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James N. Savage 3
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XANADU
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2 x 400 foot.

This two-part digest was released with "The Blues Brothers". These are believed to be the last two digests released by Universal 8.

The digest starts with a neat retro-style version of the classic Universal logo from the 30's, with an airplane flying around the world. This is set to instrumental variations of the song "Xanadu", and an older tune. Then moves to the lead star, Michael Beck (Swan from THE WARRIORS), who is painting, as the credits continue. He rips up his work and throws it out the window. As the paper floats in the wind, it flys up to a painted mural of women (muses), who then come alive and dance to "I'm Alive", by E.L.O.. At the conclusion of the song, all of the women are "beamed up" to ...wherever. Bun one (Olivia Newton-John) is beamed back down- on roller-skates (remember, it was 1980 [Big Grin] ). She bumps into Beck in a park and kisses him, then skates off.

We then see Gene Kelly sitting on some rocks playing a bugle. Beck tells others about his strange encounter. Later, Beck bumps into Kelly, and they visit an old closed up theater, and dream of opening a club that will mix old and new types of music. Part of the song mix "Forget About The Blues" and "Got Some Dancin to Do" is played.

Later, Kelly, Beck, and Olivia go shopping for clothes, and we have, what is basically like a music video, for "All Over the World" by E.L.O..

Opening night at the club, everyone is skating around a disco-type rink. Olivia then performs a mixture of songs, followed by "Xanadu", played in full. She then is "beamed" away. Beck, pouting, fears that he will never see her again. Kelly encourages him and says "I want you to meet someone". Beck turns, and its a waitress that looks just like Olivia (sniff, sniff....awwwwww). The credits roll with Beck and Olivia talking in the backround. The End.

Is it really as silly/corny as it sounds? Yes, it really is. What can be said about this movie, that hasn't already been said. The critics showed no mercy when it was released in 1980. And it is stilled dogged to this day. And with good reason. This movie had all the cheeziness of disco-era movies, but somehow lacked the energy of, even something like "Roller-Boogie".Except for many of the actual songs, of which many became huge hits of that time, this movie seemed to fail on every level. Do I like enjoy the movie? I'll never tell.

O.K., this is one of my guilty pleasures. [Razz] . I practically had to sneak to the movies to see this one, as you were labeled a "loser" if caught by fellow teenagers at that time. I think it was right around the beginning of the "Disco Sucks" era.

About the digest-

The editing is similar to the Blues Brothers digest, as it contains long, uncut scenes. But this sort of movie 'cries' for much tighter editing. A good digest editor could have actually made the movie flow much better than the feature. The opening credit scene is rediculously long and so "not choppy". Its like the editor was just trying to use as much footage as posible.

On the bright side, at least we get three complete songs. This digest is so confusing, so I took the music numbers, gave them a stereo re-recording, and put them on a short reel.

What can I say, if you are one of the few who like the movie or the music, go for it. This digest pops up from time to time.

James.

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Mark Mander
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Hi James,I've got the trailer to this film and have to say that i really enjoy it,not seen the 2x400 version or the whole film for that matter but might be one to look out for best Mark

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Not exactly a "mans" film but i do have this one as the soundtrack by ELO is pretty good
Its a pity that the picture is a little on the soft side as the actual editing is not at all bad. In all, an enjoyable little film, what is quite amusing is seeing Michael Beck acting the girly after the macho role he played as Swan in the Warriors.

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quote:
I think it was right around the beginning of the "Disco Sucks" era.
This era started around 1977/78. By 1980, when the aforementioned film was released, I believe it was in full swing! [Big Grin]

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Tony-

I don't think the "disco sucks" era started that early, since Saturday Night Fever was released in 1977, which propelled disco way up there. I think it was actually around '79 when disco was on a steep decline.

Tom said: "not a manly movie" [Razz] .

Well, your probably right. But, I know there are a few under-cover "Xanadu" fans out there. Like you said, the soundtrack was awsome. I had the 8-track tape in 1980 and I popped it in everytime I came home. I finally wore the tape out and had to buy the LP (album).

