Can't Stop the Music

Can't Stop the Music

Director: Nancy Walker

Cast: Nancy Walker, Valerie Perrine, Ray Simpson, Steve Guttenberg

     
 

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The Village People sing their hearts out in the camp classic Can't Stop the Music. Anchor Bay has done an admirable job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While the image often looks a tad aged and worn, overall the color schemes (of which there are many) and the black levels all appear even and solid. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 EX

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The Village People sing their hearts out in the camp classic Can't Stop the Music. Anchor Bay has done an admirable job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While the image often looks a tad aged and worn, overall the color schemes (of which there are many) and the black levels all appear even and solid. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 EX Surround and Dolby Digital 6.1 ES Matrixed, both in English. Both of these soundtracks are surprisingly full and lush with some excellent use of directional sound (especially during the musical numbers). These mixes are easily better than the film required them to be. Also included on this disc are English closed captions. The extra features on Can't Stop the Music are pretty scarce -- the only supplements included on this disc are some production notes about the history of the Village People, a still gallery with about 50 or so images from the film, and a funny anamorphic theatrical trailer for the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A film that managed to be dated even before it was released, Can't Stop the Music is one of those movies that is so unbelievable that it's entertaining -- in small doses. Created (too late) to cash in on the late 1970's disco craze, Music is directed with no sense of style, tension, pacing or musicality by Nancy Walker. There IS a unique look to the film -- and audiences can be thankful that it is the only look of its kind. Although the cast tries hard, nobody is able to overcome the limitations of the material. Steve Guttenberg gives a truly inept performance, one that seems to embarrass him from the first moments, when we see him attempting to roller skate down the city streets while at the same time groovin' to the music -- and doing neither one convincingly. Even worse is Bruce Jenner, whose outsized, bug-eyed reactions quickly become wearying. Village People fans will like the songs, and the staging of most numbers cannot fail to make an impression. ("Highlights" include "YMCA's" speedo-clad Busby Berkeley take-offs and "Macho Man's" flaming baton sequence.) A true mess of a movie, Music is still so much a one-of-a-kind experience that it should be seen -- once.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
UPC:
0013131156195
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailer; Still gallery; Photo essay: The Village People Story

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Valerie Perrine Samantha Simpson
Ray Simpson Policeman
Steve Guttenberg Jack Morell
David Hodo Construction Worker
June Havoc Helen Morell
Felipe Rose Indian
Randy Jones Cowboy
Barbara Rush Norma White
Glenn R. Hughes Leatherman
Leigh Taylor-Young Claudia Walters
Bruce Jenner Ron White
Alex Briley GI
Paul Sand Steve Waits
Tammy Grimes Sydney Channing
Altovise Davis Alicia Edwards
Marilyn Sokol Lulu Brecht
Russell Nype Richard Montgomery
Jack Weston Benny Murray
Dick Patterson Record Store Manager
Bobo Lewis Bread Woman
Paula Trueman Stickup Lady
Portia Nelson Law Office Receptionist
Village People Actor

Technical Credits
Nancy Walker Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
William S. Beasley Asst. Director
Henri Belolo Songwriter,Producer
John F. Burnett Editor
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Allan Carr Producer,Screenwriter
Jane Greenwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Hendrickson Production Designer
Neil Machlis Producer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Richard McKenzie Set Decoration/Design
Harold Michelson Art Director
Jacques Morali Score Composer,Songwriter,Producer
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Horace Ott Musical Arrangement
Arlene Phillips Choreography
Michael Sullivan Special Effects
Bronte Woodard Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/"My Time Is Now" (Main Titles) [5:32]
2. Jack and Samantha [4:22]
3. Saddle Tramps Disco [3:53]
4. Indian on the Warpath [5:49]
5. Looking for Talent [4:03]
6. I Love You to Death [3:38]
7. Stick-Up [6:54]
8. Policeman [5:18]
9. Wicked Witch of the West [2:45]
10. Magic Night [4:15]
11. Starting at the Top [7:51]
12. Helpful Suitor [5:09]
13. Hot and Heavy [5:04]
14. G.I. [4:35]
15. Leatherman [4:40]
16. Y.M.C.A. [5:40]
17. Liberation [7:15]
18. Milk Shake [5:49]
19. Corporate Image [4:33]
20. Cutting a Deal [4:05]
21. The Ritchie Family [5:21]
22. Backstage Pass [4:58]
23. Can't Stop the Music [7:18]
24. End Credits [4:09]

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