Q: Winged Serpent

Q: Winged Serpent

Director: Larry Cohen Cast: Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine
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Q: Winged Serpent

Larry Cohen's quirky classic Q: The Winged Serpent comes back to DVD in a stellar release as part of Blue Underground's Larry Cohen Collection. With its 1.85:1 widescreen image and 16 x 9 enhancement, the transfer seems to be the same as Anchor Bay's prior release (which, while decent, isn't known to be the highest in quality); it's the audio options that technically put this disc over the edge. Four amazing tracks are supplied, with the remastered 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX and 6.1 DTS-ES leading the pack, alongside a Dolby Surround 2.0 and even the Original Mono mix for those interested. The highlight of the DVD comes with another commentary session between old friends Larry Cohen and fellow director William Lustig (see Blue Underground's God Told Me To and Bone discs for their other insightful and fun tracks recorded around the same time). A slew of information is spewed forth here, proving not only the genius of the film, but also of the low-budget auteur Cohen himself. Lustig keeps things rolling as the two talk of everything from the director's get-'em-and-go attitude during the incredible 18-day shoot to the almost unheard of week-long prep time (that includes scripting and casting, folks). No matter how many times you've seen the film, there's no doubt that this commentary will be an eye-opener which should inspire the right kind of raised-fist attitude needed when working outside of the Hollywood system. Other bonus materials include a terrific teaser trailer ("Q is coming!"), alongside a Larry Cohen bio and an extensive poster and still gallery consisting of posters, publicity stills, behind-the-scenes stills, and various video covers through the years. The fun isn't over yet, as those with DVD-ROMs can also access a special Q Memorabilia section, offering transcripts of various cast interviews, along with film reviews, press releases, and more promotional material from the film. Given its unwavering cult status, Q's fans will no doubt be delighted with this disc, as it's by far the best presentation this genre-bending monster flick has ever seen.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
UPC: 0827058101899
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Digital Theater Systems]
Time: 1:32:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with writer/director Larry Cohen; Teaser trailer; Poster & still gallery; Larry Cohen bio; Q memorabilia (DVD-ROM)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Moriarty Jimmy Quinn
Candy Clark Joan
David Carradine Detective Shepard
Richard Roundtree Sgt. Powell
Lee Louis Banyon
Malachy McCourt Police Commissioner
John Capodice Doyle
Bruce Carradine Victim
Shelly Desai Kahea
James Dixon Lt. Murray
Richard Duggan Construction Worker
Larkin Ford Curator
Jennifer Howard Newscaster
Eddie Jones Watchman
Fred Morsell Actor
Tony Page Webb
Larry Pine Professor
Fred J. Scollay Capt. Fletcher
Nancy Stafford Eyewitness
Ed Kovens Robbers
Bobbi Burns Sunbather
Ron Cey Detective Hoberman
Peter Hock Detective Clifford
Mary Louise Weller Mrs. Pauley

Technical Credits
Larry Cohen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
David Allen Special Effects
Randall William Cook Special Effects
Randy Cook Special Effects
Tim D'Arcy Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis Eger Makeup
Peter Kuran Special Effects
Paul Kurta Producer
Armand Lebawitz Editor
Armond Leibowitz Editor
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Steve Neill Special Effects
Robert O. Ragland Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start / Main Titles [1:37]
2. The Terror Begins [2:59]
3. "Peeled Like an Orange" [2:55]
4. Piano Man [2:58]
5. Big Trouble [5:39]
6. The Nest [4:55]
7. Ritual of the Gods [5:38]
8. Ex-Junkie [4:54]
9. The Plume Serpent [4:11]
10. Unfriendly Visitors [3:50]
11. Hiding Place [4:30]
12. "Right to Remain Silent" [8:11]
13. The Most Important Man [3:03]
14. "Speak Your Peace" [2:25]
15. Creating a Plan [4:05]
16. Payday [4:46]
17. In Hot Pursuit [2:20]
18. The Other Case [5:49]
19. Showdown [5:47]
20. The Betrayer [5:01]
21. End Credits [5:21]

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