Amazon Women on the Moon

Amazon Women on the Moon

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Director: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis

Cast: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis

     
 

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Though it may come second to Kentucky Fried Movie in the eyes of many lovers of episodic, anarchic comedies, the side-splitting satire of television excess gets notable treatment from the folks at Universal in this special collector's edition release. A 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation without question tops the previous pan-and-scan release from ImageSee more details below

Overview

Though it may come second to Kentucky Fried Movie in the eyes of many lovers of episodic, anarchic comedies, the side-splitting satire of television excess gets notable treatment from the folks at Universal in this special collector's edition release. A 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation without question tops the previous pan-and-scan release from Image Entertainment, and, with nicely balanced colors and even skin tones, proves a fair representation of a film that has gotten little respect. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio mix (presented in closed-captioned English and Spanish) is certainly passable with a clean mix that's free of any audible distortion, and English, Spanish, and French subtitles are also included. As much as the film is improved upon in this release though, Universal has truly separated it from the previous, bare-bones release by including the legendary deleted scenes from the theatrical release. For the most part, it's easy to see why the six deleted scenes were ultimately excised from the final cut, though Dick Miller fans will be happy to see the inclusion of director Joe Dante's "The French Ventriloquist's Dummy" skit that has previously found its way into network broadcasts of the film. Likewise, Jenny Agutter makes a brief appearance in a fun "Peter Pan Theater" skit. A series of outtakes indicate that the cast and crew were having a blast making the film with a series of flubbed lines and much on-set monkey play from Dante's "Roast Your Loved One" segment. A giddy theatrical trailer and a trio of film recommendations sound out the disc nicely.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
This satirical anthology film came and went in theaters fairly fast at the time of its release, and then enjoyed a healthy life on home video (even showing up on laserdisc at one point), back in the day when people used to rent their movies nightly at video stores. But it hasn't aged as well as, say, John Landis's own Kentucky Fried Movie, which was somehow on target even when it missed (the bad parts there gave you a chance to catch your breath from laughing, whereas the misfires here are just . . . misfires). Some of the parody seemed pretty tired at the time, a decade (or more) into the run of Saturday Night Live, while other parts that did work -- such as the sci-fi spoof of the title section -- tended to overstay their welcome. And Joe Dante, in particular, would turn in a finer, more wonderful (and affectionate) sci-fi satire a few years later with Matinee (which, as of 2012, has still not gotten the special edition treatment it deserves on DVD). But if one watches Amazon Women On The Moon without high expectations, or the need for solid laughs along extended stretches, it can still be fun, even 25 years later.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
UPC:
0025192122224
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
13,115

