailers for other Troma titles fill out the archival material; the disc is rounded out by commentary by actor Mark Torgl (who played Melvin), a short "interview" with the Toxic Avenger, and clips from the animated series Toxic Crusaders. --Paul Gaita

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5.0 out of 5 stars GET IT TODAY April 11 2005
The Toxic Avenger is one of the most important films in independent cinema, and without it there would have been no Lord Of The Rings as we know it. Peter Jackson (only one of Hollywood's major directors who admits to be influenced by Toxie, filmstudio Troma and director Lloyd Kaufman) would never have made his earlier horror-flicks which made him famous enough to be chosen to direct this much too expensive series. The Toxic Avenger may have influenced many directors, it has never quite been surpassed in its originality and brilliance, which is even more surprising if you take into account that it was made for the price of Christopher Lee's breakfast on the set of LotR.
Lloyd Kaufman is a genius, and his films are trendsetting, innovative and completely original. The Toxic Avenger is the one that put his (and Michael Herz's) filmcompany Troma on the map and 30 years later they still survive as a truly independent studio, in spite of increasingly below-the-belt practices of the Major Conglomerates who don't really like to have any competition of someone who actually has ORIGINAL IDEAS. Besides Disney, Troma is the only filmcompany in the world that has a legion of fans who follow the Brand in itself. And such a thing can only happen if that brand has proven to be responsible for a continuous string of very special, innovating and high-quality products.
This release is a deserved tribute to one of Horrorfilm's icons. The Toxic Avenger turns 21 this month, and with three sequels to his name he is still more alive than he has ever been. Besides a wonderful TROMAMORPHIC widescreen presentation of the film (that has never looked better) this set offers hours of very interesting bonus-material which makes it quite difficult to turn off the TV set. There is a brand new Audio Commentary.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So atrociously bad, it's almost good. Almost... May 24 2003
From the production value, the acting, the direction, the annoying way in which the production company treats itself and it's audience, "The Toxic Avenger" may very well be the worst movie in the history of the Universe. Which is a rather dubious distinction considering "The Thin Red Line", and "Keeping the Faith" have been released in this time continuum.
The plot is fairly simple...Some dweeb works at a gym. People at the gym are mean to him. People at the gym pull practical joke on dweeb. Joke goes horribly wrong, and the dweeb is disfigured. Disfigured, the dweeb gets his revenge on the "mean people", and ends up with a girl (I'd say "the girl", but the girl, in this movie, was just some contrived plot device). The only plot twist is that the people who are deservedly mean to the dweeb (the dweeb is the sort of person anyone would pick on), are sadistic murders, who wantonly commit vehicular homicide during the evening, and are so blatantly bigoted, the Republican party will inevitably adopt them as their mascots in the not-too-distant-future.
But stangely enough, this film, which for all intents and purposes should never have been made, actually turns out almost watchable. The gratuitous sex draws in the teenage viewer with their raging hormones, and the very explicit violence draws in the conissuer's of violence, such as myself, who are always looking for the next "Evil Dead." While this movie is nowhere near as good as the "Evil dead", it is a comedy in the same vein as the ED. While bigoted hipster's, murdering defenseless children may seem repugnant, the way it is filmed, just seems so absurd, it actually becomes rather comical (the "head crushing" scene for instance).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melvin's on Fire! Melvin's on Fire! March 22 2003
For the ultimate cheese flick, you need look no further than this seminal 1986 film from Troma, the New Jersey film studio that specializes in [weak]cinema. Lloyd Kaufman and gang take deep pleasure in producing only the worst films money cannot buy, films loaded with gore, ..., and hammy acting. "The Toxic Avenger" is a bit different from the other garbage that Troma churns out, mainly due to its "so bad it's good" status. I first saw this film when it came out on video, in 1986 or 1987, and the gore scenes were my first real introduction into the grindhouse cinema world. When a DVD player appeared under the tree at Christmas this year, this was one of the first films I picked up. If anything, I actually thought the movie was better than when I first watched it, an upsetting revelation if there ever was one.
Poor, poor Melvin. He is a nerd who gets absolutely no respect from anyone in Tromaville. Our lovable geek spends most of his time mopping the floor at the local gym, where he inadvertently knocks people into the pool, slaps people with his mop, and horrifies the local ladies with his shlocky grin. Melvin really gets into trouble when he angers four of the local "beautiful" people. For nothing more than a few laughs, these four [people] decide to play a little joke on Melvin, a gag that takes a decidedly terrible turn for the worse when Melvin falls into a barrel of toxic waste. The result of this weird baptism is the Toxic Avenger, a muscle bound, tutu-wearing [strange guy] that decides to battle [the world] in Tromaville.
As Superman, Batman, and other superheroes know, battling [the world] can be a thankless job. The hours stink, someone in charge always thinks you are up to no good, and you have to hide your identity from loved ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the coolest thing ever?!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Marchandise absente
J'ai bien reçu le colis dans un délais plus rapide que prévu! Quel surprise en ouvrant le colis de m'apercevoir qu'il n'y avait aucun disque (dvd) dans la pochette... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steve Dumas
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Troma you are just so perfect
Troma has got to be the best studio out there. Pretty much all their movies (that have Lloyd/micheal working on them) are just perfectly hilarious. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrozzy134fest
1.0 out of 5 stars broken cd case
The discs were lose in the case. The pins holding the cds were broken
Published on May 7 2010 by Louise Clement
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god!!! It's the Toxic Avenger...
It all started with a Mop Boy...
His name was Melvin...
Hated by just about everyone, they tortured him. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Troma's best
This is definitely one of Troma's best. Peace out!
Published on Jan. 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah. What a relief.
A Horror-Comedy comparable to Dead Alive, Army of Darkness, Return of the Living Dead, and Re-Animator. The Toxic Avenger is a cheezy super hero movie, and that's the point. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by Tom Servo
4.0 out of 5 stars It's just excellent fun!
I fell in love with "Toxic Avenger" the very first time I saw it when it first came out. Wanted the DVD version and found it here on Amazon. Read more
Published on July 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece!
The Toxic Avenger is a great spoof on horror films and superhero films.When a practical joke is played on a nerdy health club janitor,he jumps out a window and lands in a barrel of... Read more
Published on April 3 2003 by Gitters
5.0 out of 5 stars the best ... B movie out there
this has to be my favorite movie in my collection of chessy horror flick this movie is great from the over the top action to the amazing true to life gorey special effect im not a... Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2002 by LEONARDO RAGUSA
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