American Genre Film Archive

Terminal Degeneration: The Films of Jon Moritsugu

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This listing is for the standard edition 3-disc Blu-ray release. The limited edition slipcase was limited to 2,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the packaging.

The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) represents the world's largest theatrical catalog of exploitation cinema. Their home video line presents a diverse selection of movies, ranging from new preservations of classics from the vast library of Something Weird to the wildest in shot-on-video (SOV) titles. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

A force of nature since 1985, underground icon Jon Moritsugu—in partnership with wife Amy Davis—creates candy-colored genre riots that feel like NC-17 sitcoms from outer space. Moritsugu's fearless, protopunk deconstructions function as a giant middle finger to everything from racism to gender expectations—while also exploring themes of Asian-American identity. TERMINAL DEGENERATION: THE FILMS OF JON MORITSUGU collects these joyous, trash-art ragers for the first time on widely released home video. From MY DEGENERATION (a DIY answer to BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) to TERMINAL USA (an ultra-90s teen-crime berserker that was funded by PBS), AGFA is honored to present sparkling new restorations of Moritsugu's essential work.

directed by: Jon Moritsugu
starring: Various
1987-2013 / 519 min (combined) / 1.33:1, 1.78:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • 3-Disc Region Free Blu-ray
  • English SDH subtitles

Disc 1: MY DEGENERATION (1989) and HIPPY PORN (1991)

  • Restorations from the original 16mm camera negatives
  • MY DEGENERATION: Archival commentary with Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis
  • Short: LITTLE DEBBIE SNACKWHORE OF NEW YORK CITY (1987)

Disc 2: TERMINAL USA (1993) and MOD FUCK EXPLOSION (1994)

  • TERMINAL USA: Restoration from the original 16mm camera negative
  • Commentary with Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis, preserved from audio cassette tape
  • Rough cut
  • Censored PBS cut
  • Fantastic Fest Zoom Q&A
  • MOD FUCK EXPLOSION: Restoration from the original 16mm camera negative with 16mm print inserts
  • Commentary with Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis, preserved from audio cassette tape
  • Commentary with AGFA’s Elizabeth Purchell
  • Outtakes
  • Short: CRACK (1999)

Disc 3: FAME WHORE (1997), SCUMROCK (2002) and PIG DEATH MACHINE (2013)

  • FAME WHORE: Restoration from the original 16mm camera negative
  • Commentary with Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis, preserved from audio cassette tape
  • SCUMROCK: Preservation from BetaSP tape master
  • Outtakes, auditions, and camera tests
  • PIG DEATH MACHINE: Preservation from digital master
  • Booklet with a vintage interview

    Note: HIPPY PORN was created by Jon Moritsugu and Jacques Boyreau