'Liquid Sky' [Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack]
(Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Bob Brady, Susan Doukas, et al / Blu-ray+DVD / R / (1982) 2018 / Vinegar Syndrome)
Overview: Margaret (Anne Carlisle) is a fashion model with dreams of stardom, whose alter ego and rival, Jimmy (also Carlisle), abuses and takes advantage of her to satisfy his rampant drug addiction.
Unknown to them, tiny, invisible aliens have landed on the roof above the bohemian squalor in which they live and begin killing anyone Margaret has sex with to feed on their pleasure giving neurotransmitters.
Blu-ray Verdict: 'Liquid Sky' (114 minutes), a film written, produced and directed by the Russian director Slava Tsukerman, can be considered a classic underground cinema full of fantastic realism. Not one that I have ever seen before tonight, it turns out that Liquid Sky means "heroin" in the New York slang of that time.
Basically put, 'Liquid Sky' is a sci-fi movie whose scene is the world of the fashion and the heavy drugs in Manhattan. Ergo, the movie lays bare much of the pretense and affectation of our society, particularly those of the shallow, pseudo-intellectual crowd. Indeed, the lack of any truly likable characters may turn off a lot of viewers, but to me it simply reflects the kind of people being depicted here.
Hailed by Time Magazine as 'a two hour act of imagination,' Slava Tsukerman's 'Liquid Sky' may well be the aforementioned underground masterpiece of avant-garde sci-fi filmmaking, but the fact it's set against the visual majesty of New York's early '80s New Wave scene is beyond conceptually stunning (even now).
The plot seems comic, I'll give you that, but the result is surprising: a flying saucer lands on the penthouse's roof of a famous model called Margareth [the actress Anne Carlisle, who also interprets the androgynous model Jimmy].
A very small alien creature hidden in a spaceship of the size and format of a little signature TV antenna, captures the energies of the place, earning force through a substance produced in the human brain at the moment of orgasm.
So, the extraterrestrial exterminates one by one, the partners of the model. These events are followed by a German astrophysicist that also researches Ufology.
The film presents a savage sense of humor and an elaborated visual technique through blown up colors, fluorescent makeup, melting forms, many neon and ultraviolet lights. But therein lies one of its many acts of brilliance as 'Liquid Sky' is filled with arresting cinematography by Yuri Neyman.
Add to that an acclaimed, and highly original soundtrack, and this stunning, now crisp and clear, quintessential midnight movie finally brought to Blu-ray by Vinegar Syndrome, is newly restored in 4k from its original 35mm camera negative; for everyone to now enjoy.
Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s, and boy, have they not only done an incredible job on the film itself, but take a look at the en masse of special features listed below! Bravo, Vinegar Syndrome. Bravo. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Newly scanned and restored in 4k from the 35mm original negative
Commentary track with: Slava Tsukerman (director)
Interview with Slava Tsukerman
Interview with Anne Carlisle (actress)
"Liquid Sky Revisited" (2017) - 50 minute making-of documentary
Q&A from a 2017 Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers screening with: Slava Tsukerman, Anne Carlisle and Clive Smith (co-composer)
Never before seen outtakes
Alternate opening sequence
Behind the scenes rehearsal footage
Cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles