Tag Archives: ’70s

‘Sorcerer’ Returns

Roy Scheider stars in director William Friedkin’s ’70s cult thriller

Sorcerer

Sorcerer

Blu-ray $27.95 / DVD $12.96 (Warner Home Video)

 

This 1977 thriller from director William Friedkin, who was coming off an Oscar-winning hot streak of The French Connection and The Exorcist, wove together four desperate characters in a suspenseful saga about international refugees in a South American jungle hellhole who take on a dangerous job for hire because each of them had nothing else to lose. It was never a big hit, maybe because it only had one recognizable star (Roy Jaws Scheider), possibly because audiences were misled by the title to expect something “supernatural” from the director who’d just made a film about the devil. It did go on, however, to find a cult following, and this new Blu-ray restoration—which comes with a 40-page book of color photos from the production—brings it back to all its grungy glory and sweat-soaked ’70s splendor.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

Advertisements
Tagged , , , ,

Bicentennial Ball

In 1976, America’s pastime mirrored the celebration—and craziness—of the nation’s mood

Stars and Strikes

Stars and Strikes

By Dan Epstein

Hardcover, 400 pages, $28.99 / Kindle edition$12.74 (Thomas Dunne Books)

 

The author, who previously chronicled ’70s baseball in Big Hair and Plastic Grass, focuses here on one particularly distinctive year during that decade, looking at America’s pastime through a prism of current events and popular culture as the nation celebrated its 2000 birthday and the 1976 season unfolded in a colorful, often zany setting—changing fashions and hairdos on and off the field, disco-pop music, TV shows and movies, and news headlines about Patty Heart’s kidnapping, Legionnaires Disease and an election campaign that would lead to end of the Watergate era and a new president from the South. As the author says, it’s a tale “rich with electrifying moments, oddball events and unforgettable characters—all set against the star-spangled backdrop of the Bicentennial.”

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

Tagged , , , , , ,