Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Return To Nuke 'Em High (Blu-ray Review) - Anchor Bay/Troma

Directed By: Lloyd Kaufman
Written By: Travis Campbell, Lloyd Kaufman, Derek Dressler, Casey Clapp, Aaron Hamel
Starring: Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Clay von Carlowitz
Color/85 Minutes/Not Rated
Region A

The Film
You may have been wondering what's been going on at Nuke 'Em High since the last film in series from legendary independent film studio Troma? Well, it has been two decades since we last strolled the hallowed halls of Tromvaville High, located right next to a nuclear power plant that caused the mayhem depicted in three previous films. The site of the nuclear power plant is now home to Tromorganics, a food company that is an entirely different type of "green" and has contracts with Tromaville High to serve their food.

Chrissy (Asta Paredes) runs a blog called Pollution Nerdz hellbent on exposing the shady shit going on around Tromaville. Her horndog boyfriend Eugene (Clay von Carlowitz) is always looking for action and has his mind on little else but Chrissy has her eye on the new rich girl Lauren (Catherine Corcoran) her loves her pet duck. These are the main students we follow around Tromaville High along with the nerdy Glee Club, and various other characters until Taco Tuesday, when the radiation exposed, green glowing tacos are served and mutate the Glee Club in to the violent marauding gang called The Cretins. The Cretins reign terror down on Tromaville, terrorizing students, parties and even pets. The Cretins are on a warpath and something isn't right with Chrissy and Lauren but we're a long way from finished with this chapter of Tromaville High School's storied history!

With everything from duck rape, to melting bodies, blood-spraying dicks and a kid running around on fire RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH vol. 1 has it all. Fueled by the largely punk and metal soundtrack, along with one of the best theme songs ever, this movie proves that after almost 40 years Troma isn't even close to being done. Lloyd Kaufman returns to the director's chair for this non stop splatter and laugh fest, overflowing with fart jokes, boobs and gore. His cast includes a bunch of relatively unknown names, nothing new for Troma but the entire cast pours their love into the film. Asta Paredes is incredibly likeable as our lead, nailing the slightly confused and socially aware Chrissy while Clay von Carlowitz brings the hilarious Eugene to life and creates one of the most ridiculous car sex scenes I've ever witnessed. With cameos from Lemmy and Stan Lee it seems that everyone is on board with how awesome this movie is. If this is only the first half of the full story then I'm scared I won't be able to handle how much fun volume 2 will be. RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH is one of Troma's best films ever.

The Audio & Video
Anchor Bay gives RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH Vol 1 the HD treatment with Troma-endous success! There is strong detail level, and excellent color reproduction. This is a colorful film and they pop naturally. Skin tones are not at all waxy and are wonderfully natural. On the sound side of things the stereo track sounds great from hilarious and gross sound effects to the awesome soundtrack. It is well mixed and rounds out an excellent technical presentation.

Please note: Images do NOT represent the quality of this disc and are meant to represent the movie itself only. 

The Extras
As the old Troma DVDs said this disc is packed with "Tromatic extras" such as:

-Audio commentary with actors: Zac Amico, Clay von Carlowitz, Catherin Corcoran, Stuart Kiczek, and Asta Paredes
-Audio commentary with director Lloyd Kaufman, producer Justin A. Martell, executive producer Matt Manjourides, associate producer Regina Katz, and writer Travis Campbell
-"Casting Conumdrum" - a look at Troma's casting process for RTNEH
-"Pre-production Hell with Mein-Kauf (man)"
-"Special (Ed) Effects" - The effects and props of RTNEH
-"Cell-U-Lloyd Kaufman: 40 Years of TROMAtising The World"
-Architects Of Fear "Edison Device" music video
-Trailer for Volume 2

The Bottom Line
Are you a Troma fan? Are you a fan of gross-out horror films heavy in stupid humor, tits and debauchery? Are you awesome? If you answered yes to any of these questions you'll be doing yourself a favor by purchasing this disc. Long live Troma.

RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH vol 1 is available HERE

And bonus fun, here's a video Q&A I was able to get with Asta Paredes and Clay von Carlowitz done last year! 

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