Thursday, April 9, 2009
One of the most interesting releases of the year promises to be Troma's upcoming archival double-disc reissue of Buddy Giovinazzo's gruelling and quite unforgettable Combat Shock (1986). The fully loaded special edition set will include new interviews, a commentary track, a 40 minute documentary (featuring fellow directors William Lustig and John McNaughton among others praising and discussing the film), a modern look at the NYC locations of the film, plus the short Giovinazzo film Mr Robbie starring Joe Spinell. The real jewel of the set though is American Nightmares, the previously unreleased director's cut of the film which adds ten minutes to the running time. Troma has some splendid archival releases on the way this year, with the ferocious and undervalued Combat Shock being one of the best. The set will only be available for a limited time so fans of confrontational and uncompromising cinema should mark their calendars.