Tuesday, October 17, 2006

See No Evil

Okay, let's talk about Nico Mastorakis. Greece's premiere master of exploitation, he shocked audiences with his 1975 debut film, Island of Death, and finally went almost-mainstream in 1984 with Blind Date, featuring his first "name" cast. Joseph Bottoms stars as a recently blinded man outfitted with a fancy computer "seeing" machine who goes up against a serial killer, but the sci-fi crowd tends to ignore the plot thanks to the fact that two Star Trek actresses, Kirstie Alley and Marina Sirtis, get naked. (And check out the DVD for an even more gratuitous "love scene" outtake reel.) This film marked Mastorakis' first collaboration with composer Stanley Myers; they later reteamed for such diverse films as The Zero Boys, The Wind, Nightmare at Noon, and The Time Traveller. The score is pretty typical '80s Myers (you can definitely see how much he influenced frequent musical partner Hans Zimmer), which means it's often catchy and atmospheric, though the occasional maudlin songs by John Kongos may have '80s-intolerant listeners fleeing the room. Synths were performed by composer Richard Harvey, who already worked with Myers on The Martian Chronicles. A big thanks to ISBUM for providing the original vinyl for this transfer!

Also, on the video news front, fans of wild late-'60s cinema might be interested to know that, without any fanfare at all, Fox is releasing two very rare, perverse Michael Caine films, Deadfall (featuring a fine John Barry score) and The Magus, on DVD today. Grab 'em while you can!

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11 Comments:

Anonymous boris said...

Thanks so much for the soundtrack and thanks even more for clueing me in on the two new Caine DVDs. I've been wanting to see The Magus for years!

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also just wanted to say "Thank You" for all the incredible postings you make.

I have about 5.000 soundtracks LPs myself but still am amazed what you dig out of the vaults. I'm collection for over 30 years now and now and then you're picking soundtracks I never heard of, which of course is a pure delight for a crazy "want-to-have-it-all" guy like me.

Please continue with that fantastic work !

If wishes are allowed: I'm especially looking for everything so far unreleased by Lalo Schifrin. Of the released stuff, I'm missing "Grabado en vivo" (Live concert) and a bootleg for "Harry in Your Pocket", wich is rumored to exist.

Greetings again,

Jordan

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Lacey said...

Sort of off topic but I just noticed that "Slaughtered Lamb" has bit the dust.

Another great Blog has called it quits.

Hope that will not happen to you.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if at all poss could you post:

The liberation of lb jones- elmer b
Planet Of The Apes TV- Lalo OST
Diamond Mercenaries OST
lucky luciano - pierro
The Dissection of music etc etc - Lalo (cd version)

Your site is great, your always adding new stuff.

Many thanks, ed

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ed,

well, "Liberation" and "Diamond Mercenaries" have not been shared in the last half year, so I think the community would appreciate that.

Greetings from Germany

Jordan

9:07 AM  
Blogger gspeedlace said...

Any chance there's a MARTIAN CHRONICLES gathering dust in your vaults?

Thanks!


www.newtexture.com

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jordan,

Don't suppose you have both of em? Would be happy to trade, let me know if that's cool with you.

Can't wait to get hold of these.

Best, ed

2:33 PM  
Anonymous melaninis said...

your site is awsome!!

so many rare film music!!

thanks a lot,

(but you ll make me hate
rapidshare)

see ya

11:53 AM  
Blogger Leon said...

wow, this is a rare one!

many thanks :)

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry In Your Pocket promo does exist, I have it (all 20 tracks of it) on CD.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Greekazoid said...

Hi, it seems that link is dead. Could you please re-upload Blind Date?
Thanks

2:00 PM  

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