David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

oh, yay! ...um. wait.

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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