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Forbidden Zone (2008)

Herve Villechaize , Susan Tyrell , Richard Elfman  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Herve Villechaize, Susan Tyrell, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz, Marie-Pascale Elfman
  • Directors: Richard Elfman
  • Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Legend Films, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BSBBKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forbidden Zone" on IMDb

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During the late 70 s Richard Elfman and his younger brother Danny got together with fellow musician friends and formed a theater group known as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo . They performed in very inventive and bizarre avant-guarde stage shows, written by Danny and featuring twisted versions of Cab Callaway music and original compositions (also written by Danny). Richard wanted to capture the energy of the stage shows on film, and the end result is Forbidden Zone, released in 1980 and featuring Danny s music with the Mystic Knights, and one of the most twisted stories you ll ever see in a motion picture. The theater troup eventually broke up, and the rock group Oingo Boingo was formed by members of the show (remember the Weird Science theme?). Danny Elfman would go on to become one of Hollywood s most sought-after composers (Tim Burton s Batman). Forbidden Zone was originally shot in black and white, and was supposed to be colorized afterwards, but funding fell through. Now the film is presented on DVD in color for the first time, as Richard Elfman intended.

As for the plot of Forbidden Zone, it involves the kooky Hercules family, who live in a house that has a basement, which leads into the mysterious Sixth Dimension. What follows features nearly constant musical numbers, a dwarf king (Herve DA PLANE! Villechaize), a giant frog butler, the freaky introvert Chicken Boy , and a crooning Danny Elfman as the devil himself. Take The Rocky Horror Picture Show as imagined by David Lynch and John Waters, while smoking LSD and listening to an Oingo Boingo record. Shake well. Forbidden Zone is the flashy trashy freaky result.

Having learned that Forbidden Zone was originally shown in black and white, I can almost see how it would be an even better movie devoid of color. It has the feel of a fever dream, and I think B&W would have captured that feeling even better. I don t know what these boys were smokin but DAMN this is one wild ride! Still, I had a ball with Forbidden Zone. The musical numbers are catchy, and the film has such a manic energy, it s hard not to get caught up in the madness. The whole thing doesn t make one lick of sense, but I can see why the film is highly regarded among cult and Midnight Movie fans. It s a constant barrage of music, Terry Gillian style animation, cardboard sets and a flamboyantly-dressed cast that look like they re having the time of their lives. And you get naked t***ies to boot! If you enjoy Cult Cinema and the Midnight Movie scene, Forbidden Zone comes highly recommended. Others stay FAR AWAY! --Jay Reel of DeadPit.com

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A mysterious door leads to the Sixth Dimension--get ready for a wild ride--in the greatest cult classic of all time. Beautiful young "Frenchy" slides through cosmic intestines into a subterranean world ruled by horny midget King Fausto and his jealous Queen Doris. "Chicken-boy" comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself--played by Danny Elfman and the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Frog butlers, topless princesses, and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and others. An experience guaranteed you will never forget!

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This movie is weird, period. It's got an Eraserhead vibe (probably from the black/white), and I pick up Un Chien Andalou, probably from having no idea what's coming next. The dark frame corners of the B/W stock also evoke the early parts of The Wizard of Oz, conjuring dread and foreboding. Other than that, leave your film references behind, and set your mind for new experience.

You've got to watch this film at least twice, ideally a couple weeks apart, before you decide that it's the worst film you've ever seen (a typical first reaction). Now, the weirdest movie you've ever seen--yeah, that's a spot-on description-but it's not the worst, by far. Save that crucial tag for Madonna's desecration of Swept Away, John Wayne in The Conqueror, Caddyshack 2.

I saw this B/W classic for the first time in a 1984 university film class. The prof warned us that it was racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, violent, vulgar and scatological (her words). And she was and remains exactly right. I sat through the 73-odd minutes of this thing (shown on film, no less), and when it was over I wasn't quite sure what I'd seen. I remember a strange and heavy feeling of dread and confusion that hung with me for a few days, like I'd seen something deeply disturbing but couldn't yet make sense of it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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It's a good day when "Forbidden Zone" gets a DVD release! Better yet, this is a valuable addition to the Fantoma disc, and not really a substitution.

I don't normally purchase or even watch colorized versions of black and white films, but Richard Elfman seemed to make a compelling case that he intended "Forbidden Zone" to be released in color. I certainly do not begrudge the man for making a living, and he honors our pocketbooks by making the new release different enough to warrant a look.

In the color version, one notices details that aren't as readily apparent as in the original black and white version. The sets seem to be made of cardboard and butcher block paper - that is clear in the original version, but is blazingly obvious in the colorized version.

Colorization aside, how is this version different? This DVD is lacking the commentary of the original release, the documentary and the isolated score (this is bad.) On the plus side, the new DVD has a DTS 5.1 track, and a promo for a Japanese audience. However, the deal-maker is the pop-up trivia - that is truly interesting although somewhat redundant of the previous DVD director's commentary.

