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Kenneth Anger Magick Lantern Cycle - Volume 3 - Scorpio Rising / Kustom Kar Kommandos / Puce Moment [VHS]

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  • Actors: Bruce Byron
  • Directors: Kenneth Anger
  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Mystic Fire Video
  • Run Time: 37.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000BY472W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Scorpio Rising: An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this underground film by cult director Anger. Also includes Anger's short films Kustom Kar Kommandos and Puce Moment.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bennett Theissen on November 16, 2005
November 2007 update: I will leave what I wrote before here, because the review is accurate, but I am quite WRONG -- the film "Scorpio Rising" HAS come out on DVD, just this year, and that makes this VHS copy unnecessary, so head over to the DVDs and look for The Collected Films of Kenneth Anger Volume 2 to get it. But this is what I thought a while back and my praise is still valid. Though someone says there are technical problems with the menu on the DVD and of course I have not bought it yet.

It is highly unlikely this video will ever be officially reissued and actually it is amazing it ever came out at all. Anger never got the "rights" to use the contemporary pop songs that he used as a soundtrack, and he edited the film very specifically to those songs. Back in the 70s, Martin Scorcese mentioned seeing Scorpio Rising years before and being shocked at the use of those pop songs -- this film very obviously influenced Marty's continuous use of pop music in his films, and he CAN afford to get those rights. With songs by Elvis, Ray Charles and many others, it would be prohibitively expensive to attain legal rights today. I do hope that somehow this can be resolved and this film can become available on DVD to influence more generations of artists. Until then, this Mystic Fire video is the only way to see this film, unless there are still cinema showings but I haven't seen one announced in ages anywhere. So I guess a good condition used copy for + or - $100 is worthwhile.

The film itself is an invocation of a new age. It is built around a gathering for a biker party. Yes, it is about homoerotica but it is much more than that.
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