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Kino Lorber Studio Classics is dedicated to bringing you the best of Hollywood’s successes, critical and commercial. All from best available sources, many on DVD or Blu-ray for the very first time.
Take the thrill of insane stunts and the excitement of rock ’n’ roll, fuse them together and you get Stunt Rock! The madness starts when real-life Australian stuntman Grant Page (Mad Max) goes to L.A. and meets up with a theatrical rock band called Sorcery, and Page impresses the rockers so much with his daredevil antics that they hire him for their act. While his first stunt lands him in the hospital, the reckless Page defies his doctors’ orders, escaping out of the ward’s fifth-story window to get back to the band. Page soon finds himself the focus of the ladies, attracting both a newspaper reporter (Margaret Gerard, The Siege of Firebase Gloria) and a television star (Monique van de Ven, Turkish Delight), much to the annoyance of her manager (Richard Blackburn, Eating Raoul). Featuring non-stop action, a killer soundtrack and pedal-to-the-metal direction by Ozploitation king Brian Trenchard-Smith (The Man from Hong Kong, The Quest), Stunt Rock is an adrenaline-fueled cult classic that’s a death wish at 120 decibels!
-Brand New 4K Restoration
-Audio Commentary by Director Brian Trenchard-Smith with Actors Grant Page and Margaret Trenchard-Smith
-NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD Interview with Brian Trenchard-Smith
-NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD Interview with Lead Actor/Stuntman Grant Page
-The Ultimate Rush: Conversation with Brian and Margaret Trenchard-Smith
-Select Songs From the Soundtrack (First Time in Stereo)
-Optional English Subtitles
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 5 x 1 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Director : Brian Trenchard-Smith
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 26 minutes
- Release date : June 7, 2022
- Actors : Grant Page, Monique van de Ven, Margaret Gerard, Paul Haynes, Curtis Hyde
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Kl Studio Classics
- ASIN : B09WT1SQ7N
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #11,415 in Action & Adventure DVDs
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Not much of a plot, but if you like music; stunts; and magic, THIS is what you've been waiting for.
P.S. The ending is amazing.
"Stunt Rock" (1978) contains interesting info on stunt work and its history with several entertaining stunt sequences, including myriad flashbacks to Grant’s last several movies, but it gives equal time to the real-life band Sorcery (not the group from Chicago), their songs and concerts.
The story that links these two is given short shrift and the band members are clearly musicians/entertainers, not actors (in other words, they’re noticeably wooden). Page does fine as long as he’s working with real actors as opposed to the band members.
Sorcery’s music is a meshing of 70’s bands like Alice Cooper, Sweet, Zeppelin, Styx and Boston, just hampered by vestiges of Woodstock, if you know what I mean. They later did the soundtrack for the heavy metal slasher “Rocktober Blood” (1984) in which they adapted their style to the early 80’s metal scene, improving their sound with songs like “I’m Back” and “Killer on the Loose” (check ’em out on Youtube).
Monique van de Ven from the Netherlands joins statuesque Margaret on the female front as an actress on the show Grant is working on.
As a documentary on 70’s stunt work, this is entertaining enough, but I had enough of Sorcery’s music & performances by about the 55-minute mark. They’re no slouches, they’re just not on the level of Alice Cooper or Kiss to maintain the viewer’s attention, as far as 70’s concerts go.
The film runs 1 hour, 31 minutes, and was shot in Los Angeles and Sydney.
If there was ever a movie that can’t live up to its trailer, it’s Stunt Rock. Upon witnessing it on the Alamo Drafthouse’s Trailer War compilation, I fell in love with whatever this movie could be. I even ordered the official DVD of the film but never unwrapped it. Why? Because nothing could be as great as this trailer.
I’m so happy to have been proven wrong.
Stunt Rock — directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (Dead-End Drive-In, Night of the Demons 2, Turkey Shoot and so many more) — is exactly the type of movie I love: Take a basic concept and let hijinks ensue.
As Trenchard-Smith sais himself, the concept was “Famous stuntman meets famous rock group. Much stunt, much rock. The kids will go bananas.” He’s also referred to it as “a largely plotless, pseudo-documentary, rocumentary and basically a 90-minute trailer for Grant Page.”
