Troma rinses off and repackages their most enduring franchise in the new Toxic Avenger Collection, also know as the “Tox Set”, with a 4K UHD eight-disc boxed set containing all four of the original Toxic Avenger films.
The four films (by directors Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman) span from the video store and cable cult classic original’s debut in 1984, to the three subsequent sequels (two from 1989 and the last a decade later in 2000) are fully on display in the collection, with enough extras to satisfy even the most jaded Toxic fan.
When it comes to 4K UHD quality on the “TA in 4K” set, each of the four movies in this collection is presented on its own disc and framed in 1.85.1 widescreen. And let’s be honest, no one is expecting a pristine transfer (and doesn’t that take a little away from the Troma esthetic anyways?) or even a marked improvement in terms of viewing quality, but they definitely do take advantage of the format., especially when it comes to color contrasts and brightness. The audio has also been upgraded, and subtitles in English are available on each and every disc as well.
Most of the extras are taken from previous releases, but they have never before been available in one place. The first 4K disc features a new introduction from Toxie’s father (Kaufman) who talks about the film’s UHD debut. There are also two commentary tracks, the first from Kaufman himself and the second from director of public relations Joe Narode with cast members Gary Schneider, Robert Pritchard and Dan Snow.
The Toxic Avenger Blu-ray version includes the same two commentary tracks above and the original Blu-ray into from Kaufman. The disc ports over all of the interviews that were on the most recent Blu-ray release with Prichard, Snow, Herz, Jennifer Baptiste, Mark Torgl, and Mitch Cohen discussing their involvement and work on the film.
A behind the scenes photo gallery, the two minute “40 Years Of Troma” featurette, and trailers for all four Toxic Avenger movies and Return To Nuke ’em High are also included on the Blu-ray.
The Toxic Avenger II UHD disc provides another quick new intro from Kaufman and another insightful commentary track from Kaufman as well.
The Toxic Avenger II Blu-ray continues the trend of including more special features than the UHD discs, with the same Kaufmann commentary, and in-character interview with The Avenger entitled “At Home With Toxie”, an interview with Lisa Gaye about her role as Malfaire, and a three minute “Toxie On Japanese” TV segment. Additional bonus material such as a featurette entitled “The American Cinematheque Honors 40 Years Of Troma”, the “Radiation March” short film, the original DVD intro to the film, and more trailers.
The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie UHD opens with a new prologue by Kaufman and two commentaries by Kaufman and Herz’s alter-ego, Joe “Flieshaker.”
Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie Blu-ray reproduces the commentary tracks and adds featurettes like “Tromoma”, “Make Your Own Damn Horror Film”, “A Halloween Carol”, and an inexplicable two minute ‘infomercial’ for Rabid Grannies.
The most recent entry in the franchise, Toxic Avenger IV: Citizen Toxie UHD, starts with, you guessed it, a new prologue by Kaufman and subsequent commentary tracks by the director, producer Trent Haaga, and editors Friedman and Sean McGrath.
And last, but certainly not least, the eighth disc, Toxic Avenger IV: Citizen Toxie Blu-ray includes the three hour-long Apocalypse Soon documentary about the making of Citizen Toxie, providing insight into what a Troma shoot actually looks like and the legacy of the character and the company.
There is also an eight minute Tribute to Motorhead’s Lemmy and his contributions to different Troma productions, a vintage intro from Kaufman from the last release, and trailers.
While the films are guilty pleasures of the highest order, the extras are really what sells these type of box set collections, and unless you own all of the previous editions, the “one-stop-shopping” aspect of the Tox Set is certainly appealing. With hours of extras, the set is worth the investment for hardcore Toxie and Troma aficionados.
The Toxic Avenger Collection: Tox Set 4K UHD edition is currently available from all fine purveyors of cinematic gold.