Surf Nazis Must Die: Director's Cut (Stomp Visual) (1987) (NTSC)
Menu Animation & Audio
Introduction-Lloyd Kaufman (President Of Troma)
Featurette-Take The Tour Of Troma
Interviews-Crew-Peter George (Director)
Interviews-Crew-Robert Tinnell (Producer)
Trailer- Aroma Du Troma (Montage)
Featurette-Scenes From The Tromaville Cafe
Deleted Scenes-Lost Surf Scenes
|Year Of Production||1987|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Peter George|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The "storyline" follows the Surf Nazi gang as they do their Surf Nazi things alongside various interchangeable characters who do things related or unrelated to the plot, while the supposed protagonist, crazed old black lady Mama Washington (Gail Needy) settles into a retirement home and gives her carers sass. Her tune changes when her grandson is killed by the Surf Nazis, and she leaves the home to purchase weapons and go after the gang.The central problem with this film is that it's such a crude, shambling mess that it's less a film than a bizarre montage of unrelated events and surfing footage. The godd*** surfing footage. The film keeps cutting to it for no reason whatsoever: to bookend scenes, in the middle of scenes, whenever someone uses a vowel, and its always some people we've never seen before (or we have, whatever) surfing. There's nothing in the way of characters except for Mama, who's essentially a precursor to Tyler Perry's insufferable Madea character. The craft that went into this film is non-existant: everything appears to have been shot with one take, subsequently amateurish to the extreme; each "action sequence" is a lengthy, awful, never-ending never-convincing slow fight on the beach in which the slow movements show off that no one was even potentially hurt; everything is something that no one in their right mind would have ever attempted to commit to celluloid. The super-cheap boat-vs-Nazi finale is cheap and crude and actually makes me a little sad - I never thought it possible that I could describe something like boat-vs-Nazi as boring and uninspired and insipid, but there you go.
Surf Nazis Must Die gets off on the wrong foot with black/darkness problems as the film begins, which stresses how poor quality this transfer is to be. The film's dark scenes look terrible, either with nasty low level noise (12:55) or no detail whatsoever in darkness, just black (9:01). There's frequent film artefacts and other various problems, such as annoying telecine wobble (12:31) and odd issues with the colours changing within shots. It's an old film which hasn't been transferred well, and looks all the worse for it.
There are no subtitles.
Surf Nazis Must Die gets a better audio transfer than video, but that isn't really to the DVD's credit - this is a no-frills, workman-like competent audio track that delivers audible dialogue, effects and music but nothing else. There's some minor problems with drop-outs and changing audio levels, and there's certainly nothing in the way of surround, but all things considered this is fine.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video transfers is awful whereas the audio transfer is average and workmanlike.
The extras are the same as on every other Troma disc with few exceptions.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3 (HDMI 1.3) with Upscaling, using Component output|
|Display||Philips 47PFL9732D 47-inch LCD . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Logitech 5500 THX. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Amplification||Logitech 5500 THX|
|Speakers||Logitech 5500 THX|