Monday, February 23, 2009

DVD Evaders: Electric Dreams (1984)

Week #2 finds the sweet irony of having a zany, romantic comedy involving technology that so late in the game still hasn't made it to the format. Last I checked there were rights issues between who actually owned this property (MGM and Warner duking it out) and I think Warner Brothers may have staked their claim. So perhaps clearing the music rights has been holding it up. And a fun VERY 80's soundtrack it is.




Ross Horsley said...

Holy crap, Meep! Look at THIS!

Cinema Du Meep said...

This is great news! Thank you!!! You UK cats are lucky... Surely a Region 1 is to follow later in the year.

My crumbling big box MGM VHS can finally go on social security and retire this year. Yay!

Chris Sobieniak said...

It looks like in the UK, the video was release by a small indie label called "Second Sight Films Ltd." (rather than MGM or WB). For some time I kinda thought the rights to the film reverted back to Virgin Group, the producers of Electric Dreams, and perhaps it was more a matter of not getting around to doing anything with the film for quite a while, especially in the US.

Interesting the only special feature on this UK disc is a music video. Not that more couldn't be added later, some of us probably would love to get a cool Special Edition of the film if a commentary track or something else could be stuck on our version as well so it wouldn't be so bare bones.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Great catch, Chris!

I wonder if it's widescreen. Would love to see a nice clean print of it.

I'll have to check this dvd out.

Thanks again


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Maria Maria said...

Electric Dreams is a quirky '80's film that has remained one of my favorites from that decade. The story of a boy, a girl, and a computer trying to find the meaning of love could have easily been a ridiculously campy movie, but instead is played out with a lighthearted sincerity. Lenny Von Dolen's portrayal of architect Miles Harding is done well, conveying the feelings of insecurity and wonder of falling in love for the first time, and Virginia Madsen's performance as would-be girlfriend Madeline equally shines. The movie is shot more like a music video (Director Steve Barron also worked on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video), and while there have been plenty of films that have used similar "MTV-style" techniques in the '90's, this was an unpioneered format at the time, and it seems to work the best here. The set design is great, the scene pacing doesn't drag on, and the sentiment is in the right place so that viewers can laugh at the humorous parts and relate during the romantic scenes. The music soundtrack is also top-notch, with music from Culture Club, Jeff Lynne, Heaven 17 and Giorgio Moroder. medico en linea doctor en linea psicólogo en linea veterinario en linea abogado en linea abogado España abogado chile abogado costa rica psiquiatra en linea mecanico en lineaThe computer technology and the commercials set this movie firmly in the early '80's, which may make it seem a little dated, but the overall story still holds up well and is fun. Electric Dreams is an enjoyable romantic fantasy that a lot of people may have missed when it was first released (even more so since the film seems to be out of print), but for those wanting to see something a little different, this may be what you've been looking for.

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