Thursday, October 28, 2010

the man beyond bionics!

remember this popular post?  well, here's another cool trailer of questionable authenticity.  it's well done, but I am calling shenanigans on it as well.

I have several of the original tv spots for this movie, and never once do they actually mention Joseph Brenner, like his name in 1975 would have been a selling point anyway!  still, it's a well done trailer, fan made or not.

still the greatest super hero movie ever made!


C. Elam said...

I've seen this before, and I think it's genuine. The voiceover actor *is* different than the TV spots, but the script has too many of the same phrases used in them. They didn't turn up in all of them, but taken together, I see the hand at work writing this copy. I don't think a fanmade trailer would go to that trouble.

There's also the "Infra-Man" title logo that turns up in the middle. It doesn't look computer-generated to me.

The Joseph Brenner thing I chalk up to ego. Remember, "World Northal" didn't mean anything to most audiences, and it gets mentioned a lot, too.

John Paul Cassidy said...

I've seen the theatrical trailer for years (I first saw it on the VHS for PUMAMAN in 1987, and since had an audio recording of it). Joseph Brenner indeed gets mentioned.

This particular video was most probably fan-restored, using scenes from the film (now on DVD!), but it looks 100% faithful to the trailer as I know it! (Note that the US titles, lifted directly from the trailer, were somewhat grainy, right from a 35mm print; I wouldn't be surprised if he got the original trailer from Sinister Cinema or some such.)

Oh, a while back, I finally found the avant-garde music track used in the US trailer! It's a KPM library track called "Frenzy," by Ron Geesin.

Xenorama said...

I don't remember World Northal getting mentioned much either, but I will indeed bow to your knowledge.

C. Elam said...

For the benefit of anyone who missed the Facebook discussion of this post, here is an older full-screen version of the same trailer, which would seem to confirm the legitimacy of the voiceover track anyway.

John's theory that it is a fan restoration of the trailer is certainly plausible. The audio skip near the end in both versions is suspicious. However, I question whether you could recreate the rapid intercutting of different scenes so precisely. That weighs my opinion (still) to it being a genuine article. That doesn't mean I'm right, of course.

OK, I don't have enough trailers handy to definitely say "a lot", but World Northal definitely gets mentioned in the trailer for The Deadly Angels.

Xenorama said...

I think Chris is right.

Tommy_Retro said...

If you were a kung-fu movie fanatic 30 years ago, then the name 'World Northal' would've meant the world to you.
World Northal Corporation was the leading importer of Hong Kong films to the U.S. from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s, and are renowned for creating "Black Belt Theater" which showcased the most famous films in the martial-arts movies genre such as "The 5 Deadly Venoms", "Master Killer" (aka: "The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin"), "Slaughter In San Francisco", "When Tae Kwon Do Strikes!" and "Dynamo" (from studios such as Shaw Brothers, Eternal Films, and Golden Harvest) on syndicated televisions nationwide (notably via Metromedia), as well as at drive-ins & grindhouses around the country.
The World Northal opening logo is still remembered by millions of fans worldwide to this day.

Now then, this IS indeed the original theatrical trailer, retaining its original ShawScope ratio just as it was.
Aside from "Inframan", the name Joseph Brenner was and still is largely unknown and remains obscure. It was hoped this would help him make a name for himself. Obviously, it only succeded in turning "Inframan" into a cult classic and not Mr. Brenner.
*This is also one of Roger Ebert's favorite films as well!

David McRobie said...

yes, indeed, I've always loved seeing the World Northal logo at the beginning of movies, since usually it meant some fun viewing.