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  • Actors: Louise Lasser, Paul L. Smith, Brion James, Sheree J. Wilson, Edward R. Pressman
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: May 14 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00BCMT1I2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,450 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In a slapstick spoof of hitmen and crime stories, the head of a security systems company is bumped off by two gonzo exterminators who have gone from stomping out pesky varmints to stomping out human targets. The exterminators go after the partner who hired them and his blatantly obnoxious wife (Louise Lasser) and, in the meantime, frame a poor security guard (Reed Birney) for the murder of the company boss.

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This movie was so goofy it left me in stiches.
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"Crimewave" is disowned by film director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead Trilogy, Spider Man Trilogy, A Simple Plan) due to cutting the movie way down, not having his original choice for film composer, Bruce Campbell not being the leading actor and not having his editor as well. "Crimewave" was a tough movie to shoot. Since it was his first Hollywood (Low Budget) Production. Still, "Crimewave" does have that independent feeling for most of the time. Written by the director and the Coen Brothers!

"Crimewave" has rather incoherent story that has flashes of dark comedy, style and romance. It is a tribute to 1940's film noir, although the story is set in 1983! The cast is good, Campbell is a hoot in his supporting role as a cheap womanizer. Since this movie was hard to find for years. In the last ten years or so... "Crimewave" has become an cult classic of sorts. It is still far from a perfect movie but it has plenty of Raimi's touches.

Blu-ray has an pretty good 1080P anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an decent DTS 2.0 HD Mono Sound. Blu-ray includes commentary track by Bruce Campbell and moderated by Michael Felsher, three featurettes:interviews with the two cast members and Producer of the movie, photo gallery and the original theatrical trailer. DVD is included as well, but the sound on the DVD is Stereo! comparing to the Blu-ray!!!

"Crinewave" is pretty good movie, it has a lot of style, some heart but not much of a premise. It is a exercise in style. Grade:B+.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa5a057a4) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f64cb4) out of 5 stars This is a "DIRECTOR'S CUT" of a classic. June 23 2013
By Action Jackson - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Here's something you should know about the new release of Sam Raimi's CRIMEWAVE, folks:

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. 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 now this about me, because today I ran the SHOUT! FACTORY Buy-ray edition for the first time (a thing of real beauty!), 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 darn-near 30 years. For die-hard fans, these scenes are as follows:

At 42:29, there is an additional bit of dialogue as Nancy complains about her bad night with Vic, just before she's hit with the mud.

At 51:51, there is an entire additional scene that last almost five minutes, depicting Vic returning to the apartment and being "rejected" by Nancy, who he can't really see, because she's behind a door, bound and gaged by Arthur Coddish. Vic then walks out of her apartment, glum and rejected. It's actually a crucial missing bit in the film, kind of the turning point, in which Vic thinks he's been spurned by the girl of his dreams, but of course it's one big "bedroom farce-style" misunderstanding. In the original release cut (and also in this version), the deleted scene is later referenced on the bridge, just after the film's climax, when Vic says "I went in your room and thought you didn't care about me." I always wondered what he was talking about back in the day, because that scene NEVER HAPPENED in the original release version.

And, finally, at 1:11.04 . . . there is a final scene extension, just before Arthur Coddish is killed, when Vic tries to trick him before the overpass hits. I won't spoil it, but it's a pretty lame joke.


13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa58bc378) out of 5 stars Dark Comedy Tweeked by Hollywood. Nov. 3 2002
By tvtv3 - Published on
Sam Raimi is the man. SPIDER-MAN surpassed just about everyone's predictions and is the biggest hit of the year (2002) so far (HARRY POTTER and THE TWO TOWERS may knock Spidey off, though). However, Raimi always was the man. He, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell parlayed their little independent film (EVIL DEAD) into a great franchise and used it to start their careers.
CRIMEWAVE was the first major feature for all involved after EVIL DEAD. The film was written by Raimi and two other quirky directors, the Coen Brothers. The movie was largely filmed in Detroit and the lead character was originally written specifically for Bruce Campbell (you can just picture how much better the movie would have been with Campbell in the lead role instead of the no name they cast instead). However, that was before Tinsletown took over. Campbell was scrapped as the lead, but Raimi kept him on in a supporting role. A new beginning and ending was filmed because "audiences just won't get it otherwise" and Raimi and company lost some editing control over the final product. The film was also plagued by all sorts of conflicts and from what I've gathered wasn't the most pleasant of shoots.
The end result is CRIMEWAVE, a quirky little dark comedy that if left alone would have been much better. The movie itself is full of humor on a variety of levels. The direction is intriguing and the acting is campy. The film would probably be PG by todays standards and only contains a handful of "foul" language and largely "cartoon" violence.
If you are a fan of Raimi, the Coens, or Campbell, this film is a must see. Also, if you like dark comedies full of slapstick humor you will probably enjoy it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa58bc414) out of 5 stars Now That's Comedy! June 14 2002
By David B. Isbell - Published on
This is one of my all-time favorite comedies. Louise Lasser and Sam Raimi have gone out of their way to make this film look as much like a cardboard box-propped B movie as you could get. So it's cheap! Hurray for this kind of cheap! What is the era? It has the feel of a mid-60's film, but with a splash of early 80's and mid-40's hair styles, huge clunky 70's tuna boat cars in close up scenes and 50's style automobiles packed in a few outside scenes, with big band swing music from the early 20th century. This movie capitalizes on sheer stupidity and pulls it off rather well. Don't expect an "Airplane" or "Naked Gun" brand of foolishness. This is in a class all it's own. I wish there were other films like this. My heart was broken to find that the only DVD it is available on is a region 2 coded European disc with no English option. Watch this film only if you enjoy lame comedy and don't mind laughing at things that make other people think you're not playing with a full deck.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa58bc5a0) out of 5 stars Is it silly or funny? June 7 2011
By Israel Drazin - Published on
Whether or not you like this film depends on if you thunk it is silly or funny. It is certainly not a laugh out loud film and most of the events are improbable; that is, as improbable as a three stooges flick. Three out of the box, innovative film makers wrote it and released it in 1986. A nerdy, unintelligent, shlemiel, and shlemazal is determined to win a girl he helps in a near automobile accident. The car is driven by one of two maniacs, killers for hire, who are the funniest/silliest figures in this film noir. Everything goes wrong for the romantic jerk, begining with a punch in the face and ending in nearly being killed. The two madmen are hired by one partner to kill another partner, but the boobs accidentily/foolishly kill him as well, and then go on a violence spree begining with the attempted murder of the wife of the partner who saw them do the killing and ending in them trying to murder the jerk's sweetheart.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa58bc6e4) out of 5 stars Crimewave Fun!! Aug. 22 2004
By SnapesImp - Published on
I LOVE this movie! I have had it on vhs since it first came out.

Reed Birney is adoribly innocent & dorky playing Vic in the lead role. But Brion James & Paul Smith stole the show playing the pest patrol baddies...getting rid of pesty people too. The cast is sweet, but the comedy is a silly dark crazy adventure. This movie is a classic funny movie. If you haven't seen it, give it a'll be a dorky zanie ride! Even my 78 year old dad loved it for laughs, and he's got every new movie released!

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