In 1984, watching Siskel and Ebert, they reviewed a new film called ELECTRIC DREAMS. Both of them loved the film, went on and on about the joy of discovering it, how they had zero expectations for the film and ended up having a lot of fun with it.
I don't even think it opened near me, but I caught it on cable and many times thereafter.
In the film, a guy (Lenny Von Dohlen) gets a new computer (back in the days before computers were all that popular). He ends up hooking it up to control all the lights and appliances in his home. He even gives it a voicebox (voiced by Bud Cort).
Cellist Virginia Madsen moves into the building, and both Von Dohlen and the computer develop a crush on her. Madsen's boyfriend is played by Maxwell Caulfield of GREASE 2.
Director Steve Barron was one of the pioneers of music videso. He directed the videos for Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", A-ha's "Take On Me", and other videos for ZZ TOP, Human League, and Bryan Adams. He only made a few feature films after, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and THE CONEHEADS among them, but worked in TV, including Jim Henson's THE STORYTELLER.
It was a fun little 80's film that, since then, has essentially disappeared. It doesn't even show up on cable.
The video for the theme "Together in Electric Dreams", performed by Phil Oakley of Human League is popular. It airs on VH1 Classics every now and then, and is on the Human League DVD of their music videos.
MGM/UA released the film (if you can't tell from the product placement in the video). Yet, it remains on their shelf.
It could be the fact that it is dated. Not having seen it in over 20 years, I don't know how it would play today.
There is the common excuse of music rights, but if MGM/UA could clear the rights to LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (which had music from U2, the Police, and countless artists) there really is no excuses for this one.
It was a good film, that deserves to be seen. With Virginia Madsen's career resurgence, I was hoping for a release. But nothing. Bootlegs are out there on EBAY, but that isn't the same.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Posted by TALKING MOVIEzzz at 9:00 AM