Ozone (Special Edition)

Tempe DVD

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There’s a new drug on the streets! While on a stakeout to nail a dealer’s top aide, hardboiled cop Eddie Boone loses his partner and gets injected with a dangerous new designer drug with nightmarish side effects. While searching for his partner, he begins to see the world a little differently — the urban streets are now full of mutants, monsters and mayhem! The trail leads to a den of evil where Eddie is introduced to The Drug Lord, the mastermind behind the lethal narcotic, and ends with an explosive finale that will have you glued to your seat in nervous anticipation of the next second of terror! (aka “STREET ZOMBIES”)

1994 • Color • 84 mins. • Horror/Urban • Unrated • Region 1 • NTSC DVD-9 Format
Cat. No. 1109 • Distributed by Tempe DVD • Street Date: Jan. 6. 2004

  • Digitally remastered picture from the original elements (1.33:1 full-frame)
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround remix
  • Commentary track with producer/director J.R. Bookwalter and star James Black
  • “Paying for Your Past Sins: The OZONE Story” making-of featurette (30 mins.)
  • "Into The Black" — James Black & OZONE (8 mins.)
  • Behind-the-scenes footage (7 mins.) 
  • Location tour with actor James L. Edwards (5 mins.) 
  • Early test footage shot by the screenwriter (13 mins.) 
  • OZONE: DROGA MORTAL — Scenes from the Spanish-language version (12 mins.) 
  • Isolated music score audio track 
  • 1992 B’s Nest Video Magazine intro (6 mins.) 
  • Production still gallery
  • Conceptual art & box cover gallery
  • Articles & reviews press gallery
  • Trailers from U.S. 1993, 2003, “Street Zombies” re-release and 1995 Japanese release
  • Tempe DVD trailers & coming attractions
  • Full-color insert with introduction by producer/director J.R. Bookwalter
  • Reversible sleeve — choose your favorite artwork!
  • Bonus hidden Easter egg!
"OZONE was revolutionary, inspiring legions of others with filmmaking ambitions and leading directly to such successes as 28 DAYS LATER. Bookwalter and company achieved what looks like a much more expensive movie, while avoiding the easy route of the slasher genre. James Black rises above the rest of the cast, giving a solid performance in disorienting surroundings. In all, it’s a worthy tribute to a piece of horror history, and not a bad little movie besides." - Cinescape

"For more ingratiating recollections of the off-Hollywood experience, you can always count on the jam-packed discs from J.R. Bookwalter's Tempe, and OZONE doesn't disappoint...[Bookwalter] recalls it with just the right balance of affection and honesty. A documentary gives the rest of the cast and crew their say, and they say it engagingly...the remastering (with upgraded CGI FX) is a step up from previous versions." - FANGORIA Magazine

"Now, ten years after it was produced, I've finally seen OZONE, and I now know what all the fuss is about. I must say, it's quite deserving of its prestigious reputation...a refreshing and exciting example of what independent movies should be. OZONE is a fantastic illustration of the fact that talent, not budget, makes a good movie, and J.R. Bookwalter should be commended for his achievement...Tempe should be commended for putting as much effort into this film's restoration as they did. I promise you, it shows. In the end, there's really no question about Tempe's OZONE DVD...comes highly recommended." - Monsters At Play

"A compelling, competent take on the entire horror genre...often genuinely creepy. Thanks to the gore, the gratuitousness, and the genuine desire to entertain, OZONE goes down a lot easier than most homemade horror films. It's professional, passionate, and playful. Tempe outdoes themselves with a 10th Anniversary Special Edition DVD treatment of the film..." - DVD Verdict

"Like a bomb had been dropped on the low-budget filmmaking scene...the really exciting news was that Bookwalter had somehow pulled off a feature length film shot on Super-VHS for a budget of $3,500 and it worked. This is the movie that finally showed aspiring filmmakers that it was possible to make a decent movie with their consumer video equipment. And with that realization, the shot-on-video filmmaking movement truly began. OZONE has never looked or sounded better...there was no denying Bookwalter's visual talent behind the camera. If you're an aspiring filmmaker you have no excuse for not buying this film right now. I would consider it an essential." - Cinema Eye

"J.R Bookwalter is an amazing director, and in this film that fact is obvious...this remastered 10th anniversary edition is a spectacular achievement. Tremendously well written, perfect performances by all involved...non-stop suspense. A triumph for Bookwalter...has everything I look for in a film. One of my top indie films of all time." - Den of Doom

