Troma

Ahh, Troma. What needs to be said? Masters of manipulation when it comes to misleading movie titles and poster art. You can’t polish a turd, but Troma have time and time again given it their best.

I would have to assume my first exposure to Troma was the Toxic Avenger. It’s what made them a household name. From then, I guess I sought out other Troma titles on the video shelves, usually resulting in disappointment, but that would never deter future rentals. When pay TV first arrived in Australia, my grandparents signed up and my Papa would let us go through the monthly guide, circle any movies we wanted to see, and he would program the VCR to record them for us. There were always bags of VHS tapes going back and forth via my Dad. Arena used to air lots of Troma on their Graveyard Shift. Midnight on Fridays, if I recall correctly?

Once video stores started to sell off all their VHS tapes to make way for DVD, I picked up a few more titles for my own collection. The online Troma website had heaps of titles available on DVD, but the absolutely ludicrous postage charges (which, even now in 2014, haven’t changed!) made it hard to get Troma DVDs in Australia. Minotaur on Elizabeth St. had the US Troma imports but the prices were rather prohibitive.

Siren Entertainment (1997-1998)

Here’s a list of the VHS tapes put out by Siren in the late 90s. The sell-throughs were (mostly? or all) packaged with the black and gold Troma Collector’s Edition art.

August 11 1997:

TR4001 Blondes Have More Guns (rental)
TR4002 The Toxic Avenger (sell-through)
TR4003 Surf Nazis Must Die (sell-through)

September 8 1997:

TR4004 Femme Fontaine – Killer Babe for the CIA (rental)
TR4005 Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD (sell-through)
TR4006 Monster In The Closet (sell-through)

September – December 1997:

Blood Hook
Bugged
TR4009 Chillers
Chopper Chicks In Zombie Town
Maniac Nurses Find Ecstacy
The Toxic Avenger II
TR4014 Blood Sucking Freaks (sell-through)
TR4015 The Toxic Avenger III
Viewer Discretion Advised

January 1998:

Class of Nuke’em High
TR4018 Class of Nuke’em High II (sell-through)
Class of Nuke’em High III

February 1998:

TR4019 Cannibal! The Musical (rental)
TR4020 Rabid Grannies (sell-through)

April 1998:

Beware! Children At Play

May 1998:

TR4000 Tromeo And Juliet (sell-through)

Tribe / JJC Entertainment Pty Ltd (2000)

Tribe and JJC Entertainment were the first to put Troma onto DVD locally, and had a bit of a headache with the censors due to the Troma Intelligence Test included in the special features on most (all?) Troma titles. According to Refused Classification, not all of the titles they had planned ended up being released. Here’s what was available, I’m not sure if they all ended up being availble to purchase or not.

October 31 2000:

DVT 1 Drawing Blood *also released on VHS as VT8 (? unsure on cat#)
DVT 2 Cannibal! The Musical
DVT 6 Unspeakable
DVT 9 Tromeo And Juliet
DVT 10 The Chosen One
DVT 11 The Rowdy Girls
DVT 13 Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD
DVT 14 The Toxic Avenger
DVT 15 Hellblock 13

Bloodsucking Freaks
Class Of Nuke’em High
Surf Nazis Must Die

Stomp Visual (2005)

Tribe gave up on DVD not long after releasing those Troma titles and Stomp Visual were the next company to have a crack at it. They released 26 titles in total:

May 2005:

TRDVD1 Cannibal! The Musical
TRDVD2 The Toxic Avenger
TRDVD3 The Toxic Avenger II
TRDVD4 Surf Nazis Must Die
TRDVD5 Class Of Nuke’em High
TRDVD6 Bloodsucking Freaks
TRDVD7 Redneck Zombies
TRDVD8 Rabid Grannies
TRDVD9 Teenage Cat Girls In Heat

August 2005:

TRDVD10 Tromeo And Juliet
TRDVD11 Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD
TRDVD12 The Toxic Avenger III
TRDVD13 Chopper Chicks In Zombie Town
TRDVD14 Killer Condom
TRDVD15 Angel Negro
TRDVD16 Rockabilly Vampire
TRDVD17 Beware! Children At Play
TRDVD18 Drawing Blood

