Tales from the Hood
"Tales from the Hood" (1995)

Stack (played by Joe Torry), Ball (played by De'aundre Bonds) and Bulldog (played by Samuel Monroe Jr.) are three lowlife drug dealers that arrive at a local mortuary, curated by the eccentric Mr. Simms (played by Clarence Williams III). Simms says he found some drugs in the alleyway and the gangsters are there to pick up the lost stash, but there is a little more that Simms has for the three than just the drugs. While walking through the building, there are various caskets with various bodies, each having a story to tell. As an eager storyteller, Simms delightfully indulges the gangsters with their tales, ranging from racial violence, monstrous abuse, experimental terror, and more...

"Tales from the Hood 2" (2018)

Mr. Beach (played by Bill Martin Williams), the president of the Beach corporation develops a new robot warrior with the skill to learn from first and second hand sources and human interaction. Ready to give the robot additional intelligence through moral tales, Mr. Simms (played by Keith David) is hired to tell his blend of witty and horrifying tales of terror, dealing with deadly sins of past deeds and the black experience.


2xBD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:37:21, 01:50:28 | 41 Gb + 38 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Extras:

DISC ONE

-- Audio commentary by co-writer / director Rusty Cundieff
This 2017 commentary has Cundieff recalling the production for the first film. He talks about each of the special effects sequences, giving away secrets as well as what cuts had to be made to achieve an R-rating. He also discusses how the film was made, the importance of including social issues within each story, and much more. This commentary was recorded for the 2017 US Shout! Factory Blu-ray edition.
in English LPCM 2.0 with no subtitles

-- “Welcome to Hell: The Making of Tales from the Hood” documentary (56:13)
In this 2017 documentary, various members of the cast and crew recall the production of the first film, with Cundieff, Scott, the Chiodo brothers, Kenneth Hall, Corbin Bernsen, Anthony Griffith, and more being interviewed. They discuss the making of the film with the writing process, the hand made effects work by talented artists, the mad marketing of the film, how the film holds up, and the reactions, plus more. This documentary was originally part of the 2017 US Shout! Factory Blu-ray edition.
in 1080p AVC MPEG-4, in 1.78:1, in English LPCM 2.0 with no subtitles

-- Trailer
The original US theatrical trailer is presented here.
in 1080p AVC MPEG-4, in 1.33:1, in English LPCM 2.0 with no subtitles

DISC TWO

-- Interview with Darin Scott (18:48)
This new 2020 interview with Scott is moderated by Abigail Yartey, which talks about both the first and second films. Scott discusses the influences, the inspirations from reality, trends in black cinema, the rights issues the film had and more. Due to COVID-19 the interview had to be done remotely, and since this was done through computer screens and microphones there are times when the image is blocky and the audio cuts in and out.
in 1080p AVC MPEG-4, in English LPCM 2.0 with no subtitles

-- Interview with Rusty Cundieff (68:33)
In this 2020 interview moderated by Adam Murray, Cundieff talks about both films, about "Fear of a Black Hat" leading to Spike Lee's involvement, the importance of satire in storytelling, his first meeting with Scott, the troubles with the MPAA on the first film and the reshoots that had to be done with the second film, and much more.
in 1080p AVC MPEG-4, in English LPCM 2.0 with no subtitles

-- Gallery (5:00)
An automated slideshow featuring, storyboards, the original script with notes, and call sheets, from the first film, plus behind the scenes stills of the second film including shots of the deleted original ending, and poster designs.
in 1080p AVC MPEG-4

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