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Oingo Boingo were a surrealist theatrical avant-garde 30's jazz-blues revivalists. The film was produced, directed and co-written by their then-leader Richard Elfman (brother of soon to be famous film music composer and also key member of the band who also scored and appeared in the film) Danny Elfman. Starring Herve Villechaise as the King of the 6th Dimension and Susan Tyrell as his wife (who had been until not that long since his actual wife), Richard Elfman's newly acquired French wife dancer Francine-Pascal as Frenchy, and most of the members of the band. Sets are made from paper and cardboard and make no attempt to hide it. The loose plot concerns the King wanting the Frenchy to be his new Queen and his old one trying to stop it but that's often just an excuse for musical numbers as this is really a musical (sort of). There is some miming to old songs but most of it is new albeit in old styles.
Most people will probably run away screaming after a few minutes (if they last that long) but give it a chance and you could well warm to this bizarre theatrical piece of musical-comedy surrealism. If you can accept the weirdness of its world it really is actually quite charming.
There's an excellent making of in which Richard Elfman interviews key members of the film including his brother, his ex-wife, and Susan Tyrell who says something so hilarious and so outrageous your jaw will bounce off the floor.
Really, you've got to see it to believe it.
Includes the usual poster and booklet (and what a lovely set they are this time), 4 covers as per usual, but an excellent disc. Both the black and white and colourised versions are here in 1080p (and both look FANTASTIC), along with original mono and a new (and excellent) 5.1 mix. Audio commentery, interview, trailer, scenes from The Hercules Family (a 16mm prototype by the same cast/crew), a retrospective and an Oingo Boing music video ("Private Life" from the Nothing to Fear record), which is here I suppose because Richard Elfman directed that too? Otherwise, there's no specific reason for that song by Boingo to be here.
The film itself is fabulous fun with a real cult cast, great sound effects and surrealistic (but, to be fair, low-budget) production values, amazing score (one of Danny Elfman's best, even if it is almost 100% rock based this time). It's anarchic but in a friendlier way than a Repo Man, Eraserhead et cetera (classics both). The only things I can compare it to in it's contemporary would be Screamplay and Eraserhead...
Definetely a great package from Arrow.
...the film Goto L'Ile D'Amour (Walerian Borowczyk)
...Le Roman De Reynard (Starewicz)
...the Ubu plays (Alfred Jarry)
...the german expressionist look
...The Mighty Bush
...lovely old jazz tunes, like cab calloway, josephine baker
...Max Fleischer old black and white cartoons
If you can tick off two or three of these, make a beeline for this film like you want it yesterday.
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But I did not enjoy the movie. If I'm totally honest I merely bought it as I have MOST arrow video releases like this. More for a completion piece.Published on 8 Sept. 2012 by John McHugh
It would be easy to say that this could be the worst film I've ever seen. A review compared it to something Lynchian. So, out of admiration for David, I gave this a try. Read morePublished on 17 May 2012 by Gordon C. Tait
This is the first time I have ever seen this film. Will it be the last? Answer is "I don't really know". Read morePublished on 16 May 2012 by R. King