Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Marvel's Xanadu adaptation

Many big thanks to James of Reading Along for making me aware of Marvel's Xanadu adaptation!

Xanadu is one of the greatest bad movies of all time. Directed by Robert Greenwald, this 1980 film starred Michael Beck and Gene Kelly as a young artist and an aging big band leader who are inspired by a Greek Muse--played by Olivia Newton-John--to follow their dreams of opening a rollerdisco nightclub. I know that plot summary sounds bad, but believe me, it's much, much worse. It's one of those so-bad-it's-good movies. I own both the DVD and the soundtrack, which features music by Olivia Newton-John and ELO.

The comics adaptation doesn't disappoint. It's written by J. M DeMatteis, with art by a cast of many, including: Rick Buckler, Brent Anderson, Al Milgrom, Bill Sienkiewicz, Howard Chaykin, and Peter Kuper.

The only thing it's missing is the booming Jeff Lynne soundtrack, but you can get that from the iTunes Music Store and read away!

7 comments:

David Welsh said...

This makes me hope that somewhere out there in a long box is a truly misguided comic book adaptation of "Can't Stop the Music." That? Would rock.

Shane Bailey said...

I used to LOVE that movie.

Roger Benningfield said...

It pains me to admit, but I bought the Xanadu soundtrack not once, but twice... I got it vinyl for my eleventh birthday, and again on 8-track when our house burned down a few weeks later.

Oh well, there are greater shames. Like my purchase of two Cinderella CDs around 1988 or so.

Shane Bailey said...

That's not bad. I had to buy the whole run of Nine Inch Nails albums, including singles, twice because of an ex-girlfriend that didn't like the band.

Dave said...

So did she make you give them away, or did she shatter them and toss the shards on the ground in disgust?

Dave said...

Roger: Xanadu on 8-track... there's something just so perfectly right about that!

My parents had the soundtrack on vinyl back when it was originally released. ABout 10 or so years ago I bought it on CD, but it was only available as an import from Japan. (Strangely, the side 2 tracks were sequenced first, followed by side one...) So yes, I paid import prices for the Xanadu soundtrack.

Shane Bailey said...

I sold them so I got a little bit of money out of it, but not much. She didn't exactly make me get rid of them, but let's just say it was implied that she didn't like them very much.