American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird to Release 'Take It Out In Trade', Ed Wood's Long Lost Film

The previously lost final film from writer-director Edward D. Wood, Jr. from the only 16mm theatrical print in existence on Blu-ray November 13, 2018.
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Press release: Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, and Something Weird are excited to announce a November 13, 2018 release date for the TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE Blu-ray/DVD combo. 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.

Ed Wood was the filmmaker behind PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and GLEN OR GLENDA, the author of hundreds of adult novels, and a pall-bearer at Bela Lugosi's funeral. Wood fought in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II while wearing a bra and panties under his uniform. Basically, there will never be another hero like Ed Wood. And there will never be another movie like TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE. Unseen for almost fifty years, this is 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,” TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE is a joyous swan song from one of the most seminal exploitation filmmakers of all time.

Shot in three days during January of 1970, TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE has remained unseen for almost fifty years. The discovery and preservation of the movie by AGFA and Something Weird is the most significant genre film event of the 21st century.

“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.”

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.

Special features include:

  • New 2K preservation from the only 16mm theatrical print in existence!
  • Commentary track with filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE), Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey, and AGFA’s Joseph A. Ziemba!
  • TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE: THE OUTTAKES, 70 minutes of unseen footage scanned in 2K!
  • Exclusive liner notes by Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey!
  • Bonus movie: THE LOVE FEAST (1969) starring Ed Wood, scanned in 2K from an original 35mm theatrical print!
  • Reversible cover art!

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