Head

Head

4.4 9
Director: Bob Rafelson

Cast: Bob Rafelson, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz

     
 

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The dark side of the Monkees arrives on DVD in a fun but fairly bare-bones package in Rhino Home Video's release of their trippy, stream-of-consciousness masterpiece Head. The first collaboration between Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson is well presented on this disc, highlighted by a remarkably sharp transfer and curiously powerful Dolby DigitalSee more details below

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The dark side of the Monkees arrives on DVD in a fun but fairly bare-bones package in Rhino Home Video's release of their trippy, stream-of-consciousness masterpiece Head. The first collaboration between Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson is well presented on this disc, highlighted by a remarkably sharp transfer and curiously powerful Dolby Digital two-channel audio mix. It's doubtful that Head has ever looked this good outside of its original theatrical release during the waning days of the band's initial popularity surge. Presented in full-frame format, the image is sharp and colorful throughout, though at times appears slightly dirty, with scratches and speckling from the source materials revealing the film's age even more so than its psychedelic imagery. These slight issues aside, the image remains for the most part clear of visual distortion and is remarkably colorful. The film's multi-layered, florid "Can You Dig It?" belly dancer sequence is a testament to the transfer's attractive skin tones and vivid display of colors. Even the stock footage in the early war sequence looks relatively clean. The audio is rich and full sounding, adequately filling the room with music and sound while healthily exercising the Dolby Digital two-channel audio scheme. Infrequent hints of overmodulation resulting in slight distortion are not too distracting and occur only in the most audio-intensive of scenes. Extra features on the disc are sorely lacking, except for seven trailers (three theatrical and four television spots), including an interesting and fun Portuguese trailer. Monkees' fans may wish for more features and what could have been a very interesting commentary track, though they will undoubtedly be satisfied with this attractive and thoughtfully remastered presentation.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Monkees' one and only theatrical outing is a difficult, deliberately confrontational attempt to shatter their image as goody-two-shoes pop idols. On the part of the filmmakers, it was an attempt to break all the rules of filmmaking: no plot line, no clear-cut protagonists, no attempt to maintain the illusion of telling the viewer a story. The end result is uneven to be sure, but interesting nonetheless. Head is a rare case of a film's biggest strength (its taboo-trashing sense of daring) also being its biggest weakness. Since the film is essential a loosely connected series of sketches interrupted with a series of non-sequiturs, the film lacks the rhythm that would make it fascinating from start to finish and it becomes tiresome after a while. However, this doesn't mean that it isn't worth seeing. Anyone with any kind of interest in cult movies should see it at least once, because it when it hits the bull's eye, the rewards are dazzling. Highlights include a surreal scene where a hysterical crowd cheering on at a Monkees concert is intercut with news footage of the Vietnam War and a pseudo-parody of Lawrence of Arabia that involves Micky Dolenz blowing up a Coke machine that won't give him a bottle. Head also boasts some of the Monkees' finest post-television-fame music, the best being the dizzying psychedelia of "The Porpoise Song" and the rousing rocker "Circle Sky." Each of the bandmembers fully commits to the daring style of the film, with Micky Dolenz pulling off the wildest comic moments and Michael Nesmith achieving the most slyly witty moments. To sum up, Head is a hit-and-miss affair, but its sense of daring and periodic moments of brilliance make it worthwhile for cult movie fanatics.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/1998
UPC:
0081227446024
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
G
Source:
Rhino Theatrical
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
27,582

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Tork Himself
Davy Jones Himself
Micky Dolenz Himself
Michael Nesmith Himself
Annette Funicello Minnie
Abraham Sofaer Swami
Vito Scotti I. Vitteloni
Charles Macaulay Inspector Shrink
T.C. Jones Mr. And Mrs. Ace
Charles Irving Mayor Feedback
William Bagdad Black Sheik
Percy Helton Heraldic Messenger
Sonny Liston Extra
Ray Nitschke Private One
Carol Doda Sally Silicone
Frank Zappa The Critic
June Fairchild The Jumper
Teri Garr Testy True
I.J. Jefferson Lady Pleasure
Monkees Actor
Jack Nicholson Actor
Logan Ramsey Officer Faye Lapid
Victor Mature Big Victor
Dennis Hopper Actor
Bob Rafelson Actor
Timothy Carey Lord High `n' Low

Technical Credits
Bob Rafelson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jon C. Anderson Asst. Director
Gene Ashman Costumes/Costume Designer
Toni Basil Choreography
Butler-Glouner, Inc. Special Effects
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Chuck Gasper Special Effects
Burton Gershfield Special Effects
Gerry Goffin Score Composer
Monte Hellman Editor
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Carole King Score Composer
Bruce Lane Special Effects
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director
Jack Nicholson Producer,Screenwriter
Birgit Nilsson Score Composer
Ned Parsons Set Decoration/Design
Mike Pozen Editor
Bert Schneider Executive Producer
Ken Thorne Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Head
0. Scenes
1. Start Film [3:12]
2. The Porpoise song [5:17]
3. Ditty Diego Chant [3:06]
4. Ray Nitschke [2:04]
5. Circle Sky [9:06]
6. Can You Dig It? [3:03]
7. Terri Garr [5:32]
8. Sonny Liston [1:10]
9. Jack Nicholson & Dennis Hopper [3:47]
10. As We Go Along [1:08]
11. Dandruff [5:31]
12. Victor Mature [:55]
13. Daddy's Song [2:13]
14. Happy Birthday [1:15]
15. Toni Basil [1:38]
16. Frank Zappa [10:55]
17. Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again? [:41]
18. The Porpoise Song (reprise) [20:19]
19. Credits [2:42]
20. End Of Feature Film [1:45]

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