Movie Review: LIQUID SKY (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

LIQUID SKY was directed by Slava Tsukerman and stars Anne Carlisle in an outstanding dual role as promiscuous, erotic and bi-sexual fashion model Margaret and her gay rival and nemesis, the androgynous Jimmy. The most successful independent film of 1982, Liquid Sky is seen as heavily influencing a club scene called electroclash, which emerged in the early 2000s in New York, Berlin, Paris and London. In one of the most memorable portraits of Manhattan’s early and, ultimately, dark ’80s new wave subculture, Liquid Sky (1982) is an iconic, underground science-fiction masterpiece, which had an indelible impact on pop culture, film, music and fashion.  Paula E. Sheppard, Bob Brady and Susan Doukas also star.

In Liquid Sky – a term referring to heroin in the New York City slang of the day – aliens arrive in the city in miniature flying saucers in search of heroin.  However, an experiment reveals that the chemical released in the human brain during orgasm is just as powerful, even preferable to the drug they crave. Hanging around the young Margaret’s apartment, the aliens are able to achieve their desired fix. However, Margaret’s numerous casual sex partners soon each begin to die a mysterious death.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc features artwork that matches the front cover and the DVD disc features matching alternate artwork. Vinegar Syndrome uses the clear keep cases for these titles and I really like the look of them. It kind of helps them stand out from the normal old blue keep cases. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Liquid Sky has been scanned and fully restored in 4k from the 35mm original negative. The picture and sound quality for this release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Vinegar Syndrome did a great job with the upgrade for this obscurity.

Bottom line is, Liquid Sky was another first time watch for me and it was an extremely odd cinematic experience to say the last. There’s always been movies influenced by music and movements like Grease, Xanado, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Streets of Fire, Breakin’ and even this obscure 1982 underground sci-fi oddball. The movie is a visually stunning strange mixture of science fiction and fashion set to new wave techo music and bright colors. There’s really nothing to like about the movie and I’m fully aware that it has a cult following but not every movie is going to be for every viewer. With that being said, it’s also like a bad train wreck because once you start watching you can’t look away until it’s over. To me, the story is messy and confusing and none of the characters are interesting and that’s the biggest set back of the movie. There’s a few cheap special effects here and there but don’t expect to be blown away by anything this alien invasion feature has to offer. One thing is for sure, it’s a strange and bizarre trip! Liquid Sky will be available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack on April 24th.

Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome

Run Time: 112 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 1.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The impressive list of extras include some audio commentary, new interviews, outtakes, rehearsal footage, an isolated soundtrack, images, four trailers, and more.

  • Director’s Introduction (01:23)
  • Audio Commentary
  • Interview with Director Slava Tsukerman (15:46)
  • Interview with Actress Anne Carlisle (09:46)
  • Alamo Drafthouse screening Q&A with Tsukerman, Carlisle and Clive Smith (co-composer) (37:19)
  • “Liquid Sky Revisited” (2017) Making-of Featurette (52:56)
  • Behind-the-Scenes rehearsal footage (11:56)
  • Never-Before-Seen Outtakes (13:05)
  • Isolated Soundtrack
  • Alternate Opening Sequence (09:59)
  • Photo Gallery (02:09)
  • Multiple Trailers (oo:31) (01:43) (01:45) (03:00)

 

 

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