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosanna Arquette Karen ("Two I.D.'s")
Ralph Bellamy Mr. Gower ("Titan Man")
Carrie Fisher Mary Brown ("Reckless Youth")
Griffin Dunne Doctor ("Hospital")
Steve Guttenberg Jerry ("Two I.D.'s")
Sybil Danning Queen Lara ("Amazon Women on the Moon")
Russ Meyer Video Salesman ("Video Date")
Monique Gabrielle Taryn Steele ("Pethouse Video")
Kelly Preston Violet ("Titan Man")
Steve Forrest Capt. Nelson ("Amazon Women on the Moon")
Joey Travolta Butch ("Amazon Women on the Moon")
Ed Begley Griffin ("Son of the Invisible Man")
Henny Youngman Himself ("Roast Your Loved One")
Steve Allen Himself ("Roast Your Loved One")
Paul Bartel Doctor ("Reckless Youth")
Arsenio Hall Apartment Victim ("Mondo Condo")
Howard Hesseman Rupert King ("Titan Man")
Lou Jacobi Murray ("Murray in Videoland")
B.B. King Himself ("Blacks Without Soul")
Lohman and Barkley Actor
Donald F. Muhich Easterbrook ("Pethouse Video")
Erica Yohn Selma ("Murray in Videoland")
Phil Hartman Baseball Announcer ("Murray in Videoland")
Corey Burton Anchorman ("Murray in Videoland")/TV Announcer ("Amaz
Michelle Pfeiffer Brenda ("Hospital")
Peter Horton Harry, Brenda's Husband ("Hospital")
Joe Pantoliano Sy Swerdlow ("Hairlooming")
Stanley Brock Customer ("Hairlooming")
Robert Colbert Blackie ("Amazon Women on the Moon")
Forrest J. Ackerman U.S. President ("Amazon Women on the Moon")
Lana Clarkson Alpha Beta ("Amazon Women on the Moon")
David Alan Grier Don "No Soul" Simmons ("Blacks Without Soul")
Bill Bryant Male Republican ("Blacks Without Soul")
Roxie Roker Female Republican ("Blacks Without Soul")
Le Tari Pimp ("Blacks Without Soul")
Christopher Broughton Fan Club President ("Blacks Without Soul")
Henry Silva Himself ("Bullshit or Not")
Sarah Lilly Prostitute ("Bullshit or Not")
Archie Hahn Harvey Pitnik ("Critic's Corner," "Roast Your Loved O
Belinda Balaski Bernice Pitnik ("Critic's Corner" "Roast Your Loved O
T.K. Carter Host ("Silly Pate")
Philip Proctor Mike ("Silly Pate")
Ira Newborn Fred ("Silly Pate")
Karen Montgomery Karen ("Silly Pate")
Bryan Cranston "Roast Your Loved One" - Paramedic #1
Robert Picardo Rick Raddnitz ("Roast Your Loved One")
Rip Taylor Himself ("Roast Your Loved One")
Slappy White Himself ("Roast Your Loved One")
Jackie Vernon Himself ("Roast Your Loved One")
Charlie Callas Himself ("Roast Your Loved One")
William Marshall Pirate Captain ("Video Pirates")
Tino Insana Mr. Sylvio ("Video Pirates")
Donald Gibb Graceless Pirate ("Video Pirates")
Mark Bringelson "Antony & Cleopatra" - Theatre Customer #1
Frank Collison Grizzled Pirate ("Video Pirates")
Bill Taylor Gruesome Pirate ("Video Pirates")
Vivian Bonnell Theatre Customer #3
Jenny Agutter "Antony & Cleopatra Promo" - Cleopatra
Chuck La Font Trent ("Son of the Invisible Man")
Raye Birk Vanya
Larry Hankin Man in Pub ("Son of the Invisible Man")
Kellye Nakahara Theatre Customer #4
Garry Goodrow Checker Player ("Son of the Invisible Man")
Roger La Page London Bobby ("Son of the Invisible Man")
Dick Miller Danny
John Ingle Felix Van Dam ("Art Sale")
Robina Suwol Woman
Angel Tompkins First Lady ("First Lady of the Evening")
Terry McGovern Salesman ("First Lady of the Evening")
Matt Adler George ("Titan Man")
Steve Cropper Customer ("Titan Man")
Marc McClure Ray ("Video Date")
Corinne Wahl Sherrie ("Video Date")
Andrew Dice Clay Frankie ("Video Date")
Willard E. Pugh Speaking Cop ("Video Date")
Herb Vigran Agent ("Reckless Youth")
Tracy Hutchinson Floozie ("Reckless Youth")
Mike Mazurki Dutch ("Reckless Youth")
Frank Beddor Ken ("Reckless Youth")
Martin Goslins "French Ventriloquist" - French Ventriloquist

Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director
Carl Gottlieb Director,Screenwriter
Peter Horton Director
John Landis Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Weiss Director,Producer
Michael Barrie Screenwriter
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Brian Carson Stunts
Christopher Doyle Stunts
Carolyn Clark Costumes/Costume Designer
Debra Combs Set Decoration/Design
Ivo Cristante Production Designer
Bobby Cummings Stunts
Taryn de Chellis Costumes/Costume Designer
Sally Dennison Casting
George Folsey Executive Producer
Laura Graham Editor
Tracy S. Granger Editor
Alex Hajdu Art Director
Marshall Harvey Editor
Eddie Hice Stunts
Jack Hilton Editor
Robb Idels Associate Producer
Deborah Love Asst. Director
Bert Lovitt Editor
Kevin Marcy Associate Producer
Michael McClary Camera Operator
Jim Mulholland Screenwriter
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Noon Orsatti Stunts
Daniel Pearl Cinematographer
Florent Retz Editor
Pattye Rogers Editor
Daniel Schneider Asst. Director
Julie Selzer Casting
Paul Sherrod Stunts
Robin Siegel Makeup
J.D. Silvester Stunts
Lincoln Simonds Stunts
Monty L. Simons Stunts
David Sosna Asst. Director
Susumu Tokunow Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Kaye Towery Set Decoration/Design
Debra L. Wright Costumes/Costume Designer
Mira Zavidowsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Main Titles [1:38]
3. Mondo Condo [3:48]
4. Pethouse Video [2:31]
5. Murray in Videoland [3:16]
6. Hospital [4:42]
7. Hairlooming [1:26]
8. "Amazon Women on the Moon" [3:29]
9. Blacks without Soul [1:47]
10. Two I.D.'s [6:03]
11. Bullshit or Not [2:41]
12. Critic's Corner [6:57]
13. Silly Pâté [:55]
14. Roast Your Loved One [8:59]
15. Don "No Soul" Simmons [2:07]
16. Video Pirates [2:01]
17. "Son of the Invisible Man" [6:38]
18. Art Sale [1:42]
19. "First Lady of the Evening" [1:21]
20. Titan Man [8:46]
21. Video Date [4:39]
22. End Titles [2:00]
23. "Reckless Youth" [7:01]

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