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The Haunted World Of Edward D. Wood Jr.
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How could it be that Ed Wood, Jr., the young man who wore a woman's bra and panties at the Battle of Tarawa in World War II, went on to become the Orson Welles of low-budget films? Through film clips, still photos and extensive interviews with the bizarre cadre of actors, ministers and girlfriends who were involved in such projects as Woods' "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and "Glen or Glenda?," this feature film explores the man and the cult legend that has sprung up since his death. Wood's status as the Worst Filmmaker of All Times has brought him posthumous acclaim in both the film and art worlds--a recognition hardly imaginable to the man who died penniless and unknown in the late 1970s.
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Haunted World boldly claims that these people haven't spoken out for 20 years. Obviously this is wishful nonsense, since most of the actors appeared in the four year older Ed Wood bio-pic "Flying saucers over Hollywood", and were also interviewed by Rudolph Grey for his book. Haunted World does not mention any of these, and those of the cast who mention Tim Burton's movie do so only to complain about their own portrayal. One gets the uneasy impression that the main motivation behind "Haunted World" is to allow the actors to paint a more flattering picture of themselves than Burton did.
Haunted World never really takes off. It does not have the spontaneity of "Flying saucers" and has a strange phobia of leaving the studio. Where "Flying Saucers" took us on location, 'haunted world' has only miniatures of the exact same locations.
It must be noted that the main reason for making this movie was Crawford Thomas' initiative to release the 22-minute "Crossroads of Laredo". Co-produced with, and directed by Wood. It was never finished and the fragments were stored in Thomas' garage.Read more ›
This well produced documentary tracks his life through interviews with Wood co-workers (Crawford Thomas, Paul Marco, Harry Thomas, Gregory Walcott) friends (Joe Robertson, David Ward) and lovers (Dolores Fuller, Norma McCarty), film clips, home movies, and photographs.
The film has some flaws. Interviewees ramble off topic, they talk about Wood as if he were a great filmmaker, and his later, uglier output is barely mentioned. However, this is arguably the best Ed Wood documentary on the market.
The DVD looks fine considering the film stock it was made with. It sounds quite good. The real value of the disc lie in its extras, most notably the commentary, the reunion footage ("FIRST TIME IN 41 YEARS!" the box assures us), and the newly restored "Crossroads of Laredo," which was Ed Wood's first film.
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Anyone who has ever seen or heard of Edward D. Wood, Jr. knows what he or she is getting into before the opening credits. Read morePublished on March 3 2003
A very touching film about a very nice man,who happened to be a lousy director..but he had heart,and he was a decent fellow,it seems. Read morePublished on May 30 2002 by ellafan
Director Brett Thompson has done a fabulous job giving us the life of the man once dubbed the Worst Director in Hollywood. Read morePublished on July 28 2000
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