Grant Page is an Australian stuntman who pretty much defied death on a daily basis throughout the 70’s and 80’s, transforming his weekend hobby into a career that would give him international exposure thanks to films like The Man From Hong Kong, Mad Max, Death Cheaters, Mad Dog Morgan, Death Ship and so many more, as well as starring in Road Games and having his own TV series, Danger Freaks.
Basically, Grant comes to America, talks about stunts, does stunts, gets the girl — Trenchard-Smith’s future wife Margaret Gerard — and hangs out with a band that combines rock and roll and magic. Monique van den Ven (Amstersdamned, the 1982 version of Breathless, Paul Verhoeven’s Turkish Delight) also shows up.
There’s also the subplot of a movie being filmed and the ways directors and agents treat their talent. The agent in this film is played by Richard Blackburn, whose career is the kind that draws the laser focus of this website. Would it just be enough if he played Dr. Zaius on the Return to the Planet of the Apes cartoon series? Let me add that he also co-wrote Eating Raoul and appears in that film as James from the Valley. But perhaps what he’s most celebrated for — at least around these parts — are for writing, directing and appearing as the Reverend in the absolutely transcendent 1973 film Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural.
This is less of a film and more of a movie that you can shut off your brain and just savor the stuntwork while hearing Page discuss how and why he did it, interlayed with Sorcery in concert.
While Trenchard-Smith wanted Foreigner for the film, they were on tour and wouldn’t be back in time. That’s fortunate — no band other than Sorcery could have been in this movie.
A theatrical metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1976, Sorcery’s gimmick was that two master magicians would dress as Merlin (Paul Haynes) and Satan (Curtis James Hyde), join them on stage and battle one another in what their press bio referred to as “The King of the Wizards against the Prince of Darkness.”
The band was made up of Richard “Smokey” Taylor on guitar, Richie King on bass, Greg MaGie on vocals, Perry Morris on drums and the masked Doug Loch on keys. They’d later play Dick Clark’s 1982 A Rockin Halloween and 1983 A Magical Musical Halloween.
But if you really love metal, you probably know them best for a completely different film.
In 1984, Morris, Taylor and King became Headmistress, the band for the seminal metal/horror film Rocktober Blood, a film in which Billy “Eye” Harper wipes out most of his band before they reform a year after his killing spree has been halted.
That’s pretty much the movie. It doesn’t demand that you invest much more of your brain into it, instead relying on a magical blend of 1978 L.A., behind the scenes movie-making and wizards launching fire across a stage while a masked dude plays keyboards and dudes wail and shred. If this doesn’t sound like the most amazing film ever committed to celluloid to you, you’re invited to leave this site now and never come back.
The frequent use of split-screen seen in this movie was a necessary editing tool. That’s because many of the stunts from Australian films like The Dragon Files, Mad Dog Morgan and Death Cheaters was filmed on 16 mm and needed to be fixed to fit the wide frame. That said, I love how each frame has a different angle. It’s MTV three years before that little moon man ever launched.
I’m not the only lover of this film. Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof owes the way it presents stunts — much less a New Zealand stunt icon in Zoe Bell in a starring role — to this film. And Eli Roth wore a shirt of the film while filing Hostel 2 and has featured the Sorcery songs “Talking to the Devil” in Knock Knock and “Sacrifice” in his remake of Death Wish.
Perhaps Stunt Rock has even greater cultural significance. After all, it’s Phl Hartman’s first movie. And editor Robert Leighton — who was billed as Robery Money as this was a non-union film — would go on to be the supervising editor of This Is Spinal Tap. Hmm — now it’s all making sense.
While Trenchard-Smith would at one point state that this was the worst movie he ever made, he’s softened on the film in later years. What do you expect from a movie that went from an idea in the shower to in theaters in under 5 months?
Sadly, three months prior to Allied Artists distributing the film, they went bankrupt. The film was sold to Film Ventures International. And then…the movie disappeared for decades until it was rediscovered.
Watch this today. This is a movie begging to be experienced.