Thursday, February 9, 2012

"All he can think of is her shape."

Available on DVD since the beginning of the format, Vision Quest was one of a handful of titles that Warner Bros. issued in full-frame format only (there was later an Australian 16X9 DVD released under its alternate title Crazy For You). The Warner Archive has corrected this oversight by releasing a 16X9 VISION QUEST MOD DVD sourced from a newer master. They've also included the original theatrical trailer, which features the goofy, youthful, and lighthearted style of voiceover also utilized for other teen films of the era such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Listening to the Vision Quest trailer a couple times, I believe the voice of the narrator belongs to Mark Metcalf, best known for his role as Lt. Douglas C. Neidermeyer in Animal House (which he reprised in the Twisted Sister video for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and in the John Landis-directed segment in Twilight Zone: The Movie) and less well known as one of the producers of, and actors in, Chilly Scenes of Winter aka Head Over Heels.

EDIT: An anonymous commenter suggests that the voice belongs to Rick Dees.  After listening to some samples of Rick's voice, and considering his history of using his voice for radio, music, and television, that would appear to be correct, though part of me thinks it would be cooler, or at the very least less conventional, if it were Metcalf behind the mic.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"Travis McGee is having a conference with one of his clients. Business as usual."

Rod Taylor, he of the recently revived Dark of the Sun (by way of Bill Lustig, Quentin Tarantino, and the Warner Archive), starred a few years later as Travis McGee, the most famous creation of mystery scribe John D. MacDonald, in Robert Clouse's Darker Than Amber.

That brings me to the latest acquisition resulting from my movie poster addiction, which you can see below.  I would have liked a more prominent image of star Rod Taylor rather than villain William Smith, but the garish colors and imagery make up for it.  Interestingly, Smith's name is nowhere to be found in the billing block.

This Belgian poster features the customary bi-lingual title treatment and sources its main images from a few other posters and lobby cards for the film.

Now, if only CBS, by way of Paramount, could see to it to release this on DVD or Blu-ray. Unfortunately, it's influence on Soderbergh's Haywire is probably too oblique to have much impact.

On another positive note, there has been recent talk of another screen interpretation of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee.  The new adaptation, of the first McGee novel, The Deep Blue Good-by, has Leonardo DiCaprio attached as star and producer and Paul Greengrass as director.  My first reaction to hearing that DiCaprio is slated to topline was far from an enthusiastic "Yow!" response, but I guess it's best to take a "wait and see" approach.  That said, I know one borrow--and tweak--a line from the immortal Hank Kingsley: "One of Rod Taylor's balls is bigger than Leonardo DiCaprio."

I suppose if this thing ever gets made, CBS / Paramount would probably finally be inclined to release Darker Than Amber on a disc format, though.