The colorization is quite good (who knew French's bathrobe was yellow), and adds to the surreal quality of the picture instead of being a distraction.

I don't normally like double DVD releases, but in this case I will make a strong exception. Recommended!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The coolest movie you've never seen... July 12, 2004
Format:DVD
Once upon a time, way back in the 1970?s, there was a magical land called Southern California. It was in this place that two brothers, Richard and Danny Elfman, devised an avant-garde musical comedy troupe, called The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. In 1980, they decided to form a loose story based around some of their performance pieces and make a movie. That movie is the legendary Forbidden Zone. Since my fourteen-year old vhs tape of this movie is rotting on the shelf as I write this, I couldn?t be happier to see its release on dvd.
Okay, the film is a certified nut case of a movie, filmed over the course of maybe a week in and around the LA area. It?s in black and white, not because of any artistic vision ? it was just cheaper that way. But it works ? the film is a (tribute, send up?) of 1930?s era musicals, with standout music by Josephine Baker and Cab Calloway and centers around the Hercules family and the strange portal to the 6th Dimension that exists in their basement. The world this takes place in is filled with strange imagery, amazing music, and more oddities than a sane person could hope to count. We have a human-size dancing frog, jockstrap-clad Kipper Kids, Herv? Villechaize as the king of the 6th Dimension, a chicken-boy who is able to communicate telepathically with his transvestite brother, Joe Spinell as a drunker sailor, classroom violence, a Jewish wrestler fighting a guy in an ape suit, and Danny Elfman playing Satan while singing ?Minnie the Moocher.? You get the idea; this is not a normal film. Although it borrows from the works of Olsen & Johnson (Hellzapoppin? & Crazy House), this is still a truly unique cinema experience.
The advance word from Richard Elfman is that this dvd will have a re-mastered print of the film, deleted scenes, interviews, and archival footage! For any fan of Danny Elfman, Oingo Boingo, or just incredibly strange films made by talented people, you simply can?t miss this one.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing cult classic February 26, 2005
By G. Laur
Format:DVD
Forbidden Zone could be the most eye-openingly bizarre film ever made, surpassing even Eraserhead. The fact that it is cheaply made and often inept is most definitely an asset - in a world this surreal conventional filmmaking techniques would seem out of place. In any case, there is no question that anyone interested in underground movies needs to purchase this. Its dismissal by critics and its unpopularity have both been unfair hamperings on its reputation. In actuality, its artistic vision is as singular and imaginative as Eraserhead's, or any cult classic for that matter. Rarely has cardboard been the vehicle for such a visionary production design.

There is so much to take note of - but I would single out the 'Bim bam boom' musical number with the mumbling boxers, the inexplicable antics in the classroom, and Danny Elfman's totally suave appearance as Satan towards the end as truly classic moments in the world of cult movies. They manage to be disturbingly surreal and amusingly silly and cartoonish at the same time. I want to extend my recommendation beyond the intellectuals and outsiders; even more conventionally-minded people may be taken in by Forbidden Zone's utter loopiness and triumphant imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Movie Fan
I am a huge cult movie fan and this is one of the best cult movies i have seen and is in my top 5 favorites
Published 11 days ago by Autum Milburn
5.0 out of 5 stars How many times have I watched this?
Major fan. I have seen this so many times. I'd watch it again if I get a chance to show it to anyone. Amazing, wonderful and for goodness sake, where is part two, Richard?
Published 23 days ago by David Ledferd
1.0 out of 5 stars PAL!!!!
Why PAL? PS3 won't play it so now i'm stuck watching it on my laptop rather than my awesome 65' TV w/surround :'(
Published 1 month ago by devilsnight
4.0 out of 5 stars Goin' down, down, down to the forbidden zone
What a trip! Imagine Rocky Horror on acid. This movie is one that has rightly earned it's title. Watch at your own risk. You might find out that you like it more than you want.
Published 2 months ago by John Greg McAninch
5.0 out of 5 stars Film noir classic
I went to jr high school with Danny Elfman.I love this quirky movie...too cool...a must for any Noir collector, yep
Published 2 months ago by ABRDDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good in color
From reviews I read, I was a bit unsure on buying this version but thought I'll give it a shot anyway. Just after a few minutes from starting my nerves were calmed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR US DVD PLAYERS
Extremely dissapointed that this didnt' work on my dvd player. You need to state somewhere that this is a region 2 dvd.
Published 3 months ago by christian
4.0 out of 5 stars bizarrely, awesome!
Love the music! A kooky adventure into the six dimention, " Hot Damn", Danny elfman does a lot of the music, mystic knights of the oingo boingo!
Published 3 months ago by christian fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Elfman's first soundtrack!
Absolutely brilliant satire of EVERYTHING accompanied by Danny Elfman's first soundtrack. Hints of the many, many great things to come. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kurk Schoner
1.0 out of 5 stars Into thee For-bid-den Zone?.. No.
Ok. I need to make this review quick as it's bringing back the headache I experienced watching it back in the 80's. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Junk Rocker
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