February 22, 2006

Class of 1984: THE FINAL ROUND (UPDATED)

Here's the last Class of 1984 giveaway. To reiterate: we've got 5 copies of Anchor Bay's upcoming Special Edition of Mark L. Lester's exploitation classic to unload, courtesy of Total Assault. This is the fifth and final mini-contest (one per copy) I will hold here at the blog.

If you've never seen Class of 1984, it's basically a remake of The Blackboard Jungle with the flamboyant gangbangers of The Warriors replacing the original's Wild One-style delinquents. One of the last Canadian tax-shelter pics, it features rare live footage of Toronto punk band Teenage Head, an early performance by Michael J. Fox, and an ending that will have you asking how something so wrong can feel so right. Due out on February 21st, the DVD features commentary from Lester, a retrospective documentary, and beautifully remastered picture and sound. We'll have a full review at the mother site in the coming weeks.

To win the fifth copy, correctly identify the movie to which the below frame-grab belongs. (Since this a frame-grab and not a production still, be sure to take note of things like aspect ratio.) As we're only allowed to give these discs away to North American residents, I must ask that our international readers refrain from placing any guesses. Sorry.

I promised the last one would be tough, and I think I came through.

Meantime, my two-for-one review of Ryan's Daughter and Dune is finally up (try to curb your enthusiasm), and Travis has taken a look at the Brokeback Mountain of its day, Making Love.

Hot Off the Presses (2/23)
Walter does a little jig over Jonathan Demme's Neil Young: Heart of Gold.

As promised, another screencap from the as-yet-unguessed film in question:

37 comments:

Jefferson said...

I'm Not Scared.

Rachel said...

Not Before Night Falls?

Alex Jackson said...

I don't know what the pic is, but I don't think those guesses are right.

The kid looks Arabic to me.

Bill C said...

Alas, both guesses are incorrect. Mwuhahaha.

Walter_Chaw said...

Bill -

Your Lean/Lynch twofer is inspiring. Brilliant stuff. Proud to have my name on the same site.

Bill C said...

Thanks, mate. Sniff.

Dave Gibson said...

Left Field guess...."The Terminator"?---naw, didn't think so.

Bemis said...

It certainly doesn't reflect well on the sci-fi geeks that they ate it up when it premiered in syndication in the early-'90s, for its first amendment--the substitution of nubile Virginia Madsen bringing us up to speed on the origin of Dune's central conflict with a stentorian narrator delivering interminable backstory over a series of lousy oil paintings--pigeonholes them as asexual.

I concur. Brilliant stuff.

Dave Gibson said...

I'm going to have to watch this one again. Two decades later, the credit: "Music By Toto" still sends shivers up my spine. I read "Dune" as a read-a-thon stunt as a grade 5 student--and, I gotta say (in light of another board chat.) The movie was better. Or, perhaps I'm just more interested in minor Lynch than "classic" Herbert. Totally missed the "Dune" mini-series too..This also reminds me of a recent re-watch of a teen-years favourite: "Eraserhead." I love the Lynch, and still enjoyed the crazed expressionism and the radiator lady--but, I'm loath to admit, I was frickin' bored to tears.

zurri said...

could this be Salaam Bombay

Ian Pugh said...

Here's my version of The Return of the Pink Panther, or what you would call my own sequel to "a shot in the dark": possibly Children of Heaven?

Alex Jackson said...

Your Lean/Lynch twofer is inspiring. Brilliant stuff. Proud to have my name on the same site.

And I'm proud that the word "tardsploitation" has finally caught on.

Keeping the circle jerk going though, Bill Chambers is getting to be the lord of revisionist opinion toward unfairly maligned pictures. John Hughes, Leave it to Beaver, and then this. Bravo, there.

Bill C said...

Don't know if it's revisionism, Alex, or that I have extraordinarily bad taste. Thanks for the kudos, though.

At the risk of misleading anyone, Dave's guess of The Terminator is more on target than anyone else's, if still way off. Good luck!

jer fairall said...

City of God? Central Station? Turtles Can Fly?

I suck at this.

BK said...

The Milagro Beanfield War?

Bill C said...

Okay, since it's been a day, clue #1: it was not nominated for any Academy Awards, but all three of its above-the-title stars have been nominated two times apiece.

Jefferson said...

Dave Gibson said...
Two decades later, the credit: "Music By Toto" still sends shivers up my spine.


Mine too, but only in an acidic, pre-vomit kind of way.

Rustin Parr said...

Pay It Forward

Bill C said...

I actually don't think Toto's score for Dune is that embarrassing. Their album work is one thing, but when you work for Lynch, you're micromanaged. (See: Billy Ray Cyrus in Mulholland Drive.) I'd even go so far as to say that some of the heretofore-unheard compositions that resurface on the DVD during the workprint footage are genuinely lovely and affecting.

Jefferson said...

It's the '80s guitar stings during the sandworm scenes that really drive me out of my skin. Paul mounts the freudian symbol of his conquest of Arrakis, finally unstoppable in his quest to avenge his father and ultimately rule the known universe, and .... bweenowwaanggglllniiinnggg!!

Bill C said...

Touche. Yeah, that does suck hard.

Guess, people! You can win a DVD and everything! I will put up another cap from the film in the evening if necessary.

Pavement said...

Paradise Road?

Pavement said...

Cold Mountain?

mimo70 said...

Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom.

Bill C said...

So near and yet so far...

mimo70 said...

A Passage To India

Jefferson said...

Fuck, I totally know that guy in the white shirt too. He played an asshole in a dozen early ’80s flicks. Total Hey It's That Guy moment.

Anonymous said...

Romancing the Stone?

-Chavez

Nate said...

I have no clue what the movie is, but I love how that extra is staring straight into the camera.

cory m said...

Not Without My Daughter

Chris said...

Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper

Bill C said...

"No"s all around. (Definitely a feature film, by the by.) Okay, 'nother clue: it's a remake.

Bill C said...

That dapper mullet dude has to be my all-time favourite extra, for what it's worth.

BLH said...

I've already won (apparently), but I'm going to guess anyway: Down and Out in Beverly Hills?

Bill C said...

Yeah, you've already won; since we weren't allowed to send the disc out before street (which was this past Tuesday), I decided to ship them all out at the end of the contest.

Anyway, you're correct...again. Obviously you can't win twice, so stay tuned for a new framegrab contest next week, everybody. Sigh.

BLH said...

Awful sorry. It was bordering on painful.

jer fairall said...

Wanted: Dead Or Alive?