With the DVD craze in full swing, many films are being given "the treatment", as it is sometimes referred to in southern prisons (although I think they are actually referring to something else in those cases). With these weekly releases of "special edition" masterpieces, jam-packed with deleted scenes, making-of specials, and running commentaries by directors, actors, and even gaffers, many film distributors have begun scraping the bottom of the barrel for titles, desperate to feed the DVD-starved all-consuming public. Anyone catch the director's cut of GHOST DAD? Didn't think so.
Anyway, hidden amidst the many suspect special editions, Disney, with
little fanfare, unleashed the 1980 film MIDNIGHT MADNESS on DVD to the
unsuspecting public. Perhaps better known as the first PG film ever produced
by Disney and the movie debuts of Michael J. Fox and Paul "Pee Wee
Herman" Reubens, those of us who spent the summer of 1981 glued to
HBO remember it for different reasons.
I also assure you that you must throw all logic and reason in the toilet, and not stop to ask yourself why, at two o'clock in the morning is the Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery still giving tours? Or why, two hours later at a video arcade, are ten year old children busy playing "Star Fighter" alongside their loving parents and guardians? Or how the fat, rich jerk has in his possession a super computer that can "solve any clue in ten seconds flat"? I warn you, if you go into this film in this frame of mind you will miss the point. And what is the point exactly? I'm not sure. But I assure you, fans of camp, nostalgia, bizarre-ness, and Pee-Wee, you will not be disappointed. Just to commemorate this event with other die-hard fans of the film (and I sincerely hope, for my own sanity, that you're out there), the following is a list of some of my favorite quotes from the movie
- BARF, the blue team
So, to all of you uninitiated, potential Midnight Madness fanatics, if those gripping, heart-wrenching quotes don't send you running to the video store, or even better, placing an order on-line for your very own copy, then I take pity on you. And to those of you still desperately holding onto your "taped off of HBO in 1981" badly fading bootleg copy like I am, I salute you. Now go out there and buy your own copy of the DVD. Remember the madness.-- Paul Kermizian