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March 24th, 2009 (07:42 pm)

Warner Brothers is going in for a "long tail" project: they're setting up DVDs on Demand for obscure or less popular titles. There's not enough interest, probably, for a big release, but if you want it they'll make it and ship it to you. They've put up an initial selection of 150 films.

Among them: the 1975 George Pal film of DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE.

You are doubtless saying, "Wow! I bet David ordered that instantly!" That is because you do not know anything about the movie. Lemme put it this way: in terms of doing right by its source material, George Pal's DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE makes Joel Schumacher's BATMAN AND ROBIN look like Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT. It was supposed to come out in '74, but got pushed to '75 because it was a *horrifying* stinker, and the studio wasn't interested in going bankrupt right away, thanks. The pieces were in place for it to be good: Ron Ely, who'd played Tarzan on TV, was a terrific choice for Doc, and the aides were well-cast, as I recall. (The guy who played Monk actually *looked* like Monk was supposed to look, and that's remarkable considering Monk looks like an ape that's been dressed and strategically shaved.) The filmmakers and studio, however, decided to camp it up. And -- there is good camp, and there is bad camp. Good camp would be the 60s BATMAN series. Bad camp would be Joel Shumacher, or the 1980s FLASH GORDON (Alex Ross's favorite movie in the world). DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE is not good camp. Nor is it bad camp. It actually falls into the category of "worse camp." It's one of the most terrible movie adaptations ever, and the heartbreak it caused fans is legendary. No internet then, of course, so next to nobody ever heard anything about advance screenings. There were no warnings, just an eager purchase of a ticket followed by the crushing of all fannish hopes and dreams. Played out over, and over, and over again, in theaters across the country.

...yes, I ordered it anyway.

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Posted by: PROBE UNIVERSE (liviapenn)
Posted at: March 24th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)


I've seen this.

... I don't really know what else to say besides that. Well. You're not wrong.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)

When it comes, I am going to post the opening credits on YouTube.

You know *exactly* what I'm talking about.

Posted by: PROBE UNIVERSE (liviapenn)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
atlantis: snake laying a man-trap


I told Noah (who made me watch it) that I kind of suspect that the entire movie was just an excuse for that Giant Crib Prop to be made, and that someone took it home and enjoys it Very Much to this day.

And that's the explanation for that movie that I find LEAST disturbing...

Posted by: Steve Nagy (stevenagy)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)

LOL.

OK. That's probably the only good image I can take away from the thought of this movie.

Posted by: Steve Nagy (stevenagy)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)

I have a hard time deciding whether I hate this movie more or whether I reserve that spot for Kubrick's version of The Shining.

Usually, it's Kubrick that gets my vote, but that's probably because I kill brain cells to wipe George Pal's Doc from my memory. :-/

It's especially heart-breaking now as I'm seriously enjoying the Sanctum Productions / Nostalgia Ventures reprints of The Shadow and Doc Savage.

Posted by: rtred (rtred)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)

I've always thought that Dolph Lundgren would make a good Doc, although perhaps he's too old now.

Posted by: A large duck (burger_eater)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Puzzled

Isn't this the one where Doc Savage fights a guy at the end of the movie, and they switch from fighting style to fighting style, with the name of the style appearing at the bottom of the screen?

"Fisticuffs"

That's pretty much all I remember about it.

Posted by: Sinanju (sinanju)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)

Flash Gordon as bad camp? You mean the Max Von Sydow-as-Ming, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed version?

Blasphemer! That is the best campy film ever!

"Do you, Ming the Merciless, take this woman as your Empress of the hour?"
"Of the hour? Yes."
"Do you promise to use her as you will?"
"Certainly!"
"Not to blast her into space? Uh--until such time as you grow weary of her?"
"I do..."


I love that movie!

On the other hand, Doc Savage making Schumacher's Batman look like the Dark Knight? Oh dear GOD....

Posted by: oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne)
Posted at: March 25th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)

It's not to late to cancel that order.

...I saw that movie. *sobs* *has flashback*

Posted by: Aadler (aadler)
Posted at: December 7th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Bonehead

> It’s one of the most terrible movie adaptations ever, and the heartbreak it caused fans is legendary …

I saw it, and yes, was likewise bitterly disappointed. Nothing, however, can compare in badness to what Joseph Losey did to Modesty Blaise in 1966.

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