Stunt Rock (Blu-ray review)

  • reviewed by: Tim Salmons
  • Review Date: 02 June 2022
  • appearance: blue beam disc

Stunt Rock (Blu-ray review)


Brian Trenchard Smith

Release date(s)

1978 (June 7, 2022)


Kino Lorber Studio Classics

  • Film/Program Score: b +
  • Video score: b +
  • pitch: B-
  • Additional degree: B-

Stunt Rock (Blu-ray)

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Call it what you will – documentary, documentary, rock music – but there is not a single word that fully describes the insanity and entertainment value found in rock stunt. Brian Trenchard Smith’s super slice of rock ‘n’ roll exploits, made before Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner. This is Spinal TapFilmed at breakneck speed and completed in a few months, from script to screen. It did not find a foothold upon its initial theatrical release and underwent a number of title changes, including juggling And as gentle as water Collidebut became a cult favorite after many years thanks to performances of reference and its inclusion in the Australian Documentary Filmmaking Not quite Hollywood.

The paper-thin plot revolves around real-life stuntman Grant Page who travels to Los Angeles for action in film, befriends reporter Lewis (Margaret Trenchard Smith) along the way, as well as his assistant—star Monique van de Ven (herself). Between jobs, he tells them broken tales about the many extreme stunts he’s done over the years, some not doing well, but always pushing the boundaries of sanity and safety. His American-based cousin introduces them all to the Sorcery, where Peter Gabriel’s Genesis meets a Kiss scene of heavy metal and magic where the King of the Wizards battle endlessly with the Prince of Darkness while their brand of hard rock plays in the background.

In other words, there is no need to follow a plot in this movie. It’s not about the story mechanics or the personification of the characters, although it does try to remind you that you’re watching a movie by boots-and-play a romance between Grant Page and Lois. The show’s real stars are the incredible stunts and Sorcery’s stage show, and the final movie is packed with both. rock stunt I managed to achieve the status of the midnight movie Ala Show pictures of rocky horrorHowever, it still flies under the radar of many fans of the genre who have never heard of it. But if you’ve made frequent trips to festival shows or an Alamo Drafthouse show, or bought a trailer assembly disc, you’ve probably experienced rock stunt.

rock stunt Filmed by cinematographer Robert Primes (as Bob Karas) on 35mm film using Todd-AO 35 cameras and anamorphic lenses, finished optically, and framed in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings film to Blu-ray debuted in the United States using the exact same parameter that was included in the Umbrella Entertainment Blu-ray release (their logo is on the front of the movie). This parameter was obtained from a 4K scan of film interferometry. Minor flaws aside, rock stunt It has never looked better. Because the movie uses different parts of Grant Page action footage, as well as a few optics, it tends to have uneven grain and a bit of a slickness, but it looks organic and true to its source. Details were enhanced on the now twenty-year-old DVD release, especially during the concert sequences. The color palette presents the scenes with a wide variety of hues, especially lights and different colored costumes. The green, red, and blue swatches around town are strong, too. The black is deep with good shadow detail and the image is stable with good contrast. Only light scratches and frequent drips remain. It’s an imperfect looking movie, but it looks amazing on Blu-ray.

English 2.0 DTS-HD audio with optional SDH English subtitles is included. The film was originally released in 4 stereo tracks, which is unfortunately not represented here. What we have instead is a path on a single boundary. Light stereo activity can be experienced, but you really have to pay close attention to it, which will nullify the target. As it is, it’s a decent single track with good accuracy, considering its source. Dialogue exchanges are often straightforward, but due to the chaotic nature of productions, not all are front and center. There are also some whistling issues, but nothing harmful. The quality of the sound effects and the result drive the needles red, causing accidental distortion. It’s a great soundtrack. Just don’t think about what you missed.

Blu-ray disc for rock stunt Inside a blue amari box has artwork showing the work of the American movie poster. Everything is in a wrapper showing the work of the French poster for the film. The following extras are included:

  • Voiceover with Brian, Margaret Trenchard Smith and Grant Page
  • Absolute Impulse: A Conversation with Brian and Margaret Trenchard Smith (HD – 80:08)
  • Expanded Not Quite Hollywood Interview with Brian Trenchard Smith (HD – 14:06)
  • Expanded Not Quite Hollywood Interview With Scholarship Page (HD – 3:22)
  • 2009 interviews (SD – 68:34)
  • Playback: Sacrifice (audio track 1) (HD – 4:41)
  • Playback: Wizard’s Council (audio track 2) (HD – 4:49)
  • Playback: Stuntrocker (soundtrack 6) (HD – 3:18)
  • Play: Woman (soundtrack 10) (HD – 3:12)
  • theatrical trailer (HD – 2:23)

The voiceover was recorded in 2009 for the Code Red DVD release. It provides a wealth of information about the making of the film, as well as retrospective feelings about it and the experience of making it. It is lively, insightful and fun. absolute rush It is a Skype/Zoom interview with Brian and Margaret Trenchard-Smith from their home with interviewer Justin King. Justin asks them many questions about the movie and its star. The Extension not quite Hollywood interviews Grant Page and Brian Trenchard-Smith feature while 2009 interviews From the Code Red DVD release, they include Brian Trenchard-Smith, producer Marty Fink, actor Richard Blackburn, and Sorcery guitarist Richard Taylor (Smokey Huff) as participants. Only four audio tracks for Sorcery’s performance are also included. The last one is the movie trailer, which has been digitally recreated in high definition.

There are also a number of extensions that are not migrated. Umbrella Entertainment Blu-ray also included a second audio commentary with Brian Trenchard-Smith, Marty Fink and Richard Blackburn. Introduction to Film by Brian Trenchard Smith and Richard Taylor; Audio interview with Perry Morris. a set of appearances by Brian Trenchard Smith at the Alamo Drafthouse; promotional reel in Cannes; trailer reel; Brian Trenchard Smith; and trailer from hell With Brian Trenchard Smith. Also missing from the Code Red DVD version is acrobats Documentary, also directed by Brian Trenchard Smith and included in The man from Hong Kong Blu-ray was released by Umbrella Entertainment.

Once you see the trailer for rock stuntThere is no way you wouldn’t want to click the order button. It’s not so much a movie as it is an experience, and a great experience at that. The Kino version is a bit lacking in the extras department compared to the Umbrella version, but it’s great to finally have a Blu-ray version of the movie available in HD.

Tim Salmons

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