Liquid Sky (1982) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Liquid Sky (1982) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Slava Tsukerman
Starring: Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Susan Doukas
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model’s casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle, in a dual role.)

Liquid Sky is a strange one! A movie that would go on to influence stuff that would go down in clubs years later and if I was a better man I’d bet this is a movie that influenced Lady Gaga a great deal as well. We basically are following around some drugged up clubs folks until a tiny UFO shows up. That takes what would be a solid tale of the local club scene in the 80’s on its own and turns it into a whole other strange thing with the aliens being tossed in. Keep in mind we never see these aliens because they are invisible but we do see their tiny spaceship. The ship is keeping tabs on our lead and every time she has sex it kills the person she sleeps with but not her because she’s not having any orgasms. Yes, that is the plot! It might just be one of those that is so strange you can’t help but fascinate with it. It has some slow parts but it’s just as creative as it is crazy.

It is also a visually appealing film with lots of color and neon. It also packs a strange soundtrack that is made of strange club music to the weird synthesizer theme of the movie. It’s one big giant ball of odd and from what I can tell people seem to love it for being just that. One performance I don’t want to go unnoticed here is that of Paula E. Sheppard. Her only other credit was that of Alice in Alice Sweet Alice and she plays the lesbian friend to our main lead here. She does a great job in this movie and I have no clue why she didn’t do way more movies because she’s great in both credited films she was in. All in all the movie looks great here and has some nice extras to go along with it. If you are a fan of this movie I see no reason why you won’t love this release. I think the movie is a bit odd and probably not my cup of tea per say, but I still think the movie is a good enough and creative film at the end of the day.

Extras

– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 4k from the 35mm original negative
– Brand new commentary track with: Slava Tsukerman (director)
– Video interview with Slava Tsukerman
– Video interview with Anne Carlisle (actress)
– Director’s introduction
– “Liquid Sky Revisited” (2017) – 50 minute making-of documentary
– Q&A from a 2017 Alamo Dafthouse Yonkers screening with: Slava Tsukerman, Anne Carlisle and Clive Smith (music)
– Isolated soundtrack
– Never before seen outtakes
– Alternate opening sequence
– Behind the scenes rehearsal footage
– Multiple theatrical trailers
– Still gallery
– Booklet with essay by Samm Deighan
– Artwork designed by Derek Gabryszak
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 98%