Martin (Arrow Video)

Production year: 1976

Release date: 06/21/10
Collection number: 891

Arrow week continues tonight with the Romero favorite Martin.  This is a film I haven't seen in years so I was more than happy to revisit it tonight.  Arrow's release of the film is easily the best available and even includes an Italian cut of the film titled "Wampyr."  I'll get more into the Italian cut later on as I'd like to focus primarily on the theatrical cut.

Martin is an interesting film.  It centers around a man who believes himself to be an 84 year old vampire.  He stalks women, he drinks blood, he confesses his crimes to an old radio show.  Martin moves in with his elderly cousin in hopes to curb his blood lust, though it proves to be somewhat unsuccessful.  Like a lot of Romero's older movies it's very complex.  It's a horror film, though it's also a study on a deranged young man.  Is he a vampire or is he just psychotic?  This question is ultimately left up to the viewer.

Though not a typical vamp film it's definitely more interesting than some that were released during this time period.  It's often overshadowed by Romero's other films and while it might have a hard time living up to Night of the Living Dead I consider it one that is not to be missed.

Included in the set
- 4 sleeve art options
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Exclusive Collector’s Booklet
- Set of 6 original poster art postcards
- Theatrical Cut in 5.1 and Stereo sound
plus choice of 4:3 and 16:9 presentations
- Original Theatrical trailer
- Wampyr: The Italian Cut  featuring legendary Goblin Score
- European Romero Documentary
- The audio recollections of Romero, Savini, Gornick and Rubinstein
- ‘Making Martin’:A recounting documentary
- Original TV and Radio Spots
- Martin Photo Album 

I'm sure some of you are curious about how the Italian versions stacks up against the US cut.  There's not a whole lot of difference honestly, the film is cut a little different with some of the beginning train scenes appearing later in the film.  The most noticeable difference is the score, Goblin also provides the music this time around.   As far as superiority goes, I lean towards the US cut, I love Goblin but I really enjoy the subtlety of the music in the US version better.  Their score just seems...Out of place.

Martin is an interesting film, while it might not be Romero's best it's very far from his worst.  It's only real downfall was being sandwiched between the release of George's two biggest films.  Because of this it's often overlooked.  Arrow did a great job with their "Immortal Edition" and it is completely worth importing.

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