Not since the days of P.T. Barnum, has there been an entertainment based showman with the passion, exuberance, and ability to blow things out of proportion with publicity, since the great master of schlock horror, Lawrence Woolsey (1917-1979).
Known for his theatrical stunts – nurses standing at the ready for films too frightening to survive, dummies rigged to travel above an audience, electrical contacts beneath theater seats – Mr. Woolsey made theater-going great fun, especially for teens.
Woolsey, always seemed to have a cigar in his mouth, and a personality bigger than life.
In 1992, Joe Dante created a loving biography to Mr. Woolsey in the form of Matinee, a sweet-natured film, that places many of Mr. Woolsey’s frightening creatures at the fore, along with the man himself, played by John Goodman.
Great fun, and nice to finally have on Blu-ray courtesy of Shout Factory’s Select label, which adds some nice extras, along with the original version of Mant (1962), as excerpted in the film.
The Blu-ray is a quality affair, with proper color, density, a light sheen of grain, and a clean image.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA)
Pass / Fail – Pass