And don't forget, Olivia was in her prime back then, and a definate factor in making me like this movie! [Wink]

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exactly, great soundtrack, good idea for a film, i think what makes me snigger now is the roller skating disco bit, other than that i dont mind viewing it,

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Not forgeting another so bad it's good musical of the same decade Can't Stop The Music!

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James,

is the print from U8 letterboxed?

Xanadu from piccolo-film is letterboxed mainly.

Was also a theatrical trailer available?

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Yes, Universal's print was hard-matted to the 1:85 theatrical ratio.

Those of you across the pond may not be aware that Xanadu has returned to America as a Broadway musical that has been playing to rave reviews for almost a year now. This version retains most of the songs, and most of the plot but is done as a flat-out parody . Kerry Butler does a pitch-perfect Olivia Newton-John impression and old pro Tony Roberts assumes the Gene Kelly role ( as well as Zeus for a few moments ). Cheyenne Jackson graduated from understudy to lead when the original male lead broke his ankle during previews last spring. All were terrifiic. I saw this last July and highly recommend it to fans of the film with a sense of humour.

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quote:
I don't think the "disco sucks" era started that early, since Saturday Night Fever was released in 1977, which propelled disco way up there. I think it was actually around '79 when disco was on a steep decline.
Well, then the kids in my class in grammar school were ahead of their time, since they were already saying it in 1977. [Big Grin]

Anyone remember when Bill Veek (owner of the Chicago White Sox) had a night at Comiskey Park where fans destroyed disco records?

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Yes, I remember that historic event. I just did a Google search on it. The date was July 12, 1979.

Robert- I didn't know about that play at all. Sounds neat though.

James.

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Can someone tell me if there is a diffrent of the U8-Logo to the U8-Logo of other U8 digest? Looks it a little bit thicker as normal?

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Cant stop the music???????
Yes????
I bought this from derann to add to my scope colection and watched it with total embarassment [Embarrassed]
Definatly aimed at the fruit cake society.

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XANADU, XANADO DOO OO OO
Ah.....ITS SINGALONG TIME !
[Big Grin]

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IMPORTANT QUESTION:

Asking again about the Universal8-Logo of this Edition:
Can someone tell me if there is a diffrent of the U8-Logo to the U8-Logo of other U8 digest? Looks it a little bit thicker (bigger) as normal?

It is important for me to know it.

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There doesn't seem to be any difference in the UNIVERSAL 8 logo that I can see Andreas. I compared it with several other UNIVERSAL 8 films. Only the black and white logo (from "The Raven" 400 foot digest) seems to be different.

The following are shown:

Xanadu (beginning and end)
The Raven
Chilly Willy
The Blues Brothers.

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Hope this helps.

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I've only seen this digest once but it brings back good memories, as it was the last film screened at the very first BFCC I went to, in Holborn Library. Must have been spring 1982, when it was still a recent release. I wouldn't have seen the film in the cinema, but the good-natured feel to the digest seemed a great way to end the day. Because of this, I'd happily buy it, if only they weren't all faded!

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Hi,

the Universal8-logo is sooo cool... it definitely deserves to be used for my own films, too:
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P.S.: I guess that this was rather off-topic [Big Grin]

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Great little film with a good message, really enjoy this one.

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Hi, Yes a truly great soundtrack from ELO,lovely feelgood film,i was lucky enough to buy the full lenght optical print years ago from Derek Simmonds own collection,beautifull quality even today,booming sound too....

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Hi.

Adrian, I have the Xanadu digest and the colour is not faded. I'd say it has pretty good colours.

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Ferran - that's impressive, hope it stays that way for a long time. Must have been kept cool!

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My print is a little soft and a little red, typical U8 actually.

I like it, but how could they leave out the song Suddenly?

This film was very popular in Australia because of ONJ who could not put a foot wrong at the time, and the hit laden soundtrack.

Now to find the Blues Brothers!

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No kidding, David. They should have just crammed as many songs into the digest as possible, "plot" be damned. Although smash hit "Magic" is really under-served in the feature anyway.

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I agree. How dare they cut out Cliff Richard!

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