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5000 Space Aliens (2021): Scott Bateman interview begins. Read Giles Edwards’ review. 5000 one-second animated portraits (the “aliens”), scored to a relentless thumping beat. Arriving on VOD on Nov. 21. 5000 Space Aliens official homepage.
Black God, White Devil (1964): Discussion begins. Class struggle, evil preachers, infanticide, and mystical visions populate this little-seen Brazilian classic which is something like an art-house proto-Spaghetti Western. Restored and rereleased by Janus, which means its a good bet for a Criterion Collection release in 2024; screening in New York City this week, L.A. the following week, and elsewhere… maybe. Black God, White Devil from Janus Films.
Color out of Space (2019): Discussion begins. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. One of a brace of gonzo features coming out in 4K UHD Steelbook editions from Image Entertainment this week. Buy Color out of Space.
Computer Chess (2013): Discussion begins. Read Ryan Aarset’s review. This 10th anniversary release marks the surreal comedy on the timely topic of artificial intelligence’s first time on Blu-ray; lots of intriguing special features, including a an A.I.-generated trailer for a (presumably fake) sequel and a commentary track “by an enthusiastic stoner.” Buy Computer Chess.
“Disney Legacy Animated Film Collection”: Discussion begins. 100 Blu-ray set from Disney containing almost every movie (no Song of the South, naturally, but movies of interest to us like Fantasia, Fantasia 2000, Alice in Wonderland, and The Nightmare Before Christmas) plus tchotchkes like a crystal Mickey Mouse hat. Supposedly available at Walmart for around $1500, but the last we looked the pre-order link had been removed, so who knows? Full list of titles at Variety.
Do Not Disturb (2023): Discussion begins. A married couple go through a difficult period in their relationship, as they eat peyote buttons and experiment with cannibalism. In limited release this week; on VOD next week, when we’ll have a review for you. Director John Ainslie’s blog has more.
Dr. Caligari (1989): Discussion begins. Read the Canonically Weird entry! In 2019 we feared this erotic camp sci-fi New Wave cult film would never get a decent DVD release; four years later it’s coming out on 4K UHD! Buy Dr. Caligari.
“Scott Pilgrim Takes Off”: Discussion begins. Netflix’s highly anticipated anime-style adaptation of the Canonically weird movie (well, of the underlying graphic novel) drops this Friday. Most (all?) of the movie’s cast came back to voice their original characters. “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” on Netflix.
Spirited Away: Live on Stage (2022): Discussion begins. Two filmed performances of the Tokyo stage play version of ‘s canonically weird fantasy, with two different leads. It was broadcast to theaters early this year, now it’s on two Blu-rays. Buy Spirited Away: Live on Stage.
Sympathy for the Devil (2023): Discussion begins. Read Giles Edwards review. This two-hander thriller, with Cage as a demented red-haired kidnapper, is the second half of Image’s Cage 4KUHD Steelbook pair. Buy Sympathy for the Devil.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Next week is Thanksgiving, so we will take our first ever vacation from Pod 366. We’ll be back the following week with Giles Edwards feasts on Do Not Disturb (see above), and Shane Wilson gets into the Thanksgiving spirit with coverage of ‘s Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006). Onward and weirdward!to talk about his upcoming feature, The Dark Sisters. In written reviews, handles Screwdriver (2023),