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Goodbye Gemini - Digitally Remastered 1970 [DVD]
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The first ever DVD release of this psychadelic 1970's look at the relationship between twins and just how far they'll go to protect one another. Unnaturally close twin Jacki (Judy Geeson) and Julian (Martin Potter) become caught up in the swinging London scene. There they attract the attention of gambler Clive (Alexis Canner). Seeing a way out of his debts, Clive sets Julian up for a blackmail scheme, setting in motion a nightmarish sequence of events. Brand new 16 x 9 Anomorphic Transfer from the camera negitives and restored original mono audio. Bonus Features include audio commentry with Judy Geeson and producer Peter Snell. Plus a 12 minute on set featurette, the original trailer and booklet notes.
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This film is way too weird and not particularly enjoyable. You watch because you don’t know where it’s going but once watched, I think you get rid. It reminded me a bit of “Beyond the valley of the Dolls” but set amongst a seedy London party scene. Both films are not good and dish out some horror as well as peculiar characters that are scary and hard to relate to. Scary in a sexuality scary kind of way. Michael Redgrave (James) pops up in this as a familiar face on TV whilst Mike Pratt (Rodd) is probably the best in the cast as a debt collector.
As a Londoner, I recognized the locales – I spotted Cheyne Walk, Notting Hill Gate and Shepherds Bush Market and I know for a fact that there were hotels like that in Paddington in the 1980s. Dodgy ones. The central characters of the twins were just too weird.
I won't spoil for you the plot of Gemini, anyone who remembers the movie first time round will know what to expect, but for those of you, like-myself, new to this film will get more out of not being told what to expect, but I can assure 1960's/70's genre fans will find this a worthwhile time-machine trip which for me would have been my year of birth.
New DVD outfit: Scorpion Releasing have done a fine job of bringing this film back from cinema obscurity and should be congratulated for what in the most part is a handsome anamorphic transfer of this low-budget, but rather classy cult curio. Original Mono soundtrack is strong without any annoying pops or hissing. A theatrical trailer coupled with a commentary track is provided which features star Geeson and producer Peter Snell whom whilst interesting to listen to provide scant insight due to their lapsed memories of the project, although Mr Snell is keen to point out his up-coming production of Robin Hardy's: The Wicker Tree. I'm sure we are all looking forward to that.
The DVD is fully uncut and region free so will play on any DVD machine.
Goodbye Gemini, filmed in 1969, shows a darker side to the party culture that (apparently) existed and is, in a way, the flipside to Ms Geeson's appearance in the more wholesome Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush two years earlier. Aside from the obvious `events' which I won't spoil, this film is full of interesting insights into the time. The two leads are well cast (actually managing to convince you that they are twins!) and they both portray the disintegrating state of mind of their characters well. Alexis Kanner also stars as one of the most unpleasant characters ever to grace a screen and gives an unmissable performance, even though you might want to slap him!
This is a long awaited release of an overlooked classic film of its time. I only hope that the producers of this dvd have the sense to get Ms Geeson and Mr Potter involved in the release - I would love to hear their thoughts on it - and that this is the first of many films of this era to finally see the light of day.
A bit weird to be honest, but the two leads are good in it, and it does offer a bit of a diversion from the usual thriller pattern in that there are two people involved in the mayhem and madness.
A curio, but an interesting film which should have appeal to people who like a taste of the bizarre in their movie choices, and like older films.
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A YOUNG MARTIN POTTER AND JUDY GLEESON STAR !!!