4 items from 2014
Just in time for its 40th year anniversary, Shout Factory has amassed a glorious Blu-ray remastering of Brian De Palma’s 1974 classic, Phantom of the Paradise. A glam-rock musical that’s enjoyed a sizeable cult following after an initial muted theatrical release, it represents the filmmaker’s most enjoyable attempt at comedy in this vintage satire about consumerism vs. creative control.
On the eve of unveiling his glam rock palace The Paradise, cutthroat music mogul Swan is struggling with how to open with just the right song to be performed by doo-wop group the Juicy Fruits (modeled after Sha Na Na). When Swan hears the music of aspiring singer songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finely, a De Palma regular), he decides he wants his music, an epic cantata modernizing Faust, but not the man. After his tunes are stolen, the songwriter tries to barge his way into Swan’s rehearsals but is thrown out, »
- Nicholas Bell
One Way Static Records announced it will be releasing a score for the 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera (directed by Rupert Julian) conducted by The Laze. Pre-orders are now available via One Way's website. The score is being offered up on vinyl, CD and cassette. One Way describes the The Laze as "an amazing 7 piece band bringing you a great score in the vein of Goblin & Carpenter mixed with nervous classical music and Baroque Dance." Luke Insect is responsible for the art created for this release.
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- Ryan Turek
When the Sony Pictures Imageworks special-effects team got the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they quickly realized that with great box-office comes even greater responsibility for technical wizardry. The scope of the sequel was much bigger than Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot, and in contrast to the numerous night action sequences that dominated the first film, the new movie would extensively showcase Spider-Man slinging through New York in broad daylight, an entirely new set of creative challenges. “For some of the shots of Spider-Man swinging through the city , the computer could take 40 hours to render one frame of the city of New York, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In what looks like Phantom Of The Opera directed by Dario Argento, this blood soaked romp tells the story of a kabuki mask wearing killer terrorising a snobby musical theatre camp. Camp being the operative word. There are lots of quips, creative slayings and enjoyable references to it’s forebears; Meat Loaf was in the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Driver was in the movie adaptation of Phantom. It is written and directed by cult short film maker Jerome Sable, most famous for goofball musical slash-fest the The Legend Of Beaver Dam, to which Stage Fright is a spiritual sequel. Looks like fun.
- John Sharp
4 items from 2014
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