The Violent Years (1956) - The Hunt for Edward D. Wood, Jr.
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(1956)

The Violent Years - VHS, DVD
a.k.a. Female
a.k.a. Girl Gang Terrorists
a.k.a. Teenage Girl Gang

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Directed by William Morgan
Written by Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Wood regulars
Timothy Farrell
Harry Keaton

Additional cast
Joanne Cangi
Lee Constant
Glenn Corbett
Gloria Farr
Theresa Hancock
I. Stanford Jolley
F. Chan McClure
Bruno Metsa
Arthur Milan
Jean Moorhead
Barbara Weeks

Plot
Paula Parkins (Moorhead), a teenage girl neglected by her parents, leads her high school friends on a violent crime spree, leading to deadly results...
'Wood'-ness
Most likely Ed Wood's greatest original box office success. The dialogue is nice and convoluted and the lack of plot logic is classic Wood. Plays nicely opposite its sexier sister film, Fugitive Girls.
Best Line
"You're very observant, for a pretty boy." - Paula Parkins
File Under
Crime, Transvestitism

VIDEO RELEASES

THE VIOLENT YEARS

This is the most commonly used title for the movie. It has had several major video releases

VHS

The Violent Years (Hollywood Home Theater)This a specialty release from Hollywood Home Theatre.

The Violent Years (Something Weird)This is the original VHS edition from Something Weird Video.

The Violent Years (Something Weird)This is the current edition from Something Weird Video.

The Violent Years (Sinister Cinema)This is an edition from Sinister Cinema and may still be available.

The Violent Years (Rhino 1)This is the original edition from Rhino Home Video.

The Violent Years (Rhino 2)This is the first "Teenage Theater" edition from Rhino.

It features a shockingly unentertaining introduction by Mamie Van Doren.

The Violent Years (Rhino 3)This edition from Rhino is still available. It is the most commonly found version of The Violent Years.

It features the same Mamie Van Doren introduction as the original release.

It is recorded at SLP/EP mode, so the video quality is not the best.

PROS: Inexpensive.
CONS: Poor video quality. Annoying introduction.


The Violent Years (Admit One)This is a release from Admit One.

The Violent Years (Hypnotic)

Manufacturer: Hypnotic Video
Video Format: NTSC
Comments:


The Violent Years (Rhino - PAL)This is the PAL version of The Violent Years. It should still be available from amazon.de.

It features the same introduction as the Rhino NTSC edition.

DVD

The Violent Years / Girl Gang (DVD)This double feature edition (with Girl Gang) from Something Weird Video is still available. It can be purchased directly from Something Weird, but is also available at amazon.com.


The Violent Years (DVD)Manufacturer: Alpha Video
Year of issue: 2003
Video Format: Region 0
Extras: None.
Comments: A very cheap, quickie release. Appears to have tacked a new title sequence onto a different transfer (very clumsily). There is even a point where the film is mis-framed, but adjusts itself.

Avoid.


The Violent Years (Hypnotic)

Manufacturer: Hypnotic Video
Video Format: Region1 - NTSC
Comments:


The Ed Wood Collection - A Salute to IncompetanceManufacturer: Passport
Video Format: Region 1 - NTSC
Comments: This is a 2 disc DVD set that features six Ed films: Glen or Glenda, Jail Bait, Bride of the Monster, The Violent Years, Night of the Ghouls and Plan 9 From Outer Space.

It also features the same "Ed Wood Story" found on the previous Passport DVD of Plan 9.


FEMALE

As far as I can ascertain, this film never had a release on video under this title.

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GIRL GANG TERRORISTS

As far as I can ascertain, this film never had a release on video under this title.

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TEENAGE GIRL GANG

As far as I can ascertain, this film never had a release on video under this title.

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