Ed Wood's long lost film, 'Take It Out on Trade', to receive Blu Ray release

After remaining unseen for almost 50 years, Ed Wood's 'Take It Out On Trade' is being remastered from the original 16mm for release in theaters and Blu Ray.


                            Ed Wood's long lost film, 'Take It Out on Trade', to receive Blu Ray release

A long-lost film by legendary, cult B-movie maker Ed Wood will be coming to screens across the world this fall. Shot in just three days (no surprises there) during January of 1970, 'Take It Out on Trade' has remained unseen for almost 50 years, but is now finally coming to the big screen as well as receiving a receive via Blu Ray/DVD.

The release comes thanks to Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, and Something Weird. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, AGFA purchased a film scanner to create new digital transfers of titles from the Something Weird library. 'Take It Out in Trade' is the fifth release of dozens in this partnership, following 'The Zodiac Killer,' 'Bat Pussy,' Ed Wood’s 'The Violent Years,' and 'Godmonster of Indian Flats.'

'Take It Out on Trade' is dubbed as "a surreal sexploitation detective comedy that would feel right at home on a triple-bill with John Waters’s 'Multiple Maniacs' and Russ Meyer’s 'The Immoral Mr. Teas.'" With delirious narration by Wood himself, positive depictions of LGBTQ relationships, and a miraculous role by Ed Wood in drag as “Alecia,” the film is a "joyous swan song from one of the most seminal exploitation filmmakers of all time."

'Take It Out in Trade' will screen in theaters around the world beginning on November 1, 2018. The Blu-ray/DVD combo will be released on November 13, 2018.

 

Official poster for Ed Wood's 'Take It Out on Trade'.
Official poster for Ed Wood's 'Take It Out on Trade'.

“For decades, we’ve dreamed about discovering film elements for 'Take It Out In Trade,'” said AGFA director Joe Ziemba. “We’re honored to help the world reassess Ed Wood’s importance as a ground-breaking queer filmmaker through our release of this movie with Something Weird.”

The Blu-ray/DVD combo has plenty of extras for Ed Wood nerds to get excited about. It comes with a 2K preservation from the only 16mm theatrical print of the film in existence; a commentary track with filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey, and AGFA’s Joseph A. Ziemba; outtakes; exclusive liner notes by Grey; and a bonus film, 'The Love Feast' (1969) starring Ed Wood, scanned in 2K from an original 35mm theatrical print. You can pre-order the film here.

Edward Davis Wood Jr., more popularly known as Ed Wood, is sometimes called the worst filmmaker of all times, and the brains behind the classic cult B-movie, 'Plan Nine From Outer Space.'  After cutting his teeth with low-budget films in the science fiction, comedy, and horror genres in the 1950s, Wood proceeded to make 'sexploitation' movies in the 60s and 70s and wrote over 80 pulp crime, horror and sex novels. 

In 1975, he was awarded a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time, which threw him into the spotlight again, garnering a massive global cult following. Wood was immortalized on screen in the 1994 biopic 'Ed Wood' by Tim Burton which starred Johnny Depp as the ambitious cult filmmaker. The film won two Academy Awards the following year. 

 

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton on the sets of 'Ed Wood' (1994). (Image Source: Twitter)
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton on the sets of 'Ed Wood' (1994). (Image Source: Twitter)