Tromeo & Juliet (Stomp Visual) (1996) (NTSC)
Main Menu Audio & Animation-Animated Menus with Audio
Audio Commentary-Director's Commentary
Deleted Scenes-Deleted Scenes
Interviews-Cast & Crew-Truth or Dare with the Cast
Interviews-Cast & Crew-Lemmy from Motorhead
Trailer-All I Learnt About Filmmaking I Learnt From The Toxic Avenge
Featurette-Ula and Sarka, Pain-Proof Rubber Girls, take on Shakespeare
Trailer-Aroma Du Troma
Featurette-Public Service Annoucement
Custom Play-Interactive Tour of Troma Studios
|Year Of Production||1996|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
With a nod to the 1936 George Cukor film Romeo and Juliet (also ripped off by Baz Luhrmann for his 1996 effort), Tromeo and Juliet opens with a montage of all the characters subtitled with their names and relation to the central couple, before entering into the lives of the Capulets and Ques with young Sammy Capulet (Sean Gunn, Kirk from Gilmore Girls) trying to sleep with his sister. Following this is a lizard consuming a mouse, a close-up of a nipple piercing, and an unfortunate incident involving a paper guillotine and fingers, setting the scene for the most subversive and funny take on Shakespeare yet, executed in loving Troma fashion.
Substituting every risque element from the original play with unimaginable perversity, Tromeo and Juliet is an incredible cinematic experience that pretty accurately follows the original story, with a more modern and extreme bent. Torn between their warring families are Tromeo (Will Keenan) and Juliet (Jane Jensen), star crossed lovers who threaten to end the clan rivalry that seems mostly due to Juliet's deranged, molesting father, but is carried on by angry kin whose hatred is spawned from nothing but itself. The hope of young loves leads to plans of escape, but the rage and violence can end only in tragedy. Or, you know, incest, and deformed children!
While often crude and repellant, the film's script is actually quite intelligent, working as both a modern take on the play as well as criticism of Shakespeare's work and the moral complications facing both Elizabethan and modern eras. Fragments of the original Shakespeare script are often featured in the dialogue, as well as some amusing, if amateurish, satire, resulting in some hilarious moments (the “balcony” scene has to be seen to be believed). Genuinely romantic scenes are interrupted to reapply bondage gear; meanwhile the constant nudity and sex scenes are so gratuitous that they border on being pornography. You don’t even want to know what the hell the “Glass Box” scenes refer to. (“Father had this room soundproofed when I was 8, so the neighbours wouldn’t hear the screaming.” Can’t remember that line from the original Shakespeare!)
This is, to my mind, Troma's opus - a multilayered, extremely funny film with no boundaries whatsoever - it crosses every line, and then some, and never fails to be funny, and subversive. With that in mind, it's for a specific audience only (particularly one with a high tolerance for violence), but those people will find a lot to offer from this excellent movie.
The video transfer is average, on the same level as other low budget Troma releases. The film often looks grainy, with very poor black levels (a good example is at 40:15) and constantly changing light and colours. Some scenes appear extremely overexposed (24:01) whereas others appear very bland and colourless (29:06).
Film artefacts are present across the DVD, and there are interlacing issues present due to the NTSC transfer. As mentioned prior in Troma reviews, this is the original way to view the film - interlacing issues aside, watching Tromeo and Juliet in shiny pristine HD just isn't right. In the upcoming Grindhouse, Tarantino and Rodriguez have gone out of their way to mess up the images in their movies to make them look like this, to bring out that B-grade feeling and atmosphere. Although it isn't great from the technical standpoint, it is exactly what is intended to view the film.
No subtitles are available on this DVD.
The audio track is well presented with good levels of all music, dialogue and narrator, as well as the lovingly violent sound effects and decapitations and so forth. For a low budget film, it is well mixed and features no sync issues.
The soundtrack itself is a great mix of modern rock music and more tragic, epic pieces contrasting with off-the-wall bubble gum pop motifs that play off the plot twists and incredible weirdness. You will remember the music just as you remember the film's incredibly memorable scenes.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video transfer is of average quality, which is consistent for Troma releases.
The sound is a great stereo mix.
The extras are plentiful and give a good look behind the scenes as well as a variety of other fun tidbits.
To my mind, this is a masterpiece and the best film Troma has ever made, but it is definitely for those with a high tolerance for the extreme.
|DVD||LG LH-D6230, using Component output|
|Display||Benq PE7700. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Speakers||B&W LCR 600 S3 (Front & Centre); B&W DM 600 (Rears); B&W ASW500 (Sub)|