I was totally shocked when walking into Virgin Megastore nonchalantly
one day, to discover that this film thought long forgotten, had been
actually released. It's something many people no doubt for decades have
wished to see.
This DVD comes with an excellent interview sequence (as long as the 54
minute film) which does explain things if you get a little bit
confused! While admitting, that yes, I knew of this film as a hardcore
Pink Floyd fan (whom indeed provide some great musical moments) the
film is nonetheless an excellent example of the type of "art" films of
the period and is well worth investigating.
If your into Kafka, Hesse, The Prisoner, Sixties "pop" Psychology,
New-Left Politics, Antonioni (spelt right?), Godard, Bergman etc etc
then I do recommend this film. It's perhaps more of a period piece now
of course, and the director himself admits flaws, but this is still a
thoughtful experience and its sad in a way that it seems so fresh
amidst all the more intelligent, commercial films of today. This is
especially a point worth noting; when thinking that the film is of its
time, and was designed for a receptive, cool, hip audience. Today while
claims are made that a film is made commercially but in a more
intelligent way for a mass audience it still just seems to say "Well
there you go, watch the flashing lights, a few nice things to think
about - happy now?" Actually it's interesting that the writer in the
interview section cites The Matrix as a comparable example, when
discussing the themes of the film.
The decapitation scene is quite shocking even by todays standards,
especially when the head is sewn back on! Also, while admittedly biased
there is an excellent, memorable scene with various individuals walking
around an office with a wonderful repetitive piece of music by the
Certainly not for everyone, but if you're in the know and looking for
an experience I would certainly give this film a try. I struggled
whether to vote it 7 or 8 out of ten, but then, I'm writing this so it
must have made an impression!