Can’t Stop The Music (1980) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Nancy Walker
STARRING: Ray Simpson, David Hodo, Felipe Rose
RATED: PG/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Shout Factory
Pour yourself a milkshake and experience the magic, music, and mirth of the all-time favorite camptastic classic: Can’t Stop The Music! This (highly fictionalized) story depicting the creation of disco icons the Village People provides the framework for an outrageous musical extravaganza as only producer Allan Carr (Grease, Grease 2) could deliver.
Well, let me just say that Can’t Stop The Music is something. What that something is I don’t know and I’m not sure I’d really call it good, but if you want to see an acid trip of sorts on film mixed in with the likes of Bruce Jenner, Disco, and The Villiage People, then Can’t Stop The Music will be your thing. The plot for the movie would be a VERY pseudo-biography of disco’s Village People. One that if you do the research on such a thing would prove that they tell some tall tales here and go way off the rails in the formation of the group here. None the less, it tells a strange tale and never passes up on a good chance to bust into some music. Now, one might could argue that disc was well and dead by the release of this movie, but I happen to think that the music is probably the least most annoying and frustrating thing about the movie here. It was just a little bit too out of left field for even me, who sees a bunch of weird stuff on a regular basis.
Now my opinion on the film withstanding, this release isn’t a bad release from Shout at all. The Blu-ray goes above and beyond the way out of print DVD version of this movie that was out there and that really shouldn’t shock you to hear. The movie looks good and the sound is great, which comes in handy when dealing with all these catchy tunes you’ll be hearing when you give this one a watch. But as far as a movie goes, I’d call this one a bit of a mess and one that is more like watching a live-action car wreck than anything else I can think of at the moment. So, it’s a solid release for a very sub-par movie that’s only saving grace to me is the music. So proceed with caution if you haven’t already seen it and enjoy it.
– NEW Interview With Village People’s Randy Jones – Over An Hour Of Stories And Memories From Your Favorite Cowboy!
– NEW Audio Commentary With The Fabulous Allan Carr, Producer/Director Jeffrey Schwarz, And Comedy Writer Bruce Vilanch
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Original TV Spots
– Image Galleries
Quality of Transfer: 88%