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Tapeheads
     

Tapeheads

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Director: Bill Fishman

Cast: John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Doug McClure

 
Anchor Bay's digital transfer of Tapeheads is extraordinary for a 1988 film. The colors are bright and tight, with nary a glitch, and the Dolby 5.1 respects the music of the Swanky Modes (Junior Walker and Sam Moore) as much as Ivan and Josh do. In fact, the entire soundtrack, produced by Fishbone, rocks the rafters; Devo, the Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Stiv

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Anchor Bay's digital transfer of Tapeheads is extraordinary for a 1988 film. The colors are bright and tight, with nary a glitch, and the Dolby 5.1 respects the music of the Swanky Modes (Junior Walker and Sam Moore) as much as Ivan and Josh do. In fact, the entire soundtrack, produced by Fishbone, rocks the rafters; Devo, the Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Stiv Bator, and especially the King Cotton commercial for Roscoe's Chicken 'n' Waffles restaurants sound great coming out of five speakers. The Swanky Modes' single "Ordinary Man" is included with the disc, which is a nice bonus, but there are no trailers, TV spots, still gallery, production photos, or cast and crew bios, which is odd. There is an essay and several color photos included in the chapter list booklet. The candid running commentary by executive producer Michael Nesmith, director Bill Fishman, and production designer Catherine Hardwicke reveals aspects of the film that were either forgotten or never known, and it's a treat to share this guilty pleasure in their company.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
In 1988, the median attention span among the moviegoing population was significantly longer than it would be after the release of Tapeheads. Tapeheads was one of the first to capitalize on the general audience's acceptance of the blisteringly paced editing of the music videos seen on MTV, which at that point was just reaching critical mass in cable TV penetration. It's no coincidence that the setting for the film is the music video milieu: executive producer Michael Nesmith helped create the format for the music video channel (see Elephant Parts). Spiked with intentionally arch performances by emerging stars John Cusack and Tim Robbins -- who recite rapid-fire, high-camp dialogue -- and peppered with up-tempo satires of music videos, Tapeheads bombed on its release because most critics didn't get the joke and the film never reached its audience. Years later the film became warmly regarded as a gently rebellious farce, and it's now spoken of with something akin to reverence, as it's funny and smart and holds up very well against contemporary competition.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0013131123890
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Bill Fishman, executive producer Michael Nesmith, and production designer Catherine Hardwicke

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Ivan Alexeev
Tim Robbins Josh Tager
Doug McClure Sidney Tager
Connie Stevens June Tager
Clu Gulager Norman Mart
Katy Boyer Belinda Mart
Mary Crosby Samantha Gregory
Lyle Alzado Thor Alexeev
King Cotton Roscoe
Don Cornelius Mo Fuzz
Jessica Walter Kay Mart
Sam Moore Billy Diamond
Junior Walker Lester Diamond
Susan Tyrrell Nikki Morton
Martha Quinn Music Video Hostess
Ebbe Roe Smith Mr. G
Keith Joe Dick Mr. B
Lee Arenberg Norton
Rocky Giordani Hitman #1
J.J. Hitman #2
John Durbin Hitman #3
Milton Selzer Merlin Hinkle
Zander Schloss Heavy Metal Fan
Stiv Bators Dick Slammer
Jo Harvey Allen Madame Olga
Sy Richardson Bartender
Coati Mundi Bald Executive
Patrick O'Neill Student Journalist
John Fleck Critic #1
Jello Biafra FBI Man #1
Bob McLean FBI Man #2
Tiiu Leek News Anchor
"Weird Al" Yankovic 'Weird Al'
Ted Nugent Rock Star
Michael Nesmith Water Man
Ed Pansullo Video Protector
Daniel Epper Pimply Guard
Jennifer Balgobin Calypso Dancer
Michael Franco T-Shirt Vendor
Slavitza Jovan Tish
John Lykes Body Buddy
Jeannine Bisignano Foxy Extra
Debbie Lynn Ross Foxy Extra
Jim Ward Dutch Reagan
Eric Dressen Skateboarder
Eric Barrett Civic Security Guard
Peter McCarthy Menudo Fan
Brian James The Blender Children
Billy Ferrick Cube Squared
Brie Howard Flygirl
Tyra Ferrell Flygirl
John Mitchell Swanky Modes Band
Bob Rose Swanky Modes Band
Bojan Bazelli Actor
Xander Berkeley Ricky Fell
Bobcat Goldthwait Prosperty Through Exploitation Author

Technical Credits
Bill Fishman Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Eric Barrett Associate Producer
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Andrew Z. Davis Associate Producer
Don Diers Art Director
Fishbone Score Composer
Ali Greene Makeup
Catherine Hardwicke Production Designer
Nigel Harrison Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Herzfeld Original Story
Mondo Jenkins Editor
Josh King Asst. Director
Robert Lecky Co-producer
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter McCarthy Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Michael Nesmith Executive Producer
William R. Perry Stunts
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Ryan Rowe Original Story
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Victoria Thomas Casting

Scene Index

Chapter Selections
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:41]
2. Happy Birthday [4:09]
3. Busted! [2:32]
4. Video Aces [4:07]
5. Home, Sweet Home [4:18]
6. New Attitude [2:40]
7. Getting The Gig [4:18]
8. Cube-Squared [3:29]
9. Last Will & Testament [3:08]
10. Fundraiser Fun [4:36]
11. T & A [3:34]
12. Opportunity & Disaster [6:05]
13. Two Ninja Bitches [3:14]
14. Funeral [2:15]
15. Power Is Happiness [3:16]
16. Award-Winning Talent [5:29]
17. Home Invasion [3:20]
18. Limbo Time [1:44]
19. Command Performance [3:51]
20. Under Fire [3:26]
21. Pre-Show [2:04]
22. Gunning For Trouble [3:01]
23. On The Air [3:44]
24. The Swanky Modes [5:25]
25. Doing Time [:50]
26. End Credits [5:02]

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Tapeheads 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm the ultimate John Cusack fan. When I went to the video store and saw this movie, I was kinda surprised I'd never heard about it before. I can't begin to tell you how hilarious this movie is. It's definately from the 80s, though. If you're looking for a random movie that will put a smile on your face, this is the one for you.