"If you really love low budget horror flicks, then you owe it to yourself to check out the 10th Anniversary Edition of OZONE...stands head and shoulders above many of its indie peers made for ten or even a hundred plus times the cash." - Ziggy's Video Realm

"Against all odds, it's a pretty good B-movie...OZONE succeeds largely due to James Black's quietly charismatic lead performance and Bookwalter's considerable skill behind the camera. Despite being shot on video, the dark, textured, atmospheric cinematography is remarkable, and Bookwalter wisely keeps the camera moving, packing the film with push-ins and slick dolly shots. The camerawork and punchy editing keep the energy high...a fun, well-executed movie, and its impact on the shot-on-video microcinema movement that started to take off in the mid-'90s can't be overestimated." - Flipside Movie Emporium

"OZONE is a fast moving, hard hitting story of cops, drug dealers, and altered flesh. It’s the crowning achievement of J.R. Bookwalter's projects with actor James Black back in the early nineties which packs just as much punch today as it did when I first viewed it at the Zombie Jamboree back in 1993. The sparkling new 10th anniversary edition is one of Tempe’s best DVD releases ever and it contains just about everything you could ask for including all the standard bells and whistles..." - Secret Scroll Digest

"The film is not a big budget blockbuster, which is not always obvious....it is only by virtue of films like OZONE can the low budget film industry compete today against the larger, more well funded releases. Overall, this is probably one of the better low budget films I have seen over the years. It is clearly a foreshadowing of what could be done by this team with a bigger budget and more time." - Penguin Comics

"Features a great script (there was one after all), clever editing, a stoner-approved soundtrack, tons of special effects, even more gore and blood, great-looking Zombies, great sound, thoughtful light placement and a film that holds your attention from start to finish. The 10th Anniversary Special Edition is a complete package. This is one of the most exhaustive and comprehensive DVDs we've seen, it features tons of rare goodies." - Screaming Stoner Video

"Overall, there’s quite a lot to be impressed with here...Bookwalter manages to surpass THE DEAD NEXT DOOR. I can wholeheartedly endorse the project for all the gore fans out there...impressive work accomplished on such a miniscule budget." - Cult Cults

"OZONE has never looked better...the audio commentary with Bookwalter and Black is relaxed and entertaining, coming close to the Carpenter/Russell BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA territory in terms of two old friends catching up. The disk is loaded with extras, trailers and featurettes as well. Highly recommended for horror fans in the mood for something a little different." - Film Threat

"OZONE has more homages per minute than any other film I've seen. That's not to say it's bad — it is actually quite good, mainly thanks to a strong central performance by James Black as cop Eddie Boone, who is surely destined for bigger and better things. The film is important as it influenced many of [director] Bookwalter's peers to go out and make their movies on video...at last they had an affordable format. The movie was shot on S-VHS and looks remarkably good. Standout scenes include an encounter by Eddie Boone with three Cenobite-type mutant messengers in a back street. The SFX make-up is effective enough and the scene is played really well. The film does maintain a certain dreamlike quality that keeps the disturbing level up. The acting is pretty good and the SFX are amazing considering the meagre $3,500 budget." - Movie Meister's Basement Projection Room

"An ambitious horror film from the mind of J.R. Bookwalter. The film is successful in creating doubt about the protagonist's sanity and the viewer is left wondering if what he is experiencing real or drug-induced. The script is not dialogue heavy and in the case of OZONE this works. The film is paranoid, dark and violent. The special effects in this film are very effective and the direction is very well done." - B-Side Hollywood Webzine

"The direction is good and the acting is far superior to most low-budget movies...a pleasantly thrilling and thrillingly unpleasant cheapie from the prolific (and undeniably talented) J.R. Bookwalter...neat stuff!" - M.J. Simpson, SFX #26

"A pleasingly relaxed and charismatic lead performance by James Black, who skillfully carries the film...the grisly special effects are inventive and well-executed. [J.R.] Bookwalter livens things up with some nice visual flourishes and offbeat camera angles...with more cash to play around with, he could be a man to watch!" - Steven West, Samhain #62

"OZONE is a rip-roaring success...a helluva good follow-up to THE DEAD NEXT DOOR..." - Dann Lennard, Betty Paginated #15

"A stylish ride through some cinematic effects that will leave comparable projects in the dust..." - Hugh Gallagher, Draculina

"Director J.R. Bookwalter blends action with dark horror, creating a virtual thrill-show of lightning intensity and savage drama. Four stars!" - Tom Brown, WHIZ-NBC Radio