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Stack, Ball and Bulldog arrive at a local funeral parlor to retrieve a lost drug stash held by the mortician Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III). But Mr. Simms has plans for the boys. He leads them on a tour of his establishment, introducing them to his corpses. Even the dead have tales to tell and Mr. Simms is willing to tell them all. And you better listen – because when you’re in the ‘hood, even everyday life can lead to extraordinary terror.

talesfromthehoodbluStudio: Shout Factory!
Year: 1995
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Run time: 98 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

The first story, as others have said, is arguably the weakest. The concept in itself isn’t terrible but the execution is poor. The Evil White Cops do a good job of reinforcing the ugly stereotype that most police officers are sadistic racists out to brutalize minorities while hiding behind their badges. Despite this, the story manages to carry a “nothing-new-but-I’ll-watch-to-see-what-happens” force… up until the climax. I am not one to dismiss a film because of dated special effects, but what takes place in the final scene looks too ridiculous to take seriously. And keep in mind the full effect was censored on the version I saw. Overall, it’s pathetic and predictable.

The second story is much better, owing in no small part to a surprising performance by comedian David Allen Grier that’s anything but amusing. The concept behind the story is more creative than that of the previous story, and the climax is interesting if a bit predictable; as others have said, there is a distinct ‘Twilight Zone’ feel to the entire section. There was very little laughter as I watched this part of the movie. The third has a Ku Klux Klan man buying an old Southern mansion where he is attacked and killed by little dolls containing the souls of the black people who were killed by whites. The fourth deals with a black youth being cured of his violent behavior with very extreme tactics.

Movie Quality: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are strong throughout looking great which I did not expect. Black levels are not that great which this print would have benefited from greatly. Clarity is decent with details being a huge improvement over the DVD release. There is some grain which is consistent. The one issue with this release is the dirt and white specs that are present. I will give props for a well done transfer which I didn’t expect.
Print Quality: 8/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix. This is not an audio mix that you will go in expecting huge things from the soundfield as it is primarily a 2.0 audio mix. The dialogue is clean and clear through the center channel with no apparent issues. I was rather happy with the way the film sounded considering that this was a mix between dialogue and action centric film. I do feel like this film could have benefited from a 5.1 mix.
Print Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • NEW Welcome To Hell: The Making Of TALES FROM THE HOOD – Featuring Interviews With Director/Writer Rusty Cundieff, Producer/Writer Darin Scott, Actors Corbin Bernsen, Wings Hauser, Anthony Griffith, Special Effects Supervisor Kenneth Hall, And Doll Effects Supervisors Charles Chiodo And Edward Chiodo
  • Audio Commentary With Director/Writer Rusty Cundieff
  • Vintage Featurette
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

The movie has it’s share of gore, but uses horror to show viewers that the sociological, economical, and racial problems in this country are more horrifying than any idea a writer can produce.
Overall Rating: 8/10