Freak beat, loungecore, 60's French chicks, exotica funk, Bollywood, big band, ye ye, psychedelic bubblegum, kooky Japanese, spy themes, bossa nova, blaxploitation, hipster grooves, sunshine pop, Euro beats, Chinatowns. As well as contemporary artists who delve retro. Music & film related.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Can we get a DVD release please?

The POWER. 1967.
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Starring: George Hamilton, Suzanne Pleshette, Richard Carlson, Yvonne De Carlo.
Soundtrack: Miklós Rózsa.
Based on the Novel by: Frank M. Robinson.

Plot: Seven scientists at a space research center conduct a group experiment in psychokinesis. But this reveals that one of their number is a mental superman who has vast psychic powers. But as soon as this is discovered, the mystery superman starts using their powers to kill off all the other scientists in order to hide their existence. Forced to go on the run, one of the scientists, Jim Tanner, tries to follow a series of clues and discover the supermind's identity before he becomes the next victim.

Where is this film..? Look at the freakin' poster. If it's even a 10th as good as it implies, then it should be at least half decent. Apparently it is a damn good film directed in a Hitchcockian style by the maker of the brilliant The Naked Jungle (the Chuck Heston flick set in South America where he battles an oncoming army of red ants on his plantation). Like that film, The Power is also a George Pal production. Yes, he of Puppetoons fame & the original Time Machine, Brothers Grimm, Tom Thumb films. In memorium we should have a celebratory release.

William Tuttle did the make-up, cowboy lensman Ellsworth Fredericks was the D.O.P, Policewoman TV show's Earl Holliman (Policewoman) is in it, refined English actor Michael Rennie as well, tough guy character actor Aldo Ray & even Famous Monsters magazine legend Forry Ackerman had a cameo. For hecks sake. Its got 'em all in it. Whats the problem? Who's holding out? Give me their name & number & I'll sort it out.

Unauthorised versions of the soundtrack have appeared on vinyl & CD before, but the magazine Film Score Monthly offically released 30 mins of it in 2005 as a 2 in 1 deal with Russell Garcia's Atlantis.


Post a Comment

<< Home