and Marvel Comics, as they had also just put out "Super Special" #1, featuring KISS as superheroes.
at the time, I thought the movie was pretty darn good. started off a little slow- we don't see the band until about 30 minutes after the opening credits, but once all that useless exposition was done, there they are in full force, singing and fighting various robots- wolf-apes, monsters, samurai, you name it, they are fighting KISS. in fact, mirroring what was going on behind the scenes, they end up fighting themselves at the end!
the movie was directed by Gordon Hessler, who had done many other tv shows such as Kolchak, the Night Stalker, Wonder Woman and Kung Fu. not a bad resume, but nothing that says this movie was some kind of letdown from his previous or future work.
anyway, it's nice to see it out on DVD. despite it's many shortcomings, it's a lot of fun. you get to hear a lot of great songs and see Magic Mountain in the 70s, before it was bought out by 6 Flags. I think some of the rollercoasters are still there!
so thanks Dale!