Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Shout Factorized: ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE Blu-ray ""

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Shout Factorized: ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE Blu-ray

In the introduction by James William Guercio included on this disc, the film's director talks about growing up in a movie house. He says his father was a projectionist and owner of the theater he worked in loved John Ford something fierce. So as a result, Gercio, from the age of 8-15 years old saw THE QUIET MAN and THE SEARCHERS 200 times. That love of John  Ford can certainly be felt in ELECTRA GLIDE. Some have rightfully called Ford a very poetic director. There's a lot of poetry here too. And then there's Monument Valley of course, which is a big part of this movie. Another big part is the late great Conrad Hall, who is (for my money) one of the greatest Cinematographers ever. Hall's work is always amazing and Blu-ray technology was really made to showcase it. 
The story here focuses on one John Wintergreen(Robert Blake), a motorcycle cop in Arizona, with aspirations to be a homicide detective. His partner, 'Zipper'(Billy "Green" Bush)is far less ambitious. When Wintergreen stumbles on an apparent suicide based on the ravings of an old crazy desert rat(the great Elisha Cook Jr.), he see's not only a potential murder, but an opportunity to make his jump to homicide. He's taken under the wing of a "master" detective named Harve Poole to investigate the murder.
The story is a pretty simple one, but the movie is much more 70s "observational" picture. It takes its time unfolding in a pretty casual way. It carries with it a certain anti-establishment message that was prevalent in the cinema of the late 60s/early 70s. The movie is stylish, and very well photographed. Robert Blake is excellent as Wintergreen and the supporting cast is quite good as well. It's a revisionist western on motorcycles for sure. Steeped in John Ford's vistas. It is part EASY RIDER, part VANISHING POINT and part SERPICO, so all that said, it's not difficult to see why this film has the cult following that it does. 
The extras on this new Shout Factory Blu-ray include the previously mentioned introduction by director James William Guercio, and a commentary by him as well. The intro is only about 9 mins, but it's a solid one. The commentary starts to dry up a bit before the 30 minute mark, but there's still a decent amount of info packed into it. Like director Guercio himself, I can't talk about the film too much, but rather would suggest you give it a look for yourself. The images really do all the talking I ever could and then some. 

ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE is available via Shout Factory: Here

1 comment:

Ned Merrill said...

Thanks, Rupe. The intro and commentary were actually on the old MGM DVD. No new features on this, far as I can tell, as Blake flaked out on the previously announced commentary track.