Good evening folks, My first movie "review" here of a flick not out on blu-ray but would love to see it released. It is the 1979 roller disco flick, Skatetown USA. A movie that is so bad, its so good and very enjoyable to watch in this day & age. One of those movies that is funny in ways the producers never intended it to be funny as was billed as
1. Rock & Roller disco movie of the Year
2. The Greatest Story Ever Rolled.
Here's a quote from Skatetown USA's trailer posted on YouTube by user "deadenddrivein":
"The third installment in the devil's unholy trilogy of godawful Eighties roller disco flicks meant to destroy mankind's collective sense of good taste once and for all. Naturally, I could not possibly recommend this movie any more highly. Let's just quickly run down the cast list, shall we? Flip Wilson, Ruth Buzzi, Billy Barty, Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick, Ron Palillo, Judy Landers, Patrick Swayze, Len Bari, Murray Langston, Melissa Sue Anderson...Jesus, my fingers are tired. All in polyester blends, all with feathered hair and all making with the disco roller boogie. Sadly, until Sony finally decides to pony up the bucks to license the soundtrack, this stunning trailer is all we gots."
As noted, this movie is long out of print and was never released on VHS, LaserDisc or DVD, I believe for music rights issues with the soundtrack (which was chock full of hit songs from the late 1970s.).
I did exchange some messages with Nick Redman at Twilight Time who would in all probability get the go-ahead from Sony (who hold Skatetown USA rights). He's definitely interested. This and Thank God Its Friday as well.
Now instead of re-typing everything from previous posts of mine on blu-ray.com and other boards, I'll recopy my blu-ray.com article here.
Well folks, how many on Blu-ray.com knew that Patrick Swayze's first feature role film was this 1979 roller disco flick, Skatetown USA?
Yes its one of those films that is so 70s bad, its good. Naturally I couldn't recommend this film more as one internet wag put it.
I would love to see a full honest-to-goodnes BD transfer from the original negatives as this film would look fantastic. There was a blurb up on the Wiki page for Skatetown USA that Sony might be doing a Blu-ray release but that has since disappeared.
Anyway for some reason (music rights being the main suspect) this movie was never released on VHS or DVD. Apparently though the original negatives still exist, as well as some 35mm prints that are shown every so often at specialty film theatres.
You can see a old faded 16mm transfer on YouTube or order the same on a DVD thru some off-the-beaten-path DVD houses.
Patrick Swayze's Roller Disco Number on Skatetown USA (YouTube)
Skatetown USA Trailer
iVillage Article on Skatetown USA
OddCulture (Worst Movies Ever Made) Article.
BuzzFeed Article on Skatetown USA
[color=#800000;]Enjoy and I'm still hoping that Sony would see fit to maybe consign this movie to Twilight Time for a blu-ray release. That is if they could ever get the music rights squared away.[/color]