Finally...FINALLY...Hollywood Boulevard is here on DVD
Mark J. Sieber | Hampton, Virginia United States | 05/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is one of my all time favorite slices of cheese. It's from the heyday of Roger Corman's New World Pictures and features many of that stock company, like Paul Bartel, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov, etc.Two guys from Corman's trailer cutting department, Joe Dante and Allan Arkush, had a great idea: Cut action scenes from various New World Productions, add some comical footage, T&A, action, slasher mystery and a song by country rock legends Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, mix and stir and you have a wildly entertaining film. It's also one of the cheapest features ever produced by New World. The story concerns an aspiring starlet, played by the beautiful Candice Rialson, who arrives in Hollywood to seek fame and fortune. After a blundering robbery attempt by buffonish thieves who tricked her, she meets agent Walter Paisley (Dick Miller, using the same name as his character from Corman's classic, A Bucket of Blood), and becomes a stuntwoman for Miracle Pictures ("If it's a good picture, it's a miracle"), a thinly disguised parody of Corman's low budget grindhouse production company, New World. She then becomes a Miracles big star, and wacky filmmaking ensues. Not to mention a behind-the-scenes killer, adding mysterious spice to the events.This film is a lot of fun, worthy of many repeated viewings. At least for me. There are lots of industry in-jokes and gentle satire aimed at Roger Corman himself. It's never taken too seriously and every scene of it is delightful fun, especially for fans of Corman's particular brand of guerilla movie making. My only complaint is that Hollywood Boulevard 2 isn't included on the same disc. It's just as funny and entertaining as the first one. Here's hoping it will be among the next releases by Corman's New Concorde Home Video."
Commentary Junkies Get Out Your Cash
Chasemouse | 08/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you've seen this film you know that it's not great but it sure is fun. I was surprised to see Hollywood Boulevard get better treatment on DVD than some better quality films (As of this writing Citizen Kane has not been released on DVD) but that just makes this release all the more fun. The 3-way commentary by Joe Dante (Gremlins), Allan Arkush and Jon Davidson is what DVD commentaries are all about. They're funny, informative, and quite forthcoming with their feelings towards the film. An interesting passage occurs during Candice Rialson's rape scene. Everybody gets quiet. Clearly all were embarrassed by the scene. So much so they didn't know what to say except that all films of this nature had the obligatory rape scene. The stories about Paul Bartel and Roger Corman are a hoot. The disc looks and sounds as good as can be. If you're a fan of low budget fun this disc is worth your cash."
Brilliant parody of 70s B movies.
S. Spears | Florence, MA | 12/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lovely Candice Rialson, stars as aspiring actress, Candy Hope. Candy arrives in Hollywood, fresh from the Midwest. Candy is another naive starlet wanna-be, who is determined to carve out an acting career in Hollywood. She gets her wish, and signs a contract with Miracle Pictures. They're a dubious outfit, that churns out sleazy tits-and-ass flicks.
Candice finds herself cast in these low-grade films at Miracle, along with other voluptuous, budding young actresses. Veteran actress for Miracle, Mary McQueen, is a ferocious prima donna. And she doesn't take kindly, to competition from Candy and the other actresses working for Miracle.
Suddenly, several of the actresses at Miracle, start getting murdered, one-by-one. Meanwhile Candy, disgusted by the cavalier attitude of the head honchos at Miracle about the killings, wants to give-up stardom altogether. But Candy also finds her own life in danger, and gets embroiled in finding the culprit, responsible for slaying the other actresses.
Much like the film Airplane was a spoof of all those 70s airport movies, Hollywood Boulevard works brilliantly, as a parody of 70s B movies. Candice Rialson, herself a 70s B movie actress, was perfectly cast for the role of Candy Hope. Who could do better at playing a sexy B movie starlet, than Candice. In the role of Candy Hope, Candice was essentially playing herself. The gorgeous, statuesque B movie legend, Mary Woronov, gave a stellar performance as the villainous Mary McQueen.
This film is a real treat, for fans of both Candice Rialson, and Mary Woronov. These two actresses outshine their costars, from beginning to end, in this film. This movie is a fast-paced, satirical stab at the B movie industry, and the sexploitation films that were the meat and potatoes of it. This film isn't meant to be taken seriously. It's a fun romp, and recommended for 70s B movie fans."