directed by Trent Harris
USA 1995

 

The films of Trent Harris are something else. Quietly building a significant cult following over the years, Harris’ work displays an eccentric originality that is rarely found in contemporary movies. This is not a sequel to Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, but rather one of the best surrealist Mormon mysteries you are likely to ever come across, and a righteous musical to boot.

The plot goes something like this… “when Lucinda Hall (Stefene Russell) discovers a century old book penned by a mad Mormon prophet. She deciphers this odd artifact and is sucked into a world where spacemen, polygamists, and angels run amuck. Lucinda desperately tries to uncover the "Secret of the Bees" before it is too late. Is she mad or is she on the brink of discovering a diabolical plot led by Nehor (Karen Black), a peeved alien from the planet Kolob? Just because it's made up doesn't mean it isn't true!”

What I enjoy most about Harris’ work is his absurd sense of humor. His characters and their plotlines are evocative of 1950’s B sci-fi films, but they are not quick to parody or emulate. Instead they feel genuine and completely original, and inflect a good natured, dreamlike innocence to the film. Fans of camp humor and off-the wall personal filmmaking in general will find a lot to enjoy here. I know I did.

 

Adam Lemke

Theatrical Release: Salt Lake City, 1995

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DVD Review: Trent Harris - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Adam Lemke for the Review!

DVD Box Cover

Can be bought from the Directors Website HERE

 

Distribution

Trent Harris

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:19:40
Video

1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Trent Harris

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.37:1

Edition Details:
• Naked Reality: Wild Goose Chronicles Episode 4, short film
• Premiere Party pictures
• Deseret Alphabet Decoder

DVD Release Date: N/a
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Chapters 14
 

 

 

 

 

Comments The transfer – There is something to be said for buying a film directly from the filmmaker himself. In the case of this work, the transfer is not a knockout, but it certainly is passable, and given the rarity of the film, and the fact that it’s not a bootleg, I give this my warmest recommendation.

The extras – In addition to a hilarious bonus short -- featuring Harris wandering the Great Salt Flats in an attempt photograph antelope and question the nature of documentary filmmaking – this disc also includes a slideshow from the premiere, and the ‘Deseret Alphabet Decoder’ as featured in the film.

 - Adam Lemke

 

 



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DVD Box Cover

Can be bought from the Directors Website HERE

 

Distribution

Trent Harris

Region 1 - NTSC


 




 

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