November 2005:

TRDVD19 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV
TRDVD20 Tales From The Crapper
TRDVD21 Terror Firmer
TRDVD22 Luther The Geek
TRDVD23 Troma Triple B-Header #1 (Blades; Blood Hook; Zombie Island Massacre)
TRDVD24 Hellblock 13
TRDVD25 Legend Of The Chupacabra
TRDVD26 The Chosen One: Legend Of The Raven

Jigsaw Entertainment (2010-2011)

Another five years later, and there was another batch of Troma titles released, this time by Jigsaw Entertainment/Gryphon. They rehashed a lot of the same previous titles, but it was nice to see a lot of new ones too. They were releasing them steadily month by month but it dried up by mid-2011 and there’s been nothing new since then. They released 43 titles in total (not counting the box sets).

September 22 2010:

J10648 The Toxic Avenger
J10655 The Toxic Avenger II
J10679 Killer Condom
J10686 Rabid Grannies
J10693 Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD
J10709 Tromeo And Juliet
J10716 Def By Temptation
J10723 Class Of Nuke’em High
J10730 Class Of Nuke’em High II

October 22 2010:

J11072 The Toxic Avenger III
J11089 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV
J11096 Class Of Nuke’em High III
J11102 Cannibal! The Musical
J11126 Surf Nazis Must Die
J11133 Hellblock 13
J11140 Angel Negro
J11157 Luther The Geek
J11164 Bloodsucking Freaks

November 19 2010:

J11416 Pot Zombies
J11423 Cyxork 7
J11430 Tales From The Crapper
J11539 Monster In The Closet

December 10 2010:

J11454 Body Parts
J11461 Killer Nerd / Bride Of Killer Nerd
J11478 Redneck Zombies
J11638 Terror Firmer

January 21 2011:

J11492 Buttcrack
J11508 The Butchers
J11515 The First Turn On
J11522 Igor And The Lunatics

February 18 2011:

J12017 Zombiegeddon
J12024 Troma’s War
J12031 Beware! Children At Play
J12048 Stuff Stephanie In The Incinerator

March 18 2011:

J12079 The Toxic Crusaders: The Complete Series
J12116 Combat Shock
J12123 Decampitated
J12130 Bloodspit

April 21 2011:

J12208 A Nocturne: Night Of The Vampire

May 20 2011:

J12383 Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead (DVD)
J12390 Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead (bluray)

June 17 2011:

J12956 Dark Nature

July 22 2011:

J12222 Demented Death Farm Massacre: The Movie
J13205 Dumpster Baby

December 15 2011:

J4813 The Tox Box (The Toxic Avenger Parts 1 to 4)
J4820 Class Of Nuke’em High Spill-ogy (CoNH Parts 1 to 3)
J4837 Troma Masterpiece Collection #1 (Tromeo And Juliet; Surf Nazis Must Die; Tales from the Crapper)
J4844 Troma Masterpiece Collection #2 (Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD; Troma’s War; Terror Firmer)

Unknown release date:

J7180 Doomsday Country

Anchor Bay Entertainment (2014)

It doesn’t look like this will be a series of Troma titles, but on January 15 2014 Anchor Bay Australia released Return To Nuke’em High Volume 1 onto DVD (no bluray version, though).

STX1791 Return To Nuke’em High Volume 1

Select DVD (2017)

Well, here we go again! This time we get a few (well, most of them are) on bluray.

May 17 2017:

SEL104 Cannibal! The Musical (DVD)
SEL105 The Toxic Avenger (BD)
SEL106 The Toxic Avenger Part 2 (BD)
SEL107 The Toxic Avenger Part 3 (BD)
SEL108 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (BD)
SEL109 Class Of Nuke’em High (BD)
SEL110 Class Of Nuke’em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown (BD)
SEL111 Tromeo And Juliet (BD)
SEL112 The Taint (BD)
SEL113 Rabid Grannies (BD)
SEL114 Bloodsucking Freaks (BD)
SEL115 Troma’s War (BD)
SEL116 Class Of Nuke’em High 3: The Good, The Bad And The Subhumanoid (BD)
SEL117 Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD (BD)

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