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Ira Cohen

The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

Label: Mela Foundation

Format: DVDr

Genre: Sound Art

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Re-release of Ira Cohen's legendary 1968 film, The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda. Celebrated internationally for more than 30 years, and recently screened as part of the 'Day for Night' program at the 2006 Whitney Biennial.
"I must say this is the most chemically abused piece of cinema I’ve ever seen – I actually feel under the influence now, I don’t know if I’m safe to walk home. It’s so narcotic that I’m surprised it’s legal to buy over the counter… all this and it was made in 1968 – one year before Woodstock? Well I’m surprised, I was sure people were still locking up their daughters back then, not injecting them with Opium and feeding them sheets of acid...The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

All the same, this is an essential document of the period by director Ira Cohen, and has been lovingly repackaged and issued by the folks at Arthur magazine on their label Bastet (who were responsible for issuing Sunburned Hand of the Man’s ‘No-Magic Man’ if you want any more background). Here’s the technical bit > High-quality transfer from the original 16mm film, with colour correction supervised by the director. The legendary soundtrack has been newly remastered by Tim Barnes, featuring The Universal Mutant Repertory Company (Loren Standlee, Ziska Baum, Angus MacLise, Raja Samayana, Tony Conrad, Henry Flynt and Jackson MacLow). Contains two new, never-before-released alternative soundtracks to "Invasion" by Sunburned Hand of the Man and Acid Mothers Temple SWR (Tsuyama Altsushi, Yoshida Tatsuya and Kawabata Makoto), a 16-page commemorative booklet featuring mylar photography and poetry by Ira Cohen and Angus MacLise, and critical texts by Ian Macfadyen and Allan Graubard. Also packaged is "Brain Damage," a new film directed by Ira Cohen and produced by Bastet created from never-before-seen original 16mm outtakes, featuring a new soundtrack composed by Will Swofford with the Expanded Instrument System. "From The Mylar Chamber," an original slideshow of 60 mylar photographs with soundtrack by Angus MacLise and original poetry by Ira Cohen. And as if this wasn’t enough, there’s a director's commentary track by Ira Cohen. Phew… are you stoned already? No, well go grab yourself a dime bag and watch this. (Boomkat)

Cat. number: 001 DVD
Year: 2007