The Forbidden Zone coming to Blu-Ray Sept. 29th

In Movies by Beyond The Geek1 Comment

Curious what oddness was rolling around Danny Elfman’s and his older brother Richard’s head in 1980? If that is a loud “yes sir”; then look no further than Forbidden Zone.

I saw it once in a hotel a long time ago, and for better or for worse still can’t shake it. Honestly, it’s just so weird you can’t peel your eyes from it. It’s musical, it’s art, it’s horror—the only way to describe it is; if Ed Wood directed a Talking Heads music video. Then, and only then, you might get close to the oddity of Forbidden Zone.

From MVD:

Synopsis: Richard Elfman’s Forbidden Zone, starring Herve Villechaise (Fantasy Island) and Susan Tyrell (Fat City, Cry-Baby) and featuring original music by Danny Elfman, will make it’s way to the home video market on September 29th in various forms including Digital, DVD, Blu-ray, and soundtrack packages. Each edition contains the black and white and color transfers of the film.

In the film sexy Frenchy falls into an insane underworld ruled by a horny little king and his jealous queen. Chicken-boy comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself–played by Danny Elfman and the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Frog butlers, topless princesses and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and other greats. Forbidden Zone is truly a ground-breaking, fun-filled timeless classic!

Elfman says:
“Forbidden Zone, the Ultimate Edition is coming shortly to DVD and Blu-ray from my good friends at MVD Entertainment. For the first time ever we include both the original black & white plus the new color version–all in sterling hi-def and state-of-the-art sound mix. There’s a terrific booklet and loads of bonus features (including an utterly insane introduction by some idiot who looks a lot like me). I’m very proud of this best ever Forbidden Zone release! Officially Elfo-recommended!”

Bonus Materials
– Audio commentary with director Richard Elfman and writer-actor Matthew Bright
– “A Look into Forbidden Zone” featuring extensive behind the scenes documentary featuring interviews and archive footage, including scenes from Elfman’s lost film “The Hercules Family.”
– Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Wild new video intro by Richard Elfman with teaser clip of upcoming Forbidden Zone 2.

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  • Regan Patricia Lorie

    it’s about fucking time; my VHS copy is fried! cannot WAIT for this insane classic to drop!
    “TAKE HER TO CELL 63!”