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Johnny Firecloud (1975)

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Commentary 1: Producer David F. Friedman Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on February 19th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
To start off, David Friedman is joined by the late Mike Vraney and Cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter. Boy, is this a lively trio! So much ground is covered here, and the group dynamic is engaging, fun, and often hilarious. Friedman can go on for hours it seems, regaling the listener with tales about his life in the world of "B Movies." You get to here about the making of "Firecloud," as well as behind-the-scenes dirt on "Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS." Friedman even references his commentary (recently recorded around this time in 2001) for "Ilsa." Referring to the moderator on that commentary as a "nitwit," Friedman obviously took some umbrage at the rather 'camp' tone of his host. Vraney and Henenlotter recall their first experiences with "Firecloud:" Frank witnessed an audience on "42nd St" be stunned by the rather dignified nature of the film's finale, while Vraney didn't know of the film's existence until the '90s. The tale of "FireClouds" rescue from the FOX vaults, and subsequent restoration, is fascinating. That such an obscure title could survive is harrowing stuff, and the painstaking work to bring it back to life is very evident. The commentary can veer into "off-topic" territory, but, seriously, the tangents are as captivating as the on-screen action. The listener hears about Friedman's early work as a VHS (okay, Betamax) pioneer, his other "Hardcore" productions, the infamous Oscar "acceptance" speech the lead actress too part in, and the pennywise citizens of Piru, California get recognition as well. Superb, entertaining track, with all manner of "Ballyhoo." 9/10