High contrast, saturated colors, deep inky blacks, filmic grain structure and nice sharp lines. Overall the film is visually stunning, imbued with philosophical and religious symbolism and populated with odd and interesting characters. I believe if it were released today it would develop a strong cult following among the newer generation and if the original negatives still exist would make a brilliant candidate for an entirely new high definition restoration, and digital cinema or blu-ray release. The characters all yearning for escape but seemingly do not know how. Lake discusses many aspects of his experience working on the low budget film. Overall, the dynamics between the small cast kept me engaged and uncomfortable for the films 96 minutes. Philosophical themes of death, hope, paranoia, religion and technology are all major parts of the films narrative.
But pobody's nerfect, and Ltd nor any advertiser accepts liability for information that may be inaccurate. Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds has finally been resurrected after 30 years, restored and available for rediscovery. Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds 1989 Set against an overwhelming desert landscape, Felix Michael Lake, Fortress and Betty Crabtree Rhys Davis, Dead End Drive-In are eccentric siblings living together in an isolated homestead in a post-apocalyptic era. He shares how many key shots were concieved and ultimately performed and also shares some stories from set. It's the closest I've come to feeling like I'm watching a live play and yet the surreal panoramic desert scenes open the stage up in a way that could never be achieved in a theater. Peter Millers soundtrack is at the forefront though it sounds a bit bigger with the 5. This included removal of frames or sometimes fields where a film splice appeared.
Felix spends hours on end alone in his workshop obsessively tinkering away, dreaming of a different life just over the mountains. This audio and visual feast has been resurrected from cinematic obscurity to coincide with its 30 th anniversary of production. In fact, you have to go back 20 years before a film of his is verified fresh. Modern technology is absent, with wheels and gears operating a variety of broken devices to assist their struggle to survive. Michael Lake pulls surprising pathos as the dreamer who would do anything to touch the clouds and his Rhys Davis plays his sister as an overacting loon who has a new outfit everytime she appears until her injured emotions bubble to the surface. A lone wanderer makes his way through the barren wasteland, surrounded by a formation of vintage automobiles buried nose-deep in sand.
Whilst the project was not for public release, but simply for the client's own personal archives, I wanted to do justice for this film the same as I would if it were to be seen by millions. Not everyone is likely to appreciate this quirky piece of art to the extent that I do, but in my opinion it is one of the most unique and beautiful celluloid creations to come out of the Southern Hemisphere since the 80's. From the films outset, we are treated to a hypnotic and sweeping desert vista complete with burnt orange sands under a backdrop of turquoise sky. It is currently sitting on a dismal Rotten Tomatoes approval rating. I cant help but feel sad this film has not enjoyed a wider audience. Synopsis Set against an overwhelming desert landscape, Felix Michael Lake, Sweetie and Betty Crabtree Rhys Davis, Dead End Drive-In are eccentric siblings living together in an isolated homestead in a post-apocalyptic era.
Smith mentions his desire for flight — quite a coincidence, as Felix is obsessed with building a glider to clear the mountains to the north and fly off to a new life. Thankfully in 2018 Umbrella Entertainment have revived the film with a brand new 2K scan from the original 16mm Camera Negative. Proyas is known for building bombastic spectacles, so I was pleasantly surprised to find his first outing on the big screen to be straight up arthouse experimentation. Felix Crabtree dreams of escaping via flight, but has been unable, having lost the use of his legs, to build himself the machine he believes will transport himself and his sister to a better life beyond the cliffs to the north. This audio and visual feast has been resurrected from cinematic obscurity to coincide with its 30th anniversary of production.
He immediately passes out, and Felix brings him into their home, giving him a food and the opportunity to bathe. Lake discusses working with Director Alex Proyas and the productions hectic shooting schedule. Special features include a commentary over the film with the affably chatty Proyas and a second commentary with the Craig Wood the editor and the composer. The man on the run wants to keep moving north, but impassable mountains block his way, and the only way to surmount them is to help the paralyzed inventor perfect a flying machine. Featurettes include fly on the wall footage, an interview segments with cast members Michael Lake and Rhys Davis, and a handful of stills and music videos. The debut feature from Alex Proyas I Robot, The Crow, Dark City Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds is presented here in its original 4:3 ratio from a 2K scan of the original 16mm negatives.
. This audio and visual feast has been resurrected from cinematic obscurity to coincide with its 30th anniversary of production. For me the most haunting but unique charm of this film is the music soundtrack. Truly a top-tier presentation of an under-seen film by one of films most visionary auteurs. With her caked-on makeup, home-made Cello and bizarre Victorian-era dresses, Betty seems to be representative of a bygone era. However the three characters are each so eccentrically if brilliantly performed and the story so filled with longueurs and non-sequiturs, the first hour is a bit hard-going.
This new scan is absolutely stunning. One day, he will have seen everything there is to see, and he will start all over again. And, of course, plenty were! Fortunately, Felix is fascinated by aviation, and with the help of a number of ancient books, he begins preparing a plane to help Smith, though his obsession with flight may be more than Betty can deal with. When they encounter a wandering stranger named Norm, their simple lives become tumultuous as the wheelchair-bound Felix dreams of flying and Betty believes their new arrival to be a demonic presence. For more information view our.
This meant subtle differences: such as framing, gate weave, color changes, as well as edit points which did not precisely match that of the Umatic. There are unanswered questions about this post-apocalyptic existence — where do the candles come from, not to mention the food? The score much like the film itself, can be hopeful and triumphant one moment and discordant and tense a moment later. I like all Alex's films, with the possible exception of The Crow, but I think this early piece is the one that touches my heart the most. Miller creates a haunting electronic soundscape with flourishes of Morriconian bliss. Modern technology is absent, with wheels and gears operating a variety of broken devices to assist their struggle to survive. The films pacing seems to be deliberate, but also may be maddening for those hoping to get to a resolution without embracing the ride. A circus of the grotesque, simple and amazing.
The heavily made up Betty Melissa Davis immediately panics when she sees the intruder, but her brother, the wheelchair-bound Felix Michael Lake rushes out to greet him. The debut feature from Alex Proyas I Robot, The Crow, Dark City Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds is presented here in its original 4:3 ratio from a 2K scan of the original 16mm negatives. The color and hue was also tweaked slightly to bring out the vivid colors of the outback setting, as well as removal of video dropouts and the head switching artifacts visible outside the action safe area of frame. It took some time but eventually through trial and error I came up with a method of mixing pixels from adjacent ones from the information contained in the Betamax copy in order to successfully remove the timecode from frame without it being obvious this had occurred. Synopsis Felix and his sister Betty Melissa Davis are crucifix-obsessed weirdos living in an isolated house in the desert, who, even in this obscure location, are able to lay their hands on many candles.