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In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, several shows tried to bring rock 'n' roll to television. In the wake of Elvis Presley and the Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, '60s series like Hullabaloo, Shindig and The Music Scene featured rock and pop performers. But it wasn't until The Midnight Special premiered on August 19, 1972, that rock 'n' roll found its own home on the air.
May 29, 1983, was "Heavy Metal Day" at the US Festival, and the stellar lineup of bands included Quiet Riot, whose album Metal Health was well on its way to multiplatinum status. The band performed songs from their hit album that became hard rock classics, including the huge singles "Cum On Feel The Noize" and "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)."
DVD Review BREAKING GLASS
With a cover that screams Glam Rock-era David Bowie, this flick promises to be a real treat. Having only heard of this sparingly through the years, it's great that Olive Films have finally made it widely available for the music-loving masses.
This September, two of the greatest, as well as the most unorthodox, films about World War II will come to the Criterion Collection, in both Blu-ray and DVD editions. Terrence Malick's star-studded (Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson), multiple-Oscar-nominated James Jones adaptation The Thin Red Line is a staggering accomplishment, a profoundly moving, existential trip to war's heart of darkness, set during the battle for Guadalcanal. And Nagisa Oshima's extraordinarily bold Japanese POW camp drama Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie as a mysterious prisoner targeted by an obsessive camp commander, is one of the controversial director's most acclaimed and beloved films. Plus, two jazzy sixties hits—Godard's Breathless, with Jean-Paul Belmondo, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, and Stanley Donen's Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant—come out in new Criterion Blu-ray editions.
DVD Review OSHIMA'S OUTLAW SIXTIES (ECLIPSE SERIES 21)
Criterion does a fine enough job bringing world-class cinema to the masses, but their Eclipse Series continues to be a great way to discover those foreign filmmakers that might otherwise go unnoticed, Nagisa Oshima included.
For the first time in history, Time Life announced today the pre-sale availability for The Best of Soul Train9-DVD Box set with more than 16 hours of pure love, peace, and souuul,specifically highlighting the '70s decade. Fresh off the heels of the highly rated VH1 documentary special, the DVD release marks the first-time availability of Soul Train, the longest running, syndicated series in television history.
DVD Review MARLENE
Up close and personal with one of the great temptresses in the history of the big screen.
It was a magical night, a great vibe and I think this captures it beautifully! All in all - it's a good-humoured romp! To relive the full horror of my life, there's bonus material of some classic diary monologues too. If you were there (at the gig, I mean), you can relive the experience. If you weren't and you'd like to hear some stripped-bare, intimate performances of my favourite songs, then this is for you. - Steve Hogarth
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