Carnival Magic (1983) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Carnival Magic (1983) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Carnival Magic (1983) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Carnival Magic (1983) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Al Adamson
Starring: Don Stewart, Jennifer Houlton, Howard Segal
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Severin Films

Severin Kids presents Adamson’s first children’s movie, a delightful tale of alcoholism, domestic violence, a talking chimp with a brassiere fetish, vivisection, suicide, ‘The Freak-Out Girl’ Regina Carrol – in her final performance – flaunting an array of skintight/low-cut outfits, and not a single role for children. Don Stewart (THE GUIDING LIGHT) and Joe Cirillo (GHOSTBUSTERS) co-star in the infamous ‘80s oddity that has been hailed as “Possibly the worst kiddie movie ever made,” (DVD Drive-In) and “The finest family film since E.T.” (Joe Franklin). Now scanned from the only surviving pre-print 35mm elements with all-new Special Features – including his last complete feature, the Sandra Dee starrer LOST – that reveal Al’s bizarre kiddie matinee legacy.

While we’ve been talking about the Severin set of Al Adamson’s films and the documentary about him as well, we can’t forget this movie of his here that is being released on Severin’s Kids label. Carnival Magic follows a man that is very odd (a common thing in Al’s movies). He’s got the power to control people and animals, but this isn’t a horror movie so while that is a factor it isn’t the MAIN factor of the film. The main plot revolves around his talking monkey who takes everyone by storm and saves his job at the carnival. But that type of attention doesn’t happen without bringing along trouble. He has a jealous tiger master and a science guy who wants to experiment on our monkey friend that is here to add the drama to the movie. It’s all pretty simple, but it can keep you watching regardless.

Now the thing about this one is the drama or lack thereof, despite the ending and the slight tension there, we don’t have much in the way of thrills or drama. You have interesting enough stuff going on with the talking monkey, the people finding love at the carnival, and the drama with a man who can, by all means, change someone’s opinion and such with his mind (a factory that rarely comes into play), but the actual tension and such isn’t really here. Still, it’s okay for what it is. And what it is is a strange flick. It also comes with another one of Al’s more child-friendly films in Lost. Lost doesn’t look very pretty in HD and is Al’s last full-on movie. It’s about a little girl lost out in the desert with her dog. It follows Al, who plays the role of the step-daddy, as he tries to not only find this girl (and her dog) but win over her love and affection as well. It’s a nice movie, but there is a reason Carnival Magic gets the top billing.

Extras

  • A Boom to Science – A critical appreciation by Zack Carlson and Lars Nilsen.
  • Audio Commentary with Producer Elvin Feltner.
  • Outtakes.
  • TV Spot.
  • Trailer.
  • Bonus film: LOST.
  • The Happy Hobo – Rushes for a promo from unproduced Adamson kids film.
  • LOST Trailer.

Quality of Transfer: 89%

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