.I received the limited 2-DVD set of Massacre Mafia Style direct from Jeffrey Mitchell (official website) today and I'm sorry to report the transfer looks like garbage. Apparently, a forum member over at AVManiacs received the following response from the producer of the disc, John R. Hard, about the DVD transfer's source (seen here):
"We're going to put out a press release later which will answer your questions regarding the video transfer and I'm going to go on AVManiacs and answer everyone's questions but right off the bat no, the DVD was not made from VHS."
Not made from VHS? Hooray for bullshiters because if this transfer wasn't VHS-sourced, then I'm the great Liberace. Dark, muddy, and murky. Riddled with print damage and vintage '80s magnetic tape haze. I'm willing to bet it's ripped straight from a good playing copy of the American Video Gems big box VHS entitled The Executioner. The DVD isn't even flagged for progressive playback; so you get nasty line combing with any movement. Sampling the healthy amount of supplemental material proves interesting, but for the Criterion Collection-heyday price of $35--this is absolute bullshit. It looks no better than the VHS or bootleg copies of said VHS copies that have been floating around for years. I wouldn't mind if this was the only source in existence, but I highly doubt that. Even the included trailer looks vastly better and is appropriately letterboxed. Unless you're a big fan of the feature, stay away, for those who've preordered here's John Hard's blog and the film's official website's email addy is firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you see it; you'll know what to do.